Welcome to Saint Paul’s

Regardless of who you are, where you are from, or where you happen to be on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.

Welcome!

First of all, WELCOME! We know that you could be doing any number of things on a Sunday morning aside from coming to church. The fact that you have made the choice to attend worship means that faith means something to you, even if you aren’t sure what. Saint Paul’s Church strives to be a community of hospitality and welcome. Regardless of who you are, where you are from, or where you happen to be on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here. Attending a new church for the first time can be intimidating. Here are some thoughts that might put your mind at ease:
What do I wear?
Great question! Our community is diverse. On any given Sunday we have older folks dressed in their “Sunday Best” or folks who have stopped in on the way to a sports game or an afternoon of running errands. We invite you to dress whichever you feel is comfortable and appropriate.
Are children welcome?
Absolutely! At Saint Paul’s we believe the worship of our community is strengthened when we all worship together – children included. We understand this makes some parents nervous, so we provide both nursery care (for our youngest children) and worship bags (for our slightly older children). Please know that we welcome the noises of children as a part of our community’s joyful noise!
Can I receive communion?
You need not be a baptized Episcopalian to receive communion at Saint Paul’s. While baptism (in any Christian tradition – Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Baptist, etc.) before receiving communion is the rule, Saint Paul’s Church takes a soft approach to its application. No one will ask you if you are baptized before you receive. If you are not yet baptized and want to consider deepening your relationship with God this way, you are invited to speak to the priest. We would love to formally welcome you into the Body of Christ. As a matter of hospitality and unity, ALL of our bread at Saint Paul’s Church is gluten-free.
Do I have to put money into the offering plate?
Giving is always a voluntary act – always a response to God’s goodness towards us. As a visitor there is no expectation that you will put anything in the offering plate. You are welcome to let it pass you by. If you are a frequent visitor or member, we strongly encourage you to consider giving to support the mission and ministry of Saint Paul’s Church as part of your spiritual practice of generosity. You can find out how you can give to Saint Paul’s by visiting our GIVE page.
Where should I park?
Saint Paul’s Church has a few spaces for parking in the garth behind the Beim Neighborhood House, but most people opt to park on the street. There is limited, handicap-accessible street parking directly in front of the building, otherwise you are welcome to park anywhere on Logan Avenue or around the corner on Lincoln or Knox Avenues.
What is this about "Coffee Hour"?
Consider this your invitation to join us! Immediately after 10:00 am Holy Eucharist, please consider joining us for Coffee Hour in the Neighborhood House. This is where we catch up with our friends, make new ones, find out what is happening at Saint Paul’s Church and in our community, and find out how we can partner with God’s mission in our neighborhood. Saint Paul’s loves to show hospitality, and we’d be honored if you’d join us.
I like what I see. How can I connect more deeply?
We are always happy to have you visit with us, but if you want to take the next step to deepen your relationship with God, explore the depths of your own spirituality, and connect with Saint Paul’s Church, we’d love to have you as a part of our parish family. Membership at Saint Paul’s Church is more than just your name on the church attendance roll – it is a way of life. As a member, you are saying that there is something here that feeds you spiritually and encourages you to serve the world in Christ’s name. Our job as a church is to make sure you have everything you need to live your faith boldly and compassionately. If you like what you see, and you want to worship, grow, and serve here, you can contact the priest about membership. You can also be on the lookout for newcomer gatherings and Discipleship classes.

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Worship

Worship is at the center of the life of Saint Paul’s Church. Liturgies (worship services) are held either in the nave (main church) of Saint Paul’s or in Saint Paul’s Chapel. Whether you are a lifetime Episcopalian, a Christian exploring the Episcopal tradition, an inquirer and spiritual wanderer, or somewhere in between, please know that you are always welcome to worship at Saint Paul’s Church on Lake of the Isles.

Grow

The Apostle Paul, our patron saint, writes to the Ephesian church that they are to “grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ…” At Saint Paul’s Church, we are intentional about offering a multitude of opportunities for people to grow in their faith in Christ. This happens mainly through two pathways: Sunday Bible Study and Tuesday Night Formation.

Serve

Saint Paul’s Church is deeply committed to being the hands and feet of Christ in the world, serving those whom Christ served and proclaiming the justice and compassion that reveal the Kingdom of God. The words that we recite at each baptism – the Baptismal Covenant – encourages us to “seek and serve Christ in all persons” and “strive for justice and peace among all people.” Our Outreach Commission helps to coordinate Saint Paul’s outreach and mission activity in our local community through ongoing partnerships and individual initiatives.

Give

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Look for ways you can donate to Saint Paul’s through secure online channels in the coming months.

Meanwhile, feel free to mail any contribution to:

1917 Logan Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Find Us & Parking

We are located at the intersection of Franklin and Logan Avenues just before reaching the Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, MN.

Where should I park?
Saint Paul’s Church has a few spaces for parking in the garth behind the Beim Neighborhood House, but most people opt to park on the street. There is limited, handicap-accessible street

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Sunday Hours
Nursery: 9:30am-11:30am
Choir: 9am – 10pm
Service: 10am – 11:30am

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Letter from Your Wardens (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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