Episcopal Church conference offers opportunities for clergy, lay to explore mission in ethnic ministries

The Episcopal Church-sponsored New Community Clergy and Lay Conference will provide opportunities for clergy and lay people to explore mission in ethnic ministries. [Read more…]

Job opening: Music Minister, St. John in the Wilderness, White Bear Lake

Music Minister: St. John in the Wilderness, White Bear Lake

St. John in the Wilderness is seeking an energetic, spiritually-driven, and musically passionate individual to fill their half-time Music Minister position. The position is responsible for developing, organizing, planning, and leading all music programs in worship services and special events.  Duties include utilizing talents of current adult, youth, inter-generational choirs and incorporating musical talents of the congregation, recruiting talented musicians including vocalists and instrumentalists. The candidate would also have a passion for a variety of music genres and styles and an ability to blend musical styles from the classics to contemporary, gospel, and jazz.

Qualifications desired would include a higher degree in music but not limited to organ performance or conducting.  Prior church musician leadership is desired.  Candidates with the ability to perform on organ along with piano/keyboard are being considered for this position. Other instrumental performance ability for leading worship, such as guitar would be a plus.  The music minister would have a growing knowledge and profession of the Christian faith, specifically an appreciation for Episcopal liturgy, tradition and theology. A working knowledge of the Episcopal Hymnal, Lift Every Voice and Sing along with Wonder, Love, and Praise would be an asset.  St. John in the Wilderness instruments include a (installed 2000) Cassavant Freres 2 manual organ, a Steinway Grand, Stegler Rehearsal Grand along with 3 octaves of Handbells.

The Music Minister Position hours are typically 2 days during the week encompassing Wednesday Rehearsals and Sunday morning Worship services.  Throughout the year other Major services and minor services will be required that may or may not fall on a Sunday or Wednesday.  Flexibility will be valuable in this position.

S/he would also be required to participate in weekly staff meetings and other liturgy planning meetings. The best candidate for this position will also have a desire to be very connected into the community beyond the scope of their position. The compensation package for this position is comparable to AGO standards for a ½ time position.  Opportunities for other income are possible through weddings, funerals, and memorial services.  The Music Minister functions under the direct supervision of the Rector, at whose pleasure s/he serves. The Music Minister exercises the Rector’s canonical authority in the area of music, which is delegated by the Rector, and subject to the Rector’s review.

To apply, please submit cover letter and resume, files to include your name, to upload.Resumes.bntt5mnzlf@u.box.com by March 15, 2012. We strongly encourage you also send us video clips of your work to the same address, ideally as flash formatted files (file size limit is high – 2 GB).

The preferred start date for this position is June 1, 2012.

East Metro Mission Area Gathering participants create birthday bags

Last weekend metro-area faith communities collected and sorted birthday items and other supplies for families in need. In total, 100 birthday bags were created. The birthday bag program is sponsored by Episcopal Community Services. Participants also heard from Episcopal Community Services staff about their other programs and ways to become further involved. [Read more…]

38 Tears Artwork used in Convention Logo

The Rev. Robert Two Bulls, Missioner for Indian Work and Multicultural Ministry, designed the central artwork for this year’s Annual Convention logo.

The work, titled “The 38 Tears of Bishop Whipple,” commemorates the hanging of 38 Dakota Warriors on December 26, 1862 in Mankato, Minnesota.

Describing the painting, Rev. Two Bulls says, “The miniature nooses on the painting are real and are adhered to the canvas. The nooses form drops and were highlighted by adding a bit light blue to enhance the notion of tears.

Read more on the Convention website.

Job opening: Choral Scholars, St. Clement’s, St. Paul

Job opening: Minister for Children and Youth, St. David’s Minnetonka

Episcopal Church Foundation now accepting applications for 2012 Fellowship Partners Program

Engaging leaders transform lives. For more than four decades Episcopal Church Foundation has provided financial support to emerging scholars planning teaching ministries throughout the Church – lay and clergy innovators who are revitalizing communities of faith. [Read more…]

Total Ministry Summit

All Shared/Total Ministry team members. team mentors and sponsoring priests are invited to the Shared Ministry Summit on June 1 and 2, 2012. [Read more…]

Region 1 meeting

Snow date is February 4. Contact Georgia Hecock, ghecock@arvig.net.