Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship with Choir – 10am in-person & livestreamed

(Nursery opens at 9:30am, check in at Parish Hall)

Sunday Evening Contemplative Prayer – Zoom, 5pm

Morning Prayer – Zoom, 9am, Monday through Thursday

Compline – Facebook Live, 8pm, Monday through Thursday

Thursday Noon Day Prayer – Zoom, 11:45am

Thursday Evening Eucharist – Sanctuary, 5:30pm

December 4, 2022

The Second Sunday of Advent

10am Service

The Rev. Rodney Davis Preaching

& The Rev. Mary Claugus Presiding

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

The First Sunday of Advent

The Rev. Mary Claugus Preaching

Sunday, November 27, 2022

California International Marathon

Sunday December 4th

Road Closures on Fair Oaks Blvd and Watt begin at 7AM.

Upcoming Events

Winterdance Christmas Celebration

(formerly Celtic Christmas)

by New World String Project

Get Tickets!

Gifts from the Heart Drop-Off This Weekend!

If you picked up a tag for Gifts from the Heart this year, thank you! Please bring your wrapped gifts to St. Michael's Church on Saturday 12/3 from 1-4pm or Sunday 12/4 from 9am-2pm. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Quené at (916) 507-9542.

A potluck supper will immediately follow Lessons & Carols in the Parish Hall at approximately 6pm. This is an opportunity to celebrate Christmas with your St. Michael's family. We will even sing Christmas carols around the keyboard, led by John and Connie! The church will provide the lasagna, both veggie and meat. Please bring a dish to share alongside the lasagna.

All are welcome! Invite your friends and neighbors!

Please RSVP to rsvp@stmichaelscarmichael.org so we know how many tables to set up. Also, we could use some help! Contact the office at 916.488.3550 or by email if you are available to help or have any questions.

St. Michael's Children & Youth Connection

Christmas Pageant

St. Michael's will be presenting our annual Christmas pageant on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, at the 5pm worship service. If your youth are interested in participating, please contact Pastor Katie.


Thoughts on the Inter-Faith gathering:

"I felt my faith in humanity was restored. Eight different faith traditions under one roof, TOGETHER, reaffirmed my belief that good people, not perfect, just good, can make the decisions and changes that are needed in this world to afford ALL people, no matter what faith tradition or 'lack thereof', the respect, opportunities and quality of life that each one of us deserves. And dare I add, safety in worship. For every human being on this planet, TOGETHER is the key. Without life TOGETHER, we are all, at best, greatly diminished; and at worst, eviscerated. Without TOGETHER, none of us will survive." - Paula

"I was so grateful that we did have so many different faiths represented, not just by clergy, but by the regular followers of the traditions. I had a lovely conversation with a person from the Salam Center and our shared belief that gratitude for all our gifts goes to God each day. I would love to see this expand to the wider community around us. Making this a tradition for St. Michael's as a leader in the community to strengthen that interfaith bond would be incredible." - Renee

The centrality of gratitude across all the traditions and our need as people to live in grateful appreciation to God and those around us. I loved the Buddhist tradition of thanking parents, teachers, nature (and I think there was another thing) daily, and noticing and appreciating everything. Father Silveira’s advice to be grateful for whatever isRabbi Nancy’s observation that gratitude is linked to humility, to appreciate what we have instead of thinking we should have so much more. The Islamic traditions of thanking God for returning soul to body each morning and thanking Allah five times per day: All praise is due to God at all times. - Mary

I also thought the service was great. An excellent way to get to know our neighbors that we may not normally meet. The thing that keeps coming back to me was: Be grateful for everything. The things you like AND the things you don't like. Welcome them. (Like the cold!) - Laura

For the first time in my many years at St. Michaels there was a unifying program in which 8 different faith traditions spoke to “who we are and what we believe.” I was struck by how similar we are in our differences. - Kate

To me, the service was inspirational, and I was particularly taken with the words of the Master and the rep from the Salam Islamic Center. I wonder if it wouldn’t be beneficial to have more than a yearly service, maybe twice a year, and explore other communal areas of interest? We have a lot to learn from other traditions. Also, I was very glad to see so many people of color at a St. Michael’s event. - Lee

St. Michael's Listens & Learns

Ongoing Classes


Book Study with Pastor Katie

Join us for an Advent book study on Light of the World by Jewish scholar Amy-Jill Levine. The book opens conversations around connections of the Gospel stories to the Old Testament, the role of women in first-century Jewish culture, the importance of Mary’s visitation and the revolutionary implications of Mary’s Magnificat, the census and the stable, and the star of Bethlehem and the flight to Egypt.

The book group will meet on Sunday mornings at 11:45am in the Friendship Center. The book can be purchased on Amazon here. If you need help purchasing copies, please let us know. If you would like to join by Zoom, please contact Pastor Katie.

Living Compass in Advent

The Living Compass theme for the Advent season is Practicing Simplicity with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength and Mind. Thought-provoking daily readings and reflection questions to enhance your Advent journey are available once again! 

The Living Compass Advent booklets are still available at the church if you need a copy

There are multiple ways you can engage with this material through Living Compass at livingcompass.org/advent. You can:

---Sign up to receive a daily email of each reflection

---Download a free PDF file of the devotional

---Purchase an e-book of the devotional on Amazon for 99 cents

A weekly discussion group facilitated by Lisa Sargent will be offered on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 on Zoom starting today. Please contact Lisa by e-mail at lisa@2sargents.com to sign up.

Consider taking a meaningful Advent journey focused on simplicity. As we live in this busy, chaotic, conflicted world, who among us doesn’t want the simpler, abundant life God intends for us?

St. Michael's Serves in the Community

Mercy & Social Justice Grants

Announcing our 2022 Mercy and Social Justice Grants!

St. Michael’s Mercy and Social Justice Committee is pleased to announce the 2022 Parishioner Guided Grants Recipients. The grants were authored by seven parishioners who are each actively involved in their nominated program- in most cases along with other St. Michael’s members. All grants meet the qualifications of being a program with St. Michael’s parishioner involvement which addresses the basic needs of food, shelter, education or health. Congratulations to the nominators and recipients, who all are an important part of the ways St. Michael’s reaches out to our neighbors in need.

  1. River City Food Bank Nominated by Eileen Thomas                     
  2. International Rescue Committee Nominated by Christina Manning        
  3. Carmichael HART Winter Services “Winter Respite Days” Nominated by Julie Linderman      
  4. The Center at St. Matthew’s Nominated by Tammy Murray
  5. Women's Empowerment - Job readiness program for women Nominated by Mary Ellen Ferguson
  6. Community Against Sexual Harm (CASH) Nominated by: Dianne Robbins
  7. Kairos Prison Ministry CSP-SAV Nominated by John Quené

Outreach Opportunities

Working with our partners, we invite you to sign up to help in the following ways found on our website.

You can also check out our partners' websites for more details.

Volunteers needed:

Winter Respite 2023 Mornings

Tuesdays, 1/3/2023 & 1/10/2023  

Carmichael Presbyterian Church

Caring for our neighbors in need with a safe, warm resting place, a hot meal, access to showers, and friendship. A minimum of 8 volunteers are needed each day 8AM-1PM. With more volunteers we can share the hours of service to ease the time commitment. For more information and sign-up to volunteer, contact Julie Linderman at 916-485-2978.

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.

Christmas Flowers

Given in Thanksgiving & in Memory

This Christmas season, you can remember your loved ones and celebrate important moments in your life with the gift of flowers to the church. 

You can share with us the person or event you would like to give flowers in gratitude or memory of via our online form, or you can email the office. Please add "Christmas Flowers & Music" to the memo line of checks and mail or drop them off to the office. You can also pay online using the drop down menu by selecting Flowers & Music in Thanksgiving and Remembering.

Names for Christmas Bulletin
Online Payment

Celebrating the Lives of our Beloved Members

The Celebration of Life service for Diane Hegland will be at St. Michael's on December 17th at 10am.

The Celebration of Life service for Marlene Wagner will be at St. Michael's on December 31st at 11am.

Piano Meditation

by John Cozza, Music Director

Bach, arr. Busoni--Chorale Prelude Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland ("Now Comes, the Savior of the Heathen")

This week's piano meditation ties in with the last week's Choral Masterwork, Bach's cantata for the 1st Sunday of Advent Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61; Bach composed a chorale prelude for organ, BWV 659 in which the hymn melody by Martin Luther (used in the opening and closing movements of the cantata) is extensively ornamented and elaborated, separated by solemn, hushed interludes. The transcription for solo piano is by Italian composer/pianist Ferruccio Busoni.

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 of 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 fatherrod@stmichaelscarmichael.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.  

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.

Pastoral Hours

Rev. Mary will be available on request. Please call the office to schedule.


Pastor Katie's office hours are Mondays, 9am - 11am.


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.

St. Michael's Episcopal Church
2140 Mission Avenue, Carmichael CA 95608
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