Weekly Announcements

New Members Inquirers’ Class on April 22
We will hold a celebration of our new members on April 29 at the 10:00 service. In preparation for that, we have held informal classes on the basics of the Christian faith, the Episcopal Church, and St. Michael’s. The last class will be this Sunday, April 22 at 9:00 am in the Gray Lounge. Childcare is available.

Bible Study: The Acts of the Apostles
Our Good Book Club continues with the reading of the book of Acts. Acts tells the stories of how the early church came to be, and offers us examples of how we live out our resurrection faith. Come for a weekly discussion of the readings on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the Angel Room.

Bibles Available at the Reception Desk
If you need a Bible to read at home, there are copies of the New Revised Standard Version available at the reception desk for a suggested donation of $5.00 (not required).

St. Michael’s Children’s Garden: Blessing on April 22
This Sunday, April 22 our 10:00 am service will end with a procession to the backyard, where we will bless the Children’s Garden. Children of all ages will plant seeds and seedlings before heading to Sunday school.

This Week’s Forum: A Worship Q & A
Why do we do what we do in worship? How does this connect to our daily life in the world? Throughout the season of Easter, sermons at morning services will reflect and teach on different aspects of our Sunday Eucharist. But you may have more questions than answers! Bring your questions to this forum as we talk about the meaning and structure of our liturgical form of worship. We meet in the Gray Lounge after the 10:00 am service this Sunday, April 22.

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert
Saturday, April 21 · 5:00 pm
Sarah Nelson Craft, Mezzo-Soprano
and Alden Gatt, piano
St. Michael’s Church partners with Carnegie Hall for a series of free neighborhood vocal concerts in our Church sanctuary. These are free concerts; no tickets or reservations are necessary. Seating is first-come, first-served, and the Church opens at 2:30 pm. (Opera News called Sarah Nelson Craft’s 2016 Carnegie Hall recital “exquisite” and “glowing.” Parterre Box praised her “fluid, robust singing” in LoftOpera’s production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Ms. Craft will be joined by noted pianist and conductor Alden Gatt, who is a vocal coach at Oper Leipzig and the 2015 winner of the Marilyn Horne Song Competition.

Sunday Forum on April 29:
Educating the Whole Child
The Importance of Spirituality and Identity in Development: Research indicates that children whose spirituality and sense of personal identity are fostered are rewarded with mental and physical advantages, including heightened critical thinking skills, a collaborative spirit, increased confidence, a greater resilience to life’s challenges, and a better preparation to be global citizens.  Please join us following the 10 a.m. service on April 29 in the Grey Lounge for a discussion on the importance of spirituality and identity in education with noted educators from The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine: Marsha Nelson, Head; The Rev. Canon Patti Welch, Chaplain; and Dr. Worokya Duncan, Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement.

Next Sunday:
United Thank Offering Collection
The Spring UTO Ingathering will be collected at all three services a week from Sunday on April 29th. Your prayerful offering of thanksgiving is appreciated, thank you. Please make checks out to St. Michael’s Church with “UTO Spring Ingathering” on the notation line. UTO Grants importantly support the mission and ministry of the Church worldwide. The Diocesan Spring UTO Ingathering will be held this year on Saturday, May 19th at the 10:00 am Eucharist Service at St. Joseph of Arimathea, White Plains, NY. Bishop Andrew Dietche will be the preacher and celebrant. The Rev. Canon Charles Simmons, Canon of Ministry, will be the luncheon speaker; please bring a sandwich for lunch. All are welcome.

Wednesday Pasta Dinner on May 2 –
Volunteers Needed!
Please join us for food and fellowship on Wednesday, May 2, at the Wednesday Pasta Dinner from 5:45 pm-7:00 pm in the Reception Room. All ages welcome!  The cost is $6 per person for pasta, salad, and dessert. Wine or beer is $4. Volunteers are needed to assist in the kitchen, sell tickets, serve, and clean up!  To volunteer to help with the Pasta Dinner, please go to http://stmichaelsnyc.ivolunteer.com/may2018pasta.  Questions?  Require gluten-free pasta?  Please contact Ray Luetters, May Pasta Dinner Captain, at rayluetters@gmail.com or 917-941-3849.

A Liturgy of Lamentations, Thursday May 17
A Liturgy of Lamentations commemorating the presence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will take place at the Cathedral of St John the Divine on Thursday May 17 at 7:00 pm. This special liturgy is part of the Year of Lamentation of the Diocese of New York, the first stage of a three-year period of study, observation, and work addressing the diocese’s past role in the slavery era and the ongoing injustice associated with it today. May 17 was chosen for this special liturgy because it was 58 years ago that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached his sermon, “The Death of Evil upon the Seashore” at a special service of prayer and thanksgiving at the Cathedral. The service also commemorates the anniversary of his death 50 years ago. Performers include Paul Winter, Alicia Waller, Theresa Thomp son, Reggie Wilson, Tonika Custalow, William E. Randolph and Jeannine Otis. Speakers include The Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, The Rt. Rev. Andrew S. Dietsche and “Richard Jenkins” (a formerly enslaved 18th Century Episcopalian  who helped build and then served as sexton for St. James’, Hyde Park, played by actor Brockton Pierce).

Support Godly Play at St. Michael’s
(Food Needed on May 5!)

Sunday school teachers, parents and church leaders from St. Michael’s and other area churches will be gathering at St. Michael’s on Saturday, May 5, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm to participate in accredited Godly Play Training. Godly Play is possible only through training of teachers and other adults who support the children in our community. Contact Andrea Dedmon if you’d like to participate in the training. If you cannot attend the training, you can support it by bringing food for the participants. As hosts of the training, St. Michael’s is responsible for providing food throughout the day. To cut down on costs, we are asking parishioners to donate food, beverages and supplies. Please volunteer to bring something here: http://stmichaelsnyc.ivolunteer.com/gpmay2018. Thank you!

Boy Scouts at St Michael’s
St. Michael’s is planning to start a Boy Scouts troop! The program includes outdoor activities as well as life skills such as first aid, personal management, citizenship, community service, and of course, knots. More details are in an FAQ at the church or on the Web site. Starting in 2019, the program will begin admitting girls; the details of that have not yet been specified. There will be informational meetings at the church Wednesday April 25 at 7:00 pm, and Sunday May 6 at 12:15 am. Parents of boys age 11 to 17 should please contact Gregory Morris via bankdraught@yahoo.com at their earliest convenience.

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!

The 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 usually take about a half-hour. Drivers (using their own cars or Zipcars, etc.) and schleppers needed. If neither driving nor schlepping is your thing, the Marauders will gleefully accept your volunteering of a spouse, child, friend, or other. For details, or access to the online SIGN UP SHEET, please contact Ned Boyajian.

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.

Hospitality Thanks

Thanks to all who make hospitality hour possible at our Sunday services: Joyce Burcham at 7:45 am; Prairie Dawn, Susan Wade and Erica Keirstead at 10:00 am; Ursula Moran and Prairie Dawn and family at Intersection.

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.