Announcements for Sunday, October 4, 2015

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Reflections on Diocesan Convention

Reflections on ECMN (Episcopal Church in Minnesota) Convention 2015 from Kristen Kidder:

When I’ve been asked recently about my experience at convention this year, the first word that has come to mind has been “healthy.” I’ve been to several previous diocesan conventions, so it’s significant that this is the descriptor that emerges. There has been a successful culture shift at ECMN, which used to be referred to as the Diocese. The consistent tenor of the Bishop’s emphases as well as that of his staff was on ECMN’s existence being primarily for the purpose of supporting and nurturing the faith communities (used to be called parishes) of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. I’m sure the nomenclature changes have been around awhile, but their purpose and meaning were illustrated for me this past weekend. I did not find a spirit of status or position being prevalent, which I have experienced in the past. Rather, I saw, heard, and felt, authenticity and humility coming from the platform in the front of the room. And with this being modeled, this is more of what I experienced in my interactions with other delegates from across the state.

Coming to worship this past Sunday, I was moved to go up for prayer for St. John’s and St. Paul’s in Evelyth and Virginia, Minnesota as they are in the process of merging, and change is hard. (I learned this from a table companion from one of those faith communities, who nevertheless is hopeful that new and good things are in store for them if they can just get through the trials first.) Praying for each other is part of what the body of Christ can and should do.

At one point the presentations about the School for Formation talked about faith communities discerning what they are called to, and it struck me that Messiah is called to persevere through differences and hard things by recognizing where unity exists. We are called to work for reconciliation and rebirth. For several years we felt the need for oversight from a DEPO (Designated Episcopal Oversight) Bishop, which we were granted – and which helped us to persevere. Once we no longer felt the need for this alternative oversight, we discontinued it. Being at convention this year felt like a confirmation for remaining true to our call to stay in communion with ECMN.

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The Gospel in Glass: Stained Glass Lecture

stained glass windowDieterich Spahn, a well-known Twin Cities artist in stained glass, will join us in discussing the tradition and technique of stained glass as well as sharing highlights of his own career. From 1961 to 1971, Spahn was an assistant in the studio of Peter Dohmen, a German-born artistan who, 10 years earlier, had designed the stained glass windows at Messiah.

Spahn will show slides highlighting his career, particularly in stained glass. He will also discuss the tradition and technique of stained glass.

Dieterich Spahn and Associates have designed more than 3,700 stained glass windows for churches throughout the United States.  In addition to Messiah, Minnesota installations include Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Roseville, All Saints Catholic Church in Lakeville, Stella Maris Chapel at St. John’s University in Collegeville, the Chapel at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, and Excelsior United Methodist in Excelsior.

The lecture will be on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 from 1-3 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken.


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Announcements for Sunday, September 27, 2015

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Search Update: Parish Profile

Over the past two months, the Search Team has been taking the results of the Discovery Meetings and crafting a parish profile and rector requirements. The Vestry has reviewed the profile document, which has been finalized and can be seen here. The Search Team also had an open and positive meeting with Karen Olson, the diocesan transition minister, to discuss the search process. They will now be reaching out to contacts and identifying candidates, and will begin accepting applications for a new rector beginning in November. If you have any contacts that you would like us to pursue, please let them know.

Comments and feedback are welcome through the blue communication box in the gathering space, by email, or in person. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

Messiah Parish Profile (PDF, 205 KB)

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Announcements for Sunday, September 20, 2015

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Announcements for Sunday, September 20, 2015


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Ministry Survey

Below is a ministry interest survey. You can fill out the survey online (see below) or download and print the survey to fill out and home and bring back to church: Download the Ministry Interest Survey (PDF).

Growth through service is the focus.

Ministry Interest Survey 2015

“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” -Romans 12:4-6 (NIV)

Name: (required)



Your Gender: Female Male

Your Age:  13-18 19-25 26-35 36-50 51-65 over 65

How has your life been changed or impacted by Messiah in the past year?

Opportunities for Ministry at Messiah

Please mark the ministries in which you have an interest. Training is available. You will be contacted by a ministry leader.

On Sunday mornings:

 Altar Guild - Prepare the Communion vessels Hospitality - Set up and prepare for Coffee Hour Music - Sing or play an instrument Nursery - Supervise infants & toddlers during worship Technical - Monitor sound system Sunday School - Lead or assist with a class Usher - Welcome the congregation to worship Lector - Read scripture Prayers of the People - Lead corporate prayers Transportation - Drive people to church Healing Team - Pray for people Other:

During the week:

 Accommodation - Provide overnight lodging for church guests Friendly Visitors - Visit parishioners who are confined to their homes House Groups - Participate in one Prayer - Join the Messiah Prayer Network Refugees - Work with Karen members in some capacity Welcome - Deliver bread to newcomers Youth - Be part of Youth Ministry Team Transportation - Drive people to church Other:

Other opportunities:

 Great Adventure Days - Summer week-long children's program Project Home - Be host for an evening or overnight (June 1-30) Transportation - Give rides to and from special church events Work Days - Help spruce up and improve building and grounds in spring and fall Youth - Assist with special youth events and projects Communication - Help with web publishing, etc. Other:

Safe Church Training

Some of the ministries require volunteers to be Safe Church trained.

 I would like to receive Safe Church training so I can be a full participant in the mission and ministries of Messiah I have already received training in the last three years

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Parish Picnic, Sunday, Sept 13, Wabun Park

All are invited to come to the parish picnic, Sunday, September 13, following the 11 am service (starts at 12:30 pm) at Wabun Picnic Shelter G at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. (Cross the Ford Parkway bridge, take a left at 46th Ave., cross Minnehaha Parkway and proceed up the hill towards the Wabun picnic shelters.) Hot dogs, buns, plates, and cups are provided. Bring a dish to share.

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Sunday School Kick-Off, Sun, 9/13

Sunday School starts on Sunday, September 13, at 10 am. Parents are invited to bring children their classrooms and then proceed to the sanctuary for a brief orientation with staff members Lori Goetz and Bobbie Booth. Junior and Senior High Sunday School parents are invited to join with their teens in their Sunday School rooms. Welcome back!

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Announcements for Sunday, September 13, 2015

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