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No need to cook dinner on Tuesday, February 28! From 5:30 to 7:30 pm, we’ll be serving pancakes with butter and syrup, applesauce, ham and coffee, milk or juice for this traditional Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday”) dinner, the last “fat” meal before Lent begins the next day on Ash Wednesday. The men of the parish are hosting this year, and it’s sure to be delicious and filling. The cost is only $5 for adults, $3 for children and $13 for families. Mardi Gras “beads” are included in the price, and there will be activities for children.

All are welcome to St. Michael’s Ash Wednesday liturgies. Ash Wednesday falls on March 1 this year, and St. Michael’s will offer three services on this day, at 7:00 am, 12:00 noon and 7:00 pm. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, 46 days before Easter (40 days of fasting + six Sundays). All three services will include the imposition of ashes, marked by the priest on the foreheads of worshipers in the sign of the cross and with the words “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The 7:00 pm service will be bilingual and include music led by the St. Michael’s Singers.

Taizé candleTaizé Prayers have been offered at St. Michael’s on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm for more than five years. Please join us for the next gathering on March 13. All are welcome for this prayer service using the chants and prayers of the Taizé community, an ecumenical monastic community in France. The service, now held in the church sanctuary, is a quiet and reflective opportunity. Gathered around a replica of a Cross of Taizé made by woodworkers in our parish and in the light of votive candles, petitions and silent prayers are offered. Following the reading of a psalm and a Gospel passage, a period of silence is kept for reflection, usually about 5-10 minutes. Petitions are then offered and brief prayers close the 45-minute to one-hour service. Surrounding the time is the music of the Taizé Community in the form of simple chants and songs offered. A group of prayer and music leaders guide the gathering.

For more information about the Taizé Community, please visit their website, www.taizé.fr/eng.



Starting on Sunday, February 12, we began offering an eight-week Forum series about the basic tenets of our faith and how we put them into practice in a world which has become increasingly polarized. Each Sunday, we profess faith in God, and the language we use in this is broad enough to be shared by many people in our tradition who hold a diverse variety ideas of what it means to be faithful to God. How is our approach to Christianity unique, and what do we share with other Christians across our country and world who may disagree with us? How has the meaning behind our familiar words changed over the years, and what does it mean for us today? Join Intern Maria McDowell and Associate Rector James Joiner as they begin this course through some of the core values of our belief system and they mean for us as a community living our faith in 2017. We’ll look at these questions and more at 10:10 am in the Nativity Hall. Each Forum gathering stands alone; you can come for all of them or on selected Sundays.

Sunday, February 19
Our Forum series Back to Basics: Practicing our Faith in a Polarized World continues today at 10:10 am in the Nativity Hall. This week, we take a close look at the Christian idea of what it means to be human, what it means to be a person. How is our image of humanity informed by our ideas about God and vice versa? We’ll place a special emphasis on shedding some light on the variety of Christian answers to questions of where we go wrong and what we can still get right. Join Maria McDowell for this new segment in our ongoing conversation about what it means for us to be a community living our faith in 2017.

tutu-book The group is continuing to discuss “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World,” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, with Douglas Abrams. The book cover describes what these spiritual leaders have shared: “Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships — or, as they would say, because of them — they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.” In this book, they look back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the fact of life’s inevitable suffering?
If you are in need of some joy in your life in the New Year, buy yourself a copy of this best-selling book and join us in the Raphael Room at 1:00 pm on February 13 and 27.
St. Michael’s youth leaders Chris Craun, Ron Werner and John Lidstrom are excited to offer a consistent and regular space for the youth of the parish to gather and grow together. Continuing on Sundays, February 12 and 26, both middle- and high-school teens will gather every 2nd and 4th Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at St. Michael’s House. Come hungry for some food and fun! As always, friends are welcome.
Upcoming events
High School Retreat: Friday, March 3, through Sunday, March 5. Save the dates now! The St. Michael’s youth will join teens from Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and United Church of Christ churches from around the state at Camp Adams for an ecumenical weekend that you won’t want to miss! Sign-ups coming soon. 
1st Friday Outings:  Friday, March 4, will see another fabulous 1st Friday event. Watch your email for details. All current middle-and high-school teens and their friends are welcome.