Thursday, January 28, 2016

Announcements for Week Ending February 6th, 2016

February 7 is the last Sunday to bring Epiphany gifts for Primavera.  Let's fill the gold treasure chest in the back of the church to overflowing with new socks, gloves, caps, and underwear, and new or gently used warm outer clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, etc.  "Gently used"?  If you would be willing to wear it yourself, it's gently used.  Thanks to all for sharing with our brothers and sisters.

I would like to thank the parishioners of St Michael's for their overwhelming generosity. I have taken several carloads of warm clothing, new sox, underwear, toiletries, blankets to Primavera. The items have been very much appreciated.  Thank you all again.  ~   Diane Tyron.

Countdown to Guatemala.  Coordinator Ila Abernathy leaves Feb. 22, to be joined Feb. 23 by Vestry rep Reed Karaim and RN from Southside Presbyterian Dorothy Chao (and, of course, Fr. Smith and Terri, already in country).  Another non-parishioner is in the wings.  We'd like one or two
more parishioners if possible.  Return can be March 2 or March 10.  Pick up the basic "call" in the back of the church, or contact Ila at 623-3063,  Add this adventure to your joyful (and meaningful) Lenten discipline.

Budgets are moral documents as well as financial ones.  If the proposed Arizona State budget concerns you, the Social Action Committee urges you to express your opinion.  One of the major controversies is the proposal for 2,000 new private prison beds, which will be presented to the legislature on February 2.   Call Governor Ducey and other officials. (602-542-4331)  More information is available in the back of the church.

Taizé service will be held Tuesday, February, 2 ~ at 6:45 PM in Church.  All are invited to attend this peaceful form of meditation, especially welcome at the closing of the day.

Casa Maria ~ Friday, February 5 ~ beginning at 5:00 pm in the Smith Parish Center. Bring a friend and 2 dozen hard boiled, shelled eggs (or more).  You are invited to join us for an evening of fellowship and lively conversation while doing this good work.  You will be glad you did. The benefits are out of this world!

Mark your calendar ~ Sunday, February 7 ~ ECW Casserole and Bake Sale.  Attention all great cooks and bakers, bring your favorite casserole and baked goods for sale, and benefit the ECW outreach programs. Take home Sunday dinner and dessert!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Family Game Night

Family Game Night at St. Michael's 
sponsored by The Family Mass.

Friday, January 22, in the Smith Parish Center 5:30 to 8 pm.  If you are missing the fun and friendly challenge of board games, then come to our first Game Night.

All are invited, families, friends or just yourself. Who knows, you may make some new friends!

Bring cash for the pizza, (or a bottle of soda or box of cookies) to share round.

See you there!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Social Action Announcements for 1/17/16

SUNDAY, 1/17 - take a mini-trip to Guatemala during coffee hour following 10:15 a.m. Mass., beginning at 12:10, after you’ve had time to socialize.  A few photos, brief overview, and time for questions about the Lenten Journey, February 23 - March 2 (optional extension to March 9). Great for people just curious, as well as those contemplating the journey. Snacks provided. Need more information but can’t stay?  Contact coordinator Ila, 623-3063,, or pick up a leaflet in the back of the Church.

SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE meets briefly Sunday after 10:15 a.m. Mass in the Womble Library, beginning 5 minutes after the Postlude concludes.  Agenda includes questions from the Search Committee about how the committee might function as we continue with transition. We’ll also talk about further interaction with the Islamic Center, and a possible modification to the "prophetic" sign. Everyone welcome to participate. We are an open, consensus-driven committee.

MON. JAN 18, MLK Day Freedom Singalong with Ted Warmbrand, TEMPLE EMANUEL. 225 N Country Club, 3-5 PM.  Information, ITZABOUTIME 623 1688.

WED. JAN 20, 6:30 to 8 p.m., our Eastside neighbor, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, cordially invites us to an immigration forum with Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J., of Kino Border Initiative. Larry Waggoner of St. Matthew’s vestry asks especially that a few Episcopalians with prior savvy re these issues come, as his parish begins to learn about the Arizona border and immigration. 9071 E. Old Spanish Trail. Directions, information: Larry Waggoner, 520-329-9739.

Needed: Frequent Flier miles to donate for Parishioners and others going on the Lenten Journey to Guatemala. United, American, or Delta. Best schedules presently on American. Please contact Guatemala Project Coordinator Ila, 623-3063,, and she will connect you with someone who needs them. Felipe Molina, long-term Yoeme (Yaqui) supporter of the Project, would like to go and needs this support.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Cavalcade of Announcements!

St. Michael’s Annual Parish Meeting will take place

There will two elections:
1. Election of the Vestry: Endorsement of a proposal to retain all current members and the addition of a member from Mision San Miguel.
2. Election of delegates to the Diocesan Convention.

The above is in addition to the usual Wardens’, Head of School, Committee reports and a report from the Nominating Committee on the transition process by Ohia Hodges.

PLEASE NOTE: committee reports need to be submitted to Karen at the church office ( by Monday, January 18th to be included in our annual report to the Parish!

Following Mass, a “Festive Brunch” will be served by Chef Andy Bruno in the Smith Parish Center. (Donations will be graciously accepted to defray the cost of the food.)

This is an important Mass and meeting for all St. Michael’s Parishioners to attend and recap the year of 2015 and move expectantly, prayerfully and joyfully into the New Year of 2016.

(Please note:  there will be only one Mass that day.)

St. Michael’s Parish Day School Open House.

Episcopal schools throughout the USA have a tradition of excellence in education in a setting that promotes diversity, academics, and spiritual growth.  If you have or know children who will be in grades K-5 in the coming year, it’s not too early to save the date, Wednesday, January 13th for the St. Michael’s Open House campus event located at 602 N. Wilmot.  This open house is from 9-11am, and provides potential parents with information about how a balanced Episcopal school education is the right match for so many of our children.  For more information or for a tour, please contact Paul Pierce, Director of Admissions, at 722-8478 ext 259, or email:

Help us fill the Epiphany Trunk!

Epiphany Gifts for Primavera.  During the 5 Sundays of Epiphany, please fill the treasure chest in the back of the Church with NEW socks and underwear, toiletries, and new or gently used gloves, hats or caps, sweatshirts, jackets, sweaters, blankets, and other clothing in good condition for distribution to Tucson’s homeless population by Primavera and other programs. Socks and warm outer wear are always critical. What do we mean by "gently used"? If you would be willing to wear the garment yourself without embarrassment, it’s good to give. Last day of collection will be February 7. Thanks to Diane and Joe Tyron for delivering your donations as you fill the chest to overflowing.

Parish Life Goes to the Lotus Garden!

Happy New Year! Join Parish Life at Lotus Garden and celebrate the year of the monkey!
Thursday, January 28th at 6:30 PM
5975 E. Speedway (west of Wilmot)
(sign-up sheets in back of church)