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Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector

St. Michael's 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.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

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Kelley Callahan

From the Church School

Kelley Callahan has agreed to direct St. Michael's Church School and the Supper Club Youth program this year.

Church School and Supper Club families should be on the watch for emails and other communication from Kelley.

Dr. Douglas Major
Raymond Hawkins
From the Music Director

The season of Advent is a complex time in the church year. Perhaps most often, the first thing on our minds is the anticipation of Jesus’ birth at Christmas, but at the same time, the church is looking all the way ahead to his crucifixion, resurrection, and second coming. The multifaceted nature of this liturgical season is reflected in the diversity of poetic texts that exist for it, a handful of which will be featured at our Lessons and Carols service on 12/8. The choir will sing John Gardner’s vibrant, modern setting of the medieval English text, “Tomorrow shall be my dancing day,” which tells the story of Jesus’ life from before his birth all the way to his baptism. The story itself is not unfamiliar, but this particular version is told from a first-person point of view, as if Jesus himself were speaking. Jesus metaphorically describes the day of his incarnation as his “dancing day,” and humankind as his “true love.”

On the other hand, there are Advent texts which more heavily emphasize Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. One classic example of such a text is the hymn “Lo! he comes, with clouds descending,” which we will all sing together at Lessons and Carols. The second verse is especially crucifixion-centric with the words “those who set at nought and sold him, pierced, and nailed him to the tree, deeply wailing, shall the true Messiah see.” Though this hymn, when seen as a whole, is one of praise and adoration for Christ’s suffering on our behalf, the bright, uplifting character of the tune tends to hide the element of sacrifice that is, in fact, quite important to the story of his life. I hope that the accompaniment and descant we will use for this hymn, alongside all the other beautiful music at this year’s Lessons and Carols, will help you reflect on the varying aspects of this season.

Please check out the 2019–2020 Concert Series program. Next up in the series is SongFest!, a special Saturday matinée in the Parish Hall on 1/18 at 3:00 pm.

Subscriptions for the entire series of five performances are just $50.

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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 9:30 am
(Sep–Jun)

Child Care
downstairs each Sunday from 9:30–11:30 am
(Sep–Jun)

Choral Evensong
1st Sunday of each month at 5:00 pm
(Oct–May)

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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

Advent Program: Apocalypse, not yet!
St. Michael's, St. Andrew's, Clifton Lutheran Church, and St. Stephen's Methodist Church are joining together to present a forum and discussion meaning of Advent readings, which all point to a new time to come. The sessions will be held Wednesdays from 6:30–8:00 pm, and will be facilitated by the ministers of each congregation. The first session is this Wed 12/4 at Clifton Lutheran. Subsequent sessions will be held at St. Michael's (on 12/11), St. Stephen's (12/18), and St. Andrew's (1/15).

Heart of Christmas Fair
Please sign up to help at Friday's Preview Party and Saturday's Fair. Details are on the sign-up sheet and in the weekly Heart of Christmas Fair leaflet in the Sunday bulletin. Contact Chairs Octavia Moniz and Karen McMahon with any questions.

Christmas Poinsettias
Please submit name(s) for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day bulletins no later than Mon 12/19. The suggested donation is $20 per listed name. Poinsettias are not included as part of perpetuity remembrances.

Stewardship Pledge Drive
Your participation in this annual appeal is a key component of financial support to keep St. Michael's in operation. Your pledge is important, valued, and appreciated!

Mon 12/2
11:00 am Prayer Shawl Ministry

Tue 12/3
5:00 pm St. Michael's Team at My Brother's Table (Lynn)
6:00 pm Supper Club Christmas Craft Night
7:00 pm Solar Panel Hearing, Mary Alley Building

Wed 12/4
9:30 am Holy Eucharist
10:00 am Greens Container Workshop
10:30 am Bible Study
11:30 am Staff Meeting
6:30 pm Christmas Fair Set-up in Parish Hall
6:30 pm Advent Program at Clifton Lutheran
8:00 pm AA Meeting

Thu 12/5
6:30 pm Chili in a Bag & Hot Cider on the Lawn
7:00 pm Tree Lighting & Carol Singing
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal

Fri 12/6
6:00–8:30 pm Wassail Preview Party

Sat 12/7
9:00 am–3:00 pm Heart of Christmas Fair
Thrift Shop open 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Sun 12/8 Advent 2
8:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 am Thrift Shop Meeting
9:30 am Child Care
9:45 am Church School
10:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Christmas Pageant Rehearsal follows the service
5:00 pm Lessons and Carols for Advent

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last update 12/01/2019