The WEekly Evangelist

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Greening of the Church will be after Morning Prayer on 11/28.
You are invited: 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 (
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)
Episcopal Church Women
You may read the Fall issue of the ECMN ECW Newsletter here. For those wishing to receive regular personal emails of this quarterly newsletter, please email Elizabeth Campbell at or call 507-664-1185.
The Living Church
William Sanders, Longest-Serving Bishop, Dies at 101
 November 19, 2021  HighlightNews

The Rt. Rev. William Evan Sanders, the VIII Bishop of Tennessee and the I Bishop of East Tennessee, passed away at home in Nashville in the presence of his family on November 18, at the age of 101. He would have turned 102 on Christmas Day. At the time of his death he was the senior bishop of the church, in terms of length of service.
Shortly before his 98th birthday, Sanders attended, vested, and processed at the consecration of the fifth and current Bishop of East Tennessee, the Rt. Rev. Brian Cole. Cole told TLC that “one of the great gifts” and great memories of that day, December 2, 2017, was seeing the reaction of the many people in attendance whom Sanders had baptized, confirmed, or ordained.
“He was not a tall man, but he loomed large in the story of the Episcopal witness in this state and in this region,” Cole said. “I think in ways he didn’t realize, he has blessed this generation simply by his presence that day.”

Sanders’s death came four days after the passing of the first Bishop of West Tennessee, the Rt. Rev. Alex Dickson, 95. “The state of Tennessee lost two significant bishops this week,” Cole said, both of whom were the first bishops of new dioceses.
Until the 1980s, the Diocese of Tennessee encompassed the entire state. The see city was Memphis, at the southwest tip of the horizontal state — fully 500 miles away from St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Bristol, in the northeast corner. As Bishop of Tennessee from 1977 to 1985, Sanders oversaw the partition into three dioceses in a two-step process, after approval by the 1982 General Convention.
West Tennessee was created in 1983, based in Memphis, leaving Nashville as the see city in the center of the state. When East Tennessee bloomed in 1985, Sanders chose to become the first bishop in the new Knoxville-based diocese, and resigned as bishop of the continuing Diocese of Tennessee. He continued as Bishop of East Tennessee until retiring in 1992 — the year Cole received his master’s of divinity degree.

A biography on the East Tennessee website says that Sanders established two major programs during his episcopacy:
The first was Venture in Mission, in which the statewide Diocese of Tennessee gave particular support to church growth, urban ministries and companionship funding for the [Anglican and Episcopal churches] in Costa Rica, Haiti and Central Africa. The other was the Opportunity Fund program of the Diocese of East Tennessee, which provided funds for a new diocesan center, congregational development and social ministry.
Sanders was born December 25, 1919, in Natchez, Mississippi. He grew up in Nashville, and his entire ordained ministry was in Tennessee. After studying at Vanderbilt and obtaining his master’s of divinity at Sewanee: The University of the South, he was ordained as a deacon in 1945 and as priest in 1946. He served as a deacon at St. Paul’s in Chattanooga, and from 1946 to 1962 he was assistant, and later dean, at the Cathedral of St. Mary in Memphis. Sanders also earned a master’s of sacred theology from Union Seminary.
He was consecrated bishop coadjutor on April 4, 1962, meaning he would automatically become bishop diocesan when the incumbent left office. These days it’s a role that often lasts for a year or two, but Sanders served as coadjutor for 15 years, before becoming Bishop of Tennessee upon the retirement of Bishop John Vander Horst in 1977.
Todd Ousley, the bishop for pastoral development on the presiding bishop’s staff, said that with the passing of Sanders, the Rt. Rev. David Benson Reed is now the senior bishop of the Episcopal Church. Reed, 94, was consecrated as Bishop of Colombia on April 25, 1964, and later served as Bishop of Kentucky from 1974 to 1994.
Sanders married Kathryn Cowan Schaffer in 1951, and they had four children. She predeceased him in 1999, and in 2005 Sanders married Marlin Jones Phythyon, who has three daughters. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
Advent and the Christian Life  
While Advent is certainly a time of celebration and anticipation of Christ’s birth, it is more than that. It is only in the shadow of Advent that the miracle of Christmas can be fully understood and appreciated; and it is only in the light of Christmas that the Christian life makes any sense. It is between the fulfilled promise of Christ’s first coming and the yet-to-be-fulfilled promise of his second coming that Karl Barth penned these words: “Unfulfilled and fulfilled promise are related to each other, as are dawn and sunrise. Both are promise and in fact the same promise. If anywhere at all, then it is precisely in the light of the coming of Christ that faith has become Advent faith, the expectation of future revelation. But faith knows for whom and for what it is waiting. It is fulfilled faith because it lays hold on the fulfilled promise.” The promise for Israel and the promise for the church is Jesus Christ; he has come, and he will come again. This is the essence of Advent.
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)

You can choose to let go of yourself to live a “fake life” for others, or you can embrace who you are and own your life story. You’ll love life, others, and yourself better when you’re authentic.
Live wholeheartedly by switching your mindset from trying to be perfect and identifying yourself with what other’s think, to feeling “I am enough” no matter what happens today. You’ll be more courageous, compassionate, and connected this way. And wholehearted living is a never-ending process, not a milestone.
Strive to DIG deep, especially when you’re tired and stressed by being:
  • Deliberate – Be intentional in what you think and do.
  • Inspired – Get yourself in the right emotional and mental place to feel like yourself.
  • Going – Take action, whether that’s to rest or work harder—just do it.

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
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
BISHOPx Forum: Justice and Vitality
Thursday, December 9, 6-7:30pm Online
Join Bishop Loya and folks from across ECMN for this series of monthly gatherings designed to help us deepen our connection to discipleship, justice, innovation, and vitality. We'll hear stories and leading voices on those topics, and then break into small groups to connect with each other and respond. Come prepared to be inspired, challenged, and meet Christ in conversation with your neighbors. Join us on Thursday, December 9 to dive deeper into the Vitality Commitments presented at Convention.
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

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, Cassandra, Cliff and Ellie.
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