Weekly Announcements

Lent postcard frontLent Forum Series –
Healing and Forgiveness
for Ourselves and Our World 

“Our suffering begins to transform when we reach out and connect with one another—when we tell the story, name the hurt, grant forgiveness, and renew or release the relationship.” — Desmond Tutu. Following the 10:00 am service, join us in the Angels Chapel on a journey of healing and forgiveness. This week we will cover Ch. 5-6 (Granting Forgiveness and Renewing/Releasing the Relationship). Bring a journal, Desmond and Mpho Tutu’s The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World Please Note: Our final forum on April 2 will feature a conversation with The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers who serves as Canon for Evangelism and Reconciliation for the Episcopal Church, USA. Can’t be there every Sunday or want to go deeper? Join our weekly discussion group on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/182335818921605/. 

Liturgy 101: Sundays in Lent at 8:45 am

Why do we stand for the Gospel? When should I make the sign of the cross? Why are there so many forms of the Eucharistic Prayer? What does it mean to bow at the name of Jesus? This Lent, join the clergy Sundays at 8:45 am in the Gray Lounge as we learn about the basics of our Liturgy and discover the meaning behind the acts of worship. This Sunday we’ll talk about the Prayers of the People, our practice of praying for the church, the nation, those in need, and all the cares of our hearts. Our forms of prayer sometimes have us praying for people and causes we hadn’t thought of, or maybe don’t really want to pray for. Why do we name these aloud in worship? Who should we pray for, and who shouldn’t we pray for? Come for a particularly timely discussion on why we do what we do in worship

Soup Suppers in Lent: Every Wednesday 5:45–7:30 pm

Much of Jesus’ ministry and teaching involved breaking bread together to build faith and strengthen relationships. Beginning Ash Wednesday and continuing every Wednesday in Lent, we invite you to a simple relaxed meal from 5:45-7:30 pm in the Reception Room. $3.00 pays for vegetarian soup, salad, and a baguette. All ages are encouraged and welcome to share in the joys of table fellowship together!

Lenten Bible Study

Paul writes “my life is hidden with Christ in God” but what does this mean? Come to our Lenten Bible Study to find out! Michael Taylor is leading an engaging Bible study throughout Lent, utilizing the ancient practice for Lectio Divina (or Sacred Reading) to explore the five Lenten Gospel passages and reflect on their meaning in our daily lives. The Lenten Bible study takes place Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm in the church. Bring your Bible, a journal, and an open mind!

Hope Chests During Lent

Is there something you can give up in order to save money to give to people in need? St. Michael’s children and youth are doing just that with their Hope Chests for Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), the worldwide relief agency of the Episcopal Church. You too can participate! Pick up an ERD Hope Chest at the back of the church or at the Reception Desk, and put your donations in it throughout Lent. Bring your Hope Chest to church on Easter, and at the 10:00 am service, students will collect the chests and bring them to the altar for a blessing.

The Labyrinth at St. Michael’s!

A canvas replica of the 13th-century labyrinth that is inlaid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral is set up in our Recital Hall. Walking the labyrinth is a wonderful way to still your mind and body and find your spiritual center. During Lent it is available from 12:30 to 2:00 pm on Sundays and on weekdays and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. You may also call the Church to verify its availability at other times.

Easter Flowers

Each year we have special expenses associated with our Holy Week and Easter services—particularly the beautiful flowers decorating the church at Easter. If you can help with these costs, please enclose a donation in one of the Easter Flowers envelopes found at the back of the church and at the reception desk. If you’d like your gift to be given in memory of or thanksgiving for someone, please submit your donation with the form for listing names (written clearly!) by Monday of Holy Week (April 10). Thanks!

Artists and Craftspeople Needed!

Did you know that our new Sunday school program for kids in Pre-K through 5th grade, Godly Play, uses a different set of hand-crafted materials to tell each lesson each Sunday? We’ll need everything from Noah’s Ark to a model of the Upper Room for each of our three classrooms beginning in September. Purchasing the hand-crafted materials is expensive, and we are drawing upon the talents of our parishioners to build as much as possible. Please contact Andrea Dedmon if you are interested in helping with this ambitious project or if you would like to donate materials: andrea@saintmichaelschurch.org. Thank you!

Angels of Ahli

Recently the Rev. Dr. Deborah Dresser made an appeal for the Ahli Hospital in Gaza in her sermon and at the forum. This is our second annual campaign for this hospital of the Episcopal diocese of Jerusalem. Last year we contributed almost $3,000. To become an “Angel of Ahli,” please write a check to St. Michael’s Church and  put “Ahli Hospital” in the memo line. For more information about American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem visit www.afedj.org. Any questions: call John Uss at 917-476-0192 or Anne Stribling 212-663-4951.

Women of Saint Michael’s Women’s Retreat

We are happy to announce May 19-21 as the dates for our retreat weekend led by Mother Kate and Mother Leigh. The two-day retreat is held at the Convent of St. John Baptist/St. Marguerite’s Retreat House, Mendham, New Jersey. Cost for the retreat is $200 for 2 nights (6 meals beginning with dinner on Friday night and ending with lunch on Sunday). Reserve with a $25 deposit. Please make checks payable to Saint Michael’s Church with “2017 women’s retreat” on the memo line. Place your check in the collection plate or mail it to Galina Koubassova. If you have questions, please e-mail Linda Van Ness at Lvanness@nyc.rr.com or Susan Wade at susanwade@paulhastings.com.

Midnight Marauders Need Your Help

The Midnight Marauders are looking for more volunteers to help bring food for use at the Saturday Kitchen from Whole Foods on Columbus and 97th Street to the Parish House. Pickups are every Friday night at 11 p.m. and take about a half-hour. Both drivers and schleppers are needed. For details or access to the online SIGN UP SHEET, see Ned Boyajian or email Alfredo Mercuri (alfredomercuri@gmail.com).

Volunteer for Saturday Kitchen

The Saturday Kitchen always appreciates more helping hands. Ages 10 and up are welcome to volunteer on Saturday morning (community service credit available on request); just show up at 8:30 am; you’ll be done by noon. We also need adults to help with preparation on Fridays; call 212-222-2700 for more information. Thanks for your continued commitment to this important ministry!