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The Rev. Rick Luoni
The Rev. Greg Favazza
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| WHAT IS LENT?
Lent is a season of being invited by God in a deeply personal way. "Come back to me, with all of your heart," our Lord beckons. Our first step is to show-up.
Lent is not a time for self-punishment, but one of reflection and repentance which leads to refreshment, joy, and renewal. It's like an annual spiritual check-up. As part of Christ's one, holy, catholic (universal), and apostolic church, Christians have been observing Lent for centuries. The ultimate purpose of Lent is to strengthen our spiritual lives and draw us closer to our Lord. It is a season of preparation leading up to Easter and holds the possibilities for real change in your life. It is the forty days plus the six Sundays before Easter. For centuries, it has been observed as a special time of self-examination and penitence; a time for concentration on fundamental values and priorities and to deepen our lives in God. You are encouraged to allow yourself to "show-up" and "enter in" to this sacred season. Lent officially begins Wednesday February 26, 2020.
You'll notice that the worship services take on a simpler tone, appropriate to this season. Crosses showing the risen Christ are veiled. There are no flowers on the altar. The seasonal colors change from green to purple, a penitential color. The word "Alleluia" is not used in the words of the liturgy or hymns.
OBSERVING LENT: GIVING UP & TAKING ON.
There's the custom in Lent of "giving up" some things and "taking on" others. Both can serve to mark the season as a holy time of preparation. For example, some folks choose to "fast" or abstain from chocolate or alcohol. You may decide to "fast" from television or the computer once a week (or everyday for six weeks!) You may choose to "fast" from eating-out and "take on" a spiritual practice like, reading the Bible or a devotional book each evening. No, God doesn't demand that you give up Snickers, meat, or Budweiser, fasting isn't something we do to please God, fasting is intentionally abstaining for a season to make space in our lives for God.
THE RECONCILIATION OF A PENITENT: CONFESSION.
Lent is also an especially appropriate time for the sacrament of confession. The centuries' long practice of confessing one's sins to God in the presence of a priest who can then pronounce absolution is a powerful sacrament. It is an important way to make a break with past sins. Saying the confession out loud and having a priest give counsel and pronounce absolution is a powerful act. The confessional is like God's Septic Tank. We dump the waste of our lives in confession, freeing ourselves from the baggage too long carried around. But having cleansed out hearts in confession, we must then let the sins go. To go back over those past failings would be as useful as reaching back into a septic tank to stir up the contents. Confess your sins and God will separate them from you as far as the east is from the west. Confess them in the presence of another, expressing true repentance and amendment of life and you should find it easier to walk away from that past. The saying I heard about confession in The Episcopal Church is "All may. Some should. None must."
You may call Frs. Rick or Greg and make a private appointment.
Join us for a Holy Lent.
In Christ's Love,
|Lenten Bible Challenge: A 40-Day Journey Through Matthew
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 Matthew 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.
Click Here for the Daily Readings beginning on ASH WEDNESDAY
| Lenten Morning Prayer
Monday - Thursday during Lent
7 am in the Chapel
Morning Prayer will be led by individuals of the St. Michael's community, 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 at the link below. Anyone can lead! Sign-up sheets are also available in the Chapel.
| Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner: February 25 at 6 pm
St. Michael's Vestry is looking forward to flipping and serving
Pancakes for Dinner.
Please join us Tuesday, February 25th @ 6 PM in Quigley Hall
Suggested Donations $5 per person and $15 per family.
Click Here to RSVP
New To St. Michael's? Q & A and Campus Tour: Sunday, March 8
Welcome Home. To All Who are New to St. Michael's
: Our Church Campus is a wonderful place to discover.
Every space is part of a building block to our core values.
Two of our core values are:
WE ARE OUTWARD FOCUSED:
We exist for those who are not yet a part of the St. Michael's family,
WE ACCEPT YOU WHEREVER YOU ARE ON YOUR FAITH JOURNEY:
This is the life Jesus modeled and he leads us to follow in his footsteps.
Sunday, March 8th we would like to welcome all newcomers to St. Michael's.
Please remain in the Sanctuary after the 10:15 service for a guided Campus Tour.
We look forward to sharing our campus with you, connecting you with others, answering your questions about St. Michael's, and sharing some light refreshments in the Parlor.
We are delighted to have you as a part of our St. Michael's family. We are grateful that you are here. Welcome home.
St. Michael's Vestry-
| Ash Wednesday: February 26 at: 7 am, 12 pm, & 6:30 pm
The first day of Lent. The focus is on penitence, or sorrow for sin and fasting and is marked with a special liturgy by the imposition of ashes on the forehead, with the words, "You are dust and to dust you shall return." We start here to remind us of our mortality and our need for mercy, grace, and forgiveness. Wednesday February 26th at: 7AM, 12PM, 6:30PM in the Church.
| WEDNESDAY NIGHT LENTEN TEACHING SERIES
Join us for a Lenten Lesson and Eucharist in the Church from
6:45-730 PM on Wednesdays beginning March 4.
|Be a part of St. Michael's Member Directory!
With all the photo sessions filled you can still send in your photo to be included.
Please e-mail your picture, along with your name(s), address, e-mail address and phone number to: Linda Midkiff at
by March 4.
Save the Date:
Friday, February 28 at 7 pm
Food, Friends, Fellowship, Fun, Its Supper Club!
Please join us at the Home of :
Courtney and Ken Hazouri
Friday, February 28, 2020
at 7:00 pm
Supper Club creates an experience around the table, that feeds the body, nourishes the soul, and transforms the community. We invite you to gather around the table with us.
Is this your 1st Supper Club? Here is how it works, The Hazouri's provide the home and we provide the meal. Please use the sign up link below and share with us what you can provide. We will need appetizers, salads, main entrees, sides, and desserts. Also bring your preferred beverage.
Please refer any questions to
|Monday Night Women's Bible Study: Monday, February 17
Join us beginning Monday, February 17, 2020 at 6:45 pm for "Joshua - Women's Bible Study: Winning the Worry Battle by Barbara L. Roose.
Do you want to win your battle against worry?
Whether it's family, job, finance, or faith, you can learn to overcome by following the example of Joshua and the Israelite's. Even though God had given them the land of Canaan 400 years prior, they still had to go in and claim it as their own. Discover how God paved the way to victory for His people when they showed up and fought in faith. Whatever your personal worries may be, you also can show up and fight with the practical tools offered in Joshua: Winning the Worry War.
If this interests you, then join us and bring a friend!
All women are invited who seek to grow in Christ.
Serve for Fourth Tuesday at the Coalition:
Lake Silver Listeners
We are putting together a squad of people that would like to go to Lake Silver Elementary and have first and third graders read to them. That's it! It's not mentoring, or teaching, it is just listening to kids read and helping them sound out the occasional word. These two classes have students that come from low-income families and may have parents with language barriers. As a result, they don't get to practice reading at home and this puts them at a disadvantage.
You will be in Ms. Robinson's 1st grade class for 45 minutes, get a 15 minute break and then in Ms. Schessler's 3rd grade class for 45 minutes. This opportunity is available Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 10 am - 11:45 am with a 15 minute break. You will need to be additions approved. Contact Mike in the office to begin the process or visit:
Feed My Lambs
This Sunday, Feb 16, is our "3rd Sunday Bag-Tree" Sunday - "tree" will be in the Narthex at all services. Bags available for all who would like to be a part of this Outreach Ministry to our community.
| 11th Annual Flower Seminar: Friday, February 21. All are Welcome!
| Take Them a Meal: Laura Schomberg and Family
Laura James Schomberg and her daughter, Laura Frances, would very much appreciate some help with food for the next 2-3 weeks. Laura Frances has just had a hip replacement and is now home from the hospital. Food restrictions would include no shellfish, dairy is fine but milk doesn't settle well, and Laura Frances prefers a gluten-free diet.
To sign up, please go to takethemameal.com, enter Schomberg under Last Name and Schomberg 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 use UberEats (www.ubereats.com) to order and they pick up and deliver; or you can order from some of the College Park eateries and pick up and deliver to them. They especially enjoy Shaker's, Infusion Tea, and Cristo's. In any case, please sign up online.
The Schomberg's address is 907 Seville Place, Orlando, 32804 and the phone number is 407-422-1962. Please call them to set up a convenient time to deliver food, optimally around 5pm.
Thank you so much for serving the Schombergs while Laura Frances recuperates.
| VBS 2020
Click here to register for participants and volunteers
Our preschool program is full.Click Here to be added to the waiting list.
Our Elementary program is open but filling fast.
- Lenten programs begin on March 4th from 6:45pm - 7:30pm and will run every Wednesday for 5 weeks.
- We are in need of an Elementary teacher. Please contact Tiffany for more information.
- First Communion Instruction will be given during the Lenten Programs for 2nd grade and up. An adult must attend with the child. Please email Tiffany if you and your child plan on attending.
February 23rd @ 12:30 pm
$16.00 includes 3 games, shoes and pizza.
2530 Aloma Ave
Winter Park FL 32792
EYC is on this Sunday, February 16
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FEB 16 - EPIPHANY 6
In our Gospel for Sunday, Jesus warns that actions of and by themselves can be sinful, BUT if your heart and mind contemplate an action that is evil, comes from hatred or anger - that is equally sinful. Music that focuses on our hearts and spirits being in line with God's purposes:
- Refiner's Fire
- 593 Lord, make us servants of your peace
- 594 God of Grace and God of Glory -
- the 4th verse begins: "Save us from weak resignation to the evils we deplore"
- A choir setting of the text "Day by day, dear Lord of thee three things I pray"
CONTACT ANDREW AT ANY TIME
- if interested in becoming a part of the Music Ministry at St. Michael's. Email:
or call the church 407-843-8448 x.246.
Ann, Alden, Arel,
Barbara, Benny, Beverly, Bill H., Bill M., Bill T., Brittney, Dave, Ellen, Evie, Kristina, Linda, Lisa L., Lisa R.,Margret, Mitchell, Nancy, Robert, Shelly, Tom, Tony, Vic, Walter.
13: Dawn Farina, Shirley Harter, Kathy Shearer, Todd Stieger 14: Sloane Hester, Craig Maughan 15: Nikolaos Christou, Cole Cornett, Trish Duncan 16: Marion Arnheim, Greg Favazza, Elena Newbold, Elliot Rapp 18: Mallory Cook, Mary Lu Nelson 19: Nancy Chapman, Jason Farina
18: Stephen & Brooke Hackler