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Sunday Service Changes

It’s been a wonderful summer of worshipping together at the combined Sunday service; but we’re pleased to announce that as of next Sunday, September 25, we celebrate our patronal feast day and also a return to our program-year schedule of four Sunday services: 7:30, 9:00 and 11:00 am in English, and 1:00 pm in Spanish.

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A Note from Jules

While away on vacation last week, I was blessed to ride some of the best rollercoasters in the world, at Cedar Point in Northern Ohio near my hometown. My husband and I are theme park megafans, and I can honestly say there is almost nowhere I find more joy than at the top of that first big hill, about to slide 200 feet toward the ground at a hundred miles an hour. But before the big thrill, after they strapped us into our seats, the click-click-click of going upwards toward the top always makes me ask myself, ‘Lord, what have I done? This is a terrible idea!’

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Music for September 18

This Sunday’s 10:00 am service is brought to you by English composers. As the world mourns the death of Queen Elizabeth II, we will feature music by Herbert Brewer (1865-1928), Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), and Frank Bridge (1879-1941), all English composers who were alive when Elizabeth was young.

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Transition Update – Sept. 15

The Search Committee has received four applications at this time. Zoom interviews will be scheduled after the application deadline, which is currently October 8. Also, please join Jules for a transition-update forum this Sunday, September 18, at 11:30 am in the Nativity Hall. For those who wish to participate from home, check your eblast for the Zoom link.

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Music Update

Choir is back! We welcome the new choir season with the full St. Michael’s Singers at the 10:00 am service this Sunday. The service will be slightly different than usual as we feature Recovery Sunday, and we also change our service music from its summertime flavor to some classic Rutter and Schubert settings. For the anthem, the choir will sing an arrangement of Wondrous Love by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw, sung here during the height of the pandemic by our choir staff singers.

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Childcare Open House

All parents, grandparents and caregivers of young children are invited to visit the childcare room in the lower level on this coming Sunday, September 18, anytime between 9:30 and 11:30 am.

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A Note from Sherman, Sept. 8

One of the courses I took in seminary was about the effect of chemical dependence and addiction on family systems. I knew my own family system had stories to tell, because I could remember as a 10-year-old watching my mom flush an entire bottle of Pinch scotch down the toilet. It had been a Christmas gift to my parents from friends.

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A Note from Sherman, Sept. 1

Dear Friends,
You’re getting me two eblasts in a row because my colleague, Transition Minister Julia Nielsen, is on vacation for a couple weeks. This Sunday, we have one of those gospels that makes us squirm. Jesus says, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, even life itself, cannot be my disciple.”

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Creation Care Series

“This fragile earth, our island home” will be the focus of a series of discussions sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin from 6:30 pm to 8 pm on four consecutive Wednesdays in September, beginning September 7.

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Music Update

Thank you to our wonderful soloists this summer! We got to enjoy small ensembles singing a few anthems (with minimal rehearsal!, vocal duets, organ+piano duets, classic flute duets, the Misa Coro and instrumentalists at our parish picnic; a first sacred music solo, and a young woman astound us on clarinet this past Sunday. What a glorious array of musical delights to fill the time until our choirs are back for the season on Sunday, September 11.

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