In 1963, the financial report showed a deficit of $2,071. The money to finance operations had to come from trust funds. The Vestry approved a budget with a surplus of $155 if pledge revenue kept up to anticipation. The Rev. Foster made some changes in the use of space in the parish house. He moved the rector’s office to the first floor, making it more accessible. Miss Dorothy Kimball’s employment as a professional Christian Education director was discontinued.

Other changes were made to keep expenses down to income. The kitchen on the first floor was rebuilt and dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Meta Marshall.

Saint Paul’s became very active on the Minneapolis Council of Churches, due to the delegation of Viola McConnell. Viola was very active in Saint Paul’s. She was very knowledgeable in historical facts and had a forceful personality to get things done. A large redwood cross was erected in 1962 at Camp Lawton on the bank of Deer Lake. It was a memorial to Wilkie Shanke, former choir boy. He gave his life in WW II. During 1966, 38 boys and girls, 30 Girl Scouts, 50 Boy Scouts, and 14 families used the camp. Saint Paul’s had a voice in the management of the Episcopal Church Home of Minnesota in Saint Paul, organized to provide a home for the elderly.

The Rev. Foster submitted his resignation in 1966. The Rev. Monroe Bailie served the church as interim rector and assistant rector after January 1967, when the Rev. Willis Steinberg was installed as rector. Bailie remained on staff for several years as assistant to Steinberg. Dr. Bailie was active and popular. He died in 1976.

The Rev. Willis Steinberg’s years were ones of renewed optimism. He brought to the parish enthusiasm and abundance of energy. He made a practice of standing near the entrance before Sunday services and greeted everyone by name, even the neighbors.

The Rev. Dean Rowney, a native Australian, was added to the staff as part-time assistant rector. He developed programs for junior and senior high school and college-aged youths. Long-time member of Saint Paul’s, James Massie, graduated Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 1968. He was ordained a deacon and preached his first sermon in Saint Paul’s. The next day he went to Duluth and began his ministry at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church there.

Mary Belfry became friends with the Rowneys, who had served in churches and missions in Australia. She went to New Guinea in 1969 as secretary to Bishop Hand. She returned to her home parish, Saint Mark’s Cathedral, entered theological seminary, and was ordained as a deacon. Mary was a deacon on the Cathedral Staff in 1976 when the General Convention in Minneapolis authorized the ordination of women to the priesthood. She became the first woman priest ordained in Minnesota and became a canon at Saint Mark’s.

Senior Warden Message – COVID-19 Update

“Church is not cancelled; it has changed.” This was the message shared in the bulletin and in the opening message of our first online Eucharist. In these challenging times of COVID-19 we need to find new ways to connect, new ways to gather, and new ways to replenish our spirit.

Last Sunday’s online liturgy and a new Wednesday night online Compline, which will start next week, are just two ways we have started to adjust to what will be our new temporary normal. Besides our services going online, we are also sending notes, making calls, and having time together on various social media platforms. Keeping connected is so important to our Saint Paul’s community. We are all in this together supporting each other. God is making his presence known in all these wonderful interactions.

Two weeks ago, when we suspended our in-church services and closed the doors of the church, we hoped to reopen our doors April 1. Unfortunately, with the Stay-at-Home orders from Governor Walz and recommendations from Bishop Prior, we continue to be closed to holding any kind of in-person or public gatherings. The current recommendation from the Bishop is through mid-May. Although disappointing, this is necessary to keep all of us and our neighbors healthy. Please understand that the church will be locked and closed to all church-related activities.

Governor Walz and recommendations from Bishop Prior, we continue to be closed to holding any kind of in-person or public gatherings. The current recommendation from the Bishop is through mid-May. Although disappointing, this is necessary to keep all of us and our neighbors healthy. Please understand that the church will be locked and closed to all church-related activities.

Earlier this month we formed a COVID-19 response team. This team, made up of staff and Vestry members, is supporting and helping us live into this new temporary normal. This group will continue to watch for new ways for us to keep connected. They will watch for guidance from Episcopal Church of Minnesota (ECMN), the Minnesota Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO). I am so proud of the work they are doing and the amazing amount of love and care they have for our members.

Continue to watch for updates in your email, on Saint Paul’s Facebook page, or on our website. And don’t forget you too can help us keep connected – use our Realm online directory to reach out to your church family.

Stay healthy and know that God is with us, Beth

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