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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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

Read More »

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

Read More »

From our Curate: Time for a Summer Read!

One of my favorite aspects about summer is the freedom to read books. This is a long-standing love of mine. I have some great childhood memories of long hours of lazing away the summer days while reading. I would jump on my bike and ride to the city library and pack up a basket full of books. I was enthusiastic (nerdy?) enough to join the reading programs where I would receive a paper print out and then acquire a stamped ‘thumbs-up’ when completing a book.

Read More »

Music for June 16 – 30

For the services on June 16, we welcome soprano Kaeli, who will sing an excerpt from Handel’s “Messiah” at the 9:00 am service. At the 11:00 am service, soprano Jennifer will sing Schubert’s classic “Ave Maria.” Also featured are a few musical selections to honor the Juneteenth holiday, including an organ prelude composed by Uzee Brown, Jr.

Read More »

Newcomer Forum on June 23

All are invited to the forum next Sunday, June 23, at 10:15 am to learn more about how we can be more intentional about the way we welcome newcomers and help them find their place in the parish. The Newcomer Committee has accomplished a great deal in the few months since they were reconstituted over six months ago.

Read More »

Summer Schedule for Services & Office

Our summer schedule begins on Sunday, June 30! Our services will be at 8:00 am (Rite I) and 10:00 am. We hope that this more relaxed schedule will work well for clergy, staff and parishioners, and will offer the opportunity for people who consistently attend the 9:00 or the 11:00 to worship together for a couple of months.

Read More »

Music Update

Our annual Broadway Night fundraiser this past weekend was a huge success, thanks to your support and the efforts of numerous volunteers! Over 200 people attended the two shows, and we raised $12,000 after expenses.

Read More »

Youth Group Summer Retreats

The program year for youth group gatherings has ended, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops! There are two retreats planned for this summer, one in July and one in August. The first is a St. Michael’s-only retreat happening on Monday-Wednesday, July 22-24, in Bend. The group will be staying at the lovely home of parishioners, which is right on the Deschutes River. The weekend will be filled with outside activities, sightseeing, prayer, song, games, teamwork, service projects and good food!

Read More »

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is one of our most under-the-radar ministries. Most of you have probably seen the basket of shawls placed on the chancel and blessed every couple of months. These shawls are available to the community to share with anyone in need of healing and comfort. You can come in during the week (just call or email the office) or pick one up at Healing Prayers on the second Sundays.

Read More »