Weekly Programming

  • Sunday Forum - Social Time
  • Children's and Youth Ministry
  • Nursery Staff

Community Events

  • Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
  • Advent Evensong
  • Build a Gingerbread House
  • Posada
  • December Book Club
  • Bake and Craft Sale
  • Bible Study Potluck


  • Hope Springs Christmas Giving
  • ICA Update
  • Loaves and Fishes

Announcements and Reports

  • Coffee Hour Hosts
  • Bridge Lessons
  • Upcoming Community Forums

Have an announcement you would like to share in this weekly email?

Send it to office@stdavidsparish.org before noon on Tuesday to be featured.

Happy Thanksgiving!

May we give thanks for all gifts, large and small and

may each of us share the love that is in us.

We give thanks for you!

Weekly Programming

Church this Sunday

This Sunday, November 26

Holy Eucharist at 8:00 and 9:30

We continue to Facebook Livestream the Sunday 9:30 service and upload to YouTube.

This Sunday's Community Forum

10:45-11:30 Social Time

Children and Youth Ministry

Children’s Ministry

This Sunday we will not have Children’s Ministry. Children are invited to stay in worship!

Youth Ministry  

We will meet on Wednesday, November 29th, 6:30-8:30pm at St. David's for LIFT Friendsgiving Potluck!

Bring your favorite food to share. We will meet in the Jones Room of the ICA building, talk about gratitude, and learn about Skywoman Falling, a sacred Iroquois creation story. 


RSVP by emailing Anna abrock@stdavidsparish.org on if you plan to attend and if you can bring a dish to share. (If you don’t RSVP, you can still come, and you don’t have to bring anything. It’s just for planning purposes.)

Nursery Staff Update

Nursery Staff Update

There are a few applications still out there! This Sunday, November 26th, please bring your application to church if you haven’t already turned it in. Katherine and Anna will be conducting 10-15 minute interviews in the nursery after the 9:30 service. 

Then, save the date for December 2nd, as we will have nursery staff training at the church from 9:00-noon. 

See the Job Description Here and the Application Here. If you prefer a printed copy, grab one outside the Children and Youth Ministry office.

Community Events

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Photos are from the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service last Sunday evening with Bet Shalom Congregation, Mills Church, Spirit of Peace, and St. David's.

Our wonderful cooks at St. David's prepared a delicious light supper before the service for the choir members and pivoted to a beautiful table of desserts and beverages after the service.

Advent Evensong

Advent Evensong

Welcome the season of Advent with a richly musical service of Evening Prayer, led by the St. David’s Choir along with singers from across the metro area. 

Saturday, December 2, at 4:00pm in the St. David’s Sanctuary.  

Build a Gingerbread House

Build A Gingerbread House at St. David’s

Sara Leigh & Dean Sather will bring everything you need to build and decorate your house!

This is an opportunity for all ages!

Cost: $20.00 per person

When: Sunday December 3rd 11:30-2:00PM

Where: St. David’s Undercroft

There are 10 openings left so don’t wait – Sign Up today!

Contact Karin Lindquist at Lindquist.karin@hotmail.com (or call 612-251-2259)


Posada Announcement 2023


Advent begins soon, which means it is soon time for the St. David’s Posada. In Spanish-speaking regions, “la posada” refers to an inn or a hotel. In many Hispanic traditions, “las posadas” is a term for a type of re-enactment of Mary and Joseph's search for lodging in Bethlehem and is performed just before Christmas.

St. David’s honors the Posada tradition during Advent by inviting households to sign up to host a set of felted wool figures of Mary and Joseph for a few nights before sending them on to another St. David’s household. Those who participate as innkeepers have the opportunity to provide our “guests” with warm hospitality and safe lodging as they travel from home to home during Advent. 


Each household interested in being an innkeeper should sign up via email. A schedule of overnights for Mary and Joseph will be provided to the innkeepers who have signed up.

Our Mary and Joseph will make their first overnight at a St. David’s home on the first Sunday of Advent (Dec. 3). Then they travel to different homes in the St. David’s community, according to the schedule, and stay for about two nights. Each innkeeper is responsible for contacting the next host on the schedule, arranging to drop-off Mary and Joseph at a time and place that is mutually convenient, as well as providing a small holiday treat for the receiving innkeepers to enjoy. On Sunday, Dec. 24, the last innkeeper on the schedule brings Mary and Joseph to St. David’s for the Christmas Eve Service, marking the end of their long journey.


If you are interested in hosting Mary and Joseph during Advent, contact Patti Jurkovich at patti.jurkovich@gmail.com to sign up.

December Book Club

St David’s Book Club News

by Cathy Schwichtenberg


The St. David’s Book Club will be discussing Neither Wolf Nor Dog by Kent Nerburn on Tuesday, December 5 from 6:30 pm – 7:55 pm.  

Meeting Link: December Book Club

The heart of the Native American experience: In this 1996 Minnesota Book Award winner, Kent Nerburn draws the reader deep into the world of an Indian elder known only as Dan. It's a world of Indian towns, white roadside cafes, and abandoned roads that swirl with the memories of the Ghost Dance and Sitting Bull.

Readers meet vivid characters like Jumbo, a 400-pound mechanic, and Annie, an 80-year-old Lakota woman living in a log cabin. Threading through the book is the story of two men struggling to find a common voice. Neither Wolf nor Dog takes readers to the heart of the Native American experience. As the story unfolds, Dan speaks eloquently on the difference between land and property, the power of silence, and the selling of sacred ceremonies. ~Hclib.org

We have an interesting line-up of selections this year and invite all St. David’s parishioners to participate. We usually meet via Zoom on the first Tuesday of every other month from 6:30 – 7:55. Here is this year’s schedule – please join us!

Bake and Craft Sale

Attention Bakers and Crafters!

The annual Bake and Craft Sale will be Sunday, December 10th, after the service. It's time to work on those craft items and start stocking up on baking supplies!

Questions? Contact Sara Leigh at leigh.sara@gmail.com.

Thank you!


Bible Study and Potluck

Bible Study Potluck and Presentation

Tuesday, December 12 at noon

The Bible Study group is winding up before the holidays with a potluck and special presentation. Come walk the Camino Trail with Randy and Cathy Schwichtenberg on Tuesday, December 12, at noon. The room will be added in next week's email.

This event is a potluck fashioned after First Friday (except this one is on Tuesday), celebrating Cathy and Randy's recent trek in Portugal and Spain, and the ending of our journey in John’s gospel for Bible Study.

Please use the signup sheet in the Undercroft to indicate what you will be bringing. 


Hope Springs Christmas Giving



It is that time of year again to share some holiday spirit with our friends at Hope Springs at Minnetonka Assisted Living Facility. This year, there will be a new twist to our traditional Giving Tree at the request of Hope Springs’ administration. Instead of that annual shopping experience for various gifts from resident’s eclectic wish lists, they now ask for gift cards: all from the same place and all for the same amount. There are many reasons as to why they have made this difficult decision, but the bottom line is that it is best for the residents. I know I was very disappointed, as I love shopping/hunting for just the perfect gift……but I told myself if I am to participate in the true spirit of giving, it is not about what I want but what is best for and wanted by the receivers.


We will still have a list of resident’s names and some fun Christmas cards at the ready for your personal notes of Christmas cheer. A table will be in the narthex after Sunday services, at which you may offer your generous financial gift of $40 ( cash or checks most appreciated), choose a recipient, pick a card you fancy, sign that card, write a short note, then finally address the envelope…..but no licking it closed allowed!  Once we have received enough donations, we will purchase the gift cards, insert them into your cards, and then wrap them all up in one big festive Christmas box to be delivered when we sing Christmas carols at Hope Springs on Sunday December 17th.


Ho, Ho, Hope you stop by the Hope Spring’s Christmas table in the Narthex...…. starting Sunday Nov 26th after the 9:30 service, and after both services on Sunday, December 3rd. 




ICA Update

ICA Day at Maynard’s next Monday

Are you planning to have lunch or dinner at Maynard’s in Excelsior next Monday, November 27. Hope so. This local restaurant will donate 100% of its proceeds that day to ICA. Call 952-470-1800 to make a reservation. What an easy, enjoyable way to show support for ICA. 

Plan Ahead for ICA Sunday on December 3

It’s the time of year when it seems everyone is busier than usual.  With that in mind, the theme for the upcoming ICA Sunday on 12/3 is Quick Meals! What ICA needs following this theme is: 

  • Ready to eat soups
  • Whole grain noodles
  • Canned vegetables & fruits
  • Pasta sauce
  • Instant potatoes
  • Canned meats

In addition, ICA always needs dog & cat food, brown paper bags and egg cartons.

If you will not be in church December 3, you can always drop off your donations at your convenience in the ICA baskets at the church entrances. Many thanks.

Loaves and Fishes

Loaves and Fishes

Four Volunteers are needed for each date. Two for cooking with the L&F coordinator from 3:00-5:00 and two to package and serve from 4:30 to 6:30. 


Upcoming dates:

  • November 27
  • December 12


Please contact Sue or Basil Owen to sign up. Sue’s cell is 612-716-1945. Basil’s cell is 612-716-0683 or email at bowen3@fastmail.com

See the May 25th weekly news for full update.

Announcements and Reports

Coffee Hour - Volunteers Needed

Coffee hour hosts needed!

Please check the signup sheet in the Narthex the next time you enjoy coffee hour. There are numerous opportunities to serve in November and December.

There’s a nice assortment of treats in the freezer which you can use to make it really easy! We all love coffee hour and we all say thank you for stepping up!


Bridge Lessons

Bridge Lessons Anyone?

We have had a couple of requests for more bridge lessons and wonder if others are interested too. There are several options:

  1. Bridge for Beginners
  2. Bidding Refresher for folks who have some bridge experience.
  3. Common Bridge Conventions for folks who have already mastered basic bidding strategies.

We are considering an all-day Saturday class or could do evening classes for several weeks. Please contact Susan Taylor (ss2taylor@comcast.net or 952-944-7241) if you are interested in bridge lessons and indicate your preferences. 

Upcoming Community Forums

November 26 - Social Time (Thanksgiving Weekend)

Saturday Morning Prayer at St. David's 7:45 AM
Monday Morning Meditation at Oratory Room 9:00 AM
Tuesday Bible Study at 11:00 AM
Compline held each night at 8:00 PM
What else is going on at St. David's?

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Pastoral Care Line: 952-767-0891
To add someone to the prayers, please contact the office: office@stdavidsparish.org

We will include all individuals in the prayers list for four consecutive weeks, and then they will be removed from the list. If the prayer need is ongoing, please reach out and we will keep their names on the list. If anyone's prayer need is shorter than four weeks, please also note that. This way we will keep all prayer lists updated and recent.

Prayers and Passages

We pray for healing of body, mind or spirit for those we love, especially Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Patsy Beck, Erin Boyd (niece of Bonnie and Rick Boyd), Ron Brown, Mark Enos (friend of Keith Gause), Evan (friend of Peter Handley), Jeff and Julie Faulkner (friends of Di Marshall and Pat Greene), Carelyn Fylling (friend of Susan Taylor), Frank, Mary Ellen Gardiner, Martha Hatcher, Denny Johnson, the Krueger family (friends of Sue Owen), June Lezon (friend of Virginia Haggart and Ned Sorley), Josie Meyer and family (friend of the Handley-Jurkovich family), Caroline Mitchell (niece of Della Johnson), David Pearson, Jonathan and Margaret Prescott (friends of Virginia Haggart and Ned Sorley), Jean Scheu, Pam Schroeder, Carl Smith, Ben Stratton (son of Monica and Roger Stratton), Trevor, Xang Vang (father of Friendly Vang Johnson), and Don Wilhelmi.

We pray for the people of Israel and Gaza and Ukraine and all impacted by war and strife. We pray for all affected by gun violence, tornadoes, earthquakes and other disasters.

We pray for all who have died, including Nell Hillsley, and especially the people in Gaza and Israel.

We pray in thanksgiving for all the blessings of this life.

For the world and its leaders, our nation and its people. 

We pray for all who have been born.

We pray for an end to racism and all systems of oppression.


We pray for those serving in the military, Will Culliton, Aprille Lopac, and Sam Mulvaney (fiance of Aprille Lopac).

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