150th Anniversary January 28, 2018

On Sunday, January 28th, St. Mary’s will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Dedication of the Church by Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple. Our liturgy that day will have the look, feel and sound of an 1868 Sunday service, with prayers and hymns from that era.

Following the 9:30 a.m. service of Holy Communion, we will gather for our Annual Meeting and election of Vestry members. A light lunch will be served following the meeting. (There will be no potluck until Sunday, February 4th.)

Almighty God, to whose glory we celebrate the dedication of this house of prayer: We give you thanks for the fellowship of those who have worshiped in this place, and we pray that all who seek you here may find you, and be filled with your joy and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Second Saturday Discussions

second-saturday-logoJoin us at 9:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month as we delve deeper into topics important to the faith journey of all Christians. These one-hour discussion groups are informal and everyone is welcome to join us when your schedule permits.

Our current discussion series focuses on C. S. Lewis’ masterwork, Mere Christianity. Discussion topics will include: How do we differentiate right from wrong? Who is God? What is Free Will? How should Christians behave? Why is hope so vital to humans? Why is there a Trinity? What is the cost of being Christian?

About Mere Christianity

mc-cover-artOne of the most popular and beloved introductions to the concept of faith ever written, Mere Christianity is a collection of scintillating brilliance which remains strikingly fresh for the modern reader, and which confirms C. S. Lewis’s reputation as one of the leading Christian writers and thinkers of our age. The book brings together C. S. Lewis’s legendary radio broadcasts during the World War II years, in which he set out simply to “explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times.” Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity’s many denominations, Mere Christianity provides an unequalled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to absorb a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith. A forceful and accessible discussion of Christian belief, Mere Christianity is one of the most widely read and discussed introductions to Christianity ever written. Lewis uncovers common ground upon which all Christians can stand together.

About C. S. Lewis

cs-lewisClive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. A close friend and colleague of J. R. R. Tolkien, Lewis was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. Lewis wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over one hundred million copies and have been adapted into three major motion pictures.

Meeting God in the Garden

Memorial Garden croppedJoin us the fourth Monday of the month for a potluck and bible study as we “Meet God in the Garden” at St. Mary’s. We read and discuss one of the parables of Jesus and reflect on the beauty of creation in our beautiful church gardens. Potluck supper at 6:00 p.m. with discussion to follow.  Meeting God in the Garden continues through September. Everyone is welcome!

Solar Energy Discussion March 24 at St. Mary’s Episcopal

The Denmark Township Homemakers are hosting a Community meeting to learn more about Soldouble-boost-us-solar-energy-industry_206ar projects that are being planned for Washington County given Xcel Energy plans to double the amount of electricity it gets from wind and solar in the Upper Midwest.

“Customers certainly want cleaner, greener energy, so we are trying to be responsive,” said Chris Clark, president of Xcel’s Upper Midwest division, as quoted in a January 2015 StarTribune article.

On Tuesday, March 24th, Tena Rytel, Solar Project Manager for Aurora Distributed Solar, will present information about a proposed solar farm in Denmark Township and the growing movement for community solar gardens in Washington County. Aurora is a subsidiary of Geronimo Energy, a Minnesota based developer, that is proposing to construct a 100 megawatt solar farm across approximately 25 locations in Minnesota.

The meeting will be held St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Afton/Basswood Grove) , 8435 St. Croix Trail South, Denmark Township, at 7:30 pm on March 24th. Come and get your questions answered over a cup of coffee with friends and neighbors. All are welcome

150th Anniversary Celebration Sunday, June 8

150yearsandourstoty_whiteback2St. Mary’s is celebrating 150 years of ministry!

You are cordially invited to attend the 150th anniversary celebration of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Basswood Grove on Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Holy Eucharist in the Memorial Garden at 10:00 a.m.

Potluck brunch and group photograph following the service.

RSVP: 8435 St. Croix Trails, Hastings, MN 55033
651-459-5668 or 715-262-3941

Everyone is invited!

The Royal Banners Forward Go!

Cross BannerPentecost Sunday, May 19, marks the culmination of work by our children born out of faith formation activities led by Sharon Lewandowski and  Linda Wallace.  Supporting help came from Jim Wallace, Susan Horn, Tom Hitchcock, Nancy Rotramel, Dar Cran, Carolyn Campfield and others.  At the 9 am service the children will process in with banners they made over the past eight weeks and show you their artwork inspired by St. Mary’s beautiful windows.

We are grateful to all who have stepped forward to engage with our children this year in a variety of ways.  The results are inspiring.