This Sunday at Saint Paul's

Your Weekly E-pistle for 12 August 2018

Groveland and Joyce Uptown Food Shelves joyfully receive Saint Paul’s weekly donations of personal care and non-perishable food. Please bring items to church as part of your weekly offering, and place in the baskets at the Narthex doors. Thank you.

Thank you to the Outreach Commission for hosting Coffee Hour; next week, the Worship Committee.

Upcoming Events and General Announcements

You can still register for August’s Commission Saturday (THIS Saturday)! Join us from 8:30am-1pm for commission meetings, crafting our parish mission and vision statements, and articulating our core values.  If you serve on a Commission or not, have ideas about ministry, or want to get more deeply involved with Saint Paul’s, this event is for YOU! Register online or on paper, available in the Beim Neighborhood House.

Our annual School Supply Drive for Jefferson Community School continues this week. Pick up a shopping list in the Narthex, or click here to read the details. Donations will be collected on the large table in the Nathex for the remaining two Sundays in August.

Further Painting Project news from your Vestry! Read about our next steps forward here.

Gift Cards for God: Bring your unused gift cards to the church over the next few week and help us listen to our neighbors. The New Vision Committee is ready to send out our community survey to our neighbors, and your gift cards will help entice our neighbors to provide feedback. Any gift card will do, so long as it can be used locally or online.

Meetings of Saint Paul’s Vestry are open to all who wish to attend. The next meeting will be Monday, 20 August at 7:00pm in the Thurston Conference Room. Minutes of past meetings will be on our website soon; until that time, you can find a reference copy of all approved minutes in a box across form the Rector’s office, in the Resources box, or by contacting the Clerk of the Vestry, Jeff Gosnell.

Confirmation Registration: If your child age 12-18 and wishes to deepen their faith and learn more about the Episcopal Church, please contact Father Marcus and let him know. Our next class will be confirmed by Bishop Prior in May 2019.

Community Coffice Hours in July and August will be held at Dunn Brothers Coffee on Wednesdays 10am-3pm. Join Father Marcus for coffee and conversation, on any topic! Drop in or set an appointment (private meetings can be scheduled with the Rector).

Prayer Calendar

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church of South India (United).

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for all hospital chaplaincies, counseling chaplaincies, and Spiritual Directors throughout the Episcopal Church in Minnesota; for our faith community nurses, health ministers, and all those who minister to the sick; and for all farmers and laborers working with the harvest, especially San Jose Obrero Mission in Montgomery. We also pray for the parishes of Saint Bartholomew (Bemidji).

On our Parish Prayer List, we pray for Adeline, Alex, Anna and Steve, Bob, Dianne, Eva, Greg, Harvey, Jennie Beth, Joan, John, Karen, Kate, Katherine, Krista, Laura, Liz, Mary, Nancy, Natalia, Norman, Pat and Steve, Philip, Richard, Sue, Susan, and the Coopergard, del Caro Scaia, and Paulson families.

We also pray for the repose of the soul of Christopher James Ross, son of Jim Ross; may he rest in peace and rise in glory.

From the Organ Bench

Beautiful music played by Jacob Manier, choirmaster/organist.

Serving This Sunday

Curt Kullberg Brandon McCray-Reeves greeters

Jennica Date Pat Trumbull ushers

Jacob McCray-Reeves crucifer

The Rev. Marcus G. Halley presider

The Rev. Barbara del Caro Scaia deacon

Bryan Jones John McDaris lectors

Jennica Date intercessor

Pat Champ Ellen Dresselhuis eucharistic ministers

Jacob Manier organist-choirmaster

Steve Clarke master of ceremony

Team III altar guild

Jennica Date Jacob McCray-Reeves vestry tellers


Outreach Commission
coffee hour hosts

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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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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