This Sunday at Saint Paul's

Your Weekly E-pistle for Sunday 2 December 2018

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

This week we begin our Advent journeythrough The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life. Our theme for Advent 1 is Attentiveness and Mindfulness. Find this week’s at-home practices here.

Thank you to the Evangelism Commission for hosting Coffee Hour this week; next week, the Faith Formation Commission.

The residents of Southside Care Center will again receive Saint Paul’s gift donations from our Advent Giving Tree. Tags with gift ideas for residents (and donations for staff gift cards) will appear on the Giving Tree in the Kellogg Room’s bay window on Advent 1!

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!

Hands to Service

Birch the Church 2018: Our Advent forest and greens go up at 10am. Twenty dusters, sweepers, fluffers, trimmers, and haulers would help us be finished by noon, when pizza will be served. Please e-mail or call Jacob Manier to lend a helping hand.

Groveland and Joyce Uptown Food Shelves joyfully receive Saint Paul’s weekly donations. December’s theme is SOUP (cans, cartons, mixes, etc); they also have ongoing need of personal care products. Please bring items to church as part of your weekly offering, and place in baskets in the Narthex. We are also in need of volunteers to deliver donations each month; details and the 2019 sign-up can be found on the bulletin board by the Nursery.The Worship Committee will meet at 6:30pm November 29th to review this year’s goals, set 2019 goals, reflect on fall liturgies, and anticipate liturgies for the coming winter.

Saint Paul’s Vestry is searching for candidates to serve two-year terms as Vestry members. The Vestry –the lay governing board of the church– works in tandem with the Rector to set the agenda for the church’s mission and ministry. We meet monthly, and each member also serves as liaison to a commission. If you a baptized member of Saint Paul’s Church, you are eligible and welcome to serve. You may speak to either Warden (Jacob McCray-Reeves or Meredith Johnson), Jill Westendorp, or Jim Huismann.

Upcoming Events and General Announcements

I Believe! Stewardship Progress: Thank you to everyone who has submitted a pledge for 2019! As of Monday we have 47 pledge units in for a total of $148,412.56; this includes four new pledging units. We are still waiting for 21 previous pledgers to renew. If you have not done so or have any questions regarding your pledge, please contact our Finance Secretary, Brad Lien. The Vestry needs this information to form the budget for 2019, so the sooner we receive this information, the better.

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 6:00 pm.

Saint Lydia’s Circle will meet this Wednesday, 5 December (and all first Wednesdays) at 1:00pm in the Bishop Kellogg Room.

A Festival of Lessons and Carols will be offered to the community at 7:00pm. Please join us for a tranquil evening of music, light, and fellowship; details of this treasured Advent occurrence can be read here.

The Heart’s Joy: Songs for Voice and Guitar will be presented at 2:30pm featuring soprano Kim Sueoka and guitarist Milena Petkovic. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 student/senior, and children 12 and under are admitted for free.

Christmas flowers and trees may be given with thanksgiving or in memory of a loved one. For inclusion in the Christmastide bulletins, please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex by 19 December to meet our printing deadline. Please print your thanksgiving or memorial on the memo line of your check.

Save the date! Saint Paul’s Twelfth Night celebration begins at 6:00pm with wassail, entertainment, and appetizers, followed by dinner at 7:00. Tickets will be $9, and reservations required. Childcare provided. Watch this space for more information…

 

Food Shelves

Groveland and Joyce Uptown Food Shelves joyfully receive Saint Paul’s weekly donations.

October’s theme is commonly used baking ingredients and spices; they also have need of personal care products. Please bring items to church as part of your weekly offering, and place in the baskets found in the Narthex.

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 Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Minnesota Commission on Indian Work (MCIW), and for the Hispanic, Hmong, Liberian, Karen, and numerous multi-cultural ministries and faith communities throughout the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. We also pray for the parish of Saint Nicholas (Richfield).

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 18 November

Voluntary: Prelude in G minor, BWV 558 (J.S. Bach)
Canticle: The Song of Hannah (Edward John Hopkins)
Anthem: For the Beauty of the Earth (John Rutter)
Voluntary: Fugue in G minor, BWV 558 (J.S. Bach)

Serving This Week

Nancy & Pringle Rodman
greeters

Curt Kullberg
Helen Lockhart
ushers

Tom Lockhart
crucifer

The Reverend
Marcus G. Halley
celebrant

The Reverend
Barbara del Caro Scaia
deacon

Prisca Cushman
John Harrer
lectors

Julie L’Enfant & Norm Mitchell
eucharistic ministers

Jacob Manier
choirmaster-organist

Jim Smith
master of ceremony

Team I
altar guild

Jennica Date
Tom Lockhart
vestry tellers

Evangelism 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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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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