Weekly Announcements

Be Our Guest at a St. Michael’s Harvest Supper

Our 2020 stewardship campaign “Where Everyone Belongs” begins on Please join us at one of a series of Harvest Suppers in parishioners’ homes this autumn. The stewardship committee is organizing the suppers, but they are for fellowship, not fundraising. Breaking bread together gives us a chance to get to know each other better and to talk about the role that St. Michael’s plays in our lives. Click on stmichaelsnyc.ivolunteer.com/harvest or use the sign-up sheet at the reception desk. Questions? Contact Kyle Okimoto (kyleokimoto@gmail.com) or John Stickney (stickjt3@gmail.com). “This fellow welcomes sinners, and eats with them.” — Luke 15:2 small.

This Sunday: Service Project for God’s Love We Deliver

Following Sunday’s 10:00 am service, everyone is invited to help decorate Thanksgiving meal bags for people served by God’s Love We Deliver (GLWD). GLWD cooks and home-delivers nutritious, medically tailored, free meals for people too sick to shop or cook for themselves. On Thanksgiving, each client receives their holiday meal  in a hand-decorated bag. We’ve committed to decorating 60 bags. Please come to the Reception Room to help.

A message from Mother Kate regarding our mission work in Haiti

I ask everyone to join us in praying for Haiti. Patty Allen, Michael Smith, and I were scheduled to travel next week with Father Sam Owen, director of the New York Haiti Project, to the villages of Bondeau and Martel to meet the community and celebrate the Feast of St. Luke. The children of St. Michael’s created special artwork that we planned to deliver to the children there. Sadly, due to the political turmoil and civil unrest, we have had to cancel our trip. The following is an email communication we received from Père Jean B. Phanord regarding the situation.
Blessings, Kate+

Dear friends, supporters of Bondeau and Martel: I would like to inform you about the political situation in Haiti right now. We have about one month not working in Haiti. Our schools Bon Samaritain school and St. Luc were closed this week because the teachers and the students are not safe to come. There are demonstrations and a large gathering of people everyday on the street. And then, everybody stayed at home no resources for survival (of) the people, no food, no water and everything (closed) up we cannot buy nothing here, it’s very sad like the earthquake January 12, 2010.

We are requiring prayers Dear Friends; we are counting only by the power of God’s Creator, Who knows everything. We will continue to keep you posted about the situation.
May God bless you all.
Père Jean B. Phanord.   

Sunday Forum series on Core Values: Spiritual Growth is Oct. 13

The topic for discussion during our Sunday Forums in October and early November will be on our newly adopted Core Values. What are they? Why were they chosen? What impact do they have? Each week will focus on one of the six values; this Sunday is Spiritual Growth. Come join us in the Gray Lounge after the 10:00 am service.

Children’s choir featured in Habitat:
Home concert on Saturday, Oct. 19

Our children’s choir is among performers that have been participating nationwide in collaborative workshops and creative generation on the topic of ‘home.’ On Saturday, Oct. 19 at 6:00 pm, St. Michael’s will host this culminating event, Habitat: Home, which will feature New Yorkers of all ages, performing  music, poetry, theater, video/light-sculpture, and dance in diverse styles unique to local artists.  The event promises to be a vibrant and varied program that celebrates underrepresented voices and connects people through shared expression. Come support St. Michael’s children in this free event. Tickets can be obtained at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/18955.

Wednesday Bible Study:
O Ye of Little Faith–Engaging Doubt in Scripture 

Throughout the centuries, doubt has been cast as the opposite of faith, as if the one who doubts should be ashamed of their lack of faith. But a closer look at Scripture brings deeper questions about the role that doubt plays in a life of faith, richer ways of understanding God’s presence in the midst of doubt. Join Mother Julie Hoplamazian beginning Oct. 16 at 7:00 pm for a six-week study on the nature of doubt in Scripture and an examination of several biblical characters whose stories of doubt can still inspire us today.

David Enlow performs at Jean Chambers Memorial Concert on Oct. 25

On Friday, October 25 at 7:30 pm, organist David Enlow will perform at the annual Jean Chambers Memorial Organ Concert. Enlow will perform pieces by J.S. Bach, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Charles-Marie Widor and improvisational audience participation. Tickets are $20 at the door.  A reception will follow the concert.

“When They See Us, Now” screening
and call-to-action discussion set for Oct. 17

Circles of Support, a leadership training program for formerly incarcerated individuals, is partnering with St. Michael’s Racial Justice Dialogue Committee and the Social Justice Ministry to host a follow-up discussion and action planning on October 17 in the Parish House.

Thursday Oct. 17 concluding gathering will be a viewing of a companion special, titled “Oprah Winfrey Presents When They See Us Now,” in which the cast, the creator, and the exonerated five are interviewed. Rahson Johnson, a volunteer and urban minister for Save Our Streets Bed-Stuy, and Samuel Cabassa, Certified Recovery Peer Advocate, will lead the discussion offering ideas for a call to action for the Episcopal Diocese of New York and St. Michael’s Church.

Lunchtime Reflection Group has resumed

Lunchtime Spiritual Reflection Group continues on Thursdays in the Angel Room. We will be using J. Philip Newell’s The Book of Creation ~ An introduction to Celtic Spirituality which guides us through the seven days of Creation as recorded in Genesis and helps us to discern God’s extraordinary gift of Creation through God’s presence among and all around us in our everyday lives – led by Deacon Elena Barnum. Please plan to bring lunch & a copy of the book to our first gathering. For any questions, please contact Deacon Elena: elena@saintmichaelschurch.org or call 203-912-7208.

Enrollment open for Retirement & Vocational Discernment Class
Thinking about retirement, or have you recently made the leap? Consider joining a group of 10-15 parishioners who will meet for six monthly Saturday morning discussions, beginning October 19. The class will read books, pray together, and jointly discern the very spiritual and practical issues surrounding retirement (whatever the word means) and its new work/life rhythms. The syllabus is available online. For more information, contact Fr. David at drider@seamenschurch.org.

The Jesus series exploring traditional to postmodern theology begins this Sunday

“Jesus in the New Testament, Christian Tradition and Contemporary Theology” meets in the Gray Lounge most Sundays 8:45-9:30 am from October -May for intensive exploration of Jesus’ probing question: “Who do you say that I am?”  Fr. David leads a discussion of New Testament (autumn), Church history (winter) and contemporary (spring) witnesses to Jesus from pre-Christian to postmodern Black and Feminist Liberation writings. Each participant has eight months to discern his/her Christological center of gravity.  Join the conversation, beginning October 6! The syllabus available at this link.

Enrollment open for COHI 14-week training program
The Community of Hope International training program (COHI),” a school for God’s service,” is offered at St. Michael’s over 14 weeks beginning in September. The mission of the Community of Hope program is to help create and sustain Christian communities of volunteer lay pastoral caregivers united in prayer, shaped by Benedictine spirituality and equipped for and serving in pastoral care ministries. Training conducted by guest instructors includes Benedictine Spirituality, Pastoral Care, Identifying Spiritual Gifts, Coping with Loss, Understanding Family Systems and other learning experiences designed to aid lay ministers in their call to be a listening presence to others. Sessions are held on Thursday evenings from September through December from 7 to 9 pm and requires a commitment to attend the entire program. We will be using the book, A Spirituality for the 21st Century The Rule of St. Benedict by Joan Chittister. It is available online from Amazon Books. If you would like more information, please contact Deacon Richard at Rplimato@saintmichaelschurch.org. 

Safe Church Training: In-Person Sat., Oct. 26 10:00 am-3:30 pm 
St. Michael’s requires all adults working with minors, as well as all employees and members of the Vestry, to complete the Diocese of New York’s Sexual Misconduct Awareness and Prevention training (a.k.a. “Safe Church”). Our own Deacon Elena Barnum is a certified Safe Church trainer in our diocese and will be offering the training on Saturday, October 26, 10 am-3:30 pm at St. Michael’s. In addition to those required to complete the training, all who are interested may participate. Contact andrea@saintmichaelschurch.org to RSVP for the in-person training or for information on completing it online.

Additional Port Newark Visit scheduled for Oct. 29

By popular demand, Fr. David has added an additional date—Tuesday, October 29—to visit SCI’s Port Newark facility, including ship visits and community service at the Christmas at Sea Center.  We can take a maximum of 10 guests on ships, though additional parishioners can work in the Christmas at Sea space.  If visiting ships, you must be able to climb a 50-step gangway.  Spaces are available first-come, first served by emailing Fr David at drider@seamenschurch.org.

Religious arts and crafts sale to support convent ministries in Belarus
The Sisters of St. Elisabeth Convent from Belarus will set up an afternoon shop at St. Michael’s on Wednesday, Oct. 23 to sell handmade religious articles to support their two ministries. The Sisters operate a mental health hospital that serves children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities and a shelter for people in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. The religious crafts and artifacts were created by the sisters and their facilities residents in a collaborative artist workshop. Sale items include, hand-painted icons, crosses, crucifixes, wood carvings, embroidery, ceramics, rosaries and vestments.

Enrollment forms available for
2019-20 children and youth programs

Children’s choir rehearsals resume on Wednesday, September 11. Sunday school classes and youth groups resume on September 15. Parents must register their children for these and all 2019-20 children’s and youth programs: including nursery childcare and the December 15 Christmas Pageant. We hope your child will join us this year. The registration form is available here: https://forms.gle/E9am8wpQDTCFZzZx9

Drivers are needed for upcoming Fridays

If you have 20 minutes to spare on a Friday night, and have access to a car or Zipcar account, Midnight Marauders need you! St. Michael’s Saturday Kitchen provides hot meals to about 200 people every week. It has been open every single Saturday since 1983. An important source of food is the Whole Foods nearby on Columbus Ave.. People with vehicles who can transport are needed at  11 pm every Friday night. From loading to drop-off, it usually only takes about 20 mins. Email Ned Boyajian to learn more or join.

Calling All Parishioners

Changes to Hospitality Hour: Requesting Food Donations Only 
Have you ever wanted to contribute and assist with Coffee Hour after the 10:00 am service but felt you didn’t have the time it takes to set-up and clean-up afterwards? We have made changes to the duties of Hospitality volunteers to accommodate busy schedules. Going forward we are now simply requesting donations of snacks. St. Michael’s staff will take over set-up, making coffee, and clean up afterwards. Please consider signing up for a Sunday at: https://stmichaelsnyc.ivolunteer.com/hospitality.

MetroCards Needed

A concrete way in which we can serve the people who come to the church in need during the week is to give them a MetroCard to get to medical appointments or social services. Please donate MetroCards that contain the fare for a ride or two. Simply put them in the offering plate or mail them to the church office. Thank you!

Saturday Kitchen Thanks
We continue to thank our loyal, caring and hard-working volunteers, and Whole Foods (Columbus at 97th), Trader Joe’s, and St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters.