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Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector

It is the practice of St. Michael’s Church to transfer the celebration of the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels from its set date of September 29 to the last Sunday of September.  Occasionally September 29 is the last Sunday of September, but not this year. The church celebrated Michaelmas on September 24. It is also the practice of St. Michael's to adorn the altar for Michaelmas with Michaelmas Daisies. These mid-to-late September flowering asters pop up all over Marblehead. The back patio of the rectory alone has three different bunches of these cheerful asters—two seeded themselves, and one was planted intentionally. Maybe because Michaelmas was celebrated early, but more likely due to this year’s weather, flowering Michaelmas Daisies were not popping up. There was a mild panic that none would bloom in time for our service! Fortunately a few were located, and enhanced with a few store-bought flowers, the altar looked beautiful, as usual. (Thank you, Anne Foster!) The tradition was carried forward, even if augmented and supplemented.

There is much talk and realization of the changing role of church in today’s society and culture. One general indicator of this is how church attendance in all the major denominations continues to ebb. Attendance at Michaelmas on September 24 was on par with last year, but lower than in previous years. While this may be a blip on the radar, it is worth taking notice. There is still much our parish offers, still much we engage in, to nourish and serve souls in Marblehead and beyond. ... Read more in the Newsletter

Eric Fialho
From the Church School
A Look Back at the "Welcome Back..."

So far, Church School and Supper Club have been fun and meaningful for both the youth of the Parish and myself. A phrase that has been on my mind of late is lex orandi, lex credendi, which translates to mean "the law of praying leads to (or is) the law of believing." Anglicans and Episcopalians hold this phrase to be central to their Church, as we are not a confessional church. I am thinking along with this central Anglican idea when I lay out lesson plans and set curriculum for the program year. I want to encourage the students in Church School and Supper Club to deeply interact with and understand the power of prayer, and the mystery and renewing grace that occurs at worship here at St. Michael's.

So far my interactions, conversations, and classroom experience with the youth of the Parish have shown me that all the youth are deeply interested in God and their church --they are more engaged in wondering about faith than one may give them credit for. Over the past few weeks I have encouraged all manner of questions from the students of Church School and Supper Club, and I was pleasantly surprised by just how deeply philosophical and theological their inquiries are. ... Read more in Church School Notes
Dr. Douglas Major
Dr. Douglas Major
From the Music Director

October gives us two more Sundays with special events:

October 8th at 10:00 am the St. Michael's Parish and Choir will join our friends at Clifton Lutheran Church for a Combined Eucharist. Music by Bach, Vaughan Williams and others.

October 15th at 10:00 am the Youth Choir will lead the music for the morning Eucharist. And at 5:00 pm we'll begin our Concert Series, when I'll present a program of Reformation music (500th Anniversary this year!) based on hymns from the great German composers, with the audience having an opportunity to sing along! ... Read more in Doug's Column

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First Communion group photo St. Michael's steeple Howie Gate image Michaelmas 2014

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

We Need You!
St. Michael's is beginning a Strategic Visioning and Planning program to help establish goals and priorities for the parish for the coming years. Your participation is key! The first step in this process—listening—will be done through a series of cottage meetings, to be held at St. Michael's and in parishioner's homes, during October and early November. Sign up online, or click on the image at left. Signup sheets are also posted in the Parish Hall, or you may email Sue Cool your preference or any questions you might have.

Family Promise Walk to End Homelessness
Save the Date! On Sat 10/21 from 8:00–11:00 am in Beverly, join the St. Michael's team in participating in this inspiring fundraiser. Last year, we had 20 participants. We would love to grow even further this year.

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.

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

Thu 10/12
6:15 pm Youth Choir Rehearsal
7:30 pm Cottage Meeting: Music & Liturgy

Fri 10/13
11:00 am Wisdom & Friendship Group

Sat 10/14
11:00 am St. Michael's Team at Lifebridge (Salem)

Sun 10/15 19 Pentecost
8:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 am Historic Church meeting
9:30 am Child Care
9:45 am Church School
10:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 pm Concert Series: Douglas Major, organist

Mon 10/16
11:00 am Prayer Shawl Ministry

Tue 10/17
7:00 pm Vestry meeting

Wed 10/18
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 am Cottage Meeting: Bible Study
11:00 am Church Staff meeting
8:00 pm AA Meeting

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October 2017

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