E-pistle for Friday October 28

Saint Paul's ChurchChurch News, E-PISTLE

This Sunday at Saint Paul’s:

Altar flowers are given to the glory of God in memory of Bill Ross by his brother, Jim.

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.

Thank you to the Finance/Administration Commission for hosting today’s coffee hour. Next week: Worship Commission.

The Faith Forum launches today in Lydia’s office at 11:30am. Topic: How do Episcopalians read the Bible? Learn some tools for your kit-bag to help you know what to do with passages that are confusing, violent, or just plain strange. Bring your coffee hour snacks – all are welcome!

Do you take “The Sunday Paper”? Lectionary-relevant activity sheets for children –Junior and Intermediate– are available in the nursery and the Narthex (back of the church by the bulletins).


Choir Diary

Voluntary: Prière à Notre-Dame, from Suite Gothique (Léon Boëllmann)
Psalm: Psalm 119 (Richard Clark)
Anthem: Lauda anima mea (Orlande de Lassus)
Voluntary: Toccata, from Suite Gothique (Léon Boëllmann)

Prayer Calendar:

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church in Bermuda.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Anglican Communion throughout the world, and for the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury; for the Episcopal Church USA, and the Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop. We also pray for the parish of Gethsemane (Minneapolis).

On our Parish Prayer List, we pray for Alex, Corbin, Dolores, Krista, Marianne & Gary, Mary, Mildred, Nancy, Ruth, and the Paulson family.

Quick Calendar Items:

30 October 11:30am - Faith Forum
5 November 9:00am-12:00n - Fall Clean-Up
6 November 10:00am - All Saints Sunday
6 November 11:30am - Pastoral Care Team
13 November 11:15am - Harvest Home Dinner
19 November 10:00am - Liturgical Minister Training

View the full calendar

Upcoming Events and General Announcements:

The Search Committee has provided an update on where they currently are in the process. Curious? Read more here.
Lord, we ask you to guide the members of our Search Committee in their selection of candidates for our new spiritual leader. Give them wisdom and insight into the qualities of leadership needed to best serve our precious church.
Encourage the spirit of the person who will become our priest to accept with joy your choice for him/her to lead us as we move forward as a faith-filled church.
Give us all a sense of happy anticipation as we await the one we know will be the right one according to your plan for us. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Help Wanted: We are looking for paid staff and able volunteers to assist in the Nursery on Sunday mornings. For more information, please contact Liz Clarke: 651-735-5642.

The Mission Assessment Process (MAP) challenged us to reexamine our purpose, rediscover our mission, and answer the question: “What is God doing in our community/neighborhood and how can we participate?” Our renewed weekly Food Shelf Offerings have been a significant first step. Now the Outreach Commission has identified two established programs where Saint Paulites can make a difference in our neighborhood. Specific details will be in The Messenger, but you can get a sneak preview by clicking here.

Our annual Fall Clean-Up is scheduled for Saturday 5 Novemberfrom 9am-12n. Come for an hour or come for the whole time – all hands are needed to get the church ready inside and out for winter! Sign up in the Narthex or contact Becky Briggs.

Remembering those we have lost will be a feature of our All Saints Sunday service on 6 November. If you would like to add a name to our memorial list, there will be a sign-up page in the Narthex; you may also use the form attached here. Please clearly print the name of the person being remembered and your name. You can also email the information.

Liturgical minister training will be held on Saturday 19 November, led by Lydia and Barbara. Call time is 10:00am for all prospective acolytes, crucifers, and Eucharistic ministers; lectors and intercessors should arrive at 11:00am.

Advent begins 27 November! We’ll erect our Advent birch forest on Saturday 26 November at 9:30am. Dusters, sweepers, branch trimmers, and tree-and-rock haulers are all needed, and will be gratefully received. Please email or ring Jacob to pitch in. Christmas flowers (and Advent trees!) may be given with thanksgiving, or in memory of a loved one. In order to be included in the Christmastide bulletins, follow these steps:

* Use the sign up sheet in the Narthex.
* Print the thanksgiving/memorial on the memo line of your check.
* Do so by 11 December in order to meet our printing deadline

Do you long to be more social without the pressure of social media? Face time with fellow parishioners can be yours in our new Cottage Groups! Read all the details here.

We want to see Saint Paul’s through your eyes! Have you captured any Saint Paul’s moments you’d like to share – a photo of the lovely flowers this spring, or your friends at coffee hour? Have you depicted our church in other art mediums? Send your .jpg files to Angie Paulson (or bring them on a flash drive or CD), and they will be added to the photos taken over the years. You might see your work in an E-pistle, The Messenger, or on our website…

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.

Do you have an announcement for next week’s E-pistle?

Submit your announcement –including all details and contact information– to the E-pistle, or call Angie (612.483.4187) by Thursday morning.