Ministries and Community Outreach Programs at Saint Paul's

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We offer several ministries as well as community outreach programs. Read about them below and contact us with any questions!
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Parish Choir

Parish Choir

Since 1880, well-prepared, skillfully presented liturgical music has been at the heart of worship at Saint Paul’s Church. Currently, a mixed choir of more than thirty volunteers and professional Staff Singers supports and enriches the music of the ten o’clock Sunday Eucharist, as well as Evensong and Feast Day liturgies throughout the year.

Discover more by clicking this link. Learn how to join the choir, take a listen, and view our programming.

Children's & Youth Ministry - Growing in Faith

Children's & Youth Ministry - Growing in Faith

Families and children as always invited to attend worship, especially our monthly WONDER Eucharist which takes place on 1st Sundays in Saint Paul’s Chapel. Nursery care is available for our Sunday morning 10:00 am Holy Eucharist, but children are encouraged to worship alongside their parents. For our more wiggly worshipers, we have Worship Bags equipped with books, manipulatives, coloring pages that correspond with the scripture, and opportunities for children to offer their prayers.
Liturgy

Liturgy

Have you ever considered becoming involved with the Liturgy at Saint Paul’s? Why not contact us and become an usher, lector, acolyte, or chalice bearer – you will find it a rewarding experience!
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Adult Education

Adult Education

Throughout the year we have a variety of educational events for adults including book groups and guest speakers on a wide range of topics including environmental education, financial planning, spirituality, and the broader church.

View our Faith Formation Class Schedule and our quarterly Messenger for upcoming opportunities for personal and spiritual enrichment.

For even more information, visit our I’m New page.

Outreach at Saint Paul’s Church on Lake of the Isles

St. Paul’s is committed to doing God’s work in the world, outside of our own parish walls. The Outreach Commission is currently supporting the following opportunities, some ongoing, some recurring scheduled events. All are welcome to take part: parishioners, friends, visitors.

Books for Africa

For many years now, St. Paul’s has had a drop-off box to collect books in good condition (recent textbooks are particularly valuable), which can then be delivered to Books For Africa for disbursal abroad – Learn More

Open Arms

Open Arms

Open Arms prepares and delivers meals to people with life-threatening illnesses. We schedule a group outing every other month to volunteer in their kitchen, chopping vegetables and packing food for meals. Some parishioners also volunteer individually to deliver meals. More are always welcome. – Learn More

Quarterly Events

community outreach

The Outreach Commission also schedules an event each quarter to afford one more opportunity for us to help others.
These events may, or may not be related to one of the aforementioned outreach efforts.

The Effort to End Homelessness

St. Paul’s has joined our neighbors at Temple Israel as part of their initiative: Temple Israel Committee to End Homelessness (TICEH), which focuses primarily on homeless youth in the Twin Cities.  We have opportunities to both serve these young people personally in youth shelters, and to advocate for all homeless people with our government representatives.  This is coordinated in part with the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness (DCEH). – Learn More

The Groveland Foodshelf

Groveland Food Shelf

Parishioners bring food items along to the Sunday service each week, which are then delivered to the food shelf, housed in Plymouth Congregational Church. – Learn More

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Letters from our Wardens and Rector (click to view)

August 29, 2019
Dear Saint Paul’s Parish Family,

We are sorry to share so early in our journey with Father Marcus that he has submitted his resignation and will be leaving us October 6, 2019. He has accepted a position at the Diocese of Connecticut. In his new position, he will be the Dean of Formation and will also be working as a Missional Priest-in-Charge of a faith community. This is a wonderful opportunity for him allowing him to continue to strengthen his gifts. The Diocese of Connecticut will benefit as we have from Father Marcus’s passion. Although it is hard to see him go, we have learned and done wonderful things as a parish with his leadership and guidance over the past 2-1/2 years. It will be exciting to watch his continued growth from afar knowing we were blessed to have been part of his early career. Father Marcus’s letter to the parish is included in this email.

So now we begin to look forward. Beth and I will be in contact with ECMN and Bishop Prior to plan for an interim priest and to look at putting together a search committee. We will gather together and consider what we have learned about ourselves during our time with Father Marcus. This is a chance for us to evaluate where we are and to make plans for moving forward: what we want to be sure to carry forward, what things we might want back that have changed, and yes, what might not have been tackled yet that we want to explore? We ask that each of you give prayerful consideration to these questions. They will be foundational to our Rector search.

We know the amazing strength of this parish and are confident we will become even stronger from the challenge that has been put in front of us. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Blessings,
Meredith Johnson, Senior Warden (meredithvj@gmail.com) Beth Carlson, Junior Warden (pbcarlson@comcast.net)


Dear Saint Paul’s,

It is with a mix of sadness and joy that I inform you that I offered my resignation to the Vestry on Monday, August 19. My last day as your priest will be Sunday, October 6, 2019. I have accepted a call to serve as the Dean of Formation for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, a position that will also include serving as a Missional Priest-in- Charge of a faith community there.

Throughout my time as your Rector, I’ve tried to preach, teach, and exemplify a consistent message: each of us is called to grow in Christian maturity to meet the challenges and opportunities of being the Church in this new missional age. Our patron, Saint Paul the Apostle, calls this the “full stature of Christ” (Eph. 4:13). This means taking seriously our individual and collective calls to be leaders, not only within the walls of our parish but also in the wider community. Leading, especially in times of great change, means taking risks, being open to failure that leads to learning, collaborating with others, and standing firmly in our identity and purpose.

People across Saint Paul’s Church have heard this message, stepped up, and stepped forward. Together, we have faced down a major challenge head-on –tackling our budget deficit– and as a result are experiencing a renewal of energy and spirit. We have new ministries popping up all around, a greater capacity for innovation, and deeper commitment to Christ and the mission of God he invites us into. There are others who are still afraid to step forward or unsure where they fit, and that’s okay. Saint Paul’s moves forward together.

My new role will give me the opportunity to help form other ordained leaders in what we’ve done together: translating an age-old faith to a contemporary context. I am excited and honored to be asked by Bishop Ian Douglas to serve the Church in this role.

None of this takes away the anxiety, sadness, or grief that many will feel at this time. Transitions are always hard, especially when it comes when things are going well. I have not served as your Rector for long, but we’ve done a lot together. I will pray for you as you discern what leadership model God might be inviting you to try and who might best step into that role to walk alongside you as you continue engaging God’s mission. Your wardens are two of the most capable people I’ve ever met and together with your vestry and the entire community, as it has for the last 139 years, your journey continues.

There will be time to say goodbye, and I will continue to serve faithfully until my final day. In the meantime, the mission of God calls us onward. There are individuals and communities in need of the Gospel – and it is our job as followers of Jesus Christ to proclaim it, in word and example.

Faithfully, Marcus+

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