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We’d like to get these live auction donations in early so we can advertise them on the Facebook page and hopefully draw more people to the event! If you’re thinking about donating an event and you’d like to talk with Nina or Kristen, feel free to give us a call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By the office door there is a place where you can drop off items, and fill out a slip to tell us what it is and who donated it, so we can add it to the computer. Thanks!
Popular items have included:
theme-oriented dinners (Italian, Russian, Murder Mystery, Sushi-making),
Vikings or Packers tickets,
Skills – Can you
Make things out of wood?
Fix up things around a house?
Many of you got to know Hodan Omar, the older sister of Guled and daughter of Fadumo, at the baby shower last November or at the Somali refugee dinner last March at St Mary’s. Recently, Hodan gave birth to Baby Guled (her third child, first boy) on Thursday, November 9th, at 7:03am. She and Baby Guled are very healthy and doing well! Baby Guled was born 8lbs 11oz and 23in. Hodan is in need of baby boy clothing, so if you would like to donate, please bring donations to church and drop off outside the church office. You can also give them to the Palombo family who will deliver to Hodan. Also, Hodan Omar became a naturalized citizen 2 weeks ago, which is a wonderful experience for her and her family who came as refugees from Somalia many years ago.
Dear Saint Mary’s Community,
My name is Elias and I am a 6th grade student at Great River Montessori School in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
This February, I am honored to be part of a sixteen-member delegation of upper elementary students that will attend the Montessori Model United Nations conference in New York City. We will be representing the countries of Australia and Cameroon.
Our delegation is fully responsible for funding our trip to New York City!
We will be hosting a used book sale at our school on Saturday, December 2nd from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. All are welcome.
Do you have used children’s books or adult books that you would be willing to donate to this cause? If so, you can put them in a marked box inside the entrance of church.
I would be happy to accept donations anytime between now and November 30th.
I am very grateful for this experience and appreciate your generosity!
To learn more about the mission of the Montessori Model United Nations conference, please look here:
To learn more about my school, Great River Montessori, please look here:
Parent Contact Erika Scheurer 651-644-8008
Saturday April 22 2017
at St. Mary’s 1895 Laurel
Silent Auction: 5:30-7:15 PM
Live Auction begins at 7:30 PM
The fun begins with the silent auction from 5:30-7:15
AT 7:30 the winners of the raffle will be chosen,
Followed by the bead game and the always exciting
LIVE AUCTION !
Just a few tips to help you have a great evening.
Bring cash to play the bead game, wine pull and to buy many raffle tickets.
There will be a $10 per person admission fee which includes wine ,beer and attractive nonalcoholic beverages, delicious
hors d’oeuvres, and tempting desserts!
Check out the list of live auction items below it’s fun to get a group of friends together ahead of time and try to win fabulous dinners , cabin weekends or boat rides.
Remember bid high and bid often!
And speaking of friends bring some. There will be a prize for the person who brings the most guests.
This event will also give us an opportunity to raise funds which will go to support the refugee family sponsored by St Mary’s
and To continue our support of Galtier Elementary School!
The auction is our biggest fundraiser and also one of the best parties of the year. You’ll dine on hearty appetizers, sip on your favorite beverages, and enjoy delectable desserts throughout the evening—–all for a food and beverage cover charge of only $10.00
The evening begins at 5:30pm sharp with the Silent Auction. Be sure to get there right on time so you have plenty of time to peruse the tables and place your bids! Auction sections will close at different times to heighten the bidding competition, with the final section closing at 7:15pm.
To ensure you catch all the excitement of the Live Auction, you can reserve a table in advance for $10.00. Just email us to reserve your table!
Raffle tickets are now available! Click here for info:
We are seeking Live Auction donations at this time. Popular items have included theme-oriented dinners (Italian, Russian, Murder Mystery, Sushi-making), wine tastings, Vikings or Packers tickets, cabin get-a-ways, hotel/dinner packages.
Live Auction Items Needed! Click here for ideas and how to donate.
We’d like to get these live auction donations in early so we can advertise them on the Facebook page and hopefully draw more people to the event! If you’re thinking about donating an event and you’d like to talk with Cathy, feel free to give her a call or email her at email@example.com.
Silent Auction items are needed as well! Click here for some ideas:
We have set up a Doodle account with approximate times when volunteer opportunities are available. Soon we will have a link here in order to sign yourself up for a shift.
Did you know we now accept credit cards for Silent and Live Auction purchases? However, cash or check is required on the night of the auction for The Wine Pull, The Bead Game of Chance, and Raffle tickets, so be sure to have cash or your checkbook on hand!
Thanks to your generous support, donations, and participation, the auction raises funds that directly aid Saint Mary’s general budget, including our refugee families and our local grade school we tutor at, Galtier Elementary.
So, save the date, get a sitter for the kids, and be sure to bring your friends! This is a great night to share what an amazingly fun church community you belong to. Can’t wait to see you there!
Questions? Want to reserve your table in advance? See us on Sundays at church or send an email our way anytime!
Silent Auction Item Ideas!
Please bring them to church and fill out a donation slip, found by the office door!
Please bring them by April 19th, today!
Great Silent Auction item ideas are:
Art, jewelry, and craft items
Electronics and tools
Dinner parties—previous parties have included Sushi making night; Russian, Italian, French, Georgian theme; Fish fry; Girls’ Night Out
Theme baskets, i.e. sports, gardening, health, food, and movie night
Massages, pedicures, and manicures
Airline tickets and donated miles
Weekend at the cabin
Sponsor a wine or beer tasting evening
Stewardship Campaign Wrap up
Thank you all for your generous pledges to the 2017 annual stewardship campaign. We have wrapped up the official campaign, but additional pledges can continue to be made at anytime. We would like to provide you with a few key numbers.
Total pledges: $246,200.
Total households available to pledge: 163
Total pledges made: 130
The average pledge was $1879.
51 pledges were less than $1000
79 pledges were greater than $1000
Compared to last year’s pledges:
52 were increased
49 were the same amount
14 were decreased
13 were new
Many members also participated in the Sanctuary upgrade campaign, so St. Mary’s members continue to be very generous as a whole. Thank you for your ongoing support of our community. Many blessings!
Marty & Kathy Caron
Your pledge donations will help to….
In addition to our outreach, we have to keep the day-to-day operating expenses satisfied and make sure we are debt-free and maintain our facilities and assets (as our predecessors have done) to be around for the many generations to follow. Our stewardship is essential to our church and is a gift we give ourselves as well as to many others.
When considering your 2017 Pledge We ask that you:
You will find a pledge card as well as a document titled “Mechanics of Pledging” in this packet. Please take the time to review the ways you can give, noting especially the option to participate in auto pay through your bank. This option provides us the ability to manage our budget more predictably. If you have any questions about completing the pledge card, please feel free to contact us.
Thank you for all you bring to St. Mary’s.
Kathy and Marty Caron
A note about gifts of stocks:
As we move into the Stewardship season, the Finance Committee would like to remind you that there are multiple ways to donate to St Mary’s. One way is through stock donation; instructions for doing this are listed are on the website at https://saintmarysepiscopal.org/how-to-give/.
We are grateful for everyone who pledges and supports Saint Mary’s!
2016 Stewardship Campaign:
By this point, you should have received a packet with your stewardship materials . If you are still in need of one, please contact your stewardship chairs. As we begin our annual stewardship pledge drive, we hope you will prayerfully consider your household’s pledge to St. Mary’s for 2017. Please join us in considering how you can support the general operating budget and many great works of St. Mary’s through your financial support.
When considering your 2017 Pledge, we ask that you:
If you wish, you can complete your pledge online. Watch the weekly e-news for links, visit us in the St. Marys roon after service, or go to our website.
Thank you for all you bring to St. Mary’s. If you have any questions about completing your Pledge, please feel free to contact us.
Kathy and Marty Caron
The focus of the Community Outreach Committee is to support our community (Merriam Park neighborhood and the Twin Cities), build awareness of the needs of our community andprovide opportunities to help with those needs. We recognize the interdependence and interconnectedness of all of our lives; we recognize the injustices and darkness of life and seek to bring hope, offerings and compassion. The Community Outreach Committee works primarily in three ways: organizes drives to meet specific needs of the community, builds partnerships within the community and offers social educational programming.
We were among the first to include women in all levels of leadership, including ordination. We’ve been consistently welcoming of gay and lesbian people for decades. We have never cut back on our financial contributions to local and global charities, even when times have been financially tough. And so much more. It’s in our Baptismal Covenant to work for justice and peace, and respect the dignity of every human being, and we try hard to do just that.
At St. Mary’s, “outreach” is a key component of who we are as a community. A great many of us are quick to say that it is the St. Mary’s community, or the style of worship, or the welcoming nature of our church is the primary reason we come to St. Mary’s. But folks often note as well that they are drawn by all we do in the name of Outreach – that we have an intentional connection to the community in which we reside and beyond.
The commitment that so many at St. Mary’s have to “doing good” reaches into both our local community as well as the wider world – whether it is working with the students at Galtier Elementary School or helping to support students in Haiti; volunteering to help serve meals at First Nations Kitchen in Minneapolis or packing meals for Feed My Starving Children; spending time with residents at Episcopal Homes or providing micro loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries through KIVA; or standing in solidarity and action around social justice issues that touch our community.
As we continue to grow as a community we believe we ought to challenge ourselves by continually asking: “How we paying attention to those in need around us?” “Are we taking the time to connect with people in a way that says ‘you and I are both human beings equal in the eyes of God and equally deserving of dignity and respect?’” And “How can I serve others in a way that lets their humanity touch mine?”
In addition to volunteering time to our various causes (you can learn more on these Doing Good Web pages) St. Mary’s also donates money each year to support the causes to which we are committed.
In 2015 St. Mary’s made the following donations:
Each year, .7% of the money members pledge to St. Mary’s helps support global outreach causes. In 2013, your pledges helped support the following:
For more information on how you can participate in St. Mary’s Outreach activities, visit the individual pages in the Doing Good section of this site, or contact Julia or Brian Nerbonne at firstname.lastname@example.org