This Sunday at Saint Paul's

The Office of Morning Prayer is said each Sunday from 8:00-8:30am in the Chapel. All are welcome.

Thank you to the Evangelism Commissionfor hosting the return of Coffeee Hour this week; next week, the Parish Life Commission will host the Homecoming Sunday cookout.

Worship at Saint Pauls

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Prayer Calendar

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Episcopal Homes of Minnesota, Episcopal Group Homes, Guardian Angels, all other institutions that do ministry for and with the elderly, and local senior residential facilities and care centers. Please pray also for the 162nd Convention of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota to be held 13-14 September in Bloomington. We also pray for La Misión El Santo Niño Jesús (Saint Paul), and the parishes of San JoséObrero (Montgomery) and Saint Nikolai (Richfield).

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.

 

From the Organ Bench

Choir Diary for 10:00am Eucharist

TBA

Serving This Sunday

Barb Smith
greeter

Steve Clarke
usher

Jim Smith
crucifer

The Reverend
Marcus G. Halley
presider

The Reverend
Barbara del Caro Scaia
deacon

John McDaris
Ruth Mary Gens
lectors

Pat Champ
Pat Trumbull
eucharistic ministers

Jacob Manier
organist

Charles Peterson
master of ceremony

Team I
altar guild

t b d
vestry tellers

Evangelism Commission
coffee hour hosts

Hands to Service

Groveland and Joyce Uptown Food Shelves joyfully receive Saint Paul’s weekly donations. Our theme for September will be foods from other lands. Please bring items to church as part of your weekly offering, and place in baskets in the Narthex. Can you be our delivery driver for September? Contact Laurie Larsen to serve in this capacity.

Step up to the Food Shelf Challenge: Bring NINE items in over the course of the ninth month – let’s fill the baskets each week!!

Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness (DCEH) is collecting new and gently used luggage, bags, and backpacks for our summer goods drive campaign through Labor Day. Drop off your donations in the large white box in the Narthex.

THERE’S STILL TIME! Jefferson Community School will once again be the recipient of our school supply drive. Download the shopping list here (note: no backpacks this year), and drop off your donations at the collection table in the Narthex by Homecoming Sunday. Thanks you for your generosity!

Saint Paul’s at Open Arms: A volunteer team is being assembled for outreach on 14 September, 10am-noon. We will be working in the Open Arms kitchen chopping vegetables, preparing and portioning entrees, and packaging completed meals – it is easy, fun, and rewarding work! Please sign up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board located outside the Nursery.

Upcoming Events

3 SEPT: Saint Paul’s Summer Book Club will meet for dinner at 6:30pm to discuss August’s book selection, One Coin Found, by Minneapolis pastor Emmy Kegler. If you are interested in joining us (and discussing it with the author), contact Father Marcus.

4 SEPT: Saint Lydia’s Circle, a prayerful ministry of the older and wiser women of our parish, will meet this week (and all first Wednesdays) at 1:00pm in the Bishop Kellogg Room. You are invited to bring a bag lunch and join us.

7 SEPT: All-Call Liturgical Rehearsal: Do you have a desire and longing to serve on Sunday mornings? Are you currently on the roster of  Ministers in Liturgy? Mark your calendars for a morning of best practices and protocol at 9:00am. Bring a willing friend!

8 SEPT: Homecoming Sunday begins our program year with a festive liturgy at 10:00am, followed by a cookout and lawn games (weather permitting). Use our Facebook event page to extend an invitation to friends. We look forward to seeing you there!

16 SEPT: LIVE from Saint Paul’s Church on the shores of beautiful Lake of the Isles, it’s your monthly Vestry meeting! The business meeting of the parish will transpire from 7:00-9:00pm in the Bishop Thurston Room. All are welcome to attend.

21 SEPT: Our Fall ComMISSION Saturday begins at 8:30am; Leadership Development Time will be themed “Renewing Our Purpose in Times of Change”. Please use this link to register, and help us prepare supplies and food accurrately. We ARE the church!

 

General Announcements

Are you trying to discern a faithful response to the current migrant and refugee crisis our country is facing? Read these suggestions by Father Marcus.

We have one vacant rental space remaining in the Beim House. If you know of a non-profit organization in need of space, please contact Junior Warden Beth Carlson.

Have you taken a Faith Formation class at Saint Paul’s? Never taken one, but have ideas or needs? Please take a moment to fill out this anonymous survey and help us create interesting, helpful, and innovative class offerings. Paper copies of the survey can be found in the Parish House.

Consider a donation of flowers to enhance the beauty of the Sunday liturgy. You may select a specific date from 16 June through 30 October, and your memorial will be printed in the announcements. Suggested donation for two vases of flowers is $45. Please speak with Kathy Kullberg of your request, then write a check to Saint Paul’s, noting Altar Guild flowers and the date.

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?

Step up to the Food Shelf Challenge: Bring NINE items in over the course of the ninth month – let’s fill the baskets each week!!

Pastoral Care

If you have need to be visited by a member of our Pastoral Care Team (including our rector or deacon), want to request prayer for yourself, place someone’s name on the parish prayer list, or simply want to make someone aware of an acute or ongoing need, please click the button below. Father Marcus’s office hours at Saint Paul’s are on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9am-5pm. To make an appointment, please contact him directly.

Recurring Events

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

Father Marcus’s office hours at Saint Paul’s are on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9am-5pm. To make an appointment, please contact him directly

Saint Paul’s Leadership

Kelly Belanger
sexton

Meredith Johnson
vestry senior warden

Beth Carlson
vestry junior warden

Coffee Hour Corner

Food Shelf

Upcoming Events

Sat 21

Fall Commission Saturday

September 21 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT
Sun 22

Holy Eucharist

September 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT
Dec 06

A Festival of Lessons and Carols

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST

From the Pulpit

Catch up on our most recent sermons

The Rev. Susan Daughtry – What is Freedom

The Rev. Susan Daughtry – What is Freedom

From June 30, 2019 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis It’s the Sunday before July 4, Independence Day. The reading we had from Paul’s letter to the Galatians is all about freedom. So I think we need to go there. But I have to be honest with...

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Ashes and Oil

Ashes and Oil

Ash Wednesday holds two truths: Our sin and God's grace. Listen to Father Marcus' sermon from March 6, 2019.

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RSS Father Marcus’ Podcast: Word Made Fresh

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Letters from our Wardens and Rector (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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