Monday, August 17, 2015

Casa Maria and The Messenger!

boiled egg
Casa Maria Sandwich making is this Friday, July 24th. You all have been so faithful since April; thanks are not enough! In Sept we'll have student help. BRING FRIENDS! Come join the fun!

St Michael's Parish Center, 602 N. Wilmot Rd.

Kitchen opens at 5 PM. Come anytime after that!

Please bring two or three dozen hard cooked, peeled eggs.We need extra eggs! We receive no extra eggs from the School students in the summer.

Also please bring medium sized boxes for transporting the lunches. Fruit boxes from Costco or banana boxes are ideal.

Maurice will deliver the sandwiches. (Thanks to Byron for July!) If you can deliver sandwiches once or twice a year, please let us know!


Casa Maria is every 4 weeks...
Aug 21st
Sept 18th
Oct 16th
Nov 13th
Dec 11th


The Summer 2015 issue of The Messenger is available! Eight pages long, it includes an article by our new interim rector, Father Richard Mallory, along with articles on the transition, adult education, Taizé, the contemplative prayer group and more, along with an update on St. Michael's School from Head of School Margaret Moore. Click here do download your copy. Black and white printed copies are available in the back of the church and in the church office. The next issue of The Messenger will be published in December, and we're always looking for articles. Please contact Karen Funk Blocher or John Hsieh for details on how to contribute.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Help Us Welcome Father Mallory!

All are invited to welcome Fr. Richard, Interim Rector, at all the Masses this Sunday, August 16.
Following Masses, there will be a "Special Sunday Brunch" created by Chef Andy Bruno.
All are invited to the brunch for good food, friends, fellowship and greeting Fr. Richard!

(We ask a donation of $5 to defray the cost of the food.)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Michaelmas is Coming!

An announcement:

Bishop Kirk Smith plans to visit us on 27 September for the celebration of Michaelmas, feast of our patron Archangel. If you would like to be confirmed or received, if you are transferring from another denomination, please contact Fr. Richard Mallory for detailed plans.  The time is short, but never too late! 

Friday, August 07, 2015

Introducing Our New Interim Rector: Fr. Richard Mallory!

In anticipation of the arrival of our Interim Rector on 16 August...
Sunday, 2 August 2015

Dear parishioners of St. Michael and All Angels,

On Sunday, 16 August 2015, Fr. Richard Mallory, our Interim Rector, shall celebrate his first Sunday masses at 7:45, 10:15 AM and 5:00 PM at St. Michael & All Angels.  I take this opportunity to introduce him to you in advance, using his own words, so it would be easier for you to get acquainted with him when you welcome him. 

“I first became an interim rector in 1999 almost as a fluke. The Rev, Dr. Richard MalloryI had been working full time as a psychotherapist in private practice, a director of a satellite counseling site of a multi-professional counseling center in New York City for 29 years. I had been a senior faculty member in the pastoral counseling department of the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health/Hebrew Union College doctoral program for over 20 years. I lived in Stamford, CT, and the Diocese of CT asked if I could be the interim in a nearby town where an interim rector had abruptly resigned. 

“I had never imagined that I would work in a congregation when I went to Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1965. My intention was to specialize in Old Testament studies and be a teacher. After my first year, a dynamic and life changing experience in Clinical Pastoral Education at an Atlanta general hospital reoriented me to the world of the psyche. I sought out individual psychotherapy and benefited from exploring my own inner world with the help of a solid professional. I knew that I too wanted to enter that field. That I did by going through the most rigorous training program in pastoral counseling and psychotherapy at the Blanton Peale Institute after graduating from Union. I spent three years in full time work in the alcoholism and drug rehabilitation units of the Roosevelt Hospital in New York and developed a specialty in my practice of working with recovering people in twelve step programs. The other two specialties in my practice became working with couples and traumatized people. 

“I accepted that first interim ministry opportunity five years after my wife died of recurrent breast cancer. In looking back on that decision/calling, I was ready for something different. I had always loved the Bible, having grown up in a Southern Baptist context in Alabama, and came to find even more power released in the Scriptures through critical scholarship I first encountered as an undergraduate at Wake Forest. In this interim work, I knew that I liked preaching, teaching, pastoring and began to discover that I was a leader. Upon leaving this parish, it was unmistakable that I had made a difference to an anxious congregation when I first arrived. I could no longer deny that besides making a difference to individuals, groups, couples and students in the world of psychotherapy, I also made a difference in a wider and larger context of a parish. I realized in my own life the difference a primary leader can make for a group. 

“My second interim work was in a Greenwich, CT parish where the retiring rector had been for 29 years. He was a good man and also set a controlling and anxious style of leadership. I later learned that he did not attend coffee hours, did not want an ECW group in the parish and wanted first to read every communication from any staff that went out on the letterhead. After being there for a few months, I’ll never forget one parishioner who exclaimed, “We are free to get to know one another.” My leadership style is relaxed just as I am with counselees, providing a safe place and a welcoming presence to all. The essential message is and must be, “You are welcome here, wherever you are in your life’s journey. “ After all, our goal is the imitation of Christ. Did he not welcome anyone who was seeking healing? 

“I worked in two more CT parishes before moving to Arizona in 2008. I moved to work in a counseling center in Scottsdale. It has since closed its doors. I knew after several months I had landed in a counseling center with vastly different standards of professionalism than I expected. I knew that staying was intolerable. I had begun to attend the cathedral and began to make connections at the Diocese. An opportunity was offered to be a part time vicar at St. Thomas in Clarkdale. This parish had been battered by prior leadership. My job was to stabilize and pastor a shaken community. After three years, I pursued the associate’s position at All Saints of the Desert in Sun City where I have been serving for almost two years. Here and throughout my ministry, I have concentrated on preaching, teaching, leading small groups both in matters of loss and grief and in men’s work of deeper sharing and communication. 

“I am interested in being your interim rector at this time. I had a delightful conversation with your senior warden John Hsieh. I learned about your sign prophesying the sin of nuclear weapons and how that sign survived a truck’s attempt to pull it out of the ground resulting in the sign pulling off a part of the truck. I learned that St. Michaels in strongly committed in outreach to hungry people. I sense that St. Michael’s encompasses these two poles active ministry and witness undergirded by worship, prayer and openness to Holy Spirit.” 

Let us get ready to welcome Fr. Richard.

With gratitude and joy,

Your Senior Warden,

John Hsieh