This Sunday at Saint Paul's

Upcoming Preachers and Presiders:
17 & 24 Nov: The Rev. Nancy Brantingham
Advent: The Revs. Leonard and Lindsay Hardin Freeman

Registrations closes this Sunday for the Gratitude Sunday luncheon on 24 November (details below in Upcoming Events).

Thank you to the Faith Formation Commission for hosting Coffee Hour; next week is our All Parish luncheon for Gratitude Sunday.

Worship at Saint Pauls

NEW! 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 Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Minnesota Commission on Indian Work (MCIW); and for the Hispanic, Hmong, Liberian, Karen, and numerous multi-cultural ministries and faith communities throughout the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. We also pray for the parish of Saint Clement (Saint Paul).

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

Helen & Tom Lockhart
greeters

Curt Kullberg
Brandon McCray-Reeves
ushers

Jacob McCray-Reeves
crucifer

The Reverend
Nancy Brantingham
presider

The Reverend
Barbara del Caro Scaia
deacon

Kate Maxwell, OSB
subdeacon

Laura Austrian
J.J. Austrian
lectors

Julie L’Enfant &
Norm Mitchell
eucharistic ministers

Jacob Manier
choirmaster & organist

Kathy Kullberg
master of ceremony

Team III
altar guild

Meredith Johnson
Marcy Wegner

vestry tellers

Faith Formation Commission
coffee hour hosts

Faith in Action

Joyce Uptown Food Shelf joyfully receives 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.

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

Upcoming Events

15 NOVEMBER: The Messenger’s next issue is scheduled to arrive in your inbox in time for Advent; the submission deadline is 15 November. Direct any articles, news, photos, and juicy tidbits to Angie Paulson.

16 NOVEMBER: Mark your calendars for Saint Paul’s annual Fall Clean-Up Day. Come wield a rake or trimmers (indoor jobs can be found as well) between 9am-noon to ready the property for the coming w—– season. Coffee and donuts will be provided. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, clean-up will move to the 23rd.

18 NOVEMBER: 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.

24 NOVEMBER: Gratitude Sunday will be celebrated with a luncheon after the liturgy. Read more details here, and be sure to sign up on the 10th and 17th. Need further motivation? How about the opportunity to walk in a circle for pie? See you there!

30 NOVEMBER: Our annual Birch the Church will begin at 9am on Saturday, 30 November. Join us for a morning of merry chaos as we erect our Advent birch forest and give the whole space a tidy-up for the holiday season. Dusters, sweepers, branch-trimmers, and tree-and-rock haulers are all needed. Please e-mail or ring Jacob at 612.296.5195 to pitch in.

12 DECEMBER: A Festival of Lessons and Carols will be offered at 7:00pm. Be sure to mark your calendar and join us for this musical and visual feast. Immaculate Reception to immediately follow in the Parish House. Childcare provided.

General Announcements

The All Parish Meeting held on 13 October was a productive gathering of people ready to engage in this period of transition. Our wardens compiled the raw data from the day, and you can read it here. If you have questions or other concerns, please feel free to contact Meredith or Beth (emails in the right sidebar).
Advent Trees and Christmas Flowers are the perfect seasonal memorial. To contribute to the beautification of the Nave and Chancel, read the details here. Deadline for inclusion in the Christmastide bulletins is 15 December.
A directory of parish resource contacts has been compiled to help you easily direct questions about parish life during this time of transition. It is linked here, and also in the Resources box in the right sidebar.
Two of our tenants outgrew their rental spaces in the Beim House and have moved elsewhere. 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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