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Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector
“May the graciousness of the Lord our God be upon us; prosper the work of our hands; prosper our handiwork.”—Psalm 90:17

One Thursday in late October, St. Michael’s audit committee, chaired by Dana Denault, met with Dick Kershaw, a diocesan representative, for the annual audit of the church’s finances. The meeting lasted a number of hours as all financial accounts were reviewed. (Happily everything was found in order!) In the early evening that same day the youth choir met to rehearse, and later in the evening the adult choir did as well to practice and prepare Sunday’s services. While the choir rehearsed people gathered at Karin McCarthy’s house for a “cottage meeting/ listening session” to share their insights, experiences, hopes and dreams for St. Michael’s, our current visioning and strategic thinking process. And at the same time, yet a different group of parishioners, including three of our confirmation students, traveled to Clifton Lutheran Church to watch a screening of the movie “Luther.” In their own ways each of these activities furthered St. Michael’s mission of “transformation in God’s grace." Of course these are a small sample of the myriad ways people engage and encounter God’s mission at St. Michael’s.

November is a month that connects us and looks ahead. On Sunday 11/5 the church celebrates All Saints’ Sunday. Here we acknowledge those saints, known and unknown, who have been models, teachers, and inspirers of faith to us and the wider community. They include those who have helped shape our lives in small and large ways. Remembering and formed by them, we add our own imprint to those in this time and this place. ... Read more in the Newsletter


Eric Fialho photo
Eric Fialho
From the Church School
Intergenerational Service highlights, Halloween-themed Supper Club, and more!

This past month has been a busy and fun one for youth and family ministry at St. Michael's. The youth from the Church School just finished their first Intergenerational Service of the year. They led prayers, assisted with greeting, ushering, and offering gifts. Our older youth read the lessons and gave the peace. I preached on Paul's Letter to the Thessalonians at this Service, and focused a good deal of my sermon on the youth, their Christian faith lives, and how they can do so much with the knowledge of God they already possess. I want to again thank all of the youth who participated in this Service. It was certainly a Spirit-filled experience for all. 

Recently the Supper Club had a Halloween themed evening. They learned about the graveyard and crypt here at St. Michael's. I led the attendees on a candlelit tour through these incredible parts of our Church. We learned and discussed grave stone symbols, epitaphs, death and burial customs of Colonial New England, and delved into superstitions and local folk lore. After the tours we read through some of the Bible's creepiest tales and discussed their possible meanings. ... Read more in Church School Notes

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

This month, there are three musical events to put on your calendar:

Sunday 11/5 at 5:00 pm
Choral Evensong and Benediction, featuring music by Parry, Tallis, and a setting of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis by Doug Major (yours truly), featuring our wonderful soloists Sarah Hunter and Katie Hoyer. There is no reception following this service, but come and join us for beautiful choral and organ music.

Sunday 11/12 at 10:00 am
Our Youth Choir once again leads the music for worship, singing works by Heinrich Schutz and a very exciting arrangement of "This little light of mine."

Sunday 11/19 at 5:00 pm
The Concert Series continues with Ms. Diane Meredith Belcher playing a program called "French Fest!" Diane is one of America's finest organists, having won competitions both here and in Europe. A reception follows this recital. Come join us, and bring a friend or two! ...
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
(Sep–Jun)

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

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

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. 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 with questions.

Stewardship Annual Pledge
Participation in the Annual Pledge is a key component of financial support to keep St. Michael's in operation. Your pledge is important, valued, and appreciated. We hope you will be prayerful and thoughtful in considering your support of St. Michael's.

Reserve an Apple Pie, Buy Some Chutney
In anticipation of the holidays and Christmas Fair, Pam Oppelt and volunteers have made apple pies and three delicious chutneys. They are for sale for your Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts! The frozen pies are $12 each, and chutney $5 a small jar or $10 a large one. Please contact Pam soon (!) to reserve a pie.

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 11/12
8:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 am Child Care
9:45 am Church School
10:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Youth Choir sings
12:00 pm Family Promise Training (UU Church)

Mon 11/13
11:00 am Prayer Shawl Ministry

Wed 11/15
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 am Bible Study
11:45 am Church Staff meeting
2:00 pm Cottage Meeting: All Interests
7:00 pm Cottage Meeting: All Interests
8:00 pm AA Meeting

Thu 11/16
6:15 pm Youth Choir Rehearsal
7:30 pm Adult Choir Rehearsal

Fri 11/17
11:00 am Wisdom & Friendship Group

Sun 11/19
8:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 am Child Care
9:45 am Church School
10:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
12:30 pm Confirmation Class
5:00 pm Concert Series: Diane Meredith Belcher, organ

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November 2017

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