This Sunday at Saint Paul's

Your leadership team has made the most difficult decision to suspend church services and ALL church-related activities at Saint Paul’s Church indefinitely with the sincerest hope to reconvene starting 1 April.

 

Worship at Saint Pauls

St Paul’s Church Photo Album

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

Dear friends,

Never has a church leader told anyone to stay home from church services. Every church leader has always stressed the importance of being in community with other believers.

Yet today we are asking this: PLEASE STAY HOME!

Your leadership team has made the most difficult decision to suspend church services and ALL church-related activities at Saint Paul’s Church indefinitely starting today, 13 March 2020, with the sincerest hope to reconvene starting 1 April.

This decision was made with varied input: from information given by Bishop Prior, the faith communities around us, and from data, guidance, and suggestions from the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization. COVID-19 really is a dangerous virus and decreasing opportunities for transmission is the key to stopping the spread of this virus.

Friends, our community has persons who are in the highest risk category. We have persons who need to take care of their vulnerable and/or elderly family members. We owe it to each other, to them, and to the greater community to stay as healthy as we can and decrease the opportunities for this virus to infect anyone else.

Our main goal is to be proactive and positive regarding this issue. That is why we are adopting this Social Distancing policy: by staying home and avoiding group gatherings we decrease the potential of spreading the virus.

Even now we are working and acting creatively to offer all of us at Saint Paul’s opportunities to read the written Word, gain access to prayers and hymns, and read comments on weekly Gospels via our website and our E-pistle.

Just because we cannot be physically present does not mean we cannot continue to worship at home knowing that our brothers and sisters of Saint Paul’s are doing the same. We can retain community in spirit, allowing the Holy Spirit to enter in helping us to remember we really are not alone after all. 

Our pastoral care and leadership teams will continue to reach out with calls to any in need, whether it be illness or needing an encouraging word. You can call our leadership team or use REALM to message any of us and we will respond!

In God’s love,

Your Leadership Team

 

Prayer Calendar

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

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for those involved in specialized licensed ministries throughout the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, including lay preachers, Eucharistic ministers and visitors, and lay readers; and for our musicians and worship committees. We also pray for the Cathedral of our Merciful Savior (Faribault).

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.

Our weekly Parish Prayer List can be found here. If you wish to be visited by a member of our Pastoral Care Team and/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, click the blue button below.

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.

 

Common Book of Prayer

provided for your prayers and meditations

Sunday Bulletin

This Sunday’s bulletin is available here for your use. Click image to open in full view.

Anthem – Like as an hart Herbert Howells

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.

We URGENTLY need drivers: It’s just a one-month commitment (once a week!) to deliver food shelf contributions to the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf. The 2020 sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board next to the nursery. Because drop-off hours are limited (M-F 1:00-3:45pm, Th 5:00-6:45pm), this is a perfect opportunity for those who live close to church and have daytime availability. Contact Laurie Larsen with questions: 612-849-1348. Let’s fill the calendar!

Upcoming Events

19 MARCH: LIVE from Saint Paul’s Church Saint Paul’s Vestry will be meeting via ZOOM this month. Please contact your Wardens by Wednesday if you have items for the agenda.
* Please note: Vestry meetings will now be held on the third Thursday of the month, rather than Monday.

Holy Week and Easter schedule:
5 Apr 10am – Palm Sunday procession (outdoors, God willing!) and Eucharist
9 Apr 7pm – Maundy Thursday Eucharist
10 Apr 12 & 7pm – Good Friday prayers
12 Apr 10am – Easter Day Eucharist

19 APRILMeteorological redemption! Norm Mitchell’s Master Class presentation, “Defeat the Tyranny of the Blank Page”, has been rescheduled for 11:15am following the liturgy. Join him in the Kellogg Room as he shares highlights of international intrigue from The Prisoner of Hope, second novel in his People of the Blood trilogy.

5-7 MAYBuilding Beloved Community is a gathering at Saint Mark’s Cathedral for those seeking to share, learn, and grow the Church’s capacity and passion for the work of racial justice, healing, and reconciliation. Participants will experience inspiring panels and workshops, a keynote from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, share resources, and join in vibrant worship. Find more information and register here.

 

General Announcements

The Building Research Committee, co-chaired by Paul Carlson and Gene Tierney, includes Deb Jones, Julie L’Enfant, Monte Mason, and the Reverend Susan Moss. Paul and Gene are currently meeting with representatives of ECMN and the city on the options for our church and the Beim Parish House, and the committee welcomes your input and creative ideas. They will present a full update at the next all-parish meeting, as soon as the parish can convene given concerns over COVID-19.
Your Spring 2020 Messenger and all previous editions are available to read on our website.  Click here
We have spaces to let in our lovely Beim House for several officing tenants. If you know of any professional or organization looking to relocate, contact Senior 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?

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

Pastoral Care

Saint Paul’s Leadership

The Reverend
Barbara del Caro Scaia

deacon

Kate Maxwell, OSB
pastoral intern

Jacob Manier
choirmaster-organist

Jacob Reeves
finance

Kelly Belanger
sexton

Beth Carlson
vestry senior warden

Mark Anderson
vestry junior warden

From the Pulpit

Catch up on our most recent sermons

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Pentecost sermon

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Pentecost sermon

  IN THE NAME OF THE GREAT ONE…WHO CREATED THE SUN AND THE MOON AND THE EARTH AND THE STARS…AMEN [May 31, 2020] The following is the text of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Pentecost sermon from the Washington National Cathedral service that was live-streamed on...

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We All need a Lazarus Story

We All need a Lazarus Story

  IN THE NAME OF THE GREAT ONE…WHO CREATED THE SUN AND THE MOON AND THE EARTH AND THE STARS…AMEN I firmly believe that this deep story of Lazarus is a gift to us today.  Wouldn’t we all right now want an experience to ‘just take all of this Coronavirus away’?...

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

John 11:25a

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REOPENING of Saint Paul's Church 27 June at 10:00am - click for details

Dear Saint Paul’s faith community members and friends,

God’s peace be with you! Rejoice! Rejoice! Given the decrease in COVID-19 cases in Minnesota and the increase in the number of people who have been vaccinated, we are excited to announce the re- opening of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church building on Lake of the Isles on Sunday, 27 June at 10:00AM. We will have a beautiful and joyful worship with Eucharist, and coffee hour to follow. For those of you who are unable to come to the church building, a live Zoom stream will be available. Look for the Zoom link in the E-pistle.

Saint Paul’s COVID-19 Response Team Members (Mark Anderson, Steve Riendl, Angie Paulson, Jacob Manier, Rev. Janet MacNally, and Rev. Ramona Scarpace) have put together guidelines for worshiping together in-person. These guidelines are based on information from the Centers for Disease Control, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. The team asks that, in the spirit of loving God and neighbor, everyone follow the guidelines as listed below. If you have any questions or concerns about these guidelines, please contact Junior Warden and COVID Response Team Chair Steve Riendl at sriendl@stpaulsmpls.org.

IN-PERSON WORSHIP GUIDELINES: Attendance

  • No pre-registration for worship is required

Your Health

  • If you aren’t feeling well for any reason, please take care of yourself at home. You may join the service via Zoom.
  • If you have any personal health questions or concerns about attending in-person worship services, please speak with your medical provider.

Creating a Welcoming and Safer Environment

  • Greeters and ushers will be on-hand to assist you with seating, service bulletins, questions
  • The church and restrooms will be cleaned before and after each Sunday worship service
  • Hand sanitizer and masks will be available
  • All books will be removed from the pews. Worship bulletins will be available in paper and electronic format.

Masks and Social Distancing

  • If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to wear a mask or socially distance. You may wear a mask and socially distance for your own comfort level.
  • If you are not vaccinated, please wear a mask and socially distance.
  • If someone is wearing a mask, please keep socially distant from them.

Seating

  • Saint Paul’s Church seats approximately 250 people. Given our regular Sunday attendance numbers, there is plenty of room to spread out.
  • We recommend that family groups sit together.
  • Fully vaccinated people may sit with other fully vaccinated people.
  • If someone is wearing a mask, please socially distance from them when selecting a seat

Singing

  • Congregational singing is permitted.

The Peace

  • Please remain in your seats for the Peace. Use a wave, a nod, a smile, etc.

The Eucharist

  • Clergy and those assisting at the altar will sanitize their hands in view of the congregation.
  • Communion will be of bread only. We will use gluten-free wafers for all. Receive the bread in your hands.
  • The common cup of wine will not be used at this time.
  • You may receive at the altar rail kneeling or standing. If you are unable to or do not wish to come up to the altar rail, please notify an usher, and the bread will be brought to you.
  • Note: Rev. Ramona, and Rev. Janet are fully vaccinated.

Coffee Hour

  • To be held at the back of the church
  • Coffee and lemonade only, served in disposable cups
  • A limited number of people will set up refreshments and pour
  • No foods at this time

Nursery

  • The nursery will be available and staffed.
  • The nursery will be cleaned before and after each Sunday.
  • Parents must give contact information (name and phone number)

COVID-19 Tracing

  • If Saint Paul’s becomes aware of a situation where someone who attended the service receives information that they have contacted COVID, Saint Paul’s will notify people of the occurrence via the E-pistle.

We give thanks for the gift of coming together in-person to worship God, the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer of life. We give thanks for all who worked so diligently to create and distribute vaccines. We give thanks for those who put themselves at risk to keep others safe. We remember those who have died and hold their families in our prayers.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday, 27 June!

Blessings,
Mark Anderson, Senior Warden
Steve Riendl, Junior Warden
Rev. Ramona Scarpace, Priest-in-Charge

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