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Holy Week at St. Michael's

Tue., Mar. 27
9:00 AM: Morning Prayer

Wed., Mar. 28
9:00 AM: Morning Prayer 
7:30 PM: Tenebrae (Service of darkness)

Maundy Thursday, Mar. 29     
9:00 AM: Morning Prayer  
7:30 PM:
 Holy Eucharist II and Footwashing
8:30 PM: Vigil with Reserve Sacrament 

Good Friday, Mar. 30    
12:00 & 7:30 PM: Good Friday Liturgy 

Easter Sun., Apr. 1
6:00 AM: Sunrise Service
8:00 & 10 AM: Holy Eucharist II 
10:45 AM: Nursing Home Service at Regency  
11:15 AM: Easter Egg Hunt and Flowering of the Cross  

An Invitation to Holy Week

Wherever you are on your own spiritual journey, join us in a mysterious, hopeful passage through Holy Week.


Crucified, dead, and buried
Synonymous parallelism, redundancy, or pleonasm
because you are either alive
or not.
On the other hand, when you are so alive that your aliveness
tames the sea and makes bread cover the hills
and makes the world over again, makes the crazy sane
the wounded whole and brings the dying to life,
then your deadness must be made
absolutely certain.
Your final howl.
Testimony by soldier one.
Witness of the women,
especially two mothers and the Magdalene.
Check by Pilate.
Corroboration by soldier two.
Confirmation by Joseph
with his own hands on the flesh
shoulder on the boulder -
the case is watertight -
the women see him
closing the opening
ending the story.

-The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Briggs Kitteridge, A Lot of the Way Trees Were Walking, p. 89, 2015.


XYZ Lunch: The Eagles Have Landed?

Join us, Thu., Apr. 5,
 for a potluck lun
ch. Our own Melanie Scott Monahan will share background information and images gathered through her informal interest in bald eagles. She has visited the American Eagle Foundation in Tennessee and has stories and pictures of eagle activity in Westover.

Pretzels and punch at noon. Lunch at 12:30. All are welcome, especially seniors. Contact: Evelyn Bence or Jane Cook.

March 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 Feb. 28, 2018 was almost exactly the same as our budget projection. Our expenses were less than our budget projection for the same period. Our Parish Administrator (Wil Harkins) has reviewed his internal accounting records for calendar year 2017 and found them to be in excellent agreement with that of our outside accountant. The Parish Administrator also provided a summary of our 2018 Operating Fund Pledge Campaign; as of Mar. 11, 2018, we have 67 pledges with $243.5K pledged (12 are completely paid) and we have received $77.2K.
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

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.
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.

Annual Meeting, Feb. 11, 2018

In accordance with Canon law, St. Michael's Episcopal Church held an Annual Meeting of the parish on February 11, 2018. The meeting immediately followed the 9:00am service. The Rev. Beth Magill and members of the congregation were in attendance. Copies of the 2018 Annual Report and the 2018 Mission Spending Plan were made available and are posted online.

Appointment of secretary: Vestry Register Penelope Jones agreed to take minutes of the meeting.
Recognition of Retiring Vestry Members:  Rev. Beth Magill recognized and presented gifts to outgoing Vestry members Karen Ruff, Dwight Denson, and Tom Sheldon. She noted Karen's thoughtful leadership during a year in which the congregation carried out its search for a new rector and thanked Vestry members for their support.
Vestry Nominations and Election of New Vestry Members: Nominations were invited and an election was held for three open positions on Vestry with three-year terms (2018-2021). Consistent with past practice, Vestry put forward the names of three members in good standing as nominees for the open positions. They are: Barbara Adams, T. J. Burnside Clapp, and Tim Matlack. The floor was opened to the congregation for additional nominations. None were received and nominations were closed. A voice vote was held and the three nominees were unanimously elected.
Treasurers Report. Fran Olsen presented the report on behalf of Treasurer Dean Scribner who could not attend. See the full summary in the Annual Report. Highlights include:
  • The operating fund had a net balance of $8092 at the end of the year.
  • Income exceeded budget in areas of pledges and fees from user groups. 
  • The Moving Forward in Faith Capital Campaign launched in May 2014 was closed in December 2017. It generated revenue of $403,689 and ended with a deficit of $2003.
  • St. Michaels successfully completed its annual financial audit, thanks to the audit team Mary Thorne and Michael Pilot.
  • Parishioners were informed of St. Michael's financial status in monthly reports in the Guardian.
Vestry Meeting, Feb. 20, 2018 

Orientation of New Members
  • Vestry Job Description (distributed reading materials "What A Vestry Does" & "Vestry Papers" to be discussed at the retreat; sending electronically for those not in attendance)
  • Vestry Liaison roles (tabled for Vestry retreat; improvements/changes/etc...)
Receive Financial Reports - Positive review of Vestry & finance committee joint meeting in early Feb.
  • Finance cmt amended its charter so that transitions on/off committees/Vestry would begin after the annual meeting.
  • January financials
  • 2018 Mission Spending Plan
Sr. Warden's Report: Recently rec'd $10,000 bequest
Jr. Warden's Report
Priority: stained glass rehab, updating routine cleaning tasks, emphasis on recycling, fire alarm system work & snow shoveling/lawn care
Suggestion of art installation to fill space when stained glass windows are out for repair (est. 6-8 weeks); Dan will follow up w/ parishioners who may be interested
Music Director/Organist
  • Search Committee Schedule - job description being drafted
  • Goal is to post the job description by March 1st w/ a May-June start
  Read the full report.
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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.