Weekly Worship Service
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Worship via Zoom with Coffee Hour to Follow – 10:00 AM
This Sunday, Palm Sunday, we celebrate the Liturgy of the Palms, waving our palms and joyfully singing All Glory Laud and Honor and Pave the Way with Branches and then we hear the reading of the Passion story. The Rev. Susan Moss will give a short meditation. Please join us as we enter Holy Week.
- Gospel: Mark 11:1-11a
- Psalm 22
- Passion Gospel: Mark 15:1-39
For the Zoom worship service on March 28, 2021 CLICK HERE
If asked for a passcode, enter 657179
If asked for a meeting ID, enter 915 5954 9145
To join by cell phone only (voice only, no video),
Enter Meeting ID 915 5954 9145
If asked for a passcode, use 657179
For the Palm Service Bulletin – Click HERE
Liturgy Matters at Saint Mary’s by the Rev. Susan M. Moss
A gentle spring rain is falling today; the grass is turning green almost before my eyes and the trees are beginning to bud. We are so ready for Easter! And yet, before we shout the Easter acclamation Christ is Risen we are invited to walk with Jesus in his final days in Jerusalem.
The Saint Mary’s Worship and Pastoral Care teams have thoughtfully collaborated in this virtual world to bring us a variety of ways in which we can observe Holy Week 2021. Take a look at the options and choose what fits for your household. Let us walk in the footsteps of Jesus next week. He walked the midst of injustice, violence, betrayal and fear with faith and purpose. His message through it all was clear: God desires peace, mercy, compassion and justice for all people. Bring your prayers of lament and sorrow for Colorado and the victims of relentless gun violence. May our lawmakers have the courage pass gun safety legislation to keep us safe. Pray for our city, the jurors and the court as the Chauvin trial continues with opening statements on Monday.
- Right now, before you get busy and forget!!! ORDER YOUR HOLY WEEK BAG!! Send firstname.lastname@example.org an email.
- To hear the sermon from last Sunday given by Julia Nerbonne, Click HERE.
- Brief information regarding Holy Week services below. More information to follow in a Special Weekly mailing tomorrow—Friday, March 26.
- Maundy Thursday & Good Friday: Saint Mary’s is invited to join Christ Church in Woodbury or Saint Anne’s Church in Sunfish Lake via zoom—services at 7pm—or Saint Mark’s Cathedral at 7:30pm on Thursday and noon on Friday.
- Easter Vigil: A “don’t miss service”!!! Family friendly! 4:00pm
- Easter morning, one service at 10am. Get out of your p.j.s and put on your Easter finery!! Wear a bonnet, a hat, bunny ears; hold a stuffed rabbit; have flowers on your screen with you…whatever makes you think of Easter! Celebrate the resurrection!
Feedback is welcome!
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Several large, six-month pledge donations were received in February. As a result, pledge donations for the month of February were approximately $15,000 over budget. Expenses in February were approximately $3,700 under budget. Despite the large donations in February, our projected budget deficit for the year is still expected to be approximately ($27,000), as the large donations were for multiple months. See the attached financials for the exact income and expenses as of the end of February Click HERE.
A Message from Co-Warden Caroline Kaker:
Hello from your co-warden! Hopefully you read the announcement of Saint Mary’s upcoming Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 25th and have circled the date on your calendars. There is much to discuss and do, including the election our newest vestry members. Please plan to attend! While additional meeting logistics and details will be forthcoming, I would like to communicate now that the election slate will include a one-year warden position covering the third and final year of my 3-year term. I will be stepping down from my role and turning it over to someone new.
Read the whole letter HERE.
Pastoral Care Calendar for March & April 2021:
Pastoral Care Team
There is no Pastoral Care Team Meeting in Holy Week; See you On Monday April 5 at 6:30 PM
Lent Book Club: WALKING THE WAY OF LOVE
There is no Book Club during Holy Week.
See you on Monday April 5 at 7:30 PM to finish our book.
The Pastoral Care Team will host a virtual healing circle (prayer) during Holy Week. Healing Circles help us step out of ordinary time into a safe and accepting environment in which each of us can explore our own healing. All are welcome; for planning purposes we ask that you make a reservation. This circle will meet on Tuesday, March 30 at 7:00 PM; please contact Rev. Cindi for more information and to get the link.
Caring for an Aging Loved One
Tuesday, April 6, and each first Tuesday at 7:00 PM: ongoing
Compline (All Are Welcome)
Beginning in the Easter Season (April 6 and Tuesdays following) at 8:30 PM, all are invited to pray Compline in our Zoom prayer room. We will use the Prayer Book. This is a brief form of the Liturgy of the Hours, prayed before bedtime. All are welcome. Contact Rev. Cindi for details / the link.
Coffee & Conversation
Wed. April 14, and each second Wednesday of the month, ongoing
10 AM / 7 PM reach out to Rev. Cindi to reserve a time and get the link
Monday, April 19, and each third Monday, ongoing
6:30 PM meets monthly for reflective conversation and community building
Join our Prayer Chain: Pray with and for your friends and family at Saint Mary’s
Please contact Rev. Cindi if you would like to be included among those praying for
the needs of St. Marians or if you have a prayer request. (No meeting required)
For confidential prayer requests or to join any of these events:
Reach out to Reverend Cindi Brickson at
email@example.com for a Zoom Link
Easter Vigil Notice to Parents:
Hello Families with kids that are planning to be a part of this year’s Easter Vigil. As you know, it is a digital Easter Vigil which involves videos of the kids. If you have kids that are in Sunday school and Tweeners (and anyone else who joins in our Easter Vigil fun) we are inviting two other churches to participate in the event this year. As such, there will be three Episcopal church congregations in attendance. We do plan to record the Easter Vigil and share the link with the invited churches afterwords. We want to make sure you are aware of this fact and give your consent to allow your child to be a part of this year’s Easter Vigil. We will be sending out consent forms to document your acknowledgement of this fact and your approval to allow your child to be part of this year’s Easter Vigil.
If you have any concerns, please contact MiaLisa to discuss options! HERE
KIVA Loans on International Women’s Day
Saint Mary’s has participated in making loans to people around the world through KIVA for many, many years. As loans are re-paid, we’re able to re-loan that money again. As of March 8, 2021, $1200 from previously made loans had been re-paid. KIVA had a special program for International Women’s Day–loans made to women were matched! So, our $1200 turned into loans for $2400!! Paulette Briese, Mary Hinz and Julie Thomas got together and made loans to 17 women, ranging from $25 to $300. Loans were made to women in 10 different countries for things such as toilets, water pumps, land, school supplies and tuition, smart phones for distance learning, animals to raise and sell, seeds to plant and grow and supplies for traditional handicrafts. Our money is back at work! If you’d like to join the “loaning team”, let Paulette Briese know by Clicking HERE.
Relationships & Common Good
As we move through this Lenten season of reflection and preparation, the vestry wanted to share with you, our beloved community, that we are preparing to partner with you on answering the following question: What would church look like that serves the common good for our Saint Mary’s community and strengthens our relationships? Come Easter, the season of rebirth and new growth, we will bring suggestions on how we might start to engage in community conversations around this question. In the meantime, if you have any thoughts or reflections, please share them with any member of the vestry, or email our wardens HERE.
March is Food Share Month
Saint Mary’s has a tradition of donating to our neighborhood food shelf at, Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul (I. A.) for the Department of Indian Works (DIW). If interested, you can go online to I.A. (Click HERE) to the “Donate” tab and select the DIW. You can also mail a check to them with DIW in the note line. You may also call to donate or to drop off food by calling Theresa Halverson-Lee at 651-789-3854. Another option is to donate to the Food Shelf of your choice.
Thanks for considering helping others in this especially hard time!
Upcoming Events at Saint Mary’s
Opportunities for Worship, Education, Choir, & Meet Ups
for the week of 3/26 – 4/1
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Worship via Zoom with Coffee Hour to follow.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
If you would like to join us, or have any questions, please contact Rev. Cindi HERE.
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Saint Mary’s Dinner Group
Contact Julie Thomas for more information. Click here to contact Julie
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Thursday Evening Contemplative Service Via Zoom
Led by Erika Scheurer and Anna Clark