E-pistle for Friday, September 16

Saint Paul's ChurchChurch News, E-PISTLE

This Sunday at Saint Paul’s:

Today we welcome the Rev. Kay Provine as our guest presider, and Chaplain Lisa Nilles as our guest preacher. Kay is the former director of spiritual care at Episcopal Church Homes, and Lisa currently serves on the chaplain team at Episcopal Church Homes. Thank you for leading our worship today!
While our transition priest is away this week, the senior warden is in charge of the daily operations of the parish; please direct questions or concerns to J.J. Austrian, or junior warden Beth Carlson. If you have a pastoral emergency, contact Pat Trumbull or J.J. Austrian.

ECMN Convention will be held Friday and Saturday at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault. Click here for more details. Please keep the convention in your prayers, especially our lay delegates Ashley Dow, Laurie Larsen, and Larry Wiesner.

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 Altar Guild for hosting today’s coffee hour. Next up: Faith Formation Commission.

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).

Prayer Calendar:

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for The Episcopal Church.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Episcopal Homes of Minnesota and all other institutions that do ministry for and with the elderly; for local senior residential facilities and care centers; and for the 159th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota to be held September 16-17 in Faribault. We also pray for the parishes of Saint Matthew (Chatfield, Saint Paul).

On our Parish Prayer List, we pray for Dolores, Joe, John,Marianne & Gary, Mary, Mildred, Nancy, Stuart, and the Paulson family.

Upcoming Events and General Announcements:

Made in Minnesota is the latest photography show by our own Pringle Rodman, currently on exhibit through 16 October at Central Lutheran Church. Click here for details. Congratulations, Pringle!

Worship Commission will meet on Monday 26 September7-8:30pm in the choir room.

The Blessing of the Animals will take place on 2 October. Bring your pets and companion animals for a special Holy Eucharist service in the Undercroft.

Confirmation and Episcopal Church 101 Class will be offered again this fall on Sundays after church. This is an opportunity for all adults and teenagers to learn more about the Episcopal way of being Christian. The first session will be 9 October, 1:15-noon in the Thurston Room with Lydia.

Help Wanted: The Buildings and Grounds Commission is looking for a few people to help with staining and/or planing of several doors around the church. Schedule is flexible and the work is rewarding. If you would like to help, please speak to or contact Beth Carlson.

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 she will add them to the photos taken over the years. You might see your work in an E-pistle, The Messenger, or on our website…

Volunteer opportunity: Methodist Hospital Hospice will be providing training sessions in October and November for new volunteers. Our volunteers give respite care to caregivers who are caring for terminally ill loved ones in their own private homes, or visit terminally ill patients to provide comfort. Commitment is a maximum of four hours per week, and training is four sessions. If interested, please call Libby Swanson at 952-993-5381.

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.

New SignImproving Saint Paul’s curb appeal

Our corner sign is the first thing most people see about Saint Paul’s. After some hard work and elbow grease, carpentry and paint, it looks fresh and solid again. Many thanks to David Ashworth, Becky Briggs, Sergio Guaman, and Gary Wegner.The Building Commission has identified our exterior doors as another opportunity to make our building more welcoming, hospitable, and beautiful. Kelly has been working hard, shaving down warped doors so they work smoothly; and a handful of Building Commission members have volunteered to help sand and restore the kitchen door, memorial garden doors, parish house doors and main church entrance. At the main entrance, the 12 floating panels were removed for sanding this week.

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.