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All families with young children are invited to Music Makers & Family Worship on Saturday, April 21, at 4:30 pm to sing, dance, pray, give thanks and eat together! Join the circle of friends and families as we gather to make music, listen to stories, share Holy Eucharist and enjoy a delicious potluck dinner together! This month’s theme is “Wondering about God.”

Music-Makers class at 4:30 pm is a fun-filled half hour of music and movement that helps children and parents experience the joy of making music together. The Family Worship service is designed especially for families and young children using Godly Play stories and other age-appropriate readings for this lively 45-minute liturgy. Holy Eucharist is shared using grape juice and gluten-free bread or crackers. A potluck dinner follows the service, giving children and their families the chance to connect and enjoy each other’s company.

Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day. The liturgies on this day will reflect the goodness of God’s creation and the need for our ongoing stewardship of that creation. The Greenfaith Certification banner which was awarded recently to St. Michael’s will be on display, and the Green Team has planned special snacks and activities for kids and adults alike. There will be sugar cookies to decorate and card stock to decorate with colored pencils, pens and crayons with the theme “What I love about God’s creation is …” All are invited to the Nativity and Parish Halls between the 9:00 and 11:00 services to participate in this Earth Day craft project.

We have big news about our environmental efforts! We recently found out that we were awarded the ecumenical Greenfaith Certification, a two-year environmental leadership program for houses of worship. The goal of this program is to give these communities the resources they need to put into practice a working program that inspires, educates, and mobilizes people around environmental stewardship with the belief that it is a religious value and a moral responsibility.

We took the plunge about three years to begin the certification process, and through the efforts of many fine people, we’ve completed the journey to become a Greenfaith Certified community of faith. On Earth Day 2018, we celebrate reaching this goal. Through this process, we have been inspired to do more and are now looking at potentially reducing our carbon footprint even further by letting the sun’s energy produce about 25% of our electrical cost. We hope to realize that goal in the spring of 2019. Members of the Green Team offer their thanks to all who are helping and supporting our efforts.

Do you love harpsichord music? Would you like to hear more, or learn more about this amazing instrument? St. Michael’s music director and organist Hannah Brewer is giving a free solo harpsichord recital at First Presbyterian Church (1200 SW Alder in downtown Portland) on Friday, April 27, at 7:00 pm as part of their Celebration Works concert series.

On Saturday, April 21, the IWC Team, along with the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ), is organizing a caravan to The Dalles to participate in the daily vigil at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Center (NORCOR) from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. People are encouraged to carpool. Meet at Parkrose UCC (12505 NE Halsey St.) at 8:30 am to form carpools and then leave at 9:00 am for The Dalles. If you need a ride or can offer a ride to others, please join us there.

On Saturday, April 21, the youth group of St. Michael’s will partner with Friends of Trees in honor of Earth Day and plant trees in Memorial Park in Wilsonville. The group will meet at St. Michael’s at 8:00 am to coordinate carpools and will return at 1:00 pm. Adults are welcome and encouraged to help. Drivers are needed! Please let the youth-leader cohort know if you can help. Youth and adults should bring a water bottle, gloves (if possible) and a sack lunch. Be sure to wear close-toed shoes and outdoor working clothes and bring rain gear along. This is a mandatory service project for those youth planning to go on this summer’s mission trip.

Other adults in the St. Michael’s community are welcome to help with this volunteer effort as well. Up to 40 people total can be accommodated, so please RSVP to Chris if you want to be included in the group.

All are welcome on Friday, May 4, at 7:00 pm in the Nativity Hall for a screening of the documentary I’ll Push You. Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray have been friends since they were born and have been through everything together – school, marriage, children and illness. After years of living with Multifocal Acquired Motor Axonopathy (MAMA), which has confined him to a wheelchair, Justin decides to do the 500-mile trek from France into Spain along El Camino de Santiago. He asks his friend Patrick to come along, and Patrick’s response is, “I’ll push you.” Watch their trek through Western Europe through fields and mud, breaking the wheelchair along the way and finally arriving at their destination. All are invited to this special screening.