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Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector
A Michaelmas Sermon

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. The actual “feast day” is September 29, but rubrics allow for the celebration to be transferred to a primary day, such as a Sunday, on occasions such as celebrating the church’s namesake. So here we are, celebrating our namesake, St. Michael, the great archangel. Yet the day is St. Michael and All Angels.

I’ve said in past years, but it bears repeating, that the English word “angel” comes from the Greek word angelos which means “messenger.”  Angels are God’s messengers. They can take on many forms, but are generally thought to be divine, supernatural beings, who help do God’s bidding.

While such heavenly messengers appear in the earliest, oldest writings of scripture, it is thought that the development of an understanding of angels took on greater force beginning in the 6th century before the “common era”, about 500–600 years before Jesus’ time. Their presence has continued to develop and grow since. ...Read more in the Newsletter

Kelley Callahan
From the Church School

Our first church school on 9/18 was very well-attended. Parishioner Marilyn Day visited to tell the children about the trip to our sister parish, St. Thomas, Arcahaie, Haiti, last spring. The kids were so fascinated by her pictures and stories that they forgot all about their snack and activity! Since we didn't have time to write pen-pal letters to the St. Thomas children as planned, we’re hoping all the children will write/draw one at home and return it. Even if your child wasn't there, please ask them to create one as well! (There are pen-pal templates on the bulletin board in the parish hall if you would like one.) Once we get them all back, we will mail them to St. Thomas and hope for a pen-pal response! ... Read more in the latest Church School Notes

Dr. Douglas Major
Dr. Douglas Major
From the Music Director

Having attended a beautiful chamber music concert recently, I am reminded once again how absolutely wonderful it is to hear LIVE music—to be in the same room with the performers, to sense the appreciation of the audience around you, and to just close one's eyes and let the beautiful music wash over you. You can do that at St. Michael's Church!

If you haven't received a brochure announcing our Concert Series for the coming year, please pick one up in the lobby of the church. There's a fine line-up of events, beginning with my opening recital on 10/16 at 5:00 pm. All concerts are on Sunday at 5:00 pm except as noted. ...
Read more in Doug's Column

Concert Series promo
Together Evensong promo St. Michael's interior shot Steeple at sunset
First Communion group photo St. Michael's steeple Concert Series promo Michaelmas 2014
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Regular Worship Schedule
Holy Eucharist
Sundays at 8:00 am, Rite I
Sundays at 10:00 am, Rite II
Wednesdays at 9:30 am, Rite II

Church School
each Sunday at 9:45 am

Child Care
downstairs each Sunday from 9:30–11:30 am

Choral Evensong
1st Sunday of each month at 5:00 pm


Our Mission is to seek transformation in God's grace by worshipping God in prayer, song, and study; loving and serving our neighbor in and outside our parish Community; and being good stewards of God's creation.

St. Michael's staff roster

Apple Pie Making
Please sign up for apple pie making with Pam Oppelt and Greg Bates on Thursday 10/20 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall kitchen. This year we are requesting people pre-order their holiday pies for $12 each. Please contact Pam Oppelt with questions or orders.

Fashion Show Coming Soon
St. Catherine's Guild and the Thrift Shop present the Parade of States and Supper Delectables from Around the States on Saturday 10/22 at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $30 at the door and $25 in advance. Contact Jenny Oliveira or Sarah Bates if you would like to donate a silent auction service or participate.

Thrift Shop Donations Needed
Think ghoulish and ghostly with your donations appropriate for the season. Do you have any clothes that would make spooky costumes or scary table decorations? Black and orange are the colors of the month! Of course we welcome stylish and sensible clothing that is suitable for Fall. Please stop in the Thrift Shop for a friendly welcome and visit.

Photos of the Steeple and more!
Check out our Flickr page to see photos from Tercentenary events, the Heart of Christmas Fair, our Lobster Luncheon, the Blessing of the Animals, the steeple raising, and more.

Sun 10/16
8:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 am Child Care
9:45 am Church School
10:00 am Intergenerational Service
5:00 pm Organ Recital Series: Douglas Major performing

Mon 10/17
11:00 am Prayer Shawl Ministry

Tue 10/18
5:00–7:00 pm Supper Club, Parish Hall
7:00 pm Vestry Meeting

Wed 10/19
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 am Bible Study
11:45 am Staff Meeting
8:00 pm AA Meeting

Thu 10/20
4:30 pm Youth Choir Rehearsal
6:30 pm Apple Pie Making
7:00 pm Fashion Show Setup
7:30 pm Adult Choir Rehearsal

Fri 10/21
Newsletter Deadline
7:00 pm Fashion Show Dress Rehearsal

Sat 10/22
10:30 am Confirmation, St. Paul's (Boston)
6:00 pm The Parade of States Fashion Show and Silent Auction

Sun 10/23
8:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 am Child Care
9:45 am Church School
10:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II

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October 2016
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