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AARP Smart Driver

Did you know that in Oregon, auto-insurance companies are required to give you a discount if you are over 50 and have taken a certified driver-safety course? St. Michael & All Angels will be hosting two AARP nationally certified Smart Driver classes during the summer.

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A Note from Sherman

On the Third Sunday in Lent, we heard St Paul remind the Corinthian Christians, “So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall.” This verse has been reverberating in my head this week, as we keep hearing of fully vaccinated and boosted friends testing positive for Covid. Hospitalizations and deaths are nowhere near what they were even months ago, but we are not out of the woods yet. So, be careful out there, and be patient. We’re going to be in this yo-yo-ey world for a while.

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Reckoning with Racism Liturgy

On Sunday, May 29, the St. Michael’s Reckoning with Racism (RwR) group (formed in 2020) and clergy invite you to join us in a liturgy to experience our baptismal covenant more deeply and better understand our responsibility as Episcopalians to see and dismantle the systems that perpetuate racism. We look forward to sharing this experience with you.

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Transition Update – May 19

Congratulations! You have participated in small-group listening sessions, and you have shared comments with each other on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall. And you’ve done a great job on both. Now you have one more opportunity to participate in the process of defining St. Michael’s and selecting our new rector.

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From the Transition Minister

Over the last few weeks, I was blessed to visit my favorite retreat center (a Buddhist dhamma hall in Onalaska, Washington, at the foot of Mount St. Helens) to sit in silence for ten days of meditation. I’ve been known to joke—if asked for a strange fact about myself—that one of my quirks is that I am able to sit eerily still for intimidating amounts of time.

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Advocacy Action on May 15

The Advocacy Action Committee will gather signatures on a pair of gun control petitions this Sunday, May 15, from 10:00 until 10:50 am in the Gallery. The petitions would place IP17 (safer owners and less lethal ammunition) and IP 18 (stops proliferation of assault weapons), on the November ballot.

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Transition Update – May 12

A huge thank-you to everyone who attended one of the 14 Listening Sessions held by the Profile Committee. In all, 158 members of the St. Michael’s congregation contributed their ideas, suggestions, comments and questions regarding the search for our new rector. You told the Profile Committee what you value and how you see the future of the parish. 

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Youth Group May 1

This Youth Group gathering is actually happening THIS Sunday, May 1. All youth in middle and high school are invited to come to the Parish Hall on Sunday evening from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. The youth leadership is encouraging all youth to attend in order to participate in a Listening Session. The Profile Committee wants to hear from all parishioners, including our youth!

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History Sunday, Part IV

The Rev. Dr. Caroline Litzenberger will hold the fourth session in her hybrid History Sunday series—Radicals, Restoration & the American Revolution—this Sunday at 10:15 am as the story continues.

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Grief Circles Invitation

Grief is an isolating yet common experience. To speak to this and to find some sense of healing, we’re holding three grief circles during the month of May, co-hosted by Rev. Julia and various members of our parish. At this time, all sessions will be held at the church and in-person.

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