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Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector
A Season Sets, A New One Dawns

Here is a brief sailing story: A husband and wife went out on a clear, crisp September day to enjoy a sail before their boat was to be hauled out for the winter. The wind was a bit gusty but within the limits for their sailing ability. They motored off the mooring. They first decided to sail with the jib only and unfurled it once clear of the boats near them. Sensing the wind not too strong, they decided to raise the mainsail as well. With the engine still running they pointed the boat into the wind. Just as they pulled the halyard to raise the mainsail, a gust came up and caught the half-raised sail. The boat swung to the starboard. At the same time the engine quietly stopped running. Thankfully there were no other boats near them, nor rocks! They worked the boat back to into the wind. The engine would not start. There was plenty of gas, and the starter was turning over fine. The engine mysteriously would not run. It was clear now they would need to get back to the mooring under sail. This was to be one of their last sails together for the season. Now this looked definite. ... Read more in the Newsletter

Kelley Howells
Kelley Howells

From the Church School

Church School students have a lot to look forward to in November! We will begin the month with Children’s Chapel. We look forward to celebrating with two of our Church School and Nursery Care members as they are baptized. Later in the month we will create a craft to sell at the Heart of Christmas Fair, and will have sign-ups to participate in the Pageant on Christmas Eve. During the month, Godly Play children will be working on a Unit of Parables, while the Weaving God’s Promises group will learn about figures from the Old Testament including Gideon, Daniel, and Jonah.

There will not be Church School on November 30, which is Thanksgiving weekend. .
.. Read more in the latest Church School Notes

Dr. Douglas Major
Dr. Douglas Major

From the Music Director

On Sunday November 16th at 5:00 pm, we will host the young, talented organist from Grace Church, Salem, Ryan Patten. His program will include works by Bach, Samuel Scheidt, Dubois, Franck, and Arvo Pärt. Come out and support our neighbor organist! A reception follows. ... Read more in Doug's Column

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Tree Lighting promo Christmas Fair promo St. Michael's interior shot Bishop Chartres
Michaelmas 2014 Howie Gate Evensong promo First Communion group photo
Organ Recital Series St. Michael's weather vane Blessing of the Animals 2014 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

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.

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Apple Pies & Chutney
We are selling pies and chutney for your Thanksgiving table. Look for the cart at Coffee Hour following a service or contact Pam Oppelt to reserve!

Help Wanted: Nursery Care
We still 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. If interested, email Fr. Andrew.

Christmas Fair is Coming!
The main fundraising event for church programs outside of our annual stewardship drive is less than a month away. This year's dates are:
Thu 12/4—Tree Lighting
Fri 12/5—Preview Party
Sat 12/6—Heart of Christmas Fair

Photos of the Steeple and more!
Check out our Flickr page to see photos of the Tercentenary Michaelmas Celebration with the Bishop of London, the Blessing of the Animals, the steeple raising, and more.

Sun 11/23 Christ the King
8:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 am Thrift Shop Committee Meeting
9:30 am Church School
10:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:30 am Capital Campaign Meeting, ECF

Tue 11/25
7:00 pm Marblehead Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at St. Michael's
8:00 pm Adult Choir Rehearsal

Wed 11/26
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 am Bible Study

Thu 11/27 Thanksgiving Day Office Closed
NO Youth or Adult Choir Rehearsal

Fri 11/28 Office Closed

Sun 11/30 1 Advent
8:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 am Church School
10:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II

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November 2014
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