This issue includes news about our Summer seminarian, Vestry & financial reports...and more
Vacation Bible School News

VBS snacks
Looking for an alternative way to support VBS? Provide a snack one evening. It's easy -- just drop off before our evening activities. Contact Melanie Monahan for snack information. 

VBS decorating day
Join us on Sat., Jul. 7 at 10 AM to set up for "Shipwrecked." Supplies provided.

VBS ice cream social
All parishioners are invited to join us on Fri., Jul. 13 at 8 PM as we celebrate the conclusion of our "Shipwrecked" VBS with an ice cream social. Ice cream will be provided. Please bring a topping to share.

"God Will Wipe Away Every Tear":
A Faithful Response to Grief and Hope 

In the book of Revelation, which is an apocalyptic text, we are given a poetic vision of the end of days. You may be familiar with these words, as they are frequently read at funerals. In chapter 7, John shares his vision,   
 
Then he said to me, 'These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 
For this reason they are before the throne of God,
and worship him day and night within his temple,
and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.  
They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
the sun will not strike them,
nor any scorching heat;  
for the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'
 
It's a beautiful vision, void of want and grief. John offers hope to a people who have been perpetually persecuted. And yet, how does this vision speak to us in the midst of our own loss and grief? Where are we to find hope in the midst of seemingly hopeless situations?
 
Please consider joining us for a three part discussion series on grief, hope, and everything in between. Grief and loss are universal human experiences. We will take time to discuss how we move through those experiences, individually and collectively. With these gatherings we hope to begin sharing our personal stories, create a culture of communal care, and ground ourselves in the narrative our faith.
 
On Jul. 15, 22, and 29, we will meet in the Parish hall from 5-7PM. A simple supper will be provided, followed by a short presentation, time for small group discussion, and Compline. Each conversation will be self-contained, meaning attendees would benefit from attending one or all gatherings.
 
Jul. 15: Why do we sing Alleluia at funerals? A deep dive on our theology of death and resurrection
Jul. 22: Personal experiences of grief - a panel discussion with St. Michael's parishioners
Jul. 29: Grieving in Community  
 
I hope you will consider joining us for these important conversations.

Blessings,
Beth
Notice Anything Different?


Our stained glass windows are vacationing in Minnesota!  On the 11th and 12th of June, Eric from Cathedral Crafts of Winona, Minnesota removed the panels of stained glass from the side windows of the Sanctuary and placed temporary plexiglass panes in their place.  Our stained glass windows will spend the summer in Minnesota as they are refurbished to correct, among other things, bowing of the panes.  Enjoy the view through the clear windows during the summer as we expect that the windows will be reinstalled in the Sanctuary in the September time frame.

Mary Cushing
Senior Warden, Vestry
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.
 
 
Support St. Michael's

 

You can make single gifts and recurring donations (pledges) through our online service  Network for Good.
Meet Our Seminarian

Greetings! My name is Crystal Hardin and I am in my final year at Virginia Theological Seminary. I am thrilled to be joining the St. Michael's community as a summer seminarian intern. I will be with you for eight weeks, with the exception of the time that I will be serving the Diocese of Virginia at General Convention in Austin, Texas, as a staff writer for Center Aisle (a Diocesan opinion journal on matters relevant to Convention).

By way of introduction, I was raised in rural South Alabama and spent my childhood largely unchurched, with the exception of a brief period of time spent in the Southern Baptist tradition. It wasn't until law school that I discovered the Episcopal Church, though I had no idea at the time where this discovery would lead. While in law school, I also discovered a passion for criminal defense work. I spent two years working for the University of Alabama's Capital Defense Clinic, which still stands as some of the richest, most rewarding, and painful work of my life. After law school, I had the honor to serve a year term as law clerk to a judge in the Northern District of Alabama.

The three years I spent in law school gifted me with many things: the love of a well-crafted sentence, appreciation for the many sides of any statement of fact or opinion, a heart broken open to the needs of those with few, if any, people on their side, a blossoming relationship with the Episcopal Church, and a fiancé.

In the past eight years, my life has changed dramatically. I married my husband, Bradford, moved to the DC metro area, had two beautiful girls, Lillian (age 8) and Eliot (age 6), started a photography business, and discerned a call to ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church. I served my sending parish, St. George's in Arlington, as Senior Warden on the Vestry and in various other roles. Occasionally, I write for the Virginia Episcopalian and other publications. Last summer, I completed Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where I served as a chaplain intern. Working at the NIH in this role was joyfully challenging and formative in ways that I continue to process.

I am passionate about Jesus and have a particular interest in preaching (and Homiletical studies), creation theology, and how faith speaks to profound loss, grief and suffering.

I come to you, St. Michael's, seeking to form and to be formed, to challenge and to be challenged, to lead and to be led. In the end, I am really just a person in progress (as we all are) who seeks connection, values authenticity, places a premium on inclusiveness, laughs loudly and often, and believes that life is good (even when all evidence points to the contrary). I look forward to meeting and serving you.

May Vestry Meeting Minutes

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.

Read the full report here.
June Financial Report
   
The Vestry approved the 2017 Operating Fund Budget in Feb. 2018. It was projected to have a $53.6K deficit.

Our income as of May 31, 2018 was slightly ahead of our projected budget by 1%. For the same period, our expenses were less than our projected budget by about 8%. These numbers should be viewed in the context that our projected budget had a built-in deficit of $53.5K. However as of May 31, our deficit for the year thus far is less than $12K (but as is always the case, income and expenses are not evenly spread over the year). Our TD Bank balance (cash on hand) was $87,364 as of May 31, 2018. 
 

Read the full treasurer's report (which includes the Outreach collection figures)
 here.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Dean Scribner, Treasurer
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.
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.