Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Announcements for Week Ending April 5, 2009


Fr. Ireland’s Monday Evening Lenten Bible Study - Join us each Monday evening during Lent for a lively discussion and study of the book of Genesis and beyond. The Bible Study will take place in the Parish Center following the 5:30 pm Mass. A simple soup supper will be served. Sign-up sheets are located in the back of church.

Lectionary Readings Study will meet this Wednesday, April 1st beginning with Evening Prayer at 6 pm followed the Lectionary Readings Study at 6:30 pm in the Parish Center. Join us for lively discussion and study of the next Sunday’s readings. Facilitated by Peter Schmidt. The group will meet each Wednesday for evening prayer and lectionary study. Everyone is invited and urged to attend this Lenten Opportunity. Refreshments will be served.

The Messenger newsletter is now available online! Click here for the April issue. THE MESSENGER COPY DUE DATE for the MAY issue is Wednesday, April 15th. Please submit your article to church@stmichael.net or bring it to the church office.

Collection for Easter Flowers – – please include your donation in the envelope in your pledge card box or make certain your donation is clearly marked for “flowers” and place it in the offering basket.

Holy Week is Coming! - Please check the table at the back of church for sign-up sheets for many upcoming parish events during Holy Week.

ST. MICHAEL’S DESERT GARDEN - Have you noticed a new desert garden? It is located on the east side just before you enter the main walkway to the church. Evan Chapman designed the garden for a science project. Evan is in 5th grade here at St. Michael’s Parish Day School. The garden will be dedicated on Earth Day – April 22, 2009. Won’t you join us near the garden on Wednesday April 22 for the dedication, readings and prayer service at 8:05 AM? We thank Evan and the 5th grade for making a beautiful contribution to St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church and Parish Day School!

St. Michael's has a Facebook group! If you or a loved one are on Facebook, please consider joining. Help us connect with the next generation of St. Michael's parishioners!

Keep up with the parish and Fr. Smith on Twitter.com. Sign-up and then “follow” Fr. Smith (wa7iic) and the activities of our parish (smallangels). Or just watch the twitter feed on the sidebar of this very page! Feel connected, involved, and able to pray for the ministry of our parish in real time. Check it out!

Opportunities for Giving

THE BISHOP HAS DESIGNATED APRIL 26 TO BE ALLELUIA FUND SUNDAY. This marks the fourth annual Bishop’s diocesan-wide appeal highlighting the crucial need to support new church plants and new growth initiatives in existing churches through the Alleluia Fund. During Easter week, everyone on the diocesan mailing list will receive via direct mail a brochure detailing the work of the Alleluia fund, along with an offering envelope. You can return the envelope with your offering on April 26 during the service, or you can mail it directly to the Bishop’s office. In this way, you can be part of the vital work of mission right here in Arizona.

St. Michael’s is collecting toiletries for TIHAN clients who are unable to work. These toiletries may include shampoo, toothpaste, brushes and floss, shaving cream, band-aids, deodorant, disposable razors, skin lotions and sunscreen. Please leave your donations in the box in the back of church. We thank you for your generosity for this worthy endeavor.

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Join us Thursday April 16th at 6:00 PM. Fun, Food and Fellowship. $15.00 all-inclusive. (Tea included) – Sign-up Sheet in back of Church.