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Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light. — Collect for 1 Advent

The first Sunday of Advent, celebrated on November 27th this year, marks the beginning of a new church year. It is a turning point; the liturgical cycle begins anew. For many the turning point likely was more fully realized by the fact that Thanksgiving Day and weekend was celebrated, and now plans are formulating for Christmas! 

As a liturgical season with its specific readings and prayers, Advent spiritually prepares people for the “coming of the Lord.” It points to a new time to be ushered in and experienced, with the reign of God and the light of Christ at its core. “What has come into the world in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:3b-5) While we indeed do prepare for Christmas celebrations—liturgical and otherwise—Advent is not merely saying Christmas is coming! The season gives us an intentional time to receive in our hearts and minds the joyous gift that God is with us, inviting us into a new age. ...Read more in the Newsletter

Kelley Callahan
From the Church School

When not covered with flour and salt from making Lenten pretzels, we have been learning about Holy Week in Church School. Each week we have talked about the various steps of Jesus' final week which led Him to the cross.

Last Sun 3/19, 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. They all recognized the words He spoke when He broke the bread and gave the wine!

We will continue on with our journey through Holy Week in Church School, and will be talking about Jesus' final hours spent in the Garden of Gethsemane, how He was betrayed by Judas, and finally, His crucifixion on the cross. And then... our final lesson on Sun 4/2, will be about the events of Christ's rising!

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

On Sun 3/19 at 5:00 pm, we will once again host Stuart Forster, Director of Music at Christ Church, Cambridge in our continuing Concert Series. His program will feature works by Buxtehude, Bach, Handel, Bossi, Pierné, Luke, Peeters, and Lemmens.

Dr. Forster is one of the finest organists in America, and will bring us a wonderfully musical and sensitive program. (By the way, he loves to play our Fisk!) ...
Read more in Doug's Column

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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

Church School
each Sunday at 9:45 am
(Sep–Jun)

Child Care
downstairs each Sunday from 9:30–11:30 am

Choral Evensong
1st Sunday of each month at 5:00 pm
(Oct–May)

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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.

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A Celtic Quiet Morning at St. Michael's
On Saturday 4/1, join us in the spirit of Lent and our relationship with God, our neighbors, and Earth. Create with us a time of welcome, hospitality, warmth, and opportunities to nourish these relationships. The morning is divided in three sections: Presentation (9:00–10:00a), Silence (10:00–11:00a), and Eucharistic and Fellowship (11:00a–12:00p). Come for all or part of the morning.

Easter Memorial Flower List
Please submit the name/s of a loved one you'd like to remember with an Easter flower by Fri 4/9. Suggested donation is $20 per name. Easter flowers are included as part of perpetuity remembrance, however with costs increasing substantially, a donation to the flower fund is greatly appreciated.

Lenten Program Continues with St. Andrew's
St. Michael's has partnered with St. Andrew's this Lent to present "The Science of Climate Change and a Hopeful Response" Wednesday evenings from 6:30–8:00 pm. Each evening features a speaker and discussion, and includes a light supper. St. Michael's will host the next program on 3/29, and St. Andrew's will host the final one on 4/5.

First Communion Class
Two sessions remain. Fr. Andrew and Kelley Callahan will meet with children on 3/30 and 4/6 from 3:30–4:30 pm in the Parish Hall. The celebration of First Communion will take place on Palm Sunday 4/9.

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 3/27
11:00 am Prayer Shawl

Wed 3/29
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 am Bible Study
11:45 am Church Staff Meeting
6:00 pm Lenten Program at St. Michael's

Thu 3/30
3:30 pm First Communion Class
4:30 pm Youth Choir Rehearsal
7:30 pm Adult Choir Rehearsal

Fri 3/31
11:00 am Wisdom & Friendship Group

Sat 4/1
9:00 am–12:00 noon A Celtic Quiet Morning
Drop in for all or part of the morning. For information, contact Annette Nicolas or Susan Butterworth.

Sun 4/2
8:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 am Child Care
9:45 am Church School
10:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 pm Choral Evensong & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

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Download our latest newsletter here (PDF):
December 2016

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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