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This Friday and Sunday at Saint Paul's

Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.
Matthew 24:44

Epistle 6 Nov 2022

Friday, 2 DEC: A Festival of Lessons and Carols: Please join us tomorrow evening as we gather in candlelight, comfort, and joy to share poetry and music of the season… continue reading Bulletin available here.

Sunday, 4 DEC: Celebrate the Eucharistwith us at 10AM as we mark the second Sunday of Advent. The service will also be livestreamed on Zoom (see instructions above).

Join us for coffee hour and lively fellowship following the service in the Undercroft. Be sure to select your gift tag or envelope off the Giving Tree, and grab your blue Reverse Advent Calendar bag and shopping list. 
(see right sidebar for details)

Prayer Calendar

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Bishop and his staff; foundations which minister to children with special needs, especially for the work of the Sheltering Arms Foundation; and all who work in child protection agencies throughout the state of Minnesota. We also pray for the parishes of Saint Nicholas (Richfield) and of the Advent (Farmington).

Saint Paul’s weekly Parish Prayer List can be found here. If you wish to be contacted by a member of our Pastoral Care Team and/or priest, request prayers for yourself or someone else on the Parish Prayer List, or simply make someone aware of an acute or ongoing need, click the blue button below.

Common Book of Prayer & The Hymnal 1982

provided for your prayers and meditations, and song


Barb Smith
Gene Tierney

John Harrer

Jim Smith

The Reverend 
Ramona Scarpace
presider, preacher

Norm Mitchell
Julie L’Enfant

Gene Tierney
vestry announcements

Jacob Manier
choirmaster, organist

Steve Riendl
assisting organist

Team I
altar guild

Laurie Larsen

Paul Hanson &
Steve Riendl
vestry tellers

The Pastoral Care Team has a request for all: Take a few minutes every day to call someone to see how they are doing – to reach out and say a prayer with them and/or find out if they need anything. If there are those who need help, please let us know and we will figure out how to assist; if you are that person, please reach out to Reverend Ramona or Pat Trumbull. As Jesus said: Love one another.

Upcoming Events

1 DEC:Beloved Community and the Environment: Existential threats. Hopeful progress. Join us from 7-8PM in the Undercroft for interactive discussion and a screening of the video “The Meaning of NOW!” by Gene Tierney. Register on the BCA website.

2 DEC: A Festival of Lessons and Carols: Please mark your calendars and join us for the reemergence of a beloved holiday tradition at Saint Paul’s Church.

8 DEC: Beloved Community and Social Justice: Immigration. Criminal Justice. Come at 7PM for the screening of the video “Evolution” by Gene Tierney; register on the BCA website.

13 DEC: The December Vestry meeting* will be held from 7-9PM in the Undercroft. Everyone is welcome to attend the general proceedings. If you have an item for the agenda, contact one of our Wardens below. *Note: meetings will now be held on the second Tuesday of each month. Really.


View all of our events on our Event Calendar page!


Faith in Action

NEW  Southside Giving Tree: For many years we at Saint Paul’s have joined together to bring… continue reading
 NEW  Reverse Advent Calendar: The blue bags are almost here! Be on the lookout next week for our Advent food shelf initiative.

November’s food collection will support the non-food needs of Saint Nicholas Food Shelf: laundry detergent, dish soap, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes. Bring your donations on Sundays and place in the baskets in the Narthex. Can you help deliver donations? Email Laurie (or call 612-849-1348) with questions, or to volunteer.

From Joyce Uptown Foodshelf:
Check out their fall newsletter with many ways to lend a hand!

Saint Paul’s Little Library always needs recent adult fiction and children’s picture books. Your generosity is appreciated!
The Ukraine Crisis Response Fund is still accepting donations to aid those displaced by the Russian invasion. Donate here.
YouthLink has placed a wish list on Amazon for direct purchasing of needed items. If this is a more convenient option for you to donate, you can view their list here.
And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
Matthew 25:40

General Announcements

Daily Advent meditations, prompts, and prayers can appear in your inbox daily to enrich the season! Just visit AdventWord, a project of Forward Movement (the folks who bring you Forward Day by Day and so much more).
Poinsettia remembrances and thanksgivings will once again adorn the sanctuary for Christmas! Look for the donation registration in the Undercroft at Coffee Hour; sign up this Sunday through 18 December to be included in Christmastide bulletins. Plants will be available to take home after Christmas Day and by Twelfth Night, please.
Retable flowers can also be sponsored in 2023. Consult the list across from the upper elevator doors for available Sundays.
Ministers in Liturgy: Please help us fill the gaps in coverage during Advent and beyond! Visit our Google sheet to sign up for a position or two; customaries will be emailed.
Hospitality/Coffee Hour: it’s easier than ever! The beautiful new Undercroft… continue reading
Save the date: Bishop Craig Loya will be at Saint Paul’s to lead a Celebration of New Ministry for the calling of Rev. Ramona Scarpace as our Rector on Wednesday, 1 February at 6:00PM. Please join us for this special evening – all are welcome!
The Right Rev. Craig Loya will confirm and receive people into the Episcopal Church on Saturday, 29 April at Saint Mark’s Cathedral. Is the Spirit calling you to live more fully into your faith journey… continue reading
If you know a parishioner who would benefit from receiving our weekly E-pistle newsletter via snail mail in printed form, please email Angie.
Do you have an announcement for Saint Paul’s parish at large? Submit your news to the E-pistle, or call Angie at 612-483-4187 by noon on Thursdays.
NEW! For those who love data, click the link to see our Sunday and year-to-date numbers.
You can help make them grow: invite people to visit, then graciously greet and welcome newcomers each week!
Subscribe to our Bridge of Song playlist, now on YouTube.  Is there a hymn or song you’re particularly longing to hear, your requests are welcome, and may be e-mailed to Jacob Manier. Click the thumbnail of the video you would like hear to play.

Food Shelves

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

The need for grocery assistance never wanes. Let’s fill the baskets each week!! Donate today!

Upcoming Events

Pastoral Care

The Pastoral Care Team has a request for all: as we practice our social distancing, do not let that extend to social isolation. Take a few minutes every day to call someone to see how they are doing – to reach out and say a prayer with them and/or find out if they need anything. One of the things that is so important right now is to connect with our community. If there are those who need help, please let us know and we will figure out how to assist; if you are that person, please reach out to Deacon Janet or Pat Trumbull. As Jesus said: Love one another.

Saint Paul’s Leadership

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Ramona Scarpace

The Reverend
Janet MacNally


Mark Anderson
vestry senior warden

Steve Riendl
vestry junior warden

Gene Tierney
vestry junior warden

Tom Lockhart
vestry treasurer

Jacob Manier

Pamela Hofstadter

Kelly Belanger


Jesus said to her,
      "I am the resurrection and the life."

John 11:25a

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