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8:00 AM Holy Eucharist

9:30 AM Holy Eucharist with Music

10:45 AM Forum: Bicycling for Episcopalians: A primer on cycling and the art of bicycle maintenance – Paul Smejkal

10:45 Kids Choir Rehearsal

Next Sunday’s Forum:

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist

9:30 AM Holy Eucharist with Music

10:45 AM Social Time

10:45 Kids Choir Rehearsal

Flowers

Flowers today are given by Tom & Vida Edmond in memory of Vida’s mother, Beverly Brkic.

TODAY is Choir Appreciation Sunday!

During the 9:30 service, both our CHAPEL CHOIR & BELL CHOIR will be providing you with our favorite anthems from the past church year.

Have you hugged a Choir member today?

Thank You for Your Prayers

To my friends at St. David’s… you have all been praying for me, a woman you don’t know, for the past six months and I want you to know how deeply I appreciate it! To be prayed for by caring strangers is a humbling experience, but also quite powerful. I have been battling breast cancer this past year, enduring chemo, surgery, with radiation ahead… and often I feel a great sense of peace and optimism that I know isn’t coming from me, but from spiritual power and the energy of those who are praying for me. So please know that your prayers matter, and are certainly at work in my life as I am doing better than expected. Many thanks and blessings… from Andrea Chynoweth.

Gardening Lovers Needed

It’s spring and the flowers are beginning to bloom, hooray! Check out our “Bloom of the Week” and then come join us Mondays at 9:30 AM to nurture the flowers and remove the weeds. If mornings don’t work for you call and we’ll do an evening or a weekend. The flowers won’t mind.

Launa Tucker, 952-935-1294

Bake Sale Thank You!

The Bake Sale was a success. Thanks to everyone who brought items and bought items. We made $326 for St. David’s General Fund. Blessings to all. Kathryn Zirbes

Loaves & Fishes Volunteers Needed

On Tuesday, May 30th, St. David’s volunteers will be serving dinner at

St. Gabriel’s Church in Hopkins. This is a great opportunity to give back to our neighborhood and provide families in need with a nutritious meal. We need volunteers for cooking (3-3:30 PM), serving (5:15 PM) and clean-up (5:45-6:30 PM).

If you can help out that Tuesday, please sign up in the undercroft on Sunday or contact Guy Drake at: gadrake@comcast.net

Pentecost is Coming!

Plan to be at St. David's for a special, Spirit-infused day of worship and celebration Sunday, June 4th.

  • We will have One Service Only for Pentecost at 9:30 AM. Please join us!
  • We will be reading the Gospel on the Day of Pentecost in many languages to audibly recreate the scene described in the Acts of the Apostles on the Day of Pentecost. This year, we will ALL read the Gospel together from our seats. We’d LOVE for some of you to read in different languages, and to facilitate this, we will have the translations available in the Narthex for you to pick up on that morning. Don’t speak a different language? Try it anyway – there will be so much noise, no one will hear you! The goal is to have a throng of sound. Still not convinced? There are English versions for you to choose from as well.
  • To celebrate the fire of the Spirit, plan to wear flame colors, especially RED, ORANGE, and YELLOW.
  • Annual Parish Picnic Sunday, June 4th

    Sign-Up sheets in the Undercroft to volunteer to set-up, serving and clean-up as well as to attend and bring a dish to share. More details to come.

    Music @ St. David’s: Quintessential Quartets

    Sunday, June 4th, 3:00PM

    Our final program of the season! Please join us in the sunny sanctuary of St. David's for Dvorak's Miniatures for 2 Violins and Viola, Beethoven's String Quartet, op.95, "Serioso," and the lush and classic Debussy String Quartet.

    Front Office Spruce Up

    We are looking at creating a more welcoming environment in the front office. A welcome center for visitors is part of the vision. Beth is looking at shifting existing furniture around in the front office, study and workroom. She will work with what we have, but is also open to finding some new furniture. She is interested to know if anyone has any connections to nice slightly used office reception area furniture. If so, please give her a call to see if it might go with the new vision. Conact Beth at 952-935-3336 or bharvey@stdavidsparish.org.

    St. David's Financial Update

    St. David’s April 2017 overall financial performance was below plan, even with the Easter holiday. Total April income of $36,052 was behind plan by $5,691. Total Expenses of $28,281 were below budget by $1,159. Our April income of $7,671 was below plan by $4,532.

    Year-to-Date (YTD) Total Income is $145,635, or $6,087 behind plan. YTD Total Expenses are $136,277 vs. a plan of $135,158. Our YTD Net Total income of $9,387 is behind plan by $7,206.

    Pledge statements were mailed in April. Please take a moment to review them to make sure your pledge contributions are current.

    Ministry Leader Needed for the St. David's United Thank Offering (UTO) Ministry

    United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO and those little blue boxes, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. These thank offering monies help support mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.

    Mari-Lou Triebenbach was instrumental and passionate in her leadership role with UTO for St. David’s – and we miss her! To honor her effort – we’d like to continue participation but we need a leader! We can have one leader or co-leaders. This is an excellent opportunity for a parent/child, two teens, or any combination of teams. Contact Karin Lindquist or Paul Smejkal with questions or to sign up!

    Kenya Dinner a Big Hit Again!

    What a wonderful night our annual Kenya Dinner Fundraiser turned out to be. It wasn’t just the delicious Kenyan food, which we’ve come to expect from Rebecca Kipchumba and a host of St. David’s helpers, but the African artifacts and decor, some Kenyan singing and interactions around the table and food. In addition, we were encouraged by remarks from Julie and Evan Keller, and Humphrey Institute student Anthony Maiku. Nearly $3000 was raised for the farmers and students in Ziwa. The Coins for Kenya campaign alone raised nearly $200, enough to send a boarding secondary school student to school for one semester. Hats off to a very energetic kitchen crew who pulled together to serve up another memorable evening. The spirit of generosity and cooperation was rampant and we can only say Thanks be to God. Asante sana.

    International Student Hosting Opportunity

    The St. Paul Intercultural Institute has been helping bring Japanese college students to MN and Bethel University for over 20 years. In August groups of students from two universities come to the Twin Cities for three weeks to study American culture and practice their English. During the weekdays at Bethel they have ESL classes and guest speakers on cultural topics like the education system, weddings, and adoption. Most days they also have a field trip of some sort.

    In the evenings and on the weekends they need loving homes to stay in. The student does whatever is “normal” for you, which may mean going to a local park, grocery shopping, bringing them to church, little Timmy’s t-ball, a movie, etc. This opportunity to experience real American family life is often the highlight for students (and sharing life is fun for the hosts!).

    Hosts can be someone who’s single or married - with or without kids. The students will need a private room, whether that be a bedroom or a den with an air mattress. Transportation help to and from Bethel is provided.

    For more information go to: goo.gl/XbPSLC or contact Rachel and Drew at rachel.drew.mclaughlin@gmail.com.

    Taking Heart: Ramadan Open Houses 2017

    Ramadan is the month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset; in 2017 it falls between the dates of May 26- June 24. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the "five pillars" of Islam, and is performed to learn compassion, self-restraint, and generosity.

    Taking Heart Open Houses is a long-running program coordinated by the Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC) and the Muslim American Society of Minnesota (MAS-MN) to bring Christians and members of other faith communities together with Muslims for food and conversation during Ramadan. Minnesota mosques and Islamic community centers welcome their non-Muslim neighbors for a traditional Iftar, inviting a time of encounter and learning. Growing in popularity, Taking Heart saw more than 800 non-Muslims attend Open House Iftar dinners in 2016.

    Please visit www.mnchurches.org to learn more about Taking Heart. Registration is now open for you to register for one or more events. Bring a friend and learn more about your Muslim neighbors! These events are free and open to the public.

    Additional sites will be added to the registration as we receive the information. If you have any questions, please contact The Rev. Cynthia Bronson Sweigert at (412) 638-0680 (cell) or revcbs11@gmail.com.

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