E-pistle for Friday 3 March 2017

Saint Paul's ChurchChurch News, E-PISTLE

This Sunday at Saint Paul’s:

We welcome the Reverends Lindsay Goodwin Freeman and Leonard Freeman as guest clergy during our March interim. Please greet them at coffee hour.

Thank you to the Building and Grounds Commission for hosting coffee hour. Next week: the Finance/Administration Commission.

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; for the month of March (and specifically Lent, beginning on 1 March), our food shelf theme will be canned or pouch tuna packets, salmon, or mac and cheese. Of course any and all donations are always welcome! They also have need of paper, plastic, and reusable bags

Choir Diary

  • Mass Setting: Missa Appalachia
  • (Jonathan Dimmock)Psalm: Psalm 32 (Samuel Wesley)
  • Carol: The Crown of Roses (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • )Meditatio Campanis: a time of prayer, reflection, and going forth

  • Prayer Calendar:

    In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church in Marathwada (North India).

    In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for those involved in specialized licensed ministries throughout the Episcopal Church in Minnesota including lay preachers, Eucharistic ministers and visitors, and lay readers; and for our musicians and worship committees.

    On our Parish Prayer List, we pray for Alex, Bob, Corbin, Gary and Sue, Harvey, Karl-Edwin, Krista, Lisa, Mary, Mildred, Nancy, Pat, Rachel, Roberta, Ruth, Steve, Sue, Susan, Thomas, and the Harshmann, Paulson, and Solstad families.

    Quick Calendar Items:

    14 March - MN Coalition for the Homeless Day on the Hill
    (outreach advocacy opportunity in St Paul)
    16 March 1-3pm - Leisure Time Party
    18 March - Security Workshop (Northfield)
    26 March 10am - The Rev. Marcus Halley's first liturgy

    View the full calendar

    Upcoming Events and General Announcements:

    Are you in the new online membership directory? 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. Be sure to adjust the security settings so fellow parishioners are able to see your contact information! See Angie and her laptop during coffee hour with any questions. And don’t forget to add your photo – it’s a great way for people (like a new rector) to learn your name!

    Two books to consider for your daily Lenten reading:
    • Lenten Meditations 2017 contains a short reflection for each day written by a variety of Episcopal clergy and lay people, including Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and our own ECMN Missioner for Community Engagement, Rachel Babbit. The booklet is free; you will find copies in the Narthex and gathering spaces.
    • Ashes and the Phoenix: Meditations for the Season of Lent is newly published at Forward Day by Day, by the Rev. Leonard Freeman. Copies will be available at church by Ash Wednesday for a suggested donation of $5.

    Outreach update: Over the next year, we are partnering with Temple Israel in their outreach to the homeless in the Twin Cities. They work primarily with YouthLink, The Bridge, and Families Moving Forward. Attached here is information for anaffordable housing advocacy opportunity on 14 March.  If you wish to attend, please RSVP to the names listed. Please also inform Prisca Cushman so we can plan car-pooling, or events specific to our church family centered around the opportunity.

    Saint Paul’s will host a Leisure Time Party for challenged neighbors on 16 March from 1:00-3:00pm in the Undercroft. Guests enjoy entertainment, dessert, coffee, and bingo. They love receiving the bingo prizes we furnish; consider donating greeting cards, calendars, stamps, socks, toothpaste and brushes, lotions, and other toiletries (especially things for men). You can also lend a hand from 10:30am-3:30pm. Please contact Shirley Holt (612 377 5419), Rose Nightingale (952 936 0268), or JoAnn Tierney (952 830 9561) for information.

    Kingswood Security will be holding a one-day suspicious behavior and conversational interviewing workshop at Life 21 Church in Northfield on Saturday 18 March. The event is designed for ushers, greeters, volunteers, security team members, and those in charge of safety and security in worship. Read all about it and sign up at Eventbrite.

    A gentle reminder: If you would like to use the kitchen at Saint Paul’s, please remember to check its availability by consulting the calendar outside the kitchen, and then sign up to use the space. We have had some overbooking recently, and would like to avoid any confusion. 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 952-746-4046or email. Seniors 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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