E-Pistle for July 3

Saint Paul's ChurchChurch News, E-PISTLE

This Sunday at Saint Paul’s:

The Rev. Lindsay Hardin Freeman leads our worship again this Sunday. Lindsay has served several churches in the ECMN, and has authored a number of books; the most recent being Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter. Thank you for your inspiring words during Lydia’s vacation!

When our clergy is absent, the Senior Warden is in charge of the parish. Should pastoral care be desired, email or call Pat Trumbull (763.443.1515); if a priest is needed, she will then contact the on-call priest.

We welcome Charles Hackman to the organ bench for the first three Sundays in July. He has journeyed from afar (Saint Mark’s) to share his talents with us for the end of Jacob’s vacation. Do say hello at coffee hour! Jacob returns to Saint Paul’s on 24 July.

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 Junior and Intermediate (for different age groups), 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 Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea.

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 Samuel Memorial Mission (Naytahwaush).

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; the Guaman family; and the Paulson family.

A Collect for Independence Day

Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(BCP, p. 242)

Upcoming Events and General Announcements:The Faith Formation Commission will meet Sunday 10 July following the morning liturgy. Grab a cup of coffee, have some quick conversations, and then head to the Undercroft. All are welcome!

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.

Armchair Theologians Book Discussion Group: Our selection for June is The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our “Correct” Beliefs by Peter Enns (currently available through Amazon). Watch this space for our meeting time…

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.

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 (612.483.487) by Thursday morning.