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St. Michael’s is observing ERD Sunday on March 26. On Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday, we focus on prayer and action to address global needs. ERD has served as a compassionate response to human suffering for over 75 years, and 90% of every dollar donated goes directly to programs. A special focus this year is relief for African nations which are experiencing famine, including South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Burundi and Yemen.

Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, states, “On Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday, we focus on how we engage life and the world more deeply, to truly heal a hurting world, to truly pray and work for social economic and environmental justice and to truly respond to acute human suffering. I invite everyone across our Church, as our Prayer Book says, to the observance ‘of a holy Lent by prayer, fasting and self-denial,’ and by works of compassion, justice and mercy, like those carried out through Episcopal Relief & Development.”

Please use the envelopes available in your pews and in the Gallery and give generously. More information is available at

All are invited to join an upcoming class on Reflective Iconography at the Springwater Studio, hosted by St. Luke the Physician Episcopal Church, 120 SW Towle Ave., in Gresham. The class will take place on Sunday, March 26, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, and the tuition is $18.

In this class, you will reflect and mediate on the ancient art of the original gospel-iconography of the Crucifixion and paint or color a black and white version of this sacred icon while listening to scripture that illuminates the history and inside secrets of this visual written word. No drawing skills necessary for this ‘paint by numbers’ approach to iconography.

You may register here; registration deadline is Tuesday, March 21. 

mens-breakfast-1The men of the parish will gather on April 1, as they do on the first Saturday of every month, for breakfast from 8:00 to 10:00 am at the Village Inn near Lloyd Center. This is a great opportunity to gather for food and camaraderie. New participants are always welcome!

Local artist and St. Michael’s parishioner Annette Sabater, whose child began medical treatment to transition from an adolescent boy into a young woman at age sixteen, will be showing her collection about this journey during a month-long exhibit entitled “An Iris Stands Tall: A Mother’s Journey, a Daughter’s Transition.” All are invited to the opening reception at Cerimon House in NE Portland on Sunday, April 2, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. There are Tuesday evening events planned during the month, including one with James Joiner. Check for more information.

Because of Maundy Thursday falling on the Young Adult group’s usual second-Thursday gathering date, they will reconvene next at St. Michael’s on Thursday, May 11, at 7:00 pm in St. Michael’s House. These gatherings have been wonderful opportunities to meet new folks at the church. Bring something to share (details on the evening’s food theme are forthcoming) and come join James and others for a laid-back meal! We look forward to eating dinner together as well as gathering ideas for playing, praying, learning and serving. If possible, please let James know if you plan to be there, at

All young adults are also invited to help out with the Easter Vigil supper on April 15 after the 8:00 pm service. Contact James if you can help!

Our Outreach & Justice team is leading an ingathering during Lent for new white socks and t-shirts. Many folks are discharged from hospitals and other facilities without some basic necessities, including clean clothes. Please pick up a package or two over the next few weeks and bring them to the Gallery. Look for the colorful basket on the Welcome Table!

Another ingathering happening during Lent is for spaghetti sauce for our Community Meal. The pantry is almost bare! The Community Meal, which happens at 11:30 am on the last Saturday of each month, relies on spaghetti sauce donated by parishioners. Please bring a can or jar or two of sauce in the next few weeks and bring it to the Gallery. Any size, brand or flavor is welcome!