The WEekly Evangelist
From my desk…

Friends, Bishop Loya has invited us to be disciplined about grounding our meetings in prayer,
and to use Dwelling in the Word / Gospel Based Discipleship as a method to help us with that.
The Vestry has already begun this practice, and we invite all committee meetings at St Johns to
join us.
Gospel Based Discipleship includes an encounter with the Gospel, either individually or within a
group. Gospel Based Discipleship is not a program. It is not Bible Study. It is an encounter with
the Gospel, designed to engage people with the Gospel appointed for the day, or the Sunday
proper. It depends on participants being willing to share responses to the three questions: 
 What words or phrases did you hear? 
 What is Jesus (the Gospel) saying to you? 
 What is Jesus (the Gospel) calling you to do?
Bishop Loya asks that all of us use the same Scripture reading:
For the season of Easter: Revelation 22:1-5
For the season of Pentecost: John 15:12-17
You can read more here:
Please join me for a virtual cup of coffee and conversation; reach me at revcindi.stjohnsmankato@gmail.com
if you would like to meet by phone or by Zoom sometime soon. 
You are invited: SUNDAYS DOWN UNDER. Come for coffee in the Undercroft after Service on Sundays. We will have socially distanced time for fellowship, Iona work, and other projects. Questions? Reach out to Rev. Cindi (revcindi.stjohnsmankato@gmail.com).
The Diversity Council's 5th annual Juneteenth celebration is June 5 and 12. The place isn't listed, but it's usually downtown on the lawn at City Hall Plaza. Good food, music, speakers, local non-profits, games for kids and fun.
It's time again for the Spring ECMN United Thank Offering Ingathering!

St. John’s will have a U.T.O Ingathering Sunday, May 8. Episcopal Church Women started this ministry more than 100 years ago. Through the United thank Offering, men, women, and children can nurture the personal and family habit of giving daily thanks to God through our prayers and gifts of thanksgiving. These coins and bills that we drop into the traditional blue and white U.T.O. boxes each day are combined with all United Thank Offerings from Episcopal and Anglican churches around the world. Last year, nearly three million dollars were given away in the form of grants to qualifying churches throughout the world. During the past few years, several Minnesota churches applied for and received grants. 

Please make Donations out to United Thank Offering
May-June Book Club (Spiritual Practices)

Receiving Jesus: The Way of Love 
by Mariann Edgar Budde

Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble

This small, intense and lovely book contains stories both from life and Christian tradition around the practices of the Way of Love: to turn, to learn, to pray and to worship, to bless , to go and to rest. She shares both personal and biblical stories that enlighten each practice. It is an invitational book , not a how-to book, that beckons us into a closer relationship with God, each other and our neighbor.
Join me as we explore the practices and how we live them out in our own lives as people following Christ.
Starting Wednesday May 11th at 7 pm and continuing through June until we are done. We will take it at our own pace. This is through ZOOM.

Please let me know you are interested. My email is glsteele7@gmail.com and my phone number is 651-338-2946 . If your faith community would like to do an in person group , I can arrange a one or two time get togethers for Saturdays to cover the book as well, just let me know.
Looking forward to sharing and learning and growing!!
Deacon Georgia 


Meeting ID: 859 8738 8443
Passcode: 060969
OR
Join by phone  +1 312 626 6799
Prayer Book Compline and Chat
Wednesdays at 8 pm via Zoom. 
 
Please join us at:

Meeting ID: 817 8970 4512
Passcode: 125356
OR
Join by phone  +1 312 626 6799
We will have two bouquets on our Holy Communion Sundays. If you wish to furnish flowers, the cost is $30.00 per Sunday for 2 bouquets. After worship, an altar guild member will present the flowers to a church member who cannot regularly join us. Please consider being a part of this important ministry. 
There is a sign-up sheet on the narthex bulletin board.
Questions? Call Ann M. 382-9426
HAPPY BIRTHDAY

05/06-Jan Mickelson
05/15-Lisa Westberg
05/18-Al Berner
05/20-Elsie Olson


HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

05/20 - Steve & Marty Penkhus

If we don't have you listed, we don't have your date! Stop in the office to let us know.
St. John’s Prayer List
Please pray for Gay, Andy, Bill, Ricci, Barbara, Marcia, Mary, Mara, Jordin, Pat, Elsie, Elizabeth, Kate, Mary, Wendy, Ann, Wayne, Swede, Jim, Libby, Don, Anne, Mary, Judy, Joan, Amy, Alex, John, Donna, Cassandra, Cliff, Ellie and Erika.
Pastoral Care
If you are in need or know someone in need of pastoral care, please reach out to our Companion Priest, The Rev. Cindi Brickson at 612-998-5136 or revcindi.stjohnsmankato@gmail.com
Vestry Members:
Cindi Brickson, Companion Priest, 612-998-5136, revcindi.stjohnsmankato@gmail.com
Ann Clark 507-201-4438, clarkphilip128@msn.com
Pam Bartholomew 507-380-4497, pambart1@charter.net
Mike Kearney 507-381-1435, kearneys@hickorytech.net
Tim Secott, Warden 507-995-7825, tsecott@yahoo.com
Angi Hiller, Parish Administrator 507-388-1969, office.stjohnsmankato@gmail.com