We need your help to shape the future of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. Each year there are opportunities to step into leadership roles that allow you to engage in the big issues facing the church and our community. You can help create action that makes a difference.

The application date is being extended to July 15, so apply today! Learn more at http://episcopalmn.org/nominations.

Trustees

Managing property and assets of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota so faith communities can continue doing their good work in the community.

Some of their work looks like:

  • Helping manage and steward property transactions
  • Overseeing budgets

You might be a fit if you

  • Are passionate about managing resources effectively
  • Have an eye for detail and a heart for mission

Standing Committee

Standing Committee are to be a Counsel of Advice to the Bishop, and to consider consents for a parish, mission, or ECMN en ty to acquire, dispose of, or encumber the real property; approve candidates for ordination to the diaconate or priesthood; and consent to the elections of and proposed consecrations of bishops in The Episcopal Church.

Some of their work looks like:

  • Confirming individuals in the ordination process
  • Working with faith communities during property transactions

You might be a good fit if you:

  • Like to think of the whole system operating effectively
  • Have creativity and passion for helping people and systems work together
  • Have an eye for detail and a heart for mission

Commission on Ministry

The Commission on Ministry works to ensure that all the baptized in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota have the resources and networks they need to discern, develop and utilize their gifts in their community.

Some of their work looks like:

  • Developing new resources to support lay leaders
  • Working with people as they navigate the ordination process
  • Supporting the development and growth of the School for Forma on and what it offers

You might be a fit if you:

  • Care about supporting those who do ministry
  • Like to think creatively about how things can get done
  • Have some experience doing ministry yourself

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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