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

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Senior Warden Message – COVID-19 Update

“Church is not cancelled; it has changed.” This was the message shared in the bulletin and in the opening message of our first online Eucharist. In these challenging times of COVID-19 we need to find new ways to connect, new ways to gather, and new ways to replenish our spirit.

Last Sunday’s online liturgy and a new Wednesday night online Compline, which will start next week, are just two ways we have started to adjust to what will be our new temporary normal. Besides our services going online, we are also sending notes, making calls, and having time together on various social media platforms. Keeping connected is so important to our Saint Paul’s community. We are all in this together supporting each other. God is making his presence known in all these wonderful interactions.

Two weeks ago, when we suspended our in-church services and closed the doors of the church, we hoped to reopen our doors April 1. Unfortunately, with the Stay-at-Home orders from Governor Walz and recommendations from Bishop Prior, we continue to be closed to holding any kind of in-person or public gatherings. The current recommendation from the Bishop is through mid-May. Although disappointing, this is necessary to keep all of us and our neighbors healthy. Please understand that the church will be locked and closed to all church-related activities.

Governor Walz and recommendations from Bishop Prior, we continue to be closed to holding any kind of in-person or public gatherings. The current recommendation from the Bishop is through mid-May. Although disappointing, this is necessary to keep all of us and our neighbors healthy. Please understand that the church will be locked and closed to all church-related activities.

Earlier this month we formed a COVID-19 response team. This team, made up of staff and Vestry members, is supporting and helping us live into this new temporary normal. This group will continue to watch for new ways for us to keep connected. They will watch for guidance from Episcopal Church of Minnesota (ECMN), the Minnesota Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO). I am so proud of the work they are doing and the amazing amount of love and care they have for our members.

Continue to watch for updates in your email, on Saint Paul’s Facebook page, or on our website. And don’t forget you too can help us keep connected – use our Realm online directory to reach out to your church family.

Stay healthy and know that God is with us, Beth

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