Radically Open to God
The SMC Mission is to
Love God, Love Others, and
Join Us for Worship
Children's Family Service
Your Vestry Members
The Rev. Rick Luoni
The Rev. Greg Favazza
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.
| Reflections from Fr. Rick
Jesus claimed that one of the central purposes of his life was that we could experience "life to the fullest", but did you know that 85% of Christians admit to being stuck in their walk with Christ? In other words, many Christians feel that despite their church attendance, prayers, and service that they unfilled in their spiritual journey and are
not experiencing the abundant life they long for in Christ.
Do you yearn for more of the life promised in the Gospels? The Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (EHS) Course offers you a strategy for discipleship that addresses this void, offering powerful pathways to transformation that will help you mature into a faith filled with authenticity and a profound love for God. You'll learn through eight powerful life-changing sessions how to incorporate daily life rhythms that lead you to a healthier relationship with God and others. EHS is truly a plan for discipleship that deeply changes our relationship with God, ourselves and others.
SPACE IS LIMITED, PLEASE SELECT A DAY AND TIME THAT WORKS BEST FOR YOUR SCHEDULE.
- SUNDAYS BEGINNING FEBRURAY 17 8:45-10AM (Location: St. Michael's)
- SUNDAYS BEGINNING FEBRUARY 17 6:30-8:30PM
(Location: Facilitator's home)
- THURSDAYS BEGINNING FEBRUARY 21ST 6:45-830PM
(Location: Facilitator's home)
THE PARTICIPANT PACK INCLUDES:
- Book: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Updated Edition
- Workbook: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Workbook, Updated Edition
- Devotional: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day
In Christ's Love,
Serve the World Day - This Monday, January 21, 2019
St. Michael's Serve the World Day will be a great opportunity for us to partner with five organizations to learn more about them and assist them with vital projects on each of their respective campuses.
The day will begin at
8 am here at St. Michael's with breakfast and a time of prayer before we head to our job sites. Each team will receive a tour of the organization before digging into the work, hearing and seeing firsthand what happens on the front lines.
Lake Silver Elementary - We will be working on a memory garden for the students. This is a place for them to process feelings after the loss of a classmate. We will be working on prepping the land, removing topsoil and putting in potting soil, etc. (please bring landscaping tools: Shovels, wheelbarrow, heavy rakes, etc.)
Note: This opportunity is kid friendly. We will have an opportunity for the kids to help us dig, then a snack, a craft and some playground time.
Howard Philips Center for Children and Families - We have 2 projects! Both projects are really important for families entering into our programs. The first project is helping to create take home packets for the Healing Tree for our families and clients who are just starting out in our program. After their first initial visit with the HT the families heavily rely on the information in these packets to make sure they're clear on the program and other services provided to them through this difficult time. Then the second project will be putting together training packets. These packets will be used when our team member from HPC goes out into the community and into the hospitals to train groups of people on how to identify child abuse. They seem simple but are critical for best utilizing our services!! (Due to insurance restrictions, this opportunity is only open to volunteers 16 and up)
Harbor House - Note: Unfortunately we will not be partnering with Harbor House for this event. We will be partnering with them for the Paws for Peace Walk on April 20th. (information coming soon!)
St. Francis House - General cleaning and repair - St. Francis House of Hospitality provides temporary housing in a quiet residential setting to homeless men living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and/or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). St. Francis House is the oldest existing housing opportunity for men living with AIDS in Central Florida.
One Heart for Women and Children -
THIS OPTION IS FULL!
We will be helping stock their food pantry and sort donations for their thrift store (One Heart is a new partner for us. They are right around the corner on Rio Grand and serve hundreds of our neighbors (and Lake Silver students) every week!)
Projects will wrap up around 11:30 am and we will return to St. Michael's for lunch and fellowship (and hopefully games, music, street hockey, etc.)
Community service hours will be available for those earning them for school.
| Feed My Lambs - Pick Up Your Bags This Sunday!
This coming Sunday: "Feed My Lambs" bag-tree Sunday! PICK UP YOUR BAG!
EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
WE HAVE A GIFT FOR YOU AS WE CELEBRATE THE
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FORMATION OF OUR DIOCESE.
DIOCESAN REVIVAL SERVICE
FRIDAY, FEB. 1, 2019 | 7:00 P.M. (DOORS OPEN AT 5:00 P.M.)
FIRST BAPTIST ORLANDO
3000 S. JOHN YOUNG PKWY, ORLANDO
Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church and recent preacher at the royal wedding
BRING A FRIEND (OR SEVERAL) TO A WORSHIP SERVICE FEATURING:
- Music that reflects our cultural diversity
- Heartfelt testimonies from people of faith
- Enthusiastic, interesting, often funny preaching that brings people
in and calls them to a deeper relationship with Jesus
Due to our location we cannot offer childcare.
|St. Michael's Annual Meeting -January 27, 2019
The Annual Meeting for St. Michael's will take place on Sunday, January 27, 2019 immediately following the 10:15 service. Light snacks & beverages will be provided.
Please plan to be a part of this important time in the life of the St. Michael's family! NO RSVP is required. All are welcome!
| 2019 Nominees for Vestry
Niki and Jon Nash started attending St. Michael's 25 years ago. Their first visit to St. Michael's was a Baptism Celebration. A week later their son Stephen would be born.
St. Michael's opened it's doors to them and The Nashes made it their church home. A few years later they welcomed their daughter Allyson. So many of their memories with their children have St. Michael's as the backdrop.
Right from the beginning Niki was involved. For many years she served as the Flower Guild bookkeeper, a church school teacher, an Angel and Youth Choir mom, a Vacation Bible School leader, a leader of our middle school girls prayer group, she was trained as a Chalice Bearer, she joined the women's bible studies, and made friends that will last a lifetime. St. Michael's is weaved into her daily life.
A calling was put on Niki's heart, a calling that took her outside of her comfort zone. She started serving with the Gathering. First, she began by chopping fruit and cleaning up after the meal was prepared. Cleaning was her self proclaimed specialty. She often could be heard saying, "I don't cook!" This ministry would change that. God knows a willing heart and He saw hers. As the years went on her role in this ministry became a shared leader's role. She knows all aspects of planning, preparing, and serving our meal to those in need of Food, Love, Hope, and Grace. Christ did that for her. Christ changed her heart from just being involved to being a servant for Christ.
This past year Niki had to step away from the Gathering to care for her mom. Serving looks different at the moment but God is still working on her heart. She is humbled, yet willing to serve on the Vestry knowing she will have God's help.
I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. I attended the University of Florida, both as an undergraduate and for law school. I moved to Orlando in 1997. My wife, Jennifer, and I have lived in College Park for 20 years and have been members of St. Michael's for approximately 18 years. We have three children: Jack (17), Andrew (15), and Lucy (10). Jack and Andrew have served as acolytes for the past several years and Jennifer regularly plays the carillon at the 10:15 service. I previously served on the Youth Advisory Council. On the professional side, I have my own law practice representing clients in criminal and administrative matters.
Ashley and Parks Bennett began attending St. Michael's shortly after moving to Orlando in late 2017. Arriving late that first Sunday, they were struck by the genuine and immediately welcoming atmosphere at St. Michael's, and knew their search for a church was over. Ashley grew up in Metro Atlanta and attended a Methodist church, but instantly felt at home at St. Michael's. Ashley and Parks were confirmed on St. Michael's Day and are thrilled to be a part of the St. Michael's family. Since joining St. Michael's, Ashley has been eager to find an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the church and community and is excited to learn and grow while serving on Vestry.
Ashley's paternal grandparents have called Central Florida home since the 1970's and shortly after their daughter Maisie was born, they made the decision to move to be closer to family. Prior to living in Orlando, the Bennett's spent 9 years in Washington DC. Where Ashley worked at an educational non-profit and Parks worked in politics.
Ashley and Parks will celebrate their 10th anniversary this March. Parks is a member of the Altar Guild, Maisie is an outstanding maker of messes in the nursery, and Ashley is thrilled to be serving on Vestry.
Ronda Olson was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma and lived in Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado before calling Orlando home. She married Erik Olson at St. Michael's Church 20 years ago. They have 3 children; Rachel (15), Erik (10), and Elizabeth (10).
Ronda graduated with a Technical Writing degree from the University of Central Florida. She worked in Instructional Design, developing curriculum for schools and training for companies, before becoming a full-time mom. Today, she is heavily involved in her children's education, teaches in the St. Michael's Children's Ministry and Youth Program, and coaches middle and high school archery teams at her children's school.
Ronda grew up Methodist but has attended St. Michael's Church for the past 20 years. She is committed to her Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, and is excited to see God continue to work at St. Michael's.
|Book Study: Mondays at 9:30 am in Fordham Hall
This book Study facilitated by Deacon Happy Gafford on Mondays beginning January 14th at 9:30 am, in the Fordham Hall Conference Room.
Open the Door: A Journey to the True Self,
can be purchased on Amazon by
Note: Our study will not meet next week (January 21st). We will continue January 28 at 9:30.
The work for Week 1 will need to be completed, pages 15-37.
For any questions please contact Deacon Happy at
| Ladies Luncheon - Friday, January 25
Ladies of St Michael's - You're invited to a luncheon on Friday, January 25th, honoring friendship and our common bond in Christ.
Your hosts are Sara Howard, Jan McPherson and Patty Tew. We will gather at Patty's house at 11:30 am, 1015 Lancaster Dr, Orlando 32806.
There is no cost to you, but we do kindly ask that you call Patty at (407) 341-3218 by Mon, January 21st, to let us know that you will be coming, in order to properly prepare. If you haven't joined us in the past, please do. We have a lot of fun.
We look forward to our time together.
| Monday Night Women's Bible Study - Beginning Monday, February 4
We are kicking off 2019 with a focus on prayer.
Join us as we explore,
The Battle Plan for Prayer by Alex and Stephen Kendrick.
Are you interested in exploring the following:
- Developing the spiritual discipline of prayer and strategic prayer.
- Learning to journal and write specific prayers
- Discovering the power of prayer within the context of a small group
- Expanding our understanding of spiritual warfare
- Digging deeper into the spiritual discipline aspects of prayer
If this interest you, then join us and bring a friend!
All women are invited who seek to grow in Christ.
As always, we will have study guides for sale on the first two weeks of our study.
Checks should be made payable to St. Michael's Episcopal Church or you can bring cash $12.99.
Study Dates: Monday, February 4 - Monday, April 1, 2019
| Supper Club 2019
Let's get Supper Club up and running for 2019! We are looking for families to host this event either Friday Feb. 15 or Feb. 22nd. Supper Club is a pot-luck dinner where everyone pitches in to help. The event provides wonderful opportunities to meet more members of St. Michael's and strengthen our community.
|St. Michael's Preschool Fundraiser
Help needed in Camp Sonshine
Our preschool class keeps growing and Mrs. Cindy could you use a few helping hands. Please click here to choose a week you can stay and assist.
Daddy Daughter Dance Planning Meeting
January 22nd, 2019
12 pm in the Parlor
Lenten Program Teacher and Assistants Needed
Take the kids on a wild, galactic adventure that teaches them a powerful lesson about trusting God with everything - even their dreams!
Easy to use curriculum will make teaching a breeze!
Click here to contact Tiffany if you are interested in being our mission leader for our 1st - 3rd graders.
Click here to contact Tiffany if you are interested in assisting our preschool or Elementary class.
Family Trip to the Zoo
Grab the family and spend a fun day at the zoo on February 2nd. We will meet at the park at 9 am. More details coming soon!
Save the Date! More Details Coming Soon!
February 2nd - Family day at the zoo
February 8th - Daddy Daughter Dance
February 28th - Ladies Night Out! Wine and Paint Night
March 13th - Lenten Programs Begin
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!
(Friday, Feb. 1st 10pm - Sat. pickup
Please email Fr. Greg Favazza by Jan. 18th to register your student.
St. Michael's EYC
Will meet Sunday from 5:30pm-7pm in the Youth Room of Fordham Hall. All middle & high school students join for free dinner, games, worship, small group discussion and prayer. Bring a friend!
5th Tuesday Club!
(Tues. Jan. 29th)
5th Tuesday Club, a great opportunity for youth to serve the local community, by providing food to the residents of the Coalition for the Homeless.
Meet at St. Michael's Quigley Hall @ 5:40PM to load up the food in the van before we leave for the Coalition.
Please, sign up by clicking this link Sign Up Here
Acting Director of Youth Ministries Fr. Greg Favazza
SING III: WHEN IT COMES RIGHT DOWN TO IT....
This is it.....
- Youth Choir is at 12 - would be great to have 18-20!
- Adult Choir - always can use TENORS!
- One night a week, and Sundays
- Be there more than you are not
That's it! Contact Andrew by email/phone/text (407-619-0967) -
or JUST SHOW UP at the next rehearsal!
Alexander, Amanda, Ann P., Ann R., Arel,
Barbara, Benny, Bill M., Burke, Ces, Ellen, Kristina, Jake, Jerry, John, Lisa, Marci B., Margaret, Mary, Maryann's Family, Michael, Patty, Paul, Ron, Sandy, Scott, Tom, Tony, Vic, Virginia, Walter
17: David Dreisbach 18: Becky Dreisbach, C. J. Piantieri, Katy Segale, Hayley Webb 19: Kathleen Graham, Pilar Renfroe, Andrew Cole 21: Evan Casterline, John Hackler IV, Ann Redmond 22: Adrian Fallas, Caleb Hall, Jamie White
18: Scott & Elizabeth Barnhart 22: David & Kim Corso
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.