In This Edition:
  • Worship this Sunday
  • Hymn Sing Update
  • COVID Update
  • Children and Youth Update
  • Youth Cookie Bake
  • Concert by Ensemble Aventura
  • Epiphany Baby Shower Announcement 
  • ICA Update
  • Lake Minnetonka Care Center Giving Tree Update
  • Regular Offerings
Indoor Worship with Holy Eucharist
Sunday, December 12 at 8:00 and 9:30
We will continue to worship indoors this Sunday, December 12th, 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.
Hymn Sing Update
Sunday, December 12 at 4:00 PM via Facebook Live
Because of the continued increased spread of COVID-19 in our area, we need to make a change to our Advent Hymn Sing. It will now be held only online. The choir, instrumentalists, reader and presider will gather in the sanctuary, but the congregation will be invited to participate via livestream from home. You can still sing along! Copies of the bulletin will be available online, and printed copies will be available for you to pick up on Sunday morning. We’ve prepared beautiful hymns and evocative poetry for your Advent reflection, and we hope you can join us in joyful expectation, even if for now it needs to be remotely.
COVID Update
Dear Beloved,
           
Covid19 case numbers continue to fluctuate unpredictably and your leaders are doing their best to keep up. We feel strongly that our building should remain open for the mental and soulful well being of our parish. We want you to be aware however that numbers continue to be high right now for new cases of Covid19 per 100,000 people. There are also more breakthrough cases of the Delta variant among fully vaccinated people. So please use your best judgment on whether you want to attend church services in person or not. Please DO NOT come to church if you are ill or have any Covid19 symptoms. Here is a decision tree and information (meant for schools but applicable to church) to help you decide your best course of action should a Covid 19 symptom arise or if you find out you were in close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid19: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/exguide.pdf
 
Please email office@stdavidsparish.org if you test positive for Covid.
 
If you do plan to attend church please keep the following in mind:
  1. Always properly mask (over nose and mouth). This includes before and after Communion.
  2. Please maintain social distance as much as possible. We often see the far side (east side) of the Sanctuary empty. Please use this seating. Additionally, there is seating in the Narthex.
  3. There is often a smaller crowd at the 8am service. Please consider worshipping then if you are able.
  4. There will not be congregational singing until the Covid19 case numbers go down. We will also be scaling back on congregational speaking such as the Psalm, the Nicene Creed, and the Confession.
 
Our 9:30am service will continue to be livestreamed on Facebook and later posted to our YouTube station.
 
Our deepest desire is to create a safe environment for worship and community. We acknowledge that no building or gathering can be 100% safe. Please do what is best for you and know that you are a beloved part of our community whether you attend in person or online. May we surround each other in love and prayers as we navigate this time of uncertainty together. Loving God. Loving one another.
 
Peace be with you,

Katherine, Rector
Huldah, Sr. Warden
Randy, Jr. Warden
Roger, Minister of Music
Allison, Vestry Member
Update on Children and Youth Programming
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

Children's Ministry: Godly Play will be held in the Undercroft during the 9:30 service. 

Middle School Ministry: Youth Group will not be meeting the rest of the month due to JUSTMove and Christmas. See you in the New Year!

High School Ministry: Youth Group will be held this Sunday, December 12th at Trinity. 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. 
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
Carols of Comfort and Joy
Concert by Ensemble Aventura on
Sunday, January 2nd at 4:00
Join us on the afternoon of Sunday, Jan. 2 for “Carols of Comfort and Joy,” a holiday concert by Ensemble Aventura, a jazz and world music quintet featuring Monica and Roger Stratton along with their friends Sarah Bertsch (violin), Brian Ogren (bass) and Dave Hanzel (percussion). They will perform fresh adaptations of familiar carols as well as unusual carols from Spain, France, Argentina, Poland, and more. Monica will even sing a few bars of Welsh, in honor of our parish’s patron! The concert begins at 4:00, is free and open to all, and will last about an hour. We plan to offer the concert both in person (with masks and distancing) and on livestream.  
Epiphany Baby Shower Announcement
One of our favorite annual events is coming up soon at St. David’s! Sunday, January 9, 2022 will be St. David’s annual celebration of the Epiphany Baby Shower for our local outreach partners, Reach and Restore. Based in Hopkins, Reach & Restore connects people in need to people with resources on a case by case basis in a variety of ways. It all begins with a referral from a local agency, church, social worker or community member who contacts Reach & Restore with the situation. A trained volunteer from Reach & Restore calls the referred person and has a conversation that confirms the specific need(s). Many times the needs include household or furniture items, help with job or housing searches, a repair, or clothing. The person who needs assistance often needs a listening ear, encouragement and prayer. When Reach & Restore is not able to provide help, other resources are suggested that may be of help.

The St. David’s baby shower is aimed at families or single mothers who are in need, often experiencing homelessness and transitioning to more stable housing. On that Sunday, bring your items being donated to the church and at the 9:30 service we will carry our gifts up to the altar. 
Needed items include:
  • Diapers, wipes
  • Onesies
  • Footies, socks
  • Winter snowsuits
  • Crib-sized mattress pads, sheets
  • Baby blankets
  • Baby bibs
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Car seat covers, blankets
  • Toys, especially learning
  • Board books
Thank you in advance for once again generously contributing to this worthwhile event for our neighborhood!
ICA Update
Holiday Meal Program Update

ICA wants to thank all of you who donated food, funds or volunteered for this year’s Holiday Meal Program. This year, ICA gave away over 875 turkeys (with the fixings), which is more than a 10% increase compared to last year! A majority of the turkeys were distributed at the giveaway event on November 20th. However, over a hundred were handed out at community job fairs, mobile sites and via home delivery.

Current Food Shelf Needs

The following items have been identified as specific needs this month:
* tea, coffee
* kids’ snacks & beverages
* wet & dry cat food, kitty litter
* personal care items (toothpaste, deodorant, bar soap, shampoo, conditioner)
* baby food, baby wipes, size 5 diapers, pull-ups

Please bring items you wish to share to church on the third Sunday of this month, December 19. Or you can leave them in the ICA baskets located at the church entrances - whatever is more convenient for you. The items listed above are current need suggestions, but anything you wish to donate will be appreciated.

Food Shelf Visits Trending Up

You may have read a recent article in the Star Tribune about food shelf visits in Minnesota spiking. ICA has seen this also. Full food orders plus emergency bags are up 27% over this time last year and new households receiving full food orders are also up 21%. ICA is currently expanding home delivery services to home-bound individuals and seniors.

ICA relies on the generosity of our community to provide vital resources to our neighbors. There are many ways to invest in ICA. This holiday season, consider making a gift to honor a loved one or in memory of someone special. Or check with your employer to see if they will provide a matching gift for your nonprofit donation. Contact your Human Resources for details on how to double your impact & designate ICA as your match.

The ICA website (icafoodshelf.org) provides additional ideas for ways to give.
Lake Minnetonka Care Center Holiday Giving Tree
Gifts due by Sunday, December 19th
Calling all Shoppers!!
Time to get your wrapped LMCC gifts into the church. Needed by December 19th at the latest. Again, thanks for all you are doing to brighten the holiday season for all of our friends out at LMMC.
Questions, don't hesitate to call me, Diane, at 763-232-9412
This Week at St. David's!
Featured Events
  • Advent Hymn Sing with Poetry
  • 4:00 PM on Sunday, December 12, livestreamed
  • JUSTMove
  • 6:30-8:30 on Tuesday, December 15 at St. David's (note new location: in the sanctuary)

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