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"Time is too slow for those who wait; too swift for those who fear; too long for those who grieve; too short for those who rejoice. But for those who live, time is eternity. Hours fly, flowers die, new days new ways pass by. Love stays.” -Katrina’s Sundial, by Henry Van Dyke


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ometimes I think a good quote is like a good parent—knowing where we've been and where we are presently, and painting a picture of where we can go. How do we come to a place of living in times of swiftness, grieving, and rejoicing, so that we can live? Frank Ostaseski, founder of Metta Institute, created five practices that can be incorporated into our daily lives. One practice that I find particularly relevant as we move into the holiday season is his fourth practice: "Find a place of rest in the middle of things." The winter season is a time of rest. Animals go into hibernation, plants lose their color, and snow covers the ground. It's a time of deep listening and quietening down. And yet, beginning the day after Thanksgiving, something happens to our collective energy. Winter holidays seem to produce their own chaos and I soon begin to anticipate a time when it will all be over. I often find myself thinking that "maybe by January 2, relief will set in and then I can rest." But, in fact, rest comes as Frank states, "when we bring our full attention, without distraction, to this moment, to this activity. This place of rest is always available." It's about cultivating an attention to what is right in front of us without distraction. It might be the holidays for some or a time of personal change for others or both. How we bring our attention to the spaciousness that is available can help create a place of rest in the middle of seemingly chaotic times. Tranquility, peace, and stillness is available when we turn our awareness toward it. —Anne Murphy, Pastoral Care Chair Fishtales Newsletter I Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church founded in 1886


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Caring for Newcomers and Visitors A

Amber Carswell

s a 20 year old, Amber stumbled into a small Episcopal Church in Arkansas, and it changed her life. She spent the summer at St. Mary’s, before going back to her seminary to complete the work needed to be a priest. What follows is taken from her sermon she gave at St. Mary’s this August.

God works, what we believe, and who we hope to be. Yeah. It can get old, become routine. Maybe you’ve been in the church all your life. And just maybe, you subscribe to that prevailing assumption that young people would come to church if it were just less structured. Cooler. To that, I can only tell you my story, and I tell it with the stories of so many others in my head, others who, like me, have come to find strength and solace in the choosing of this well-worn path, then choosing again.

(The service I stumbled into) was Rite 1 completely without music, it had maybe 20 people. I sat in the back and participated in a liturgy when I didn’t even know what the word liturgy meant. Here’s what I remember thinking. The Bible—read in huge chunks, no commentary. And praying prayers and reciting creeds and canticles that millions of people for millennia had said.

Jesus said that where your treasure is, there your heart is also. Where you put your love and time and energy and action—there you are. The rituals of our lives shape who we are. We give with gratitude, and then give again. We pray the prayers, and then we pray them again. We forgive, and then we forgive again. And it is through these small actions, our hearts are formed to be grateful, prayerful, forgiving people.

While I may not have had the words to talk to God on my own, I did have a voice, and could add mine to theirs.

—Amber Carswell

When we prayed the prayers, there was a line that said: “we pray for those who seek God, or a deeper knowledge of God”—they were praying for me! And had been praying for me! There is something about the power of ritual— this choosing and choosing again.

Passing the Peace Just a friendly reminder that during the passing of the peace, please go out of your way to greet people you know less well, and especially pass the peace to the children.

It is taking a path and joining with others whose holiness far exceeds my own, who faced struggles I could never dream of. Their strength lives on in tradition.


Our path is a well-trod one. Each step in our liturgy says something about who God is, how

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construction at Episcopal Homes. Questions? Call MiaLisa at 570-269-9688. elcoming all 7th-12th Graders: Youth Group Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm November 6: Discussion on Leadership November 13: Ronald McDonaldService Project November 20: Thanksgiving Potluck November 27: No Youth Group


Courtney, Craig, Seth, Joe, and Max


ween Movie—November 3 Tweeners (3rd-6th graders) are invited to to watch a tween movie and eat pizza in St. Mary’s Room Sunday, November 3 from Noon-2:00pm. Joanne Hodgeman and Todd and Jennie Reemtsma to host. Questions? Call MiaLisa at 570-269-9688.

Matt, Michael, and Francesca at Youth Group BBQ

Visit or call MiaLisa at 570269-9688 for more information.


ust Another Reminder Three Christmas Eve Services this year On December 24, we will worship at 4:30, 7:00, and 9:30pm. The Christmas Pageant will be at

Libby and Maisey


t. Mary’s-Episcopal Homes Thanksgiving Craftmaking—November 17 Try your hand at making adorable Thanksgiving turkey craft with our Cooke Household friends at Episcopal Homes, Sunday, November 17 from Noon2:00pm. We will need some families to carpool due to Matt, Charlie, Miles, Quincy, and Friends. Fishtales Newsletter I Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church founded in 1886


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Caring for Our Community

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Much gratitude goes to Scott Barnard for his years of service scheduling St. Marians for a time of service!

Grill Meisters Brian, Lucas, Joe, Eric , and Jim.


ally Day Thank You What a great day! The music was fun, the church was packed, and everyone was having a great time. Best of all, the rain held off and we had a GREAT picnic outside. Thanks so much to all who helped with setup and clean up. It’s a huge job, and I love the way folks just pitch in. Eric Roller, Tom Brown, Dale Williams—I call them “the usual suspects”— are always there to do the heavy lifting. While I was singing in choir, the church elves set out the food. Thanks to this mysterious crew, I’m sure I’ll need your help again. Natasha, Molly, Pam, and everyone else I haven’t mentioned. So many people my head is spinning. And of course, a special Thank You to the Grill Meisters Jim Deluca, Eric Johnson, Brian Nerbonne, and the chefs-in-training Lucas and Joe—you all flip a mean burger! —Ginny Deluca, Hospitality Chair


t. Mary’s Mornings Emails If you are liking the small daily dose of scripture, prayer, or quote, great! I have such a good time choosing them. Any friends you’d like to receive them too? Easy. Follow the ‘forward to a friend’ button on the email, or drop a line to Rex at, and he will add your friend to the list. Unsubscribing is easy, just follow the link at the bottom of the email. —LeeAnne

Contemplative Liturgy Update Gathering time will be at 6:45pm. Liturgy begins at 7:00pm. First and Third Sundays At St. Mary’s

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Doing Good Brown (along with Ron), Kate HennesseyKeimig, Grant Robinson (along with Meredith), Rex McKee, Margy Mattlin, Walt Gordon, and LeeAnne Watkins. Also with us is soon-to-beordained-a-deacon Margaret Thor. Legislatively speaking, this year’s convention was easy—the balanced budget passed unanimously, and we updated some canons (church laws). Elections were held and I was reelected (yay!) to represent Minnesota at General Convention 2015, which is when Episcopalians from all across the US and 14 other countries gather to see what the Spirit is doing among us.

Jordan and Meg at Convention


piscopal Church in Minnesota’s Convention Once a year elected representatives from each of our 107 faith communities in Minnesota gather to pass legislation, to hear the word of God, and dine together at the holy table, and to see if among us we can perceive what new things the Spirit might be doing among us.

Much of the Convention was spent focusing our attention on our collective Mission Project for 2014—children affected by poverty and gun violence. St. Mary’s ministry at Galtier Elementary got some special attention and praise as an example of how a congregation can make a real difference in young people’s lives. —LeeAnne

Ellen Rose volunteering at Convention.

Many thanks to the lay delegates representing St. Mary’s: Patty Ball, Meg Johnson, Paulette Briese, and Jordan Graf. Many thanks also to the St. Mary’s clergy in attendance: Betsy Lee, Deb

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MaryAnn staffing the Galtier booth at Convention.


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BE THE SPARK BE THE SPARK: MNIPL Fall 2013 Workshop Series October 20, November 3, November 24, December 8 Calling all future and current leaders in the Interfaith Climate Movement!


innesota Interfaith Power & Light (MNIPL) is excited to announce our Fall 2013 Be The Spark Workshop Series! For members of faith communities interested in deeply engaging their congregations on climate change issues, and for those offering programming, support, and leadership in the larger interfaith community, we are offering four engaging evenings of learning together. These experiential and dynamic sessions will give participants a broad and adaptive palette from which to draw as leaders in the growing interfaith climate movement. Each 3-hour session will have a different focus, yet the complete course will rely on a supportive and collaborative learning community that grows together. How to Register:

Register at, today!

When and Where: Sessions will be held Sunday afternoons from 4:00-7:00pm on October 20, November 3, November 24, and December 8 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church Facilitators:

Julia Nerbonne Ph.D is the Executive Director of Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light (MNIPL) and teaches Environmental Ethics and Sustainability Studies at the University of Minnesota. She has been organizing volunteer leaders to be powerful change makers for over a decade. Erin Pratt, LPC, is the Program Coordinator at MNIPL. She is also a facilitator and trainer for MN350, a Minnesota based climate justice organization. When not at MNIPL, Erin does individual and group nature based therapy and is a youth group leader at St. Luke Presbyterian church. Individual sessions will also feature some training from various leaders in the community.

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Building and Grounds S

anctuary Upgrade Project: St. Mary’s Mission What does it mean to express God’s love for all people, and how is that mission reflected in our Sanctuary space?

The SUT core team is tasked with calling upon the greater community as necessary to ensure that key responsibilities around communication, fundraising, and project management will be met. Every person at St. Mary’s will be invited to share his or her expertise as he or she sees fit; there will be ample opportunities to contribute individual talents, skills, and passions to the project as it progresses and as specific needs take shape.

Michael Pipkin, Missioner for Management at the Episcopal Church of Minnesota, asked the vestry those very questions during the September vestry retreat. Now, as wardens, we are asking each of you to reflect upon how you might answer these questions. Bringing the spirit of our collective thoughts into congruence with our space is the goal we hope to accomplish in reimagining the use of our Sanctuary space.

In the meantime, each of us is tasked with pondering our own answers to the questions, “What does it mean to express God’s love for all people?”, and “How is that expression reflected in our sanctuary space?” How do we honor our ancestors while continuing our legacy into future generations?

To help guide our community through the project, the vestry has assembled the Sanctuary Upgrade Team (SUT), a core group of people who have committed to bringing specific skill sets to the team and seeing us through the project from start to finish.

The journey is quite exciting, and we are held in strong and capable hands. Thank you to each member of the SUT for your dedication to this project’s success, and thank you to each of you for reflecting upon what St. Mary’s mission means to you.

After having created a “job description” (see uary-Upgrade-Team-Job-Description.pdf) for the SUT, the vestry brainstormed the various skill sets, professional experience, and formal training that would enable the team’s success. Invitations were extended to people representing each of St. Mary’s unique services, resulting in a highly-skilled and dynamic group of core leaders.

—Caroline Kaker, Co-warden

We are so thrilled that people with such depth of talent and experience have committed to guiding our community through the project. Core team members include: · · · · · · · · · · ·


ew Carpet is Here! By the time this newsletter reaches homes, the new carpet will have been installed in St. Mary’s Room. Hooray!

Bob Butterbrodt Nancy Driscoll Marina Lyon Laura-Lee Farrell Brown William Welsh Jim DeLuca Cassidy Edstrom Ron Brown Sarah Youngerman Julie Phillips Todd Reemtsma

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Joe won the “How Many Stains on the Old Carpet” contest with a closest guess of 145 coffee stains. The prize was Pokeman cards—his favorite! November 2013


Chancel This is the area in front of the nave, beginning with the steps. It’s the level on which we have our pulpit, font, and altar.


Sanctuary Technically, this term refers to the space closest to the back wall, although these days we often use this term to refer to the entire space where we worship. —LeeAnne


ome Terms Now that we are on our way pondering the sanctuary upgrade, maybe some definitions would be helpful. Episcopalians can’t seem to call things simple or obvious names (like: Sexton. It sounds more interesting than it actually is—it is the person who tends the physical building). Different areas of our worship space have different names, such as: ·

Narthex This is the gathering space just outside the doors of the nave, which begs the question: What’s a nave?


Nave The nave is the part of the church in which the congregation sits. It generally has an aisle on each side and an aisle up the center. It comes from the Latin word 'navis', meaning a ship. So the church is sometimes referred to as a ship, where we can retreat for refuge as we journey through the seas and storms of life.


Are you called to ministry in the Altar Guild?

Then you’re invited to join a small team in which you only have tasks to do once a month. Maybe twice if it's a five-week month. You could sign up for: Saturday set up (which includes setting up the altar for all three services by retrieving bread from the freezer, pouring wine into the pitchers for communion, making coffee, and changing the linen colors if it falls on your week) or Sunday clean up where you clear the altar after your service and set up the communion for the next service).  We also have opportunities for washing and pressing the linens.  We have two polishings a year, but we do that as a group just before Easter and just before Christmas. 

Altar Guild is a great way to participate behind-the-scenes, but play an important role in the Sunday service. No experience required. Training provided. Come join us, it's a great team! Email Molly, Paulette, or Ginny if you have any questions:,, or

Trancept These are the ‘wings’ to the right and to the left of the nave. The left transcept is where the 7:45am crowd worships, and we call that the chapel. The right trancept is overflow seating.

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Music (mystical). Neil Douglas-Klotz, in his book Prayers of the Cosmos: Meditations on the Aramaic Words of Jesus offers us a few more interpretations:

Bjorn, Bob, Sharon, Vonda, Dixie, and Cathy at our first of the year's Hymn Sings .

Create your reign of unity now–through our fiery hearts and willing hands


Let your counsel rule our lives, clearing our intention for co-creation.


Desire with and through us, the rule of universal fruitfulness onto the earth.

John Hakim Bushnell, Certified Dances of Universal Peace leader and student of DouglasKlotz, will lead us in a discussion of the words and in a movement and chanting meditation. Previous attendance is not required. This session will review the chants and dances from the first two sessions. Questions? Email



t. Mary's Handbell Choir will hold two rehearsals and play at the 10:30am Sunday service once this November. Handbell choir is offered each month, with each month a different "slate." Come to two rehearsals and play in church once. No obligation to do it again. Come as it suits your schedule.


ative America Drum Circle November21, 6:30pm-7:30pm Come and learn about the sacred songs and drumming of our Native American brothers and sisters! Lakota elder Virgil Foote will be teaching us some of their sacred phrases and the role of drumming in the First Nations spiritual tradition. Pre-register with by Sunday, November 17.

Our November rehearsals will be on Tuesdays, November 12 and 19 at 6:30pm. We will play on Sunday, November 24. If you are planning on coming please let Bjorn know, as group size will dictate some of our music choices. Remember, ringers of all ages are invited to participate. If you can count and listen well, you can play handbells! —Bjorn Gustafson, 10:30am Music Director


ext 9am Team Music Rehearsal November 20, 7:00-9:00pm Join us to prepare music for the four-Sunday Advent season, the 9am team’s very first Christmas Eve service (the 7:00pm service), and the next All-Parish combined service on January 5. Please contact Conie by Sunday, November 13 to RSVP. —Conie Borchardt, 9:00am Music Director


ramaic Lord’s Prayer Series Session 3—November 17, Noon-1:00pm The embodied study and meditation of Jesus’ Aramaic words continues with the third line, “Teytey malkuthakh.” Over the ages, it has been translated into what we now recognize as “Thy kingdom come.” In Jesus’ time, these words were understood from three points of view: the intellectual, the metaphorical, and the universal

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The Psalms in Worship


ver the summer at the 10:30am service, we continued to sing the psalm at the Eucharist to simple Gregorian tones. The psalms are musical in nature and even without a choir can work well musically with a congregation accustomed to singing them. The Psalms are one of the consistent elements of rite in worship and from the earliest days of the Church, the psalms were prized, just as they had been in the Hebrew synagogue services. In the Eucharist’s Liturgy of the Word, psalms function as response, commentary, and reflection on the readings. They emotionally connect the historical elements of salvation history to the present lived experience. Canticles (other psalm-like poetry and hymns from scripture and tradition) can also serve in this capacity. The Liturgy of the Word came out of synagogue services familiar to Christians of Jewish origin. When they were thrown out of the synagogues, these Jewish Christians continued the practice of reading from the Law, Prophets, and Psalms. New Testament writings were introduced as they were written and held up by the community as the continuation of God’s revelation in Christ Jesus. Just as the faithful Jewish Jesus, prayed the psalms, his followers did likewise. The early Church used a pattern familiar to many of us: lesson from the Hebrew Scriptures, psalm, epistle (letter) from a New Testament writer, Gospel. In most places by the 4th century, the Old Testament lesson was dropped and the New Testament reading began the Liturgy of the Word. The psalm was shortened to a few verses and often joined to the Alleluia sung before the Gospel reading. This functioned in the same way as the complete psalm did, but became known as a gradual as it was sung from the gradus, “step” as the priest moved to the elevated ambo or pulpit to proclaim the Gospel and preach. Medieval form and function continued through the Reformation in many newly formed Protestant communities for a generation, but as Anglicans began to utilize Morning Prayer more frequently as fewer and fewer people went to communion at the Eucharist, the Psalms formed a larger component of worship. Metrical psalters (paraphrasings of the psalms to make them rhyme and have equal lines in English) appeared and in the English-speaking churches, these were the primary form of music in church until the hymn-writing explosion of the 19th Fishtales Newsletter I Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church founded in 1886

Century. After the liturgical reforms and renewal in the middle Twentieth Century, the ancient form of a full Liturgy of Word was adopted as normative by Roman Catholics, Anglicans (which includes the Episcopal Church), Lutherans, and others, and more fleshed out psalms found their way back into weekly worship patterns. The Psalms are one of the persistent elements of rite in worship. Why? One reason is for their poetry. Other scripture is usually prose. The poetry of the psalms sparks religious imagination. God takes the initiative in other books of the Bible, but the Psalms record the human response to God. We learn to pray and praise from the Psalms. The psalm also exhibit human experience and emotions. The emotions of the psalms resonate in present contexts, analogies emerge, and the psalms serve as a catalyst for spiritual growth. Another function they serve is ritual catharsis. Look up a “cursing psalm” (Psalm 129, 137) or a psalm of lament (Psalm 77, Psalm 22) and read the raw despair and anger that the writer records. These do not make for easy reading or prayer, but they have been valued for this very reason. Some may see these to be antithetical to one following Jesus and the way of the Beatitudes, and who can authentically pray like this? Victims of injustice, violence, and those who stand in solidarity with them perhaps ought to place these emotions before the God who can transform good from evil. The Christian monastic tradition spiritualized the concept of “enemy” to encompass the powers of the Devil and the evil desires within one’s own heart, which are destroyed in God’s eternal reign. This is perhaps one area of prayer that is the most neglected in Christian communities—the need to lament sins personal, communal, and institutional, and to voice human despair in the presence of God. We are at our most human in the psalms. Perhaps it is in dwelling in that place of utter human-ness, so full of imperfection, sorrows, hopes, and joys, that we become most open to unity with the Holy One. By taking the psalms into ourselves, we recall God’s history of saving acts, place the current state of things before God, and trust that we are the living continuation of this relationship between God and creation: hence, the Psalms persistent and consistent use through time. —Bjorn Gustafson 11

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