This Sunday’s Readings| November 1, 2020 All Saints Day
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5: 4.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Quote of the week:
“The great secret of death, and perhaps its deepest connection with us, is this: in taking from us a being we have loved and venerated, death does not wound us without, at the same time, lifting us toward a more perfect understanding of this being and of ourselves.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
Brothers and Sisters,
As we enter into November I pray that you and your families continue to be safe and healthy. Please remember to get your vote in either by dropping it off at a ballot collection point or voting on Tuesday.
Please update your directory for me: My new address is 1601 Meadowwood Dr. Brooklyn Park, MN 55444.
Fr. Jason ending his time at the hospital—As I shared with you all on Sunday I have decided to end my full time residency at United Hospital. I will find extended units that allow me more flexibility. My last day at the hospital will be November 20.
Here are the updates for this week:
Sunday Worship—This Sunday is the feast of All Saints. We will only be having Zoom services this week. For the lectors please come to the church at 9:45. Here is the link to the bulletin: http://stedwards-mn.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/11-1-2020-All-Saints.pdf
Topic: Sunday Morning Worship
Time: November 1, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
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From our new Intern Benoni Grimes—
My name is Benoni Tarr Grimes. I am in my second year of formation for the Priesthood with the Episcopal Church of Minnesota. I am honored to do my internship at St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, Wayzata.
Originally, I am from Liberia in West Africa where I was born and grew up; and my calling to the ordered minister in our church all started. In Liberia I attended the Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Caldwell.
I am a member of Trinity Episcopal in Anoka. I also attend the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (most of its members are Liberians) in Minneapolis when I leave worship at Trinity Every Sunday. I am married to Caroline; and have four beautiful children – Coretta, Corazon, Darius and Macucu.
I am a teacher and school administrator. Currently I work as substitute Teacher with the Osseo Public School District. I also work part-time with the state of Minnesota MSCOS Community Base Service program.
I was born in Monrovia (the capital of Liberia), but grew up in the Township of Caldwell in Montserrado County where I also served at the Township Commissioner before going abroad for further studies. My mother, Mary Grimes, was a teacher and my father was a plumbing engineer. I was the second of five children and the oldest boy.
Many years ago as teenager, I felt the call to join the ordained ministry. It was like a small voice speaking to me, “Benoni, why are you not considering the ordained ministry?” I ignored it for a why, but it continues to come. I had dreams of myself serving communion, doing baptism and preaching. I decided to explain this to my priest then. His response was like the voice in my dream and what I continued to hear. “Benoni, have you ever consider going into the ordained ministry?” he asked me.
I wrote my priest formally informing him of my intentions and calling. He wrote the bishop and attached my letter, which was the procedure in the Episcopal Church of Liberia then. The bishop sent me to the Church Commission on Ministry. They interviewed me and recommended me for study. I was enrolled in the Seth C. Edwards Theological Institute and there I did my study. Unfortunately, just then, a bitter civil war broke out in Liberia and everyone had to escape to save their lives. I left the country briefly and returned to find my family. I found the priest there had left and there was no one to open the church and lead the worship service. I spoke with the rebel leader in that area, Prince Johnson, and asked him to allow me to have worship services, and he agreed.
Recently, I went to Liberia for two years and served as the Director of Career Planning and Placement at Tubman University. I am a veteran school administrator and educator who has been in education both in Liberia and the United States for over thirty years.
I am a graduate of the University of Liberia where I obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree; and hold two Master’s degrees in Education, and Education Administration & Leadership from the Saint Mary’s Catholic University of Minnesota, as well as a K-12 Administrator Licensure.
I worked in various administrative capacities including Assistant Principal, District Cultural and Diversity Director, and Student Learning Advocate in some of the leading school districts in the state of Minnesota, including Minneapolis, Anoka-Hennepin, Saint Paul and Edina Public Schools.
I like traveling, fine arts, meeting new friends and movies.
Update about George and Kathy Pilkington—I talked with Kathy on Wednesday and she shared with me that George is in good spirits. They are not sure what the next steps will be at this time. She also shared that she is feeling fine and that all is well at home during her quarantine. She will contact me if she has any needs.
Pastoral Visits and Communion—Just a reminder that I am available for a visit to your home (outdoors) and to bring communion. If you would like to have a visit or communion brought to you please contact me and we will get it scheduled.
Stewardship Season—By now you should have received your stewardship packet. Please prayerfully consider your pledge to our 2021 budget. Your support helps continue our work in St. Edwards and in the community. Please return the envelope by November 15.
Companions needed for our new Intern—
Part of Benoni’s formation is that he needs some companions to walk with him during his time of internship at St. Edwards. This would mean praying for Benoni, meeting with him 4 times this year and providing encouragement and support. . We are looking for 3 or 4 people who are able to walk with Benoni (virtually) the commitment is meeting 4 times a year. If you are interested please let me know.
Message from Lynne Whitacre—
It has been brought to my attention (for obvious reasons) that those of us age 65 or more are
being asked to stay at home and not attend or participate in social functions. This is a fine goal; however, following this guideline leads to boredom, loneliness, etc.
With that in mind I will find folk interested in getting occasional phone calls as well as find some that are willing to make such calls. We shall put such names together and see what happens. Making a call every other week seems appropriate; however, more often would, of course, be wonderful.
Actually, St. Edwards already has several folks that are involved in such a project. With that in mind I am asking folk to let me know if they would like to participate in such an activity.
My phone number is 612-267-6593, or 763-591-0466.
E-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from you.
Voting by Mail—I would like to share with you the resources to obtain your mail in ballot. If I can be of any assistance in obtaining a ballot for you please do contact me. You can go to the MN Secretary of State website, starting now, to obtain your mail in ballot. https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/ABRegistration/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx
Forward Day by Day—We have the new forward Day by Day booklets in. If you would like one mailed to you please contact the office at email@example.com and we will send you one.
St. Edwards has received a grant of $4000. The vestry and I have decided that we will use this money to help others in these trying times. The discretionary fund is available for emergency help for food, utilities etc. If you or someone you know needs assistance please have them reach out to me.
If you need a directory please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org
My prayers are with you always and know that I will keep you up to date as I have more information. I do miss you all and pray for the day when we all can gather together in person but know that even though we are not able to gather my heart is with you.
Peace in Christ,
Fr. Jason B. Lucas