A Note from the Transition Minister – 7/14

I found myself, typical morning decaf in hand, sitting on my front porch on Monday morning making a valiant effort to find a regular breath. Inhale… exhale. It’s been a long week. The parish profile is finding its final version. We’re moving forward into the next phase of transition, God willing. The world continues to move in ways that confound, with challenges in our news feeds. The turning toward summer is upon us, with heat and the mountains visible on the horizon.

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Puzzle/Game Exchange Continues

Our June book exchange is over, though there are still a couple of tables of books in the Nativity hall for you to peruse. July is jigsaw-puzzle and board-game exchange month! Do you have stacks of puzzle boxes and board games filling up your shelves? Bring gently used jigsaw puzzles and the board games you’re ready to share to St. Michael’s Nativity Hall for “The Great Puzzle Exchange!” on the next two Sundays, July 10th & 17th.

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June Book Exchange

Who doesn’t love to read books, especially in the summer? We’re holding a parish-wide book exchange on Sunday, June 12, after the 9:00 and 11:00 am services.

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Annual Meeting Follow-up

The Annual Meeting was held last Sunday, January 29, and announcements were made that are important to us as a community. Among the most exciting was that The Rev. Julia Nielsen and The Rev. Sherman Hesselgrave will be sharing the interim duties at St. Michael’s during this transition period. You can watch the meeting here on STMAA Connection.

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Rector Chris Craun’s Departure

Our rector of 12 years, The Rev. Christopher Craun, announced last week that she was offered—and accepted—a position as Missioner for Thriving Congregations with the Diocese of Oregon.

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Blessing of the Animals

St. Francis Day is on October 4, and we’re celebrating it on Sunday, October 3. All are invited to attend our annual Blessing of the Animals at 12:00 noon in the courtyard. The clergy will offer blessings and treats for each pet, and you can have your photo snapped with St. Francis (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) or in front of the red doors. It’s a chance to chat and catch up with your friends and fellow parishioners and introduce them to your beloved pet.

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The AV No Probllama

We’re looking for some social-media and tech savvy volunteers to help with such things as online moderation and video production.

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Sample the Courtyard Sunday Service

If you have not attended an 11:00 am Courtyard Service watch this video sampler. Come early and join in socializing with the 9:00 am group and then grab a folding chair or bring your own for the courtyard experience.

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