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Weekly Update

Re-Introducing The Rev. Rosemari Sullivan

I am delighted to share that the Rev. Rosemari Sullivan, a familiar face to many at St. Michael’s, will serve as the long-term supply priest while I am on maternity leave. I expect to be gone from late July through late November, though we all know Baby Franklin will dictate that timing! Rosemari served as the interim priest prior to my arrival in 2017. Along with her immense experience in the greater church, she also brings a familiarity with the St. Michael’s community. I am so thankful that Rosemari was not only available but delighted to return for several months’ time. Rev. Sullivan wrote, “I am very happy to be part of St. Michael's once again, especially as we will share the excitement of the birth of Beth’s first child. It is always a joy for me to be part of the St. Michael's community!” 
 
The purpose of a long-term supply priest is to fulfill sacramental and pastoral duties. Meaning, Rosemari will spend about ten hours a week with the community in my absence. She will provide other support as necessary, but parochial authority remains in the very capable hands of our Senior Warden, Caroline Haynes. The wardens, vestry, and staff will keep things moving forward so that our parishioners and lay leaders can continue to do the work they do so well. 
 
This past weekend Nic and I began to resettle into the rectory and made our first pass at setting up the nursery. We are so thankful for the structural and functional upgrades which have made it feel not just like a house, but a home for our growing family. Nic and I continue to be grateful for the love, prayers, and care of the St. Michael’s community. 
 
You are loved. You are missed. You are a blessing. 

Beth  

Virtual Sunday Worship and Coffee Hour on May 9

  •  9 AM Liturgy of the Word Live on Zoom (This service will be recorded and available for viewing on YouTube after completion.)  
  • Virtual coffee hour on Zoom immediately following the 9 AM worship service 
Join Zoom meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82953003225
To Dial in: (301) 715 8592
Meeting ID: 829 5300 3225

Outdoor Worship on May 9

10:30 AM Spiritual Communion on the Lawn

Please register in advance to attend this service.
 
You must register to reserve one of the 14 spots on the lawn, either online or by calling the parish office. Registration will open each week on Monday morning, and close on Thursday at noon. If registration is full or closed, we have space available in an auxiliary area where social distancing guidelines will still be maintained. We will do our best to accommodate those who have not registered on a first come, first served basis. If you register by noon on Thursday, you will receive a confirmation email of your registration on Thursday afternoon.

Children’s Offering 

Virtual lessons and accompanying activities focused on Compassion: Learning to Love Like God, will be available on a weekly basis. This content will be made available in the Sunday morning worship emails, and on our YouTube Channel.

Outdoor Gathering for Children and Families

We hope you'll join us for a fun morning of play and casual conversation with other St. Michael's families at Parkhurst Park on Saturday, June 5 at 9:30 AM. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating the end of a most unusual school year! BYOC[offee] and donuts. Please contact the Children and Youth Ministries Committee with questions. 

Walk-In COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Available This Week

Arlington County’s Public Health Division is offering walk-in vaccine clinics to individuals ages 16 and up this week. No appointments required.

Please bring any form of identification to confirm your identity (examples include driver’s license, utility bill, insurance card or paystub). Arlington residency is not required: anyone from any jurisdiction is welcome. Walk-ins are welcome Monday, May 3 through Friday, May 7 at the following sites:

Walter Reed Community Center
  • Location: 2909 16th Street South, Arlington, VA 22206
  • Hours: Mon–Fri, 10 AM–3 PM
  • Age requirements: 16 and over (individuals ages 16-17 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can provide permission to get the COVID-19 vaccine)
  • Vaccine available: Pfizer
Crystal City
  • Location: 2100 Crystal Drive (GPS for parking: 220 20th Street South), Arlington, VA 22202
  • Hours: Mon–Tues, 10 AM–3 PM; Wed–Fri, 9 AM–7 PM
  • Age requirements: 18 and over
  • Vaccine available: Moderna and Johnson & Johnson
Individuals can still schedule appointments by visiting the County website or by calling 703-228-7999.

Thank you, St. Michael’s! 

In the last few months St. Michael’s parishioners have generously contributed to collections for two of our community Outreach partners. Thank you for your thoughtful response, ensuring St. Michael’s may continue to respond to the needs within our community. 
 
On Palm Sunday we filled six Welcome Baskets that will be provided as new neighbors move into the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing apartments in our neighborhood. 
 
In preparation for Mother’s Day, we filled eleven gift bags for mothers at Doorways for Women and Families. Each bag contains a soap, chocolate bar, nail polish, and a card that says: “You are special! Best wishes from the people of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.”

Register Now for St. Michael's Shrine Mont Weekend

St. Michael's annual weekend at Shrine Mont will be September 17–19. Shrine Mont is a great time for all ages! Please join fellow parishioners for a period of reflection, relief, and relaxation in an inspiring outdoor setting. 

Officially, Shrine Mont is the Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration and a Conference Center of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. The outdoor shrine is actually the Cathedral of the Diocese of Virginia. Shrine Mont is located 110 miles from St. Michael’s in Orkney Springs, VA. You can get to Shrine Mont in as little as two hours, depending on I-66 West traffic.
 
Last year, we kept the weekend light on programming to accommodate the circumstances of our times. We will continue to follow the new safety precautions that Shrine Mont is practicing with all guests in dining areas and other indoor spaces. Much like last year, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy Shrine Mont’s many offerings:
  • Hike up North Mountain or to Seven Springs. 
  • Take one of many nature walks to the pond, the woods, and around Shrine Mont.
  • Play outdoor games. 
  • Walk the Shrine Mont labyrinth, patterned after the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France. 
  • Participate in children’s activities (outdoors and masked)
  • Read a book.
  • Re-connect with fellow parishioners (on porches, at the pavilion, or a variety of other outdoor settings)
  • Worship outdoors
Cost (which includes delicious comfort food from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch) for adults in a single occupancy room is $215. Cost for adults in a double occupancy room is $165 each. Thanks to the generosity of our parish, children 18 and under attend for free!
 
Registration is open and available here.
 
Questions? Please contact a member of our Shrine Mont steering committee: Tom Sheldon, Amy Miller, Linda Kelleher, and Caroline Haynes.

Rectory Update

Not much to report at the Rectory, as the punch list is nearly complete. We spread the gravel under the deck, the backsplash tile in the kitchen was installed, the faulty vents on the roof were replaced and some additional electrical work was completed. We’re down to just a few remaining items, such as waiting for the doors to be delivered so that they can be installed in the kitchen, sunroom and porch. We’ll be able to do the final inspections and close out the project once the doors are installed.

Easter Formation Opportunities

Book Study with Lomax AME Zion

During the season of Easter, St. Michael’s will participate in studying I'm Black. I'm Methodist. I'm Christian. with our brothers and sisters from Lomax. Groups meet on Monday evenings from 7:00—8:30 PM, from April 12 until May 17. Copies of the book are available on request from the parish office. 
 
Participants are asked to pre-register, simply so that we can have small group discussion leaders. 
 

Book Study: A Taste of Education for Ministry

Join St. Michael’s Education for Ministry (EfM) team for a taste of EfM through an Easter Season virtual Book Study on The Sabbath by Abraham Heschel. The Sabbath is part of the EfM curriculum this year and introduces us to the importance of a sacred “architecture of time.” We will discuss the book and reflect theologically on what it might mean in our daily lives over four weeks. All are welcome to participate in the book study. A commitment to EfM is not required.

Dates: April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 2021
Time: 9-10 a.m.
Discussion Leaders: Beth Cavey and Sandy Padgett
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89339224306?pwd=Z0RZMFVIb0hyM1NvRjVCcHc3azFZQT09
Meeting ID: 893 3922 4306
Passcode: 051033
 
Please contact Beth Cavey to be added to the distribution list for this class. Details about how to join the conversation virtually, as well as reading assignments may be found on our website. For more information about Education for Ministry at St. Michael’s, visit our EfM page HERE.

The Bishop's Learning Series

Bishop Porter Taylor’s online classes continue with a new course beginning in May and June. There are class times specifically for clergy and lay participants. 

Evangelism as Storytelling: Classes for clergy and laity starting early May
 
We are our story. Stories are how we make meaning. When people asked Jesus complex questions, he answered with stories. To that end, evangelism is about storytelling. We are commissioned to go and tell the Good News, which is the story of what God has done, is doing and has promised to do in us, with us and through us. This class will focus on sharing our stories with one another in a safe container. At the end of the course, discussions will include how evangelism as storytelling can be incorporated into a church's life in ways that draw people into a similar activity. 
 
Learn more about this class. If you are interested, please contact Anita Lisk. All classes will be virtual and will begin in early May. There will be a clergy class and a laity class.

For XYZ 

On Thursday, May 6, the XYZ Zoom gathering will happen at 1:30 PM. All are welcome, especially seniors. Computer usage is not necessary, as you may participate by dialing in on a phone. Details to connect are below. 
 
Topic: XYZ
Time: May 6, 2021 01:30 PM Eastern Time 
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/312759905
+1 301 715 8592 
Meeting ID: 312 759 905

Creative Giving

During this time of separation, we are tremendously grateful to everyone who has submitted their offering through creative means. We are still checking the mail and would be happy to receive your contribution. Please know that we are making deposits less frequently than normal to attend to the safety of our counters. This means there may be a more significant lag than normal in the time it takes for a contribution to clear your bank account. You may also submit a donation through online giving. We are grateful for this faithful generosity, which remains essential to our mission. 
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