Weekly Programming

  • This Sunday - Visit from the Rev. Canon Blair Pogue
  • Children and Youth Ministry

Community Events

  • Evensong - August 2
  • St. David's Book Club - Date change
  • International Potluck - August 11
  • Creekside Baptism - August 13


  • In Memory of Amara
  • Back to School Supply Drive
  • Loaves and Fishes

Announcements and Reports

  • Forward Day by Day
  • Wanted: Auction Items

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Weekly Programming

Church this Sunday

8:00 and 9:30 Service of Holy Eucharist

This Sunday we welcome guest celebrant and preacher the Rev. Canon Blair Pogue.

Children and Youth Minister, Anna Belz-Brock, will share a brief children's sermon between the Gospel reading and sermon.

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

Children and Youth Ministry

This is a new section for children, youth, and their families to find announcements, faith-at-home resources, reflections, and more!

For this week, read the Gospel lesson, Matthew 13:31-33,44-52, and take time to wonder about what Jesus might be telling us today through these stories. Then, join us on Sunday morning during the Children's Sermon to talk about Mustard Seeds and Kingdom of God!

Community Events


On Wednesday, August 2, at 7:30pm, all are invited to a service of Evensong (musical

evening prayer) in the sanctuary. This liturgy of scripture and song can be celebrated in

many different styles, and we plan to incorporate it occasionally into our parish

calendar. This time we’ll sing a simple chanted setting, using some of the hidden

treasures from our hymnal.

Anyone who would like to sing with the choir is invited to come an hour early, at 6:30,

for a brief rehearsal.

Contact Roger Stratton for more information. rstratton@stdavidsparish.org

St. David's Book Club

St David’s Book Club News

by Cathy Schwichtenberg

NOTE: Date changed due to National Night Out.

The St. David’s Book Club upcoming selection will be discussed on Tuesday, August 8, from 6:30 pm – 7:55 pm. This month’s book is Little Bee by Chris Clive.

Book clubs in search of the next Kite Runner need look no further than this astonishing, flawless novel about what happens when ordinary, mundane Western lives are thrown into stark contrast against the terrifying realities of war-torn Africa. Their marriage in crisis, Andrew and Sarah O'Rourke impulsively accept a junket to a Nigerian beach resort as a last-ditch attempt to reconcile. When machete-wielding soldiers appear out of the jungle and force them to determine the fate of two African girls, everyone's lives are irrevocably shattered. Two years later in a London suburb, one of the girls, now a refugee, reconnects with Sarah. Together they face wrenching tests of a friendship forged under extreme duress. Best-selling author Cleave (Incendiary) effortlessly moves between alternating viewpoints with lucid, poignant prose and the occasional lighter note. A tension-filled dramatic ending and plenty of moral dilemmas add up to a satisfying, emotional read. Highly recommended for all libraries and book clubs. ~Hclib.org

Meeting Link: St David's Book Club

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!

International Potluck - August 11

Share a favorite dish that reflects where you came from!

This is our biggest fund-raising event for 2023.

Proceeds will go to supporting St. David’s ministry and outreach programs.

Bring your friends, your credit card and something tasty to share.


Check out Johnson & Drake at  https://www.johnsonanddrake.com

Sign up sheets are located in the Narthex & Undercroft.

Questions? Contact Karin Lindquist: Lindquist.karin@hotmail.com 

Creekside Baptisms - August 13

Shall We Gather at the River....


Some details:

--bring a chair or blanket to sit on, if you are able (we will have some chairs available).

--wear water shoes if you wish to wade in the water! We'll also have creek water in a basin for those who wish to dip their fingers in after we renew our baptismal vows.

--in case of rain, worship will be indoors at church. Be on the lookout for an early Sunday morning email or check updates on our website, www.stdavidsparish.org.

--bring a friend!

Directions and Parking 

--We'll be just east of Plymouth Road on Minnetonka Blvd and just west of the Dairy Queen, by the park gazebo. 

--There's a lot of construction at the site, but it is still accessible.  

--You may park in the main St. David's Center lot off of Plymouth Road or park at the church and walk down. We've been assured that the sidewalks along Minnetonka Blvd and Plymouth Rd will be accessible. For those needing to park closer, there are a limited number of spots on Bridge St. east of the park gazebo.


In Memory of Amara

Over the years, St. David’s has prayed for Amara Strande as she battled cancer since she was 15.  Recently several organizations have paid tributes to Amara’s work to get PFAS (known as “forever chemicals”) legislation passed in MN. On April 14, Amara died at age 20, just weeks before lawmakers would pass the legislation now known as “Amara’s Law,” banning the use of PFAS in Minnesota. Read more about Amara’s courageous fight in these articles.



St.  David’s sends our thoughts and prayers to Amara's father Michael Strande, her mother Reverend Dana Strande, her sister Nora Strande, and to all of her family and friends.

In her memory, donations to assist Amara's family with medical and hospice expenses can be given here.

Back to School Supply Drive

Every August, St David’s parishioners donate school supplies (K-12) and/or cash to the organization Resource West, a division of ICA, helping families and children right here in our western suburbia neighborhoods. The need, as always, is great. Please place your donations in the marked boxes located in both the narthex and office entrance foyers. If you prefer, you may write a check to ICA (school supplies noted in memo line) and drop in the Sunday collection plate. A big THANK YOU to all at St David’s for your continued generosity. Questions, please contact Anne Monteith or the church office. 

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 

  • July 24
  • August 8
  • August 28
  • September 12
  • September 25


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.

Beacon Youth Resident Move-In

Donations Needed!

Did you know that in MN, almost a quarter of youth who experience homelessness identify as LGBTQ? Beacon's housing for homeless youth and our awesome service partners provide stability and community with great success - most youth moving on to independence in under 2 years.

One way you can show support and keep the spirit of Pride month going is by donating household items and supplies for residents moving into their new home, so they can "shop" to set up their household and feel at home after the trauma of homelessness.

Donations are urgently needed for Prior Crossing in St Paul where new residents are expected to move in THIS MONTH! Contact Fritz or Emily for more info on needed items or share this link to a Target registry!


It’s easy to order online from the registry and it will be delivered to Prior Crossing. The cost of items is minimal from $.50 to $25. If you can help out, please check out the registry link.

Announcements and Reports

Forward Day by Day

Booklets for August, September & October are available in the Narthex.

Wanted: Auction Items

Auction Items for the August 11th

International Potluck, Concert and Silent Auction

No item is too big or small!

We welcome:

  • Special events or experiences such as special dinners, time away at a cabin or condo, build a gingerbread house, etc.Gift Cards
  • New items (like coolers, camping equipment, kids toys)
  • Handmade Items like a quilt, carving, baked goods, painting, or even a pot of hostas!!!

This is how we raise funds for St. David’s ministries and outreach!

Deadline for submissions: Monday, August 6th

Contact Karin Lindquist at Lindquist.karin@hotmail.com

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

Want to view the full calendar for the week? Click here to view the St. David's website complete with a calendar to keep you updated on events and offerings! Scroll all the way to the bottom to view it.

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 Patsy Beck, Gene Berlowski (Judy Roggow's uncle), Hermina Brkic (relative of Vida Edmond), Ron Brown, Carolyn Crane (sister in law of Karen Montgomery), Emily (friend of Vonnie Fiedler), Mark Enos (friend of Keith Gause), Evan (friend of Peter Handley), Jeff and Julie Faulkner (friends of Di Marshall and Pat Greene), Frank, Jackie and Andy Galich (parents of John Galich), Jeff Harnden and Family (neighbor of Patt and Cliff Crockford), Eileen Harvala (sister-in-law of Andy and Charity Harvala), Martha Hatcher, Denny Johnson, Ed Kuehnel (friend of Katherine Lewis), Gary Langerud (friend of Ann Carda), June Lezon (friend of Virginia Haggart and Ned Sorley), Josie Meyer and family (friend of the Handley-Jurkovich family), Gervaye Parent, David Pearson, LaMar Popp, Margaret Prescott (friend of Virginia Haggart and Ned Sorley), Jean Scheu, John Seppanen (friend of Cliff Crockford), Ben Stratton (son of Monica and Roger Stratton), Mike Tapper, Xang Vang (father of Friendly Vang Johnson), and Helen VonGrossman. We pray for all affected by gun violence, tornadoes, earthquakes and other disasters, and all impacted by war and strife, especially the people of Ukraine and Sudan.

We pray for all who have died especially Richard Austin (father of Holly Lamond) and Steve Crane (brother of Karen Montgomery). We pray for all who die in war.

We pray in thanksgiving for the wedding of Anna and Erik Belz-Brock and 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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