This Sunday at Saint Paul's

We welcome The Reverend Lydia Huttar Brown back to pulpit and table this week. Thank you for your leadership!

Thank you to the Worship Committee for hosting Coffee Hour this week; next week, the Evangelism Commission.

An exploration of the Gospel of John begins today in the Bishop Thurston Room at 11:30am; this week’s reading is John 1:1-2:12; more info below. Please join us!

Scheduled Liturgy Leadership
12 Jan: The Rev. Lydia Huttar Brown
19 Jan: The Rev. Anna Ostenso Moore
26 Jan: The Rev. Richard Cogill

Worship at Saint Pauls

View The Year in Photos

(thanks to Angie Paulson for compiling and creating the video!)

Prayer Calendar

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

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for youth ministries within the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, especially for those who are involved with Teens Encounter Christ; for Circle of the Beloved; and all those in our faith community who are involved with faith formation ministries with children, youth, and young adults. Please also pray for the Convention to Elect the X Bishop of Minnesota on 25 January. We also pray for the parish of the Holy Communion (Saint Peter).

Pray for migrants, refugees, and displaced people throughout the world. Pray also for those in our country who have been taught to fear or hate people different than they are.

We are asked to reflect and devote prayers in honor and appreciation of 400 years of African American history and culture. Read more about this anniversary request from our Presiding Bishop.

Our Parish Prayer List can be found here.
If you wish to be visited by a member of our Pastoral Care Team (including our rector or deacon), request prayers for yourself or someone else on the Parish Prayer List, or simply make someone aware of an acute or ongoing need, please e-mail care@stpaulsmpls.org.

This list is maintained to assist you in praying for the parish and the larger community throughout the week. To add your friend or loved one to this list, e-mail Deacon Barbara with your request and any additional details: barbara@stpaulsmpls.org. Your request will be shared with our pastoral care team, as well as Saint Paul’s clergy.

Our votive candle stand is a beautiful symbol of our collective prayers coming into the light of Christ. When you light a votive, please consider leaving a contribution to help fund this amenity.

 

From the Organ Bench

Choir Diary for 10:00am Eucharist

TBA

Serving This Sunday

Brandon McCray-Reeves
Pat Trumbull
greeters

Jim Dow
Angie Paulson
ushers

Jacob McCray-Reeves
crucifer

The Reverend
Lydia Huttar Brown
presider

The Reverend
Barbara del Caro Scaia
deacon

Kate Maxwell, OSB
subdeacon

Jean Brooks
John McDaris
lectors

Julie L’Enfant &
Norm Mitchell
eucharistic ministers

Jacob Manier
choirmaster, organist

Charles Peterson
master of ceremony

Team II
altar guild

Beth Carlson
Julia Yager

vestry tellers

Worship Committee
coffee hour hosts

Faith in Action

Joyce Uptown Food Shelf joyfully receives Saint Paul’s weekly donations. We will continue our Advent/Christmas practice of using the blue Advent Calendar bag (available in the Narthex) through Epiphany as well. Following the guide sheet inside, collect and bless one item each day. Drop off your donations in the bins at Saint Paul’s as needed.

22 FEBRUARY: A team is being assembled to volunteer at Open Arms from 10am-12noon next month. Look for the sign-up shet on the bulletin board. Contact Mary Neal with questions, or to add your name to the roster.

Upcoming Events

19 JANUARY: Saint Paul’s Master Class Series next features composer Monte Mason, who will discuss musical creativity: “Mine, and others’, down through the ages – and I mean like 40,000 years ago.” Join him in the Kellogg Room after the liturgy at 11:15am.

23 JANUARY: Julie L’Enfant will give a presentation on the celebrity portraits of Nicholas R. Brewer at the Ramsey County Library in Roseville at 7:00pm. Her book, Nicholas R. Brewer: His Art and Family,  is being reissued in softcover this month. For more information, visit the Ramsey County Historical Society.

26 JANUARY: The Annual Meeting of Saint Paul’s parish community will be held following the liturgy on this day. Please make plans to attend this important gathering during our transition period. The business of the church affects us all, and your voice matters!

General Announcements

Want to read a good book? A really Good Book? Consider joining a group of curious minds in an exploration of the ethereal Gospel of John. The conversations will take place on most Sundays after Coffee Hour in January and February (exceptions: Master Class presentation days and Annual Meeting), beginning on 12 January. Contact Deacon Barbara or Angie Paulson with questions, or to add your name to the group and get the first reading.
In the bleak midwinter our Sexton does his best to have the sanctuary heated for us all to be comfortable during worship. At present, our heating system is not 100% operational and, on especially cold days, it may feel less comfortable. Please be assured that work is being done to resolve the issue, and thanks in advance for your cheerfulness and patience. 
The slate of final candidates for the tenth Bishop of Minnesota has been determined: The Reverend Canon Abbott Bailey, and The Very Reverend Craig Loya. Learn more about the candidates here, and consider attending one of the forums on their road tripthrough the ECMN (online or in person) in January.
We have room in our lovely Beim House for several officing tenants. If you know of any non-profit organizations in need of space (up to four offices), please contact Junior Warden Beth Carlson.
The Episcopal House of Prayer in the City invites all to join for their weekly Contemplative Prayer Practice each Monday at 6:30pm in the Auxiliary Classroom. If you are new and would like an orientation, feel free to come at 6:00pm.

Food Shelves

Have you taken the Saint Paul’s Food Shelf Challenge?

Bring ELEVEN –yes, eleven– items in over the course of the eleventh month The need for grocery assistance never wanes. Let’s fill the baskets each week!!

Pastoral Care

Recurring Events

1st Wed 1-3p Saint Lydia’s Circle
3rd Mon 7-9pm Vestry meeting

Saint Paul’s Leadership

Kelly Belanger
sexton

Meredith Johnson
vestry senior warden

Beth Carlson
vestry junior warden

From the Pulpit

Catch up on our most recent sermons

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Letter from Your Wardens (click to view)

 


August 29, 2019
Dear Saint Paul’s Parish Family,

We are sorry to share so early in our journey with Father Marcus that he has submitted his resignation and will be leaving us October 6, 2019. He has accepted a position at the Diocese of Connecticut. In his new position, he will be the Dean of Formation and will also be working as a Missional Priest-in-Charge of a faith community. This is a wonderful opportunity for him allowing him to continue to strengthen his gifts. The Diocese of Connecticut will benefit as we have from Father Marcus’s passion. Although it is hard to see him go, we have learned and done wonderful things as a parish with his leadership and guidance over the past 2-1/2 years. It will be exciting to watch his continued growth from afar knowing we were blessed to have been part of his early career. Father Marcus’s letter to the parish is included in this email.

So now we begin to look forward. Beth and I will be in contact with ECMN and Bishop Prior to plan for an interim priest and to look at putting together a search committee. We will gather together and consider what we have learned about ourselves during our time with Father Marcus. This is a chance for us to evaluate where we are and to make plans for moving forward: what we want to be sure to carry forward, what things we might want back that have changed, and yes, what might not have been tackled yet that we want to explore? We ask that each of you give prayerful consideration to these questions. They will be foundational to our Rector search.

We know the amazing strength of this parish and are confident we will become even stronger from the challenge that has been put in front of us. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Blessings,
Meredith Johnson, Senior Warden (meredithvj@gmail.com) Beth Carlson, Junior Warden (pbcarlson@comcast.net)


Dear Saint Paul’s,

It is with a mix of sadness and joy that I inform you that I offered my resignation to the Vestry on Monday, August 19. My last day as your priest will be Sunday, October 6, 2019. I have accepted a call to serve as the Dean of Formation for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, a position that will also include serving as a Missional Priest-in- Charge of a faith community there.

Throughout my time as your Rector, I’ve tried to preach, teach, and exemplify a consistent message: each of us is called to grow in Christian maturity to meet the challenges and opportunities of being the Church in this new missional age. Our patron, Saint Paul the Apostle, calls this the “full stature of Christ” (Eph. 4:13). This means taking seriously our individual and collective calls to be leaders, not only within the walls of our parish but also in the wider community. Leading, especially in times of great change, means taking risks, being open to failure that leads to learning, collaborating with others, and standing firmly in our identity and purpose.

People across Saint Paul’s Church have heard this message, stepped up, and stepped forward. Together, we have faced down a major challenge head-on –tackling our budget deficit– and as a result are experiencing a renewal of energy and spirit. We have new ministries popping up all around, a greater capacity for innovation, and deeper commitment to Christ and the mission of God he invites us into. There are others who are still afraid to step forward or unsure where they fit, and that’s okay. Saint Paul’s moves forward together.

My new role will give me the opportunity to help form other ordained leaders in what we’ve done together: translating an age-old faith to a contemporary context. I am excited and honored to be asked by Bishop Ian Douglas to serve the Church in this role.

None of this takes away the anxiety, sadness, or grief that many will feel at this time. Transitions are always hard, especially when it comes when things are going well. I have not served as your Rector for long, but we’ve done a lot together. I will pray for you as you discern what leadership model God might be inviting you to try and who might best step into that role to walk alongside you as you continue engaging God’s mission. Your wardens are two of the most capable people I’ve ever met and together with your vestry and the entire community, as it has for the last 139 years, your journey continues.

There will be time to say goodbye, and I will continue to serve faithfully until my final day. In the meantime, the mission of God calls us onward. There are individuals and communities in need of the Gospel – and it is our job as followers of Jesus Christ to proclaim it, in word and example.

Faithfully, Marcus+

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