In This Edition:
  • Palm Sunday Worship this Sunday in person at 9:30
  • Holy Week and Easter
  • Covid Update
  • Mill City String Quartet Concert
  • Sharing Life Together Deeply Recordings
  • Office Assistant Job Posting
  • Children and Youth Update
  • Adult Forum for April 24 with Sojourner
  • Beacon Interfaith Housing News
  • Episcopal Night with the Minnesota Twins
  • St. David's Women Camping Trip
  • ECW Annual Spring Meeting
  • Regular Offerings
Holy Week and Easter
Palm Sunday, April 10: One service at 9:30 AM, including a blessing of the palms with procession and a reading of the Passion narrative. A livestream of the service will be available through Facebook, then posted on Youtube.  

Maundy Thursday, April 14: An Agape supper in the Undercroft at 6:00 with foot washing and Holy Eucharist.

Good Friday, April 15: Stations of the Cross at noon in the Sanctuary, and a Taize service at 7:00 PM.
Livestream will be available. A livestream of the 7:00 service will be available through Facebook, then posted on Youtube.  

Easter Sunday, April 17: One service at 9:30 AM. Resurrection Egg Hunt following the service of Holy Eucharist! A livestream of the service will be available through Facebook, then posted on Youtube.  
Covid Update
Dear Beloved of St. David's,

Our Covid Team met this week to assess Covid numbers and to continue to make decisions to help us gather as safely as possible. We are all tired of Covid, and yet we know that there is still a need to keep people safe, especially the more vulnerable among us (children too young to be vaccinated, people who are immunocompromised, and others). Our plan is to stay the course through the month of April (see masking and other guidelines below). We also want to hear from you--so we will be sending out a survey in the coming days to gather your input as we make decisions for May and into the summer. Please be on the lookout for that survey. Your input is important to us!

At least through the end of April: We will continue to sing, remaining masked. Please wear a good fitting, N95, KN95, or KF94 mask as you attend services, and remember not to come if you are feeling sick at all. We will have these types of masks available at church if you do not have one. COVID vaccinations with boosters offer yet another layer of protection, and are also strongly encouraged for all who are able. We will continue to offer wine in individual cups at communion.

We will continue to Facebook Livestream and upload to YouTube to accommodate for those who choose to stay home.

As always, please be in touch.

In Faith,

The St. David's Covid Team
The Rev. Katherine Lewis, Rector
Randy Schwictenberg, Sr. Warden
Allison Ferro, Jr. Warden
Diane Curley, Vestry Member and RN
Roger Stratton, Minister of Music
Huldah Niles, former Sr. Warden

Loving God. Loving One Another.
Mill City String Quartet Concert
Saturday, April 16, 1:00 pm
St. David's Sanctuary

Who's ready for some chamber music?! We are delighted to invite you to a wonderful concert the day before Easter! MCSQ desires to amplify the voices of people of culture in the classical music idiom. This concert features "Modes" by Dorothy Rudd Moore, Florence Price's "Five Folk Songs in Counterpoint" and Shelley Washington's "Middleground." We'll also be performing Sergei Prokofiev's String Quartet No. 2 in F Major.

The concert is free with all donations going to St. David's Episcopal Church. 
Sharing Life Together Deeply:
Recordings Available
Sharing Life Together Deeply: Growing Where We are Planted
Recordings Available

What a privilege it has been to hear members of our community share stories of their life and faith during a special Lenten Series, "Sharing Life Together Deeply: Growing Where We are Planted". Thank you to those who have shared their stories with us. You may access the recordings here:

March 6: Steve Johnson click here to view
March 13: Craig Warren click here to view
March 20: Anna Brock click here to view
March 27: Gervaye Parent click here to view
April 3: Launa Tucker click here to view
Job Posting: Office Assistant at St. David's
We are fortunate that Children and Youth Minister Anna Brock has stepped in as Interim Office Assistant after Maddie Harvala previously had done during a time of staffing transitions. We continue to search for a permanent Office Assistant. Click here to learn more about the position. Please share this posting within your networks! The email address for the office remains the same: office@stdavidsparish.org.
Update on Children and Youth Programming
Children’s Ministry: Sunday, April 10th there will be Godly Play during the 9:30 Service.
 
Middle School Ministry: Youth Group this Wednesday, April 13th - 6:30-7:00pm Easter youth music rehearsal - 7:00pm-8:15pm youth group for all middle school and high school youth!
 
High School Ministry: No Youth Group this Sunday, April 10th. See above update for Wednesday high school programing this week!

Upcoming Youth Service Opportunity: Wednesday May 4th from 6:00-8:00 with Global Health Ministries - stay tuned for more details
Save the Date – YOUTH RETREAT – Mark in your calendar August 5-7. All youth going into 6th-12th grade are invited to the St. David’s and Trinity Youth Retreat at Green Lake Bible Camp in Spicer, MN.
Adult Forum
Adult Forum, Sunday, April 24, 10:45 am: Sojourner

Please join us on April 24 at our Sunday morning adult forum to welcome a representative from Sojourner, an organization in our neighborhood that supports people as they move away from being victims of domestic violence.

Sojourner's Mission

  Advocates for victim safety;
  Supports the transition from victim to survivor; and
  Educates for the prevention and elimination of domestic violence.
Sojourner’s mission is to provide emergency shelter, support, and legal advocacy services to those victimized by domestic violence and other forms of interpersonal violence. To that end, we provide services to victims of dating violence and sexual assault. Our ultimate goal encourages the change from crisis to stability and the transition from victim to survivor. In order to build safer communities, Sojourner conducts outreach activities and specifically designed presentations to heighten public awareness and engage groups and individuals in educational opportunities to prevent future victims and abusers. All Sojourner services are confidential and free of charge.
Beacon Interfaith Housing News
Newest Development Preview
April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us virtually on zoom or in person at Woodlake Lutheran Church in Richfield on April 28 for a preview of Beacon’s newest supportive housing focused on autistic and other neurodivergent young adults at risk of homelessness, and see how you can get involved.   Register to get all the info and let us know you’ll be there. 

Cranberry Ridge in Plymouth
With Cranberry Ridge nearing the end of construction, forty-five families will soon have a place to call home.  Families are invited to fill out applications and Beacon hopes to be fully leased up by June.  In August, a special picnic with residents and volunteers will be held as we build a playground that everyone can enjoy.    
It will take $40,000 to build this playground on site. Together, we can lift the burden of housing insecurity from families and create a place for children to thrive, play, and enjoy being kids. Please consider making a gift today.
The road to Cranberry Ridge has been a long one. We’re so grateful to each and every one of you who have joined us on this journey. We’re looking forward to opening the building in just a couple of months. Thank you! Click here to take a look inside.

Bring It Home MN Digital Postcards
Thank you to everyone who took the time to send a “digital postcard” to legislators during the month of March.  Roughly 800 “digital postcards” from about 50 faith communities across the Twin Cities were sent to 70 Minnesota lawmakers.  Our voices have been making an impact, with dozens of elected leaders reaching out to support the “Bring It Home MN” bill.   

If you have questions or comments or would like to be involved in St. David’s work supporting Beacon’s affordable housing efforts, please contact 
Carol Johnson  caroltowkat@gmail.com,   612-419-9727
Episcopal Night with the Minnesota Twins
Beloved in Christ,

I write to invite you to Episcopal Night at the Minnesota Twins! See here for a flyer with all the details, and see below for a video invitation to join me and my family for a night at the ballgame this summer.

Play ball!

The Rt. Rev. Craig Loya
X Bishop
Episcopal Church in Minnesota
Click the image above for a video message
Real Women “Camping“ Trip
We have scheduled our annual camping trip at Clearwater Historic Lodge and Outfitters on the Gunflint Trail. We will check in on Monday August 22 and leave on Thursday August 25. (If they have a cancellation, we will add another day.) Clearwater Lodge is on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Weather permitting, we can choose from several day trips into the Boundary Waters. There are also several hiking trails and museums. For more information about Clearwater Historic Lodge go to their website: https://clearwaterhistoriclodge.com/
 
We have reserved Cabin 11 which sleeps 19. It is a modern cabin with microwave, dishwasher, laundry, gas grill, gas fireplace, sun deck, screened porch, fire pit and dock. We stayed in this cabin three years ago. Pictures of the cabin are available on their website. It has a big table that is perfect for playing lots of games.
 
We are inviting all women of St. David’s (up to 19) to join us. To reserve your spot, send a check for $60 to:
    Susan Taylor 
     7430 Autumn Chace Drive
    Bloomington, MN 55438
 
If you have questions, contact Launa Tucker (launat7@outlook.com) or Susan Taylor (ss2taylor@comcast.net).
ECW Annual Spring Meeting
SAVE THE DATE! Learn about Serving the Needy in Your Community at the Annual Spring Meeting of Episcopal Churchwomen in St. Cloud on May 15!  

President LaDonna Boyd announces that the ECMN Churchwomen are planning a face-to-face meeting at St. John’s in St. Cloud from 10 AM -Noon on Saturday, May 21, 2022! Nancy Dyson will present their parish’s program for the hungry and needy in their community, and two ECMN delegates will be approved to attend the 50th Triennial Meeting (also 150th Anniversary celebration for Episcopal Church Women) this summer at the Maritime Institute near Baltimore MD. At the luncheon following, 2021 ECMN Honored Churchwomen Gurtie Berkner from St. Mary’s in Basswood, Nancy Dyson from St. John’s in St. Cloud, and Julia New Landrum from Holy Trinity in St. Paul, will be recognized for their ministries and work; Sylvia Boettcher and Patricia Ann Doerer from St. Paul’s, Winona will also be memorialized and remembered as well. 

Watch email for the ECMN ECW Newsletter* in April, with information for registration. Everyone is invited, lay and clergy, men and women and youth! Questions? Call LaDonna at 612-978-4613.        

* If you are not already receiving this free quarterly publication, email balnamoon@gmail.com or call 507-664-1185 to subscribe.     
This Week at St. David's!
Featured Events

  • Palm Sunday, April 10: One service at 9:30 AM, including a blessing of the palms with procession and a reading of the Passion narrative. A livestream of the service will be available through Facebook, then posted on Youtube.  

  • Easter Flowers: Donation envelopes are the seats of the sanctuary for those wishing to donate. To note "in memory of" or "thankful for", please notify the office by Wednesday, April 13 so your note can be included in the Easter bulletin. All donations are appreciated, and plants may be taken home a couple weeks later (announcement to follow). Thank you for making our Easter so festive - we have been without flowers for a while and this is a great way to celebrate! 
 
  • Youth Group, April 13: Middle and High school youth group this Wednesday. 6:30-7:00pm youth music rehearsal with Roger, then 7:00-8:15pm youth group.  

  • Maundy Thursday, April 14: An Agape supper in the Undercroft at 6:00 with foot washing, Holy Eucharist, and stripping of the altar. 
 
  • Good Friday, April 15: Stations of the Cross at noon in the Sanctuary, and a Taize service at 7:00 PM. A livestream of the 7:00 service will be available through Facebook, then posted on Youtube.  
 
  • Easter Sunday, April 17: One service at 9:30 AM. Resurrection Egg Hunt following the service of Holy Eucharist! A livestream of the service will be available through Facebook, then posted on Youtube.  

Want to view the full calendar for the week? Click here to view the St. David's website complete with a calendar to keep you updated on events and offerings! Scroll all the way to the bottom to view it.
In this time of the coronavirus pandemic, the need to reach our most vulnerable parishioners has been great. Our 11 person Pastoral Care Team has stepped up to the plate and has been regularly calling around 24 St. David's members and families to share in remote fellowship, prayer, and conversation to determine if we, as a community, could help address any of their unmet needs. We are pleased to report that virtually all of these parishioners are doing well so far and have their basic needs met by their facilities and/or family. They are in good spirits and continue to remain resilient in the face of isolation and uncertainty.

If you find yourself in need of food or other resources, please contact:
Steve Johnson at: twokat@centurylink.net or (952) 237-0031 
or:        
The Rev. Katherine Lewis at: klewis@stdavidsparish.org or (612) 747-5405

and we will assist you in finding solutions.
Pastoral Care Line: 952-767-0891
COVID-19 Resources Available

ECMN COVID-19 Response Resources Page Click here
Websites

St. David's Episcopal Church: http://www.stdavidsparish.org

The Episcopal Church in Minnesota: http://www.episcopalmn.org

The Lectionary Page-Lectionary Readings: http://www.lectionarypage.net

The Episcopal Church: http://www.episcopalchurch.org