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All are invited to L.I.F.E. Times: Stories Around the Fire on Thursday, May 10, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. We’ll plan to gather around the campfire in the courtyard or Parish Hall (depending on the weather)weather to hear stories from several generations of St. Michael’s folks. Team L.I.F.E. will provide hot dogs and s’mores — what could be better?

Brother John, member of the Ecumenical Community of Taizé in France, will preach at the 9:00 am liturgy and will speak at the 10:10 Forum at St. Michael’s on Sunday, May 13. He and Brother Emile are in the U.S. in May for several speaking engagements and will join in a number of Taizé Prayer services on the east and west coasts.

Brother John, born in Philadelphia, has been a member of the Taizé Community since 1974. Gifted in writing and speaking about the New Testament, he frequently leads the Bible conversations in Taizé for the thousands of young adults who visit there annually. He is the author of several books, most recently Life on the Edge and Friends in Christ. St. Michael’s has hosted a Taizé Prayer service for more than ten years, and Brother John’s visit will be a blessing indeed.

The May 14 Taizé Prayer Service at St. Michael’s has been cancelled, but we invite you to join in the Portland-wide (and beyond) Taizé Prayers on May 13 at 5:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, NW 19th Avenue. A good ecumenical turnout is expected. Brother John and Brother Emile from the Taizé Community in France are visiting Portland for a few days and will share in those Prayers on the 13th. During their weekend visit, they are also meeting with some small groups concerned with immigrants and refugees, with young adults and campus leaders, and with the local L’Arche community.

The Taizé Prayers will resume at St. Michael’s on Monday, June 11, at 7:00 pm in the church. We hope to see you there!

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

The Monday Book Group, which generally meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 1:00 pm in the Raphael Room, will meet on the first and third Mondays in May because of Memorial Day — that is; they will meet on the 7th and 21st. The group is reading “With or Without God: Why the Way We Live is More Important than What We Believe” by Gretta Vosper. They will discuss Chapters 3 and 4 on the 7th and 5 through the end of the book on the 21st. All are welcome whether you have read the book or not!

On Saturday, May 12, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, the Providence Promotores de Salud de la Iglesia, or Parish Health Promoters, is holding another bilingual “tele-health” event in the Nativity Hall. This event provides the opportunity for anyone in the community to have a free health evaluation, including (if so desired) weight, height, body mass, blood-pressure checks and blood-sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride testing.  A nurse practitioner will be present, and a Providence physician will be available by video-conference if an attendee has further questions. You must make an appointment first; please contact Martha Pérez at 503/954-7955 or

There is still room for more volunteers on Thursday, May 10, at Operation Night Strike. Night Strike is a unique volunteering opportunity offering friendship and a variety of services on Thursday evenings to the homeless population downtown. We will meet at St. Michael’s at 6:00 pm, take the MAX downtown and volunteer under the Burnside Bridge until approximately 10:00 pm. If you are interested in attending, please contact Hans Carter.

On Saturday, May 12, Deborah Romerein, a member of a Portland environmental group called Stop Fracked Gas PDX, will present on a proposed 235-mile pipeline which would move fracked gas from Canada to a LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) terminal in Coos Bay and then ship it overseas to Asian markets. The construction of this pipeline would be an environmental disaster on many fronts, including becoming the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in Oregon and causing the largest clear-cutting of forests in Oregon’s history. Please come to hear more at 7:00 pm in the Nativity Hall.