The WEekly Evangelist

Nov. 21

Join the THRIVE Team on these Sundays for lunch at a local restaurant and conversation. This Fall, We will be talking about models of Church over the Centuries. Please RSVP your intent to join us so we can make a reservation. Questions? Or to RSVP:

The Connections Shelter is in need for regular volunteers to help with intake on Friday and Saturday evenings. Please contact the Connection Shelter if you could help on a more regular basis. 

You will be receiving your Pledge letter in the mail in the next week.

You are invited: FIRST SUNDAYS DOWN UNDER. Bring your own coffee to the undercroft after Service on the first Sunday of the month. We will have socially distanced time for fellowship, Iona work, and other projects. Mark your calendar for Dec. 5. Questions? Reach out to Rev. Cindi (

There are 6 days left to donate.
Give to the Max Day is November 18th! Please consider a tax deductible donation to support our ministry.
To donate:
Life Long Learners
Everyone is welcome, Meets in Lower Level

Tuesday, Nov 30, 2-4 PM - Who are the Neanderthals?; Modern Human Anatomy and Behavior; On the Origin of Homo Sapiens (King)
Monday, Dec 6, 2-4 PM - Language; Do Human Races Exist?; Modern Human Variation (King)
Tuesday, Dec 7, 2-4 PM - The Body and Mind Evolving; Tyranny of the Gene? Evolution and Our Future (King)
Monday, Dec 13, 2-4 PM - Inheritance: Darwin's Missing Link; Genome Mutations: Evolution's Raw Material; Gene Flow vs. Natural Selection (Solomon)
Tuesday, Dec 14, 2-4 PM - Evolutionary Medicine; Gene Editing and Directing Evolution; The Future of Human Evolution (Solomon)
Safe Church

In our Baptismal Covenant, we promise to respect the dignity of every human being. One way that we live out that
value in ECMN is through the implementation of our Safe Church Policies. 

Tier 2. Safe Church for God’s Children

Summary: Tier Two is a three-hour foundational training for anyone who has access to facilities and/or is in ministry with children, youth, or vulnerable adults. Tier Two is required for all staff, clergy, and vestry members, those who have access to facilities, decision makers, and all leaders in ministry with children, youth, or vulnerable adults. 
Policy: It covers the first two of the four Safe Church Policies (Children and Youth & Vulnerable Adults).

Tier 3. Safe Church for God’s People

Summary: Tier Three is a three-hour training for lay staff and clergy, who are involved in managing ministries for youth and adults alike. It discusses the power dynamics present in pastoral relationships and how to prevent inappropriate behaviors. These inappropriate behaviors include abuse, harassment, or exploitation this is either physical, verbal, or sexual. Tier 3 is required for all paid staff, clergy, spiritual directors, lay eucharistic ministers, vestry members, and any other volunteer leaders involved in overseeing or leading pastoral care ministries for adults.
Policy: It covers the two policy documents related to harassment and exploitation, as well as the two policies related to discipline in these matters for lay and ordained ministers. 

Tier 2: Monday, November 15, 2021, 6:00pm-9:00pm on Zoom
Tier 3: Monday, November 15, 2021, 9:00am-12:00pm on Zoom

The Living Church
To listen to this podcast click here: Prophetic Voices: Preaching and Teaching Beloved Community
Advent Today    
Today, the Advent season lasts for four Sundays leading up to Christmas. At that time, the new Christian year begins with the twelve-day celebration of Christmastide, which lasts from Christmas Eve until Epiphany on January 6. (Advent begins on the Sunday that falls between November 27th and December 3rd each year.) 
Advent symbolizes the present situation of the church in these “last days” (Acts 2:17Hebrews 1:2), as God’s people wait for the return of Christ in glory to consummate his eternal kingdom. The church is in a similar situation to Israel at the end of the Old Testament: in exile, waiting and hoping in prayerful expectation for the coming of the Messiah. Israel looked back to God’s past gracious actions on their behalf in leading them out of Egypt in the Exodus, and on this basis they called for God once again to act for them. In the same way, the church, during Advent, looks back upon Christ’s coming in celebration while at the same time looking forward in eager anticipation to the coming of Christ’s kingdom when he returns for his people. In this light, the Advent hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” perfectly represents the church’s cry during the Advent season:
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appears.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
While Israel would have sung the song in expectation of Christ’s first coming, the church now sings the song in commemoration of that first coming and in expectation of the second coming in the future.
November is a month when the Christian Community takes time to remember all those who have died. During this month there are different ways we can call to mind our loved ones who have died. We can pray for them, attend Service, visit their graves, and be comforted in the hope that Christ gives us through his death and Resurrection. At St Johns we have a special book by the Baptismal Font and Paschal Candle. Please stop by and write the names of your beloved dead. We will pray for them at Service during November.
Faith Formation
All are welcome to join Rev. Cindi for virtual Faith Formation this Fall. We meet on Wednesdays, on Zoom at 7 PM, just before Compline. Let Cindi know if you are interested by replying to this link 
she will send you a reminder with the Zoom link.
For the rest of November, we will have conversations centering on Spiritual Practices.
 Nov. 10 Spirituality Practice: Tithing
        Nov. 17 Spirituality Practice: Rule of Life
       Nov. 24 no Faith Formation
December 1/8/15: Bible Study (Luke)
January: Book Club (The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown)
Prayer Book Compline and Chat
Wednesdays at 8 pm via Zoom. 
Please join us at:

Meeting ID: 874 7394 0711
Passcode: 043830 OR Join by phone  +1 312 626 6799
Bishop's Series for Parents & Caregivers
Sunday, November 14, 3:30-5pm
Bishop Craig invites you to gather quarterly with him and other parents and caregivers across Minnesota. During each Zoom gathering, participants will hear from Bishop Craig and a speaker. This program is co-hosted by St. Mark's Cathedral. 

On November 14th, we'll be joined by Mollee Reitz, who will present Stress, Trauma, and Your Child
As a caregiver, you have walked with your child or teen through a variety of changes, stressors, and uncertainty during the last 20 months. During this workshop, you will learn about signs of stress and trauma, how grief and loss can affect stress and trauma responses, and how you can empower your child (and yourself) to respond to stress and trauma with resilience. Learn more here.
Conversations with "Those People"
Presented by Episcopal Peace Fellowship
Sunday, December 5
American society has, for decades, been fragmenting into groups of the like-minded, so that we are losing the spirit and the skills to relate to human beings as opposed to mirrors. Bishop Mark Beckwith and Braver Angels offer ways we can regain the capacity to live authentically in the midst of diversity.
The Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith was Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark (2007-2018) and now serves as Partnership Coordinator for Bishops United Against Gun Violence. He is active with Braver Angels
St. John's Advent Food Drive

During the 4 weeks of Advent, please bring items to donate to ECHO. It's been a long time since we have collected food for ECHO here at St. John's. It's time to get back at it! Some of the most requested items are cereal, pasta/sauce, macaroni & cheese, boxed main dishes, condiments, juices, drink mix, personal care items, diapers & wipes (larger sizes and pull-ups too), dish soap, laundry soap, coffee, and tea. The big basket will be back in the entry of St. John's for your donations. Food and supplies make the perfect gift for ECHO! Cash/checks are also welcome. Thanks for your participation! 
Your Vestry and Outreach Committee

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

Upcoming Altar flowers dates:

Mike Kearney has November 21. A new sign up sheet as been placed on the bulletin board.

11/03-Jaci Lageson
11/09-Brennen Canavin
11/09-Cullen Canavin
11/18-Jan Rozeboom
11/22-Jerry Stump
11/27-Ann McGuire


11/07 - Mark & Randi Manderfeld
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, Kylie, Amy, Alex, John, Donna, and Cassandra.
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
Vestry Members:
Cindi Brickson, Companion Priest, 612-998-5136,
Ann Clark 507-201-4438,
Jen Drganc, co-warden, 507-514-2418,
Steve Druschel 978-766-5252,
Mike Kearney 507-381-1435,
Tim Secott, co-warden 507-995-7825,
Angi Hiller, Parish Administrator 507-388-1969,
Parish Administrator: | 507-388-1969