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Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector

I initially planned to begin this “welcome back” newsletter article by noting the seismic shift in schedules and preparation families face as the first day of school beckons. The use of the word “seismic” is an intentional exaggeration. It may feel “seismic” at times, but we know the shift from more carefree days of summer to the more structured days of the fall happens each year. We make our adjustments. Even though there may be complaining from children about their imminent return to school, deep down they may even welcome the pattern and direction the school year offers.

This year in particular there seems to be much going on that taps our desire for a return to and grounding in a regular pattern of life. In late August a true, devastating seismic event struck central Italy in the form of the 6.2 magnitude earthquake. Buildings crumbled, lives were lost, and families left homeless. A week earlier in the U.S., areas in Louisiana experienced torrential rains which resulted in widespread flooding.... Read more in the Newsletter

Kelley Callahan
From the Church School

For those of you who might not know, Kelley Howells, St. Michael’s much-loved director of children’s ministries, began a job teaching at Tower School this fall. Although we are so happy for Kelley, she will be sadly missed.

For those of you who may not know me, my name is also Kelley—Kelley Callahan—and I will be doing my best to lead the Church School for as long as needed. I have been a parishioner at St. Michael’s since 2013 and a member of the vestry since 2015. I began teaching church school in 2007, when my oldest daughter, Lily, entered church school at a different parish. At the ripe old age of 3, Lily wasn’t quite ready to attend class alone, so with her “Dolly” clutched in one arm and my leg in the other, Lily, “Dolly,” and I attended Godly Play classes together each Sunday. ... Read more in the latest Church School Notes

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

Here's hoping you all enjoyed the summer as much as I did! Both St. Michael's choirs will be starting rehearsals soon, so please mark these dates on your calendars: St. Michael's Youth Choir rehearses Thursdays from 4:30–5:30 pm, beginning 9/15. The Adult Choir rehearses Thursdays from 7:30–9:00 pm, beginning 9/8, and will sing 10:00 am Services starting 9/11.

We are always looking for new members for both choirs, so if you are interested in joining a wonderful group of energetic people who lead the music for our services throughout the season, please email or phone me. ... Read more in Doug's Column

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Together Lobster Lunch promo St. Michael's interior shot Steeple at sunset
Michaelmas 2014 Howie Gate Evensong promo First Communion group photo
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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

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

Choral Evensong with Two Choirs
Our first Choral Evensong of the fall season will be held Sun 10/2 at 5:00 pm. The choir of Christ Church, Andover, under the direction of Barbara Bruns, will join our choir for the service. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Please join us!

Sunday Servers Needed
If you would like to help in any way—on Altar Guild, as a sexton or usher, as a lector or lay Eucharist minister, or as an oblation bearer or host/hostess of coffee hour—please speak with Fr. Andrew. Each role is rewarding and fulfilling in its own right, and we need additional participants in all of these areas.

Family Promise Walk to End Homelessness
All are invited to join in the walk or sponsor our walkers on Sat 10/15 at Lynch Park, Beverly. The 3.1-mile walk is a fundraising/awareness-building event for Family Promise of the North Shore. A team from St. Michael's will be walking. Contact Karin McCarthy if interested.

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.

Wed 9/28
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 am Bible Study
11:45 am Staff Meeting
8:00 pm AA Meeting

Thu 9/29
4:30 pm Youth Choir Rehearsal
7:30 pm Adult Choir Rehearsal

Fri 9/30
11:00 am Wisdom & Friendship Group, Parish Hall
Contact Ann Davis, Annette Nicholas, or Fr. Andrew for information

Sun 10/2
8:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 am Child Care
9:45 am Church School
10:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:30 am Lector/Reading Training
1:00 pm Blessing of the Animals
5:00 pm Choral Evensong

Mon 10/3
11:00 am Prayer Shawl Ministry

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September 2016
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