JOIN US FOR HOLY WEEK!
MAUNDY THURSDAY PRAYER WATCH

April 1 at 8:30 pm - April 2 at Noon



All are invited to participate in the Prayer Watch. This year, the invitation is to create a garden at home or simply sign-up and enter into a time of prayer through our online garden as we wait, watch & pray through the night. It concludes at noon on Good Friday.
CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED

The Parish office will be closed beginning at 12 pm Friday, April 2, and will reopen on
Tuesday, April 6 at 9 am. May this be a blessed Holy Week and Easter Day
Although our 10:15 service is at full capacity for Easter Day at this time, we invite you to join us for the 7:45 AM service in-person or online at 7:45 AM & 10:15 AM
HOLY COMMUNION AT HOME
 
We have "pre-consecrated" bread and wine available for those who will continue to join us in worship through YouTube available for pick-up at the church office.
 
WHEN TO PICK- UP COMMUNION:
  • THURSDAY APRIL 1 & 2
  • 9AM to 5PM
  • CHURCH OFFICE


EASTER DAY COMMUNION:
Due to our office closure on Good Friday (April 2) at 12 pm, EASTER DAY communion will be available for pick up beginning Wednesday, March 31.
 
* Please note: Gluten-free elements for those with allergies and/or intolerances are available by request. Please email ashleigh@stmichaelschurch.com by end of day Wednesday to ensure the elements will be available for pick-up Thursday and Friday.
Registration for the Upcoming 2021-2022
School Year

St. Michael’s Preschool provides a cheerful and educational preschool experience for children from toddler age to pre-kindergarten. It is the mission of the Preschool to provide a nurturing, safe and stimulating environment for children where the love of Jesus Christ is reflected in actions of the teachers and children. Our desire is to ensure that our students are receiving quality, early childhood education in a Christian manner. We believe that each child is a gift from God.


We are currently enrolling for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. We’d love to show you firsthand all the learning that takes place here at St. Michael’s each day. To set up a tour, please contact Melanie Olivier in the Preschool office by phone 407-843-8448 ext. 245 or by email preschool@stmichaelschurch.com.
ST. MICHAEL'S PRESCHOOL
SUMMER CAMP!

Join us this summer for storybook based summer time fun with a mix of art, crafts, activities, learning and outdoor activities. Our camp is for ages 18 months to those entering Kindergarten in the fall. Camp will be offered Monday through Thursday from 9am until 1pm on the following weeks: June 7-10, June 14-17, June 21-24, July 12-15 and July 19-22. Contact the preschool office for registration.
THE JOY OF GENEROSITY
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Every Stitch Holds a Prayer
 
CALLING ALL CROCHETERS, KNITTERS, AND TEXTILE ARTISTS
St. Michael's invites you to participate in this new care ministry. Prayer shawls are intended to be a reminder of God's ever-present Love. It is an unconditional gift for every season of life- joy and sorrow, when you are weeping or celebrating, in life and in death. The power of the prayer shawl is in its physical properties and source of warmth. They hug, nurture, give solace, shelter, uplift, and affirm those who are in need. The prayer shawl acts as a reminder that we are lovingly held by our God.
 
THE WORK OF HUMAN HANDS IN PRAYER
A prayer shawl is a labor of love in prayer and work. The maker always begins with prayer and prayerful intentions are continued throughout the creation. When completed, a priest will bless the shawls before they are gifted.
 
The blessing ripples from person to person, with both the giver and receiver, feeling the almighty embrace of God. The prayer shawl ministry yearns to be a faith-sharing community.
 
ALL AGES AND SKILL LEVELS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SERVE
If you or someone you know would like to provide an act of love by creating prayer shawls or squares, please CLICK HERE to complete this form or contact Pastoral Care Coordinator, Emilie Joudi Vick at pastoralcare@stmichaelschurch.com (407) 801-9926.
OUTREACH:PAWS FOR PEACE
Two and a half weeks! Tails are wagging for a special event!!! 

UPDATE: Beginning on Tuesday – Kjerstin, Collin and Silas (Our chief mixing bowl licker!) will have their chef hats on all weekend making treats! Any person contributing $5 or more to our team page will receive a bag of fresh baked, grain free dog treats! (treat bags can be picked up in the office from Mike.)



We'd love to invite you to the 10th annual Paws for Peace Walk on April 17th at 8AM! Please join us at Blue Jacket Park for a fun, leisurely, socially-distanced stroll for pets, their families, and friends to raise awareness about domestic abuse and its effect on pets and their owners. As well as the walk itself, we'll also have a silent auction, mystery doggie bags, and more! Besides spending the morning exercising with your pets, socializing, and raising awareness towards domestic violence, you can also rest soundly knowing that 100% of the proceeds raised will service survivors and their pets staying at Harbor House.


REGISTER HERE to join St. Michael's Team or make a donation

About Harbor House: Harbor House of Central Florida is the only state-certified domestic violence center serving Orange County. Founded in 1976 and now serving thousands of women, children, men, and pets impacted by domestic violence each year, Harbor House offers emergency shelter, 24/7 hotline, outreach services, court advocacy, childcare, violence prevention education for youth, community training, and an on-site kennel. 

The walk benefits the Paws for Peace Kennel at Harbor House. This is important because: 

  • 48% of survivors delay leaving an abusive situation for fear their pets will be harmed. 
  • 88% of pets living in domestic violence homes are abused. 
  • More than 350 pets have been safely housed in the Paws for Peace Kennel since it opened in 2012. 


COLLEGE PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL

Wednesday I was able to drop off the remainder of the backpacks at CPMS. The staff wanted me to pass along their thanks for everything St. Michael’s does.
 
My favorite thing about these backpacks is that when you open them there is a little tag inside that says “Today is a good day to have a good day.” A reminder that we all need from time to time.
 

Housing Stabilization

I also wanted to let you know that this week, in addition to helping several folks with immediate food needs, we were able to assist folks in need of housing stabilization. One lady was getting off the streets after two years of experiencing homelessness. She had managed to scrape together her first month's rent and was short on the money needed for her deposit. We were able to refer her to the Christian Service Center for assistance with her deposit. She has a job and was able to sign her lease this week.
 
We were also able to help a multi-generational family maintain their housing after one of the people working in the home was injured. Many of us, at one time or another has experienced being “one paycheck away” from financial hardship. We are happy to report that we were able to help them bridge the gap and keep their apartment. He is returning to work this week! Again, thank you for being the hands and feet of Christ in our community!
Lake Silver Elementary
 
Early in the week, I received a call from our friends at Lake Silver asking if we could help out with classroom snacks. As you remember this is one of the things we would request with our Feed My Lambs program.
 
Thanks to St. Michael’s ongoing support of our outreach, I was able to drop by 20 boxes of snacks on Wednesday. Your contributions allow us to swing into action immediately when we receive a call.
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY: EASTER ACTIVITIES!

CLICK HERE for the link to this Sundays lesson. Click on the video that was released today.
 
You can preview the "Easter Egg-stravaganza" video here.. Be sure to bookmark or save the link for later so you can play it when it's time for the Easter egg hunt. Feel free to share this with friends and family!
 
Please call, text, email or facetime with anything you might need or just to say hi! I am here if the kids need to talk! 407-415-4523.
 
Don't forget to like our Facebook page for more!
EYC WILL NOT MEET THIS SUNDAY: APRIL 4

EYC will not meet Sunday, APRIL 4 (5:30-7:30PM)

EYC is on this Sunday!! Remember to bring your own food and drink, a chair if you'd like (though we'll have them), and wear a mask please. There is going to be fun, fire, and Jesus.
St. Michael’s will continue its partnership with the Center for Spiritual Formation from Carlisle, PA to offer a two-year program through our campus in the Ministry of Spiritual Direction. A new class will begin in September of 2021.

Spiritual Direction is companionship given by one Christian to another which enables that person to listen for the direction of the Holy Spirit as a person opens their life to God’s presence; to respond to God’s guidance; to grow in intimacy with God, and to live out the beauty of the relationship. The program is intended to assist those who participate in sharpening listening skills, bring clarity to areas of giftedness, and acquire the tools and practices essential to caring for souls in love.

YEAR ONE: focuses on the history, traditions and models, Biblical roots, and theological foundations of Spiritual Direction. It highlights the differences between psychological counseling and Spiritual Direction and demonstrates a contemplative approach to God.

YEAR TWO: focuses on the actual practice of Spiritual Direction: developing listening and assessment skills; becoming familiar with displacement and projection, transference and counter-transference; acquiring a working knowledge of the life-stages of faith development; cultivating an increased awareness of the power of prayer and healing; and learning the importance of supervision.

The Ministry of Spiritual Direction Program creates space for those participating to:

  • Gain or deepen one’s understanding, sensitivity, and insight into the workings of the Holy Spirit.
  • Create awareness of the need for an ever-growing connection between the inner life of the Spirit and the outer life of faithfulness to the Spirit’s direction.
  • Facilitate a deepening prayer life and greater contentment with silence and solitude.
  • Equip those participating to deal with strong emotions and maintain relationships over time.

If you are interested and would like to learn more Visit www.centerformation.org
• select “About Us”
• select “Spiritual Direction”

Or connect with Ashleigh Gonzalez in the Parish Office at ashleigh@stmichaelschurch.com for any clarifying questions you may have about the program itself or the upcoming interest meeting.
“GOODNIGHT WITH MR. ANDREW”    Sunday, April 4, 6:30 PM

“Songs & Prayers Time” - 15-20 mins for our young ones beginning at 6:30.

  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • A selection from our repertoire of Angel’s Choir songs….
  • Individual prayers and thanksgivings
  • A sung version of “Good Night Moon” that includes a closing prayer.


APRIL 4: EASTER
ALLELUIA! THE LORD IS RISEN! THE LORD IS RISEN, INDEED! ALLELUIA!  


SUNDAY, April 4, 10:15, EASTER
 
SUNDAY
PRELUDE MUSIC AT 10 AM         
1 In Green Pastures  H. Darke [1888-1976]
2 On “The King of love my shepherd is”  H. Willan (1880-1968)
3 On “Jesus Christ is risen today”  Flor Peeters (1903-1986)
 
SERVICE
Opening: 207 Jesus Christ is risen today!
Praise: S-280 Glory to God
Gospel: 174 At the Lamb’s high feast we sing
 
Offertory: Alleluia - R. Thompson (1899-1984)
 
A “one word” anthem – the word we have not said for over five weeks: “ALLELUIA!” 
 
Sanctus: E-35 Fletcher
Fraction: S-154 Christ our Passover
Closing: In Christ alone - attached
 
POSTLUDE
Fantasia in G major  J. S. Bach (1685-1750)  


CONTACT ANDREW AT ANY TIME – if interested in becoming a part of the Music Ministry at St. Michael’s. Email: andrew@stmichaelschurch.com or call the church 407-843-8448 x.246.
PRAYER LIST

Alice, Ann, Arel, Audrey, Barbara, Benny, Bill C., Bill H., Bob, Brayden, Calvin, Colonel, David, Deirdre, Dick, Doug, Edwina, Ellen, Emilie, Fr. Eric, George M., Gylla, Hazel, Jamie, Jasper, Jeanette G., John, Joy, Katie, Kathy, Kristina, Krystal, Levi, Lindsey, Lisa, Mal, Mary, Nayim, Nelson+, Paul, Renee, Sara, Stephanie, Steve, Tiffany P., Tiffany S., Tom, Walter.


BIRTHDAYS
1: Robert Carpenter, Chazz Cox, Kelley Cummings 3: Amelia Bond, Lionel Smith-McGehee 4: Tara Clayton, Alena Golda 5: Claire Barnhart, Gary Mendonza 6: Owen Jones, Ronald Myers, Pat Telan, Chip Webb   


Reminder: To place someone on the prayer list, please contact Deacon Carter at Carter@stmichaelschurch.com
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