During World War II a Red Cross unit worked for the program “Bundles for Britain” at St. Paul’s. When the United States entered the war the unit was divided into two teams – one sewed hospital gowns, the other prepared surgical dressings. Some 125 women made thousands of these articles every Monday and Wednesday.
Troop 98 Boy Scouts were a part of St. Paul’s for many years. They had a room in the Undercroft and held their meetings at St. Paul’s. They often took part in activities at St. Paul’s and were a great addition to the life of the parish. Changes were taking place at the Boy Scouts organization and Troop 98 left St. Paul’s during the late 1980, early 1990’s. Many different groups rented space at St. Paul’s, including Alcoholics Anonymous Groups.
In 1975, St. Paul’s sponsored the resettlement of a refugee family from Vietnam. A committee was formed. They provided a home, clothing and food. The family was welcomed at the plane – Jean and Hua Ticarro and their four children – Charles, Caroline, Christian and Christopher. They were members of St. Paul’s for some years but have moved on. Again in 1979, Seven churches in Region VIII, including St. Paul’s, sponsored another East Asian refugee family, the Tran family – Hung and Ngat. They settled in South Minneapolis.
St. Paul’s did not have an outdoor flag. Reverend Steinberg began a campaign in 1970 to have one installed to fly regularly. Several families got together, bought the flagpole, had it installed and the American flag has flown ever since.
Financial problems and records necessary became more than could be handled by volunteer help. The church secretary had been taking care of them but was called on by so many parish organizations, it became necessary to hire a person to assist the volunteer treasurer. Mrs. Jean Fawkes, a member of the parish was hired. We recently celebrated the life of Jean Fawkes who died December 15, 2016. A memorial service was held May 6, 2017.
In the 1970’s parish government was reorganized due to the serious decline in membership and pledging units. Under the new system each member of the vestry co-administered one parish department. The principle areas of parish activity were assigned to separate commissions, each under a member of the vestry elected by the parish at the annual meeting with designated responsibility for that activity. Each member of the vestry serves on at least one commission. An experienced second year member is co-chair. Volunteers are recruited as needed. Our present vestry is very similar with a few changes.
written by Rose Nightingale