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St. George’s Episcopal Church August 2017

This is a free publication for members and friends Volume 24, No. 7

. . . . . AND LET IT BEGIN!

By Father Tom Gehlsen

One of the most challenging aspects I have faced over the years in ministry is to begin a new journey in ministry with a new, energized community of believers. I value very highly the development of relationships. It’s in relationships that we find the core purpose of any community. It takes time and devoted energy to allow relationships to be fostered and to grow in trust, love and honesty. This is a very exciting time as we begin to walk the journey of Christ in our community.

We have arrived at this point by walking a journey of transition with all its anxiety, fear, trepidation, and a whole host of questions as to who will come here, what will happen, what kind of changes will be made, and of course, will I want to be part of the “new journey?”
Let me assure you that we will do just fine here at St. George’s!! I can’t tell you how excited, happy, and privileged I am to be here. It’s a new adventure for all of us. I hope to be able to meet each of you and listen to your stories, as it’s the stories that will tell us about our baptismal covenant ministry and the talents that we have to be shared with all.

Knowing all of this, I would ask everyone to walk in patience, faith, love, compassion and mercy for each

other. All of us have a different pace in adjusting to “newness” in our community. I am here to walk with

you in all aspects of our lives. I thank you for inviting me to be part of your community and pledge my dedication and priestly presence to you as we mutually seek a greater presence of Christ in our lives.




The Reverend Thomas (Tom) Gehlsen was born and raised in Davenport, IA in Southeast Iowa. He received most of his education in the Catholic School System. He attended Catholic elementary, high school, and college. He received his BA from St. Ambrose University in Davenport before attending Aquinas Institute of Theology and the St. Paul Seminary where he completed his M. Div. prior to his ordination to the Priesthood in the Catholic Church. He holds an MA in Educational Administration from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Development from Iowa State University.

Prior to his reception as an Episcopal Priest in the Episcopal Church of Iowa, he held various pastoral positions as well as teaching and administrative positions in high school and college. After his reception in the Episcopal Church, he was called to churches in Durant, IA; Ankeny, IA; and Des Moines, IA. In 2004, he was asked to be on the Bishop’s Leadership Team and held the positions of Deployment Officer and Director of Theological Education for the Diocese of Iowa. In late 2014, Tom, his wife Sue, and family came to Minnesota due to a professional job change for his wife.




The following article was submitted by Richard Norman (who, by the way, was nicknamed “Chard” on the trip):
This year’s mission to Rosebud Mission was a lot of fun. While there, myself and most of the people that went on this year’s mission were able to ride on the back of a pickup truck. I also met a teenager from Rosebud, Mateo, who was really fun to hang out with and play lacrosse with. On Tuesday and Thursday, Mother Lauren took us, including the cool people from the Kentucky group and Youth Works, to get chocolate swirl ice cream. When we arrived at the mission we were split up into groups. Due to the risk of asbestos in the flooring task, myself and Pete were reassigned for most of the week to cutting wood.

Mother Lauren also told us the Dakota Creation Story where a great flood came and one woman remained stranded on top of a mountain. God sent the eagle to bring her what she needed to survive and miraculously transformed the eagle into a man. We also watched a movie called “Dakota 38,” which is based on the mass hanging of 38 Dakota men in Mankato, Minnesota; the largest mass hanging in the history of the United States. I had an awesome time meeting new people and learning about the Dakota.

Middle of Nowhere, SD” is Pretty Amazing

The following article was submitted by Jan Hagerman:
For two years I helped Priscilla pack all she needed (including veggie burgers), drove her to church and sent her on her way. There were noisy kids, lots of candy for the long ride and adults to watch over her.
As much as I wanted to go, this was her time to grow and learn.
Well this year the opportunity came! Another adult was needed and Priscilla gave her permission for ME to go!

The Rosebud, as I have learned to call it, is an amazing place. The beauty of the prairie of course, but the dedication of the people we met was humbling.

While there is destitution, there is perseverance. To see the desire to make your home, community and life better in spite of a terrible situation, gave me the drive to keep going, even at the end of a long day. If you get a chance, ask Priscilla about our new friend Virg, a member of Rosebud. After raising a family, she is now getting two degrees and is going to be working with her government. She was so grateful for what our kids did for her to help with her education; she made us a wonderful meal!

Most amazing is Mother Lauren Stanley; Priscilla said I would love her. She was not wrong.
Mother Lauren exemplifies love beyond words. In the middle of the night she is finding housing for someone. In the face of impending weather, she makes sure everyone is somewhere safe. I honestly don’t know if she sleeps. She knows the people of her Mission well and is quick to help anyone from outside understand and learn about the Mission as well as the culture. Loving one another is the bottom line for her.
Mother Lauren also happens to run Habitat for Humanity on Rosebud. I am so grateful that we were able to start forming a plan where our local Habitat (my employer) can team up to help Habitat Rosebud. I am more than happy to share information with you if you are interested in how you can be part of this.
I struggled all week with an internal battle - despair vs. idealism, and it was tough at times. It is a constant battle for the people of Rosebud and sadly many feel the fatigue and give in. Thankfully there are those who can lift them up and keep going on.
I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to become a member of this great mission team, right down to the noisy teens and tons of junk food.
Those of us who have been there now consider it a part of us and not just a yearly trip. If you feel you can help us to continue making a difference or just want to hear about Rosebud, please seek out Heather, Priscilla, Richard or myself.

to Maggie Nancarrow (Fr. Paul

Nancarrow’s daughter) on her new position at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul as Director of Children, Youth and Intergenerational Formation.



by Camille Schroeder

The St. Louis Park Emergency Program’s Back-to-School project is well underway. Each year, STEP provides close to 500 students with their teacher-requested school supplies. The students all live in

St. Louis Park and need to meet certain criteria to be registered for the program. This is another project that takes the whole community participating in order to make it successful. So what can you do?

Donations of supplies that are urgently needed are: Expo Dry Erase Markers, Crayola washable markers, purple college-ruled spiral notebooks; blue, yellow and purple wide-ruled spiral notebooks, sketchbooks – 9x12 spiral Canson or Strathmore with no lines, pencil boxes, and large Fiskars scissors. Any other school supplies are accepted as well.
If you would rather donate money, please write the check to STEP and put Back-to-School on the memo line. You can also donate goodies for the volunteers. They eat anything and enjoy it all.

Another way to help out is to volunteer to work at the event. And, of course, that’s quite easy because the event takes place right here at St. George’s. The volunteer times are: Mon., Aug 21, 10 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 3 pm; Tues., Aug.22, 1pm to 3 pm; Wed., Aug. 23, 1 pm to 3 pm; and Thurs., Aug. 23, 1 pm to 3 pm. These days are all for packing and sorting. You can participate in the distribution process on Mon., Aug. 28, from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm. All of the students and their parents/guardians will descend on St. George’s to pick up their school supplies at that time. It is, indeed, a joyous happening. Call STEP at 952-925-4899, ext 11, for Allison and sign up.

Hopefully you can participate in at least one way: a donation of school supplies or money, by volunteering, or with treats for the volunteers.
Work this event and you’ll go home with a big smile on your face. Thanks for your participation.


by Kathie Brown, Chair

As you know, we exceeded our original goal of $200,000. We currently have pledges of $225,150 with cash on hand of $73,232. We hope this number will rise as we hear from a few more members as well as from a number of friends that we reached out to. This is very exciting!
We know you are anxious to see your money put to work. Most of the Capital Campaign Committee now makes up a Project Management Task Force that will get bids on the various projects (normally three bids per project), recommend which bid to accept and present to the Finance Committee and Vestry for approval. From the original list of top priorities, we are currently working on these projects which we expect to be completed before winter:

  1. New floor covering for Parish Hall: The full estimated cost of this project was pledged specifically for this purpose. The original idea was to replace the carpet with tile, but it turns out that tile is much more expensive than we had anticipated. Therefore, we will likely go with carpet squares and have found some that clean up very well.

  2. New roof on Christian Education Building
  3. New asphalt for alley parking area

If you have input on any of these three projects, please talk to Al Kotula in regard to the Parish Hall flooring and Bill Stromberg for the other two projects. We will keep you apprised as we start looking at other projects and will solicit your input at that time.

Because we won’t have all the money pledged for three years, we are still determining how to pay for the projects. We are soliciting input from the Diocese. Do we take out a loan, borrow from ourselves? Please be assured that we will be conservative in our approach, as we know we can’t count on all the money until we have it in hand.
If you have other questions or comments, or if you have expertise or are willing to help on a particular project, please feel free to contact anyone on the Task Force:

Bill Stromberg, Chair Lou Michelich

Kathie Brown Iris Alexander (Finance

Al Kotula Committee Chair)

Carole Leonard



By Carole Leonard, Parish Warden

Recently, when I was looking over the Articles of Incorporation for St. George’s parish, I noticed that the date of the organization of the parish was May 4, 1947, and the Articles were signed on June 2, 1947, making this our 70th year as a parish.

In the Articles of Incorporation, the actual name of our parish is listed as “The Rector, Church Wardens and Vestrymen of Saint George’s Parish,” and our location was listed as “the Village of St. Louis Park, Hennepin County, State of Minnesota,” so it was before St. Louis Park became a city.

The rector at that time was Roger C. Schmuck, and the Senior Warden was Fred N. Furber, and the Junior Warden was Harry D. Harper. The rest of the vestry members consisted of Robert B. Gile, L.M. Canfield, Kim Cole, S.C. March, M.J. Englebert. John B. Miller, Milton H. Kuhlman, Harold O. Westerdahl and Floyd O. Nordstrom.


1 Harry Kelley 19 Holden Hagerman

4 Jean Hurlbert 22 Jacob Carlson

6 Jim Eastes Brendon Snyders

7 Ted Eckstrom 28 Jean Wayne

9 Neal Gysland 29 Jessica Olson

11 Patrick Kelley Andrew Sell

14 Kristin Malone Kelly Snyders
15 Caryl Eschweiler 30 Jill Peterson

19 Joan Kimble 31 Maraline Keeling

New address & phone # for

Deacon Diane McGowan & Mitch Pearlstein

8149 Hidden Oaks Drive

Eden Prairie MN 55344

Home phone: 952-303-3258



dated July 10, 2017

The following is a thank you note to St. George’s members from Fr. Daniel Pearson (the original note is on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall):
Dear Members of St. George’s,
I am writing to thank you for the wonderful send-off you gave me on my last Sunday. Your kind words were gratifying. The “golf and tie” themes cleverly apt, and the purse most thoughtful and generous. Again, what a pleasure and honor it was to be called to serve you for your transition to a new chapter in parish life.

Fr. Daniel

Note: Fr. Daniel was presented with a $250 gift certificate to Cooks of Crocus Hill, because he is a gourmet cook and, according to his wife Anne, likes to buy a lot of pots.  He was also presented with two checks totaling $750.


  • The family of The Rev. Anne Scheible. Anne’s service was held here at St. George’s in June.

  • The family of The Rev. Dick Bormes. Dick’s service was held in early July at the Washburn-McReavey Chapel.

  • The family of Marj Schneck. Marj was a long-time member of St. George’s and attended the
    8 a.m. service. She and her husband, Vern, were very involved at St. George’s.
  • The family of Jim Burns. Jim died on July 11. A gathering of friends and family was held at St. George’s on Friday, July 21.

  • The family of Maurine Bernier. Maurine’s service was held at St. George’s on Saturday,
    July 29.

Please pray for these families as they go through the grief process.


(See articles on pages 2 and 8)

Left to right: Heather Whitesell, Jan Hagerman, Priscilla Hagerman & Richard Norman.

Can you find our St. George’s crew in this photo from Rosebud?

Look for Jan Hagerman, Richard Norman, Heather Whitesell, and Priscilla Hagerman.











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Office closed


Office closed


Office closed



8:00 am - Rite I

10:30 am – HE, Rite II

11:30 am – Education Committee



9:30 am – Staff Meeting

2-4 pm – Grief Support Group (CEB)



6:30 pm – AA(LL)

Office closed


5 p.m. Corn Feed

In Parish Hall


8:00 am - Rite I

10:30 am – HE, Rite II

2nd Sunday/2nd Offering






6:30 pm – AA (LL)


Office closed



8:00 am – HE, Rite I

10:30 am – HE, Rite II

Back to School


7:00 pm - Vestry

Back to School

2-4 pm – Grief Support Group (CEB)
Back to School


Back to School


6:30 pm – AA (LL)

Back to School

Office closed

Back to School



8:00 am – HE, Rite I

10:30 am – HE, Rite II


Back to school distribution


Back to school cleanup


Back to school cleanup


6:30 pm – AA (LL)

Key: HE – Holy Eucharist

CEB – Christian Education Building

LL – Library Lounge

PH – Parish Hall

DAYD –Dinner at Your Door
*Patty on Vacation ** Fr. Tom on vacation

Due to the fact that the Corn Feed will be held in August, the Supper Club will not be getting together this month. We will get back together in October.

Ministers of the Eucharistic Assembly

August 2017

August 6

The Transfiguration

August 13

Tenth Sunday
After Pentecost

August 20

Eleventh Sunday

After Pentecost

August 27

Twelfth Sunday

After Pentecost


Exodus 34:29-35

Psalm 99

2 Peter 1:13-21

Luke 9:28-36

Genesis 37:1-4,12-28

Psalm 105:1-6,16-22,45b

Romans 10:5-15

Matthew 14:22-33

Genesis 45:1-15

Psalm 133

Romans 11:1-2a,29-32

Matthew 15:21-28

Exodus 1:8-2:10

Psalm 124

Romans 12:1-8

Matthew 16:13-20


Mary Kuhfeld

Darlynn Benjamin

Devin Snyders

Marilyn Clark

Amanda Norman

Cyprian Troyer

Carole Leonard

Maraline Keeling

Jessica Olson

Mary Poulsen

Karen Hurlbert

Leslie O’Donnell

Mark Schulte


Mary Kuhfeld
Alan Poulsen

Amanda Turgeant

Marilyn Clark
Cyprian Troyer

Amanda Norman

Maraline Keeling
Jessica Olson

Kathie Brown

Karen Hurlbert
Kris Kelley

Leslie O’Donnell


8 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

Bruce Becker

Scott Clark

Bill Stromberg

Don Janke

Ron Holbach

Ron Erickson

Tom Zaun

Lou Michelich

Bruce Becker

Scott Clark

Jane Jacobson

Bob Jones

Ron Holbach

Ron Erickson

Tom Zaun

Lindsay Benjamin


Brendon Snyders

Lillian Schulte

Richard Norman

Sara Rash

Calista Snyders

Harper Malone

Lilly Schulte

Coffee Hour:

8 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

Karen Hurlbert

Ron Holbach
Bob Jones

Bonnie Jones

Mary Kuhfeld

Maraline Keeling
Gloria Monroe Johnson

Betty Bauer

Don Janke

Patricia Janke

Carole Leonard

Geri Alberg
Don Janke

Patricia Janke


Submitted by Mark Miller (son of St. George’s parishioner Bob Miller who passed away recently).
St. George’s:
St. George’s has been a big part of our family’s life and was a huge part of Dad’s life. I want to thank all of you for being there for him and for taking such good care of him all the way to the end. You all have demonstrated, by word and action, the meaning of being a Christian. Because of you, we know where Dad is and that he is safe and happy.
Dad wanted a portion of his trust to go to St. George’s to help carry on the work of the Church. Please find the enclosed check* to help with continuing the mission of St. George’s.
Again, thank you from Jeni and I and the rest of the family.
*A check in the amount of $7,500 was given in Bob’s memory to the Renew the Dragon Capital Campaign Fund.

About St. George’s

5224 Minnetonka Boulevard

St. Louis Park, MN 55416


Summer office hours Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Parish staff:

The Rev. Thomas J. Gehlsen, Ph.D.

Diane McGowan, Deacon

Patty Dittrich, Parish Administrator

Heather Whitesell, Children and Youth Coordinator

Randy Egan, Organist/Choirmaster

Mildred Cox


Dorothy Benham, soprano; Philip Eschweiler, tenor; Stephen Houtz, baritone; Don Moyer, bass; Elizabeth Woolner, emerita.


Laura Harmon, Rector’s Warden; Carole Leonard, Parish Warden; Iris Alexander, Cathy Asgian, Lindsay Benjamin, Caryl Eschweiler, Kristin Malone, Lou Michelich, and Jessica Olson.

Clerk of the Vestry: Kristin Malone

Parish Treasurer: Connie Kotula

by Heather Whitesell

Children & Youth Coordinator

Once again, St George's was able to team with our Episcopal friends to provide for the people of the Rosebud Mission in South Dakota. I asked the kids and Jan Hagerman to share some of their reflections. Here is a list of mission trip highlights:

  • Building a greenhouse for a women's shelter
  • Painting/fixing the community center and residents’ homes

  • Helping Virg pass Algebra and eating her Indian tacos

  • The coffee shop and Mother Lauren's ice cream breaks

  • Dancing at the powwow

  • Reconnecting with friends



Submitted by The Rev. Dr. Mildred L. Cox

For ten years, The Memory Loss Support Group, now renamed St. George’s Caregiver and Family Support Group, has been providing a forum for caregivers, family and friends of people who suffer from disorders that require ongoing care.

We encourage interested people to participate. Look for more information in the September newsletter.


Saturday, August 12

Event starts at 5 p.m.

$5 per person, $15 max. per family

It’s time again for St. George’s popular Corn Feed. Again this year, there will be chicken (some fried, some grilled), baked beans, friends, and, of course, CORN!! Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 12, and be sure to invite your friends and neighbors.

Tickets will be sold after the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services and at the door the day of the Corn Feed.

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