October 1, 2023

The Feast of St. Francis & Blessing of the Animals

10am Service 

Pastor Katie Holeman Presiding

Sr. Tina Francesca Ferriot Preaching

The Rev. Rodney Davis Deacon

5pm Contemplative Prayer Zoom Service

Feast of St. Francis

This Sunday, October 1st, 10am

It is "Bring your Pets to Church Day!"

We will be blessing our pets during this 10am courtyard service. There will be bragging rights for the coolest animal and forgiveness for the loudest! All are welcome!

This is a great service to invite your pet loving friends to St. Michael's.

The Feast of St. Michael & Ingathering Sunday

The Rev. Mary Claugus Preaching

Sunday, September 24, 2023

St. Michael's Stewardship Grateful for God's Grace

Thank you all for your generosity toward God and St. Michael’s. We are off to a great start with our 2024 Pledge Drive. 

Thank you, Chris Chamness and the Stewardship Committee, for your leadership and commitment to St. Michael’s financial stability. Thank you, Michael Johnson, for the artwork on the prayer card which we all received in our pledge packet. Thank you, Suzanne Phinney and Mary Ellen Ferguson (and all your helpers), for organizing and putting on the barbeque for our wonderful celebration. Thank you, Pastor Katie, for enlisting all the helpers who were there to assist at the barbecue. Thank you, Chris Chamness, David Daigh, Terry Bridges, Susan Johnson, Mary Davy, and Tammy Murray, for inspiring us to be more generous. Thank you, John Quene and Kate Muris, for your help. Thank you, Sr. Tina Francesca, Eileen Thomas, Kate Muris, Mary Ellen for helping with the mail out. Thank you, Michelle Falcy, for all your administrative support.

Your generosity to St. Michael’s enables us to do what we do and that work is much bigger than any one of us. Every day, St. Michael’s makes a real difference for real people ­— for a hungry neighbor, a child in need, and a grieving parishioner. Your commitment helps to build God’s kingdom on earth. Your generosity to St. Michael’s shows that this is a community for which you care deeply. Whether you are moved by the music or want to participate in our outreach to others; whether you call for pastoral support or are comforted to know you one day could, whether you know every name at Coffee Hour or not, when you make a commitment to St. Michael’s, you show that you care. You want us to succeed. You’re invested, after all, in what we do to show the world a gracious God. Your generosity to St. Michael’s most importantly, signifies a willingness to trust in something bigger than you are. In that way, your commitment is a statement that says you live in hope and trust in God. Thank you!


Rev. Mary

Celebrating God's infinite love by giving back with our treasure.

St. Michael's Children & Youth Connection

Please join us in the Parking Lot, Halloween, October 31st!!! We will have hot dogs and chips for all attending and volunteering!

Please sign up in the Parish Hall to volunteer to bring your car and give out candy. Set up starts at 5pm. Trunk or Treat goes from 6 - 8pm. Candy donations are greatly appreciated. You can drop off candy Sundays or during the week while the office is open. What costume will you wear???

Contact Pastor Katie Holeman with questions or to volunteer. 

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.

St. Michael's Learns & Connects

St. Michael's World Café's: Embarking on the Future Together

Thank you for joining us for our World Café's! If you were unable to attend in person but would still like to give your input please complete the questionnaire available here. Please feel free to connect with the office with any questions.

World Café Questionnaire

Spiritual Formation Group Beginning in October

Meeting in the Friendship Room

Sundays, October 1st - November 19th

at 11:45am

You are invited to join the Spiritual Formation Group being formed. The group will be using a revised edition of the workbook, A Spiritual Formation Workbook: Small group resources for nurturing Christian growth. Sharon Gulliford and Sue Corbin will be facilitating the group.

If you are interested in joining this group, please let Sharon, Sue, or the office know of your interest.

St. Michael's Continuing Studies


It is that time of year when scammers are in full gear! Last week, parishioners received texts from someone claiming to be Rev. Mary. This week, we received emails from people claiming to be parishioners and staff members. To avoid being scammed, look closely at strange sounding emails and text messages and definitely check the email address and phone number. Our clergy and staff emails are listed below. No one from the St. Michael's staff will text or email asking for "favors." If you have questions or are unsure if a text or email you received is legitimate, please call the office at 916.488.3550.

Rev. Mary revmary@stmichaelscarmichael.org

Pastor Katie pastorkatie@stmichaelscarmichael.org

Michelle Falcy st.michaels@stmichaelscarmichael.org

Fr. Rod fatherrod@stmichaelscarmichael.org

Finance finance@stmichaelscarmichael.org

John Quené quenejt@gmail.com 

Kate Muris katherinemuris@gmail.com

Upcoming Celebration of Life Services


The Celebration of Life service for Pauline (Polly) Dodds will be at St. Michael's on Saturday October 7th, 2023 at 11am. The family asks all attending to please wear colorful clothing. Click here to read her full obituary.

The Celebration of Life service for Mary Groesbeck will be at St. Michael's on Sunday November 19th, 2023 at 2pm.

A Service to Celebrate the Life of 

Jane Onstadt Lamb

With Eucharist and Inurnment

Friday, October 6, 2023 | 2:00 pm

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

2620 Capitol Avenue | Sacramento, CA

Weekly Services

10am Sunday Morning Worship Eucharist & Choir also Livestreamed

Nursery opens at 9:30am

5pm Sunday Evening Contemplative Prayer – Zoom

9am Morning Prayer – Zoom, Monday through Thursday

11:45am Thursday Noon Day Prayer – Zoom

8:30am Friday Morning Contemplative Eucharist

Friday Morning Contemplative Eucharist

We are beginning a Contemplative Eucharist this week: Fridays @ 8:30am. Fr. Rod will be taking the lead on this service. Because school is in session, you are asked to enter through the side door of the parking lot. The door will open ten minutes before the service and the door will be closed and locked by 8:35am. This is in order to keep the security efforts of the school intact. If you have questions and are interested in attending please contact Fr. Rod.

Choral Masterworks

by John Cozza, Music Director


Gloria by John Rutter  

With the composer's birthday falling on September 24, I thought the most famous work of the most famous choral conductor/composer of our time would be most appropriate: the magnificent "Gloria" of John Rutter. Here is a link to a live recording from Carnegie Hall with the composer conducting:


For more information on the work, here is a link to the Wikipedia entry:

1st mvt: 

2nd/3rd mvts: 

St. Michael's Serves in the Community

2023 Mercy and Social Justice Parishioner Guided Grants Application Cycle Opens!

The Mercy and Social Justice Ministry Committee’s mission is “to represent God’s love and compassion through acts of mercy and justice.” In 2023 the committee has continued to focus on providing financial support, in-kind donations, service, and forming partnerships in the greater community to love and aid neighbors and strangers in need. In keeping with our mission, St. Michael’s will again be supporting community outreach through the 2023 Mercy and Social Justice Parishioner Guided Grants.

Parishioner Guided Grants Program

You are invited to nominate a program in which St Michael’s parishioners’ are involved. The grants will be awarded to programs that address basic needs of food, shelter, education and health. For this cycle, grant amounts are anticipated to range from $500-$2,000. Please send all nominations to Dancy Dobrenick at dancy@surewest.net by end of day Wednesday, October 18, 2023. Paper copies of the grant application will be on the Ushers’ desk in the Sanctuary. Grants will be awarded in December 2023. All recipient organizations will be invited to participate at our 2024 Outreach Sunday by sending a representative and organizational information, including volunteer opportunities.

For more information contact: Dancy Dobrenick.

Grant Nomination Form
Event Parking Info

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


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Auditions

Want to be in a play with your children/grandchildren? Mission Avenue Players has an exciting opportunity in their upcoming production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever with parts available for several adults and children ages 7+!

Auditions will be Monday & Tuesday, October 2 & 3 at 7:00 pm (Actors only need to attend one day). There are many roles for children. A tentative Call Back will be Wednesday, October 4 at 7 pm, this is where we ask auditioners to come an additional day if needed.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script and rehearsals will begin Monday, October 16 and be on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays in the Sanctuary. Performances will be Saturday, December 9th at 7pm and Sunday December 10th at 2pm in the Sanctuary. Please contact Michael Walker for additional information.

Audition Form

Name Tags Available

We have name tags available for our new members 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.

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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