E-pistle for July 22

Saint Paul's ChurchChurch News, E-PISTLE


Rev. Barbara del Caro-Scaia


a note from Lydia

With great joy I announce that Bishop Prior has assigned a deacon to Saint Paul’s. Many of you have been asking when we can get a new deacon, and the vestry is very pleased to welcome the Rev. Barbara del Caro-Scaia to Saint Paul’s. Her first Sunday with us will be August 21, when she will worship with us “in the pew.” She will begin her duties as deacon August 28.

Deacons in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota work directly under the authority of the bishop, and are assigned on a year-by-year basis where they are most needed and according to the gifts of each individual deacon. Barbara’s first work will be getting to know the people of Saint Paul’s, and discerning with the vestry how her gifts and passions can support the vision we are growing into: “Strengthening the Foundation as we make our Leap of Faith.”

Look for more information about Rev. Barbara –and about deacons in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota– in the August Messenger.


This Sunday at Saint Paul’s

Jacob returns to the organ bench this Sunday after a well-deserved summer respite. Please join us at coffee hour to welcome him back into the fold!

A big thank you to Lindsay Goodwin and Antrina Peterson Piche for organizing the children’s worship bags!

Do you take “The Sunday Paper”? The Faith Formation Commission is now providing activity sheets for children which follow the Sunday lectionary. They come in two flavors –Junior and Intermediate (age-appropriate content levels)– and are available in the nursery and at the back of the church by the bulletins.

Prayer Calendar

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

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for all Ecumenical Ministries throughout Minnesota, especially for the Minnesota Council of Churches and all those who work with social service agencies; for all those who work on behalf of the Millennium Development Goals, which are eight integrated targets for the eradication of extreme poverty; and for Episcopal Relief and Development. We also pray for the parishes of Saint James (Fergus Falls, Hibbing, Marshall, Minneapolis) and Saints Martha and Mary (Eagan).

On our Parish Prayer List, we pray for Dianne; Dolores; Joe; John; Julie and her parents, Weldon and Era Byrd; Marianne and Gary; Mary; Mildred; Nancy; Norm; Stuart; and the Paulson family.

Upcoming Events and General Announcements

Worship Commission will be meeting on Wednesday 27 July at 7:00 p.m. Looking forward to the book discussions!

Armchair Theologians Book Discussion Group will meet on Thursday 27 July at 7:00 p.m. to discuss The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our “Correct” Beliefs by Peter Enns (currently available through Amazon).

Save the Date: 11 September Our 10:00 a.m. service will feature a Blessing of the Backpacks. All teachers and students are invited to bring their book bags for a blessing as the new school year begins.

A Church Treasure Hunt will be held on 25 September after the worship service. Learn about the building and what we do in the various rooms. What’s in them? What are the rooms called? Why do we have special furniture and other churchy things? Adults and children will work in teams to find treasures and fill in the treasure map.

Sing Out! is a monthly gathering to sing and/or experience wonderful music, held at the Heritage Park Senior Services Center in Minneapolis. An open invitation and its details can be seen here.

Help beautify our sanctuary for worship! Give altar flowers to mark important occasions or significant events in your life. Drop your check in the offering plate or in the mail to Saint Paul’s, then 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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