Youth Group Spring Plans

The Youth Leader cohort has been busy planning for some in-person youth gatherings this spring. They plan to meet at Normandale Park on Halsey, the same park as in the fall, from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. The dates are this coming Sunday, April 25; Sunday, May 16; and Sunday, June 6.

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Support the Equality Act

St. Michael’s Advocacy Action team and the Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN) invites you to support the Equality Act (H.R. 5) by communicating your position as a Christian to our leaders and elected officials before it comes up for a vote in the Senate.

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Tuesdays in Lent: Feasting on the Word

Do you have a devotional practice around what you read in the morning? Would you like to develop one? Many people of prayer have kept books of inspirational texts and poetry nearby to tune their hearts with first thing in the morning.

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Stations of the Cross/Viacrucis

Padre Beto Arciniega is offering Stations of the Cross/Viacrucis in Lent on Fridays at 7:00 pm. These are in Spanish and on Zoom for a more interactive experience.

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Lenten Reflections with Chris+

This Lent, Rector Chris Craun will be using 40-Day Journey with Howard Thurman as a daily practice of reflection, prayer and writing. If you would like to join her, please order the book or reserve one with the office as a few have been purchased. She will be offering space for mutual sharing and conversation on Wednesdays at noon, starting February 24, throughout the season. Please email her if you would like to receive the Zoom link.

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Opportunities for an Uplifting Lent

“Uplifting” may not be the first thing you associate with Lent, but we hope it will be by the time Easter comes around this year. We’ve all suffered enough over the past year, but Lent was never about suffering more, anyway. Lent is a time for us to focus as much of our attention as one community as possible on who God is lifting us up to be, right here, right now. There are a range of ways you can help Lift Up Lent this year at St. Michael’s.

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Advocacy Action News

Oregon’s statewide eviction and foreclosure moratorium has been one of the most successful remedies for communities bearing the brunt of the pandemic, according to a recent op-ed printed in The Oregonian. It was written by leaders of the Oregon Food Bank, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) and the Oregon Law Center.

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COVID-19 Donations

Who knew back in the spring that the scourge of COVID-19 would still be with us as we head in to the holidays? Portland is suffering along with the rest of the country. Many members of our parish have been impacted by the loss of jobs or having had their work hours reduced.

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COVID Fund

In the spring, many St. Michael’s parishioners and friends offered to donate money to help those less fortunate, include some who lost most or all of their income and/or were not eligible for federal funds. At the beginning, volunteers bought and delivered actual groceries to two to four families. Then, as the number of families needing help grew to around 15, the team switched to giving grocery gift cards.

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Outreach & Justice Donations

The Outreach & Justice Council has met online every month since the COVID-19 outbreak began and have divided the funds allotted to them from the Operating Fund between many areas of need.

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Global Climate Strike + Advocacy Action

Here’s the latest about the Global Climate Strike as it pertains to St. Michael’s and Portland: EcoFaith Recovery and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon are hosting an interfaith service and gathering

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Celebrating 25 years of the Misa

The 1:00 pm Spanish-language Misa, or Mass with Eucharist, began at St. Michael’s 25 years ago, originally organized and supported by Fr. John Scannell and Deacon Marla McGarry-Lawrence. In the

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Reckoning with Racism

Since September 2020, a cohort of St. Michael’s parishioners have been participating in a course called “Reckoning with Racism.” This was organized by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and has been a deep dive into the historical racism in the state of Oregon.

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Youth Group Gathering

The St. Michael’s Youth Group is meeting this coming Sunday, May 16, at Normandale Park on NE Halsey from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. We will offer a prepackaged light snack, and masks and social distancing will be required. We will meet rain or shine, so please dress accordingly – and wear shoes appropriate for playing kickball!

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Family Fun in the Courtyard

Meet in the courtyard for fun in the sun! Stop by St. Michael’s at 11:00 am on Sunday, May 16, for Holy Communion and stay for fun and fellowship in the church courtyard. Popsicles & bubbles and friends, hooray!

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Outreach & Justice Donations

The Outreach & Justice team continues to guide St. Michael’s charitable giving. Click “read more” to see the thank-you notes from five of the organizations to whom we’ve contributed just in March and April, including Northwest Pilot Project (NWPP), Human Solutions, Portland Homeless Family Solutions (PHFS) and Health Care for All Oregon (HCAO).

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Easter Slideshow

We had a wonderful time on Easter Day after the service doing some safe socializing and taking Easter photos. Click on “read more” to watch our 2021 Easter People slideshow. A special thank-you to Lynda Garner, who created our Easter backdrop, and thanks to all of you who participated!

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Music Updates

Sunday’s prelude, anthem and postlude were all composed by 19th- and 20th-century English women. Elizabeth Poston’s Jesus Christ, the apple tree is a classic anthem, often heard in December as a Christmas carol but especially relevant in highlighting Sunday’s gospel on bearing fruit.

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Updates from the Music Director

The service on Sunday, April 18, featured the gem of an anthem, Rise up, my love, my fair one, with text from the Song of Solomon and images of springtime from around the Pacific Northwest. You can view any/all of our choral anthems from 2021 at this playlist. Thank you to our professional singers for providing the anthem every week!

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Supporting Energy Bills in Oregon

In celebration of Earth Day 2021, your Advocacy Action Committee is asking you to lobby your state legislators, requesting their support for three energy bills currently making their way through the state legislature. The bills are HB 2021 (100% Clean Energy For All), HB 2842 (Healthy Homes), and HB 2475 (Energy Affordability).

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