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Weather Cancellation Guidelines

September 24, 2019

Dear Team Members,

Now that we are back out in the parks, I wanted to give you some guidelines about how I decide to go out or not. If the forecast is for more than 50% rain, or for thunderstorms or other dangerous weather, I will cancel the event the evening before the event, post it on this team website’s calendar (the link to the calendar is in the upper right of this page), and send an email to all those on the team email list. If the chance of rain is 50% or less, I will only cancel the event if it is actively raining an hour before the event at the event location, (usually 9 am.) In our experience, few people are out and willing to stop and talk if it is raining, and we will never go out if we put ourselves at risk. Of course you can always call me and ask if we are still on. That said, tomorrow’s outing at Thomas Beach in Lake Calhoun Park is cancelled. Pray for better weather in two weeks! God bless you!

It has been a long winter for most of us here in Minnesota, but the Lord does not leave us to pity ourselves or to be idle. Deb and I have been busy networking, growing in our own formation, and bringing teams together to do what we do best – share the Good News of Jesus Christ and his Church in a joyful way to anyone the Lord brings to us. Here is a brief updatte of the past few months, and the upcoming events we have scheduled:

December: The Maplewood team hosted a holy day Mass, breakfast and outing to Mears Park in St. Paul. Despite the frigid temps, we were able to share hot drinks, the word of God and his love to several people that day. And we were able to enjoy our community of evangelists together. Thanks, Roger and Terry!

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January: Deb and I headed to Toledo for the Encounter Ministries Conference on healing in evangelization and it was POWERFUL! We are praying and discerning about bringing Encounter Ministries to the Twin Cities in the future!

February: The Twin Cities team ministered at St. Pius X Catholic Church for their Winter Fest. Parish festivals are a great place to meet a lot of people who need prayer and information about the faith. We returned in March for their amazing fish fry where they serve over 700 people and we were able to pray with many people and introduce them to the love Jesus has for them.

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March: Deb and I were able to share the news about SPSE at both the WINE conference and the Men’s conference! Many people showed interest in our apostolate and we pray some of them will join us in spreading the Good News as dedicated evangelists.

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April: We kicked off the month with an outing in Mears Park with Bishop Cozzens. He was so pastoral and loving to all the people we met, especially the homeless who spend their days in the park waiting for the nearby shelters to open. Later in the month we presented two conferences to the seniors of St. John Vianney College Seminary. What an enthusiastic group of young men! We will be taking them out to evangelize on the campus of the University of St. Thomas in the next few weeks. Please pray that God bless their courage and willingness to step out and share their faith with their peers.

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The new calendar is up (see the link above). To get detailed information, navigate the calendar as follows:

If you click on the title of the event on the calendar, a window will pop up with all of the details of the event, including an address and scheduled times. If you click on the blue arrows on the upper left of the calendar, it will change the month showing. I have the entire season (April through October) on the website, so you can plan ahead of time. I also have other SPSE related events, like the Basic Evangelization Training event at the Archdiocese this summer, on the calendar, with links to register.

Speaking of the summer, the Archdiocese Office of Evangelization is hosting a Basic Evangelization Training in July! Registration is open and limited. Please share this event with anyone who might be interested and consider coming with a friend. Deb and I will present the training and then take the participants out for a live lab near the Chancery. Here is the link to register:

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Please email me or call if you have any questions about any of our upcoming events. May God bless your days especially in this holy season of Lent and Easter!