This issue includes Vestry and financial reports, news about local Outreach events...and more

Save the Date!
Sat., Feb. 17 at 7:00 PM
in the Parish Hall

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. 
Telegraphs, Telephones, and Twitter!

I am a letter-writer. Birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, announcements of pregnancies, occasions for gratitude -- I relish any excuse to craft a piece of joy for a loved one to find in her mailbox. It gives me an opportunity to sit down and give thanks for the presence of that individual in my life. I inherited this practice from my grandmother. As a young girl, one of my favorite monthly outings was our trip to the Hallmark store. My grandmother kept track of birthdays and anniversaries for all family and friends who crossed her path over the years. Even though she may have gone years without seeing an individual, she was faithful in her correspondence, reminding recipients of her love. Later in life, as she went on trips to explore the world, it was always my task to make sure the cards she had written in advance of her departure were mailed so the recipient would be celebrated in a timely fashion. I will never stop loving the art of writing letters!

And, there are many ways in which communication has changed since I was a little girl. It seems like there are more options everyday! One of the challenges of communicating well, today, is finding a method that is fully received. We are bombarded with messages, both aggressive and subliminal, in too many ways to count. My hope is that communications from St. Michael's stand out among the clutter. We want to communicate effectively and efficiently.

In order to do so, we need your feedback! Please, take just a moment to fill out this short survey. Paper copies are available in the Parish Hall and you can also access the survey from our website. Deadline for submissions is Sun., Feb. 11. The information you provide will be essential in crafting an effective communication strategy.

XYZ Lunch: On the Road to St. Michael's
Join us, Thu., Feb. 1 for a potluck lunch. The program will feature our new rector, the Rev. Beth Magill, presenting highlights of her spiritual journey, ministerial call, and service up to her recent move here to Arlington.  
Pretzels and punch at noon. Lunch at 12:30 PM. All are welcome, especially seniors. Contact: Evelyn Bence or Jane Cook.

January Financial Report
The Vestry approved the 2017 Operating Fund Budget in Feb. 2017. It was projected to have a $6,943 surplus.

Our overall income for calendar year 2017 was 8% above the projected budget; our overall expenses were also 8% over budget. However the budget had a planned built-in surplus of $7K. So at this point, we have a surplus of approximately $8K from 2017, although we won't have final numbers until February.
Wil Harkins has provided a recent update on pledges:  
For the 2017 Operating Fund Pledge Campaign, we had 64 pledges with $232.5K pledged; $234.5K received so far.  
For the MFIF Capital Campaign (started in 2014) we had 67 pledges in the amount of $362.3K; in hand so far we have $364.4K.  

For the 2016 MFIF Capital Campaign (Final Phase) we had 30 pledges in the amount of $38.1K; in-hand so far we have $39.2K. (Note: Regarding the actual MFIF Campaign expenses, there is still a deficit of $2003). The capital campaign was closed-out as of Dec. 31, 2017.


For the 2018 Operating Fund Pledge Campaign we have 67 pledges in the amount $245.5K; so far we have received $32.3K.
Read the full treasurer's report (which includes the Outreach collection figures) on our website.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Dean Scribner, Treasurer

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.
Reminder: Sign up for a Fellowship Gathering
Fellowship gatherings are on-going through February! Sign up here or in hardcopy at the church on Sundays. (The hardcopies will be reconciled with the on-line sign-ups at least weekly.) Hosts will email all guests with a confirmation of the gathering, the address, and any other relevant details the week of the gathering.
Join volunteers from across Arlington at the 3rd annual Region III Lenten Outreach/Meal Packaging at St. Peter's on Sat., Mar. 17 from 8:30 - 11 AM .
This unique meal packaging program is a fun, hands-on international mission project where volunteers work in an assembly line to package high protein, vitamin-rich meals. In 2 hours, 50-65 people of all ages and abilities will assemble 12,000 meals that will later be distributed to those in need both domestically and abroad.
You can work with a St. Michael's crew, or make new friends, either way the morning promises to be lively and rewarding.
Contact Michele Casciano ASAP to save your spot!
The cost of producing the entire event is nearly $3,000; Region III sponsors $1,000 of the fee and the rest is divided among the participating parishes. Thanks to the St. Michael's Mission and Outreach Committee for the contribution to make St. Michael's participation possible.
Interested in learning more? Visit the Rise Against Hunger site.
A-SPAN Celebration and Fundraiser

25+ Years of A-SPAN: Thu., Feb. 8, 6 - 9 PM at the Hyatt Centric Arlington, 1325 Wilson Blvd.

The Arlington Street People's Assistance Network (A-SPAN) is celebrating Valentine's Day and "sharing the love" of the past 25+ years of A-SPAN. The event is a "thank you" to our supporters, community partners, and volunteers in Arlington, and an invitation to the community to learn more about homelessness. Festivities include a feast of Virginia's finest local delicacies and leading craft beers and wines, a live auction, and community recognition. Live music will be provided by renowned local band Barton Street 3.

St. Michael's has long been a supporter of A-SPAN by preparing homeless bag meals, serving at the shelter, and giving through our basket donations. A number of St. Michael's members are going, so for others who might be interested, click here  to learn more and to purchase tickets. Prices are: $99 individual (1 ticket); $149 couples (2 tickets).
December Vestry Meeting Highlights

Please be aware that the content contained in these meeting minutes was accurate at the time of transcription. Some details may have since been updated.

Finance Committee
Stewardship Report: Tom Sheldon summarized the results of the every member canvass as of week 7 noting that 62 pledges had been received for a total of $227,444. Beth commended the parish on its response, noting that about 60% of households had pledged with the average pledge at about $4100. Vestry is hopeful that further progress will be made towards its goal of $265,000.
2018 Mission Spending Plan: Karen Ruff invited Vestry to give further consideration to the draft plan prepared by the Finance Committee last month in preparation for approval in January. Beth agreed to resend the draft budget to Vestry members and asked that we keep in mind how the mission of St. Michael's is represented by its financial resources and be prepared to make incremental changes over the next few years in order to align financial spending and parish priorities.
Senior Warden Report
Karen noted that Vestry terms were ending for Dwight, Tom and her and she described the process for identifying candidates to be elected at the next parish annual meeting. Vestry members were asked to keep in mind the skills needed on Vestry including ministry experience, institutional knowledge, and a willingness to serve and to come to the January meeting with recommendations. Vestry tentatively agreed to hold the annual meeting following a single 9:00am service on February 11.
Junior Warden Report
Mary Cushing summarized work done on the rectory prior to Beth's arrival and noted the following:
  • She will contact Cathedral Crafts to settle a start date for repair of the stained glass windows.
  • Tree pruning and maintenance began last week.
  • She is investigating options for handling snow removal this winter.
Music Director/Organist
Beth indicated that Arthur Roach had agreed to serve as interim organist while a careful search is conducted for a permanent music director. Beth indicated she planned to meet with members of the choir and congregation in order to prepare a job description and identify individuals to serve on a search committee. The goal is to receive applications, conduct interviews, and make a selection by May/June.

Read the full report.
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.