May 2017 Newsletter/Calendar

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

Newsletter/Calendar for May 2017

 

 

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Sunday, May 7

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II                                                                                        10:00 AM   Children’s Class

Our annual St. Michael’s church picnic will follow the service at Mary Naber’s home. Directions to Mary’s home will come in a separate email.       Please bring lawn chairs for your family.               

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Sunday, May 14

10:00 AM   Holy Eucharist, Rite II                                                         10:00 AM   Children’s Class

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Sunday, May 21

10:00   Holy Eucharist, Rite II                                                                 10:00   Children’s Class

Bishop’s Committee will meet after the service.

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Sunday, May 28

10:00 AMHoly Eucharist, Rite II                                                                                        10:00 AM  Children’s Class

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The Spring Rummage Sale = Saturday, May 6 = was cancelled.

We plan to hold the fall rummage sale in October.

 This will give us more time to gather donations.

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Our Facebook contact information:             

https://m.facebook.com/St-Michael-and-All-Angels-Episcopal-Church-Blanco-124741271495/

 

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April 2017

St. Michael Episcopal Church

Newsletter/Calendar for April 2017

 Holy Week

Consider giving yourself the gift of participating in the

Triduum: the three holy days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil.

 

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Sunday, April 9 = Passion/Palm Sunday

10:00 AMHoly Eucharist, Rite II

                                                                                  

10:00 AM  Children’s Class

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Thursday, April 13 = Maundy Thursday Service

7:00PM Holy Eucharist, Rite II

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Friday, April 14

Good Friday Service

12:00 Noon

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Saturday, April l5 = The Great Vigil

8:00  PM   Holy Eucharist, Rite II

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 Sunday, April 16 = Easter Sunday

10:00 AMHoly Eucharist, Rite II

10:00 AM  Children’s Class

The children’s egg hunt follows the service.

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Sunday, April 23

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II

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Sunday, April 30

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II

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The Lenten Project

This year our ambitious goal (we can do it, but only with God’s help) was to

collect donations from the congregation to benefit the Lake Highlands Family Crisis Center

located in Marble Falls that serves a four-county area including Blanco County.

Our total offerings to date are $1139.59 from free will donations, two noisy offerings,

and the bake sale. Our anonymous donor will give us $1000 and the

Bishop’s Committee will give us $1400, to make a grand total of $3539.59.

Thank you to all who gave so generously to this excellent project.

Many hill country families will be helped through the use of these funds.

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The Spring Rummage Sale = Saturday, May 6 = has been cancelled.

The ECW voted at its April meeting to cancel the spring rummage sale

because we do not have enough donations to make a sale worth holding.

We will have our fall rummage sale in October as usual. This will give us more time to gather donations.

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Altar Service

If you are considering volunteering in one or more of the altar service roles,

please email Hunter Wistrand at wistrand@gvtc.com to let him know of your interest.

A bit of training will be needed and Hunter can arrange that for you.

Altar service is another way to deepen your spiritual commitment to the

church and to gain new insights into the meaning of the Eucharist.

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Our Facebook contact information:              

https://m.facebook.com/St-Michael-and-All-Angels-Episcopal-Church-Blanco-124741271495/

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MARCH 2017

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

Newsletter for March 2017

The Season of Lent

 

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1

The ECW has scheduled a walk of the Stations of the Cross for this morning. The ECW invites all church members to join them at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bulverde. We have done a Stations walk several times in the past, but no setting is more beautiful that this one at Bulverde. Those who live near Blanco are invited to meet at St. Michael’s at 9:30 AM to carpool to the site. Those who live further south are encouraged to drive directly to St. Joseph’s and meet the others at 10:00 AM.

 The fourteen stations were created on a beautiful hillside near St. Joseph’s Church  by a group of their parishioners in the 1980s. Wide walkways covered with shredded cedar provide ample room for large groups to make the pilgrimage.

The walking is easy. Parking is available at the top of the hill.

Sensible shoes are recommended. 

(Rainy day plan: meet at St. Michael’s to read the Stations there.)

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Lent is the season that begins on Ash Wednesday and continues until Easter Day, excepting Sundays. Episcopalians understand Lent to be a time when we purposefully examine our relationship to God, to our church community and to our neighbors.

During this time, we seek to affirm the blessing and correction we find in the good news of Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, March 1 - Ash Wednesday Service

7:00 PM Holy Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes

This is our traditional Ash Wednesday Service.

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The Bishop’s Committee has provided a selection of booklets of Lenten Readings for the community. Each individual is invited to take a booklet from the table at the back of the church. There is no charge. We have discovered some online resources for Lenten readings as well.     Episcopal Relief and Development has a Lenten Series for 2017 that you can register for on their web site. Forward Movement is offering A Season of Prayer: 40 Days in the Desert. It is free, just go to the Forward Movement web site and sign up for it.

Sunday, March 5 - Labyrinth Walk at 6:30 PM

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Prayers for the Community

  • We offer prayers for Robin Somerville who is at home after a recent hospitalization. He may have surgery soon. We pray for Faye, his caregiver.
  • We offer prayers for Naomi Brown, Fred Brown’s mother who recently died.
  • We offer prayers of healing for Floyd Billings, husband of Charla.
  • We offer prayers for Russ Abbott as he continues healing from a recent illness.
  • We pray for the troops in service overseas, especially the ones we are sending boxes through the faithful work of Bill Fojtasek. 

Altar Service

 If you are interested in learning how to serve in one or more of the altar service roles, please email Hunter Wistrand at wistrand@gvtc.com to let him know of your interest.

A bit of training will be needed and Hunter can arrange that for you.

Altar service is another way to deepen your spiritual commitment to the church and to gain new insights into the meaning of the Eucharist.

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Spring Rummage Sale - Saturday, May 6

Due to the late date of Easter this year, the ECW will hold its Spring Rummage Sale on Saturday, May 6, from 8 until 2.

This year the funds raised will be dedicated to purchase a white superfrontal to dress the altar for high feast days, especially Easter and Christmas. In recent years, we have purchased white hangings for the two lecterns and a white pall for the chalice. Because St. Michael’s has never owned a white superfrontal, this purchase will complete our white set. Extra funds raised will be donated to a local charity.

The Little White House is ready to receive your generous donations. You may bring them any Sunday or weekday.  If you need special assistance, call ECW President Henrietta Smith or Rummage Sale Chair Betty McNallen. We take everything except for clothing which we hope that you will to donate to The Good Samaritan Center in Blanco. They sell it to provide funds for the local food pantry.

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Our Facebook contact information:              

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=st.%20michael%20and%20all%20angels%20episcopal%20church%20blanco

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