This Sunday we welcome The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel III, Interim Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, who will be presiding at the 10:00 am service. Bishop Daniel is grandfather to baby George Zajac, being baptized on Sunday.
This Sunday’s Forum: The Modern Deacon–Angel? Servant? Disrupter?
Come find out. Join Deacon Richard Limato at this Sunday’s Forum at 11:30 am in the Gray Lounge. Deacon Richard will share some of his biography including his journey to St. Michael’s as a Deacon and will answer the question, “Is he aiming to be an Angel, Servant or Disrupter?”
Fall United Thank Offering Ingathering This Sunday at All Services
The Fall United Thank Offering (UTO) Ingathering will be collected at all three services this Sunday, October 22. Please be prayerful in making your offering. Checks should be made out to St. Michael’s Church with “UTO Fall Ingathering” on the notation line. UTO Grants importantly support the mission and ministry of the Church worldwide. This year a UTO Grant of $59,000.00 was gratefully received by the Diocese of New York with the Companion Diocese of Haiti for the New York Haiti Project, Martel.
Next Sunday’s Forum: St. Jude’s Day 210th Anniversary
St. Michael’s Church: Identity-Challenged in the Second Century
In St. Michael’s second century, the accomplishments and achievements of the church during its first century were threatened by local, national and international upheavals: in the mid-1970s, St. Michael’s nearly closed. In this forum, St. Michael’s Archivist Jeannie Terepka will trace the main events of St. Michael’s history in the twentieth century, focusing on mid-century dislocations and late century rebuilding. The forum will conclude with a discussion of the question, When does ‘history’ become ‘now’? and a consideration of how St. Michael’s history helps us plan its future.
Elders Day Thanks
Jeannie Terepka extends many thanks to Lucy and Ridge Culver, Juanita Pratt, John Stickney, Marianne Jensen, Mary Nash, Valerie Takai, Marilyn Thompson, Patricia Vivado, Jamie Smarr, Lauren Attinello, the clergy and staff of St. Michael’s and all who made last Sunday’s Celebration of Our Elders such a memorable event. Each one of you contributed in unique ways, and the celebration would have been something less without you.
Bible Study on Wednesdays
This fall our Wednesday night Bible study focuses on the themes of stewardship of time, treasure, and talent. This week Michael Taylor continues with scriptures on our stewardship of money and resources. The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh will conclude the series with scriptures on using our spiritual gifts. Come explore how we are called to use all the gifts God gives us. Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30, in the newly redone Upper Sacristy Room.
When your job search isn’t landing you a job
You’ve been working hard at finding a job, you’ve worked on your resume, maybe you’ve even taken classes to sharpen or develop some tech skills, or pushed yourself to get out and network … and still you haven’t found a position. In your heart of hearts, you know there’s something more going on. This week Life Coach Donna Agajanian will lead a conversation to explore the space between what we say we want and our actions so we can learn more about what might be standing in the way. We meet Monday, October 23 at 7:00 pm in the Library.
A Peaceful Night and a Perfect End
Wednesday evenings, 8:30 pm, you enter the church and the lights are very low. The candles on the altar draw your gaze and illumine your path from the door to your place in the sanctuary, where for 20 minutes, the veil is thinned, and you experience the celestial. The bell tolls, and then the choir sings ancient prayers, which call for a peaceful night and a perfect end. Come experience a sole point of calm in the middle of a hectic week. Come experience one of St. Michael’s most unique services, and the Upper West Side’s best kept secret. Come experience Compline.
EAT, DANCE, PRAY: Thursday, November 9
Inviting all Women of St. Michael’s to an EAT, DANCE, PRAY event Thursday November 9, 6-9:30pm in the Gray Lounge for potluck dinner followed by Tai Chi warmup and dancing led by Gail Sheehy and Barbara Fazio-McGrory in the Recital Hall. Bring a dish to share for the potluck. Wine will be available for $4.00 per glass. Wear comfortable clothing. Questions , RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org..
First Wednesday Pasta Dinner on November 1 –
Please join us for food and fellowship on Wednesday, November 1, at the First Wednesday Pasta Dinner from 5:45 – 7:30 p.m. 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! We have an online volunteer sign-up that is EASY to use! To volunteer to help with the Pasta Dinner, please go to http://stmichaelsnyc.ivolunteer.com/novpastadinner. Questions? Require gluten-free pasta? Please contact Joyce Burcham at email@example.com or 917-621-5021.
Thanks for Your Donations to the New York Haiti Project
St. Michael’s has pledged $5,000 each year for 5 years for the New York Haiti Project, funding the construction of a school and church in Martel, Haiti. We exceeded our goal for this year by $2,000! Thank you to all who so generously contributed to this important work.
Healing Prayer Workshop, November 5, 12:30-2:30 pm in the Church
“We are all healers… all of us have the capacity to open up that sacred space to another person who is broken, out of balance, or in pain.” – Francis Geddes. Come learn more about healing prayer, hone your pastoral skills, and discover ways you can offer healing to others in your own life and in St. Michael’s community! This training is open to everyone. Sign up with Mother Leigh at Lmackintosh@saintmichaelschurch.org.
A Family Halloween Potluck Party!
Families at St. Michael’s are working together to put on a fun Halloween party for our children this Friday, October 27 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Kids will get to wear costumes and have fun with friends from St. Michael’s. Grown-ups will facilitate the festivities and provide the food. How might you help? You could lead a game, a craft or cupcake decorating. Perhaps you’ll come early to help with set-up and decorations or stay late to clean-up after the festivities. Everyone will bring kid-friendly food to share: an entree, side, salad, (undecorated) cupcakes or cupcake decorations. RSVP to Andrea Dedmon to let her know if you will be coming, how you will help and what you will bring: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lift Every Voice!
The annual pledge drive is underway, and St. Michael’s members have received their pledge packets in the mail. Our goal is “Every Voice” participation. Give prayerful consideration to your pledge during these days and bring your completed pledge cards with you to any of the worship services at Ingathering—All Saints Day—Sunday, November 5.. If you are new to the parish or did not receive your mailed packet, you may pick up a pledge card in the back of the church or at the reception desk. Reach out to Stewardship Committee Chair Eric Vigen (email@example.com) or to one of the priests if you have any comments or questions about St. Michael’s or about your pledge.
Join the Midnight Marauders
Insomnia? Each Friday at 11:00 pm a group takes food donated by the local Whole Foods to the Parish House to be served at the next morning’s Saturday Kitchen. It usually takes only about 32.5 minutes. If you have car or ZipCar account, you will be a Marauder Chieftain. Schleppers also are welcome with hearty greetings. For more information or to sign up, or email Alfredo Mercuri at firstname.lastname@example.org or see Ned Boyajian.
St Michael’s will hold its next Welcome of New Members on November 19. As preparation for that, we offer a new three-week inquirers class here at church at 9:00 am Sundays, October 29, and November 5 and 12. Come learn about the Episcopal Church, about St Michael’s, and about how you can be more involved! Talk to Mother Kate for more information.
Motherhood of Grace Group
This group serves as a sacred space for mothers of special needs children to share common stories, hear one another’s struggles, offer support, and pray together. Co-facilitated by Mother Leigh and Barbara Fazio-McGrory, LCSW. If you or a woman you know is interested in joining, please contact Mother Leigh.
Thanks to all who make hospitality hour possible at our Sunday services: Joyce Burcham at the 7:45 am service; Ben Rinzler, Sally Hammel and Carla Hunter at 10:00 am; and Denisha Williams at Intersection.
Saturday Kitchen Thanks
We continue to thank our loyal, caring and hard-working volunteers, and Whole Foods (Columbus at 97th), Westside Market, and Fairway Harlem.