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Arise, shine; for your light has come,|
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will appear over you.
Nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Violence shall no more be heard in your land,
devastation or destruction within your borders;
you shall call your walls Salvation,
and your gates Praise.
The sun shall no longer be
your light by day,
nor for brightness shall the moon
give light to you by night;
but the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.
- Isaiah 60:1-3, 18, 19
A Letter from Your Rector
Since we closed the building on March 14, our St. David’s community has found ways to “be the church” without being in the building. We’ve shifted to virtual, YouTube Sunday worship; have gathered every evening for Compline (nighttime prayers) and every Saturday for Morning Prayer. We’ve figured out how to continue our ministries by meeting online (Tuesday Bible Study, for instance, has been very well attended!) and loving and serving one another through prayer, phone calls, mail and the like. In some ways our connections to God and one another have grown in intensity and depth during this time of global pandemic. Loving God—Loving One Another: St. David’s continues to be the Body of Christ.
And yet, of course, we long to be back together, physically. As the State of Minnesota starts to relax restrictions on movement and gathering, it’s natural to wonder when we will finally be able to safely re-gather as a community.
It is important that you know that your wardens, vestry and I follow the direction of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota on these matters and that ECMN is closely monitoring and in compliance with Minnesota’s guidelines. While it is tempting to want to begin to open our doors as we shift from “Stay at Home” to “Stay Safe”, we are not yet in a safe place to do so (see ECMN Phases of reentry, below).
In a recent online meeting with clergy, Bishop-Elect Craig Loya summed up this prudent approach: “To be most loving is to continue to stay at home as much as possible, erring on the side of being cautious and careful. This is, of course, very hard and painful.”
Please know that your leadership will continue to update you as we monitor the situation and develop our plans. As always, please be in touch with your questions and concerns.
I continue to give thanks for you, beloved in Christ.
From Bishop Prior and Bishop-Elect Loya
Dear Friends in Christ,
On Wednesday evening, Governor Walz stated that he will allow the current Stay at Home order to expire on May 18th. He is now calling Minnesotans to ‘Stay Safe.' You can find his statement here, and you can find a summary here.
ECMN Now Enters Phase 1.5
We are writing today to share an initial plan for how we will move forward together. You can find a link to the plan below. With the lifting of the stay at home order, we now move into Phase 1.5 of our 4-stage plan. For our faith communities, this means:
- Groups of 10 or fewer individuals may return to faith community buildings to film or live-stream services, as long as appropriate physical distancing is maintained.
Weddings and funerals that cannot be postponed may take place, as long as they are gatherings of 10 people or less and follow the physical distancing and the wearing of masks.
- Those who are sick, those who have underlying health conditions, and those who are over the age of 65 should not re-gather in any form or fashion during this phase.
- During Phase 1.5 the Office of the Bishop and Missioners will still remain closed, and 1101 W Broadway will still not host events or gatherings of any size. We are advising that Church offices, during this phase, do the same.
- All other groups and gatherings continue to be suspended until further notice.
Click here to learn more about this phase and the 4 others to come.
This is a time when following the Way of Love means proceeding slowly and with the greatest caution possible. Along with the governor, we encourage the people of ECMN to stay home as much as possible, and to closely follow guidelines around hygiene and physical distancing whenever you do have to leave home. Those at greatest risk—meaning anyone with underlying health conditions and anyone over 65—are strongly urged to continue sheltering at home.
It is very likely that we will remain in this phase for quite some time. While this season comes with great difficulty, it also comes with great opportunity to consider what the Holy Spirit is teaching us about how we sustain a life of common prayer, how we care for one another, and how we bear witness to the gospel in the world. We hope that our weekly webinars, along with occasional reflections from the bishop, will help us discern the way forward together.
For the whole community of God's children, we ask that you continue to operate with caution and compassion in the weeks and months to come. We encourage you also to be gentle with yourself, and with the people around you. What is being is asked of all of us is hard, and this is a long journey. We take heart knowing we walk this road together, and in this season of Easter, that we are always held by a God whose loving embrace cannot be broken by the powers of darkness and death that so often surround us. Let us not forget that in good times and bad times, in joy and in sorrow, in life and in death, we make our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Plan for Phases of Re-Gathering in ECMN
Guidelines and Planning Resource Document
ECMN has developed a resource for faith communities as they create plans for how to re-gather in the coming weeks and months. This document should be considered a living document. Expect that this document will be updated and re-released as new knowledge and resources become available.
What you can expect right now from this document are specific guidelines that faith communities must follow, plus questions, planning documents, and resources to help faith communities as they imagine what their life together will look like as we enter phases 2, 3, and 4.
Please let us know if there are further resources you need as you plan. We will do our best to continue to add to this document as time goes on. Email Rachel Babbitt, your Missioner for Community Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the Document
Sheltering In Place
This is part of a series of personal reflections of sheltering in place. If you would like to share your experience during this time, please contact Gervaye Parent at gervayeDT@yahool.com
By Diane Curley
When posed with a request to speak to the new trending topic “Sheltering in Place”, I was immediately self-serving with a quick affirmative response. I figured such a decision might serve me well, as a free bit of personal therapy. Introspection on all that is COVID 19 is something I sorely needed.
The dictionary defines shelter as a place that affords protection. Indeed, that is exactly what sheltering in place is all about; protection for both ourselves and our neighbors, in the largest sense of the word. Agreed, it is not an easy task to take on, as most of us do not like being told what we can and cannot do. I too, have found it a challenge to abide by the rules, but have taken it on with gusto as I am determined to fight, and beat this virus.
I must confess, I have found that sheltering in place is not all bad; some good has come of this new lifestyle. Following are a few revelations that have struck chords for me along the way…..
- I miss my job and work family immensely.
- I miss the power of touch.
- I miss infectious laughter.
- I miss people.
- I miss seeing actual smiles.
- I dislike having to think so much every time I leave my home.
- I struggle being on the sidelines, suffering through some guilt when I watch my comrades in arms (healthcare workers) working on the front lines.
- I dislike doing nothing and going nowhere.
- I have become a much more efficient meal planner, cook, shopper, home project manager……
- My yard has never looked so good.
- I have baked my first loaf of sourdough bread, and it was edible!
- I have enjoyed countless, long walks and kisses in the park—with our dog!
- I am creating less of a carbon footprint, unable to think of the last time I put gas in the car.
- I am so proud to be a Minnesotan.
- I am so proud of my passion, Science
- I have finally arrived into the 21st century, ZOOM “proficient” and reconnecting with old friends.
- I am so enjoying loads of family bonding….. popcorn movie nights, playing games galore (real time and virtual), and getting to know our East Coast eldest’s new significant other like we never would have done, were it not for sheltering in place.
- I am thankful for virtual “church” and all the offerings St David’s has put in place to stay connected with my St. David’s family
- I like doing nothing, and going nowhere
So, conflicted as I will always be…. I still think my COVID therapy has helped, as it brought to my attention some good amidst it all. Don’t get me wrong, I eagerly look forward to the day when we win the battle against COVID 19 and can move about “freely” again. This day will come. “Sheltering in Place” will be a phrase of the past, albeit a forever remembered one. I truly believe life will get better, while at the same time realizing it will look quite different from before. Our future will be a new normal for us all……a better world, I hope, one in which we are all a bit more humble, empathetic, giving, and grateful. Better indeed!
Be well everyone!
News from the Vestry
By Karin Lindquist
Your vestry met on Monday May 18th. After a time of scripture reflection, we dove into the regular activities of reviewing past minutes, planning and development topics, reviewing our life as a community during this time of COVID-19, as well as the April financial reports (see Cathy Schwichtenberg’s update below). We are grateful for your dedication and continued pledge support during these months!
Speaking of gratitude, we want to acknowledge so many who’ve stepped into new ways of leading worship, prayer and social connections at St. David’s. Our Compline Leaders include, Katherine, Marilyn and Scott Clark, Paul and Kristin Smejkal, David and Huldah Niles, and recently Ally Carda began leading the Wednesday Bedtime Compline Prayer. Sunday Worship Producers are Huldah and David Niles and Kimberle Lopac recently joined this team. Saturday Prayer is led by Paul Smejkal. Bible Study is led by Sharon Engel and Diane Barnett. So many opportunities to worship, learn and connect! This Vestry thanks you for your leadership and willingness to bring us together in new ways.
The Vestry is planning 2 virtual retreats for in June and July. We have retained the services of Leaderwise an organization whose mission of is “...to foster healthy and spirit-filled individuals and communities for lives of service.” They will offer training and support our efforts as we navigate through changes and challenges that we face with Covid-19 in our world. We continue to walk in the way of our Mission and Vision and will find ways to share our ministry of Loving God – Loving One Another.
Treasurer's Report: Cathy Schwichtenberg
Our pledge income exceeded budget again in April and we are amazed and grateful for the financial support of the parish during these uncertain and difficult times. Despite this, April’s total income was below budget. We are not receiving normal building rental income resulting in a budget deficit in our Other Income accounts. We continue to receive rental income from Mes Amis Academy; but other building uses are suspended leading to a shortfall in this category. Expenses were below budget in April which can be attributed to lower than normal use of the building.
YTD Net Income is positive but continues to run slightly below YTD budget primarily due to some building and grounds investments made in February and March. Despite this small shortfall, the parish is financially stable. As we have shared before, we have cash reserves to support a deficit budget this year and your Wardens, the Vestry, Treasurer and Rector are watching finances carefully.
My sincere thanks for your financial and prayerful support of St. David’s.
– Cathy Schwichtenberg, Treasurer
The Day of Pentecost, May 31: We Want Your Participation!
Even though we won't be together in person to celebrate the Spirit among us on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, we have lots of Spirit-filled opportunities to playfully contribute to our YouTube worship that day:
Send in a videotape of yourself/family/pets/etc. sharing the Peace as part of our Peace Cam. This time, do it in English OR another language! And wear a color of fire: red, orange, yellow. Send videos to Huldah Niles at email@example.com. Deadline: Friday, May 29, 5:00 PM.
Another call for videotaping: send in brief segments that involve anything with WIND or FIRE! Kite flying? Streamers taped to a fan? Running in a yard with streamers? Your backyard bonfire? Be creative and playful! Again, send videos to Huldah Niles at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: Friday, May 29, 5:00 PM.
We'll hear the cacophony of languages spoken all at once when we read the gospel, just like those in the early church did. Do you read in a foreign language? Are you willing to upload a videotape of yourself reading the gospel (instructions provided)? If so, please contact the office before May 19 at email@example.com.
And make sure to tune in on the 31st to see how the Spirit brings us together, just like it did the earliest members of the church.
St. David's Silent Servants
We have many people at St. David’s who go about the business of “taking care of business” as needs arise. Today we are thanking Randy Schwichtenberg, David Pearson and Adam Hovis for their constant love and caring for our community’s physical space. Randy makes occasional trips in as needed to access equipment issues as they arise. He oversaw the installation of new thermostats in February as we were having problems regulating the temperatures for the Narthex and the Undercroft. The control system was being managed by old and obsolete software. It was costing $250/hr. whenever a service technician came out and made changes which had to be done several times a year. Bids were obtained to install new controls which brought the system up to date and provided us with a way to isolate the two spaces as needs arise. This update also removed the need for computer software to control and manage the HVAC System. It was installed at the end of February and both spaces are more efficiently controlled thus saving money over time. The system has remote access which will be activated at a future date.
With the building being shut down to normal use, David, Katherine and Adam came up with a deep clean & maintenance plan. Adam checks, operates and maintains all faucets, refrigerators, toilets, sinks and piano humidifiers to avoid long term damage or leaks. He’s cleaning and sanitizing all rooms and spaces within the church including storage closets. The Sanctuary windows have been washed, wood surfaces are clean and oiled and the upholstery sanitized. Even the plants are watered both inside and now outdoors to keep our clean welcoming appearance.
The list of work never ends. The lawn will be mowed, flowers will grow and this team of dedicated individuals are ready to do what it takes to maintain our wonderful building.
You are invited to the Livestreamed Ordination and Consecration of the Very Rev. Craig Loya
The Ordination and Consecration of the Very Rev. Craig Loya as the 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota will take place on Saturday, June 6 at 10:00 AM.
You are invited to join virtually to celebrate this new ministry and new chapter in the life of ECMN.
The livestream for the service can be found at mnbishopsearch.org/consecration, or on the ECMN Facebook page on June 6th.
An in-person Celebration of New Ministry will be planned for a future date when it is safe to gather again.
Check below for some ways to participate in the consecration both now and on June 6th.
Engaging in Consecration
We’re all mourning not being able to be together on this momentous day. With that in mind, we’ve tried to get creative about how we can express our message of welcome to Bishop-elect Loya and feel connected to each other in the process. Here are a few ideas:
Send the Bishop-elect a Note
We’re gathering notes to be sent to Bishop-elect Loya in a creative and tangible form. Please take a few minutes and submit a short thought, hope, or prayer that you would offer to the Bishop-elect as he begins his Episcopate here in ECMN. Send a Note
Pass the Peace Videos
In the spirit of the “peace cam” as devised by St. David’s in Minnetonka, we would like to have a Peace Cam for the Ordination service. Please send us videos of you and anyone in your household (pets too) “passing the peace.” These videos will be edited and shared in the livestream during the Consecration.
If you are recording using a phone, please hold it 'landscape.' By uploading a video, you are authorizing ECMN to post it, together with other submitted videos, online on the consecration livestream. Submit a Video
Send Music for the Postlude
The Consecration and Ordination service would normally have featured a beautiful and diverse set of musical offerings from across ECMN. Because we can’t gather in person, we’re asking you to send us recordings of music from your faith community or ECMN affiliate organization that you’d like to share with the Bishop-elect and with all of ECMN. We will take bits and pieces of these offerings and weave them together in a video that will be shared in the livestream of the consecration service during the postlude.
If you have a digital file of this recording, you can upload it by clicking here.
If you have a url of a recording that can be downloaded, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Postlude.
Send us Music
Send us a picture of your Watch Party
Having photos of your beautiful faces would have been a great take-away from consecration. In lieu of being able to see any of you, please take a minute to take a picture of whatever your ‘watch party’ looks like on June 6th and send it to us at email@example.com.
By sending us a photo, you are authorizing ECMN to post it, together with other submitted photos, online on the consecration livestream and social media.
We look forward to celebrating this momentous event together with you, online!
The Rev. Beth Royalty, Chair, Transition Committee
The Rev. Maggie Nancarrow, Vice-Chair, Transition Committee
Want to Connect to Bible Study, Compline or Saturday Morning Prayer at St. David's? Having Trouble Connecting to "Virtual" Events with Family and Friends?
By Paul Smejkal
In the craziness brought on by COVID-19, many events have gone “virtual”. St. David’s has prayer, Bible study, even coffee hour on-line. Friends are having happy hours. Families are having reunions. Go-to-Meeting, Zoom, MS Teams and Apple FaceTime are just some of the different programs that are being used to connect groups of people. If you are like me, it’s a challenge to get connected with all of these different on-line options. The good news is, if you have a computer, iPad or phone (even a land-line phone) there is almost always a way for you to connect.
If you would like help getting connected to virtual events, please contact me. I would love to help. I am not an expert, but I have had a lot of practice and I’m confident we can find a way to get you connected.
Call Paul Smejkal at 952-270-6762 (please leave a message if I do not answer) or email Paul_Smejkal@hotmail.com and we’ll work together to get you connected.
Join us every evening at 8:00 PM for Compline, a service of nighttime prayers. Lasting no longer than about 10 minutes, this is a wonderful ritual for before bedtime.
On Wednesdays Compline will be led by children and be for all (adults and children) using the the children's book Candlewalk by Karin Hosinger Sherman. The book is available through Church Publishing and Amazon.
If you would like to join the schedule to help lead this service, please be in touch with Beth Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3112
Access Code: 685-025-645
Saturday Morning Prayer Online and Phone
Join morning prayer on Saturday mornings beginning at 7:45 AM. This service will last approximately 25 minutes. Print out the attached file to follow along with the prayer service.
You can access the service through following the link on your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/547604325
You can also dial in from any phone. (872) 240-3311 Access Code: 547-604-325
If you would like to practice connecting before Saturday, please call or text Paul Smejkal at 952.270.6762.
Pastoral Care Team
We don’t know how long this will be required and how it will affect our most vulnerable parishioners, so the 11 members of the combined Pastoral Care Team have been calling about 24 St. David’s members and families to share a little remote fellowship, pray together, and determine if they have any unmet needs that our community could help provide. We are pleased to report that virtually all of these parishioners are doing well so far and are having their basic needs met by their facilities and/or family. They also seem in good spirits and are adjusting pretty well to the isolation.
If you find yourself in need of food or other resources, please contact:
Steve Johnson at: email@example.com or (952) 237-0031
Rev. Katherine Lewis at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 747-5405
and we will assist you in finding solutions.
Bible Study Join Us!
Please join us for Bible Study every Tuesday at 11:00 AM. This is a wonderful weekly event that lets us see each other and connect virtually. We start by saying prayers for all who ask, then read selected Bible chapters and comment on them, and we end with the Noonday prayer service. Hope to "see" you there!
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone. (For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.) United States: +1 (571) 317-3112
- One-touch: tel:+15713173112,,153103021#
Access Code: 153-103-021
ECMN COVID-19 Response Resources Page
ECMN has created a webpage for resources during this time. Included are announcements, webinar recordings, as well as a variety of faith, community and personal resources. Please take a look at what is offered.
Click here to go to the page.
COVID-19 MN Resource Guide
Click here to download a PDF of the COVID-19 MN Resource Guide.
If you are experiencing abuse or violence in your home, call Minnesota's statewide crisis hotline – available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – at 1-866-223-1111 or text 612-399-9995
Grocery Gatherers shops and delivers to you
The goal of Grocery Gatherers is to allow clients to make a shopping list, get in touch with a Gatherer, and have them do the shopping and delivery for you. This process helps keep those at risk in their homes while still being able to obtain items that are necessary for comfortable living. Our service is free but we ask that you share our website to anyone who would benefit from our services. The program started in Wayzata – now serves homes in most of the West Metro Area including Wayzata, St. Louis Park, Minnetonka & Hopkins. www.grocerygatherers.com
Minnetonka Coronavirus Update and Resources
Click here to connect to the City of Minnetonka's page offering updates and resources.
Check out Traverse Counseling Center for support and help
Traverse is in St. Louis Park and their mission is to serve families, couples and individuals seeking to replace suffering with hope and compassion through clinical and professional excellence.
They are specifically addressing ways and techniques for coping during this pandemic.
Check out their blog at: https://traversecc.org/blog/