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Our midday, mid-week Eucharist is taking a brief hiatus but will resume on Wednesday, July 19, at 12:00 noon in the chapel. This service is a wonderful way to find some peace and grounding in the middle of the week with brief scripture reflection and open prayers. All are welcome!

The St. Michael & All Angels Recovery Ministry is celebrating recovery and sobriety with a Recovery Sunday Eucharist on Sunday, August 6. James Joiner will be preaching the Word, and parishioner Tim Shields will provide witness and share his experience in recovery and sobriety at both the 9:00 and 11:00 am services. The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous will be included in the liturgy.

Please join us this same Sunday as we begin our Month of Forums series of guest speakers. Our guest speaker on Sunday, August 6, will be parishioner Bill C. from the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. He will share with us the “experience, strength and hope” he has found in his journey of recovery and sobriety. At the Forum on Sunday August 13, we are pleased that musician Doug S., from the fellowship of AA, will join us and share his personal journey in recovery and sobriety. Word has it that he will be bringing his guitar with him to our Forum. On Sunday, August 27, join us for our final Forum offering of the summer season. Parishioner Elizabeth R. will share her experience of the impact of alcoholism and addiction on the lives of others, especially family members, with discussion to follow. All are welcome to attend. This will be an opportunity for all to learn more and share in experience and fellowship.

St. Michael and All Angels Recovery Ministry exists to support those who desire a renewal of faith and life through recovery and understanding of drug, alcohol, and other addictions. Through education and trust building, we work to develop an environment where support, hope, and understanding are available to all.

Following Adam Steele’s departure in June as St. Michael’s Music Director, Hannah Brewer is taking on the role of Music Director/Organist going forward. In addition to her other responsibilities, she is in charge of hiring someone new to fill the role of Choir Director, a process that will be ongoing this summer and likely into the fall as we search for the right fit. Please click here for the position description.

In August, the youth of St. Michael’s will have the opportunity to volunteer with Operation Night Strike, a volunteer humanitarian program that began in Portland 14 years ago. Started by Marshall Snider in 2003, Operation Night Strike began when he felt called to wash the feet of strangers at Skidmore Fountain. Over the years, this simple act of kindness has evolved into one of the premier volunteer organizations in Portland, mobilizing over 10,000 volunteers annually to meet the needs of Portland’s homeless community where they are.

On Thursday nights, volunteers meet at Liberation Street Church on the corner of SW Second and Burnside for orientation and get station supplies ready. They then go underneath the Burnside Bridge to provide several services and to help meet the felt needs of the population there. These services range from providing hair-cutting, food and clothing to information and resources and getting their feet washed. Operation Night Strike also has community partnerships with various businesses and organizations such as various restaurants that provide food and with Medical Teams International who come down one to two times per month with medical and dental services.

The mission for the organization that now runs Operation Night Strike, Hope Northwest, is, “Putting hope within reach because people matter.” The real point of Night Strike is developing relationships. It’s one thing to give money to charity, but it’s another to actually sit and share a meal and conversation with someone who you might otherwise pass on the street. A success at Night Strike is getting to know someone’s name and story. What some volunteers like most about this program is that it forces them to get out of their comfort zones and engage with people who one would usually simply pass by.

After the youth mission trip, it was thought that volunteering with Night Strike would be a good way to apply the lessons that the youth learned on their trip here at home. Operation Night Strike is very popular with church youth groups, some of whom travel across the country to participate. Read more about this important program here.

Taizé candle Taizé Prayers will be held next on Monday, August 14, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in the church. This time of prayers, Taizé songs, quiet meditation and being together in solidarity can help to focus us as we enter Ordinary Time.

“Jesus, you are our joy. Help us to discover our inner joy in times of darkness. Breathe through us like a soft breeze and fill our hearts with your everlasting love.”
                                                                                              — Prayer of Lotte, Taizé

All are welcome for this time of discovery of inner joys of God’s love. For more information about the Taizé Community, please visit their website, www.taizé.fr/eng.



Thank you to everyone who has participated in the visioning process thus far! Our Pentecost experience was beautifully enhanced by over 100 flame cutouts created by community members expressing their heartfelt dreams for St. Michael’s through images and words. We’ve also had wonderful participation in our explorations of our Anglican Identity, SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results) and Favorite Hymns. What’s happening this summer? Several things:

  • All current St. Michael’s ministries, groups and committees are invited to participate in a visioning exercise designed especially for them, because we want to better understand our community’s “wildest dreams” from that perspective. Vestry members are contacting each of these groups in June to share this opportunity, and we are asking that they be completed and returned by September 1. 
  • Later this summer, our community will engage in Mapping Our Lives, a creative project that asks us to reflect upon where we’ve come from and the places in the world that are most special to us.

Also this summer, you’ll find the initial results of our first set of activities posted in the Parish Hall and in this post a little later. In July, the Dream Weavers team (Gladys Alvarado, Beto Arciniega, Bruce Collins, Chris Craun, Penny Hummel, Maria McDowell, Fabian Ramirez, Lindsey Ramsey and Tim Sackett) will be taking a half-day retreat to review the information gathered thus far and to organize fall activities for our community. Our plan is to complete the project by Pentecost 2018. 

Want more information about the visioning process? Check the Dream Weavers page here, or find a Dream Weaver and ask us!