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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History Forum Series Continues

After a break for our vestry candidates forum and the Annual Meeting, our history forum series resumed last Sunday, February 5, with the topic “The Emergence of Hispanic Ministries within St. Michael’s.” Look for it to be posted soon. On February 12, the forum topic will be “Women’s Crucial Roles within St. Michael’s,” and it will be presented by a parishioner who is also a volunteer and professional archivist. The topic of the forum on February 19 will be “The History of the Music Program at St. Michael’s,” and it will be led by the Rev. Dr. Caroline Litzenberger.

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Souper Bowl of Caring

We invite you to make a donation to “seed the soup pot” for the NE Emergency Food Program (NEPF), the local ministry we support every year on the Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday! Our young people will make an announcement and collect donations in person on Sunday, February 12th.

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Music for January 29

The offertory anthem on Sunday, January 29 is a setting of the Beatitudes (Sunday’s gospel reading) by American composer Nancy Wertsch.

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Columbarium Expansion

Work has begun on the Columbarium Expansion Project. A parishioner-led team has been working on this project since April. The St. Michael’s Columbarium contains niches for the cremated remains of St. Michael’s parishioners and/or their family members who have died, and also for those who wish to reserve a spot for themselves or loved ones in the future.

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Upcoming Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting is coming up next Sunday, January 29, at 12:15 pm in the Nave (following the 11:00 am service). We hope many of you plan to attend! The meeting will be livestreamed and you’ll be able to vote online, but it’s wonderful to attend in person for this communal event if possible.

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Music for January 22 and more

This Sunday for our season of Epiphany the choir will sing Randall Thompson’s Choose Something Like a Star, based on a poem by Robert Frost. Also plan on coming to Choral Evensong for the feast of Candlemas on Wednesday, February 1st at 7 PM

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History Forum videos

This is the place to view a series of Sunday history forums exploring the roots of the attributes that make this such a special place.

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