This issue includes news about Care of Creation, Vestry & financial reports...and more
The Block Party was a Hit! 
 
Just a quick note of thanks to everyone who lent a helping hand to make the block party such a success, from the bakers, the painters, the beer pourers, and the musicians!  And thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the fine weather and festivities!    
 
 
Thank you all!  
Helen Hines

Wednesday Book Group
We've postponed discussion of
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell to Nov. 28 to give everyone more time to finish the book.
Outward and Visible Signs

This past Sunday in our Adult Inquirer's Class we talked about sacraments. Sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual graces (Book of Common Prayer, p. 857). In the Episcopal Church, we practice the two primary biblical sacraments, Baptism and Eucharist, in addition to the sacraments of the church: confirmation, marriage, ordination, reconciliation of the penitent, and unction. In every case, the sacraments are intended to remind us to celebrate God's presence.

My favorite question to pose after presenting this definition is whether God's presence is limited to these moments? Are these the only possible holy acts we might encounter? Further, can we experience sacramental moments beyond the walls of the sanctuary?

I love the definition of sacraments from the prayer book. And, I find that sometimes I need a little bit more, an even broader understanding of these holy moments: sacraments are the things we can see, hear, smell, taste, or touch that help us to recognize that God is with us. Sacraments of the church - primarily the meal we share around the Eucharistic table on Sunday mornings - are my frequent reminder to be on the lookout for these holy sightings as I go about my daily life.

As Nic and I enter into the final stages of preparation for our wedding, please know that you all have been living sacraments during our period of engagement! In grand gestures and passing words of encouragement, we are prepared for this blessing in large part because of the holiness you all have reflected back to us. The love you have shared with us has been nothing short of holy, and we feel deeply blessed! Thank you for helping to prepare us to truly receive the sacrament of marriage, St. Michael's!

May your eyes be opened and filled with hope by the sacramental moments that surround you daily.

Blessings,
Beth
Common Cents
 
Just as a condo association has a reserve fund and a university has an endowment fund, our church has the St. Michael's fund. In the last year it has increased in value from $315,141 to $367,272. The significant increase is due to good returns on investments and some very kind major donations.

 Beth Addington, Finance Committee
September 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 .
 
Michele Casciano, Registrar
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.
Care of Creation Opportunity: Energy Efficiency Workshop November 11th

Would you like to learn how to make your own and others' homes more comfortable while reducing climate pollution and saving money on energy bills?

Please join the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions and Interfaith Power & Light at Messiah United Methodist Church for an energy efficiency workshop! Jill Barker of Arlington Energy Masters will teach participants how to perform simple upgrades to achieve energy and water conservation. After reminding ourselves where our energy comes from and why it matters, this hands-on workshop will train participants of all skill levels to confidently undertake energy upgrades.

The class will equip participants to improve their own homes and to volunteer with Rebuilding Together to help low income, elderly and disabled neighbors in Northern Virginia to reduce their energy bills, cut wasted energy, and have more comfortable homes.

The class will be held on Sun., Nov. 11, from 2-4 PM at Messiah United Methodist Church (6215 Rolling Rd, West Springfield, VA 22152). The class is open to ages 13 and older.  

Please register for this event. A registration fee of $20 is requested to cover the cost of training materials. Scholarships are available.

Please contact Jackie Verrecchia or Maddie Smith with questions.
 
Tom Sheldon 
October Financial Report
   
Our income as of Sept 30, 2018 was ahead of our projected budget by 5%. For the same period, our expenses were less than our projected budget by about 4%. St. Michael's currently has 67 pledges totaling $243K in 2018. Twenty-one of these pledges are now complete. As of Aug. 31, 2018 (70% of the year completed), we have received $182K, which is 75% of the pledged total. St. Michael's has received two pledges for 2019, and one of them is already completed. During the coffee hours of both services on Sun.,Oct. 21, Tim Matlack gave a financial overview of our finances as we proceed into the pledge season for next year.
 
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
 
 
Support St. Michael's

 

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