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July 16, 2017


My St. John’s  Help Desk | TODAY
We’ve launched the My St. John’s online parishioner portal, which gives parishioners anytime, anywhere access to their member and family records, plus a parish photo directory. For one-on-one assistance, we have a “help desk” set up in the Gathering Space after both services. Come down to share coffee and treats while our team can help you check your member records, take your picture for the photo directory, and answer any questions.
If you have not yet received your username and password, stop by the help desk today, or contact the church office at 651-228-1172 x23 or


Worship and Music

Summer Hymn Sings | Sundays through Aug 6
Come at 9:45am to gather at the front of the church around the piano and sing your favorite hymns.

Evensong | Sunday, August 6
The combined choirs of St. John’s and St. Clement’s will present a choral Evensong service at 4pm at St. John’s. Canticles by Herbert Howells, Preces and Responses of Bernard Rose, and the lovely Te lucis (Evening Hymn) of Balfour Gardiner. A festive reception will follow.

Parish Picnic | Sunday, August 13
Join us at our annual church picnic with Holy Apostles for 10am worship, followed by a cookout. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, a dessert or salad to feed 10-12 people, and sunscreen/bug spray.
Location: Phalen Park Picnic Pavilion (1600 Phalen Dr, St. Paul)


Spiritual Life

New Small Groups Forming Now
These gatherings of 8-12 meet for friendship and spiritual support. Are you interested in a daytime group, a north metro group, or a Minneapolis group? Contact Kate Bradtmiller at 651-228-1172 x18 if you’d like to join one of those small groups or any other group.

St. John’s Café   Sundays at 9am
Join us Sundays at 9am in the Fireside Room to discuss the gospel in the context of our lives.
For info: Kate Bradtmiller, 651-228-1172 x18.

Youth Summer Camps
The Episcopal Church in MN is offering three camps this year in July & August. See details and links at St. John’s has funding available to help with registration costs.
For info: Jean Hansen,

Deepening Roots | Beginning in September
In this course we read scripture as narrative and canon. Our aim is to become astute Bible readers and informed theologians, who can think and speak meaningfully about God. The course is taught by Rev. Mary Ellen Ashcroft. Cost is $200 per person.
For info & signup:
Time: one Thursday evening a month, Sept-May.
Location: St. Matthew’s (2136 Carter Ave, St Paul)

Community Prayer on Facebook
We offer a community prayer time on our Facebook page each Saturday. To participate, “like” the St. John’s Facebook page at

ECMN School for Formation
Invest in your own growth and development in the coming year, to strengthen your ministry in your faith community and beyond.  If you’ve never taken a course before, now is a great chance to dive in: You can take a course for free this fall. And if you complete it, you’ll get a voucher to take half off your next course in Spring 2018.
For info/ to register:


Giving Opportunities

Farmers’ Market | Sundays 9-noon
The Farmers’ Market is held Sundays in the parking lot from 9am-noon. Volunteers are needed to greet visitors or to take produce to First Nations Kitchen. Sign up for a hosting slot at
Our Mustard Seed Offering today will go toward our Farmers’ Market and Fields to Families.

Donations for Kayoro Clinic
The St. John’s travelers hope to bring much needed supplies to the clinic: prenatal vitamins; multivitamins; folic acid, magnesium, and iron supplements; acetaminophen; ibuprofen; allergy tablets; sanitary napkins; KY Jelly. For info, contact Lea Anne Schmidt at
Location: Please leave donations in the narthex.

Carpentry Help Requested
George Power is looking for assistance building new pew-top supports for the handbell cushions. He has a set of tentative plans to use, but would appreciate input from anyone who has more expertise in woodworking. He also needs help transporting large sheets of plywood to the church.
For info: 651-222-1031 /

School Tools | Through Aug 13
This annual drive collects much-needed school supplies for children from low-income and homeless families. Please leave donations in the marked box in the Gathering Space. All items should be new.
High priority supplies: Backpacks, 3-ring binders, calculators, facial tissues
Also needed: Spiral notebooks, Composition notebooks, Pencils, Pens, Markers, Folders, School boxes, Erasers, Highlighters, Pencil sharpeners, Colored pencils, Rulers, Glue sticks & bottles, Loose-leaf paper, Scissors, Crayons, USB Flash Drives.
For info: Holly Weinkauf,

Faith Builders |  July 24-28 & July 31-Aug 4
We’ll be joining with other local churches to work on a new Habitat for Humanity project in Saint Paul Park. All skill levels welcome.
Sign up:, click a date you’d like to work, and follow the registration instructions.

Volunteer at First Nations Kitchen  | Sun, Aug 6
First Nations’ Kitchen (FNK) serves free, healthy, organic, indigenous meals in a welcoming family environment. Serving at FNK gives us an opportunity to fulfill our calling to be in relationship with our neighbors. We have four shifts to staff:
•  Food prep:  1:30-3:30pm (6 volunteers)
•  Dining room setup: 4-5pm (3 volunteers including one dishwasher)
•  Dinner service: 5-6:30pm (8-10 volunteers)
•  Cleanup: 6:15-7:30pm (6 volunteers)
Sign up: Margaret Thor,  651-631-8308 /
Location: 3044 Longfellow Ave, Minneapolis.

Altar Flowers: New Opportunities to Give
For many years, parishioners have given funds for memorial flowers on the Main and Little Sanctuary altars.  For the coming church year, we encourage you to also give in honor of living family members and other meaningful people, as well as in thanksgiving for events such as a wedding or the birth of a child.
To give flowers / for info: Dusty Mairs, 651-451-3302 or

Employment Needed for Refugee Family
Dauda Idi Bushiri, the father of the refugee family from the Congo we sponsored last summer, is presently without employment. The work should require a minimum of oral English and no written English. If you know of a possible job, contact Kate Bradtmiller at


Special Interests

Circle of the Beloved “Grill & Chill” | Sat, Jul 22
Join in a cookout and end-of-year celebration. Bring yourself, a friend, a dish, and your dancing shoes.
Info: 6-9pm at St. Andrew’s courtyard, 1832 James Ave N, Minneapolis.

Adult Grief Education Class | Mon, Aug 7
HealthEast Hospice is offering a free grief education class designed to help adults better understand and cope with their grief after the death of a loved one. To register: / 651-232-3543 by August 3.
Info: 4-6pm at Haag-Rinkel Room at HealthEast Midway (1700 University Ave W, St. Paul).


Monthly Meetings

  • Vestry Meeting—Mon, July 17, 6pm, Fireside Room. Contact Jerry Woelfel at 651-283-7798.
  • Prayer Shawl Gathering—Wednesday, July 19, 9:30am, Gathering Space. Contact Anneke Krall at 651-248-8932.
  • Hearts to Homes Meeting—Thurs, July 27, 6 pm, Library. Contact Rianna Matter at


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