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: BYOC--Bring Your Own Coffee!

A friendly reminder: Next week is Thanksgiving. If you have anything to add to the WE please email Angi at by Tuesday 11/23. Angi will be emailing and sending it out Wednesday 11/24.
Funeral Service for Bobbie Seberson is Saturday Nov. 20 at 11am and viewing is a hour before at 10 am.
You are invited: FIRST SUNDAYS DOWN UNDER. Bring your own coffee cup/mug to pour coffee into to the undercroft after Service on Sundays. We are making coffee again! We will have socially distanced time for fellowship, Iona work, and other projects. Questions? Reach out to Rev. Cindi (
On Sunday November 21st we will have a special blessing of our Thanksgiving meal along with a Thanksgiving hymn. Please bring something that you will have on thanksgiving eat (it could be ingredients, a can, bread). We will hold them up and they will be blessed.
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)
The Living Church
Faith to Go: Living with Empire

Special guest Rachel Ambasing joins discuss Jesus’ conversation with Pontius Pilate from this coming Sunday’s gospel
Advent Liturgy and Practice

To balance the two elements of remembrance and anticipation, the first two Sundays in Advent (through December 16th) look forward to Christ’s second coming, and the last two Sundays (December 12th – 19th) look backward to remember Christ’s first coming. Over the course of the four weeks, Scripture readings move from passages about Christ’s return in judgment, to Old Testament passages about the expectation of the coming Messiah, to New Testament passages about the announcements of Christ’s arrival by John the Baptist and the Angels.
While it is difficult to keep in mind in the midst of holiday celebrations, shopping, lights and decorations, and joyful carols, Advent is intended to be a season of fasting, much like Lent, and there are a variety of ways that this time of mourning works itself out in the season. Reflection on the violence and evil in the world cause us to cry out to God to make things right—to put death’s dark shadows to flight. Our exile in the present makes us look forward to our future Exodus. And our own sinfulness and need for grace leads us to pray for the Holy Spirit to renew his work in conforming us into the image of Christ.
One catechism describes Advent spirituality beautifully: “When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating the precursor’s birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire: ‘He must increase, but I must decrease.’”
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 or Compline
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
Statewide Policing Conversations
with Commissioner Harrington, MN Dep't of Public Safety
Tuesday, November 23, 11:30am-1:30pm

We all want our system of public safety to be better — and we know that people of faith are compelled to seek justice. Interfaith Action invites you to a series of compelling conversations about public safety and policing in Minnesota.

Together with Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety John Harrington and several state public safety leaders, we will walk through real-life scenarios that police officers face on the job. What do we want our public safety officers to do in these situations? And what sources do we look to figure out the answers?
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

The altar flowers this Sunday are
given to the Glory of God and in
loving memory of his mother Elizabeth
by Mike & Jane Kearney
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


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