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On Sunday, June 4, John and Alice Scannell, in conjunction with our Outreach & Justice ministry, will be hosting a potluck at St. Michael’s for Sean Dougherty, the Executive Director of VAMOS. The event is from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Parish Hall. All are welcome!

VAMOS! (Vermont Associates for Mexican Opportunity and Support) is an amazing program which provides meals, classes, medical, dental and psychological services to the poorest of the poor in Cuernavaca, Mexico. St. Michael’s has supported this program through individual and Millennium Developmental Goal (MDG) funds.

Sean would like to meet the St. Michael’s community to give an overview and update of the program’s work and to thank all those who have supported it. Many will be familiar with the VAMOS project through the annual pilgrimages to Cuernavaca led by the Scannells; but we want everyone to take the opportunity to hear about the work being done.

Please bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share and join us for a very special evening. Please RSVP to Karen Oglesby if you plan to attend, or email her if you have questions.

Our Prayer Shawl Ministry, started about eight years ago, is going strong – so strong that we’re temporarily short on shawls! We encourage all those who enjoy knitting to explore this awesome ministry. You can come to St. Michael’s House on the third Saturday of every month at 9:30 am to work in fellowship with others, or you can make a shawl or shawls in your own space and on your own time.

Last year, approximately 60 shawls were blessed during the services and given away to people who were ill, grieving, recovering from surgery, rejoicing at the birth of a new baby, or for another transition time. Some shawls were distributed locally, and others were sent across the country. This is a very meaningful and rewarding ministry, and all are welcome to become involved. For more information, please contact Sue Harper.


There are a number of wonderful opportunities for music appreciation this spring here at St. Michael’s. Please read on for the details.

Saturday, May 27, at 3:00 pm
“Chansons sur le printemps” – a recital of French music for voice and piano featuring soprano Emma Riggle and pianist Hannah Brewer. French songs of springtime and love will be presented, including solo piano works by Debussy (“Jardins sous la pluie”) and 4-hand piano duets by Lalo and Saint-Saëns.

The Feast of Pentecost, Sunday, June 4, at the 9:00 and 11:00 am services
The St. Michael’s Singers and Takes the Fifth Choir join forces on the final Sunday of the choir year before summer break. Celebrate Pentecost through the energetic spiritual “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit,” sung by the combined choirs.  

Saturday, June 10, at 3:00 pm
The Cascadia Chamber Ensemble (piano quartet/trio with pianist Hannah Brewer) returns for another concert of wonderful chamber music. The program includes Beethoven’s “Ghost” Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1; Herbert Howells’ Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 21; and Dvorák’s “Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 87.”

Sunday, June 18, at 5:00 pm
Portland Interfaith Gospel Choir is singing its spring concert at St. Michael’s on June 18. Parishioners Trudy and Steve Sargent and Rob Downer are members of the choir. Come and hear modern and traditional gospel music led by two of Portland’s finest gospel musicians, LaRhonda Steele and John Gainer. 

The Christian holiday of Pentecost, from the Ancient Greek, is celebrated 50 days from Easter Sunday. Pentecost celebrates the day that the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples and sent them out into the world to proclaim the Good News of Christ. The biblical narrative of Pentecost is contained in the second chapter of the Book of Acts. About 120 followers of Christ, including the Twelve Apostles (the 11 faithful disciples and Matthias, who was Judas’ replacement), his mother Mary, various other women disciples and his brothers. Pentecost is also known as the birthday of the church, here at St. Michael’s, we throw one heck of a birthday party! Here are some ways to get ready to come close to the Mystery of Pentecost:

  • Wear red, orange or yellow on Sunday, June 4, the color of the flames that danced on the heads of the disciples.
  • Bring a sheet cake, any flavor but without frosting, to help create the world-famous St. Michael’s Pentecost Cake, which is built with whipped cream and strawberries.
  • Sign up in the Gallery to help with the cake and receptions on that day.
  • Let the office know if you speak another language well enough to read one line during the services. This tradition at St. Michael’s comes from the sentence in Acts 2: 1-6 that reads:  “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

We will also be unveiling the cutout flames, which parishioners have so creatively decorated and designed over the past month. This was the opening project for our St. Michael’s Dream Weavers visioning process and is meant to help answer the question: “What is God’s wildest dream for St. Michael’s?” The flame cutouts will decorate the church and inspire us to continue this process of exploration and engagement.

All are invited for a sung Choral Evensong led by the St. Michael’s Singers on Wednesday, June 7, at 7:00 pm in the church. This lovely, traditional service will feature Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramírez, based on the rhythms and traditions of Hispanic America and written for mixed chorus, soloists, percussion, guitar and piano.

This will also be Music Director Adam Steele’s last time working with the St. Michael’s Singers. Adam is leaving St. Michael’s to focus on his full-time position with Oregon Episcopal School. This Evensong will be a marvelous way to highlight the best of our music program and will be followed by a reception afterwards to show our appreciation for Adam’s time with us and for our choir, which will be taking the summer off.

The St. Michael’s community is invited to go to church camp from Friday, July 28, to Sunday, July 30, at Twin Rocks Friends Camp in Rockaway Beach, Oregon, for fun and fellowship! The cost includes meals, lodging and plenty of activities for all ages, including s’mores, swimming in the lake, games, boating, campfire, horseshoes, hiking/nature walks, human foosball, a play structure, beach access, etc., for all ages. Click here for more information, here to register and here for a short commercial about camp starring the St. Michael’s clergy!