This Sunday at Saint Paul's

Your Weekly E-pistle for Sunday 07 October 2018

This week begins the “Generous Grace” sermon series and our annual Stewardship Drive. You are invited to worship each week in October to learn and experience how God’s generosity towards us invites us to do the same for others. We are also collecting names to be included in our All Saints prayers; they may be added to the list near the Baptismal Font.

Groveland and Joyce Uptown Food Shelves joyfully receive Saint Paul’s weekly donations. Back by popular demand, October’s collection theme is commonly used baking ingredients and spicesm(flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and the like). Please bring items to church as part of your weekly offering, and place them in the baskets found in the Narthex.

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

The Chapel furniture will be moved after the liturgy to prepare for painting and our inaugural WONDER Eucharist. Many hands will make this transition safe and quick, and we’d appreciate your help! E-mail Kelly Belanger to let him know you plan to pitch in.

WONDER Eucharist, our monthly liturgy for wiggly young worshipers and their families, begins Sunday at 3:00 pm. This service will include stories, opportunities for play, interactive music, and sacrament, held on each first Sunday.

Upcoming Events and General Announcements

An update on the Sanctuary Renewal Project can be found here. We’re almost there, Saint Paulites!!

Father Halley will be present at Saint Paul’s for office hours on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00am-5:00pm. To make an appointment during those times, please call or e-mail him directly, or use his calendly link; evening appointments or appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays can be made at his discretion.

Socialize with your pewmates! This year’s Cottage Groups are now forming, and will start meeting in October. Up to eight people will meet at a residence to share a meal and get to know one another better; by the end of the night, the next meeting is scheduled with the goal that everyone will take a turn hosting over the next nine months. Cost is minimal, but the experience is priceless! Sign up during Coffee Hour in the next two weeks, or contact Kathy Kullberg (612-374-4456).

WONDER Eucharist, our monthly liturgy for wiggly young worshipers and their families, begins on 7 October at 3:00 pm. This service will include stories, opportunities for play, interactive music, and sacrament. Please bring the little ones in your life to this service held on each first Sunday at 3:00 pm.

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).

Fall Clean-Up Day is scheduled for Saturday, 27 Octoberbeginning at 9:00am. Partake in all your favorite fall activities: raking, trimming, cleaning, etc (indoor tasks will be available for those who prefer). Saint Paul’s has a limited number of yard tools for use, but feel free to bring your own. Please sign up ahead of time so we know how many lunches to prepare. If the weather foils our plans, look for a reschedule on 3 November.

Please join us for Commitment Sunday on 28 October where we will celebrate the generosity of our community with board games, crafts, fellowship, and food.

Bigger Hearts Philanthropy Party: You are invited (and encouraged to invite family and friends) to a community celebration of mission on Sunday, 4 November at 4:00pm. This party will feature three of our mission partners –Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness, Hennepin County Library, and Joyce Uptown Foodshelf– and opportunities to support small projects. Microphilanthropy is based on the idea that many people making small donations can make a huge difference. The party itself is free and will include food, fellowship, and music.

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.

Change is in the air this fall. Bishop Brian Prior released an important announcement last week you can read here.

Recurring Events

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

Books for Africa

The annual Books for Africa community book drive is approaching! Collection dates are 12-13 October (details can be found here). Help spread the word by sharing our Facebook event to your wall, and sign up in the Narthex to lend a hand. Contact Steve Clarke with further questions.

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.

Prayer Calendar

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for The Episcopal Church (USA)

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Anglican Communion throughout the world and for the Most Reverend and Right Honorable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury; for The Episcopal Church USA, and the Most Reverend Michael Curry, our Presiding Bishop. We also pray for the parish of the Redeemer (Cannon Falls).

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

Voluntary: Prelude in E-flat (William Harris)
Psalm: Psalm 25 (James Turle)
Anthem: Laudate pueri (W.A. Mozart)
Voluntary: Fanfare (William Mathias)

Serving This Week

Errik & Whitney-Lehr Koening
greeters

Julie L’Enfant & Norm Mitchell
ushers

Bryan Jones
crucifer

The Reverend
Marcus G. Halley
presider

The Reverend
Barbara del Caro Scaia
deacon

Simon Struyk
Prisca Cushman
lectors

Gary & Marcy Wegner
eucharistic ministers

Jacob Manier
choirmaster-organist

Steve Clarke
master of ceremony

Team I
altar guild

Shea Halstead
Meredith Johnson
vestry tellers

Worship Committee
coffee hour hosts

Coffee Hour Corner

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

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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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