In case you missed it, we are amending our Bylaws. We will vote on these amendments at our Annual Meeting on Sunday January 28, 2024. Save the date! More information and copies of both our current Bylaws and the proposed Amended Bylaws can be found here on our website.
The start of our new church year, begins with the four weeks of Advent, a time of anticipation for the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas. Advent is a time of reflection and preparation. We prepare our hearts and homes for the new birth of Christ that comes each year when we let it and we prepare our lives for a second coming of Christ, which for many is as mysterious as heaven is compared to earth.
Colors You will notice that in this season we use the liturgical color blue. Advent Wreath You may also notice the Advent Wreath with four candles: Three are blue and one is pink. The third Sunday in advent is called Rose Sunday and we celebrate joy. It is a reprieve from the contemplative nature of the other three weeks of Advent. On the first Sunday of Advent, we light the first candle which represents Hope. The Second Sunday, we light the candle for Hope and a new candle for Peace. The third Sunday, we light the pink colored candle for Joy with the candles for Hope and Peace. The fourth Sunday, we light Hope, Peace, Joy, and the fourth candle for Love. On Christmas Eve, we light the four advent candles and the white Christ candle in the middle. The wreath itself brings greens that represent life in the midst of winter, when all things are dying.
In years past, the liturgical color was purple, like lent and the liturgy took on a solemn tone as well. Today, the tone is more of hope, expectation, and anticipation. We keep the Alleluias, but the service gives space for reflection. I am hoping your home life will afford you the same.
There are many ways to enter into an advent practice of waiting, anticipating, and reflecting; with classes and liturgically in our worship. I offer one more option for you to try out. The Advent Calendar. You can buy any number of advent calendars in the stores. Many of them contain chocolate. It is definitely a fun way to mark the days until Christmas.
Here is a different kind of advent calendar. Advent is broken into 3 weeks, 21 days. If you begin Sunday, there is something for every day. If you begin tomorrow - December 1st, you have a few days to fudge a bit. The theme of this calendar is Inventory: Making room for the gift of Jesus' coming.
The first week of Advent asks you to take inventory of your stuff. It invites you declutter your home of stuff - not just the stuff you do not want - but more importantly - the stuff you do not need that others could use. December 3rd through December 9th.
The second week of Advent asks you to take inventory of your time. It invites you to ask God what you could be doing to bring peace in your life rather than running behind always and feeling that way. December 10th through December 16th.
The third week of Advent asks you to take inventory of your relationships. You are invited to take stock and determine if there is repair to be done, forgiveness to be granted, love to be deepened. December 17th through December 24th.
This Sunday, December 3 | 5pm Contemplative Eucharist
A gathering for those who are suffering from grief during a season where we are expected to be filled with joy and peace. Please come and offer your grief and despair to God, honoring the feelings you have while reaching for hope.
Announcing our 2023 Mercy and Social Justice Grants!
St. Michael’s Mercy and Social Justice Committee is excited to announce the 2023 Parishioner Guided Grants Recipients. This year, twice as many applications were submitted relative to past years. We are grateful for the generosity of those who attended the fundraiser and the wisdom of the Vestry who made it possible to give as much as we did. The grants were authored by fourteen parishioners who are each involved in their nominated program - in most cases with other members. This year, one St. Michael's member chose to fund one of the grants and we had another member match a grant that was submitted. In total, we were able to give $24,000 to 14 different programs!
Congratulations to the nominators and recipients. Through these grants, St. Michael’s shows that we love our neighbors and respect the dignity of every human being.
Women's Empowerment Nominated by Mary Ellen Ferguson
The Center at St. Matthew’s Nominated by Mary Ellen Ferguson
St. John's Real Change Nominated by Esta Wiederanders
International Rescue Committee Nominated by Christina Manning
Golden Valley Quilt Nominated by Jane Samuelson
Sac Blankets / Sac Kids Nominated by Jan Bowdler
Mission at St. Matthews Nominated by Julie Linderman
PANC Respite Care Nominated by Kay Griffin and Marcie Larkey
American River Parkway Education Nominated by Jim Sargent
Loaves & Fishes Nominated by Jim Dodds
Blessings in a Backpack Nominated by Renee Pierce
Gifts from the Heart
Drop Off Days
Thank you so much to all who chose to participate in the GFTH program this year!! Drop off dates and times are Saturday, Dec. 2, 1-4pm and Sunday, Dec. 3, 9am-2pm. If an alternate drop of time is needed, please talk to Laura Quene 916-507-9542 or Holly Yue 916-769-1091.
Winter Respite 2024Mornings
Wednesdays, 1/10/2024 & 1/31/2024 and Friday 2/2/2024
Christ Community Church,
5025 Manzanita Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608
St Michaels will again be joining with other faith communities in Carmichael to provide meals and a warm place to relax for a few hours during the coldest days of the year for our unhoused neighbors. We will need volunteers to prepare and serve breakfast and a sack lunch or snack each day, plus volunteers to greet and host guests. Please contact me with questions, suggestions and to volunteer, Cindy Dewey 909-921-8855, email@example.com
Outreach opportunities can be found on our website calendar linked below!
This Advent season Marilyn McEntyre will be leading reflections on a new collection of Advent daily readings by contemporary Christian writers, A Radiant Birth.
Participants are encouraged to follow the daily readings during the week and come to the Sunday gatherings after coffee hour for one hour of reflection. We will begin meeting December 3rd. Discounted copies of the book will be available at coffee hour and from Christian Book Distributors.
We will be having a Men's Group Work party on Saturday, December 2nd at 9:30am to hang the Christmas lights, wreath and garlands outside and inside the sanctuary. Please contact John Quené if you are interested and able to join the Men's Group as they prepare St. Michael's for the Advent and Christmas Season.
To begin our Church Year with the first Sunday of Advent next Sunday, we will begin as J.S. Bach did in 1714, with his unforgettable church cantata, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland ("Now Comes the Gentiles' Savior"), composed in Weimar for the first Sunday in Advent and first performed on 2 December 1714.
And here is a wonderful YouTube recording with the Viennese original-instruments group Concentus Musicus conducted by their founder and Early-Music pioneer Nikolaus Harnoncourt, recorded live at the amazingly beautiful Benedictine Monastery at Melk, Austria:
St. Michael's Men’s Breakfast
Men's breakfast is on the first Saturday of every month at FlapJacks Diner. The group meets at 8am at the restaurant. FlapJacks Diner is on El Camino Ave. Please reply to Jim Dodds so he will have an idea of the numbers. If you have any additional questions, please contact the office.
All are welcome to come and pray! Centering prayer meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month via Zoom. Newcomers are welcome to come at 6:45pm for a Centering Prayer Newcomer Orientation. Centering Prayer begins at 7pm. We will offer a 20 minute centering prayer sit, followed by a variety of contemplative practices. They may include: Lectio Divina, experiential spirituality and occasionally a guest speaker. For more information, please contact the office 916.488.3550 or Chuck Schaller916.390.3465.
Prayers for Pregnant Women & Their Babies
We have an ongoing relationship with the Episcopal Sisters at the Order of Julian of Norwich monastery who pray daily for pregnant women and their babies. If you have name(s) of loved one(s) who are expecting that you would like to have included in the sisters' prayers, please email Fr. Rod at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giving Thanks with Flowers!
You can still remember your loved ones and celebrate important moments in your life with the gift of flowers to the church.
If you would like to give in this way, please let the office know
and what you would like to give thanks for in the bulletin. You can send a check (or drop it off) to the office or pay on-line.
Name Tags Available
We have name tags available at Sunday morning check in's. Please be sure to grab and wear your name tag before the service. If you are in need of a name tag please let the office know.
St. Michael's Hours
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 9am - 1pm
Sanctuary and Courtyard are open during office hours. Please let the office know you will be coming. Call 916.488.3550 or email.
Rev. Mary will be available on request. Please call the office to schedule.
Thank you all for generously supporting St. Michael's and our ministries. We are accepting pledge payments through the mail. We are also accepting online giving. You may have to set up an account to do so. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Kate Muris.