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Weekly Update

O Come, All Ye Faithful!

Merry Christmas! In the video below, I hope you will find familiar, and much beloved faces from throughout the St. Michael’s community. All photos are from a pre-pandemic time and are intended to remind you of the community that loves you and longs for the time we can safely regather in person. 
 
“O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!” 

You are loved. You are missed. You are a blessing. 

Beth   
Christmas 2020

Christmas Worship

December 24, 4-8 PM: Christmas Pilgrimage on the St. Michael's Lawn

*The weather forecast is currently calling for high probability of rain on Christmas Eve. We will send out an email at noon on Christmas Eve if the weather does not allow for the pilgrimage to take place. In the event of a cancellation, the images will still be available in the yard through January 6. The narrative text and accompanying soundtrack can all be found on our website. You are most welcome to make the pilgrimage anytime the weather permits. 

December 25, 9 AM on Zoom: Liturgy of the Word, Sermon, and Christmas Hymns

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89447269664
Meeting ID: 894 4726 9664
+1 301 715 8592 US

Offerings from Washington National Cathedral
  • Christmas Lessons and Carols: Wednesday, December 23, 6 PM 
  • Family Christmas Service, Thursday, December 24, 12 PM (The animals from the manger will gather in the Bishop’s Garden at the Cathedral for a festive re-telling of the Christmas story.) 
  • Christmas Eve Eucharist, December 24, 8 PM 
  • Christmas Organ Recital, December 25, 12 PM 
Festival of Lessons and Carols from King’s College, Cambridge: 10 AM on December 24

Upcoming Worship Schedule

Sunday, December 27, 9 AM

Diocesan-wide service of Christmas Lessons and Carols, pre-recorded and available on our YouTube Channel.  
 

Sunday, January 3, 9 AM

Live Worship from the St. Michael’s sanctuary on Zoom
 

Save the Date: Epiphany Party and Virtual Trivia

Last year we gathered together as a parish family for a hearty meal and celebration of the Feast of Epiphany. We marveled at the “stars” in our midst, taking time to thank and celebrate the gifts we all contribute to St. Michael’s. This year I invite you to a much different, though still bright celebration of our community. 
 
On Sunday, January 3, we’ll gather virtually over Zoom and take time to celebrate the gifts in our midst that have allowed St. Michael’s to thrive in this incredibly strange year. Absent the opportunity to celebrate a meal with one another, I invite you into a completely different and fun experience—a virtual game of trivia! Throughout the pandemic one of my dear friends from Shrine Mont, Mike Wade, has curated and developed trivia that translates smoothly to Zoom rooms. Mike will get us oriented virtually, divide us into teams, and take us through five rounds of trivia. You do not need to have any experience with trivia to play! 
 
Epiphany Party: 7 PM  
Game time: 7:30–9:00 PM 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2093564943?pwd=VGIzMkp4a3p2QmZVSHYxcG1LeHdWdz09
Passcode: 1234
Meeting ID: 209 356 4943
+1 301 715 8592

Holiday Office Hours 

St. Michael’s office will be closed December 24—January 4. Phone messages will be checked occasionally, as will the mail slot. For any pastoral emergencies, please call, 703-982-0344. 

Publication Note

We are taking a break from weekly publications over the holiday. The next update will be sent out on Thursday, January 7. 

Staying Connected

On Thursday, January 7, the XYZ Zoom gathering will happen at 1:30 PM. Join us for a time of brief personal updates and prayer. 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.  

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/312759905
Dial in: 301 715 8592 
Meeting ID: 312 759 905

You may find the latest COVID-19 reports from the Virginia Department of Health here.

Creative Pledging

During this time of separation, we are tremendously grateful to everyone who has submitted their pledge 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 pledge through online giving. We are grateful for this faithful generosity, which remains essential to our mission. 
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