This Sunday at Saint Paul's

Your Weekly E-pistle for Sunday 30 December 2018

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

Happy Christmas! Join us for a service of lessons and carols this Sunday at 10:00am. Thank you to The Reverend Anna Ostenso Moore for presiding over our liturgy while Father Marcus is out of town.

Thank you to the Worship Committee for hosting Coffee Hour on Sunday; next week, the Altar Guild.

Hands to Service

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.

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

5 JANUARY: 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…

15 JANUARY: Join us for Growing in Prayer, our next Tuesday Night Theology Class at 6:30pm. Classes will include information and prayer practice. If you want to learn more about prayer and/or discover practices to strengthen your prayer life, this class is for you. You can register by contacting our Rector. There is no fee for this class.

27 JANUARY: The Annual Meeting of Saint Paul’s Church is scheduled in the Community Room (Undercroft) after the liturgy. Commission reports, budget, and other summaries of our parish life in 2018 will be shared. Please plan on attending – you ARE the church!

Father Marcus is taking vacation and will be back in the office on 6 January. During this period, please email pastoral needs that may arise to

Our Stewardship Campaign is coming to a close. We are currently at over $157,000 in pledges for 2019 with a few (8) follow ups yet to be made. Every pledge is important and helps us to partner with God’s mission in our culture and context. If you have not renewed your pledge for 2019, please do so by filling out a pledge form or contacting our Finance Secretary, Brad Lien.

The Year in Pictures won’t be complete without your help! Do you have photos of yourself and other Saint Paulites participating in activities at church, or out having fellowship in our community? Email them to Angie to be included in our photo archive and possibly our 2018 memory video, which will debut at the Annual Meeting on 27 January (see announcement above).

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.

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 Anglican Church in Japan.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the foundations that minister to children with special needs, especially for the work of the Sheltering Arms Foundation, and for all who work in child protection agencies throughout the state of Minnesota. We also pray for the parishes of Saint John the Evangelist (Aitkin, Eveleth, Hallock, Mankato, Onigum, Red Lake, Saint Cloud, Saint Paul, White Bear Lake).

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

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: Your request will be shared with our pastoral care team, as well as Saint Paul’s clergy.

From the Organ Bench



Serving This Sunday

Brandon & Jacob

Paul Carlson
Curt Kullberg

Pat Trumbull

The Reverend
Anna Ostenso Moore

The Reverend
Barbara del Caro Scaia

Angie Paulson
Steve Schafer

Gary & Marcy Wegner
eucharistic ministers

Jacob Manier

Kathy Kullberg
master of ceremony

Team IV
altar guild

Shea Halstead
Meredith Johnson
vestry tellers

Worship Committee
coffee hour hosts

Coffee Hour Corner

Food Shelf

Upcoming Events

Sun 20

Holy Eucharist

October 20 @ 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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Parish-wide Meeting Sunday 13 October (click to view)

A parish-wide meeting will be held after the liturgy where the Wardens will share information on the process to call a new rector and our status in that process. Most importantly, the Wardens and Vestry want input from parishioners on what attributes and skills we should be seeking in a new rector and what we want prospective rectors to understand about who we are. If you are unable to attend but wish to share your thoughts, please feel free to email Senior Warden Meredith Johnson.

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.

Meredith Johnson, Senior Warden ( Beth Carlson, Junior Warden (

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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