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Join us in worship and celebration in our Tercentenary Year!
Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector
“Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy.”
Exodus 20:8
“Be still, then, and know that I am God.”—Psalm 46:11

We tend to be busy people. There is much to keep up with at home, at school, at work and even at church. The past fall and spring has been a particularly full and exciting time at St. Michael’s. Our successful Capital Campaign and ensuing construction, our 300th Anniversary – lectures, historic services, a symposium – and our normal formative activities such as Church School, Bible Study and various liturgies has kept us on the go. And let’s not forget (how could we!) the Lobster Lunch! All of this is good, vibrant and exciting.

“And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.” (Genesis 2:2-3)

In the midst of all going on, we also need to rest and recharge. The next two months offers a time to find Sabbath rest. ... Read more in the Newsletter

Kelley Howells
Kelley Howells

From the Church School

There is still a great deal of activity here at St. Michael’s Church over the summer! We are nearing completion of the downstairs work and the addition of the new lift. Soon renovations and the painting of the church ceiling will begin, as well as landscaping and the raising of the new steeple. Look for more information to come.

We will also be planning some of our favorite activities such as the blessing of the backpacks, as well as special activities focused on our tercentenary celebration. Look for dates to be determined soon. ... Read more in the latest Church School Notes

Dr. Douglas Major
Dr. Douglas Major

From the Music Director

Here's the line-up for the 2014–2015 Organ Recital Series. All concerts are Sundays at 5:00 pm:

October 19, 2014
Richard Watson, trumpet, and Douglas Major

November 16, 2014
Ryan Patten

January 18, 2015
Katelyn Emerson

March 15, 2015
Brian Jones

May 17, 2015
David Carrier

Bios and programs to follow soon. ... Read more in Doug's Column

Steeple under construction
St. Michael's interior Fr. Andrew speaks in Parish Hall St. Michael's interior shot St. Michael's Church
Lobster Lunch 2014 promo Howie Gate Belltower First Communion group photo
Organ Recital Series Lecture Series promo Special Exhibit promo St. Michael's interior from back
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Regular Worship Schedule
Holy Eucharist
Sundays at 8:00 am, Rite I
Sundays at 10:00 am, Rite II
Wednesdays at 9:30 am, Rite II

Nursery care
downstairs each Sunday from 9:30–11:30 am (resumes September 14)

Choral Evensong
1st Sunday of each month at 5:00 pm


Our Mission is to seek transformation in God's grace by worshipping God in prayer, song, and study; loving and serving our neighbor in and outside our parish Community; and being good stewards of God's creation.

Our Vision
is to be a Mission-driven Episcopal congregation that by 2014 will be widely recognized as a vibrant, open, and inviting community, known for liturgically-centered worship and music, for lifelong learning, for pastoral presence and service to communities near and far, for good stewardship of our resources, and for celebration of our legacy as an historic church.

St. Michael's staff roster

Help Wanted: Nursery Care
We need an adult nursery care provider for Sunday mornings from 9:30–11:30 am now through 6/7/15. The pay is $15 per hour for two hours. Providers subject to Safe Church Training and a CORI background check. If interested, email Fr. Andrew.

Photos of the Steeple and more!
Check out our Flickr page to see photos of the bell tower repairs, the steeple at the factory, this year's Lobster Lunch, and the prize-winning St. Michael's float in the Horribles Parade.

MHTV is airing a 30 minute program on the steeple raising on Verizon channel 28 and Comcast channel 8:
Monday 9/8 at 8:30 pm
Tuesday 9/9 at 3:00 pm
Thursday 9/18 at 12:30 pm
Friday 9/19 at 7:30 pm

Sunday Walking Tour 9/14
The “Celebrating a Steeple” tour, created by social, cultural, and architectural historian Judy Anderson to honor the raising of the new 50-foot spire, will begin at 4:00 pm at the church entrance on Summer Street and cover neighborhoods in the vicinity of St. Michael’s Church. $10 per person, with all proceeds donated to the church’s building fund.

Tue 9/9
6:30 pm Youth Service Group

Wed 9/10
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 am Bible Study

Thu 9/11
4:45 pm Youth Choir Rehearsal resumes
7:30 pm Adult Choir Rehearsal resumes

Sat 9/13
10:00 am St. Michael's Team at Lifebridge (Salem)
10:30 am Bishop's Consecration

Sun 9/14
8:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 am Church School Teachers Meeting
10:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Children are invited to bring their backpacks to the 10 o’clock service where they will be blessed by Father Andrew in anticipation of a wonderful school year ahead.
4:00 pm Judy Anderson Tour

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July/August 2014
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St. Michael's was founded in 1714, and we
still worship in the original church building.

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last update 09/08/2014