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Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector
The Heartbeat of God

In this column a few years ago I used the expression “sub-nivea,” a term that means “beneath the snow.” It refers to life that percolates under the snow even when it seems the ground is fallow and dormant. After the severe drought of last summer and fall, the snow this year, along with rain, has been a welcomed sight.

The rhythm of the natural seasons finds harmony with the rhythm of the ecclesial seasons, each with it shift in focus and call for response. We have moved from Advent (expectation, preparation hope), to Christmas (something of God being born), to Epiphany (growing light and revelation) through Lent (deepening understanding of our relationship to God, each other and ourselves), arriving now in Easter (creation, resurrection, renewed life). Though we may have had our own fallow moments at different times during these seasons, much has been happening. God’s breath, God’s Spirit, God’s love has been and continues to be present. We are continually brought into a new time, with new joys and possibilities. ...Read more in the Newsletter

Kelley Callahan
From the Church School
When not covered with flour and salt, the Church School has been learning about Holy Week. Each week we have talked about the various steps of Jesus' final week which led Him to the cross.

One Sunday we learned about the Last Supper and how Jesus washed the disciples feet. We also had a sample of the bread and "wine" (aka, grape juice) which Jesus shared with his disciples at this supper. The kids all recognized the words He spoke when He broke the bread and gave the wine!

The Church School’s journey has continued through Holy Week as they learned about Jesus' final hours spent in the Garden of Gethsemane, how He was betrayed by Judas, and finally, His painful crucifixion on the cross. This is always a sad and difficult story to hear and to tell, but there is a very happy ending... He is Risen!

Dr. Douglas Major
Dr. Douglas Major
From the Music Director

The music composed for Holy Week spans many centuries and cultures, from 13th century Gregorian Chant to 20th century anthems, hymns, and organ music:

On Palm Sunday at 10:00 am, you will hear Langlais' Les Rameaux from 1980, hymns from the great protestant tradition and choral music by Handel and Goss.

Maundy Thursday Eucharist will be sung by our excellent and hard-working Youth Choir, including chanting Psalm 22 as the altar and church are stripped bare.

On Good Friday, The Passion According to John will once again tell the story of the trial and crucifixion of Jesus, a musical setting we have heard on this day in recent years. ...
Read more in Doug's Column

Mark Laubach Organ Concert promo
Together Evensong promo St. Michael's interior shot Organ Concert promo
First Communion group photo St. Michael's steeple Howie Gate image Michaelmas 2014

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

Church School
each Sunday at 9:45 am

Child 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.

St. Michael's staff roster

St. Catherine's Guild Dinner
Save the date! On Thu 6/1, St. Catherine's Guild will hold its annual dinner at the Corinthian Yacht Club. Members please send your reservations to Linda Smidt no later than 5/26.

Christian Education Director
St. Michael's is searching for a director for our Church School, middle and high school youth programs, and related activities. This is a part-time paid position. Parishioner Kelley Callahan continues to do a wonderful job coordinating these programs as we reinvigorate our search for a new director. Please contact Fr. Andrew or warden Sue Cool if you are interested in the position or know of a potential candidate.

Photos of the Steeple and more!
Check out our Flickr page to see photos from Tercentenary events, the Heart of Christmas Fair, our Lobster Luncheon, the Blessing of the Animals, the steeple raising, and more.

Mon 5/15
11:00 am Prayer Shawl Ministry

Tue 5/16
7:00 pm Vestry Meeting

Wed 5/17
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 am Bible Study
11:45 am Church Staff Meeting

Thu 5/18
NO Youth Choir Rehearsal
7:30 pm Adult Choir Rehearsal

Fri 5/19
9:00 am Bell School Historic Church Visit
11:00 am Wisdom & Friendship Group

Sun 5/21
8:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 am Historic Church Meeting
9:30 am Child Care
9:45 am Church School
10:00 am Holy Baptism & Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 pm Concert Series: Mark Laubach

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Easter 2017

Note: We are transitioning to a seasonal publication schedule and plan to produce the next edition of the newsletter in April.

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