This issue includes news about the February Mission & Outreach collections, Volunteering at Shrine Mont...and more

Events this Week

Pancake Supper 
Tue., Feb. 13, 6 to 7:30 PM
Ash Wednesday Services 
Wed., Feb. 14, 7:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 7:30 PM

Lenten Good Book Club

Wed., Feb. 14,
9:30 to 10:30 AM 

Trivia Night 
Sat., Feb. 17, 7:00 PM

Tickets are $10 each, and may be purchased in advance or at the door. Proceeds will benefit the   Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Light snacks will be provided; bring your own beverage.  
Contact Helen Hines if you'd like to sign up to help. 

Save the Date:
Celebration of New Ministry

Our new rector, The Rev. Beth Magill, will be installed by the Bishop, and this new chapter in the life of St. Michael's will be fully celebrated on Wed., Mar. 14, 2018, 7:30 PM. Plan to join us for a festive service and reception!

An Invitation to a Holy Lent 

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word.
Book of Common Prayer, Ash Wednesday, p 265

Upon initial glance, this is not exactly what I would call a convincing invitation to participate in one of the church's holiest seasons. Upon second glance, it is all we need in an excuse to grow in our faith over the course of the next few weeks. A "holy Lent" can look like many different things! You might be moved to give something up, take something on, or recommit to God in a new way. What Lent should not be, is obligatory participation by guilt. Rather, ask yourself how you've been yearning to grow closer to God. What are the things you wish you had time for, and would relish an excuse to make time for? Make that your Lenten discipline!

I have a few offerings for the whole community that I hope you will prayerfully consider. We will be participating in the Good Book Club, which is being hosted by the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, and several sister organizations. This just means that we'll be joining with thousands of Episcopalians from across in the country in the study of the gospel of Luke during Lent, and the book of Acts during the Easter season. Whatever your daily routine, there's an avenue for you to participate.

If you have 5 minutes a day: read the assigned scripture on your own, and carve out a minute or two at the end to simply make of a note of what stood out.

If you have 15 minutes a day: read the scripture with a friend or family member, and share your reflections, which could happen in person, over text message, or email.

If you want to participate with your children, reference the  Building Faith website for inspiration for conversation.

If you have time for community conversation in your schedule: Join us on Sunday mornings from 9:00-9:45, or on Wednesday mornings from 9:30-10:30 to discuss the weekly readings.

If you want to take part during your daily commute: download a bible app to read the daily scripture on the metro. Tune into the Episcopal Migration Ministries podcast, HomeTown, that will provide reflections on the themes from Luke and Acts.

Finally, the way in which I can most faithfully serve St. Michael's is to be at prayer for each of you, by name, daily. Communal prayer is the essence of what makes us Episcopalian. Beginning in Lent, I will lead Morning Prayer in our main sanctuary at 9:00 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning of every week. Morning Prayer takes no more than twenty minutes, and centers my spirit for all that the day may bring. Join me one day a week, or everyday. Know that you'll be held in prayer, whether or not you're able to join us in person.

Wherever your journey is leading this Lent, let others know about your choice! Let us support you in prayer and be intentional about reflecting on the growth you are experiencing as a result.

Rebecca Guild to Host NOVA Friends of Refugees

On Thu., Feb. 22, the Rebecca Guild of St. Michael's will host representatives from the NOVA Friends of Refugees. This is a grassroots organization of members dedicated to welcoming refugees, creating welcoming communities, and raising awareness of the many ways refugees benefit our nation. This growing network represents more than 120 faith communities, nonprofits, local businesses, government agencies, and refugee communities across the country. Some of the founders are connected with St. George's Episcopal Church in Arlington.

All members of the St. Michael's family are invited to hear about the many opportunities that exist for both our parish and individuals to help refugees adapt and succeed in our community.

The program will begin at 1 PM in the Parish Hall, and will be followed by light refreshments.
Shrine Mont Volunteer Work Weekend, April 6 - 8
Volunteers needed to spend a fun and giving weekend to help get Shrine Mont ready to open for the new year.

Room and board provided. Projects to suit all skills and strength levels. Must be at least 16 years old. Sign up quickly, only 125 volunteers allowed. Read the flyer for more information; download the registration form here.

For more information please contact Tom von Hemert, by email or (434) 823-2331.

Support St. Michael's


You can make single gifts and recurring donations (pledges) through our online service  Network for Good.
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.
2018 St. Michael's Annual Report

The Annual Report is available on our website. Paper copies are available by request from the Parish Office.
February Mission & Outreach Collections    

Basket Collection for Refugee Families: Under the aegis of the Mission & Outreach Committee, I will be collecting small kitchen supply items, such as can openers, mixers, silverware sets, small baking dishes, measuring spoon sets, small mixing and serving bowls, mixing spoons such as spatula, serving spoons, kitchen towels, knives, or other small cooking-related items we typically keep and use in our kitchens. The items should be new. Please place any items you wish to donate in a labeled reusable grocery bag or satchel and place them at the back of the church. I will gather all of the donations at the end of February and take them to Lutheran Social Services, which will distribute the items to newly arrived refugee families. Thank you for your generosity!                                                                                                        
Maureen Doallas

Our outreach envelope collection
will go to ChildFund International (CFI). Your donations will go toward sponsorship and birthday gifts for our five children: Arti in India (our newest child; read more about her below), Dery in Honduras, Nicolas in Ecuador, Mailyn in the Philippines, and Gabriel in Brazil. Throughout the year, St. Michael's receives letters, pictures, and progress reports from each child. Some of the children's letters are truly heartwarming. In the past, youth choir members sent letters (some in Spanish!) to our CFI children. Remember, our ongoing sponsorship helps these children receive food, clothing, education, and medical care. We are making a real difference in these children's lives. Thank you for your generous support of our CFI kids.
Introducing Arti, Our New CFI Child

Wilhelmina Bili, our long-time sponsored child in Indonesia recently moved to another area and is no longer enrolled in ChildFund International programs. In her place, we will now sponsor three year old Arti, a girl living in a village in Uttar Pradesh, India. She has two older brothers and is not yet in school. Her father is a farmer and her mother takes care of the household and they struggle to make ends meet. The parents would like to provide good food, clothing, and education for their children but are unable to do so due to a low and irregular income. Our sponsorship of Arti will provide her with some basic needs and ensure a bright future. Thank you for your generosity.

Lisa Harkins
Mission & Outreach Committee
An Important Message from the
Search/Nominating Committee for the 
Second Bishop Suffragan
In November, 2017, the Annual Convention of the Diocese of Virginia consented to the election of a second Bishop Suffragan. The new Bishop will become the third member of an episcopal team that includes Bishop Shannon Johnston and Bishop Suffragan Susan Goff.

Your input is very important to the Search and Nominating Committee, so please read this carefully and also be on the lookout for further communications from your region and from the committee.  
Here is an overview of the ways you can participate and make your voice heard:

Listening Sessions 
We have asked the Regional Deans and Presidents to schedule "listening sessions" in their regions during the month of February.  This will provide an opportunity for the people of the Diocese to gather and share their thoughts and ideas regarding the future of the Diocese and what we seek in a second Bishop Suffragan. Please look for announcements from your parish, region and the e-Communiqué with details of listening session dates and places.

The dates and locations of the Listening Sessions are also being posted to the Suffragan Search page of the diocesan website.
Here are the Listening Sessions scheduled by regions so far with many more to come:

Wed., Feb. 7, 7:30 PM,  St. Mary's, Arlington
Sat., Feb. 24, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, The Falls Church, Falls Church
Tue., Feb. 27, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, St. Andrew's, Burke

Click here to continue reading the entire message.

Mary Johnson on behalf of the Nominating Committee
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.