2009, ISSUE 7 T HE CLOA K JULY 1, 2009 WORDS FROM WINNIE, INSIDE THIS ISSUE: St Martin and His Half Cloak WORDS FROM 1 WINNIE Dear Friends, fiscal management and assis- St. Martin’s to continue indefi- MESSAGE FROM 2 tance from the diocese, we nitely into the future. There THE ECS OFFICE Since we all love the have reduced our deficit, but will also be ample funds for legend of St. Martin cutting his the biggest expense remains programs, maintenance, and VESTRY MIN- 2 cloak in half to share it with a UTES my salary and benefits. mission. freezing beggar, the image ECS 2 seems an ideal title for this The plan that the We will try the pro- month’s column. Why? Be- vestry and I have worked out posed time allocation (of the 3 cause, like our patron saint, is for me to work half time as two-thirds time weeks) for six CALENDAR & 3 SERVICE DUTIES the parish of St. Martin’s is your priest with greatly re- months and then evaluate it to facing the necessity of exactly duced benefits (some of see how it is working. Such BISHOP SEARCH 4 such a cut. When I first which I will be lucky enough to changes are never easy, but UPDATE drafted these words I ex- obtain through my husband’s they can bring unexpected PICTURES 5 pected to be able to report to job). I will work 3 weeks out of Grace and blessing along with you that on Wednesday, June every 4 at 2/3 time with no other adjustments. You, the 17, 2009, the vestry had voted work during the fourth week. people of St. Martin’s may find to change my contract as your On the fourth Sunday there new pride in taking more re- priest to half-time. Instead, I will be a supply priest so that sponsibility for the weekly was sick all week, so the our regular pattern of worship nuts and bolts of parish life meeting was postponed until with Holy Communion will not that your priest has always June 24. Now I write fully ex- be disrupted. In addition the taken care of. I hope I will pecting that this vote will take church will hire a part-time find other fulfilling ways to place, but, since this newslet- parish administrator who will spend my time—perhaps in ter will go to press before the staff the office for regular other work around the dio- meeting, I write these words weekly hours to keep the cese, but it remains to be as a prediction rather than an church running smoothly dur- seen what will develop. NOTICE: accomplished fact. However ing all the weeks, answering by the time you read them I phones, making appoint- Just as you ask your- have every expectation that ments, preparing bulletins, selves—“can we manage with they will be true. So, here’s and so on.. a half-time priest?” I am also thinking: “Can I manage being August Cloak what’s happening: The financial details a half-time priest and earning St. Martin’s must will be available in the vestry a half-time salary?” I hope the dead line make this move in order to minutes, but the overall fore- answer to all these questions avoid being completely out of cast is that this work arrange- is yes, but time will tell and money, For several years the ment will save the parish at God’s Grace will lead us for- July 15th. parish has subsidized its least $13,000 for the remain- ward. pledge income with withdraw- der of 2009 and perhaps als from the principal of our $40,000 in 2010. This means Just as St. Martin August issue chose to cut his cloak in half endowment funds. The re- that at our present pledging maining amount is now only rate we will have a balanced so that neither he nor the beg- is due out about the equivalent of a budget for the first time in gar would freeze, the parish year’s withdrawal, so it is high over a decade. Not only that, and I are sharing this budget time for us to establish a bal- but with a balanced budget cut so that we can continue to July 25th. do God’s work of mission and anced budget. With careful this is a sustainable model for THE CLOAK Page 2 ministry at St. Martin’s. Let He blessed the young Yours in Christ, us all pray together that seeker Martin, with visions God will bless our efforts as of Christ. Amen. Rev. Winnie VESTRY MINUTES No vestry minutes available. EPISCOPAL COMMUNITY SERVICES FOOD FOR FAMILIES SUNDAY (YUM, YUM) As you read this month’s Cloak summer will have officially arrived; at least according to the calendar. The unusually cool weather has not helped us realize yet the lazy, hazy days of summer. However many of you continue to warm the hearts of those in need, for this I say thank you! At the June gathering of ECW three members contributed money to ECS to provide birthday bags for children who have summer birthdays. Thank you ladies. Another member offered to fill a birthday bag herself. Thank you; thank you for warming the hearts of others. Several of you have asked recently, “Are we still giving to the Salvation Army Food Shelf?” The answer is YES. The Salvation Army Food Shelf receives more requests during the summer because school age students are not being provided free or re- duced meals during the school day. It is therefore even more important that as the church community we continue to bring items during the summer. With the recent number of lay offs the need continues to mount at the SA with requests to provide food for families. We are in the “ordinary, the long green season of the church year”. Let’s designate Sunday, July 12th, Food for Families Sunday. I encourage you to bring items for the Food Shelf in gratitude for the many blessings we have, our families, our health, our church, and our community. If you prefer to bring cash or checks the SA does accept that too. Monetary donations are used to supplement what is on their shelves and to fill gaps. Jennelle Legal Aid No Friday is available for Legal Aid in July. If there are requests I will try to arrange for a specific time with Matt or Amy. 2009, ISSUE 7 Page 3 J U LY 2 0 0 9 SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT 1 2 3 4 Bible Study 10:30 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Service 9:15am @ Lakeshore weather permit- ting Rev. W. on Rev. W. on Rev. W. on Rev. W. on Rev. W. on Rev. W. on Vacation Vacation Vacation Vacation Vacation Vacation 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Service 9am Bible Study 10:30 Cloak Deadline Rev. W. on Vacation 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Service 9am Bible Study 10:30 R.C. Laird Ordination to the diaconate MPLS St. Mark’s Cthdrl 26 27 28 29 30 31 Service 9am Bible Study 10:30 R.C. Laird Deacon and Preach July 5th July 12th July 19th July 26th Head Usher: Randa S. Head Usher: Les H. Head Usher: Bob L. Jr. Head Usher: Doug W. Lector: Les H. Lector: Sheryl C. Lector: Connie K. Lector: Gail I. Intercessor: TBA Intercessor: Rob L. Intercessor: Fran S. Intercessor: Jim S. Chalice: Tom H. Chalice: Connie K. Chalice: Michi D. Chalice: Sheryl C. Please check the Half Cloak each Sunday for updates to the Calendar events! Birthdays and Anniversaries: 1 Judy Gaarlswyk 16 Karla Sifeuntes 4 Axel Chapman 18 Diane Leudtke 5 Sara Ingledew 28 Jean Lutz 8 Angel Taevino 30 Jodie Olson 16 Jennifer Simpson 30 Anna Helton THE CLOAK Page 4 THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION BY EXTENSION/EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY Originally intended as an class in the New Testament cost in time and money but opportunity for laity every- year. Additional information well worth it. As of 2009 the where to satisfy their hun- about the program is at their annual cost is $340. but ger for more in depth knowl- website http:// scholarships are available. The dead line for edge of the basics of Chris- www.sewanee.edu/EFM/ Do not hesitate on account the August Cloak is tianity -- scripture, the tradi- index.htm of cost. July 15th. Your arti- tions/history and theology, this ultimate version of adult From the time I began men- An organizing meeting will cles need to be in Christian education offers toring in 1979, the program be held on the afternoon or the Cloak mail box an opportunity to get a has undergone a transfor- early evening of Sunday, in the Guild Hall or strong background in the mation as it's purpose and August 9 at St. John's in results became more clear. Mankato which is where I emailed to faith. Six to eleven students email@example.com meet for a three hour This is an excellent form of am proposing to lead the weekly seminar in which preparation for ministry in class. If six people show an they discuss the assigned the church whatever that interest but prefer another readings for the week and may mean for you. It is pri- geographic location I could then learn a technique to marily aimed at lay minis- lead another class there. apply it to everyday life tries from being a hair- Please let me know what situations. dresser in a nursing home time would be best for you to an agricultural aviator to and contact me whenever Classes run from Septem- an engineering professor. you wish if you have ques- ber until May. In the first However, it is also some- tions. year the topic is the Old times accepted as appropri- Testament, in the 2nd New ate training for ordained Testament, in the third the ministry in the church, espe- (The Rev.) Marilla J. Whit- church's life through the cially for Team Ministry. ney Reformation and the 4th There is no guarantee of covers the church and its such acceptance but it is 507-831-0254 theology in the modern worth exploring if that is MarillaW@juno.com world. One can only begin where you believe God may at the beginning, not join a be calling you. There is a BISHOP SEARCH The 5 candidates invited to way to move forward, there- dates produced by the work communications interview with entire fore, was not an easy task of the Search Committee Search C o m m i t t e e and required a tremendous will be announced by Au- Committee: amount of reflection. Mem- gust 1. From the time of that Your Search Committee for bers of the Search Commit- announcement, the Stand- Chuck Johnson the IX Bishop of Minnesota tee, our consultant, and our ing Committee will also re- gathered for a day-long chaplain held hands in ceive nominations through a Rev. Winnie meeting at St. Peter's prayer for our work, for petition process over a two- Mitchell Church in Kasson on Satur- each of these candidates, week period. Come, Holy day, June 20. Presentations and for our life together in Spirit! Thom Peterson were made about recent the church. We then agreed visits to 8 candidates in to invite 5 candidates to Jackie Ziemer their current ministry set- interview before the whole tings. They are each out- committee here in Minne- standing and dedicated to sota. These interviews will building up the body of take place in late July. The Christ. Deciding the best names of the final candi- Color printing of the Cloak donated by Chuck Johnson. 2009, ISSUE 7 Page 5 THE MONTH OF MAY WAS A BUSY MONTH AT ST. MARTIN’S. For the month of July, please pray for all Ecumeni- cal Ministries throughout the diocese, especially for the Minnesota Council of BOBBIE & KATHY PARKER HOLY UNION MAY 2ND, 2009 Churches and for Episcopal Community Services, and all those who work with social service agencies. BOBBIE & KATHY PARKER HOLY UNION MAY 9TH REGIONAL CONFIRMATION WAS HELD AT CATHEDRAL OF OUR MERCIFUL SAVIOUR, FARIBAULT , MN. From left to right: The Rt. Rev. James L. Jelinek, Laura Lutiz, Ron Lutiz, Bobbie Parker, Kathy Parker, The Rev. Dr. Winnifred Mitchell and The Rt. Rev. Dan Swenson. We are on the web Smecmn.org JULY 1, 2009 ST. MARTIN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 102 N Park ST Mailing Address Line 1 Fairmont, MN 56031 Mailing Address Line 2 Mailing Address Line 3 Mailing Address Line 4 Phone: 507-238-2686 Mailing Address Line 5 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org RC LAIRD’S ORDINATION St Martin’s Gift for RC which he will receive and our parish. Query: Does (Robbie) Laird’s Ordination wear for the first time on anyone know if Robbie will to the Transitional Diacon- that Sunday the 26th. Dona- be the first person to be ate. tions for the gift will be ac- ordained from St. Martin’s? cepted through the month of RC’s ordination to the tran- June both on Sunday morn- sitional diaconate* is sched- ings and by mail. There will uled for July 23 at St. Candidates for the Priest- be special offering box in hood in The Episcopal Mark’s Cathedral in Minnea- the Guild Hall for your dona- polis. He will be visiting St Church are ordained first to tions or you can mail them the Transitional Diaconate Martin’s on the following to the church to treasurer Sunday to serve as deacon and after some months to Les Hohenstein’s attention. the Priesthood. Robbie will and to preach. There will be If you write a check just a festive reception for him spend his last year of semi- indicate “RC Laird gift “ in nary as a transitional dea- after worship hosted by his the memo line. We all parents. St. Martin’s will be con. look forward to celebrating giving RC a green stole this ordination of a son of St. Martin’s is a reconciling community of Christian people striving through worship, love and service to be a family in God and to bring others into the fellowship.
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