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At 10:00 am on Thursday, January 25, the St. Michael’s Immigrant Welcoming Congregation (IWC) will co-host the monthly vigil outside the Portland ICE facility, located at 4310 SW Macadam Ave. This hour-long event is a peaceful, mindful and prayerful witness of solidarity and love for the families of detainees held inside. It’s also a gentle reminder of our common humanity for the government employees tasked with carrying out these divisive orders. Please join us, along with the Multnomah Society of Friends (Quakers), in standing up for a more humane and just immigration policy.

Thank you to all who have brought in spaghetti sauce for the Community Meal, which relies on parishioners’ donations of spaghetti sauce. This free lunch has been offered to the community for almost 20 years and is always well-attended. If you haven’t yet had a chance to do so, please bring a jar (or can) or two of sauce to the table at the end of the Gallery by January 27, the date of the next Community Meal. Any size, brand or flavor of sauce is welcome.

For the last 17 years, St. Michael’s has taken part in The Souper Bowl of Caring, a national event that encourages organizations to raise money for local programs that serve hungry people in their own community. St. Michael’s raises money each year for Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Northeast Emergency Food Program (NEFP). Through the charismatic leadership of our young people, and thanks to the enormous generosity of the congregation, we raised $2, 770 last year on “Souper Bowl” Sunday, a new personal best for St. Michael’s. The grand total of St. Michael’s donations to the NEFP since 2001 has topped $30,000! On Sunday, February 4, this year, let’s try to surpass even last year’s record. Watch for the young people making the announcement in church and then being available after the services with a big soup pot for your donations. And you’ll still make it home in time for that “other” Super Bowl!

Mark your calendars and buy your tickets early for the annual St. Michael’s Broadway Night! This is the St. Michael’s Singers’ only fundraiser during the year, and last year’s program was a smash hit and sold out completely! Tickets for the shows on Friday and Saturday, February 9 and 10, are $30 and include a beverage and a light three-course meal. The show will feature a wide variety of show tunes from your choir, plus performances from your clergy and a few surprise guests. The decor, costumes and choreography are easily worth the price of admission! Tickets will be on sale in the Gallery after the 9:00 and 11:00 am services from now until the shows, or until they are sold out.

Come to the Nativity Hall on Sunday, January 21, at 10:15 am to hear from Senior Warden Tim Shields and meet our outstanding 2018 vestry candidates!

Then plan to be at St. Michael’s next Sunday, January 28, at 10:00 am for the Annual Meeting. We will vote for new Vestry and Endowment Fund members and hear from Treasurer Jeff Swart about our church finances. We will also get an update from Rector Chris Craun about, among other subjects, the lawsuit in which St. Michael’s is named.

All families with young children are invited to Music Makers and Family Worship service on Saturday, January 20, beginning 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 the story of Jonah the Backward Prophet, share Holy Eucharist and enjoy a “whale” of a potluck dinner!

Family Worship happens most third Saturdays of each month during the program year in the Nativity Hall. 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 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.