by Rose Nightingale

In 1969, Saint Paul’s joined with four other congregations in Kenwood to found the Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP) under the direction of Social Worker, Judy Justad. It was designed to focus their joint ministry to help meet a diverse array of human needs in the Wedge area between Hennepin and Lyndale Avenues from Franklin to Lake Street.

Original sponsors were: Saint Paul’s, Lake of the Isles Lutheran, Trinity Community (Baptist) and Grace Presbyterian Churches and Temple Israel Synagogue. The Cathedral Church of Saint Mark later joined. The community served was high in poverty and population of elderly and youth.NIP served with faithful outreach: Board and Care home visiting, meals for shut-ins, junior high tutoring, a “buddy” program and other support work with pre-teens, children’s drop-in center, mothers’ club, psychological counseling, volunteer medical care, food shelf, clothes closet, leisure time parties and other aid for senior citizens. It held the first Twin Cities Rape and Sexual Assault counseling and support center.Saint Paulites were a part of the huge volunteer corps to provide the most creative cost-efficient social services in the city.

Scholarships contributed by Saint Paulites helped youngsters from disadvantaged families in the NIP community to attend our Camp Lawton. NIP was an update of the outreach tradition established at Saint Paul’s. NIP has disbanded due to changes in the medical field. However, Saint Paul’s still hosts the leisure time parties for nursing home and handicapped attendants twice a year — in March and October. The items used as prizes for guests who play Bingo are given by the congregation. Volunteers do all the work to host these parties.

Another group that is no longer active is the Girl’s Friendly Society (GFS). Viola McConnell, active for many years in the Minneapolis Council of Churches, founded the Girl’s Friendly Society in Minnesota. It was revived in 1942 under the direction of Bishop Stephen E. Keeler. There were few teenage girls at Saint Paul’s in 1944. A junior branch was started. The group met after school, with members coming from Kenwood, Northrup, Douglas, Whittier, and Calhoun schools. Over its seventeen-year life members came from eleven different denominations, including Jewish and Roman Catholic girls. Much of the GFS program was like the Girl Scouts or Campfire Girls, except there was a worship service. Their national motto was: “Bear ye one another’s burdens.” The girls contributed many service gifts: making all palm crosses for Palm Sunday services, holding money-making tables for their annual mission gift, waiting on tables at dinners, taking charge of special dinners. They helped buy the first Jeep for Saint Vincent’s School for the handicapped in Haiti, bought furniture for All Saints’ School in the Virgin Islands, and sent four Liberian girls through college in Liberia.

These two groups are missed because of the many good works they provided.

Neighborhood Involvement Program building

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


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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!

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


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