Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Announcements for Week Ending February 28, 2016

Parish Life is going Italian! Join us on Thursday, February 25th at 6:30 pm at Dolce Vita, 7895 E. Broadway (NW corner of Pantano and Broadway). Buon Appetito! (sign up sheets in back of church) _____________________________________________________________________

Family Game Night at St. Michael's sponsored by The Family Mass. Friday, February 26th 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 second Family 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! ____________________________________________________________

March 17th ~ POZ Café Luncheon.

St. Michael's is once again participating with 2 other churches and TIHAN in putting on the March 17th POZ Café luncheon. We have been asked to donate 40 rolls of paper towels, 80 boxes of Kleenex, and 320 disposable razors. These items will be put in the care packages that are given out at the luncheon. The razors and Kleenex can be purchased at the Dollar Tree for a dollar. Please help us fill up the chest in the back of the church. Cash donations to buy these items are also welcome. We need 6 volunteers to help the day of the luncheon, March 17th; time is 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. See Dianne Gundersen or Diane Tyron for details. ______________________________________________________________________

~ You are Invited ~ Please join us on Thursday, March 10 at 5:30 PM in the Smith Parish Center as we enjoy a meal with our friends for the Islamic Center of Tucson. (reservation sheets in back of church).

Guatemala Countdown: Is this the fast that I choose? What happens with Lenten discipline in a country where, for much of the rural indigenous population, almost every day is a fast not of their choosing? This much I can say: It's not about food. Isaiah 58:6-12, frequently quoted, adds (v.10), "If you pour yourself out for the hungry / and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, / then shall your light rise in the darkness /and your gloom be as the noonday." I leave tomorrow for Guatemala, joined by RN Dorothy Chao of Samaritans (second Project trip) and RN Lahna Chaffee of Green Valley. We’ll travel with Fr. Smith and Terri to Nebaj to meet local health workers and distribute supplies (among other activities). Dorothy and I will continue with health promoters to more remote communities, while Fr. Smith, Terri, and Lahna head for his church in Antigua. We will keep you posted.

What you can do: Right now, include prayers "For Travelers" (BCP p. 831), "For the Oppressed" (p. 826), and "For Towns and Rural Areas" (p. 825) in your Lenten devotions. Just add "and other lands" everywhere the prayers say "this land," and after "especially," add "those in the Ixil Area." Think about joining us, even for a few days, in May and June. -- Ila Abernathy