Temporary Closure for Renovations!
Paul Lebens-Englund
Grace and peace to you as the dog days of summer make their arrival! I pray this note finds you well and tending thoughtfully to those concerns and to carefree times, both internal and external, that are otherwise sidelined by our expansive Minnesota 'winter.' May your souls be nourished during this warm, fertile season!

I'm writing to inform you of a very exciting, if daunting, project to take place at Saint Mark's Cathedral during the month of August. You'll immediately come to recognize why it's been nearly three decades since it was last done. 

Beginning mid-August, a flooring restoration contractor will be stripping, sanding, and re-sealing our beautiful maple floors in the Cathedral Nave, and the Hewitt and Whipple Chapels. The project will also include the installation of a walking labyrinth painted and sealed onto the floor in Whipple Chapel. All pews will be removed and the organ and light fixtures will be wrapped in protective plastic. Because this project is overwhelmingly dusty and disruptive, your Cathedral Council, Staff, and Ministry Team have all agreed that it's best we simply vacate the space for a minimum of three weeks, including the Sundays of August 20 and 27.   While closed for services and major functions, there will be staff on site for basic operations.

On those two Sundays, our two downtown sister congregations, Gethsemane Episcopal Church and St. Paul's Lake-of-the-Isles, have both graciously invited Cathedral members to join them in worship and fellowship. Their locations and worship schedules are as follows:

Gethsemane Episcopal Church
905 S. 4th Avenue, Minneapolis
Sundays @ 9:00 am.

Saint Paul's Lake-of-the-Isles
1917 Logan Avenue S., Minneapolis
Sundays @ 10:00 am.

 One last thing: it's disruptive occasions such as this (and summer, more generally) that remind us of the value of converting our pledges to 'automatic withdrawals' so that your cathedral is able to maintain its budget integrity even when you're not sitting in your Sunday morning pew. If you've not done so, please consider doing so today by simply contacting Pat Betsinger, Cathedral Administrator, at either 612-870-7800 or  patb@ourcathedral.org.