From Rev. Dave’s Desktop:
It's that time of the year again, back to school, back to work and back to Church. Please know that all are welcome back to Church:
You who have much faith
and you who would like to have more;
you who have been here often
and you who have not been for a while;
you who have tried to follow Jesus,
and you who have failed;
It is Jesus who invites you to meet Him here.
We are also beginning a month long Sermon and Forum series on the four impacts of our Strategic Plan. MerLynne Byrne, our Associate Minister for Welcome & Families is preaching this week, the sermon Impact of Life Change, based on Acts 2:42-47 (http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=371826513).
MerLynne and I will be sharing at the Adult Forum, to update the congregation on our Life Change Ministries--Children's Sunday School, Youth Sunday School & Youth Group, Confirmation, Adult Forums & Bible Study--for this year
Announcing our next Curate, the Rev. Jason Cutshall
Jason is a native Minnesotan, who has been ordained a Transitional Deacon this Summer in the Diocese of Virginia, and will be ordained a Priest of the Episcopal Church in January. He comes to us with a wealth of experience in various ministries. The Rev. Deacon Cutshall will be our second Rev. Richard Byrd Memorial Curate. With great gratitude to Jacqueline Byrd, the many contributors to the Rev. Richard Byrd Memorial Fund and our St. Martin’s Foundation Board, the Curacy is an essential addition to the life of our Church. Jason says this about his life and calling:
“I grew up in Eden Prairie and have lived all over the metro area. I have worked in ministry settings for 20+ years holding a myriad of different positions in different faith traditions on two continents. I have traveled to over 30 countries on 4 continents, I've lived in the Netherlands and Arlington, VA. I became an Episcopalian in 2012 and discerned a call to priesthood shortly thereafter. The Anglican tradition has a core emphasis on relationship above doctrine and that resonates with my faith journey. Worship is the heart of the Anglican/Episcopal tradition, everything flows out of our worship. We believe we are shaped by how we pray. Liturgy has been a formative practice in my spiritual life and I am humbled to be called to lead as a priest. My wife Cecily is a gov't contractor with a background in teaching and conflict resolution. We have two sons, Henning (3) and Soren (1). Henning enjoys any musical instrument he can get his hands on, especially an organ. Soren is happy to be here and is usually the life of the party. We are expecting our third child in February 2018. I was ordained a transitional-deacon in June 2017 and will be ordained a priest January 2018. I view my call as a priest as one who points people to God in every aspect of life.”
The Rev. Deacon Cutshall is our second Rev. Richard Byrd Memorial Curate. With great gratitude to Jacqueline Byrd, the many contributors to the Rev. Richard Byrd Memorial Fund and our St. Martin’s Foundation Board, the Curacy is an essential addition to the life of our Church. Jason joins us this week for his first Sunday. A formal greeting and Installation will occur in the weeks ahead. Please be sure to greet him this Sunday!
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, and join us for worship!
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