Thursday, June 3, 2021
June is Pride Month!

Episcopalians have been working toward a greater understanding and radical inclusion of all of God’s children for nearly a half-century. In 1974, Louie Crew founded IntegrityUSA, a non-profit organization with the goal of full-inclusion of LGBT persons in The Episcopal Church. The next General Convention, in 1976, adopted resolutions stating that “homosexual persons are children of God who have a full and equal claim with all other persons upon the love, acceptance, and pastoral concern and care of the Church.", and that they “are entitled to equal protection of the laws with all other citizens."

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 once again! 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 Sr. Warden Huldah Niles if you need access to the bathroom and she'll let you in the building. If we need to cancel because of dangerous weather then 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!
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
Link to Prayer Service with Destiny Hill Church
On Tuesday, May 25th, the 1 year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, we prayed as a congregation along with our neighbors at Destiny Hill Church. The service was an impactful and beautiful moment to share, and hopefully the first of many events. We were able to come together and share stories from members of each congregation; we heard music, poetry, and words from civil rights leaders. We prayed a powerful litany, and individuals offered their own prayers. It was a moving hour, and called us to reflect on how to live as Christians in a country that has always and continues to be divided by systemic racism.

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
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.
ICA Update
ICA 50th Anniversary Event this Saturday
Since 1971, ICA has grown from a small food and clothing program to now offering a variety of food programs, homelessness prevention through assistance with rent and utility bills, employment services and case management. Today ICA serves over 5500 people annually and has nearly 750 active volunteers. Key to its continued growth in services has been the support of 36 local faith communities, over 100 businesses, schools and civic organizations as well as its donors and volunteers.

You are invited to attend this special anniversary celebration this Saturday, June 5 from 10 am to 2 pm. You will have the opportunity to tour the food shelf and learn more about the positive impact ICA makes in our community each day. Hope you will stop by and enjoy live music, enjoy a cupcake, check out local art which will be for sale. You may even win a door prize. 
Matching opportunity 
As part of the anniversary celebration, ICA has an incredible matching opportunity up to $100,000, thanks to the generosity of four ICA supporters. This match will last through the summer. With the match, a donation of $150 will feed a family of our for two months. A donation of $5 a month will provide weekend food for two students throughout the school year. A donation of $50 a month will cover food delivery to two home bound seniors all year. Please consider making a donation this summer to take advantage of this special matching opportunity while investing in ICA and bringing hope to our community neighbors. Visit www.icafoodshelf.org/50th-matching-gifts to double your donation. 
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
Today 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.

Today @ 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
Leading Beyond the Blizzard with Bishop Loya
Online Gatherings, Tuesdays at 2:00 PM

NOTE: AFTER NEXT TUESDAY'S GATHERING, THESE WEEKLY GATHERINGS WILL BE PAUSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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

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 going LIVE! Attend in person or virtually through Zoom.
 
We gather on Saturday morning 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