This Sunday: The Fourth Sunday of Easter
Join us for live, in person worship at 8:00 and 9:30 this Sunday.

St. David's COVID Policy as of May 1st, 2022:

Ongoing
  • We will continue requiring masks for indoor Sunday worship for the time being. 
  • We will continue to serve wine in individual cups.  
  • We will plan to hold services indoors for most of the summer with one outdoor service each month. 
  • We will continue to monitor Covid activity in the community along with vaccine developments and adjust our approaches accordingly. 
Beginning Sunday, May 1st: 
  • We will move from requiring masks to strongly recommending them for all non-worship indoor congregational activities (Sunday Forums, coffee hours, and other church-wide events).  
  • We will allow leaders of smaller individual groups such as Choir, Youth Group, Contemplative Prayer, etc. make the choice of recommending or requiring masks for their events.  

For the full COVID update, please click here.

We will continue to Facebook Livestream the Sunday 9:30 service and upload to YouTube to accommodate for those who choose to stay home.
JUSTMove Special Service
Thank you to all who joined in worship last week when antiracism artists Joe Davis and David Scherer led us in an a lively, Spirited worship. 

Check out this playlist, including songs that were part of Sunday's service.

Pictured above: some participants from St. David's JUSTMove training. For those who are interested in learning more or would like to sign up for a future JUSTMove training, click here: https://www.justmoveculture.com/
Youth Sunday:
The Youth of St. David's will lead worship on Sunday, May 15. 
We'll also celebrate graduates that day at the 9:30 service. 
We hope you'll join in!
Upcoming Adult Forums
Sunday, May 15--Leaders from the Minnetonka Coalition for Equitable Education
The Minnetonka Coalition for Equitable Education is a student-led organization supported by alumni, parents, and community partners, including a growing number of faith communities. The MCEE advocates for a more equitable education for all Minnetonka students through adoption of its Imperatives for Equitable Education.  

On Sunday, May 15, St. David's welcomes MCEE representatives, student leader Soren Lee (they/them) and alum Mary Koehler (she/her), to our adult forum. They will discuss how the MCEE got started, what are the Imperatives for Equitable Education, and the role faith community partners play in the Coalition. There will be ample time reserved for dialogue with the MCEE reps. 

Sunday, May 22--State of the Parish, presented by the wardens and other lay leaders
Pentecost and Parish Picnic
When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them. Acts 2:1-4, translation from The Message 

On the Day of Pentecost, Sunday, June 5, we'll celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the church. Join us at worship at 9:30 (one service only), wearing colors of the flame: red, orange yellow! And we hope you'll stay afterwards for a parish picnic. Be on the lookout for more picnic details in the coming weeks.

We're also looking for readers that morning to read the Pentecost story (Acts 2:1-4) in different languages. We'll have translations available that morning, or feel free to bring your own translation. For more information, contact Interim Office Assistant Anna Brock at office@stdavidsparish.org.
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.
MS Ride 2022--Beckmann's Bike Brigade is Back!
The Bike MS: Twin Cities Ride is back on this year!
 
Once again, we are organizing a team to ride in the annual Bike MS: Twin Cities fundraiser. For those who don’t know, we ride in support of our own Dan Beckmann, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) back in 2018.  Through early detection and the miracles of modern science, Dan is still able to live a busy work and family life while balancing the impacts of MS. So much progress with medicine and treatment has been made, but there is still work to be done. St. David’s has partnered with Dan’s employer, Westwood Professional Services, to field a team called Beckmann’s Bike Brigade (BBB) and 2022 will mark our 4th annual ride! We have strong ties to Westwood with Chris Carda, Dean Sather, Steven Bezat, and Maddie Harvala - all members of the St. David’s community working at Westwood along with Dan.
 
While the official Twin Cities ride will be held Sunday, May 15th, we have decided to model after last year’s successful event and will hold our own ride on Saturday, May 14th. You can still register and fundraise through the MS Bike Ride website; the only difference is that you can sign up for free when you chose the Virtual Participant option. This doesn’t affect our proceeds and fundraising. It actually provides the opportunity for more folks to informally join the ride and simply donate to the team without paying a registration fee. This also allows us to make it a family affair with bike trailers and tagalongs for the little ones to participate. This will be pretty informal, so just email chris.carda@westwoodps.com before the event if you have questions or want to ride along without formally signing up (emailing the day before is still not too late) for planning.
 
We’ll plan to meet at Westwood’s parking lot (12701 Whitewater Drive, Minnetonka MN 55343) on the SE side of the building for a 9:00 departure on Saturday morning, May 14th. We’ll ride the Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail to the southwest for about 7.5 miles to Lake Riley and then turn around and go back to the office (15ish miles total). We’ll supply Yo-Yo Donuts for all to enjoy at the end of the ride. The trail is hard-packed gravel, so plan accordingly with your bike. If it looks like a complete washout with rain, we’ll hold Sunday, May 15th (same time and place) as a backup.
 
For those interested, you can sign up as a full participant and ride the MS Bike Ride event in Saint Paul on the 15th in addition to our ride on the 14th
 
You can sign up for the team here. Our team name is Beckmann’s Bike Brigade.
If you can’t ride, but would like to donate, here.
St. David's Meditation Group is back!
On Monday mornings at 9 am, St. David's meditation group will gather in the Oratory Conference Room. We begin with at reading and sit in prayerful silence for 20 minutes and end with communal prayer. No experience is necessary but your love and mindfulness. Please join us. 

If you have any questions, contact Mary Mann at 952-412-7668.
Children and Youth Ministry
Children’s Ministry: Sunday, May 8th there will be Godly Play during the 9:30 service.
Middle School Ministry: Youth group Wednesday, May 11th will be a music rehearsal for youth led worship on May 15.
 
High School Ministry: No youth group this Sunday, May 8th. We will meet again on May 15th at Trinity!
Introducing Dan Miglets-Nelson!
ECMN's new Minister for Children & Youth

In his role, Dan will listen deeply to our faith communities around the diocese. Congregations are the primary places where our children are formed as disciples of Jesus, and Dan's most important job will be to support the good work being done at the congregational level with children and youth.
Click here to read more.
ICA Update
Thank you
Thanks to all who brought items (food, personal care products, paper bags, egg cartons) this past Sunday to donate to the Food Shelf. Everything donated is truly appreciated.

Postal Food Drive Saturday, May 14
Don’t forget to leave a bag of food at your mailbox for the annual Postal Food Drive on Saturday, May 14. Mail carriers will pick up food at your mailbox and bring it to ICA for volunteers to sort. All food collected in our community stays in our community. 

New Birthday Bag Program
Beginning this month, ICA is starting a birthday bag program for clients. Birthday bags will be offered to families with school-age children to help celebrate their birthday during the month. Each bag will contain cake mix, frosting, candles, plates and napkins.

Since the program is entirely new, ICA especially needs support from the community. Please consider donating any of the items listed above and spread the word to your family and friends. This program is a great volunteer opportunity. Consider getting together with friends and set aside some time to assemble bags together. 

ICA Mission: To create a healthy and stable community for all. 
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
St. David Women’s North Shore Fall Hiking Trip  
Spring is finally arriving but it’s never too early to plan for fall on the north shore. We have dates for a women’s hiking trip and we’d love for you to join us!     

Here are the details: 
When: Sept. 30th- Oct. 2nd 
Where: staying at a cabin between Duluth & Two Harbors with room for 8 of us. Here’s a link to the cabin: North Shore log cabin home overlooking Lake Superior - French River (vrbo.com)  
What: We leave midday on Friday, hike on Saturday (usually a 6-8 mile moderately difficult excursion), celebrate Eucharist on the shores of Lake Superior on Sunday, and return home Sunday evening.   
Cost: $100 for lodging (gas & meals extra) 
If you have questions or are ready to sign up please reach out to Ann Carda or Eileen McNamara. Space is limited so it’s open on a first come basis.   

Ann 
952.322.0224 cell 
 
Eileen 
952.406.2735 cell 
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.     
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.
This Week at St. David's!
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.
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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