E-pistle for Friday 27 January 2017

Saint Paul's ChurchChurch News, E-PISTLE

Reverend Marcus Halley

The Vestry is pleased to announce the call of the Reverend Marcus Halley to become the next rector of Saint Paul’s. Many thanks to the Search Committee for their diligence and hard work.
Click here to read a letter from our rector-elect.

This Sunday at Saint Paul’s:

We welcome the Reverend Nancy Brantingham to Saint Paul’s as Lydia begins her three-week sojourn to Belize. While away, our Senior Warden is in charge of the parish; pastoral care concerns can be directed to the Rev. Mary Rowe (651-587-0438). Thank you, Nancy, for your leadership today. Please greet her at coffee hour!

This week’s altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in love of Christ, our mothers, and all mothers by Jim and Ging Ross.

Thank you to the Outreach Commission for hosting coffee hour. Next week: the Altar Guild.

The Faith Formation Commission will be meeting after the liturgy in the Thurston Room. Grab your coffee and ascend the stairs!

Food and personal care items are collected each Sunday and delivered to Groveland Food Shelf’s ministry to homeless youth. Please consider bringing an item or two weekly as part of your offering. They also have need of paper, plastic, and reusable bags.

Choir Diary

  • Voluntary: Pastorale (C. S. Lang)
  • Psalm: Psalm 15 (Highmore Skeats, Jr.)
  • Anthem: These are they which follow the Lamb (John Goss)
  • Voluntary: Fugue (C. S. Lang)

Prayer Calendar:

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church parishes in Lichfield (Canterbury, England).

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for youth ministries within the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, especially for those who are involved with Teens Encounter Christ; for the new ministry Circle of the Beloved; and all those in our faith community who are involved with faith formation ministries with children, youth, and young adults. This week we also pray for the parish of Holy Trinity/Saint Anskar (Minneapolis).

On our Parish Prayer List, we pray for Alex, Corbin, Krista, Mary, Mildred, Nancy, Pat, Rachel, Roberta, Ruth, Sue, Thomas, and the Paulson family.

Our deep sympathy goes to Julia Yager, whose mother, Jane Mears, died 7 January in Massachusetts. She is survived by two children and her husband of nearly 56 years, Tom. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Jane, and for her family as they mourn.
Rest eternal grant to Jane, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her.
May her soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Quick Calendar Items:

28 January - Invite-Welcome-Connect workshop
(Saint John the Evangelist Church)
29 January 11:30am - Faith Formation Commission
4 February - Lay Leadership workshop
(Saint Christopher's Church)
19 February 10am - Rabbi Gazer and Dean Goldberg join us for worship and presentation

View the full calendar

Upcoming Events and General Announcements:

Invite – Welcome – Connect: Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, Trinity Excelsior Episcopal Church, Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, and ECMN are offering a workshop designed to strengthen newcomer ministry on Saturday 28 January. Sound interesting? Read all about it and register here.

Lay Leadership Day: On February 4th from 9-3:30 at Saint Christopher’s Church in Roseville, join lay leaders from across the state to build effective practices for vital communities. There will be workshops about grant writing, stewardship, management, visioning, teambuilding, communication, and more. The keynote will be Miguel Escobar, Senior Program Director for Leadership Resources at the Episcopal Church Foundation, who will be leading activities which build skills and capacity to lead. Learn more here.

Our online membership directory is live! Email notifications were sent to every Saint Paulite, inviting you to create an account for accessing your personal record with Realm, our new online church management system. Please respond to the email and make sure your records are accurate; directions can be found here. This will allow Saint Paul’s members with passwords to view your name and contact information and see your photo, should you choose to upload one.

No one else will be able to access your giving record or other sensitive information. Our goal is to have a simple, easily accessible tool to publish church directories, create birthday/anniversary/Sunday School lists, generate labels, and manage giving. Your help with this will make the process go faster, and ensure accuracy. Note: everyone is encouraged to register themselves on Realm, so we can make complete lists and directories. Thank you!

A free Home Safety Check for senior citizens is offered by the Household & Outside Maintenance for Elderly (HOME) Program of Senior Community Services. They will assess the need for handrails, grab-bars, smoke detectors, lighting, and other home safety components. Elders aged 60+ residing in suburban Hennepin County and Minneapolis are eligible for this limited time offer. No sales. For more information call HOME at 952-746-4046 or emailSeniors outside of Hennepin County should contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for information about services in their area.

Help beautify our sanctuary for worship

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Give altar flowers to mark important occasions or significant events in your life. Write us a note or email, telling us your name, the date you wish to give flowers, and your desired dedication. Checks should be made out to Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, with “altar flowers” in the memo; suggested donation is $50.

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