This Sunday at Saint Paul's

Your Weekly E-pistle for Sunday 2 September 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 Evangelism Commission for hosting Coffee Hour; next week, the Parish Life Commission will host for Homecoming Sunday.

Upcoming Events and General Announcements

Our next volunteer opportunity at Open Arms is 15 September at 10:00 am. Join the Outreach Commission and help cook and package food for people living with chronic illness. It’s a lot of fun, and no experience is necessary! Please sign-up on the bulletin board outside the Rector’s office.

All newcomers are invited to attend our Fall Newcomer Social on Thursday, 27 September at 6:00pm. You can find more information by visiting any of our Information Centers (underneath the announcement monitors at church) or by contacting our Rector

Painting Project Progress: Thank you for your generosity thus far! Our goal is to finish fundraising by 16 September. You can mail or drop off your contribution to Saint Paul’s, with “Painting Project” in the memo. If you have any questions, please see Jennica Date or Jacob Manier. Thanks again!

 

 

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.

Grow your faith and sign up for The Path, Youth Confirmation, The Apostle Paul Class, and more! Sign-up sheets for Faith Formation classes can be found at any information center around the church (underneath the announcement monitors).

Meetings of Saint Paul’s Vestry are open to all who wish to attend. The next meeting will be Monday, 17 September 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 or by contacting the Clerk of the Vestry, Jeff Gosnell.

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 at Saint Mark’s Cathedral. 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. More details and directions are here.

Community Coffice™ Hours in September will be held at Common Roots Cafe on Lyndale Avenue every Wednesday from 10am-3pm. Feel free to drop in or make an appointment.

Prayer Calendar

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for The Anglican Church of South America.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Episcopal Homes of Minnesota, Episcopal Group Homes, Guardian Angels, all other institutions that do ministry for and with the elderly, as well as local senior residential facilities and care centers. We pray for the 161st Convention of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota to be held September 14-15 in Mankato. We also pray for the parish of Grace (Wabasha).

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

From the Organ Bench

Beautiful music played by Jacob Manier, choirmaster/organist.

Serving This Sunday

Beth & Paul Carlson greeters

Curt Kullberg usher

Pat Trumbull crucifer

The Rev. Marcus G. Halley presider

The Rev. Barbara del Caro Scaia deacon

Jennica Date & John Harrer lectors

Craig Carnahan intercessor

Gary & Marcy Wegner eucharistic ministers

Jacob Manier organist-choirmaster

Kathy Kullberg master of ceremony

Team I altar guild

Meredith Johnson & Jill Westendorp vestry tellers


Evangelism 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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