Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church


“Inviting Mystery, Embracing Compassion, Encountering Christ”


9 Years -  Episcopal Church Community in Cook County, MN

Church  Services at 10:30 AM on Sundays

at the Historic Maple Hill Church

County Road 54 (off the Gunflint Trail just past

the Gunflint Hills Golf Course).  Click Location tab for a map and driving instructions.

Everyone is Welcome

The Rev. Dr. Mary Ellen Ashcroft, Vicar

The Rev. Carolyn Schmidt, Assisting Priest

P.O. Box 1115, Grand Marais, MN  55604

For information call 218-387-1536

Now on FaceBook:  https://www.facebook.com/SpiritoftheWilderness

We are a liturgical, inclusive community.


Click!! to download a copy of our 2016/2017 Pledge Card..

Volunteer Schedule!!  As a ministry-centered Church many individuals participate in all aspects of our weekly worship.  To download a current copy click (Jan -> March): SOTW Schedule Jan(2:7).docx

Watch for updates!

To volunteer to fill a slot please contact Ellen Stubbs at 663-7298 or estubbs290@aol.com

Prayer Chain:  Please contact Patsy Coleman to add someone with prayer needs, or if you’d like to hear of (and pray about) requests.  pcoleman@chem.wayne.edu

Upcoming Events:

0.)  24 March - 9 April - Art Show Continues

1.)  Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017, Bishop Prior will be visiting the SOTW.   Following the service at Maple Hill we will travel to the Johnson Heritage Post to share our Art Show with the Bishop.  Then we will gather at Padzieski’s for a soup lunch prior to his departure.

2.)  Maundy Thursday:  Seder on Thursday, the 13th, at Hedstrom’s House of Holy Happenings — look out for a sign-up sheet for this.  This can be a good time to invite guests as we explore the Jewish festival meal and the origins of our Eucharistic feasts.  5:30 - 7:30 PM.

3.)  Good Friday we have our annual interdenominational cross walk and service.  We’ll meet at the Congregational Church (6:00 pm) and walk with the cross through the streets, stopping to pray at different churches.  Then at 7:00 we’ll gather back at the Congregational Church for an hour-long service — liturgy planned by the Congregational Church, with Mary Ellen preaching.

4.)  Easter Sunday at Maple Hill.

    Bishop’s Committee:


        Karen Halbersleben, Senior Warden

        Bob Padzieski, Senior Warden

        Rolf Lindquist, Treasurer

        Ellen Stubbs

        Lee Stewart

        David Coleman

        Milan Schmidt

        Karl Hansen, Book Keeper

        Vicar:  Mary Ellen Ashcroft

To Contact:  Our Vicar, the Rev. Dr. Mary Ellen Ashcroft:  <spiritwilderness@boreal.org> or  218-387-1536

Weddings!!  For wedding rentals call  Gail Hedstrom at 218-387-2947