Saint Michael's Messenger
Weekly Newsletter

November 28, 2018 Edition
Worship Schedule
Sunday, December 2nd
1st Sunday of Advent
Gracefully Giving with Gratitude:
Your 2019 Stewardship Steering Committee this week is reaching out to members who – records indicate --
have yet to respond to the Pledge Campaign. 

Our purpose is to account for each and all members whose intentions are to pledge, in support of the parish.  This includes members who for a previous year(s) have approved electronic, or “automatic” scheduled payments/debits that they wish to continue in 2019.
To help with your pledge, you may contact
Parish Administrator, Liz Beedle in the church office at elizabeth@stmaa.com or 913-236-8600.  
You may also go online to www.stmaa.com .  

Should you receive a call or a message from our Committee, your understanding and response is appreciated.  As has been communicated, our parish budgeting depends on every pledge received – to support the financial needs and commitments we share. 
Thank you to all members who already have submitted a giving pledge! 
As of Monday, November 26, we have received 199 pledges totaling $734,998.

Doughnuts are Back!!!
Join us for

Coffee Hour

between the
8:45 am and 10:45 am
Worship Services in Spencer Hall.

Coffee and Doughnuts
will be served!!
THIS SUNDAY
THIS SUNDAY
An Important Message from Father David:
Opportunities to give this Christmas
This Sunday, all loose offering (cash and change) will go the clergy discretionary fund. This fund is used solely to help people in need. The money we receive this Sunday will help us to provide food, gas, heat, and maybe even a Christmas gift to people who can really use the help. As you come to worship this Sunday, I appreciate you keeping this opportunity in your hearts and minds.

~The Canons of the Episcopal Church require that every parish designate one Sunday per month on which to collect all loose offering for the benefit of the poor. At St. Michael’s, that designated Sunday is the first one of each month. As fewer of us carry cash around, it has proven harder to collect money for this fund. Any time you can keep the first Sunday of the month in mind, it benefits others in need. Also, the giving page on the St. Michael’s website has an option for giving to the discretionary fund; this electronic option makes it easier to drop in a few dollars from time to time. You can also write a check anytime with “discretionary fund” in the memo line. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
TOMORROW
THIS SATURDAY
Advent Prayer Workshop
Saturday, December 1 st
Workshop:
10:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Lunch:
12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Join us at this gathering to reflect on the “forms” that written prayers take: from the Lord’s Prayer to a traditional collect to the forms for the Prayers of the People that we use on Sundays. Bring your own notebook or journal to use as we practice writing our own prayers that can better express what we are thinking and feeling in our own minds and hearts. You are invited, but not required, to share your prayers as a part of our collective prayer to God.
If you like, bring a sack lunch to share a brief time of food and fellowship following the workshop. I hope to see you there
Fr. David
NEXT SUNDAY
We Need Your Help...
St. Nicholas Dinner
LOCATION
Spencer Hall

DATE AND TIME
11/28/18 6:00pm - 11/29/18 7:30pm

I'll bring a dessert to share.
I can run the dishwasher.
I can help clean up.
CHRISTMAS FLOWERS
Offering envelopes are available in the pews during Advent for your use in remembering a loved one or honoring a special occasion during this holiday season. The money is used to purchase the Poinsettias and greens used for Christmas. You may use the envelope to place your check, noting your name and names of those remembered or honored, and drop in the offering plate. A list of donations will be posted on a bulletin board in the hallway and included in the Christmas bulletins.  
Thank you in advance for participating in enhancing the beauty of our Sanctuary.
Documentary Film Night
“I am not Your Negro”
Nominated for Academy Award in 2016

Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember this House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and a flood of rich archival material…. Ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
December 13 th
7 p.m.
Spencer Hall
Neighborhood Pantry 
at St. Paul's
Please remember the Pantry next time you go to the grocery store. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
Below is the prayer that our Rector Search Committee has crafted to guide them through the important process of calling a new Rector. Please join them in reflecting on these words as a way of supporting them in the work they have been chosen to do.
Prayer for our Rector Search Committee:
Almighty and gracious God, please guide St. Michael and All Angels in the search for the 9th Rector. May each person committed to this calling trust your guidance to discern your will. Give the Rector Search Committee open minds to receive the desires and concerns of all parishioners. Grant them a creative spirit to overcome challenges with inspiration, resourcefulness, and productivity. May they carry out your works in our community and fully satisfy the needs of our parish. All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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