Thanks to All Who Worked So Hard During Holy Week
A big thank you to all who have donated their time and talents during this holiest week of the church year: To Lauren Attinello and Dan Schneider for arranging palms and flowers, to the members of the Altar Guild who prepared for the extra services and to Juanita Jones and her team of ushers who assisted at those services, to the morning prayer officiants who make those services happen this week and every week, to those who participated in the dramatic reading of the Passion on Palm Sunday, to the choir members and musicians who gave us such inspiring music, to the acolytes who participated in all the services, to Michael Taylor and the Young Adults for baking hot cross buns on Maundy Thursday, and to those who donated hams and pies for the Saturday Kitchen’s Easter Feast.
UTO Spring Ingathering on April 23
The Spring United Thank Offering Ingathering collection will be held on Sunday, April 23, at all three services. For over 125 years UTO grants have extended the church’s faithfulness to God’s mission throughout the Anglican Communion at home and abroad. Gifts of thanksgiving whatever size are a blessing. UTO envelopes are available at the back of the Church and at the reception desk. Please make checks out to St. Michael’s Church and put “UTO” on the MEMO line. Thank you for your prayerful generosity.
Forum on April 23: Oliver Bowock on Teaching in Cambodia
As part of his sabbatical, Oliver Bowcock has spent the last few months teaching at an NGO in Phnom Penh called the Cambodian Children’s Fund, an organization which helps families and educates children from one of the poorest parts of the city. Join us in the Gray Lounge on Sunday, April 23 after the 10 am service for a presentation and discussion about his experiences.
Welcome to Fr Jonathan Kester!
Fr Jonathan, vicar of Emmanuel Church in West Hampstead, London, arrives this Wednesday! Emmanuel is our partner parish in the link between the Diocese of New York and the Diocese of London. Fr Jonathan is on sabbatical and will spend part of his time with us here at St Michael’s over the next several weeks, staying in the rectory. Please welcome him here!
Welcome our Assistant Bishop April 30!
The Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool will be with us on April 30 for our official episcopal visit. She will confirm and receive several youth and adults of St Michael’s in the Episcopal Church, bless our children’s garden, lead a forum conversation, and meet with the vestry. Bishop Glasspool has been assistant bishop in New York for a year, coming to us from the Diocese of Los Angeles, and is the first openly lesbian woman to become a bishop in the Anglican Communion. This will be her first visit to St. Michael’s. Come help us welcome her!
CareerSearchers: Pre-interview Jitters
Job interviews are important, and we know that there’s a lot riding on our performance. Sometimes the pressure can be overwhelming, and pre-interview jitters can sabotage us during the interview itself. Coach Donna Agajanian will lead a workshop/discussion on managing your thoughts and creating new thoughts that can help you show up at your best. We meet Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00 pm in the Library.
Racial Justice Dialogue Group Takes a Field Trip to Union on Thursday, April 20
The Racial Justice Dialogue Group invites you to join them at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 20 at Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway at 121st Street, for Faith in America: In Search of a Moral Revolution of Values, featuring Rev. William J. Barber II, a rising voice in the Civil Rights Movement, the architect of the Moral Mondays Movement, Chairman of the North Carolina NAACP, and President of Repairers of the Breach. RSVP at https:// myunion.utsnyc.edu/faith-in-america-rev.-william-barber. Plan on arriving early; the doors will open at 6:00 pm.
Parenting an Adolescent? You Are Not Alone!
All parents of adolescents are invited to meet in the Library on the 2nd floor on Sunday, April 23 following the 10:00 am service until 12:15 pm. Parents offer one another support and guidance. Barbara Fazio-McGrory, LCSW, a therapist, mother of two young adults, and long-time parishioner at St. Michael’s, will facilitate.
Spring Bible Study: Isaiah — Reimagining God as Healing Mystery
Beginning Wednesday, April 26 through May 31, join Mother Leigh at 7:00 pm in the Gray Lounge to hear the comfort of God’s Spirit and grow in your spiritual understanding with the prophet Isaiah. Come explore how servanthood becomes the pathway to compassion and deeper growth in God with Stephen Cook’s Conversations with Scripture: 2 Isaiah. Prophets speak honestly about what is going on in their day and wrestle with those issues in the context of their faith, reminding us that faith is not irrelevant—it has a meaningful word to proclaim to our world. Isaiah’s theme of God’s mystery and hiddenness has been a powerful resource for Jewish theologians wrestling with the Holocaust. (This week’s reading: Isaiah 40-45).
May 3 – Common Table Theology: Being Authentically Christian Today
After a Lenten break, Common Table Theology returns on Wednesday, May 3. Gather around a table to talk about issues of faith, philosophy and more. This time we will consider what it means to be a Christian in an increasingly interfaith, secular society. How do we talk about faith authentically without avoiding or disrespecting others? Anne Marie Witchger hosts a conversation exploring these questions at the Abbey Pub on 105th & Broadway at 7:30 pm. All are welcome — hope to see you there!
Help Needed: Bake Sale for the Saturday Kitchen
The Middle School Group is holding a Bake Sale to benefit the Saturday Kitchen on Sunday, May 7 after the 10:00 am service in the Reception Room. It will not be a success without you. Please plan to BAKE and BUY!
High School Visit to the Seamen’s Church Institute at Port Newark
Did you know that nearly all of the products made in another country got here on a transoceanic container ship? The people who work on these ships spend months away from home and family to make our way of life possible; our entire planet’s economy depends upon them. The Seamen’s Church Institute, a ministry of the Episcopal Church since 1834, offers hospitality, training, advocacy and spiritual support for the hardworking men and women laboring on the world’s oceans. On Saturday, May 13 all high school students are invited to come and see Port Newark, the largest port on the East Coast, learn about the challenges seafarers face, and witness the ways the church serves them. RSVP by May 7: email@example.com.
Artists and Craftspeople Needed!
Our new Sunday school program, 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. We are drawing upon the talents of our community 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.
Living with Loss Series at Trinity Church Wall Street
Explore ways to approach and process grief in a six-part series offered at Trinity Church Wall Street, facilitated by therapist Paul Kelly of the Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute. Six Wednesday sessions: April 19-May 24, 6:30 – 7:45 pm at 75 Broadway in the Manning Room. Chapel Service: Wednesday, May 31, 6:30 pm in the Chapel of All Saints.
Round-Trip Bus Trip to the People’s Climate March
The Church of the Heavenly Rest has organized a round-trip bus to the People’s Climate March on April 29, leaving their Church at 7:00 am and returning late that same night. They have invited our parish to join them. Tickets are $50 round trip (with financial aid available). The bus is comfortable, with wi-fi and restroom, and they anticipate a fun, energizing and memorable day. Those interested can register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peoples-climate-march-church-of-the-heavenly-rest-bus-tickets-33505512891?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=esfb&utm-source=fb&utm-term=listing.
Blessing of the Children’s Garden
On Sunday, April 30 our 10:00 am service will end with a procession to the backyard, where the Bishop will bless the Children’s Garden. Children of all ages will plant seeds and seedlings before heading to Sunday school.
Men’s Parish Work Day and Birthday Celebration on April 29
All Men of St. Mike’s are invited to join in a parish clean-up day, Saturday, April 29. Wear your work clothes. We’ll work from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, then break for drinks and nibbles and a celebration of John Uss’ upcoming birthday. Call Rick Hamlin at (212) 251-8115 to let him know you’re coming or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deacon Limato’s Ordination
Richard Limato (our new deacon!) will be ordained to the diaconate on Saturday, May 13 at 10:30 am at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Your prayers and presence are encouraged!
Coming in May: SAVE THE DATES
Common Table Theology — May 3
Men’s Spiritual Wake-Up — May 5
Hudson Valley Sally Concert — May 5
Deacon Richard Limato’s Ordination (Cathedral) — May 13
High School Visit to SCI — May 13
Parents Meeting — May 14
Episcopal Charities Sunday — May 14
Jean Chambers Memorial Concert/Organ Anniversary — May 15
Scott Joplin Event (Cemetery) — May 27