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Since September, your Stewardship Team, aka Team L.I.F.E, has been planting seeds around the theme Celebrate L.I.F.E. in hopes that the idea of offering our Labor, Influence, Finances, and Expertise takes root and, as a community, we hear God’s call toward holistic generosity. In October, we heard testimonies from two long-time members of St. Michael’s, Jeanne and David Pace, as well as the next generation of givers, three young parishioners. Please click here to watch the Paces’ testimonial, and here to watch Rector Chris Craun and these young people as they share their feelings about generosity.

We also had the opportunity to learn from saké expert and Team L.I.F.E member Aaron Gibbons who shared his L.I.F.E. with us at a delicious and hilarious saké-tasting and karaoke night. On November 5th, as we celebrated All Saints’ Day and remembered all those who have gone before us, we were given our pledge cards for 2018. Then on November 12, we hosted a guest preacher, The Rev. Phil Brochard, rector of All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Berkeley, CA, and turned in and consecrated our pledge cards with blessing and praise to God. Between the 9:00 and 11:00 am services, our very creative stewardship team organized a fun and fast-moving Game of L.I.F.E, moderated by Fr. Phil.

These are just a few examples of parishioners offering their gifts — their L.I.F.E — with the St. Michael’s and wider community. We hope and pray that you will discern your gifts and also how you can financially support St. Michael’s in the coming year. Pledge cards are still available in the Gallery if you didn’t receive one at church or in your mail.

The Rev. Emily Scott, a Lutheran pastor (ELCA) and personal friend of Rector Chris Craun, is spending time with the St. Michael’s congregation over Advent and sharing some of her unique gifts with us through various activities. Please read on for an introduction to Emily’s plans for this month as well as a thorough description of each activity. Emily’s bio can be found at the article.

Emily’s goal in being here is “to provide the people of St. Michael and All Angels with nourishing spiritual practices and postures that will allow them to inhabit a place of hope and resilience as they seek justice in the world, as individuals and as a community.”

We are people of hope: people who desire to make the world a more just and generous place. Living through a time when language of scarcity and fear seems to be all we hear, how can we sustain our efforts?

Advent is a time when we pray for God to break into our world. This Advent, Emily Scott, founder and former pastor of St. Lydia’s Dinner Church in Brooklyn, will be in residence at St. Michael & All Angels. Together, we’ll explore nourishing spiritual practices that assist us in standing in the gap between the world as it is and the world we pray God is bringing into being.

Silence, singing, shared meals and theological reflection will help us develop practices and postures to sustain us as we resist fear and scarcity and live as people of hope, love, and courage.

Saturday, November 25, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm — Advent Songs for Hope and Courage

Sharing songs in community has the power to comfort, strengthen and provide hope and healing. What happens when we put down our hymnals and learn songs by ear, teaching and learning from one another? In this morning of singing and learning, we’ll learn songs of hope and courage that will lead us through the Advent season, as well as techniques to lead these songs in church or on the streets!

  • Afternoon workshop to introduce and practice and principles for community song leading
  • Learn a repertoire of paperless songs for Advent
  • Explore the theology of paperless music
  • Feel nourished by song and one another’s company

Sunday, December 3, at the 9:00 and 11:00 am services — Sermon “Inhabiting God’s Dream”

Emily will preach, exploring the rich themes of Advent that invite us to inhabit the world of God’s dream, even as we navigate the brokenness of our world.

  • Text: Isaiah 64:1-9 (Oh that you would tear the heavens and come down)

Wednesday, December 6, 5:30 to 7:30 pm —  Scared Meal: Dreams at the Table

All are invited to share in a sacred meal soup supper, which will take place before choir practice. This meal, woven with scripture and prayer, will invite participants to envision God’s in-breaking world with more clarity, allowing us to live as people of God in the here and now.

  • Text: Isaiah 64:1-9 (Oh that you would tear the heavens and come down)
  • Share a simple meal framed by the blessing of the bread and cup
  • Reflect in small groups about God’s dreams for our world

Sunday, December 10, after the 11:00 am service — Workshop: Practices of Hope for a Church of Resistance

How do we exist in the tension between the world-as-it-is and the world as God dreams it? Especially in this season in our national life, it can be difficult to find hope, spiritual sustenance, and the will to persevere in our work for a more just world. Together, we’ll explore Parker Palmer’s notion of the “Tragic Gap,” a posture that allows us to better exist in the tension between what is and what might be. What spiritual practices might sustain us in our work as we invite God to “tear open the heavens and come down” to live among us, bringing hope and justice?

  • Begin with shared lunch
  • The Reality of Now: make visual representation of the “World As It Is”
    • Invite people to stand near issues that draw them, that elicit compassion, that they feel most unsure about, etc.
    • Reflection: what do you feel called toward? away from?
  • The World God dreams of: make visual representation of the “World as it Might Be”
  • Explore Parker Palmer’s concept of the “Tragic Gap”
    • Reflection in small groups. Do you tend to flip out toward “corrosive cynicism” or “irrelevant idealism?”

Wednesday, December 20, 7:00 pm — Longest Night: Traveling Through Grief

In a season associated with good cheer and merriment, many of us encounter feelings of despair or isolation. Christmas and its celebrations can bring us grief that a loved one is lost to us, memories of difficult times, or fear that the world will not change. This service of the longest night will invite us to encounter these difficult feelings and creatively engage practices that will help us journey through the dark days.

  • An interactive worship service with song, silence, prayer, and a project
  • Text: Isaiah 40:1-11, Mark 1:1-8 (Make his paths straight)
  • How can we participate in making a straight path for God?
    • Whether in our own lives or in the collective life of our nation, how do we make a way for God who travels with us on the road.
  • Build a vehicle that will make a way for God. Include all you will need to support and sustain you on your current spiritual path

Emily Scott’s Bio:

Emily is a Lutheran pastor (ELCA). She believes that Christian practice holds out rich possibilities that call us to reach out across boundaries in love, learn through discomfort, and build relationships that bring God’s realm close. Emily is committed to building communities of faith that dismantle fear and hate, affirm LGBTQ people, and confront racial injustice. 

From 2008-2017, Emily served as the founding pastor of St. Lydia’s, a Dinner Church in Brooklyn, where communion is shared at the dinner table. After saying goodbye to this beloved congregation, Emily traveled the country in a camper van named Edith Van Trundle! She is currently consulting with congregations like St. Michael & All Angels and working on a writing project. 

A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Emily received the Alumni Award for Distinction in Congregational Ministry in 2016. She was the Director of Worship at The Riverside Church from 2007-2009, and a cofounder of Music That Makes Community. Her work at St. Lydia’s has been covered by The Atlantic and the Wall Street Journal. 

 

On Thursday, November 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, there will be a screening of the docudrama The Sultan and the Saint at the Muslim Educational Trust, 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Rd. in Tigard. This film about Muslim-Christian peacemaking is narrated by Academy-Award winner Jeremy Irons. From Amazon.com: “Eight hundred years ago, Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt met on the bloody battlefields of the Crusades. Based on new research and scholarship about that fateful meeting, The Sultan and The Saint tells one of the great, lost stories from history as two men of faith fought against a century of war and distrust in a search for mutual respect and common ground.”

Tickets for this showing are $10, $5 for students, and are available at metpdx.org. For more information, contact Rania Ayoub at  rania@metpdx.org or 503/579-6621. Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) is a co-sponsor of this event.

On Fridays, November 10 and 17, we are offering two movie nights. On the 10th, we showed Bonhoeffer: Agent Of Grace, about German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his work with the German resistance during World War II. 

This coming Friday, November 17, we will be screening the 1962 film The Intruder. Directed by B-movie auteur Roger Corman, the film follows a racist (William Shatner) who travels to a small southern town to incite racial violence against black people and to protest court-ordered desegregation of the town’s school. 

Both films begin at 7:00 pm in the Nativity Hall, and all are welcome. There will be time for a short discussion afterward. 

Stop by the Gallery between the morning services on Sunday, November 19, to learn more about and sign a petition advocating for the people who could be deported by Trump’s elimination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS). By ending the TSP, the U.S. government is could deport hundreds of thousands of long-term residents to places of turmoil and violence. These letters will be sent to our senators and congressmen. 

There will also be flyers explaining the importance of voting yes on Measure 101, which would protect healthcare for Oregon’s most vulnerable residents. This vote will take place in January.

lunch guests for websiteSt. Michael’s offers two community meals each month which are free and open to all. Many folks from the neighborhood come regularly to partake in one or both of the lunches, both of which begin at 11:30 am in the Parish Hall. Both lunches rely on and welcome volunteers for any or all parts of the meal process. This is a very necessary and very rewarding ministry!

The Community Meal ministry, which takes place on the last Saturday of each month (happening on September 30, October 28 and November 25 this fall) and which was developed as a way of reaching out to our neighbors on fixed incomes that run out at the end of the month, celebrated its 26th anniversary this year! In 2016, volunteers served spaghetti and meatballs, bread, and salad to 90 to 120 guests each month. Parishioners donate the sauce, and other items such as meat, milk and bread are purchased with cash donations from parishioners and guests alike. Trader Joe’s donates two tables full of food items each month for the guests to take home with them. Please contact the church office if you would like to join the fun!

Since January 2009, our 2nd Saturday Lunch Ministry has used gleanings from the TJ’s food pickup ministry as the basis for a tasty and filling meal each month (happening on September 9, October 14 and November 11 this fall). We cook for about 100, and host between 50 and 100 guests. Any leftovers are then available to the Sunday Lunch the following day. We have a very good time working together with our guests to provide a warm, welcoming experience of God’s love.

A dedicated group of volunteers handles the cooking, setup, serving and cleanup. With plenty of volunteers, these tasks are accomplished with ease, even allowing time to sit down and chat with our guests. If you are interested in being part of this volunteer team — on a regular or occasional basis, for whatever time slot works for you — please contact Paul Irvin. Please join us when you are able. You are welcome here.