Thursday, April 19, 2012

Announcements for Week Ending April 28th, 2012


Sunday, April 29th, is our last Discorama sale of the season: CDs and DVDs to benefit the parish Discretionary Fund. Donated items may be left at the church office. Sale in the Parish Center follows all three morning services next week.

The Tucson Masterworks Chorale honors the late Jan Lockett at their Spring Concert at Grace St. Paul’s on Sunday, May 6. See Jo Leeming for tickets.

ECW ~ Southern Area gathering will be held in Benson at the St. Raphael-in the-Valley Church on Saturday, April 28, 2012. These gatherings are always interesting and lots of fun. The meeting ends at 2:15 pm. Sign-up sheets are in the back of church. Drivers are needed. Please indicate on the sign-up sheet if you are willing to drive. A great time will be enjoyed by all.

TIHAN raises a third of its annual budget at its “live and silent auction, “Treasures for TIHAN.” THE auction will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel on the evening of Saturday, May 5. Jon Rinnander has information and raffle tickets.

Back by popular demand-- ECW casserole and bake sale --- this Sunday, April 22nd, after all morning masses. Purchase a treat for Sunday Dinner or dessert. St. Michael’s cooks and bakers are the best!!

Social Action Meeting in Womble Library this Sunday, April 22nd, following the 10:15 AM Mass: beginning 10 minutes after the Postlude ends. Seek coffee, then find us. We don’t tarry. All welcome. Agenda items: Peggy Van Norman.

Samaritan Benefit Concert (free will offering, no set admission) Sunday, April 22, 7:30 PM, with Appalaachian accoustic music, including “Big Jim Griffith” on banjo, and the “Ever So Slightly Lower Than the Angel Boys.” Southside Presbyterian, 317 W. 23rd St. (between 9th and 10th Avenues. Call Ila for more information.

Barnabas Friendship Luncheon catered by Chef Andy Bruno will take place Monday, April 23rd at 11:30 AM in the Parish Center. Only $10 person. All are welcome and urged to attend this friendly gathering of friends and fellowship. Reservation sheets on the ushers table.

Adult Education continues 9 AM Sundays, with a new 6-week study series which began on April 15: "Holy (and not so holy) Sonnets and other short poems touching on religious experience, Donne and Herbert to the present." Faith, doubt, devotion, science, depression and ecstasy (sometimes simultaneous).  Ila Abernathy facilitates. Approach will be eclectic, rather than scholarly. Join at any time. April 22: Science, sin, and other weighty (or weightless) matters: Donne, Milton, Hamlet indirectly on the resurrection of the body, a glance at "the proper study of mankind," and at least one modern poem. We meet in the Womble Library. All are welcome to join us!

Just in time for Mother’s Day! A beautiful quilt made by St. Michael’s ECW Quilters. One of a kind, the beautiful queen size quilt will be raffled off on May 13th, Mother’s Day. Tickets are just $2 each or 6 for $10. See Joy or Lynette each Sunday after Mass for your tickets and to view this gorgeous quilt. What a great gift idea for your wife or mother!

Alleluia! The Lord is Risen! How does our money and the stewardship we exercise over it relate to the message of Easter? It may be as simple as saying: I believe Jesus rose from the dead. I believe that Jesus’ risen life can be experienced in word and sacrament. I believe Jesus intended his followers to be part of a community of faith. I give sacrificially so that the ongoing ministry of justice, peace, and reconciliation can be lived out in Jesus’ Name.

Thanks to everyone for making the Special Easter Offering such a success! Your faith gifts resulted in a total of $7,413 being raised. This is in addition to $12,626 given on Palm Sunday and Easter. When you add all the time and effort preparing the Liturgies of Holy Week and Easter: cleaning and repairing the Walsingham Chapel after the fire, all the beautiful music, the decoration of the church, and all who served and read at the services, and worked with our baptismal candidates, you have a tremendous expression of faith and love. Jesus is “indeed” risen and lives among us!