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Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector
The Arc of the Seasons

On one of those hot, humid days in late August, a day when the fabric on the sofa feels damp, magazines, newspapers, and the cat hang limp, and the communion wafer bends rather than breaks, I saw a picture of last winter’s snow. What a contrast! The heat and humidity suddenly didn’t feel quite as oppressive.

The photo is part of a terrific slide show Kelley Howells has put together. It highlights the activities of the church school and youth groups over last year. But it is much more than just our children and youth programs: it was wonderful retrospective of the parish events of last year: Captured and displayed are images of the last year’s anniversary celebration with the Bishop of London and Father Max from Haiti, caroling on the Summer Street lawn, first communion; planting spring flowers, the Lobster Lunch, and much more. Kelley, the church school and youth, and the parish as a whole did a lot of fabulous ministry last year! ... Read more in the Newsletter

Kelley Howells
Kelley Howells
From the Church School

On 9/13 beginning at noon, the Souperbowl
of Caring website ( will feature St. Michael’s Church in an ongoing report about their participants. This article will be on display for the rest of that week. On Monday 9/14 they will send the article they have written about us to their followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

On 9/20 following the 10:00 am service, there will be a brief meeting in the parish hall for all, to update the whole congregation on church school activities. We will have a quick slideshow of last year’s programs and activities, a look ahead to our goals for the coming year, and an opportunity to register children if you have not already done so. ... Read more in the latest Church School Notes

Dr. Douglas Major
Dr. Douglas Major
From the Music Director
It is time again to begin another year of wonderful choral singing, congregational singing, and organ recitals at St. Michael's Church. I hope you all had a fine summer, enjoying the nicest summer weather I can remember for a long while. The St. Michael's Choir will begin rehearsing on Thursday 9/10, at 7:30 pm, and singing for the 10:00 am Eucharist on 9/13. We are always looking for new members, as our numbers are rather small right now (but enthusiasm is large!). ... Read more in Doug's Column
Church interior from rear
Holy Week Services Why We Sing lecture promo St. Michael's interior shot Stations of the Cross promo
Michaelmas 2014 Howie Gate Evensong promo First Communion group photo
Organ Recital Series St. Michael's weather vane Organ Recital Series promo St. Michael's interior from back
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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

Child Care
downstairs each Sunday from 9:30–11:30 am
resumes Sunday September 13th

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.

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Altar Flowers
One of the gifts of spring and summer is the wonderful flowers in our gardens and on our altar. Contact Anne Foster (or the Church Office) if you have flowers in your garden that can be cut for the altar. Thank you!

Photos of the Steeple and more!
Check out our Flickr page to see photos of the Tercentenary Michaelmas Celebration with the Bishop of London, the Blessing of the Animals, the steeple raising, and more.

Tue 9/1
5:00 pm St. Michael's Team at My Brother's Table (Lynn)

Wed 9/2
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 am Staff Meeting

Sun 9/6 15 Pentecost
The Rev. Jess Petty, Celebrant
8:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Child Care resumes Sun 9/13

Mon 9/7 Labor Day
Office closed

Wed 9/9
10:30 am Bible Study resumes

Thu 9/10
4:45 pm Youth Choir Rehearsal resumes
7:30 pm Adult Choir Rehearsal resumes

Sat 9/12
10:30 am St. Michael's Team at Lifebridge (Salem)

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September 2015
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