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Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector
“O Lord… Direct my will, teach me to pray, pray yourself in me.” — Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow (19th century)

Lent starts early this year. Ash Wednesday falls on February 10. At St. Michael's, we will have two services of Imposition of Ashes with Holy Eucharist, at 9:30 am and 7:30 pm. Ash Wednesday sets us on our 40 day Lenten disciplines and journeys. As is the common practice, we offer a Lenten program. The program will meet Wednesday evenings, beginning on February 17, from 6:30–8:00 pm.  Between 6:30 and 7:00 pm a light supper is served and time is offered for fellowship. The “program” then follows from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. This year we will talk about prayer.
Why prayer? Prayer is a key component of our relationship with God. We practice it in a variety of ways: corporately and privately; silently and aloud; speaking and singing; in rest and in activity; in church and in the world. The list goes on. It is at the heart of faith and a community of faith. Yet, we wonder if we are going about the right way, if we are doing it right, or feeling a twinge of guilt that we don’t pray enough.
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Kelley Howells
Kelley Howells
From the Church School

While planning Super Bowl celebrations please keep in mind those less fortunate by donating to the “Souper Bowl of Caring”. This effort raises funds for a local charity of our choice. Our children here at St. Michael’s have participated 7 times over the last 10 years and have collected a total of more than $2,400 and nearly 500 food items. Last year was a great year, when we collected over $400 and 280 food items for the Marblehead Food Pantry. Can we break our own record this year? Let’s try! To contribute to this endeavor, just drop off unexpired non-perishables to our food pantry box, or make a cash donation to our soup pot on “Souper Bowl” Sunday, February 7. ... Read more in the latest Church School Notes

Dr. Douglas Major
Dr. Douglas Major
From the Music Director
There are two musical events this month. We begin with Choral Evensong on February 7 at 5:00 pm, with choral music by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Charles Villiers Stanford. Stanford's setting of the Evening Canticles (Magnificat and Nunc dimittis) in G features solo soprano Sarah Hunter and solo tenor Gregory Kazan. Please join us for this service of music and readings and sung prayers; there is no reception afterward so we may all enjoy the Super Bowl game, even though the Patriots are not playing.
On February 21 at 5:00 pm we continue our organ recital series with Jacob Street playing music by Lübeck, Stanford, Max Reger, Nicolas de Grigny, and the great Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor by J.S. Bach. ...
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Pancake Supper promo
Together Christmas Fair promo St. Michael's interior shot Steeple at sunset
Michaelmas 2014 Howie Gate Evensong promo First Communion group photo
Organ Recital Series St. Michael's steeple Organ Recital Series promo Pancake supper promo
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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

*Weather Alert*
Fr. Andrew will leave a message on the
Church Office voice mail system if worship services are affected by weather conditions.
Please call (781) 631-0657 after 7:30 am.

Church School
each Sunday (except most holiday weekends) at 9:45 am

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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Lenten Study Program Begins 2/17
Have you ever wondered about your prayer life, or asked the question, "Am I doing it right?" All are invited to participate in this year's Lenten program, which will center on the practice of prayer and follow Margaret Guenther's book "The Practice of Prayer". The five-session program meets Wednesday evenings from 6:30–8:00 pm. A light supper will be followed by a more formal discussion. One need not read the book to participate.

First Communion Class
We will be offering a special “First Communion” class geared for children in grade 2 and up, and some first graders. The class is for children who have not yet received communion and to give a deeper meaning for those who are already receiving. Father Andrew and Kelley Howells will meet with children on 2/25, 3/3, 3/10, and 3/17 from 3:30–4:30pm in the Parish Hall. The celebration of First Communion will be on Palm Sunday 3/20. Contact Fr. Andrew or Kelley Howells to sign up.

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.

Mon 2/8
Supper Club is CANCELLED due to weather concerns

Tue 2/9 Shrove Tuesday
11:00 am Prayer Shawl Ministry
12 noon Parish Aid & Friends
3:30 pm Youth Choir Rehearsal

5:00–7:00 pm Pancake Supper
$6 per child or adult, $20 per family

Wed 2/10 Ash Wednesday
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II, and Imposition of Ashes
10:30 am Bible Study
7:30 pm Holy Eucharist, Rite II, and Imposition of Ashes

Thu 2/11
7:30 PM Adult Choir Rehearsal

Sat 2/13
10:30 am St. Michael's Team at Lifebridge (Salem)
Contact Dana Denault, Team Captain, if you're interested in helping

Sun 2/14 Lent 1
8:00 am The Great Litany & Holy Eucharist,
Rite I
9:30 am Child Care
NO Church School
10:00 am The Great Litany & Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Mon 2/15 Presidents' Day
Office Closed

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February 2016
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