Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship – 10am Indoor/Outdoor & Livestream Recording with piano accompaniment
Sunday Evening 5pm Zoom Service – Contemplative Prayer
9:30am Morning Prayer – Zoom/Facebook Live:
Mondays, Tuesday & Wednesdays
8pm Compline – Facebook Live Monday through Thursday
Thursday Noon Day Prayer – Facebook Live
Thursday Evening 5:30pm Eucharist
Weekly Sermons – Posted Sunday afternoons
April 3, 2022

The Rev. Mary Claugus Presiding
& The Rev. John McEntyre Preaching
10am Indoor/Outdoor Worship and Livestream

10am Livestream to Vimeo, Facebook & the website
For the link visit our homepage right before the service

The Fourth Sunday in Lent
The Rev. Mary Claugus Preaching - Sunday, March 27, 2022
Let us all Welcome
Pastor Katie Holeman
Pastor Katie will join our staff on April 19th. Her primary areas of interest will be Church Growth in Family Ministries and her title will be Assistant Priest. She comes from the Lutheran tradition and so we will have the opportunity to get to know the way our Lutheran brothers and sisters do things. We are in full communion with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Bishop Megan, the vestry, and I are excited to welcome Katie into our St. Michael's community and the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California.

Pastor Katie's first Sunday will be April 24th and we will be having a Welcome Reception for her immediately following the service. If you would like to help, please connect with the office. Gail McMichael has graciously agreed to spearhead this wonderful event! Please mark your calendars!
What St. Michael's is About
COVID Guidance Update
Re-Gathering Task Force

Assumptions we agreed upon:

  1. People who have not been fully vaccinated would be required to wear masks.
  2. People are empowered to make their own choices on how they want participate.
  3. We will continue to try to protect the most vulnerable.
  4. We will remain flexible and if the numbers change in any direction, we will address the situation accordingly.

We agreed that:
  • It is time for “voluntary mask wearing” for those who have been fully vaccinated.
  • We will keep an area in the sanctuary marked off as a “protected area” for those who want or need to mask and social distance. If you are fully vaccinated and want to keep wearing masks but are not concerned with social distancing, sit where you would like. Please refrain from sitting in the area marked as a protected area unless you are masked and are willing to social distance. If this is where you normally sit, we ask for a bit more patience. 
  • Please look for seating directions by our increased signage. The Greeters and Ushers will have a schematic to show where the protected area will be. It will also be in the bulletin and in the Sunday Constant Contact.
  • The choir will begin singing without masks this Sunday, April 3.
  • The choir procession will begin again on Palm Sunday.
  • We will be offering Coffee Hour after the 10am Sunday Services once again. 
  • We are looking for members to rejoin this ministry. Please contact the office if you are interested in getting involved.
  • All groups meeting can now meet on campus – in our classrooms, in the courtyard, etc. Even though you can meet in person, this does not mean that you must. This is up to the will of the group gathering. Some groups may choose to require masking. We ask that you inform the office and make sure that this is well communicated beforehand to those attending.
  • April 24th – we will be open for “bigger events” keeping in mind items 1-4 above.
Holy Week Schedule

April 10 - Palm Sunday at 10am
April 14 - Maundy Thursday at 7pm
April 15 - Good Friday
7am Stations of the Cross on Zoom
12pm Stations of the Cross
7pm Passion and Veneration of the Cross
April 16 - Easter Vigil at 7pm
April 17 - Easter Sunday at 10am

Gethsemane Watch Sign-Ups!

In our preparation for Holy Week we are taking sign ups for our St. Michael's Gethsemane Watch.

We are again gathering on Facebook for our Gethsemane Watch. We are hoping that many of you will commit to spending time in the Garden, Thursday, April 14th. The watch begins at 8pm and goes on through 7am, April 15th. To participate, go to our Facebook profile page (St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Carmichael) where we will have a new post announcing our Gethsemane Watch and tag each other through the comments sections of that post - when we come and when we go! Please consider "sitting in the garden" to watch and pray with Jesus in one hour shifts.

You can sign up for one hour shifts by emailing the office with your interest and time preference and we will have sign ups available in the narthex.
Daughters of the King Study
Intro Informational Meeting - Tuesday April 26th at 1pm
The Order of the Daughters of the King is an order for women and girls who are communicants of the Episcopal, Anglican, Lutheran and Roman Catholic Churches.
Because Daughters of the King accept a Rule of Life, we define ourselves as an order, not an organization. Our community is found primarily in our local chapters, but it includes chapters throughout the United States as well as internationally.
On April 26th at 1pm, our Daughters of St. Michael’s Chapter will host an introductory informational meeting (on Zoom) for all women interested in learning more about our Order and participating in a monthly study on the last Tuesday of every month at 1pm on Zoom

If you would like more information or have questions about it, please contact:
Mary Hutchinson at (916) 284-1644 or Mary Mussell at (916) 204-2163. 
Education for Ministry 
Have you heard people talking about EfM and wondered what it is?
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program of theological education of the School of Theology of the University of the South. Students sign up one year at a time for this four year program.

The study is done in a seminar class which meets once a week throughout the academic year, about 36 weeks, under the guidance of trained mentors.

This is a small “community” of learners studying together. Although the course materials provide substantial academic content, the focus is on life as ministry and understanding what that ministry may be. The first two years focus on the Old and New Testament, the third year on church history and the fourth year on ethics and philosophy.

EfM teaches you how to think theologically, deepens your faith, and your understanding of our Christian heritage. The bonds you will form in this small learning community will be deep and long lasting. The program is non-denominational and St. Michael’s class is open to members of other Christian communities. If you would like more information, please contact Janice Bowdler, [email protected], or Ellen Cehand, [email protected]. Financial assistance is available.
Living Well thru Lent

The Living Compass booklet supply was running low, there may be a few available in the church office. There are several other ways you can access the Lenten devotional booklet. You can download the booklet on the Living Compass website or buy an e-book on Amazon for 99 cents. You can also receive each day’s meditation in your e-mail by signing up on the Living Compass website livingcompass.org.  Click on the banner across the top of the page to scroll down and sign up. 
Lisa Sargent is offering a Living Compass Zoom group to share reflections about the “Letting Go” theme. You can join any time during Lent. It is meeting on Sunday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30. If it doesn’t work for you every week, that’s just fine. Join when you can.
If you are interested in the Sunday evening opportunity via Zoom, e-mail Lisa Sargent at [email protected] or contact her by phone: 916-813-1941. A Zoom invitation will be sent prior to each gathering.
Sacred Circle

We are continuing our Sacred Circle Gatherings by popular request. Kate Muris and Marilyn McEntyre invite you to meet as you can on the last Wednesday of each month, from 6 to 7pm on zoom. Our format is to have quiet time together to listen, pray and reflect on offered readings and poetry. For more information and to join us, please contact Kate Muris at [email protected]. All are welcome.
Continuing Studies

  • EfM Tuesdays at 6:30pm on Zoom
  • Want to Talk: Communication Tools for Divided Times Wednesdays at 3pm on Zoom
  • Open Bible Study Thursdays at 10am on Zoom - please call the office for the new link.

For more info and details please check out our Adult Education page (https://www.stmichaelscarmichael.org/learn/adults/) on the website or call or email the office at [email protected].
Rise Against Hunger - Saturday April 9
10am - 12pm

Mercy and Social Justice is once again offering this opportunity to serve those who are hungry throughout the world. Come pack food bags that reach hungry people throughout the world. It is a very fun event and a great opportunity to gather as community to do something for those in need.

Please register on their website. Required release forms will be included in the registration. If you need help, please contact the office.
Thank you Sr. Tina Francesca and Mary Mussell for your leadership in this project. If you have questions, please connect with Sr. Tina Francesca and Mary.

We need three people to help set up and clean up after the event. If you are willing, please let Sr. Tina Francesca and Mary know.

Rise Against Hunger is working to help hungry people in the Ukraine. We can assist in the effort by supporting Rise Against Hunger!
Easter Meal Gift Cards
Together We Can Help Others
Easter brings pleasant thoughts of a family gathering, including a special meal. We at St. Michael’s cherish such memories. They’re revered. But what of those who, for whatever circumstance, lack the means to do something extra for an Easter dinner? Over the years, we’ve collected funds to purchase gift cards to help these people. At River City Food Bank and the St. Mathew’s Center these deserving people can be identified and helped - with your contributions.
It’s easy to help out. You can donate cash or a check in a church envelope by marking it “Easter meals” or “gift card funds ” and the church will do the rest. We’ll all feel we’ve done something worthy to spread the good cheer that comes with Easter.
Opportunity to help in Ukraine
Support Episcopal Relief & Development in providing humanitarian aid in response to the crisis in Ukraine. By donating to the Ukraine Crisis Response Fund, you will help meet critical needs for people fleeing the violence including food, cash, blankets and hygiene supplies. Visit episcopalrelief.org/ukraine-crisis.

Please see our website for other ways to help as well.
Habitat for Humanity
Volunteer Opportunities at the ReStore

Habitat for Humanity is looking for more ReStore volunteers to help on a regular basis with receiving donations, assembling furniture, testing products, stocking, pricing, etc. We are accepting up to 6 volunteers per day, Tuesday - Saturday. Find all open opportunities, here.

If you have any questions about volunteering in #TheStoreThatBuildsHomes, please reach out to Brianna Lowrie directly at [email protected]. Thank you!
Giving for Easter Flowers & Music

This Easter you can remember your loved ones and celebrate important moments in your life with the gift of flowers and/or music to the church.  

If you would like to give in this way, please let the office know what you would like to give thanks for in the bulletin. You can drop off a check on Sundays (or to the office Monday-Friday 9am - 1pm), mail it to the office or pay on-line.
Choral Masterworks
by John Cozza

Wiederstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54 by Bach

Particularly appropriate for the Lenten Season is Widerstehe doch der Sünde (Just resist sin),[1] BWV 54,[a] is a church cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach. He composed the solo cantata for alto in Weimar between 1711 and 1714, and probably performed it on the seventh Sunday after Trinity, 15 July 1714. It is Bach's first extant church cantata for a solo voice, and also his one surviving Lenten cantata from his Weimar days (in Bach's time Lent was a tempus clasum in Leipzig in which no instrumental music was performed in church).

The text of the short work was written by Georg Christian Lehms, for two arias and a connecting recitative. The topic is to resist sin, based on the Epistle of James. The text was published in a 1711 collection, dedicated to the Sunday Oculi (the 3rd Sunday in Lent). It is not known when Bach composed the work but is assumed that he performed it as part of his monthly cantata productions in 1714 on the seventh Sunday after Trinity, 15 July. The solo voice is accompanied by strings: two violin parts, two viola parts and continuo. The composition begins with a striking dissonant chord. In the words of English conductor and Early Music Performance Practice expert John Eliot Gardiner: "The first aria is spellbinding... (the opening dissonance) is a deliberate shock tactic to rouse his listeners to the need to 'stand firm against all sinning, or its poison will possess you."
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoz8u7R-aQs (a very interesting video of idiosyncratic Canadian pianist and Bach specialist Glenn Gould introducing and performing this cantata with countertenor Russell Oberlin)
St. Michael's Connects
Flower Arrangers

We are looking for persons interested in arranging flowers for Sunday services without having to be part of a regular altar guild team. You could pick up flowers at the wholesaler and arrange them when you have time on Friday or Saturday. You could choose to do this once a month or more. We will even provide training. Contact Jan at [email protected] or Michelle in the office.
Celebration of Life

Skip Metcalf
There will be a Celebration of Life for Skip Metcalf on Saturday April 23, 2022 at 11am with a reception to follow. To read Skip's full obituary please click here.

Elsa "Lee" Dwight
There will be a Celebration of Life for Elsa "Lee" Dwight on Saturday April 30, 2022 at 11am with a reception to follow.
Deacon Cindy Move Update

Deacon Cindy and Mark have made it to Gallatin, TN and are settling into their new home. Please contact Michelle in the office for their updated mailing address.
Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care Giver Support Group
Jim Dodds is setting up a Support Group for dementia/Alzheimer’s care givers. If you want to receive support from others who are taking care of dementia/Alzheimer’s patients just send Jim an email [email protected]. Jim took care of his wife Polly in their home for six years. Polly is now in a memory care facility in Sacramento. This group is open to all members of the community who are caring for family members.
On-Going Announcements
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 on the numbers. If you have any additional questions, please contact the office.
Centering Prayer

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 Schaller 916.390.3465.

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 [email protected].

Opportunity to serve in worship
We are continuing to schedule readers and responders for Sunday service, recorded live on Sunday mornings at 10am. Please contact Mary Ellen Ferguson if you are interested.

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.  

St. Michael's Spring 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.

Pastoral Hours

Rev. Mary will be available on request. Please call for an appointment. 
916.488.3550 Ext. 15 for Rev. Mary.


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.  On-line Giving
St. Michael's Episcopal Church
2140 Mission Avenue, Carmichael CA 95608
916.488.3550 | [email protected]