Leadership Notes & Office News

A note from the Transition Minister

Beloved of St. Michael’s,

As I’ve sat with some of you this month and learned your stories, hopes, excitements, and fears about the year ahead (and the year just passed), I’ve been moved by the joy that weaves through this congregation. Not a superficial sort of ‘fun’—though I do know you know how to have that—but the sort of joy that permeates deep into the soul of this community. I’ve seen the joy you take in caring for one another in times of grief, the joy that passing the peace shares, the joy of relationships spanning years. I’m finding that kind of joy in meeting heart to heart with each of you.

It’s been a strange season for joy in my own life. Sometimes, it’s been hard to see where joy is living, given all of the pressures of the world. But then I see the yellow crocuses popping up their little heads in my garden, like tiny flags of hope, and remember these words from Romans 15, ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace.’

We are embraced by a God of hope, who desires for us to be filled with and to share joy. Where are you finding (or creating) joy this week? May you see signs of hope and joy everywhere.

— Jules

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Notes from the back of the house

One of the truly wonderful things about working with technology is that it is possible to count on things going wrong at any point. Recently this happened in several ways.

Two weeks ago, we installed a new computer in the booth specifically designed to handle the streaming. In testing it was fine but at both the early service and the Misa, it crashed. When that happens, the link being used to stream to Vimeo (and from there to Facebook and YouTube) goes down and we can’t relink to it because it is a scheduled stream. We were able to get it back up and streaming to all points in less than 10 minutes, but by then many did not know where to go or when it would be back up.

Back in the times when we were just a few, we could stop the service, restart and send out a new link. In the current situation, we simply don’t want to stop the service when there are so many in attendance. What we have done now to be proactive in that event is create an unscheduled link to the live stream that we will switch to in the event of local crash. That link will be on the website and in the event of an interruption, will be sent out on Facebook (here is the link for the early service: https://vimeo.com/event/1650434). There will be a similar link for the Misa service (Here is that link: https://vimeo.com/event/1650797).

This will only cover local (problems with the in-house equipment, etc,) events. We have had problems with Facebook crashing, with the Comcast router crashing and even Comcast crashing. We can reboot the router, but it takes time and during those lost moments we are unable to communicate via the internet. Just be aware that we are at the mercy of the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” from time to time.

Sunday morning our website went down because the server storage was full. We had no indication that this was imminent, and we were not aware it was happening. As it turns out, a program that we use on the site to keep it trimmed up had started caching multiple copies of the files it was supposed to delete and it wasn’t long before the server was full. The reasons behind this are not fully understood at this time so the program has been disabled until we can depend on it to do the job it was designed to do.

Other than that, the Young People’s Lessons & Carols, Sunday’s early service and the Misa streamed without a hitch from where we stood. Unfortunately, many were left looking for the event and not finding it on YouTube though it was on Facebook. Vimeo was streaming it as well but unless you logged onto Vimeo and searched you would not have found it. Again, the alternative links will be helpful.

That’s the view from the back.

J T Quanbeck

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From the office

As we transition to more “normal” operations, the church office is open M-Th usually from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

The interim clergy team includes Julia Nielson (Transition Minister), Sherman Hesselgrave (Interim Priest), and of course Beto Arciniega, who continues to be our associate rector leading the Misa congregation.

As Senior Warden, Rick Parker will keep us all on track during the transition and is joined by Stephanie English (Warden for the People).

Please watch your E-Messenger for ongoing news and events as well as the calendar here on the website.

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