Worship

Healing Prayer and Healing Anointing
Sundays in Advent (November 27 – December 18)
This pastoral care will be offered by trained ministers in the Chapel during the distribution of Holy Communion at the 10am service. If you attend 8am worship and want to participate, please tell the clergy, who will pray with you and anoint you after the service.

Evening Prayer on Facebook
5pm Monday-Friday during Advent 
A spoken service of Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer, led by a rota of parishioners. Offered every weekday during Advent on Facebook Live

Blue Christmas Liturgy
Sunday, December 11 at 4pm in the Church
For those who struggle with grief, painful memories, or the stress of the festive season, join us for a 30-minute contemplative service of psalms, prayers, scripture, and spiritual reflections followed by a 30-minute listening circle where we will hold sacred space for each other to share whatever burdens our hearts and minds. Healing Prayer and Healing Anointing will be offered for anyone who would like to receive them. All are welcome.

Music

Ecumenical Advent Choral Vespers
Thursday, December 1 at 7pm at St. Thomas More in St. Paul
A joint Choral Vespers for the season of Advent led by the Scholas of St. Thomas More Catholic Community and St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church. Kellen O’Grady and Richard Gray, Directors.

Lessons & Carols
Sunday, December 18 at 4pm in the Church & on YouTube
Our annual celebration of seasonal music and Scripture is always a delight. A festive reception will follow.

Faith Formation

Advent Read Discussions & Soup Suppers
Wednesday evenings (November 30 – December 21) at 5:30pm
Our all-parish Advent read is Gather by Octavia Raheem. Come for a conversation that invites readers to be “Free to pour the medicine of joy, harmony, and abundance from the ladle of [your] heart into the bowl of [your] being.” (Octavia Raheem). Bring a copy of the book including your journal notes.
Reading Schedule:
November 30: Introduction–page 34
December 7: Pages 36–55
December 14: Pages 56–82
December 21: Pages 84–109

Sunday Faith Forum Series “Healing Within: Spiritual Practices for All Bodies”
Sundays, November 27 – December 18 at 9am in the Fireside Room and on Zoom 
“Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Cor 3:16) 
During Advent, Carol DeFrancisco and Marjorie D. Grevious will lead this four-part series. As we prepare to receive God’s love in the Christ Child, we’ll participate in practices that align our minds, bodies, and spirits with wholeness and well-being. We will “inwardly digest” the appointed Advent Scriptures with gentle movements and contemplative breathing practices from a seated position.

Community

Advent Weath Making Event and Christmas Boutique
Sunday, November 27 at 11am in the Gym
Join us after the 10am service to decorate your advent wreaths with fresh evergreens. Please bring your wreath form from home. A limited amout of advent wreaths will be available for a $20 lifetime donation.

Give us Wings will once again provide wonderful gifts for purchase in the gym starting at 9am and continuing after the 10am service. Shop for unique African treasures that would make excellent gifts for the holiday season. Jewelry, baskets, toys, decorative items and more. All profits go to support Uganda activities through our partner, Give Us Wings.

Christmas Party
Saturday, December 10

The festivities start at 4 pm with a bonfire, food, and hot cider in the parking lot.
We’ll have a chance to sing carols around the fire before moving to the gym at 5 pm, where parishioners chefs will cook and serve a small plate/appetizer of their choosing at five different chef stations. You are encouraged to taste your way around the room, enjoying the food and Christmas flavors of our members. Linger at a cocktail table with friends, or sit down and enjoy relaxing in the festive environment. Christmas cocktails and non-alcoholic offerings will be on offer. Please bring a dessert to share

Families are welcome. There may be childcare available for the indoor portion of the event.

If you’d like to volunteer to be a chef or want to help set up, serve, or clean up, contact Lynn Hertz.  Many hands make light work!

Outreach: Faith in Action

Hallie Q Brown Holiday Toy Shop
Collected in the Narthex and Kent Street Lobby through December 4
Every year, the Hallie Q Brown Community Center opens their Toy Shop for parents and caregivers to come and “shop” for gifts to give their children at Christmas. This gives the adults autonomy and excitement in choosing the gifts, while helping give children an extra blessed and magical holiday. Please bring your donations of unwrapped toys/gift items for ages 0-18 to church by December 4. (Items that appeal to teens are especially needed.) Monetary donations are also welcome (choose “Mustard Seed” fund in the dropdown).

Hallie Q Brown Holiday Food Drive
Collected in the Narthex and Kent Street Lobby through December 19
Hallie Q’s  food shelf will be collecting food for Christmas dinners: stuffing, canned gravy and dry gravy mixes, canned vegetables and pumpkin, graham crackers, sweetened condensed milk. Also welcome: canned soups, tuna, pasta, and Manwich meals. Monetary donations are also welcome (choose “Mustard Seed” fund in the dropdown).

Serving Dinner at Project Home
Sunday, December 11 from 3- 6:30pm
Help serve our neighbors experiencing homelessness. Volunteers are needed to assist with providing salad/dessert, meal prep and serving, and cleanup. Sign up here. Location: Provincial House, 1880 Randolph Ave., St Paul, MN 55105

Help at First Nations Kitchen
Sunday, December 18 at All Saints Indian Mission Episcopal
This unique ministry in Minneapolis provides a weekly free meal of fresh organic food to all their neighbors, who are mainly indigenous people. It’s a lot of fun to volunteer here! Kids are encouraged to come along and help too! Volunteers needed for:
Prep Shift (12-2:30 pm): Cleaning, sorting, bagging produce; packing up To Go meals, washing dishes, sanitizing surfaces.
Give Away Shift (3:30-5:30 pm): Setting up the area outside where the meals are distributed, greeting guests, handing out meal packs and extras, and cleaning up afterwards. 
To volunteer for a slot, please email Don Weinkauf.

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