Christian formation is the lifelong process of growing in our relationship with God, self, others, and all creation. Every experience in our lives can provide us with the opportunity to express our faith; the challenge we face is recognizing these opportunities and living out our faith in the world.
Like to cook? Sign up for a fun meal prep night or help out in the kitchen for events. Like to read? Join a book group. Like to garden? Join in taking care of the gardens. Like to head out for an evening? Check out the women's events or God on Tap. Like to serve? Become a lector, chalice bearer, altar guild, choir member, outreach helper, office helper, etc, etc, There is something for every adult; whatever your interests, age or ability!
A Lent Morning of Reflection
We are offering a wonderful way to keep the Season of Lent on Saturday, March 16 from 8:30 a.m. until noon. This morning of reflection will center on our theme “Called to the Way of Love” and explore the seven practices for a Jesus-Centered life: turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go and rest. There will be time for input, reflection and prayer. The morning will conclude with lunch (optional). The morning of reflection and lunch are free (paid for by our C3 grant!).
Please RSVP to Rita in the office: 724-3535 or email@example.com so we can have enough materials and a number for lunch.
Lent Wednesday Noon Service and Lunch
Each Wednesday in March (and April 3 & 10) we will have a simple service of Eucharist in the chapel followed by a soup lunch in the parish hall. If you would like to provide or make soup or bread for one of these lunches, please sign up on the sheet outside of the kitchen.
March begins the Season of Lent this year. Wednesday, March 6 is Ash Wednesday. We will have services at noon and 5:30 pm. Both services are in church and include music, the imposition of ashes and communion. Soup lunch will follow the noon service and a light supper will follow the 5:30.
On Wednesdays, March 13, 20 and April 3 and 24 the 6:30pm Church night topic will be the basics of the Episcopalian faith. This is a great chance for those new to the church, those desiring to be baptized, confirmed or received in the church when the Bishop comes on April 28 and those who just want a refresher can come and learn more!
We have had a busy couple of months, with our Meal Prep Night, a night out at Board and Brush and our February overnight Hygge retreat!
All women of the parish are invited to attend our events designed for fun, relaxation, meeting new people and fitting into busy schedules. Come to a women's night out at a local establishment, engage in various artistic endeavors and retreats.
GIFT- Growing in Faith Together
GIFT is held monthly and provides an opportunity for people of all ages to explore God's love for them by sharing the gift of each other and the gift of faith. Individuals, couples, and families are encouraged to attend! Events are held 6:30-7:30pm. Next GIFT is on March 27 and will be a 150th Church Anniversary Church Search. Explore nooks and crannies of the church you have never seen before!
Gentle Yoga Mondays 1:00pm-1:45pm
In the Children’s Room. Some of the benefits of yoga include improved range of motion, better circulation & sleep, greater strength & joint mobility, and better posture & immune function. Enjoy Gentle Yoga while you relieve stress & anxiety. Beginners welcome (and encouraged)! Gentle Yoga is for every body! Questions? Email Colette at firstname.lastname@example.org Trial class is free, then $8 per class
Tuesday Morning Bible Study - The Tuesday morning Bible study group meets at 8:30 a.m. in the Olcott Room. The readings for the upcoming week is the focus of this group and it is led by Rev. Bill Van Oss
Evening Bible Study - In 2019 our evening group has decided that the Bible study will become book discussions beginning in January. We will first use our January and February sessions to discuss Nadia Bolz-Weber's Accidental Saints. Following that, during Lent, we plan to read and discuss Bishop Curry's book The Power of Love. Dates for our meetings are the 4th Tuesday of each month: February 26; March 26; April 23; and May 28. We meet 6:30-8:00 in the Parish Hall. You are welcome to join us! Please call the office to learn about the sessions, or email Reverend Barb about it. (email@example.com).
You might know that 2019 is the year our parish celebrates its Sesquicentennial anniversary! If you have ideas for how we should celebrate or would like to help with planning events, please come to a meeting on Sunday, March 17 after the 10:00 service in the Olcott Room. Many thanks to Terry Roberts for leading our efforts!
College students are welcome and highly encouraged to attend worship and events at St. Paul’s. College care packages are sent out twice a year!
To find an Episcopal campus ministry:
To contact the University of Minnesota Episcopal Community in the Twin Cities: firstname.lastname@example.org
Online resources for young adults:
http://www.d365.org/todaysdevotion/ Online devotions with music geared towards young adults.
http://www.rejesus.co.uk/ ReJesus has a single focus - it goes to the very heart of Christian life and faith - the person of Jesus Christ himself. Its aim is to reach people who have little previous knowledge of Jesus or the Christian faith and to encourage a step or two of faith. It is a collaborative between several mainline denominations in England, including the Anglican Church
Damiano Soup Kitchen
The first Monday of every month volunteers from St. Paul's prepare lunch from 8:30 am. to 11:30 and serve it from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. We usually serve between 250 to 300 meals. For additional information and to volunteer contact the parish office.
Vetted Online Resources, Apps and Blogs for Adults
http://www.episcopalcafe.com/ Current news, topics and spiritual reflections
www.clergyconfidential.com For a dose of humor and inspiration, try this blog by Episcopal priest Tim Schenk.
http://drewdowns.net/ A blog written by an Episcopal priest who is seeking an authentic faith that is expressive, worshipful, artistic, and transformative.
http://schoolforformation.org/ provides online courses sponsored by the Episcopal Church of MN to provide sound theological education for all people that is accessible and relational.
http://www.loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreats-daily-online-prayer.htm 3 minute retreat is an online or smartphone app that invite you to take a short prayer break right at your computer or phone
BIBLE- You can now read the Bible from your computer or smartphone; the You Version of the Bible is a great resource on your smartphone; when you are waiting in the Doctor's office or for a flight; click on the Bible on your phone and get inspired!
- There is an abundance of free spirituality resources downloadable through ITUNES! Here is just a sampling: type in "Episcopal" and several Episcopal churches who have podcasts of their sermons will appear including St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church. You can experience Morning Prayer from the Episcopal Church in Garrett County, itunes U has many free downloads of Bible studies, courses and discussion including Yale Divinity School which has a series of discussions on the Gospel of Luke from well known scholars.