June is Pride Month!
The Middle School Youth Group spent their last gathering before summer have a Pride Party! The youth walked down the St. David's lawn to put up the Pride flag and said a prayer for Pride. They then spent time making a group art piece that is now in the hallway outside Anna's office! Each color of paper is an answer to a different prompt, and all the colors together create a Pride flag. You are invited to continue creating throughout the month of June and add to the art by writing a response in one of the blank pieces of paper.
This Sunday: Trinity Sunday
Join us for live, in person worship this Sunday. We will welcome the Rev. Nick Mezacapa as our celebrant and preacher at both 8:00 and 9:30.

We will continue to Facebook Livestream the Sunday 9:30 service and upload to YouTube to accommodate for those who choose to stay home.
COVID Update
With cases hopefully on the decline in the community for now, the COVID Safety team has decided to revert to our late April policy of masks being required in the Sanctuary for worship and strongly recommended for all other activities in the building with individual ministry leaders making the decision for their groups. We will meet again in late June to review the latest numbers, guidance, and vaccine availability for all ages to make a decision for July.

Loving God, Loving One Another.
Mill City String Quartet Concert
Join Mill City String Quartet for one more concert this season!

Sunday, June 12 at 2:00pm in the St. David's Sanctuary

They are performing works by Haydn, William Grant Still, Caroline Shaw, and Gershwin. This light hearted concert is sure to warm your heart and bring a little sunshine your way. It'll be a beautiful start to your summer!
Parish Picnic Thank You!
A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the Parish Picnic a success! It was great to spend time together and see each other's faces. A special thanks to Diane Curley and Kristina Stokes for leading the effort. It was also a wonderful opportunity to recognize our amazing lay leaders who have kept all of our almost 70 different ministries going over these past few challenging years. Here is a picture of all the lay leaders in attendance.
Katherine to Study in London
With an invitation from Bishop Loya and in collaboration with other church leaders, Katherine will join clergy from Minnesota and beyond for an intensive course in London entitled Learning from London. She will be away June 9-20.

Learning from London is led by Jason Fout, Academic Dean Associate Professor of Anglican Theology at Bexley Seabury Seminary in Chicago. Dr. Fout is the author of the book Learning from London.

From Dr. Fout: "As most mainline Christian denominations struggle with declining numbers, the Church of England in the Diocese of London is bucking the trend. In one of the most diverse, multi-faith, urban, and pluralistic cities in the world, London churches are growing and thriving against the odds, proclaiming the gospel afresh, and meeting the needs of their communities in creative, innovative, and life-changing ways."

The aim of the course is for students' own imaginations to be stimulated for renewed ministry in their own particular contexts. This will take place through learning from and conversing with current practitioners; through encountering and appropriating specific approaches and methods; and through acts of “analogical imagination” in which the student appropriates with difference specific approaches and methods encountered, modified for the student’s specific ministry context.

ECMN has funded Katherine's tuition for the course and St. David's has paid for her airfare (from our Continuing Education budget line item).

We look forward to Katherine's sharing with us her learnings upon her return. 

We will welcome the Rev. Nick Mezacappa as our supply priest on June 12 and the Rev. Canon Robert Two Bulls on June 19.

Safe travels, Katherine!

Justice Committee
We’ve been called to form our very own Justice Committee! Many of us have felt momentum and MOVED to continue our learning, growth and commitment to allyship and social change, after participating in JUSTMove over the past nine months! We’ll be meeting for our first time in July and are energized in identifying and leading St. David’s in social change opportunities, and finding more diverse connections within our broader community! There will be many opportunities for our whole congregation to engage in this ministry. Stay tuned!
 
Do justice, and love kindness, and walk humbly with your God 
Micah 6:8

Sincerely, 
Laura Hensley, Justice Committee Chair
Endowment Committee
St. David’s regularly gets questions about the Cornerstone Endowment, usually centering on its structure, purpose and operation. It’s been a while since we last addressed these topics. Meanwhile, there has been a lot of activity, tremendous growth and incredible participation. So, we thought now was a good time for a refresher on these and other endowment-related topics. 
 
Over the next several months, we will provide you with information and stories about the Endowment. A brief synopsis will appear every three weeks in the eNewsletter, including a link to read and download a PDF of the complete article on the St. David’s website. 
 
If you have questions after reading this or any future article or are interested in learning more about the Cornerstone Endowment, contact a member of the Endowment Committee. Seriously. We like to talk about this stuff. 
 
This first article covers the basics of the Endowment. 
 
St. David’s Wonder Women Social Gatherings
Attention all St. David’s Women! 
The St. David’s Wonder Women will be hosting a social gathering each month during the summer (weather permitting on our patios & porches & decks!) Please join us for drinks & appetizers and a time to socialize. Plan to bring an appetizer or snack to share and if you have a favorite drink, that too. Beer/Wine/non-alcoholic options will be provided. 
We hope to see you this summer! 
JUNE 
When: Thursday, June 23rd from 5:00-7:00 (stay the whole time or drop in briefly, we just hope to see you!) 
Where: Ann Carda’s front porch: 1806 Jersey Ave S., St. Louis Park, MN 
JULY: hosted by Susan Taylor, details TBD 
AUGUST: hosted by Vida Edmond, details TBD 
Outdoor Worship this Summer
We'll gather for worship outdoors this summer several times this summer. When we do, we'll have one service at 9:30. On other Sundays we'll be indoors for worship at 8:00 and 9:30. Mark your calendars and plan to join in, live or live streamed!

June 26, on the West lawn of the church
July 24, on the West lawn
August 21, baptism service at Minnehaha Creek

If you are willing to help with setting up and tearing down on an outdoor worship day, please let Anna know at office@stdavidsparish.org. Thank you!
Children and Youth Ministry
Children’s Ministry: The nursery will be closed for the summer and children are invited as full participants in worship. The Play Rug and Narthex Nursery will remain available during indoor services.
Middle and High School Ministry: Please sign up for the Youth Retreat! Deadline to register by is July 1st.

Save the date: Movie Nights hosted by the Carda family on June 29th and July 20th! More details to follow.
Summer Camp
ECMN Day Camp

Open to ages 5 to 17, The Single Best Day Ever is an immersive, single day camp experience that engages kids’ souls, minds, and bodies. Plus, it’s going to be really fun!

June 25 - St. Clement's, St. Paul

August 13 - St. Mark's Cathedral, Minneapolis

September 10 - White Earth


St. David's and Trinity Youth Retreat

Registration is open through Realm! - Click Here

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.

Green Lake Bible Camp has a swimming beach, fishing, canoeing, biking, and hiking trails. We have 4 cabins reserved, as well as the lodge building up on "the hill".

Please feel free to invite a friend! There are 35 spots open for youth!
St. David's Benefit Fundraiser
After a three year hiatus, St. David’s is putting the fun back in fundraising! We’re starting off with a benefit drawing.

Tickets go on sale on Sunday, June 5 at the Parish Picnic and will also be sold through Realm Tickets will also be sold every Sunday after services
Drawing will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at the Fall Potluck Dinner.
Need not be present to win!

Donation: $100 per ticket

First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $250
Third Prize: $250
Up to 16 $125 prizes will be drawn from the remaining proceeds

Bring your checkbook and buy a ticket for yourself, your kids, or your grandkids or a good buddy!
Safe Church Trainings
Safe Church for God’s Children | Register here
  • Saturday, June 11, 9am-12pm at St. Mark's Cathedral | Register here
  • Wednesday, June 22, 6-9pm by Zoom

Safe Church for God’s People | Register here
  • Saturday, June 11, 1pm-4pm at St. Mark's Cathedral | Register here
  • Wednesday, June 22, 9am-12pm by Zoom

To learn more about Safe Church, please visit episcopalmn.org/safe-church.
Staffing Update

I am thrilled to announce that Children and Youth Minister Anna Brock has accepted my invitation to be St. David's part time Office Assistant. She is already fast at work getting our systems in place and creatively envisioning best practices for supporting our mission to Love God, Love One Another. 
Thank you, Anna!  We are blessed by your gifts and presence.

The Rev. Katherine Lewis
ICA Update
Outdoor Produce Market this Saturday
If you know anyone who may be experiencing some food insecurity, please let them know about ICA’s outdoor produce market this Saturday, June 11. A wonderful variety of fresh vegetables and fruit is available for pick-up, no appointment needed. Just need to stop by Eisenhower Community Center, 1001 Highway 7 in Hopkins between 9 and 11 a.m.

Save the Date: June 16 for ICA’s Summer Sizzle
We hope you will join us for a fun evening in support of ICA’s kids food programs. The event will feature heavy appetizers from local restaurants, beer and wine from local breweries and wine shops, a silent auction and more. You will have the opportunity to tour the food shelf and learn about ICA’s impact in our community. Tickets can be purchased at www.icafoodshelf.org/sizzle. 

Kids food programs benefitting from this event include:
* Kids Summer Market- provides extra food to families with children during the summer. This food helps replace missed meals usually received through free and reduced price lunch programs.
Every Child, Every Classroom Snack Program- provides additional support to address food insecurity for children within the school system. Aims to contribute to a better school culture and learning environment by reducing hunger during the school day.
Weekend Backpack Program- Weekend bags are designed to provide additional food to students during the weekend when school breakfast and lunches are not available.
* School-based ICA Food Shelf and Resource Center- These market and resource centers, embedded onsite at local schools, function as a small, yet full-service,version of ICA’s choice model food shelf. A case manager is onsite to meet with families seeking additional resources,

Hope you will consider joining this fun event for such a worthwhile cause between 5 and 8 p.m. at ICA’s K-Tel location. 

The ICA Vision: A community where everyone has the resources to thrive.
Invitation from the Rev. Aaron Twait
Dear St. David's Friends,

It’s a pleasure to invite you to my ordination to the priesthood on Saturday, June 18th at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis!  The service begins at 10:30, and the nave will open for seating at 10:00. Masking requirements are in effect. If you aren't able to come but would like to watch, the ordinations will be livestreamed on ECMN's Facebook page. For those who do attend in person, there will be a reception at the Cathedral following the ordination service. I hope that I'll be able to see many of you there!

I'm grateful to everyone at St. David's for all your support, prayers, and guidance during my internship and since then. My time with you has formed me for ministry in very important ways, and I'm much better equipped to serve in God's church as a result!

Blessings,
 - The Rev. Aaron Twait
This Week at St. David's!
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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