Thursday, April 29, 2021
From Your Sr. Warden
Dear Beloved,

Thank you all so much for your flexibility with worship this year. I know there have been many different forms of worship and each brings its own challenges. It was also difficult to get a taste of outdoor worship and then have that taken away. I wanted to let you know that your Wardens and Rector did not make that decision lightly. We take the health of our parishioners very seriously. It was March when we made the decision to worship outside together and the infection rate at the time was 3.5%. The CDC states that an infection rate above 5% is cause for concern. In April the infection rate jumped up to over 7% and this gave your leaders pause. We also found out that 3 people who attended our outdoor worship on April 11 had been directly exposed to Covid and were unaware until after attending our service. There were 45 people in attendance that day and 3 of them had been directly exposed. Those people have since tested negative but this was enough to convince us we needed to hold off on outdoor worship just a bit longer. We wanted to give time for more people to be fully vaccinated if they so choose and give the weather a chance to warm up a bit. 

We have been keeping an eye on the infection rate and it does seem to be going back down to that 5% range. So we are pleased to announce that we are planning outdoor worship for Pentecost Sunday, May 23! It is our intention to keep the weekly service outdoors from that point on but we will all need to stay flexible if cases surge again. And please keep in mind that worshiping in a large group outdoors is a risk, even with masks. We also recognize the longing for us all to gather together and we honor that. For those that don’t feel safe attending, we will still be live streaming the service on Facebook and then uploading it to YouTube. 

I’m incredibly grateful to Katherine for leading us through the wilderness. The highest priority for all of us has been to hold our beloved congregation together safely in any way we are able whether it’s YouTube, Zoom, or worshiping outside. Technology may fail us often but ultimately it has made it possible for a lot of us to stay connected and I’m very grateful.

We hope you’ll join us for Pentecost if you’re able at 9:30am on Sunday, May 23 on the St. David’s grounds, Live on Facebook, or later on YouTube. We love you no matter where your body will be. Come, Holy Spirit, come!

With Love,
Huldah Niles, Sr. Warden
From Bishop Loya
Beloved in Christ,

“Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.”

...Just a few hours after the verdict was read in the trial of Derek Chauvin, a big bunch of Episcopalians gathered online for Compline. We were joined by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, whose words were predictably perfect–challenging, nourishing, and inspiring altogether. He spoke about the people of ancient Israel returning from their exile in Babylon. After being away for so long, they just wanted things to get back to normal. But like everyone who has ever experienced massive disruption and return, they learned that life is far from normal on the other side of trauma, and when you get back home, you often find the work has just begun. His word to us was that on the other side of the trial, on the other side of this past year of pandemic, our work on the long road to freedom and justice is really just beginning. 

If we are to be faithful to the call of the gospel, joining the Spirit’s work of racial healing and justice must now form a core part of how we spend the rest of our lives. Our work of racial justice and healing, and our work of re-building a more vital and faithful church, are only just beginning. 


Grace and Peace,
The Right Reverend Craig Loya
X Bishop
Episcopal Church in MN
State of the Parish
This Sunday, May 2, 10:30 am
(following Morning Prayer at 9:30)
via the same Zoom link

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for our State of the Parish presentation and discussion.

Agenda topics: Updates on staffing, a presentation of our Reopening Plan, a Financial Report and...the unveiling of our new, St. David's logo!

We hope you will join us!

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First Wednesday Connect, May 5th at 7:00 PM

Please join us for First Wednesday Connect on May 5th at 7:00PM for a discussion on the Cornerstone Endowment via Zoom. We will offer perspectives on the short and long term vision for the Endowment and what it means to members of St David’s. The discussion will be led by Robby Stokes, Endowment Committee Chair and there will be ample time for discussion and Q/A with everyone on the meeting.

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Bell Choir Ringing Again

We are excited that the Bell Choir is rehearsing and we look forward to hearing them in worship once again! While the Rector, Wardens and Vestry continue to work on a plan for safely re-opening our building (under the guidance of ECMN), we have taken the step to allow the Bell Choir to resume their Wednesday evening rehearsals in the sanctuary, socially distanced and masked.  Thank you, Keith Gause, for your leadership and for overseeing the safe gathering of the ringers!
April Vestry Update

The Vestry met via Zoom on Monday, April 19th. Vestry members that were able met early, at 6:30pm, to discuss Episode 1 of “The Black Church,” a new PBS show which can be found here if anyone is interested: https://www.pbs.org/show/black-church/ . We learned about the early history of the black church in America. How church is and was a place to seek prophetic social justice, holiness, and spiritual empowerment. Black people were often discouraged by white people from reading about Exodus and Moses leading his people to freedom. But the truth came out and many slaves found comfort in learning about the freeing of the enslaved Hebrews. In May we plan to discuss the podcast by Krista Tippett, “Notice the Rage, Notice the Silence.” Tippett speaks with Resmaa Menakem about race. The podcast can be found here: https://onbeing.org/programs/resmaa-menakem-notice-the-rage-notice-the-silence/

The entire Vestry met at 7pm. March Minutes and Financials were accepted and approved. Treasurer, Cathy S., reported that our income for March was slightly lower than predicted. Vestry members reported on steps they have taken to help the church live into its vision statements. Sunday May 2, at 10:30am via Zoom is the State of the Parish meeting. The Agenda includes: an overview of the reopening plans for the church building, an update on church finances, an update on staffing, an update on fundraising for Beacon and Mama Ada, and the reveal of our new church logo. First Wednesday Connect on May 5th will be a presentation from the Endowment Committee. Pentecost May 23 will be an outdoor worship service at 9:30am. We hope to continue worshiping outside for the rest of the spring and all summer. We also hope to regather inside our building this fall. 

Respectfully Submitted,
Huldah Niles, Sr. Warden
Forward Day by Day Booklets
Available for Pickup

Forward Day by Day is a booklet of daily inspirational meditations reflecting on a specific Bible passage, chosen from the daily lectionary readings as listed in the Revised Common Lectionary or the Daily Office from the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer.

Please stop by church outside the West entrance if you would like to pick one up for the months of May through July.
West Metro Mission Area Gathering Invitation

You are enthusiastically invited and encouraged to attend the upcoming West Metro Mission Area Gathering. Please see this video for a very special invitation from Bishop Loya.

One of the recurring themes that came out of the discernment committees is that mission areas are crucial for conducting experiments in discipleship, innovation, vitality, and story-sharing. We are called to be Christians together, and that means getting outside our faith community's walls and finding out what our nearest Episcopalian neighbors are up to.

West Metro: May 15, 1pm - Register here.
Vaccine Clinic Opportunity at Destiny Hill Church
Healing Our City
Virtual Prayer Tent

While the world is focused on Minneapolis and the trial of Derek Chauvin, we are invited to join our prayers to heal our city through a "virtual prayer tent".

**UPDATED- New date and time: 
Saturday, May 15th @ 9:00am**
The Bike MS:Twin Cities Ride have decided not to hold the event this year in person, due to COVID-19 concerns for such a large event. We continue to be committed to supporting Dan Beckmann of St. David’s and raising funds for MS research, so we've decided to carry on and hold our own event on Saturday May 15th, as part of the Beckmann's Bike Brigade (BBB). While we won't get to be with the rest of the Twin Cities teams in person, we can gather for our own smaller ride and support the cause. We will be outside, honor social distancing and wear masks. This doesn't affect our proceeds and fundraising. It actually provides the opportunity for more folks to informally join the ride (no more age restrictions!) and simply donate to the team without paying a registration fee.  


This will be pretty informal. Simply email Chris Carda at chris.carda@westwoodps.com before the event for planning (the day before is not too late!)   

When: Saturday, May 15th, 9:00am (rain date Sunday, May 16th, 9:00am)
Where: Westwood Professional Services Parking Lot
    12701 Whitewater Drive, Minnetonka, MN (SE side of building)

We will take 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 (15ish miles total). We're planning to grab donuts for all upon our completion of the ride (so make sure you let Chris know how many will be coming in your group). The trail is hard-packed gravel, so plan accordingly with your bike.  

St. David riders so far include:
Beckmann family
Carda family
Vonnie and Marcus Fiedler
Rev. Katherine Lewis
Cliff Crockford  
 
Hope to see you there!
ECMN Youth: 6 Summer Camps
The Episcopal Church in Minnesota has a rich history of providing camping opportunities for young people. Camp is a transformational opportunity for kids and youth to step away from the everyday, and immerse themselves in something new and different. Its the immersion that’s truly transformational and unforgettable. Our six current programs are supported by strong lay and clergy, who are often past campers. We look forward to continued growth and development in years to come. 

Each of these camping programs are dreamed, planned, run, and prayed for by a great team of lay and clergy volunteers. Join us this summer! Find out more by contacting your Missioner for Children, Youth and Camp, Sarah Barnett at sarah.b@episcopalmn.org.
St. David's Wonder Women Happy Hour
May 6th at 5:30 PM
This is informal and focused on connecting and conversation. Get your favorite HH beverage – water, tea, wine, cocktail; plug in, log on, we will be waiting for you! Please join us for whatever timing works for you – come later or stop in early to say hi for 15 minutes. We will be happy to get you for whatever works for your schedule.

May 6th @ 5:30 PM for one hour

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://dalecarnegie.zoom.us/j/92663731979

Or Telephone: 
   Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 
       US: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782
   Meeting ID: 926 6373 1979
For 60 years, St. David’s Center has made a tremendous difference in the lives of thousands of children. Our 32nd annual Make Them Shine Gala is a celebration of our mission, our life-changing services, and the children and families who feel the impact of St. David's Center every day.

Join St. David’s Center CEO Julie Sjordal and hosts Rena Sarigianopoulos and Eric Perkins virtually from 7:00-7:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 15. You and more than 1,000 members of our community will learn more about St. David's Center, participate in our exciting auctions, and have an opportunity to support our families. Tickets to the gala are free, and all are welcome to attend. Please join us!
Leading Beyond the Blizzard with Bishop Loya
Online Gatherings, Tuesdays at 2:00 PM
These gatherings, hosted by Bishop Loya, are held weekly on Tuesdays at 2:00 PM for clergy and lay faith community leaders. This is a time to stay in relationship with one another, and learn and grow together. Click here to register.

If you miss a gathering, you can find recordings from each week by clicking here.
Bible Study on Tuesdays

We are studying the book of Acts with the Rev. Katherine Lewis as our leader and Sharon Engel as our convener. We begin Tuesday mornings at 11:00 AM with prayer and end with Noonday Prayer, plan to join us for a very profitable hour.

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Meeting ID: 872 7467 2774
Passcode: Study

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       +1 646 558 8656
       +1 301 715 8592
       +1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 872 7467 2774
Passcode: 544920
Compline Held Nightly at 8:00 PM – Join Us!

Compline, is a brief service of nighttime prayers, lasting no longer than about 10 minutes, this is a wonderful ritual for before bedtime. Please join us any night at 8:00 PM.

On Wednesdays Compline is led by children and intended for those of all ages (for some adults, it's their favorite service of the week!) using the the children's book Candlewalk by Karin Hosinger Sherman. The book is available through Church Publishing and Amazon.

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Meeting ID: 852 2267 7461
Passcode: Pn2CjY

Dial by Phone: +1 312 626 6799; Meeting ID: 852 2267 7461; Passcode: 516860
Start your Saturday morning with prayerful reflection.

Join morning prayer on Saturday beginning at 7:45 AM. This service will last approximately 15 minutes. You can read along with the prayer on your screen.
 
You can access the service through following the link on your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

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Meeting ID: 220 814 0673 Passcode: rWDY6k
 
Dial by phone: 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 220 814 0673 Passcode: 576819

If you have any questions, please call or text Paul Smejkal at 952.270.6762
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
Phases of Re-Gathering in ECMN
Guidelines and Planning Resource Document

ECMN has released the 3rd iteration of the ECMN Re-Gathering Planning Document on August 18th. The updates to this document center on the newly outlined plan for faith communities to move to gathering in person in faith community buildings in the months to come.

To be clear, there is no expectation that faith communities can/should/must return to their buildings.

Currently, ECMN remains in Phase 1.5 of this plan. Click here to read the plan.
COVID-19 Resources Available

ECMN COVID-19 Response Resources Page Click here
COVID-19 MN Resource Guide Click here
Grocery Gatherers Click here
City of Minnetonka Resources Click here
Traverse Counseling Center 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