The WEekly Evangelist

Nov. 7
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:

Reminder Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend. Remember to set your clocks back one hour!

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 Nov. 7 and Dec. 5. 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)
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
Advent is starting November 28th this year. Do you know the history and meaning of Advent? In the weeks leading up to Advent we will will be looking into the meaning behind Advent starting with the history.

The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming,” which is a translation of the Greek word parousia. Scholars believe that during the 4th and 5th centuries in Spain and Gaul, Advent was a season of preparation for the baptism of new Christians at the January feast of Epiphany, the celebration of God’s incarnation represented by the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus (Matthew 2:1), his baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist (John 1:29), and his first miracle at Cana (John 2:1). During this season of preparation, Christians would spend 40 days in penance, prayer, and fasting to prepare for this celebration; originally, there was little connection between Advent and Christmas.
By the 6th century, however, Roman Christians had tied Advent to the coming of Christ. But the “coming” they had in mind was not Christ’s first coming in the manger in Bethlehem, but his second coming in the clouds as the judge of the world. It was not until the Middle Ages that the Advent season was explicitly linked to Christ’s first coming at Christmas.
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 FaithFormation this Fall. We meet on Wednesdays, often on Zoom (a 7 PM, just before Compline.) Let Cindi know if you are interested (by replying to this link Faith Formation Attendee) she will send you a reminder with the Zoom link.) 

For the coming month, Wednesday Night Faith Formation will finish our book (Native by Kaitlin Curtice) and then move to conversations centering on Spiritual Practices.

Nov. 10 Spirituality Practice: Tithing
Nov. 17 Spirituality Practice: Rule of Life
Nov. 24 no Faith Formation

December: Bible Study (Luke)
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
Connections Ministry

Your Outreach Committee met the afternoon of November 1st. We meet at Panera at 4pm the first Monday of the month. New members welcome! We want to share a few items with you:
*ECHO Food Shelf Volunteer opportunity!  Consider helping ECHO fill the requests for Thanksgiving meal baskets. You can do this by sponsoring a basket for $20.00. Or you can sign up to pack baskets during the 2 weeks of distribution, November 8-19. Shifts are generally 3 hours from 10:30 am to 1:30pm or 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Members of Outreach will be volunteering on the morning of November 17th.  If there is a time that would work for you to help, please contact Diane Deeren, ECHO Board member, at 507-317-1800.

*Beginning this Saturday our community will be providing the Saturday meal at the Salvation Army Day Shelter. This was once known as Food for Friends, but is now the Homeless Shelter Winter Program. St. John's Episcopal will provide the meal the first Saturday of each month. from November to March, 2022. Please contact Audrey Splinter, Board Member, at 507-720-8571 if you have any questions about this program or would like to make a contribution.

*Our Vestry has asked the Outreach Committee to work on composing a Land Acknowledgement Statement that may begin to appear on our website. newsletter, and bulletins. A Land Acknowledgment Statement is a formal statement that recognizes and respects the Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land. Please watch for this.
*Outreach continues to be involved in the ECHO Delivers Program. Volunteers are always needed. Contact Marcia Olauson at 507-351-2922 if interested.

* Outreach asks for continued prayers for Connections Ministry Shelter.  

For food and to volunteer as an evening meal server go to:

 For morning volunteer go to:

 Blessing from your Outreach Committee


This Sunday, the altar flowers are
given to the Glory of God and in 
honor of her Parents by
Nickie VanStelten
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