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WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
What brought you to the episcopal church? Perhaps you were "born" an Episcopalian. Perhaps it was a friend's wedding. Perhaps it was the way the building looked in the sunlight-all bright and shiny. Perhaps it was an internet search. Perhaps it was the children's programs offered, or the welcome preaching, or the promise of a safe space to land and rest. I have heard all these reasons and more...
Whatever the reason that brought you to the Episcopal Church, or despite how long you have been attending you may have wondered: why do we do that or where did that way of worship come from? I think you will appreciate our upcoming LENTEN SERIES: Episcopal 101- Why We Do What We Do on Wednesday evenings at 6:30PM beginning February 24th. We'll begin in the church with a 20-30-minute teaching and close the evening with Compline. If you are unable to attend, you may watch us livestream on You Tube.
I look forward to seeing you next Wednesday!
LENTEN BIBLE CHALLENGE: A 40- DAY JOURNEY THROUGH MARK
Lent is an invitation to spend 40 days walking alongside Jesus, listening to His life-changing teachings, and falling more in love with God through self-examination and repentance; prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word.
You're invited to rediscover Christ anew by reading through the Gospel of Mark in 40 days. You'll cover approximately 15 verses each day for six days a week and then take Sunday as a day of rest. This requires intentionality and may require fasting 10 minutes a day from Facebook, Twitter, cable news, or ESPN to reflect on God's "love letter" to you.
By committing to prayerfully read through the Gospel of Mark you will draw closer to Christ and better answer Jesus' question to his disciples: "Who do you say that I am?" and enliven your Lenten experience and heighten your Easter Day celebration.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LENTEN TEACHING SERIES: BEGINS FEBRUARY 24 AT 6:30 PM
Join us for a Lenten Lesson on Wednesdays, beginning February 24 at 6:30 PM. The teaching series will be held in the Church.
You are welcome to attend in-person or online-- streamed live via Youtube.
RSVP FOR SERVICES THIS SUNDAY
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
College Park Middle School
UPDATE: This week I dropped of an overflowing bin of toiletries, etc. Thank you for your faithfulness. These items will help children in stressful situations and give them one less thing to concern them.
Nikki Covington, the parent liaison at CPMS has asked if we would collect travel size personal care items for their students.
They are in need of:
Small size bar or liquid soap
These items will help students who are homeless, or just are experiencing an emergency at school. As you can imagine, anything that smooths the road and allows students to maintain dignity in Middle School is very appreciated. All items may be dropped off outside the church office in their respective bins.
One Heart for Women and Children
From Stephanie Bowman: Love, love today - the women were so grateful and my heart is full on this Valentine's Day. Thank you to the community and my friends that helped to gift items for the bags filled with gifts today.
From Mike: Thank you St. Michael's for reminding these image bearers of God that they are not forgotten. We are all loved with a love we didn't earn and therefore can never lose.
As always, if you have any questions about any of our outreach efforts, you can contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 407-900-1785
TAKE THEM A MEAL: JOHN HACKLER
Our very own John Hackler has been experiencing some difficult health issues and he and Karen would very much appreciate some help with food for the next number of weeks. There are no dietary restrictions, and they enjoy most types of food, but please not too spicy. If you would like to provide a meal for them, please CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP and use the Take Them A Meal sign-up sheet.
If your time is short, feel free to order from a local restaurant and deliver to them. The best time to deliver food to them is between 5:30-6:30pm. Please call or text them at (407) 448-1359 to let them know you are coming. Please understand that you will be dropping off the food as John is not ready for visitors quite yet. Thank you for loving on the Hacklers as John recovers.
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 FEBRUARY 18 & 19
- 9AM to 5PM
- 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.
* Please note: Gluten free elements for those with allergies and/or intolerances are available by request. Please email email@example.com by end of day Wednesday to ensure the elements will be available for pick-up Thursday and Friday.
ST. MICHAEL'S DIRECTORY
The St. Michael's Church Directory has arrived! Directories are $15 dollars per directory, and you are welcome to stop by the office and pick yours up Monday -Friday, during office hours. Because we have a limited amount, we ask at this time that one directory per family is purchased.
If you sat for a photograph with Lifetouch, your complimentary directory and photos (if you had them mailed to the church) are available for pick-up in the Parish Office as well.
We offer a true and heartfelt "THANK YOU" to Linda Midkiff for all of her organization, care, and commitment to the Parish Directory project during this past year.
Please call the Parish office (407-843-8448) or email Mike or Ashleigh for any questions you may have regarding the directory, or to set-up an alternate pick-up time, if needed. firstname.lastname@example.org
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY: LENT AND EASTER ACTIVITIES!
for the link to this Sundays lesson. Click on the video that was released today.
Lenten Calendar for Children. This calendar has a daily activity for the kids. Click here to download it.
We also have a fun at home Easter Egg Hunt for the kids. We will provide the eggs and instructions for you. Order your kit by clicking here no later than March 21st. Kits will be available for pick up in front of the office starting March 24th during business hours. If you would rather not order a kit and do it all at home here is everything you will need. To get started, click this link
to download the print materials, then follow the easy step-by-step instructions in the directions document. 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 WINTER NIGHTS:ON FOR THIS SUNDAY - FEBRUARY 21
EYC is On!
Sunday, Feb. 14th (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.
"GOODNIGHT WITH MR. ANDREW" Sunday, February 21, 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.
Jesus goes straight from his baptism to 40 days in the dessert, where he was "tempted by Satan" (Mark's Gospel).
I never knew fasting for 40 days could still be a "thing", until I met someone who had done one. As I did a little "Googling" on the topic, I saw advice noting to drink natural fruit juices, and absolutely - DO NOT GO WITHOUT WATER! Makes what Jesus did even more amazing in 1st century Palestine.
PRELUDE MUSIC AT 10:00 AM
Our Assistant Director of Music will be playing the Prelude items this week.
Opening: 150 Forty days and forty nights
Praise: Trisagion S-100 (Hurd)
Offertory: He that shall endure to the end F. Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
He that shall endure to the end, shall be saved.
Sanctus: S-124 (Hurd)
Fraction: Agnus Dei S-161 (Hurd)
Closing: 143 The glory of these forty days
On "Jesus, lover of my soul" H. Willan (1880-1968)
CONTACT ANDREW AT ANY TIME -
REST IN PEACE
Alice, Ann K., Ann R., Arel, Barbara, Barry, Becky, Benny, Bill C., Bill H., Brayden, Brittany, David, Deirdre, Ellen, Emilie, George M., Greg, Jamie, Jasper, John, Kathy C., Katie, Kristina, Laura, Levi, Lindsey, Lisa, Maria, Nate, Nayim, Sophia, Steve, Tom, Walter, Will
18: Mallory Cook, Mary Lu Nelson 19: Nancy Chapman, Jason Farina 20: Lori Demro, Nick Walker 22: George Madill, Andrew McPherson, Michael Mosher, Dan Tracy 23: Maddie Borrelli, Lauren Colley, Vantrease Harris-Blair, Wayne Mosher, Roston Shuman 24: Will Daniel IV, Kelly Gillen
18: Stephen & Brooke Hackler 19: Walter & Mary Carpenter 21: Thomas & Helen Bates
Reminder: To place someone on the prayer list, please contact Deacon Carter at