This issue includes news about June Mission & Outreach collections, stained glass window repair...and more
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Contact Melanie Monahan
Music Minister: Continuing the Search

After several months of preparatory conversations, reviewing resumes, and two in-person interviews, I write to let you know we are continuing our search for the new St. Michael's Music Minister. The wonderful thing about discernment is the willingness we exhibit to trust that God is present in the midst of all that unfolds. The challenging thing about discernment is that it can leave one seeking more explicit clarity at times. We have offered countless prayers for guidance during this process, and those prayers have led us where we need to be. Though I anticipated welcoming a new Music Minister in our midst by this point in the year, we are still being guided through discernment. I will continue to work with our faithful search committee and seek input from the choir throughout the process.

We are richly blessed by the leadership of Arthur Roach, our interim Music Minister. Not only has Arthur provided musical direction and talent, he has graciously and joyfully committed himself to the congregation. I am grateful for Arthur's leadership that is allowing us to truly listen for God's guidance. Please, take a moment to thank Arthur the next time you see him!  
Please keep the Music Minster search process in your prayers. I look forward to providing updates as we move forward.

Stained Glass Window Repairs Are Starting
After much planning and prayer, remediation work on our beloved stained glass windows begins this week. This work is essential because time and weather have caused the glass to bulge -- severely in some places -- and there is a risk of cracking. (The large window depicting the Great Judgment in the rear vestibule does not need repair.)  In the first step, workers from Cathedral Crafts, a firm that specializes in stained glass, will remove the panels from the sanctuary. The workers will transport the panels to their facility in Minnesota to relead them, clean and repair the individual pieces of glass, and apply rust-inhibiting paint to the frames. All together, the work will take most of the summer. We expect the refurbished windows to be reinstalled in September.

The sanctuary will look quite different while the windows are away as the spaces will be secured with clear plexiglass. Although functional, plexiglass does lack charm, and so an ad hoc group of parishioners is considering decorative options.  Please contact Junior Warden Dan Plafcan with any observations or suggestions about that.

Our lovely windows have spiritually nourished our parish for just over forty years. We are grateful for the past stewardship that enabled us to acquire them, and the more recent stewardship that enables their repair.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Dan Plafcan (Junior Warden) and me.

Mary Cushing
Senior Warden, Vestry
Parish Picnic 2018
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.
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Calling all Graduates!

In July, we plan to feature students who graduated this year (from high school, college, or graduate school). If that applies to you or someone in your family, please contact The Guardian staff and we'll let you know the information to provide.
June Mission & Outreach Collections

Outreach envelope: Doorways for Women and Families
who create pathways out of homelessness, domestic abuse,and sexual assault leading to safe, stable, and empowered lives.

Outreach Basket: Non-perishable food for the Arlington Food Assistance Center ( AFAC).
Rebuilding Together Wrap Up 
In late April, teams of volunteers from St. Michael's and Trinity Presbyterian churches joined one another to help fix up the home of a fellow Arlington resident. This was done under the  auspices of Rebuilding Together. Rebuilding Together coordinates a nationwide program where, in one day, volunteers come together to rehabilitate homes of low income, often elderly homeowners who can no longer afford, or have the physical ability, to make repairs to their homes. These homeowners must often choose to put aside basic home maintenance in order to purchase necessities such as food and healthcare.
This year, we started off with a day of preparation. On Apr . 21, a dozen people from both churches labored in several are as of our project house. Old stoves, broken refrigerators, and miscellaneous items were carried up the narrow basement stairs and out to the curb to be picked up by a truck. A stubborn coating of soot was scrubbed off the basement ceiling and walls. The interior basement walls, ceiling, and exterior trim were primed and mortar joints around some brick and a concrete front step were repaired.
A week later, on Apr. 28, National Rebuilding Day, a much larger crew arrived for the main work day. Volunteers from Trinity provided coffee and pastries to start the day and energize volunteers. We jumped right in, painting the front railing, painting the entire basement level of the house, installing three storm windows (including one specially manufactured by the Trinity co-captain), installing a downspout to prevent water infiltration in the basement, adjusting the front door that the homeowner was unable to open, completing all the exterior painting on the list, securing a wobbly bathroom vanity, replacing missing door trim, and patching a hole in the basement ceiling. A welcome break in the day came when lunch, snacks, and water were provided by a few St. Michael's volunteers. The St. Michael's kids came by with more snacks and smiles later in the day which energized the crew. The majority of the work was completed in time for everyone to get home for dinner.
After church the next day, once the paint had a chance to dry, a handful of mainly St. Michael's folks came back to finish up a few important details. New ceiling lights were installed in the basement, totally transforming the newly painted space. In addition, several important safety devices were installed, including grab bars, handrails, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. A couple of cosmetic improvements, the installation of a radiator cover and painting the back outside railing, completed the work on our 2018 Rebuilding Together house.
The homeowner loves this house. It has real sentimental value to her because it was left to her by her deceased brother who holds a special place in her heart. It's a solid structure, but we had many issues to address. We should be proud of the good work we did. She is going to be able to remain there for many years to come.
Thanks to all who contributed in many different ways to our Rebuilding Together house!
Dan Ruff
Sharing Your Talent

All artist and crafters:  are you interested in an opportunity to showcase and sell some of your creations at a coffee hour in mid November? The sale proceeds can be used to benefit the church (e.g. new computer for the office or repair to stained glass) or one of our outreach organizations (e.g. AFAC Backpack Buddies). If you would like to participate in such an event, please contact Helen Hines. If we have a sufficient show of interest we can schedule a planning meeting to make it happen.

Helen Hines
St. Michael's Episcopal Church
 1132 N. Ivanhoe Street  | Arlington, VA 22205-2445

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