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lunch guests for websiteSt. Michael’s offers two community meals each month which are free and open to all. Many folks from the neighborhood come regularly to partake in one or both of the lunches, both of which begin at 11:30 am in the Parish Hall. Both lunches rely on and welcome volunteers for any or all parts of the meal process. This is a very necessary and very rewarding ministry!

The Community Meal ministry, which takes place on the last Saturday of each month (happening on March 31, April 28 and May 26 this spring) and which was developed as a way of reaching out to our neighbors on fixed incomes that run out at the end of the month, celebrated its 26th anniversary this year! In 2016, volunteers served spaghetti and meatballs, bread, and salad to 90 to 120 guests each month. Parishioners donate the sauce, and other items such as meat, milk and bread are purchased with cash donations from parishioners and guests alike. Trader Joe’s donates two tables full of food items each month for the guests to take home with them. Please contact the church office if you would like to join the fun!

Since January 2009, our 2nd Saturday Lunch Ministry has used gleanings from the TJ’s food pickup ministry as the basis for a tasty and filling meal each month (happening on March 10, April 14 and May 12 this spring). We cook for about 100, and host between 50 and 100 guests. Any leftovers are then available to the Sunday Lunch the following day. We have a very good time working together with our guests to provide a warm, welcoming experience of God’s love.

A dedicated group of volunteers handles the cooking, setup, serving and cleanup. With plenty of volunteers, these tasks are accomplished with ease, even allowing time to sit down and chat with our guests. If you are interested in being part of this volunteer team — on a regular or occasional basis, for whatever time slot works for you — please contact Paul Irvin. Please join us when you are able. You are welcome here.

 

All families with young children are invited to Music Makers & Family Worship on Saturday, May 19, 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 stories, share Holy Eucharist and enjoy a delicious potluck dinner together. The theme for this month’s Family Worship is “We are Family!” with a Lilo and Stitch potluck dinner.

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 Family 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.

On Sunday, May 20, we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. Pentecost commemorates the day that the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples and sent them out into the world to proclaim the Good News of Christ, and it is sometimes referred to as “the birthday of the church.” We like to dress in the colors of the Holy Spirit’s flame, so check your closet for your favorite red, yellow or orange article of clothing and plan to wear it on the 20th!

We will also welcome Bishop Hanley to St. Michael’s on Pentecost. He will preside and preach at the 9:00 and 11:00 am and 1:00 pm liturgies as well as perform confirmations, receptions and reaffirmations. The catechumens have been studying and growing in their faith every week since the beginning of Advent, and a large show of support for them would be very welcome.

And if all that isn’t enough, you don’t want to miss the after-party! Following the morning services, come to the Parish Hall for some Pentecost trifle and champagne, and check out the dance party in the Nativity Hall after the 9:00! If you would like to help in any way with this reception, please contact the church office or call 503/284-7141.

Sunday, April 22, was Earth Day. The liturgies on that day reflected the goodness of God’s creation and the need for our ongoing stewardship of that creation. We have big news about our environmental efforts! We recently found out that we were awarded the ecumenical Greenfaith Certification, a two-year environmental leadership program for houses of worship. The goal of this program is to give these communities the resources they need to put into practice a working program that inspires, educates, and mobilizes people around environmental stewardship with the belief that it is a religious value and a moral responsibility.

We took the plunge about three years to begin the certification process, and through the efforts of many fine people, we’ve completed the journey to become a Greenfaith Certified community of faith. On Earth Day 2018, we celebrate reaching this goal. Through this process, we have been inspired to do more and are now looking at potentially reducing our carbon footprint even further by letting the sun’s energy produce about 25% of our electrical cost. We hope to realize that goal in the spring of 2019. Members of the Green Team offer their thanks to all who are helping and supporting our efforts.

Alice Scannell’s inspiring new book, “Radical Resilience: When There’s No Going Back to the Way Things Were,” shows how we can work through life’s adversities and live into our new normal without losing our sense of self. A short but powerful read, “Radical Resilience” offers practical skills that empower us to weather the storms of life’s stressful setbacks. Inspiring stories illustrate how the skills work to build our resilience, and the suggested ways to practice the skills are adaptable to any lifestyle. The book is available through Amazon for $12.99. It can also be ordered for you by your favorite bookstore.

Alice Scannell has been a member of St. Michael & All Angels since 1979. She is a gerontologist, researcher, educator, musician and Episcopal priest. She was Director of Music at St. Michael’s from November 1979 through June 1984. Her husband, John, is St. Michael’s Rector Emeritus.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the visioning process thus far. Your Dream Weavers team met in January to review all the data (aka “Holy Conversations”) and to develop a draft vision statement for our community to reflect upon during Lent. This draft vision statement was unveiled to the parish at the Forum on Sunday, February 18. Please click here for the power point which was presented at the Forum and offers insight into what the Dream Weavers have discerned so far about our community.

What the Dream Weavers want to know is: Does this vision statement reflect who we are as a community and where we want to go? Does it articulate God’s wildest dream for St. Michael’s? Our hope is that reflecting upon what our community’s vision should be will enrich your Lenten journey this year. We welcome your input: please participate in the online survey.

After Lent, we’ll continue to refine the vision with the goal of completing the process by Pentecost. You can find more information about our work on the church website (www.stmaa.org), or just ask a member of the Dream Weavers team: Gladys Alvarado, Beto Arciniega, Bruce Collins, Chris Craun, Holly Denniston, Penny Hummel, Fabian Ramirez, Lindsey Ramsey and Tim Sackett.