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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

Church School will resume Sunday 12/4 as we head into the second week of Advent … already! We will be learning about this very special season in both Godly Play and Weaving God’s Promises, all month. We had a VERY busy and productive class last time we met in Church School. Both classes worked diligently making crafts to be sold at the upcoming Heart of Christmas Fair. The younger “elves” made: Hershey the Red-Nosed Reindeer Bars, and the older “elves” made Snowman Soup. They all worked SO hard and with such focus!

Sunday 12/4 is also the FIRST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT PRACTICE! Come one, come all… it’s NOT too late to sign up! The practices will be on Sunday 12/4, 12/11, and 12/18 for about an hour, immediately following the 10:00 am service. I am in need of adult volunteers who would be willing to help out at the rehearsals and at the actual pageant on Christmas Eve.  Also, we are hoping to have our cast party and luncheon on 12/18 following the final dress rehearsal. If anyone is interested in hosting this great pageant tradition, please let me know!... Read more in the latest Church School Notes

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

Come one, come all! Thursday 12/1 at 7:00 pm we will light our wonderful Christmas Tree with carols and goodies to eat. Some members of the choirs will be leading us in singing favorite carols.

On Sunday 12/4 at 5:00 pm the St. Michael's Choir will sing Choral Evensong with Canticles by Charles Stanford in C and music by Brahms. Our very talented Youth Choir will lead us at the Family Christmas Eve Service on 12/24 at 5:00 pm, and the St. Michael's Choir will present a 20-minute prelude of beautiful Christmas music before the 10:00 pm Christmas Eve Festival Eucharist.

May Advent and Christmas be a time for all of us to count our blessings, share generously with those less fortunate than we are, and to remember the coming of the light into our lives.  ... 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

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

Special Matinée Concert this Saturday
Come to the Cabaret Matinée at St. Michael's on Sat 1/21 at 3:00 pm! The American Song Book with vocalists Sarah Hunter and Katie Hoyer, bassist Nick Yeager, percussionist Ian Hunter, and Doug Major on piano. Favorite songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Kurt Weill, Jerome Kern, Paul Simon, Burt Bacharach, Frank Loesser, and instrumentals by Dave Brubeck. Something to lift your hearts and souls on a special Saturday in January!

Annual Stewardship Pledge Appeal
Thank you to all who have submitted a pledge to support St. Michael's in 2017. If you haven't returned your pledge form, please do. Your support is a key component of the operating budget and the mission and ministries of St. Michael's.

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.

Tue 1/17
Annual Reports due!
7:00 pm Vestry Meeting, Chapter Room
7:00 pm Concert Rehearsal, Parish Hall

Wed 1/18
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 am Bible Study
11:45 am Church Staff Meeting

Thu 1/19
4:30 pm Youth Choir Rehearsal
7:30 pm Adult Choir Rehearsal

Fri 1/20
11:00 am Wisdom & Friendship Group

Sat 1/21
3:00 pm Concert Series: Sarah Hunter & Katie Hoyer (Vocalists), Nick Yeager (Bass), Ian Hunter (Percussion), and Doug Major (Piano)
Concert to be held in the Parish Hall

Sun 1/22
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 Eucharist, Rite II
Services held in the Parish Hall

Mon 1/23
5:00–7:00 pm Supper Club

Sun 1/29
Annual Meeting immediately following an abbreviated 9:30 am morning service

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