Radically Open to God
The SMC Mission is to
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Your Vestry Members
The Rev. Rick Luoni
The Rev. Greg Favazza
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| Reflections from Fr. Rick
"Yet even now, says the Lord,
return to me with all your heart..."
On Ash Wednesday we were invited to "return to God with all our heart." One of the ways that I "return to God with all my heart" is through silent prayer. It is an intentional time when I sit in solitude and silence and simply be present to God's presence.
I invite you to join me in the CHAPEL ON THURSDAYS AT 12PM DURING LENT FOR "SILENT PRAYER." I'll offer some suggestions for getting the most from your time, read a brief word for the day, and then we'll simply remain in silent prayer for several minutes.
Many folks never practice silent prayer because they fear that if they are not using a wordy stream of talking to God and asking God for this and that, they feel they are not praying. This characterizes any relationship to a certain extent. When we are first getting to know someone, the relationship is nurtured by talking. Only with time does the relationship mature in such a way that we can be silent with someone, that silence comes to be seen to be the deeper mode of communion. And so, it is with God; our words give way to silence.
If you are unable to join me on Thursdays, consider sitting aside a few minutes each day for silence and simply be present to God who is present with you, or as Augustine said, "God is more near to you than you are to yourself."Let that sink in. God is home. But we are away. God abides. But we wander. God pursues, but we drift. God has made his home in me, and in you. Lent invites us return home to God.
In Christ's love,
|Choir Fundraiser Tomorrow Night
|Lenten Bible Challenge: A 40 Day Journey Through Luke
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 Luke in 40 days. You'll cover approximately 30 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.
| Lenten Morning Prayer
Monday - Thursday
7 am in the Chapel
Morning Prayer will be led by members of St. Michael's, Monday through Thursday in the Chapel at 7 am. The Eucharist will continue to be celebrated each week on Friday at 7 am. If you would like to participate in leading Lenten Morning Prayer, sign-up sheets are available in the Chapel.
| The Rock, the Road and the Rabbi (Monday's during Lent)
9:30 am in the Conference Room
"From His birth, Jesus was destined to be our Passover lamb without blemish, born to die to free us from sin and death."
Please join us in the conference room on Monday mornings during lent at 9:30 AM as we travel the roads Jesus walked from Bethlehem to Calvary.
We will be using the study guide,
The Rock, the Road and the Rabbi by Kathy Lee Gifford and Rabbi Jason Sobel, a messianic Jew. We will have short videos each week filmed in Israel. To purchase the study guide, click here.
ALL are welcome!
Note: The Hardcover, 224 page book,
The Rock the Road, and the Rabbi is not required for this study but is a wonderful resource full of wisdom from Rabbi Jason Sobel, and can also be purchased on Amazon.
An easy to read audio version is also available.
INTO THE SILENT LAND:
Practicing the Presence of God Together through Silent Prayer
in the Chapel during Lent
| Wednesday Night Lenten Programs
WEDNESDAY EVENING LENTEN PROGRAM: "Your Image of God Shapes You"
continues each Wednesday through April 10th. We'll begin at 6:30 PM in the church for a reflection, silence,
contemplation and communion.
We'll conclude the evening at 7:15-7:30.
| Stations of the Cross March 22 & April 12 at 6:15 pm
During Lent, St. Michael's will be offering the simple service called Stations of the Cross which is sometimes called the Way of the Cross.
Have you ever noticed the fourteen wooden plaques that line both sides of our church?
They depict the events on the day of Jesus' crucifixion. During the service, one person carries the wooden cross as we stop at each plaque, read a scripture lesson and say a prayer. It is a very meaningful service and a fitting Lenten activity for the whole family. There's lots of congregation participation in the twenty minute service. So why not make it a point to come out and join us? ALL are welcome!
Serve With The Gathering on 4th Tuesdays
Serve with us! If you are interested in serving a meal at the Coalition for the Homeless, join the SMC family on the 4th Tuesday of every month. Click Here
Connect and Serve - Date Change!
Our next Connect & Serve meeting has been moved to April 1st at 6:30 p.m. in the Fordham Hall Conference Room, so as to not conflict with the Lenten Services.
We will discuss plans for the Paws for Peace Walk on April 20th and some other upcoming events.
| Feed My Lambs: Thank you!
A huge THANK YOU to all who went out only a week or two after our last collection! We delivered 536.8 lbs (which may be a record!) of food on Wednesday to Lake Silver and Edgewater High - an earlier week than normal, to make sure those kids in need had some food over Spring Break (next week).
| St. Michael's Preschool Registration
The preschool is currently enrolling for the upcoming school year starting in the fall. We have a few spots left in our nursery, threes and PreK program. Call to schedule a tour today!
| Take Them A Meal
John and Millie Nowell
Our sweet John Nowell has recently been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, so he and Millie could use some love, our prayers, as well as some food from us. While they have no restrictions, John doesn't like curry. What they both love is good old fashioned comfort food, and they love soup. If preparing food, it would be helpful to make for 4 so they can have leftovers.
To sign up
, please go to takethemameal.com, enter Nowell under Last Name and Nowell under the Password. There you can find a day that is convenient for you. And if you'd like to provide a meal but find your time limited, you can pick up from any nearby restaurant and deliver, or use UberEats to order and they pick up and deliver. In any case, please go to the link and note that you are providing a meal.
The Nowell's address is 1406 Magna Court, Orlando 32804. The best time to deliver food is between 4pm-5:30pm.
The Niemas Family
This sweet St Michael's family is walking a journey, and would so appreciate help with 1 or 2 meals per week for the next month. We are feeding 4 people, 2 adults and 2 young children. One of the children does have a serious nut and shellfish allergy; and one of the adults does have an allergy to dairy (milk, cheese, cream, butter & yogurt). Generous portions would allow them leftovers. If you'd like to provide a meal and find your time limited, you can use UberEats to order and they pick up and deliver; or you can order from restaurants in the MetroWest area that delivers. Please call Arline at 321-246-3902 to schedule delivery of food. Arline also understands that her area is some distance from the church and she is willing to meet someone, or pick up the meal from the church herself, if necessary.
To sign up
, please go to takethemameal.com, enter Niemas under Last Name and Niemas under the Password. There you can find a day that is convenient for you.
Thank you so much for serving the Nowell, Nelson & Niemas families during this time.
Chairperson - Pastoral Care Food Committee
You and your family, along with our entire St. Michael's
family are invited join us on Wednesday April 10th at 6PM for
St. Michael's Lenten Fellowship Spaghetti Dinner
in Quigley Hall. Spaghetti, salad and garlic bread will be
served. Feel free to bring a dessert to share! RSVP to
| Holy Week 2019 Schedule
Sunday, April 14
7:45 am, 9 am, 10:15 am & 6 pm
Maundy Thursday Service:
Thursday, April 18
6:30 pm in the Church
Maundy Thursday Prayer Watch
April 18 at 8 pm - April 19 at Noon
Join us for this special time of prayer and keeping watch as we journey toward the cross. There are times available for Thursday Night as well as Friday Morning. A sign-up sheet for the Prayer Watch is located in the Chapel or call the church office.
Good Friday Service:
Friday, April 19
12 noon in the Church
NO Friday Morning Eucharist on Good Friday
| Easter Day 2019
7:45 am: Easter Day Service
9 - 9:30 am: Children's Family Easter Day Service
10:15 am: Easter Day Service
Note: There will be no 6 pm service on Easter Day
Basketball and Pizza? Yes, Please!
Join the men of St Michael's for some Pizza and NCAA basketball on March 30th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.!
Jon Nash has graciously offered to open his home and start up his wood fired pizza oven for us to enjoy some fellowship together.
You are welcome to bring the adult beverage of your choice.
Please let us know if you are coming so we can plan appropriately.
Kaffee Cantata @ Café Linger!
Join us for breakfast, then chat over coffee every Wednesday @ 7:15 am and...
Remember to come "Bach" the following week!
No RSVP necessary! Come as you are.
Help needed in Camp Sonshine
Out of the 10-15 kids who attend each week only three parents have helped! We need more parents to pitch in!!!
Our preschool class keeps growing and Mrs. Cindy could you use a few helping hands.
to choose a week you can stay and assist.
Camp Sonshine and Camp R.O.C.K.
The kids will go on a wild, galactic adventure that teaches them a powerful lesson about trusting God with everything - even their dreams!
Our 4th and 5th graders will join the youth in their program. They will meet in the youth room.
Communion Instruction During Lent
First Communion Instruction will be offered for
2nd - 5th graders. This class is for children and their parents to attend together. The children will celebrate their First Communion on Easter Day. First Communion Instruction will meet in the Club 412 room located in Fordham Hall.
June 17th - 23rd
9am - Noon
VBS IS NOW FULL!
to email Tiffany to be added to the wait list.
Youth Sunday School -
We're Back in Action!
Sundays, 10 a.m.
in the Youth Room
Sunday School is available for Middle & High School students. Together we'll explore questions about the Bible, the Apostle's Creed, disciples, Jesus, and other hot topics.
Also.... there will be Dunkin' donuts! Bring your friends!
St. Michael's EYC Meets this Sunday, March 17
EYC is back in action this coming Sunday, March 17th for some dinner, games, worship and small group time. Bring a friend!
Acting Director of Youth Ministries Fr. Greg Favazza
YOU CAN LISTEN TO MUSIC, READ SCRIPTURE COMING UP THIS SUNDAY!
.....and you will find items like the web-page that has the readings:
....or one of the choir anthems - a 1993 recording from King's College, Cambridge:
Updated every week, last Sunday of August thru 2nd Sunday of June. There's also a couple of links at the top of the page to Daily Meditations - if you're looking for something for Lent?
Alexander, Amanda, Ann R., Arel,
Barbara, Benny, Bill B., Bill H., Bill M., Bill T., Bud., Burke, Charlotte, Donna, Elaine, Ellen, Evie, Gabby, Gloria, Kristina, Jim, John, Joy, Jude, Lisa, Mabel, Marci B., Michael, Mike, Robert, Scott, Tillman Family, Tom, Vic, Walter.
15: Jackson Chrisman, Doug Garrett, David Harmon, Bill Mesmer, Philbrook Sargent, Debbie Stoner 16: Linda Woodlief 17: Heidi Garfield, Erik Olson, Elaine Wheaton, Meg Wilson 18: Beverly Ellars, Roger Trubey, Ellie Tschetter 19: Craig Batterson, Jen Sommerville 19: Sabrina Bond, Charlotte Henke, Nolan Hutyra, Carson Pace 20: Xander Borsoi, Matt Renfroe
16: Parks & Ashley Bennett, Tom & Shannon Henke 18: David & Ann Luff, Picton & Carla Warlow
Prayer list names will rotate off after a three month period unless we are made aware that an individual needs to remain on the list.