Remember Memorial Day
Let us take the time this weekend to reflect with gratitude on those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms:
We give you thanks, O Lord, for all who have died that we may live, for all who endured pain that we might know joy, for all who made sacrifices that we might have plenty, for all who suffered imprisonment that we might know freedom. Turn our deep feeling now into determination, and our determination into deed, that as men and women died for peace, we may live for peace for the sake of the Prince of Peace, even Jesus Christ our Lord.
This Sunday we will remember Memorial Day with prayers and music at both services. We will also celebrate Ascension Day, with the sermon: Why We Remember based on Ephesians 1:15-23 (http://bit.ly/2r6aFyf). We will follow worship after the 10:30 service with a BBQ facing the Lake hosted by the Brothers and Sisters of St. Martin’s. Kick off your Summer with Burgers, Hot Dogs and all the fixings with your friends at St. Martins this Sunday!
No Forum this Sunday
Our Forum returns next Sunday, June 4th, with a very special Rector’s Forum as I introduce my Sabbatical plans for 2018. Come learn about Fresh Expressions of Church, and why I will then be visiting Fresh Expressions Churches.
As part of our Strategic Planning process —I will be praying for you, for our Church, and for our community. My prayers will also be part of a Global Prayer movement called Thy Kingdom Come. Thy Kingdom Come invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to faith in our Lord Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. You can join me and thousands of others by going to this page to sign up online:
There you can sign up for daily reminders and daily videos from the leaders of the Anglican Communion. It’s that simple, and costs you nothing. I will also announce a Virtual 24 Hour Prayer Vigil that you will be able to sign up for on-line and pray from the comfort of your home. More details to follow. Let me add this, the first video from Thy Kingdom Come, from our own Presiding Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry. It is worth watching and is a wonderful reminder of the Power of Prayer: https://vimeo.com/218600986. If you like this video, make sure you share it too!
There you can sign up for daily reminders and daily videos from the leaders of the Anglican Communion. It’s that simple, and costs you nothing. I will also announce a Virtual 24 Hour Prayer Vigil that you will be able to sign up for on-line and pray from the comfort of your home. More details to follow.
THE DOCKS ARE IN!! And, THEY ARE FREE TO USE!!
You can now Run, Walk, Bike, Roller-blade, Drive and even BOAT to Church.
Thanks to our Communication’s Team, who have worked very hard to promote our Church to the Community, we now have TWO, count 'em, TWO, Day-Use Docks.
Our Docks are installed across from the Church parking lot; do look for the St. Martin's sign. Two things to remember:
1) The Dock is for the day-use of St. Martin’s members and our guests; so come to Church by boat.
2) For families with children, children under the age of 12 will need to to be accompanied by an adult at all times crossing Shoreline Drive.
STRATEGIC PLANNING UPDATE
We are in the final stretch of developing St. Martin’s Strategic Plan! Many thanks to each of you for providing input and feedback and attending forums, ministry nights and vestry meetings to help shape the future of our church. The Strategic Planning Committee presented an overview of the potential strategies to pursue to both the vestry and the congregation (at the 5/21 Forum) and received much input. The 11 slides that were shared are attached. if you would like to take the time to review them and provide further feedback on the ideas presented. We still want and need to hear from you! Please continue to write on the walls in the hallway as we will continue to put up details of the work we are doing to create a purpose statement, values summary, themes and goals. Additionally, please reach out to individual members of our committee by email, phone or in person; we are eager to have a chance to hear your ideas in this critical drafting phase. We will be working over the next month to develop a plan to develop our purpose statement and the actions needed to ensure we are living that purpose. The Vestry will be reviewing this final draft plan on June 13th and the we will be sharing the final plan with the full congregation at a Sunday Forum after that date. Please continue to share your ideas…..
With appreciation for the prayers, positive input and guidance,
Jeff Breazeale:JeffBreazeale@ymail.com; 901-647-6135
John Culliton: John@SmithGeiger; 818-917-8295
Aimee Guidera: AimeeG89@hotmail.com; 703-303-6912
Char Hovi: CharHovi@gmail.com; 612-867-0375
Michelle Striggow: Michelle.B.Striggow@Graco.com; 612-805-6382
The team at Grandall and Engen continue their efforts in the refurbishment of Opus 18. The congregation’s patience is greatly appreciated with expectations of the project to conclude in June as we address the wear and tear of constant usage over the past thirty years. Those accustomed to sitting in the back of the church should move closer to the front where they will have an easier time singing closer others who have come for worship supported by the choir and piano.
CLERGY FOR THE JOURNEY
I am grateful for those who count the calling to the Diaconate and Priesthood their vocation; and their willingness to serve here at St. Martin's by the Lake alongside me as well. From this Sunday on throughout the Summer you will usually see me and the Rev. Deacon Cindy Hillger with you on Sundays. If one of us is away on vacation you will see one of our two Assisting priests, the Rev's. Roger Sonnesyn and Jeff Hupf.
Just a reminder that Fr. Jeff is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and is available to meet members of St. Martin's through his practice. Please make arrangements through his Office: 952-446-6115. (For more info on his practice: http://www.minnesotamarriagecounseling.com/) We will also update you on our plans for the Rev. Richard Byrd Memorial Curacy in the near future.
With every blessing,
Rev. Dave Langille / Rector
St. Martin’s by the Lake Church
2801 Westwood Rd,
Minnetonka Beach, MN, 55361
Anchor here, your faith, your family, your values!
“We have this hope as a sure and steadfast anchor for the soul.” Hebrews 6:19
The Mission of St. Martin’s by the Lake
Because we believe the Gospel transforms, renews and changes lives, St. Martin’s by the Lake is a vibrant Christian community welcoming all to Worship our God, Grow our Faith and Love our world.
8:30am Classic Prayer Book Worship
Morning Prayer, first Sunday of every month
10:30am Inter-Generational Worship
*Nursery coverage 8:15-11:45