E-pistle for Sunday 24 December 2017

Saint Paul's ChurchChurch News, E-PISTLE

Dear Saint Paul’s

It is the time of year when the spirit of giving and sharing is all around. In addition to fulfilling your pledge, I want to encourage each of you to consider giving a special Christmas offering to your parish. Your generous gift, no matter how large or small, will ensure that we end the year strong and enter the next year of ministry and service even stronger.
Your generosity will ensure that people in need of temporary food and housing assistance will receive the help they desperately need, that people in search of community and hospitality can find it, and that beautiful worship continues to happen here. You can either use the “Christmas Offering” envelope you received in the mail or use the envelopes you find in the pew racks. These envelopes can be placed in the alms basin during the offertory or brought to the Church a placed in the Finance Secretary’s box.
On behalf of your Wardens and Vestry, thank you in advance for your generous sharing.

Blessed Advent and Christmastide to you all.
Father Marcus

This Sunday at Saint Paul’s:

Joyce Uptown Food Shelf receives Saint Paul’s weekly donations. December’s theme is HOT DRINKS (e.g. coffee, creamer, tea, hot chocolate, cider), but other items are always welcome. Please bring items to church as part of your weekly offering and place them in the baskets at the Narthex doors. As the needs increase, our donations have as well! Keep up the good work!

Thank you to the Finance Commission for hosting this week’s coffee hour; next week’s will be provided by the parish.


Our offering of the Angelus and Evensong ends this this evening in the Chapel at 6pm. Please consider joining us for this reflective service, the sung form of Evening Prayer.

Choir Diary

oin us for a musically festive Advent IV and Christmastide, including works of J.S. Bach, John Rutter, Hans Leo Hassler, David Hurd, Henry Walford Davies, and many favorite seasonal hymns and carols!

Prayer Calendar:

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church in Yola (Nigeria).

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the foundations which minister to children with special needs, especially for the work of the Sheltering Arms Foundation, and for all who work in child protection agencies throughout the state of Minnesota. We also pray for the parishes of the Nativity (Burnsville), and Saint Stephen (Edina, Paynesville).

On our Parish Prayer List, we pray for Alex, Bea, Bob, Gary and Sue, Harvey, Joan, John, Krista, Mary, Nancy, Natalia, Pat and Steve, Richard, Rita, Shirley, Sue, Susan, Thomas, and the Coopergard, Marracq, Paulson, and Raddatz families. We also pray for the repose of the soul of Beatrice Nelson, mother of Pam Dow and Victoria Rock. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Submit Your Prayer Requests
Help us update our cloud!
Think about what makes Saint Paul's a valuable part of your life. At the Consecration Sunday Brunch, you'll find blank cards and a collection envelope. You're invited to share three words that describe what Saint Paul's has to offer. Look for our updated cloud on The Feast of All Saints!

Quick Calendar Items:

17 Dec 10AM - Advent III, Rector's Forum
18 Dec - Advent birches and Christmas flowers gift deadline
24 Dec 10AM - Advent IV
24 Dec 4PM - Christmas Eve Worship - Holy Eucharist with Carols
24 Dec 6PM - Evensong (Chapel)
24 Dec 9PM - Choral Holy Eucharist
25 Dec 10AM - Christmas Day Worship
31 Dec 10AM - Morning Prayer

View the full calendar

Upcoming Events and General Announcements:

Our outreach partnership with Temple Israel Committee to End Homelessness has urgent need of volunteers to assist with families who are being sheltered at the Temple over Christmastide, as part of their Families Moving Forward initiative. Please read the details in this letter, and see if you are called to help make the holidays a bit more joyous for those without homes. Let them know as soon as possible.


Vestry Nominating Committee has been formed and is beginning to identify a slate of candidates for our 2018 Vestry. Please read the Committee’s action plan, and prayerfully consider how you might support Saint Paul’s governance.

An invitation from Father Marcus: I want to set aside intentional time each week for us to get to know one another. My office door (which is open most of the time anyway) will be open Thursdays from 1:00-4:00pm for you to stop in, say hi, ask for prayer, or just to hang out. If you want to bring lunch, we can share! No agenda at all. I just want to facilitate the building of relationships. I hope you’ll come see me. If you can’t come in person, you can call the church (612-377-1273) and we can chat.

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.

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Christmas Flowers and Trees have been given in memory of:

Carol Beim Nelson, by Kerrie Blevins

Bill Nightingale, by Rose Nightingale

Paul, Holly, and Julie Tierney, in gratitude for love and forgiveness; by JoAnne Tierney

Lucy and Charlie Smoot, by Judy Johnson

John and Emma Neal, and Robert and Jim Owens; by David and Mary Neal

Nancy and Bernard Anderly, Dorothy Anderly and David Bronson, Helen and Howard Anderly, and David Bronson, Jr.; by Sarah Rademacher, David Anderly, Katie Fisher, Steve Anderly, and Jim Anderly

Grandpa Greg, by Laurie Larsen

Angelique’s uncle, Robert Gannon; by Angelique and Damon Struyk

her mother, Jane Mears; by Julia Yager

Wilbert Wegner and Gladys Leerhoff, by Marcy and Gary Wegner

and in thanksgiving for:

their family, by Shirley and Bob Holt

their loved ones here and gone on, by Maria Dillon and Rush Tully

their loved ones, by Beth and Paul Carlson

her grandchildren Cassidy and Gregory, by Laurie Larsen

her Saint Paul’s Church family, by Angie Paulson

her loved ones, by Jean Brooks

their family, by Marcy and Gary Wegner

their grandchildren Liam, Caitlin, and Owen; by Linda and David Rosedahl

her family, by Meredith Johnson