Saint Michael's Messenger
Weekly Newsletter

October 3, 2018 Edition
Worship Schedule
Sunday, October 7th
Please contact Marty Pyle,
with questions.

Saint Francis Garden
St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, holds a special place in our hearts, as noted by the annual blessing of the animals and in a garden named in his honor. 
Located in a small sunny spot near the entrance to the nursery, the garden was created upon the renovation of Spencer Hall. It’s filled with colorful flowers, interesting stepping stones and animal statuary, and was created by the Gardening Angels for children and adults to explore the wonders of God’s Creation. It also serves as a place for pets’ ashes to be buried. 
You are invited to celebrate St. Francis Day by taking a short stroll in this garden and enjoy discovering stepping stones in the shape of animals, occasional bunnies, butterflies, chipmunks, insects – and even a toad house.
St. Michael’s Gardening Angels wishes you a blessed St. Francis celebration!
Gracefully Giving with Gratitude:
Michael’s Army of Angels provides an example of how we are to live: connected to one another.  We are only successful in that we are a “we.”
We may not be slaying a dragon.  But as a parish, there are “monsters” in our midst:

  •  Frightened by the current Rector search
  • Concerned about the future of the parish
  • Some of us holding off on financial pledging until “this” settles out

We cannot give in to the monster. The future of our parish and church will be decided by our common faith and our mutual devotion to God and His grace – St. Michael and ALL of his angels.

Excerpted from Rev. Dr. David Cox’s sermon September 30
Time for our next Social Supper....
Attention Parents of 4th-6th Graders:
  Episcopal Relief & Development Responding to Hurricanes
Episcopal Relief & Development is now supporting dioceses along the coast as they respond to the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Please continue to pray for all those impacted by the hurricane, for those that continue to respond to emergencies, those that have begun the initial work of relief and recovery, and for church communities as they reach out to their most vulnerable members and neighbors.

Contributions to the 
will help Episcopal Relief & Development support Church and other local partners as they provide critical emergency assistance to those most in need.
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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