by Rose Nightingale

On January 1, 1963, the house in Edina of the Rev. Vernon Johnson was sold back to him. The church had purchased it from him when he became rector, to be used as the
rectory (years ago the church used to own the house the rector lived in. Now the rectors buy their own). After more than 13 years the Rev. Johnson was resigning due to his personal struggle with alcoholism.

His treatment in arresting the disease was so successful he was an ideal counselor for persons suffering from the same disease. A number of prominent citizens backed him financially in forming the Johnson Institute for the treatment of alcoholism. It was very successful. Johnson also wrote a book, I’ll Quit Tomorrow, which is recognized as a leader in the treatment and cure of the disease.

The Rev. Donald Foster was elected as the eleventh rector of St. Paul’s in February 1963, following Rev. Johnson. One of Rev. Foster’s pleasant duties was the dedication of the stained glass windows in the nave. The seven windows are in memory of Ida Campbell Ramsey, Edwin C. and Jenny J. Garrigues, the Rev. Addison E. Knickerbocker, James L. and Fannie Cross Record, Charles L. and Eva K. Pillsbury, Franta S. Carney, and in recognition of leadership by the Rev. Vernon E. Johnson and Mary Ann Johnson.

The tri-lancet window in the back of the church is dedicated to all those commemorated in the Book of Remembrance. The stained glass windows in the chancel were dedicated by Bishop McNairy on December 8, 1963. They are in memory of Samuel A. and Mabel V. Gile, Charles B. Lyon, Martha Longyear Stevenson, Ruth Harding Pack, Jane Harding Chamberlain, Dr. Samuel B. Solhaug, Sr. and Bessie Olivia Healy. The oak lectern, incorporated in the chancel rail, was dedicated as a memorial to Robert F. Pack. The Baptistry was dedicated in memory of David E. Bronson, Jr.

Another well-known person at St. Paul’s was Miss Nettie Waite, who died in 1963. She left her entire remaining estate to St. Paul’s and a small bequest to the church home of Minnesota. Miss Waite came to St. Paul’s in 1883. She was interested in teaching children and was responsible for starting kindergarten in the Minneapolis public schools. She continued teaching in St. Paul’s Sunday School for more than 50 years. She was one of six children. When about three, she suffered an attack of what is now known as polio. There was no known treatment then. Both legs were paralyzed. She had heavy steel braces to aid her in walking. It was said “It is due to her courage and desire to aid other people that she walks at all.” The windows in the doors of the entryway which depict various biblical stories of teaching are dedicated to Miss Waite; so is the sacristy.

 

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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