Weekly Connector

Monday, January 23, 2023

Our Lenten Journey: A Community Reading Suggestion

This Lent, to help all of us own our journey, we are inviting the church to read a book together: River Through the Desert: A Lenten Journey in the Holy Land by Dean Richard Sewell of St. George's College in Jerusalem. Beginning Monday, Feb. 20, we will include a brief reflection on that week's chapter in the Saint Mark's Connector.

The book will be available to order through our online bookshop and in our Cathedral store. We hope that many of you will join us on the journey! Click here to learn more.

American Red Cross: Basic First Aid/CPR/AED Certification & Naloxone (Narcan) Training

Saturday, Feb. 25 | 9 a.m. –3 p.m. Community Room at Saint Mark's

This instructor-led class will include the following:

  • Health and Safety Precautions
  • Recognizing Emergencies and Gaining Confidence to Act
  • Emergency Action Steps
  • Checking a Person Who Appears Unresponsive
  • Adult CPR and AED
  • Pediatric CPR and AED
  • Choking
  • Sudden Illness
  • Life-Threatening Bleeding
  • Injuries and Environmental Emergencies
  • Use of Naloxone for the Treatment of a Known or Suspected Opioid Overdose Emergency

Fee: $75

Registration is required – register here and contact Tim Kingsley with questions.

Consider a Call to Eucharistic Visiting

As our ministry of Eucharistic Visiting grows, we are “calling” for new visitors. Eucharistic visitors are trained in the simple, humble work of taking the consecrated elements from Sunday worship’s Holy Communion to those who are unable to attend church due to limitations of health and mobility. Please consider ministry for yourself or for someone you might suggest.

The training is simple and concise – initially, new visitors accompany experienced Eucharistic Visitors and then take communion to the congregant(s) once a month. One of the great blessings of Eucharistic Visitors is the opportunity to get to know the recipient well and share the most sacred of rituals in loving friendship.

Please email Dr. Helen Hansen, Pastoral Care Coordinator, or call her at 612-250-7255 with your questions and interest.

Depolarizing: Respecting Others With Different Beliefs

Saturday, Feb. 25 | 9 a.m. –3 p.m.

ECMN Offices and Zoom

The Episcopal Church in Minnesota, Braver Angels and the Episcopal House of Prayer invite you to a workshop designed to give congregations the tools to bring Americans together, bridge the partisan divide, and inspire the beloved community.

Join us at the ECMN offices at 1101 West Broadway Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55411 or via Zoom on Saturday, February 25, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend, and lunch will be provided if you let us know you are coming by emailing ECMNBraverAngelsEHOP@gmail.com. If you wish to attend via Zoom, please let us know in your email and we will send the Zoom link prior to the workshop.

Learn more about the workshop here.

Wells Foundation Grant Recipients

The Wells Foundation completed its 2022 grant cycle last fall and is pleased to announce that we awarded $102,500 to organizations that deal with homelessness of youth, families and Veterans and provide food, training, supplies and support for those seeking employment. We received many notes of appreciation from the organizations we supported. A small sampling is as follows:

"Your grant makes it possible for us to fulfill our shared goal of providing low cost car repair and free pre-purchase vehicle inspections for low income Minnesotans." – The Lift Garage

"It is through such funding that we are able to welcome and support people living in poverty on their path to stability and greater self-sufficiency." – The Dignity Center

"Your steadfast support has helped hundreds of women and families find stability, and we are so grateful!"

– Haven Housing

The Board of Directors of the Wells Foundation is extremely proud of the work we do. We hope you are, as well. Visit us at wellsfound.org to find out more.

Hymnody: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Thursday, Jan. 26 | 10–11 a.m.

Community Room

Presented by Canon Musician Ray Johnston and assisted by soloist Kristi Berglund

Join Ray for a brief journey through the history of hymnody: What are hymns? When did they start? And what happened to them? Ray, of course, will offer his unique perspective on hymnody. This promises to be an engaging and informative discussion.

A social half hour will follow the presentation. This event is planned by and offered to SAAGES, a group of semi-retired or retired individuals. Others are welcome to attend.

See you there!

Saint Mark's Annual Meeting

Sunday, Jan. 29 | 9:15 a.m.

Community Room and Zoom

As part of the community of Saint Mark's, please join in the Annual Meeting to hear about the past year and plans for the future. There will be an election of Council members, and all Cathedral members are invited to participate in the election.

A Zoom link will be provided prior to the meeting for those unable to attend in person.

Wells Foundation Annual Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 31 | 4-5 p.m.

Heritage Room and Zoom

All are invited to join The Wells Foundation annual meeting on Jan. 31 in the Heritage room. We will publish the Zoom link prior to the meeting for those who wish to join virtually.

The Wells Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit that is managed by 10 elected Saint Markans who are the Board of Directors.

The Christian Calendar

Wednesday, Feb. 15 | 6:30 p.m., Zoom

One of the ways we are formed as Christians is within the ancient calendar of feast days, saints’ days, and fast days. The liturgical calendar not only establishes a pattern of life and worship for us but reminds us of the story we live – from the story of Israel, of Jesus, and of his followers to this day. In our winter lecture, we will examine the origins and purpose of the calendar and focus especially on the season of Lent, Holy Week, and Eastertide as a preparation for our worship and reflection.

Instructor: Dr. Jay Phelan

Registration is required – register here.

Ongoing Opportunities

Godly Play

For Children, 1st and 3rd Sundays | 9:15 a.m. in the Children's Hall

For All Ages, 2nd and 4th Mondays | 6:15-6:45 p.m. via Zoom

Sunday Morning Youth Gathering for 4th-12th Grade

Sundays | 9:15 a.m.

Youth Group for 6th-12th Graders

2nd Sunday of the month | 4-6 p.m.

Timely Topics with the Dean

3rd Sunday of the month | 9:30 a.m. in the Banquet Room

Young Adults/Young Professionals

1st Thursdays | 7 p.m. at Lakes & Legends Brewery

Men's Ministry

2nd Thursdays | 6-8 p.m. at Brit's Pub

RSVP for Jan. 12 meeting


Round Table Dinner & Discussion

Wednesdays (Jan. 25 – Feb. 8) at 6 p.m.

Join in conversations around the dinner table in a Christ-centered gathering. Learn more and register here.

Community of Hope International Training

February – May 2023

Pastoral Care Ministry training in person and via Zoom. Learn more here.

Worship & Prayer

Winter Worship Schedule


5:30 p.m. Santa Misa en Español (Worship Service in Spanish)


8 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I (Traditional Language) – In Person

10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II (Contemporary Language) – In Person & Online

10:30 a.m. Abbey Way Worship – Whipple Chapel

5 p.m. Choral Evensong – In Person and Online

Join us for Fellowship time and refreshments throughout the morning.


12:15 p.m. Gospel Based Discipleship – Zoom


7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer – Zoom


12:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist – In Person

4 p.m. Episcopal House of Prayer Contemplative Prayer – Zoom


9 a.m. Contemplative Prayer – In Person

7:30 p.m. Compline – Zoom

Download our

Day-by-Day Guide to Worship & Prayer


Special Needs 

Carol Adele-Jewett, Wade Johnson, Renate Lautenschlager, Dolores Schraufnagel, Ari Jo Simon, Amara Strande, Johnathan Taplin, Steve Uhler


Nancy Hirshfield, Tom McNeil, Bruce Monick, Charlotte Schmidt, Warren Sevander

Ongoing Prayers

Helena Bedell, Lois Becker, Cindy Beukema, Anne Bidne, Susan Birnkrant, Kris Braun, Anders Christiansen, Donald Browne, Mary Jo Browne, Bob Collier, Mary Grover, Stephanie Hall, Marie Irwin, Anneke Jessup, Christina Johnson, Tyler and Dierdre Johnson, Young Ja-lee, Anthony Paul Larson, Ann Maas, Tyler Mathewson, David Morgan, Marilyn Nelson, Kevin Oberg,Terry Schlink, Callie Jo Slattery, Robert Sunderlin, Dianne and Don Sutton, Matthew and family


For Align Minnepolis and its interfaith efforts to address homelessness and poverty

From the Book of Common Prayer

For a church convention or meeting,

Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel in rhe Annual Meeting for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Facebook  Instagram  LinkedIn