E-Messenger May 21, 2020
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The SMC Mission is to 
Love God, Love Others, and  Serve  the World.
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Treasurer
Craig Maughan

Ashley Bennett
Linda Midkiff
Niki Nash
Ronda Olson
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Katie Terry
Mark DiDea
Whitney Broadaway
Beth Pittenger
Charlie Egerton
Contact Us
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Rector
The Rev. Rick Luoni

Assisting Priest 
The Rev. Greg Favazza

The Rev. Carter A. Smith  

Church Administrator
Ashleigh Gonzalez

Submissions for the E-Messenger should be emailed to the Church Administrator by Tuesday at 5 pm for that week's edition.  The E-Messenger is distributed every Thursday.

Preschool Director
Melanie Olivier





(407) 843-8448

2499 N. Westmoreland Drive
(Corner of Bryn Mawr)

Your Church Home
 in College Park

REFLECTIONS WITH FR. RICK

Dear St. Michael's Family,
 
I sit in my office with a heart full of gratitude for this wonderful church family we call St. Michael's. Despite the hardships and challenges over the past couple of months, St. Michael's has remained active and visible in our community through our online services and our ministries of compassion we call Outreach. In many ways, though we've been stretched, God is opening doors of possibilities and new opportunities for us to be his Church and make a difference in the lives of those living in College Park and beyond.
 
I want to thank you for your patience, faithfulness and generosity over these past two months. Many folks have served behind the scenes on so many levels to make St. Michael's a light of hope in the darkness of COVID-19, and the positive responses I receive weekly are an affirmation that we are indeed making a difference in many lives beyond our church doors. The hope and strength of the Gospel is ministering to hearts and lives all over the country through St. Michael's!
 
PLANS TO RETURN TO PUBLIC WORSHIP
St. Michael's staff and Vestry are working in consultation with governmental, medical, and Diocesan guidelines to formulate a MULTI-STAGE STRATEGY for resuming public worship. Please know that we have received strict requirements from the Bishop's office regarding gatherings for PUBLIC worship. We are currently developing a plan for our "PHASE 1" resumption of public worship and will continue to keep you updated as we near our return date.
While it would be premature of me to give you too many specifics of that plan today, I can tell you this: 
  1. Our plan adheres to Diocesan guidelines and is oriented toward our safety.

  2. Currently, we are targeting Sunday June 7th for our first public worship services.
     
  3. We are still in the planning stages of our PHASE 1 offering of public worship and have yet to determine the number of services we will be able and allowed to provide each Sunday as we ease our way back to public worship.
     
  4. For at least the next two Sundays (May 24 & 31), we will continue with our excellent online worship services at 10:15AM only. After we resume public worship, we will continue to offer online services.
     
  5. Starting this Thursday and Friday May 21 and 22 you can pick-up "pre-consecrated" bread and wine at the church office between 10AM and 2PM to use during our online worship services.
 
Thank you for your prayers, love and concern as we maneuver our way through this challenging time. I ask you to stay patient, humble, prayerful and committed to St. Michael's. God is indeed with us during this time. Through it all, and through us, may God be glorified! Be assured, the Lord is "working all things together for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose for them" (Romans 8:28).
 
In Christ's love,
 
 
HOLY COMMUNION AT HOME

Beginning this week, we'll have 
"pre-consecrated" bread and wine available for our Sunday YouTube worship services that you can pick-up at the church office.

WHEN TO PICK- UP COMMUNION:
  • THURSDAY AND FRIDAY MAY 21 & 22
  • 10AM to 2PM
  • Church Office
 
HOW TO STORE COMMUNION PRIOR TO SUNDAY
You should store the sacrament in a respectful place in your home, perhaps placing it in a vessel and then putting it in protected place. Prior to participating in the online worship service Sunday, place the sacrament on a table. Be sure to create a reverent environment perhaps lighting a candle. During the service at the appropriate time during the Great Thanksgiving, you can receive the sacrament and share it with those in your home who are participating with you. Please consume all the elements.
 
WEDNESDAY NOONDAY PRAYER & COMPLINE


On Wednesdays at 12PM and 8PM we'll gather via ZOOM from our homes for Noonday Prayer and Compline. 

This is opportunity to connect with one another and spend a few minutes midweek in prayer. 

You can easily follow along in your Prayer Book or  HERE  with the Book of Common Prayer online listed under DAILY OFFICES.   

To participate, register below:
 

   

TOGETHER, WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Though we are not gathered physically, and limited by social distancing, we're still doing ministry and serving the world in Christ's name. Thousands have "attended" online over the past month and lives are being touched through St. Michael's presence in the community! Our outreach ministries, like The Gathering and several others are making a difference in the Greater-Orlando area. Our intention is to make a difference in some person's life daily.
 
TOGETHER, WE ARE STAYING STRONG!
Like you and the rest of the world, we are faced with many challenges and hurdles due to this pandemic. Our strength and stability are assured through trusting in God and the faithful generosity of our members. I'm asking you to help KEEP ST. MICHAEL'S STRONG by giving as you are able, and the Lord leads you. You can give online HERE.
 
TOGETHER, GOD IS USING US!
Thank you for your continued prayers for and financial generosity to the mission and ministry of St. Michael's. I'm touched by the grace extended in your giving for we can maintain God's good and beautiful work in this challenging time. We truly are the hands and feet of Jesus Christ-- perhaps more than ever before-- and as we serve the world in Christ's name, TOGETHER, WE ARE GLORIFYING GOD!
 
HELP SPREAD THE ST. MICHAEL'S LOVE!
 
In the past month several thousand people from all over Orlando and beyond have "attended" our Sunday morning services and been exposed the beauty of our liturgy and the Good News of Jesus Christ through our YouTube channel. 




Now, thanks to a generous gift, St. Michael's has purchased 50 additional yard signs. If you'd like to help spread the St. Michael's love by placing a sign in your yard, please let us know  ( email: ashleigh@stmichaelschurch.com ) and we'll arrange a time for pick-up.
 

I am excited to give you an update on our work with Central Florida United. First, I would like to personally thank those that have already volunteered with CFU! We are well represented! Be sure and put
St. Michael's Episcopal Church in the volunteer form so folks know where you are from!
 
The picture to the right gives a snapshot of some of the volunteer work so far!



Central Florida United is still seeking help for the  Mask Brigade  and with the Care Connection Champions The mask brigade partners with Orlando Face Mask Strong to create a stockpile of cotton masks for those who need them. This will definitely be a need as many in our community return to work and are required to wear facial coverings of some sort. If you sew, this could be for you!  If you sew, this could be for you! Please register through CentralFloridaUnited.org and then check out Orlando Face Mask Strong at:   





 The picture to the left is one of our parishioner's home setups. Don't worry if it looks complicated, they provide help every step of the way. They will provide materials and even if you don't sew you can place straps and nose pieces. There is plenty to do!






Another exciting opportunity is with the Care Connection Champions. These are folks that volunteer 1 hour a week to connect with those that need encouragement. We know that people are longing for connection and of the initial 50 calls that were made by this group 47 out of 50 people requested that the volunteer follow up and chat with them again. We are hoping that volunteers on this team will do a 4-6 week commitment and really build relationships with those on the other end of the line.
 
I hope that you will find this information useful and use the website as a guide and perhaps an opportunity to volunteer from your very own home. People are needed for everything from sewing masks to tutoring, from tech help to using your social media to spread ACCURATE information to your networks.
 
One Heart for Women and Children has assisted 15,000 individuals and distributed 45,000 meals since the early stages of the pandemic. Please support their work at www.oneheartforwomenandchildren.org    and see their latest updates at  www. https://www.facebook.com/OneHeartMatters



A big thank you to all who helped with One Heart's Mother's Day gift baskets. 

Virtual Hugs from Stephanie and the Moms!
 




Harbor House has seen an increase in people fleeing domestic violence situations during this pandemic and the safer-at-home order.  They have shared an Amazon Wish List with us.  As  families leave those dangerous situations, they need help rebuilding. These are the tools that we can share with them   Click Here for Harbor House Amazon WishList
 
Update on Lake Silver:  Lake Silver is partnering with  www.ArmyofAngels.org  to provide food and missing school meals to their 30 plus families that are food insecure and lack reliable transportation. If you contribute to Feed My Lambs and would like to keep helping these families, please follow the link above and scroll down to contribute to them. They are doing amazing work in our community! 
 
Also if you are volunteering making masks, delivering or cooking food, or making phone calls, send us a picture to include in a future messenger!

Thank you, St. Michael's for all you do!  For any questions you may have feel free to contact me at: Mike@smtichaelschurch.com  
 
MAY IT BE SO: THE LORD'S PRAYER - TUESDAY & THURSDAY EVENINGS

How do you pray?
Jesus teaches his followers how to build an intimate relationship with God, our Father, by gifting them with 'The Lord's Prayer'.
 
Emilie Vick and Mike Robertson are leading a twice weekly gathering to examine this prayer, using words and images from the book, "May It Be So" by Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson. Through various prayer practices, we explore how the Spirit is with us; especially in this time of uncertainty and isolation. This is a chance to connect to God and community.
 
Join us as you are, on Zoom, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:15pm. You do NOT need the book for this study, but it is helpful.

You may purchase the book to follow along with a hard copy or on your kindle, here: https://tinyurl.com/ybm5wkt6 To sign-up REGISTER HERE or for any questions you may have email pastoralcare@stmichaelschurch.com .

*Once you have registered you will receive more specific information regarding the Zoom gathering.
 
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY UPDATE: KEEP A LOOK OUT!
 
We hope everyone is doing well! Look for a special email from Mrs. Tiffany that will include the curriculum for this Sunday's Church School Lesson and Activities!


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.


Make sure to like our Facebook page for updates:  https://www.facebook.com/St.Michaels.Childrens.Ministry/

 
ST. MICHAEL'S EYC 

For more information about S t. Michael's EYC and the Zoom gatherings contact Fr. Gr eg Favazza at:



 

MUSIC DEPARTMENT:

THE 7TH SUNDAY OF EASTER - SUNDAY AFTER ASCENSION
Jesus ascends to His Father, 40 days after Easter.  From Luke: "Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God."
 
 
PRELUDE MUSIC AT 10:00 AM         
1. On "On this day the Son of God Triumphed" - as interpreted by two composers:
            1st - J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
            2nd - M. Dupré (1886-1971)
2. Adagio in E major   F. Bridge 
 
SERVICE
Opening        460 Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!
Praise             S-280 Gloria
Psalm             SAID
Gospel           Bind us together, Lord
Offertory      450 All Hail the power of Jesus' Name
Sanctus         S-130 Schubert
Fraction        S-154 Christ our Passover
Closing           494 Crown him with many crowns

POSTLUDE
Litanies   J. Alain

 
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.
 
PRAYERS
Alden, Angie, Ann P., Ann R., Alden, Arel, Barbara, Benny, Bernice, Bill H., Bill T., Brayden,    Brittney, Cindy, Dave, Deirdre, DuSablon Family, Ellen, Harriet, Holden, Kristina, Lavelle, Lisa L., Lisa R., Marystantpn, Nayim, Peter, Robert, Shaun, Shelly, Walter, Wayne H.


BIRTHDAYS
21: Heather Jones, Charles Piantieri, Jennifer Riggs  22: Zach Favazza, Donna Kairies  23: Helen Bates  24: Liz Jaberg  25: Joseph Fuqua, Brooke Hackler  26: Rick Luoni, Kris Robinson  27: Brian Boone, Bill Kennedy Jr, Veronica Mitchell, Joseph Tauriello III


ANNIVERSARIES
22: Todd & Tiffany Stieger 25: Russ & Jerrie Jacobus  26: Andrew Walker & Gladys van den Berg  27: Jack & Linda McEwan


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