First Nations Kitchen Ministry Opportunity

A Faith-in-Action Commitment for St. Mary’s

First Nations Kitchen is a ministry of All Saints’ Episcopal Indian Mission in Minneapolis and has been serving healthy, organic, traditional indigenous food in a welcoming, family environment every Sunday evening since 2008.

In the First Nations’ Kitchen model, volunteers prepare different entrées each week.  Guests choose which entrée they would like.  Those volunteers who prepare and serve the meal are welcome to eat with the guests.  In this way, participation becomes interaction and relationships can begin to develop. 

Dinner prep starts at 1:30 pm and clean-up usually ends before 7:30 pm.  I envision that we will share the various duties with St. Luke’s - Minneapolis congregation, perhaps splitting either prep time (1:30 - 3:30 pm) or serving time (5 - 7:30 pm) with members from St. Luke’s.  I have contacted their coordinator to see what dates they are committed to over the next couple of months.  Usually a church group volunteers about five times throughout the year.

See Deacon Maureen if you would like to participate or have any questions. 

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Second Saturday Discussion Group Oct. 12, Nov. 9 & Dec. 14 at 9:30 am

How are we, as people of faith, called to care for the “least of these” in our community?

Join us for our Second Saturday Discussion Group to learn how we are called to serve the “least of these” who suffer from hunger, homelessness and addiction. This series of discussions will be held on the second Saturdays of October, November and December. We will learn how hunger, homelessness and addiction impact our community and society at large, and we will begin to discern how we are called to respond. “Just as you did it to one of the least of these…you did it to me.”

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Corn Roast Summer Festival Saturday, August 17, 4-7 pm

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Gordy Herman Memorial Service Saturday, August 3 at 11:00 a.m.

A memorial service for Gordon "Gordy" Herman will be held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 8435 St. Croix Trail S, Hastings, MN (1.5 miles south of Afton State Park) at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, the Rev. Scott Monson officiating. A reception with homegrown sweetcorn will follow the service at Gordy's farm.

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Building Preservation Appeal

We are blessed to have a beautiful worship space at St. Mary’s, and preserving and maintaining our historic church building is an ongoing priority for your parish leaders. Recently we have had two unexpected expenses. Our furnace fan motor failed (during Holy Week) and we have two broken or failing windows to replace in the Narthex (entry area). These two projects resulted in $2,500 of unbudgeted costs to the parish. We hope you will join our parish leaders in contributing financially to offset these unexpected expenditures. Every gift—large or small—will help us preserve our beautiful church building for another 150 years. Please mark your gift as “Building Fund” so we can properly credit your donation. Thank you for your continuing support of St. Mary’s!

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Pentecost Is Sunday, June 9th

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Rummage Sale May 31 & June 1

CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE: Fri. May 31, 9-5 & Sat. June 1, 9-3

Many household items, clothing, tools, books, pub stools, golf and ski equipment and more.

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Holy Week and Easter Schedule

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Wednesday Evening Soup Suppers and Lenten Study Begin March 13

For many Christians, science and faith seem incompatible. Our Wednesday evening Soup Suppers and Lenten Study will provide an opportunity to discuss how and if we can reconcile faith and science in the 21st Century. Topics will include creation, time, genetics and the cosmos, all in relation to God.

Soup Suppers and Lenten Study begin March 13 at 6:30 pm and continue each week through Lent.

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Denmark Township Historical Society Social Event Sunday, February 10

Let's talk about history! Join other history buffs to talk about Denmark Township. Do you have questions about Denmark Township History? DTHS can help. Bring objects or photos to share. This event will be held in the historic Basswood Grove Guild Hall of St. Mary's Episcopal Church. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome at this free event.

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