Thursday, June 10, 2021
A Blessing for Pride Month

Most gracious God,
we praise you for the tender mercy and unfailing care
revealed to us in Jesus the Christ
and for the great joy and comfort
bestowed upon us in the gift of human love.
We give you thanks for N. and N.,
and the covenant of faithfulness they have made.
Pour out the abundance of your Holy Spirit upon them.
Keep them in your steadfast love;
protect them from all danger;
fill them with your wisdom and peace;
lead them in holy service to each other
and the world. Amen.

From "I Will Bless You, and You Will Be a Blessing",
liturgical resources for celebrating the marriage of LGBTQ couples
within the Episcopal Church. For more information,
Outdoor Worship This Sunday
Please join us for outdoor worship at 9:30 AM on Sunday morning!

How wonderful that we can join for Holy Eucharist! We request that you continue to wear a mask to protect the unvaccinated in our community. Please check in when you arrive in case a need for contact tracing arises. Bring weather appropriate clothing and a chair. Please see the Vestry Host if you need to get into the building to access the bathroom . If we need to cancel because of dangerous weather we will send out an email Saturday evening letting you know.

If you can't be with us in person, you can join live on Facebook, or later on YouTube. We can be together in the Spirit, no matter where each of us is. Come, Holy Spirit, come!
Aaron Twait Ordination
Please join us on Saturday, June 19th at 1pm for the Ordination of former St. David's intern Aaron Twait to the transitional diaconate!  Because of COVID restrictions in-person attendance is strictly limited, but the service will be livestreamed at this link
St. David's Real Women Announcement
St David’s Real Women are on the go again. We’re vaccinated and ready. Come join us Aug 15 through Aug 19 at Itasca State Park Bear Paw guesthouse. A group from St David’s has been gathering every year since 1984. We started portaging canoes in the BWCA then transitioned to tent camping in MN state parks. Now father time has said we need something softer and off the ground! That translates into cabin camping. Electricity and running water are quite the luxury. The only thing that has not changed is the fellowship that unites us. And there is plenty of that to go around.

Launa Tucker    952-935-1294                 Susan Taylor     952-944-7241
Join us for Compline, in Person (or via Zoom)
Tuesday June 22, 7:30 PM
We'll gather live outdoors at the home of Ann and Chris Carda to socialize for a bit before our nightly Compline service. Since March of 2020 we've offered our nighttime prayers every single night at 8pm. It will be good to be together in person for a change! Bring a chair, if you're able, and join us! If you can't be there in person, you can still use the Zoom link (below) to join in. Note: if the weather does not cooperate, we'll find a rain date.

Tuesday, June 22, 7:30 pm
At the Carda home, 1806 Jersey Ave. S. St. Louis Park, MN. 55426
Compline at 8:00

Loving God. Loving one Another.
Building our Website:
We Need Photographs and Your Stories!
Photographers Needed
This is Karin Lindquist on your Communications Team and we’re redesigning the St. David’s website. We need high resolution photography that specifically invites viewers to join us and portrays who we are and where we’re going at St. David’s. If you’re willing to take photos, please contact me. This can be a fun, creative part of our communications ministry!

Contact me at Lindquist.karin@hotmail.com. (or call at 612-251-2259)
I have lots of ideas and look forward to working with you!
Love  Grace  Wonder
Telling our St. David’s Stories
As part of the St. David’s faith community, we are all on a spiritual/relational journey. It is the power of sharing our personal stories that will reveal the heart and soul of our faith community. As a way of sharing who we are and what we feel is important to others, we are interested in personal quotes and stories to include in our St. David’s website and hope you are willing to share.

Our mission is to maintain a website that is informative for current members, reflects the personal experiences of our faith community and invites newcomers to join us.

Would you be willing to write a story that describes your experiences, hopes or reflections because of your life at St. David’s?

As you consider this invitation, the following questions are designed to assist in developing a story that is important to you and to others. Hopefully, one or more of these questions will spark a memory or experience that you’re willing to share:

• If someone should ask you why you worship at St. David’s, what would you tell that person?
• What is the most meaningful experience that you have had related to your relationship at St. David’s?
• What was it like when you first came to St. David’s?
• What brings you back?
• Tell us about a ministry you participated in, or one you have experienced or gained support because of the commitment of those involved?
• Share a passion you have – in serving and/or in worship?
• Write an invitation to someone you know on why they might want to join St. David’s. Give a personal reason why this is important.
• Tell us something you want others to know about St. David’s
• Share a time – when you felt the Holy Spirit was calling (or keeping) you connected or engaged.
• How has your experience at St. David’s affected your relationship with family, co- workers and friends?

Some people prefer to tell their story rather than write it. If this is you then, we have a team of folks from St. David’s who would enjoy the opportunity to work with you, listen, and write your story, subject to your approval.

We are a caring community of action, rooted in lasting relationships with many stories to tell and remember. You are St. David’s and your personal story will speak to those who are searching for a relationship with a faith community.

For questions, comments or more suggestions, contact: 
Karin Lindquist at lindquist.karin@hotmail.com or 612-251-2259
           Cliff Crockford at: cliff@hedroncliff.com or 920-217-3723
ICA Update
ICA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration a success!
Despite the current heat wave, the 50th Anniversary Event was enjoyed by the many who stopped by last Saturday to share in the celebration. If you weren’t able to attend, ICA will be hosting special 50th anniversary group tours all summer long. To sign up, just go to the ICA website under Events, then 50th anniversary and choose a date good for you using SignUp Genius. P.S. There will be cake and ice cream at each tour! 

Additional matching grant award!
As you remember from last week’s Update, a special part of the overall celebration included a $100,000 match gift from four generous ICA supporters. So far, almost $75,000 has been raised toward the match. ICA thanks all who have already donated and is excited to announce it has been notified of an additional $30,000 challenge grant award. Wow! Donations will be accepted and matched all summer long. 
Did you know $250 will provide one month’s worth of home delivery services to six households? Home delivery is available for neighbors who are unable to come into the food shelf due to disability or medical reasons, and serves many single senior households. This program has increased by 40% since the start of COVID and there is still more need.

To contribute to this matching challenge and learn more about the impact every dollar makes, go to the ICA website: icafoodshelf.org. Under the menu, choose 50th anniversary, then anniversary matching gifts. Or, if you prefer, you can send a check to ICA Food Shelf, 12990 St.David’s Road, Minnetonka 55305.

Summer produce market
ICA will be hosting an outdoor, farmer’s market style event twice a month on the second and fourth Saturdays throughout the summer. The first summer produce market will be this Saturday, June 12th, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church , 715 Minnetonka Mills Road in Hopkins. Please share this opportunity for fresh fruits and vegetables with anyone you may think could be food insecure. No appointment is needed. Masks recommended.

Items currently needed
This month ICA is running low on the following non-perishable items:
* kids’ snacks and beverages
* olive oil
* tissues, toilet paper
* baby wipes
* adult diapers (all sizes except small)
You can leave your donated items in the baskets just inside the doors at either the east or south office entrance at St. David’s. We will be collecting this month through Sunday, June 20th. Thank you.
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
June 17 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.

June 17 @ 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
Bible Study on Tuesdays

Katherine Lewis leads us and Sharon Engel is our convener. We start with prayer at 11:00am and end with Noonday Prayer for a very profitable hour of learning and connecting.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 872 7467 2774
Passcode: Study

Dial by Phone
       +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.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 852 2267 7461
Passcode: Pn2CjY

Dial by Phone: +1 312 626 6799; Meeting ID: 852 2267 7461; Passcode: 516860
Saturday Morning Prayer is LIVE! Attend in person or virtually through Zoom.
 
We gather on Saturday mornings at 7:45am. This is a fun, interactive, participatory prayer service that lasts approximately 15 minutes. Beginning Saturday, June 5th, we will meet outside, under the old oak tree at St. David’s. Bring a lawn chair. Prayer sheets will be provided. Can’t make it in person? That’s okay we will also be hosting a live Zoom call so join us online, follow along with the prayer on the screen.
 
Join Zoom Meeting
 
 
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