This issue includes Mission & Outreach news, Harvest Festival planning begins...and more

St. Michael's altar magnificently adorned for the Easter Celebration, April, 2018. Heartfelt thanks to members of the altar guild for beautifying Easter for the entire St. Michael's community!  

Post-Resurrection Blues

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

The Lord is Risen, indeed! Alleluia!

And now...what? All the fanfare, all the pomp and circumstance are now just a faded memory. The processions, the drama, the bells are all tucked away until next year. The lilies have just passed their peak, and the alleluia choruses will soon lose their novelty. So what are we to do with this quickly fading enthusiasm? How are our lives different because of the good news of Jesus' resurrection?

Our Good Book Club Bible Study has been working through the Gospel of Luke, and will soon begin the Book of Acts. We spent this past week studying the resurrection accounts. We got intensely curious about the emotions of the disciples as they greeted the resurrected Jesus, "While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering" (Luke 24:41). We found it comforting that even the disciples were filled with wonder, despite their deepest instincts that this was in fact a joyful reunion.

And then came the question that I love to ask and hate to answer, "How do you explain this to someone who is reading it for the first time?" How do we allow the wonder to flourish, and the Good News to simultaneously spread? That is our life's work as disciples and apostles.

To be a disciple is to be one who follows the teachings of Jesus. To be an apostle is to follow Jesus' command to spread the Good News to the ends of the earth. We are called to be both disciples and apostles, constantly on the lookout for resurrection encounters in our daily life.

We engage in the yearly remembrance of Jesus' passion and resurrection so that we might once again be infused with wonder. The hope of our worship life together is that our "work of the people" on Sunday mornings infuses our life's work with the good news of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. May you each be filled with child-like wonder as we continue our Easter rejoicing!
 
Blessings,
Beth
The Harvest Festival planning committee will meet Thu., Apr. 12 at 7 PM in the library. All are invited to come and bring ideas!
Daring Way™  Retreat: Sat., Apr. 21 at Virginia Theological Seminary

The Daring Way  curriculum is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. Topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness will be explored. The Rev. Beth Magill is among the retreat leaders. Click  here for more information.
Communication Deadlines
 
Please submit short announcements of a timely nature to Wil Harkins, parish administrator, by noon on Thursday prior to the Sunday that you'd like it included in the service bulletin. 
 
Longer articles and items that are not time sensitive should be submitted to The Guardian newsletter staff by the 1st or 15th of the month. The newsletter is published on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. All submissions are subject to edit and approval.

St. Michael's youth making cookies for Sunday's coffee hour during their lock-in at the church Saturday night.
April Mission & Outreach Collections

Outreach Envelope: Donations will support  Rebuilding Together. Our workday this year is Sat., Apr. 28.

Outreach Basket: We are collecting lightweight coats and rain coats for the Arlington Street People's Assistance Network (A-SPAN).

Art Show Featuring Work by John Bryans

An invitation from John Bryans, a professional artist and long time member of St. Michael's:

"To my friends at St. Michael's, I am having a one person show of a sampling of my paintings in the gallery at Goodwin House at Bailey's Crossroads. There will be a reception on Sun., Apr. 15 from 2 to 4 PM. The show is hanging now and will be until May 2. I hope some of you may be able to come."

Goodwin House is at 3440 South Jefferson Street in Falls Church.
 
 
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St. Michael's Episcopal Church
 1132 N. Ivanhoe Street  | Arlington, VA 22205-2445

Our mission is to provide a nurturing spiritual community in Christ Jesus as the foundation 

from which we strive to go forth and serve God by the power of the Holy Spirit.