This Sunday at Saint Paul's

Don’t forget to SPRING FORWARD this week for the start of Daylight Saving Time. As much as we like to see you at Coffee Hour, we love to see you around the Table!

The Office of Morning Prayer is said each Sunday from 8:00-8:30am in the Chapel. All are welcome.

Thank you to the Faith Formation Commission for hosting our first soup and stories social; we will use our Coffee Hour time during Lent to share and listen to one another’s stories through structured activity while enjoying soup, salad, bread, and community immediately after worship. Next week, the Finance Commission will host

WONDER Eucharist will be offered this Sunday (and each first Sunday of the month) at 3:00pm in the Chapel. Bring your littlest worshippers for a brief liturgy of stories, sacrament, and fun! 

NEW! View The Year in Photos

(thanks to Angie Paulson for compiling and creating the video!)

Hands to Service

Groveland and Joyce Uptown Food Shelves joyfully receive Saint Paul’s weekly donations. March’s theme is MEATLESS MEALS (for Lenten observance). Please bring items to church as part of your weekly offering, and place in baskets in the Narthex.

The Winter Goods Drive, the first donation campaign for 2019 by Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness (DCEH), is a collection for warm winter outerwear to support our neighbors experiencing homelessness. Now through the end of February you can bring new/gently-used winter items such as hats, gloves, scarves, and coats to Saint Paul’s; look for a bin in the narthex/lobby. Thank you so much for your support!

Upcoming Events and General Announcements

12 MARCH: Join author Norm Mitchell at Eat My Words Bookstore (214 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis) at 7:00pm as he reads selections from and discusses his novel The Hidden One, answers your questions, and autographs copies.

15 MARCH: Our next issue of The Messenger will be published on 1 April. If you have any articles or contributions to make, please submit them to Susan Barksdale by 15 March. If you are interested in writing on an ongoing basis, please contact Father Marcus directly.

1 APRIL: Eucharistic Visitor Training: Are you interested in bringing the Sacrament to members of our community who can’t attend worship? Join us at 6:30pm in the Bishop Thurston Room to learn more about this ministry. Please register here.

13 APRIL: The first Commission Saturday of 2019 will be held at 9:00 am. Commission Saturdays are opportunities for the entire community of Saint Paul’s Church to gather, learn, share, and do the work of the Church. You can register for the event here.

PARKING ALERT: The city of Minneapolis has enactedwinter parking restrictions until 1 April. NO PARKING is allowed on the even side of non-Snow Emergency routes at any time (for example, parking on the north curb of Lincoln Ave is prohibited; Logan Ave is fully usable, since it is a Snow Emergency route). For more information, visit the city’s website.

It’s a girl!! We celebrate the arrival of the freshest Saint Paulite, Sara-Katherine Eleonora, to happy parents Whitney-Lehr and Errik; all are doing well. Cards can be sent to the family at home.

In lieu of a Tuesday Night Theology Class, you can try your hand at playing Stump the Rector! Join him on any Tuesday night in March at Common Roots Cafe (2558 Lyndale Ave S) from 6:30-8:00pm. If you have questions about spirituality, theology, or cold brew coffee, share a table with Father Marcus.

Online Classes at Saint Paul’s: Want to join a Faith Formation class, but can’t come when it meets? Enroll in the online class! You may miss some live content, but you can still participate in online discussions and get the resources. Go to the Google classroom site, select “+” in the top right corner of the screen, then select Join Class. The class code for The Path (Bible Study) is jgdxyr0 .

Saint Paul’s Author Forum: Are you or someone you know a creator of written word? Read here about the formation of an Author Forum.

The Episcopal House of Prayer in the City invites all to join for their weekly Contemplative Prayer Practice each Monday at 6:30pm in the Auxiliary Classroom. Whether you are looking for a way to revitalize your prayer life or just searching for space and quiet, pray-ers of all abilities are welcome. If you are new and would like an orientation, feel free to come at 6:00pm.

At this year’s General Convention, the Episcopal Church took steps to bring justice and accountability to the Church at large with regard to how they address charges of clergy misconduct. A letter from the Episcopal Church in Minnesota states, “It is requested that this letter is posted and shared widely within each faith community to ensure that everyone in ECMN knows about this provision and can utilize it in order to see that justice is done.” You may read the email here, and use links within to learn more.

Food Shelves

Have you taken the Saint Paul’s Food Shelf Challenge?
It’s the third month, so the challenge is to bring three items to place in the baskets in the Narthex. Only three items spread across the whole month of March – you can do it!

Pastoral Care

If you have need to be visited by a member of our Pastoral Care Team (including our rector or deacon), want to request prayer for yourself, place someone’s name on the parish prayer list, or simply want to make someone aware of an acute or ongoing need, please click the button below.

Father Marcus’s office hours at Saint Paul’s are on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9am-5pm. To make an appointment, please contact him directly.

Recurring Events

1st Sun 3p
WONDER Eucharist
Mon 6:30p
Contemplative Prayer
1st Wed 1-3p
Saint Lydia’s Circle

Prayer Calendar

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Province de L’Eglise Anglicane du Congo.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for those involved in specialized licensed ministries throughout the Episcopal Church in Minnesota including lay preachers, Eucharistic ministers and visitors, and lay readers; and for our musicians and worship committees. We also pray for the parish of Saints Martha and Mary (Eagan).

Our Parish Prayer List in its entirety can be found here.

Pastoral Care at Saint Paul’s: If you have need to be visited by a member of our Pastoral Care Team (including our rector or deacon), want to request prayer for yourself, place someone’s name on the parish prayer list, or simply want to make someone aware of an acute or ongoing need, please e-mail care@stpaulsmpls.org.

This list is maintained to assist you in praying for the parish and the larger community throughout the week. To add your friend or loved one to this list, e-mail Deacon Barbara with your request and any additional details: barbara@stpaulsmpls.org. Your request will be shared with our pastoral care team, as well as Saint Paul’s clergy.

From the Organ Bench

Choir Diary for 10:00am Eucharist

Voluntary: Adagio (Tomaso Albinoni)
Anthem: Sicut cervus  (Giovanni Pierluigi da Pergolesi)

Serving This Sunday

 

Barb & Jim Smith
greeters

Paul Carlson
Brandon McCray-Reeves
ushers

Tom Lockhart
crucifer

Max Diaz
John Struyk
acolytes

The Reverend
Marcus G. Halley
celebrant

The Reverend
Barbara del Caro Scaia
deacon

Angie Paulson
Bryan Jones
lectors

Julie L’Enfant & Norm Mitchell
eucharistic ministers

Jacob Manier
choirmaster-organist

Charles Peterson
master of ceremony

Team II
altar guild

Beth Carlson
Tom Lockhart
vestry tellers

Faith Formation Commission
coffee hour hosts

Coffee Hour Corner

Food Shelf

Upcoming Events

Sat 21

Fall Commission Saturday

September 21 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT
Sun 22

Holy Eucharist

September 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT
Dec 06

A Festival of Lessons and Carols

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST

From the Pulpit

Catch up on our most recent sermons

The Rev. Susan Daughtry – What is Freedom

The Rev. Susan Daughtry – What is Freedom

From June 30, 2019 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis It’s the Sunday before July 4, Independence Day. The reading we had from Paul’s letter to the Galatians is all about freedom. So I think we need to go there. But I have to be honest with...

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Ashes and Oil

Ashes and Oil

Ash Wednesday holds two truths: Our sin and God's grace. Listen to Father Marcus' sermon from March 6, 2019.

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RSS Father Marcus’ Podcast: Word Made Fresh

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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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