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

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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