E-pistle for Friday 8 December 2017

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This Sunday at Saint Paul’s:

Joyce Uptown Food Shelf receives Saint Paul’s weekly donations. December’s theme is HOT DRINKS (e.g. coffee, creamer, tea, hot chocolate, cider), but other items are always welcome. Please bring items to church as part of your weekly offering and place them in the baskets at the Narthex doors. As the needs increase, our donations have as well! Keep up the good work!

Thank you to the Vestry for hosting this week’s coffee hour; next week, the Men’s Group.

Join us for our annual Saint Nicholas celebration! Gather in the Kellogg Room after the liturgy for a story, projects, and treats. Rumor has it there might even be a visit from Saint Nicholas himself…
Come see!

The 2017 Advent Giving program is in full swing! Read the details here, then visit the tree at the back of the Nave to find your giving opportunity tag.

Our offering of the Angelus and Evensong continues this week in the Chapel at 6pm. Please consider joining us for this reflective service, the sung form of Evening Prayer.

Choir Diary

Psalm: Psalm 85 (Jonathan Battishill) Anthem: Veiled in darkness (Glenn Rudolph) Voluntary: Conditor Alme Siderum (Gerald Near)

Prayer Calendar:

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church in Western North Carolina (Region IV).

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the foundations which minister to children with special needs, especially for the work of the Sheltering Arms Foundation, and for all who work in child protection agencies throughout the state of Minnesota. We also pray for the parish of the Advent (Farmington).

On our Parish Prayer List, we pray for Alex, Bea, Bob, Gary and Sue, Harvey, Joan, John, Krista, Mary, Nancy, Natalia, Pat and Steve, Richard, Rita, Shirley, Sue, Susan, Thomas, and the Coopergard, Marracq, Paulson, and Raddatz families. We also pray for the repose of the soul of Stewart Snook, grandfather of T.J. Tatlow; may he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Submit Your Prayer Requests
Help us update our cloud!
Think about what makes Saint Paul's a valuable part of your life. At the Consecration Sunday Brunch, you'll find blank cards and a collection envelope. You're invited to share three words that describe what Saint Paul's has to offer. Look for our updated cloud on The Feast of All Saints!

Quick Calendar Items:

2 Dec 10am - Greening of the Church
3 Dec 10am - Advent I
4 Dec 5-7:30pm - Outreach: YouthLink open house (at YL center)
8 Dec 7pm - A Festival of Lessons and Carols
9 Dec 8am-4pm - Outreach: Gift Wrapping (at Brookdale Covenant)
10 Dec 11:15am - Saint Nicholas celebration
18 Dec - Advent birches and Christmas flowers gift deadline

View the full calendar

Upcoming Events and General Announcements:

A Festival of Lessons and Carols: As winter darkness gathers, we will settle in candlelit warmth on Friday 8 December at 7:00pm to share the music and stories of the season. An Immaculate Reception of sherry and sweets will follow, fireside, in the parish house. Childcare will be available.

Avenues for Homeless Youth is holding a gift wrapping party for their holiday donations. Do you have skills in this area? Enjoy a festive Saturday here! Contact Prisca with any questions. In conjunction with the Temple Israel Committee to End Homelessness.

No experience required!
Would you and your family group like to participate in lighting the Advent wreath at a Sunday liturgy in the upcoming season?
Drop Father Marcus a line.

The December Rector’s Forum will be held on 17 December 2017 at 11:30 am in Saint Paul’s Chapel. We will discuss the topic: “When She Sings: Exploring the Songs of Singing Women in Scripture.”

Advent birches and Christmas flowers may be given with thanksgiving, or in memory of a loved one. To be included in the Christmastide bulletins, use the sign-up sheet in the Narthex, and print the thanksgiving/memorial on the memo line of your check by 18 December to meet our printing deadline.

Our outreach partnership with Temple Israel Committee to End Homelessness has urgent need of volunteers to assist with families who are being sheltered at the Temple over Christmastide, as part of their Families Moving Forward initiative. Please read the details in this letter, and see if you are called to help make the holidays a bit more joyous for those without homes. Let them know as soon as possible.

Vestry Nominating Committee has been formed and is beginning to identify a slate of candidates for our 2018 Vestry. Please read the Committee’s action plan, and prayerfully consider how you might support Saint Paul’s governance.


An invitation from Father Marcus: I want to set aside intentional time each week for us to get to know one another. My office door (which is open most of the time anyway) will be open Thursdays from 1:00-4:00pm for you to stop in, say hi, ask for prayer, or just to hang out. If you want to bring lunch, we can share! No agenda at all. I just want to facilitate the building of relationships. I hope you’ll come see me. If you can’t come in person, you can call the church (612-377-1273) and we can chat.

Help beautify our sanctuary for worship

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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