In This Edition:
  • Advent Retreat
  • Worship this Sunday
  • Children and Youth Update
  • Saint Nicholas Day Treat Bags
  • Advent Hymn Sing
  • Youth Cookie Bake
  • Lake Minnetonka Care Center Giving Tree Update
  • Book Club Update


This week's email features a new way to find information about St. David's regular offerings. By clicking on the buttons at the bottom of this email, you will be brought to the page of the St. David's website that corresponds with the event you would like to read about.
Advent Retreat: a Rule of Life
With The Very Rev. Susan Daughtry
What does it mean to practice the way of Jesus?
What does it mean for me to practice the way of Jesus?
Anyone who has ever wondered about those two questions is invited to join us for a morning retreat at St. David's on December 4, 9am - 11:30am. A ‘Rule of Life’ is a set of practices that Christians commit to, individually or in groups, to shape the way they live out their faith. Advent, the start of the Christian year, is the perfect time to look back at what practices have sustained our life and what new ways we might be called to step into faith. Please bring a journal as you are able.
No need to register--just show up! And bring a friend...or even two!
Indoor Worship with Holy Eucharist
Sunday, December 5 at 8:00 and 9:30
We will continue to worship indoors this coming Sunday at both 8:00 and 9:30.

Masks are required and we ask that you leave space between yourselves and others if possible. The nursery will be available during the 9:30 service. Please note that services will continue to be Livestreamed on Facebook and uploaded to YouTube for those who wish to worship virtually.

LOVING GOD. LOVING ONE ANOTHER.
Update on Children and Youth Programming
Children's Ministry: Godly Play will be held in the Undercroft during the 9:30 service. 

Middle School Ministry: Youth Group will gather from 6:45-8:15pm this Wednesday, December 8th. 

High School Ministry: Youth Group will be held this Sunday, December 5th at St. David's. Time Change: due to rising COVID numbers we will not be able to eat together. We will gather from 6:45-8:00pm until further notice.

Advent At-Home Practices Booklet: If you haven't picked up an advent booklet and poster that follow this year's theme, "Less is More", make sure to grab them on your way out of worship on Sunday, or send an email to abrock@stdavidsparish.org for a digital version. 
Saint Nicholas Day Treat Bags
Saint Nicholas Day Treat Bags will be available this Sunday for parents to discreetly bring home and gift to their children on the morning of St. Nicholas day, Monday, December 6th. St. Nicholas was a Bishop during the third century. A devout Christian, he used his inheritance to assist the needy, sick, and suffering. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships. The custom is for children to leave out their shoes the night before St. Nicholas Day, for St. Nicholas to fill with goodies. 
St. Nicholas, lover of the poor and patron saint of children, is a model of how Christians are meant to live. A bishop, Nicholas put Jesus Christ at the center of his life, his ministry, his entire existence. We can embrace true St. Nicholas traditions as one way to claim the true center of Christmas—the birth of Jesus. Such a focus helps restore balance to increasingly materialistic and stress-filled Advent and Christmas seasons. Remember, Less is More!
Advent Hymn Sing with Poetry, Sunday, Dec. 12, 4:00 PM
For those who would like a chance to sing together, we’re offering this musical prayer gathering, featuring Advent hymns both familiar and new. Attendees will be masked and distanced, and the gathering will last under an hour. Music will be supplemented with contemplative poetry for the season.
Youth Cookie Bake
Youth Cookie Bake: All 5th-12th graders are invited to help bake and decorate cookies on Saturday, December 18th from 1:00-4:00pm. The cookies will be delivered the next day to the homes we carol to after church on the 19th. Please sign up in advance if you plan to attend, and if you can bring supplies through this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0548A5A82AA31-cookie
Lake Minnetonka Care Center Holiday Giving Tree
Gifts due by Sunday, December 19th

The generosity of St David’s parishioners never ceases to amaze me. All but two gift tags were taken the first Sunday the Giving Tree was up, and this past Sunday the last two quickly went! Much thanks to all who are participating in this most important outreach opportunity. All at LMCC are so appreciative.
Remember to have your wrapped gift, with resident name tag attached, to the church no later than December 19th. We will be delivering all these gifts that same day after church along with our annual Christmas Caroling festivities!
Questions/concerns, don’t hesitate to call me, Diane Curley, at 763-232-9412
St. David's Book Club News
St. David’s Book Club will meet on Tuesday, 12/7 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm via Zoom. After a short 2022 planning meeting, we will be discussing Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson. The book was a New York Times best seller and New York Times Notable Book of the Year. 
 
Moving forward and backward in time, Jacqueline Woodson's taut and powerful new novel uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of the new child.
As the book opens in 2001, it is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody's coming of age ceremony in her grandparents' Brooklyn brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the music of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress. But the event is not without poignancy. Sixteen years earlier, that very dress was measured and sewn for a different wearer: Melody's mother, for her own ceremony-- a celebration that ultimately never took place.
Unfurling the history of Melody's family – reaching back to the Tulsa race massacre in 1921 -- to show how they all arrived at this moment, Woodson considers not just their ambitions and successes but also the costs, the tolls they've paid for striving to overcome expectations and escape the pull of history. As it explores sexual desire and identity, ambition, gentrification, education, class and status, and the life-altering facts of parenthood, Red at the Bone most strikingly looks at the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives--even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.    
                                                                                                                      ~ Amazon.com
 
Woodson’s writing is exquisite and tells a moving multi-generational story in just over 200 pages. Please join us for the last Book Club meeting of 2021!
 

Please email, text or call me with questions.

Cathy Schwichtenberg
612-710-2203
This Week at St. David's!
Featured Events
  • St. David's Wonder Women Happy Hour
  • 5:30 via Zoom on Thursday, December 2
  • Advent Retreat
  • 9:00-11:30 AM on Saturday, December 4
  • Book Club via Zoom
  • 6:00-8:00 on Tuesday, December 7

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