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Welcome All

FROM YOUR INTERIM: SEASON OF GRATITUDE

I’m sitting in a retreat for the Scouts. Hanging out talking about improving parts of how we engage with families who are looking to join the program. 

It’s a process we might find some value in, looking at our activities and processes as they are and how we can improve them. Our Annual Meeting in January could be a good time to do this or a parish retreat where we can get good feedback and have something really fun to do as we examine the things we do. 

Anyway, the meeting is about to start and I need to put my phone down. Thank you all for the energy and enthusiasm and excitement you are bringing to our Sunday services and beyond. Don’t forget to begin to explore how this energy and positivity you are experiencing here can be defined as how God is moving you and doing things TO you! Come and share your experiences. Let’s start talking about what God is up to in all of our lives!

HAPPENINGS UPDATE!!!

Starting next week, Happenings will be going out on MONDAY’S!  So if you need an announcement or information shared with our member base, you will need to get that in Every Monday by 10AM. I know this will be a little inconvenient at first, but the vestry asked Sharon to shift her day to Monday so others could do their work at different times during the week.

So, Happenings will start going out every week on MONDAY.

Get your Happenings announcements into the office by Monday at 10am.

CONTACTING ARON:

Email: revaronkramer@stedwards-mn.org   Phone: 218-310-8749

ARON’S OFFICE HOURS: The week: Dec 5-11

Dec 8th – Afternoon; 11am-3pm

Dec 9th – Not in the office

Dec 10th – Not in the office

Dec 11th – Sunday, all day

Dec 12th – Evening; 4-7pm

Dec 13th – Afternoon, Evening 1pm-6pm

Dec 14th – Evening, 5pm-8pm

Dec 18th – Sunday, 8am-3pm

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS | December 11, 2022, Third Sunday of Advent 

Isaiah 35:1-10

Psalm 146:4-9

James 5:7-10

Matthew 11:2-11

LECTOR ROTA (OT, Psalm and NT readings and prayers of the people)

DATE              DAY                            READERS

Dec 11             Advent 3                      Judy Starkey

Dec 18             Advent 4                      Timothy & Ellen Williams

Dec 24             Christmas Eve             Debbie Enyeart

Dec 25             Christmas Day            TBD

Jan 1               The Holy Name          Judy Starkey

Jan 8               1st Epiphany               Maryann Raymond & Steve Anderson

Jan 15             2nd Epiphany              Bryan & Susan Ripp

Jan 22             3rd Epiphany               Timothy & Ellen Williams

Jan 29             4th Epiphany               Debbie Enyeart

From James 5:7

Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord.

Quote of the week

Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting. – Joyce Meyer

A PRAYER FOR TRANSITION AND DISCERNMENT

As we begin the process of discerning what comes next for St. Edward’s, the Vestry invites you to join them in adding the following prayer to your daily prayers:

Assist us, Lord, in living hopefully into the future.  In the face of change, help us to set unnecessary fears aside and to recognize our potential for creative response.  Help us to develop a reasonable optimism when confronted by “the new” and to guard against our own defensiveness.  Be with us as we remember and celebrate former times, and keep us from unreasonable yearning for them, which takes us from the work you have set before us in our time.  All this we ask in the name of your Child, our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

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COVID PROTOCOL UPDATES:

Masking – Masks are not required if you are vaccinated. If you are not vaccinated, masks are required.

Communion – We will return to having people come to the altar for communion. Communion will be distributed in your hand. We will also return to distributing wine with communion. As you come up for communion we ask that you pick up a plastic cup. You will receive the bread and then go to the Deacon Chip or Eucharistic Minister who will pour a small amount of wine for you to receive communion. There will be a trash bin near for you to throw the cup away.

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WORSHIP BULLETIN FOR THIS SUNDAY:

Here is the link:

http://stedwards-mn.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/12-11-2022-Third-Sunday-of-Advent.pdf

Topic: Sunday Morning Worship

Time: December 11, 2022 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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VOLUNTEER AND ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

IOCP HOLIDAY GIFT CARDS

Thank you to everyone who gave money for gift cards and thank you to Jeff Dow for leading the charge. Your generosity will have a major impact this Christmas!

FOOD BASKET FOR IOCP

The Food Shelf Basket has returned! Please consider bringing in your non-perishable food items to fill the basket. As it fills up we will take it to IOCP to add to their food shelf.

DOMESTIC ABUSE SHELTER SUPPORT 

This year during Advent we will be collecting items for the domestic abuse shelters in our immediate area. Sojourner Project in Minnetonka and Home Free in Plymouth are both facilities where women and even men, who are living with abusive partners can go with their children to escape the abuse and prepare for a new life. These organizations have many needs, but both have expressed a particular need for body wash and lotion. Both are needed in scented and unscented types as well as for particularly sensitive skin. If you are interested in participating, you may bring your contributions to St. Edward’s throughout Advent and we will deliver them to the organizations before Christmas.

LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITORS, we have people who are homebound and would like to receive Communion, if you are interested in this ministry, speak with Deacon Chip.

CHOIR – Like to sing?  Join us!

INFORMATION FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:

THE SELECTION COMMITTEE

The Selection Committee thanks everyone who participated in the transition forum last Sunday. We sincerely appreciate your input and lively conversation. The second display board is available in the Gathering Space, and we invite everyone to check it out and to continue to add your thoughts.

POINSETTIAS

The Poinsettias have been ordered for Christmas, there is a “Flower Envelope” available to help offset the cost of these beautiful flowers, if you would like to help, please write a check to St. Ed’s and indicate it is for Christmas Flowers.

We need help putting out flowers Friday, Dec 23rd, if you can help speak with Judy Starkey.

THE MITTEN TREE

The return of the Mitten Tree will be November 27th, please consider donating gloves, mittens, scarves and socks for people in need.

PRAYER LIST

If you would like someone on the Prayer List, please email Aron or the Office and share the names of those you would like to  be added. Some of you have sent emails this past week, those names are on the new list.

AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH MONTH the prayer list will be set to BLANK, so please let the office know if you want the person being prayed for to remain. 

ADVENT WEDNESDAY NIGHT FORMATION SESSIONS

Chip and Aron will be leading a conversation around the book “We Are Here Now: A New Missional Era” by Patrick Keifert.

Wednesdays Dec 7th, 14th and 21st; we will gather for soup and bread at 6pm and the session will begin at 6:30pm and run to 8pm. 

We will attempt to have a program for Adults and Youth who are attending. For families with youth, would your child be interested, please let Aron or Chip know.

CHRISTMAS SEASON

Our Blue Christmas Service will be held Monday, December 19 2022 at 7pm. The service is focused on those who have trouble with the Holiday seasons because of grief from the loss of a loved one or other experience that diminishes the joy of the holiday. Tami Morse and Aron will be present 

We will have one service this Christmas Eve at 5pm.

Christmas Day is a Sunday so we will have our 10am service as normal.

OTHER TIDBITS AND SUNDRIES

If you need a directory please contact the office at office@stedwards-mn.org

If you have information which needs to be placed in the Happenings, please submit an email to the church office no later than Monday 10am

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