November 19, 2023

Celebrating Thanksgiving

10am Service

The Rev. Mary Claugus Preaching

Pastor Katie Holeman Presiding

& The Rev. Rodney Davis Deacon

5pm Contemplative Prayer Eucharist with Zoom

The Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

The Rev. Rodney Davis

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Advent 2023 Events

Sunday, December 3 - Blue Christmas @ the 5pm Contemplative Service

Saturday, December 16 - Life Profession of Sr. Tina - 11am

Sunday December 17 - Lessons & Carols - 5pm

Tuesday, December 19 - Winterdance - 7pm

Advent Classes

Living Compass Advent

The Living Compass theme for the Advent season is Practicing Wonder with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength and Mind.  


“The key to the seeker’s quest is not in finding just the right piece of holy real estate on which to stand, but rather in so preparing his or her awareness that any space he or she occupies can become thin through faith.” Steven Charleston


The Living Compass Advent booklets are available at the church on Sundays, in the office and online at A weekly discussion group facilitated by Lisa and Jim Sargent will be offered on Sunday evenings from 6:30-7:30 on Zoom. We will meet on December 3, 10 and 17. Please contact Lisa by e-mail at to sign up. 

More info

A Radiant Birth: Advent Reflections

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, though not required, to follow the daily readings during the week and come to the Sunday, beginning December 3rd, gathering after coffee hour for one hour of reflection on some of the most helpful images, poems, passages, or revisiting's of the biblical story. Discounted copies of the book will be available at coffee hour. They are also available at a discount from Christian Book Distributors.

St. Michael's Learns & Connects

Daughters of the King Anniversary

This Sunday, November 19th!

Join us as we celebrate the Anniversary of the Daughters of the King Chapter here at St. Michael's during Coffee Hour on Sunday November 19th. For more information about The Order of the Daughters of the King please check out the full article on our calendar here or contact Sue Corbin (916) 944-2203 or (916) 228-1277 or the Office.

St. Michael's Continuing Studies

St. Michael's Serves in the Community

Gifts from the Heart

Drop Off Days

Thank you so much to all who chose to participate in the GFTH program this year!! All 121 children and adults now have a "personal" shopper! 😊 What a nice blessing these gifts will be to their recipients! Happy shopping and wrapping to everyone! Please place wrapped gifts in the clear plastic bag along with the yellow tag for each person and bring them to the Parish Hall at the designated times.

Drop off dates and times are Dec. 2, 1-4pm and 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.

Thank you for being a blessing to those less fortunate.

Free Calendars to Donate?

Do you have an excess of free 2024 calendars that are sent with promotional mailings? If you are looking for ways to donate these we are collecting them in the office to include in the GFTH gifts as well as have them available for Winter Shelter attendees.

Outreach opportunities can be found on our website calendar linked below!


Weekly Services

10am Sunday Morning Worship Eucharist & Choir also Livestreamed

Nursery opens at 9:30am

5pm Sunday Evening Contemplative Eucharist with Zoom

9am Morning Prayer – Zoom, Monday through Thursday nm

11:45am Thursday Noon Day Prayer – Zoom

8:30am Friday Morning Contemplative Eucharist

Upcoming Celebration of Life Services


The Celebration of Life service for Mary Groesbeck will be at St. Michael's on Sunday November 19th, 2023 at 2pm with a reception to follow in Johnstone Hall. The family would like to invite all to bring in full size toiletry items to be given to River City Food Bank in honor of Mary's life. Mary was instrumental in our Angel Bag success! River City can not purchase toiletry items and still many clients ask for them. What we collect will allow them to give to those who ask for these necessities. We will bring these items up during the service as an offering of ourselves and the toiletries in thanksgiving for Mary's life.


Please contact Marcie Larkey (916) 488-6960  if you would like to help by bringing cookies/dessert items for the reception. To read Mary's full obituary please click here. If you can not attend Mary's service it will be livestreamed on YouTube here.

Christmas Music & 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 Donation

Piano Meditation

by John Cozza, Music Director


Scriabin-Prelude in c# minor for Left Hand Alone, Op. 9/i   


This fall I have been playing as Preludes various pieces by Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915), a classmate at the Moscow Conservatory and contemporary of Sergei Rachmaninov, and a virtuoso composer/pianist in his own right. When an injury to his right hand forced him to give that hand some rest, he composed several works for the left hand alone, including this haunting, Chopin-inspired Prelude.

St. Michael's Children & Youth Connection

Godly Play!

Godly Play is available on Sundays at 10am during worship! All children ages 3-grade 4 are welcome to join us. Nursery is also available for children 0-3. Check your children in at the table in Parish Hall marked Godly Play. Our teachers will bring the students to the Godly Play room. Children are invited to participate in Sunday school during the first half of the service. At the peace, the children will join their family in the Sanctuary for communion and the rest of the service. Please contact Pastor Katie with any questions.

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

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.

Pastoral Hours

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


Pastor Katie will be available on request. Please email 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.

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