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Vox Luminis is an internationally acclaimed, Gramophone-winning Belgian early music ensemble. Comprised of ten singers and a few instrumentalists, including viola da gamba, lute, and the rarely heard baroque harp, Vox Luminis has been regaled for their “beautiful blend” (New York Times), “...high quality individual voices, exquisite tuning and clarity of sound” (Music World). London’s The Times wrote that “The light comes instead from their manner of performance: winningly clear, perfectly balanced, yet with each member retaining an individual colour.” “Vox Luminis might appear [dressed] black as night, but they’re really a rainbow dancing.” Their program at Saint Michael is entitled The Bach Dynasty. Showcasing music from one of the most talented and prolific musical families the world has ever known, it will conclude with selections from one of the greatest and most virtuosic collections of choral works, the motets by Johann Sebastian Bach. Bring your friends and savor some of the finest specialists in the world bringing to life music from a golden era!


SAINT MICHAEL STAFF Monica Awbrey Rob Baber Ross Badgett Julia Dietz Beckel Katherine Bowen Dianne Boyd Rev. Kenneth H. Brannon Justin Brooks Robert Butler Nozar Daryapayma Kathy Davis Jill Delabano Hannah Fisher Bonita Frederick Rev. Dr. Christopher D. Girata Steven Haal Patricia Hale-Siedler Rev. Canon Michael Harmuth Dr. Margaret (Meg) Harper Travis Harvey Rev. Amy Heller Carol Hicks Diane Hollie Angelia Hunter Madelyn Ivy Adam Jones Rev. Robert (Bob) Johnston III Susan Kalen Cheryl Kaschak Elizabeth Keogh Tiffany LaMotte Rev. Mary Lessmann Rev. Dr. Eric J. Liles Chris Love Caroline Marak Santos Martinez Amy McMahan Christi Morrow Chase Monson Tricia Morris Rev. Dr. Hiltrude Nusser-Telfer Darla Osterhaut Rev. Greg Pickens Edgar Porras Keith Quarterman Owen Reid Marco Reyes Monica Rosser Jonathan Ryan Elsa SanJuan Rev. Robert A. Scott Dollie Smith Rev. Canon René Somodevilla Celise Stephenson Tish Visinsky Regan Wallace

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FROM the EDITOR My son Charlie is a whirlwind. A two-and-a-half year old force of nature. As many of you are parents, I'll wager you

either recall the wonder and joy of such a statement, or are right now living that particular blessing, along with me and my wife, Lainey.

Charlie is back in his little school, and has some new classmates. So it's hard to ignore, for many, what the end of summer brings: a collective adrenaline rush of blood, sweat, and tears, (and cocktails) preparing for the kiddos return to school, and adults to work. Thus, the cycle begins again. In his article on page 4, Rector Chris Girata addresses his excitement for the new year and what that entails. Perhaps you're like me: I tend to think of the fall "semester" as the point of newness that is most often equated with spring. Spring, of course, is the cyclical rebirth in nature, but to me, this time—right now—is functionally the rebirth of the work year. That new and wondrous opportunity to look ahead at the future landscape of need, and be exhausted. Is that really how this goes? I think the subtext of Chris' excitement is renewal. Whether it is cyclical, or a mulligan. Our mindset plays a strong role in how we negotiate this time. Many are familiar with Zig Ziglar, the quintessential effervescent salesman and influencer known for his never-say-die optimism and positive outlook. He would say things like, “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily”, or "an optimist is one who goes after Moby Dick and take the tartar sauce with them." This renewal he speaks of is a perpetual discipline of the mind. I think we all may know people like this. They can be a little maddening, but the truth is, they've got a the right mindset—a skill probably developed over time. In speaking of the new year, Chris writes about the Christian journey, and in doing so points to the grace of God in our lives; something given freely to us. 2 Corinthians 9:8 reads, And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things... Do we actively participate in recognizing this gift, and allow it to strengthen our mindset?

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2019 DIOCESAN DELEGATES John McFarland, Tricia Stewart, Kay Whelan, Terry Demler, J.C. Snead, Scott Wilson, David Greenblatt, Jerry Poglitsch, Susie Ryan alternates: Ed Blessing, Katherine Blachly, Ross Vick, Heather Lorch, Jack Rubarth, Blair Oden, Tom Bowen (1), Jessica Clements (2), Mary Abrams (3)

In February of this year, Harvard Business Review released a study of Major League Baseball, and the effects of renewal—specifically seen in the context of players being traded. They noted there were specific recurring factors that caused players to achieve greater levels of success when they started over someplace else—but not always. At a high level, it came down to their practice and habits. Keeping this in mind, as we renew our individual cycles of life, heading back to school and work, let's renew our response to God's grace—looking for it in our daily life and better allowing it to mold our mindset. And don't forget the tartar sauce!

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GRACE & THE COLOR PURPLE The new school year is upon us and I’m excited! I hope you’ve picked up a copy of our fall Resource Guide and made notes about how you can connect with our church this year. From luncheons to studies, and from parties to prayer, there are options for all ages and new friends are waiting to welcome you in. New experiences can be exciting and nerve wracking at the same time, and we all see the world in different ways. I love to see the smiles on children’s faces when they meet their new teacher and the anxiety on parent’s faces as they sign up for countless volunteer roles. Many factors contribute to the start of a new school year, but one thing is certain: the energy is high! There is a buzz at Saint Michael, too, with new classes in new spaces and opportunities for the young and the young-at-heart to engage in new ways within this church community. As we begin this new school year, I’m particularly excited about how we will begin to mark our Christian journey is a new way. The start of any Christian journey begins with a gift from God. Our life is God’s first gift to us,

and the love we share with one another transforms that gift into something truly unique. As followers of Christ, we believe that God’s grace is freely given to everyone who follows Him, and our faith deepens when we grow in our awareness of grace. One of my favorite quotes about God’s grace and character comes from The Color Purple by Alice Walker: “I think it annoys God if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it... People think pleasing God is all God cares about. But any fool living in the world can see God’s always trying to please us back.” Beginning in September, you will be invited to begin to see the world around you in a fresh way. A new sermon series will take place in our traditional worship services focusing on grace. Grace: Still Amazing is a series that will take a look at the gifts we receive from God every day. By following the stories from the Gospel of Luke, the sermons will consider the many ways in which God seeks to delight us, comfort us, push us, and love us. And each day, you will be able to participate. Grace journals have been created specifically for you and can be picked up all around the church. These pocket-sized journals will give you 60-days worth of space to record mo-

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ments when you experience God’s grace in your own life. These moments can be (and likely should be) very simple. The laugh of a child, the kindness of a stranger, and yes, even the color purple. God offers us reminders every day of just how much we are loved, if only we have the eyes to see. As we use these grace journals, I don’t want the experience to end on the page. I encourage you to speak with your family and friends about what you discover. When you’re at lunch or dinner, or perhaps in the car after school, ask about moments of grace throughout the day. We are accountable to one another, regardless of our relationship, to encourage a continuous shift toward God. This journal can be a good way to be encouraging.

27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” We are the help and support and encouragement that we each need. This year, prioritize your time as you know God hopes you will and make Saint Michael a habit. We want you to pray here, learn here, and serve here. In short, we want you. May this year be filled with new experiences that inspire and transform you, and all in the name of Christ!

The Rev. Dr. Christopher D. Girata Rector

Finally, you may have heard me say this in church, but I want to start the encouragement right here. A new school year is the chance to start a new habit, and I want your new habit to be Saint Michael. We need one another to grow in our faith. Proverbs







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Saint Michael and All Angels celebrates All Saints' Day every year on the first Sunday closest to November 1. All Saints' is an ancient festival that first appeared in about 373 C.E. but codified by Pope Gregory III in about 740 C.E. From Pope Gregory forward, All Saints'' Day has had several iterations as the Church and theology developed. We know All Saints' initially celebrated the martyrdom of sainted people known to the Church. However, as the persecutions of Roman emperors arose, the Church began to explore a specific day set aside to ensure that all martyrs, known and unknown, were acknowledged.

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In about 998 C.E., the Church discerned the need for a complement to All Saints' and appointed the feast of All Souls Day. In its earliest form, All Souls Day was set aside to solemnly celebrate those believers who had died and now resided in Purgatory, that place of preparation before entering into the presence of God in Heaven.

Join Chris for an exciting study of Genesis, the first book of both the Jewish Bible and the Old Testament where we will learn about all kinds of beginnings: heaven, earth, light, darkness, sea, skies, vegetation, animals and human beings and our relationships with each other and with God.

Both All Saints' and All Souls were fairly stable in meaning to the Church until the fall of Constantinople in 1485. By then, the antecedents to Luther’s 95 Theses and the Reformation would open a new era where people would begin to explore their bond with the Almighty in ways that invited contrasting views about God, worship, and the sufficiency of Christ Jesus in forgiving our sins. Our church, in keeping with the traditions of the English Reformation, no longer holds to the idea of Purgatory. All Souls Day has since become a day to remember and celebrate the lives of the faithful departed.

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Saint Michael and All Angels has, in one way or another, kept the contemporary spirit of these two feast days. On the appointed day for All Souls/ All Saints', the clergy of Saint Michael began with All Souls by reading the names of our loved ones who had died during the previous year. Immediately afterward, the All Saints' worship began with its festival procession. As wonderful as it is to honor the saints of our parish family, it seems good to once again separate these two feast days so as not to lose the spirit of either nor the opportunity to celebrate both fully. This year, Saint Michael and All Angels will offer a full celebration of All Saints' Day during our Saturday Night and Sunday morning services where we honor all the living saints, known and unknown. On that same Sunday evening, a full and separate Evensong of All Souls will be held. There we will honor our loved ones who have died by reading their names aloud, celebrate with special All Souls Day music, and join together in worship. We hope you will enjoy this opportunity to bless and remember all the saints, present and past during these special services.


Music can reach us in ways words cannot. Music can also give voice to things inside us words cannot express. These are among the many reasons I’m very much looking forward to a new development in our liturgy and music this fall: our All Souls Evensong on Sunday, November 3 at 5:30 PM in the church. The liturgical calendar in the Book of Common Prayer designates two separate days for All Saints' and All Souls: November 1 and 2 respectively. Our own Rev. Greg Pickens has written more about the historical development of these days in his article, opposite. Many Episcopal churches essentially combine All Saints' and All Souls into a single day. I’m delighted that here at Saint Michael we are able, partly due to the progress and dedication of the Saint Michael Choir, to commemorate these two liturgical days in separate services. The music for these two “days” will itself evoke their distinct essence. All Saints' will remain the same with one exception: we will read the necrology at the All Souls Evensong instead of our morning services. That means for the first Sunday of November, all our morning services will (still) observe All Saints' Day with the full festivity that feast rightly deserves. Our 11 a.m. service in the church will particularly see a heightened liturgical celebration with incense, hymn arrangements incorporating brass and timpani, and more choral music than usual, including a jubilant setting of the service music (e.g. Sanctus, Agnus Dei) by Mozart for choir, soloists, and orchestra. Our 9

a.m. service in the church will feature our choristers and staff singers singing a beautiful All Saints' Offertory anthem and a trumpeter embellishing the hymns. All Saints' has sometimes been regarded as a kind of parallel to Easter Day. Its placement in the calendar is almost half a year from Easter Day, and its theological emphasis very much includes eternal life and heaven. What is new is our commemoration of All Souls Day. Our November monthly Evensong will observe All Souls Day, thus allowing us to have All Saints' in the morning and All Souls in the evening of the first Sunday of November. The All Souls Evensong will be our annual parish-wide remembrance of those who have gone before us, especially those who have passed away in the last year. Anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one is especially invited to this service designed for them. Not only will we read the necrology, we will have a moment for those attending to remember their loved one in a particular way. A good bit of time has been spent selecting music for the All Souls Evensong. First, because much of the choral music for this service is unaccompanied and we will not have Communion or need the Communion Rail, we can place the choir in the front of the church in a Divine Office seating arrangement using our new, movable English cathedral style choir desks. Contemporary American Episcopal church musician and composer Robert Leh-

man, who serves as Organist/Choirmaster at the Church of St. Michael and St. George in St. Louis, MO, wrote the choral Preces and Responses we’ll use. These are choral settings of single sentence prayers for Evening Prayer which dialogue between the officiant and choir (who, in Evensong, sing the responses on behalf of the congregation). His setting importantly gives modern day insight and vocalization to our prayer. The anthem, Bring us O Lord God by 20th-century English composer William Harris, sets a brief yet profound poetic prayer by John Donne to gorgeous harmonies, inspired climaxes, and thoughtful insight. The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis for this service warrant some background. They will be from the Gloucester Service by 20th-century English composer Herbert Howells. Howells grew up near Gloucester, loved the rolling Gloucestershire countryside, and Continued page 44


NOVEMBER 3 ALL SAINTS' DAY SATURDAY EVENING & SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES Honoring the living saints, both known and unknown

ALL SOULS EVENSONG SUNDAY NIGHT, 5:30 P.M., in the Church Honoring loved ones who have died by reading their names aloud



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od’s grace in our lives is reflected in the abundant blessings He showers upon us. Sometimes though, we don’t recognize these blessings are from God. We see them as good fortune, luck, or happenstance. Truth is, all the blessings in our lives – challenging and triumphant – are God at work in us and for us. Grace and gratitude tend to go hand-in-hand. When we are aware of God’s work, our tendency is to be grateful. Grateful for the financial resources He has given, grateful for the love of family and friends, grateful for His guidance on our journey of faith and prosperity, and grateful for the challenging experiences that have helped to form us into the people we are today. When we feel grateful there is a natural inclination to do something – say “thank you,” write someone a note, donate to a worthy charity, or do something nice for someone else. Have you ever thought that through your pledge or gift to your church, you are thanking God for His presence in your life? Saint Michael is where you grow spiritually, build a faith community, make friends who will be there in times of joy or sorrow, and where you can join God in His work in and through our congregation. The work of our church is propelled through the Spirit of Giving. It gives life to our ministries for children and adults, hope to those who are touched by our care, joy through beautiful music, and the love of Christ shared through our worship together. These gifts of giving don’t just happen. They happen because of you – the Body of Christ – who contribute time, talent, and treasure to make our church a catalyst for God’s work. As a member of Saint Michael and All Angels, we encourage you to take an active role in our church in 2020. Your gifts of financial support, volunteered time, and participation in various ministries enrich our community and our personal relationships with each other and with our Lord. Our season of giving is approaching and will be celebrated throughout the month of October. Become more active and empower the ministries of our church with your gifts of thanksgiving. Your spirit will be nurtured - your heart will be gladdened - your cup will runneth over!




s we get closer to the end of the year, charitable gifting is often a topic of discussion. In years past, there have been many interested in the purely charitable aspects of giving while others were more set on tax benefits of giving to charity (I’d rather give it to them than the government). The new tax law changes did have some effect on charitable contributions. Some individuals stopped or reduced giving when they no longer could deduct contributions if they were now using the Standard Deduction instead of Itemizing on their tax return. Age 70.5 or older? Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from your retirement accounts can go directly to charity, called qualified charitable distributions. These charitable distributions come out of your traditional IRA to the charity tax-free (meaning you won’t be taxed on the distribution whereas a normal IRA distribution is taxed as ordinary income). There is a $100,000 limit on total qualified charitable distributions for any one year per person and the charity must be an eligible charity that you would normally have been able to deduct charitable contributions. At the heart of the issue is: Why are you giving? Is it for the tax benefits or to further God’s work? What does the Bible say about what we should do? Here are a few verses that are my favorites on this subject: • 2 Corinthians 9:7 “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” • Proverbs 3:9 “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.” • Matthew 6: 3-4 “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Growing up I was quite confused on this issue. Some say give 10% and no less and others just give what you can. The verses above have conviction in that we should be cheerful in giving, give our firstfruits (so why wait until year end?), and in secret (don’t do it to get our names on a plaque). In working with charitable organizations and seeing the impact they truly have on the world, spreading God’s word and work, why would I not give when my needs are taken care of. My recommendation is to take a good look at where money is being spent in your household and find out if you can find dollars to give to others that might be in much more need than we are. If that budget determines that you can do $20 per month, then get that set up to automatically be contributed monthly. If that dollar figure is higher as you’ve been blessed with much, consider when meeting with your tax advisor or financial professional to incorporate giving into your financial picture. Luke 12:48 “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted even more will be demanded.” Those contributions could help your taxes depending on your situation, but regardless they are for God’s people to further His Kingdom. Ashley is a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor Representative, Securian Financial Services, Inc., Securities Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC. A Registered Investment Advisor. Martin Financial Group is independently owned and operated. #2663118 DOFU 08-2019



BAPTISM BLESSINGS AT THE ANIMAL SHELTER By Allison Sandlin Liles Syndicated from growchristians.org courtesy of the author


bout eighteen months ago I read the book UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. I’d noticed ungracious and selfish behaviors bubbling up within our then six and eight year old children and wanted to nip it in the bud as quickly as possible. This book was full of takeaways, from suggestions on how to develop a family motto to best practices for acknowledging children’s good deeds. UnSelfie also made a strong case for allowing young children to choose a community project based on their own interests and then volunteer regularly. So that’s what we did. I did a wee bit of research and then presented our kids with three nonprofits near our house that I knew they would support: maintaining the public bike trail, reading with and to younger children at the public library, and volunteering at an animal shelter. The animal shelter was the clear favorite for both of them. They didn’t even ask what all they’d be doing as volunteers; they just wanted share some love with homeless dogs and cats. After online and in-person trainings, along with a firm understanding that we would not be adopting any pets of our own, my children and I became certified Operation Kindness volunteers, the largest no kill shelter in north Texas. Our primary responsibilities are holding kittens so they learn to love children and walking dogs. Sometimes we fold laundry or clean dog toys, other days we clean out cat crates or shred paper. Except when we walk dogs on blistering hot Dallas summer afternoons, our required four hours of monthly service never feel like a chore. Our children love the kitten snuggles and the hot breath dog kisses, loading the industrial sized laundry

appliances and untangling the cats’ wand toys. They even love discovering that their favorite dogs are no longer around to walk because that means they found their “furever” homes. Of course they whine some days or argue over which of them the animals love more, but overall, it’s been a great experience that has certainly contributed to cultivating kindness and empathy. Our favorite moments happen on walks out back, right after the dogs go to the bathroom. This is when we find a bench where we can all sit and just smother the dogs with our love. The primary reason this shelter welcomes children as volunteers is so they can help the animals grow more comfortable around busy little bodies. It’s our children’s duty to pet, scratch, and hug these dogs, and they take it seriously. These moments on the bench are pure joy and allow all of us to temporarily forget that the dogs will go back inside a crate at the end of our walk until someone chooses to adopt them. This is our Thursday afternoon schedule and it remained fairly predictable…until a few months ago. My daughter stood up from our bench, cupped her small hand to scoop up some water in a nearby birdbath, stepped over to the dog we were currently loving, and then baptized it in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As I held the leash and looked on a few feet away, I watched her then mark the dog as Christ’s own forever. I saw it all unfold, eagerly waiting to see what she would do next. I tried my hardest not to make this dog baptism a big deal, but I really wanted to know what prompted her to do it. So when her liturgy concluded and we resumed our walk, I casually held her hand and asked why she chose to baptize this dog. It turns out, she actually had a lot of reasons why and she shared all of them as we walked dogs the rest of the afternoon. continued on page 44



CHORISTER CAMP IS SO AWESOME!! by MEG HARPER, Associate Director of Music and Organist

“Chorister Camp is so awesome!” So says 11-year-old Layna Girata, who has been a member of Saint Michael Choristers since its inception. On August 23-25, seventeen children aged 8-13 journeyed to Camp All Saints on Lake Texoma for a weekend of fun, laughter, and lots of singing. Asked about his favorite part of Chorister Camp, 13-year-old Nate Pedersen responded, “Basically, I liked everything!” Fun, Laughter, & Midnight stories! From the moment we stepped on the bus, our Choristers were out to build a weekend of fun. Songs sung on the hour-and-a-half bus ride to Lake Texoma ranged from “The Wheels on the Bus” to Claudio Monteverdi’s Baroque masterpiece “Cantate Domino.” The first evening passed in a blur, with plenty of food,



fun music-themed games in the common room, and lots of whispering after “lights out” was called. We awoke on Saturday morning and sang Morning Prayer with two of our oldest Choristers cantoring the Psalmody with ease and grace. Other Saturday activities included an exhilarating ride on the camp’s zip line, swimming in the lake, and a course entitled “Science of Survival.”

On the zip line, our Choristers did Saint Michael proud, encouraging one another and sticking around until the very last had completed the course. They learned a lot about teamwork and community. The day concluded with a fun survival course that included learning to make a fire, over which they made s’mores. It’s safe to say, though, that the highlight of Saturday was Rector Chris Girata’s visit for dinner and Evensong, where he gave a beautiful homily to our Choristers. He used Luke 12:2528 to remind the Choristers of their value to our church: “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is Continued page 43


Saint Michael and All Angels is a family and like any family, we celebrate the joys of life and we gather around those who are experiencing hardships. We all prefer to live in the mountaintops of our lives but it is a reality that life happens and we also must walk the valleys of life. This is where our Pastoral Care really shines. Through the years, the ministry of Pastoral Care has tended to the hurts and troubles found in our parish.


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For the last nine years, the Faith and Grief Luncheon has offered the solace found in gathering around a meal and speaking what is true about losing someone close. Those who participated in this ministry were ever ready to lend a hand to any in need and those who received care knew what it felt like to have the love of Christ surround them. The Faith and Grief Luncheon has served the people of this parish very well. We know that all ministries have a life cycle and it is no different with the Luncheon. In March 2019, both leaders and participants were celebrated and recognized; where everyone heard, “Well done good and faithful servant!” Even though the Luncheon is no longer offered, know that our grief ministry here at Saint Michael remains strong. The Stephen Ministry has accepted the call to work more closely in grief care, adding their skills to the array of grief support that consists of private counseling with a priest, the “Praying Our Goodbyes” program, and the 6-week grief sessions we host in the spring and fall. I am so grateful to all who have participated in Pastoral Care, past and present. It is through your generous spirit that we touch the lives of those in need.



by MARK DEMLER, Amistad Board Member and ministry leader

CASA ESPERANZA COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA A once empty home is now again full of life, love, and a family reunited. Casa Esperanza, the Bolivian home supported by Saint Michael and All Angels has recently gone through this significant transition. As they grow and mature, former residences of Casa Esperanza move on to a youth house, continue school, receive job training or go to university. Such is the cycle of life of Amistad—The Friendship Mission. Recently, Amistad was called to do what this mission has done countless times for over 30 years: activate our mission statement: “To manifest Christ’s love for the poor by helping Bolivian children and families in need.” A guiding principle of Amistad is to unite siblings that have been separated through abandonment. This begins our story with Mathias – 1 year old, Ezequiel – 3, Aylin – 5, Anderson - 6, and Jhair – 8. Their biological mother and father met each other while homeless on the street at 12 and 13 years old. When they were 15 and 16 years old, they had their first child. Last December, their five children were taken from them by La Defensoría, and the siblings were split up in two orphanages: San José ( Jhair and Anderson) and Salomon Klein (Aylin, Mathias and Ezequiel). Their parents have drinking problems and neglected the children. Their father was in jail for hitting their mother and older children.

In May, the Amistad Mission and Casa Esperanza welcomed these children to their new home and a new Mama – Jimena. An August visit by pilgrims from SMAA found a joyous family learning what it is like to have a loving support system around them. This is what it is like to be a child of Amistad – The Friendship Mission. WHY BOLIVIA? Bolivia suffers from the lowest Human Development Index in South America, combination of Health, Education, and Income. 45% of the population lives below the national poverty line. Over 2.5 million Bolivian children suffer from malnutrition, abuse, or abandonment— more than 60% of the entire child population. These facts contributed to the beginnings of Amistad. In December of 1981, a 44-year-old Trappist Monk named William Wilson made a life-altering decision. After living in cloistered seclusion for his entire adult life, he left his monastery in Iowa to respond to a call from God to live among the poor of Latin America. Although he embarked on this mission believing he would live a contemplative existence, he soon began to sense that God had a different plan. After two years in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Father William chose a remote and inaccessible slope high in the Andes on which to build a small adobe room where he would seek the Lord’s guidance. Here, in the small village of Aramasí, Father Wil-

liam witnessed the utter destitution of the Quechua natives who filed through his doorway seeking treatment for their many illnesses and diseases. While he did his best to minister to them, his initial efforts proved to be terribly inadequate. Realizing that God was calling him to action, Father Will contacted a friend in the United States, William "B.J." Weber, for support. Together these two friends raised the funds to open the area’s first medical clinic and Amistad Mission was created. Since that time, Amistad (which means “friendship” in Spanish) has worked with the people of Aramasí to bring clean drinking water, a medical clinic (now a level one hospital), agricultural development, a Montessori school, a primary school and, most recently, a dam

45 %

of the total population lives below the national poverty line.


Bolivian children suffer from malMILLION+ nutrition, abuse or abandonment—that's more than 60% of the entire child population.



SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER EVENTS for a full listing of all events & classes, please visit saintmichael.org


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 11 a.m. in the Church FESTIVAL EUCHARIST FOR THE FEAST OF SAINT MICHAEL with brass and timpani featuring the energetic Missa Brevis by contemporary English composer Jonathan Dove SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 7PM SAINT MICHAEL PRESENTS: VOX LUMINIS See full-page concert ad on inside cover SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 11 a.m. in the Church FESTIVAL EUCHARIST FOR THE FEAST OF ALL SAINTS with orchestra featuring the Mozart “Sparrow” Mass and Te Deum


To Contact Children & Family Ministries: Regan Wallace, Director, rwallace@saintmichael.org Madelyn Ivy, Asst. Director, mivy@saintmichael.org FINAL DRIVE: ENDS SEPT 8 BOOK DRIVE FOR JUBILEE COMMUNITY CENTER We need books! CFM is hosting a book drive for the Jubilee Community Center. We are accepting donations of gently used or new books for ages 3-18. All donated books will be part of a book fair at the Jubilee Back to School Bash on September 12, 2019. Boxes for donations will be located in the North and South Entrances. Please contact Christi Morrow, cmorrow@saintmichael.org, or Regan to learn more. SEPTEMBER 20-22 CFM DAD’S HIKING RETREAT 9 a.m. Sept. 20 - 3 p.m. Sept. 22 Lone Star Hiking Trail, $100 Calling all Children and Family Ministry dads! Join Fr. Eric and Justin Forgey from Worn Souls Ministry for a weekend of spiritual growth, bonding, and leadership building, all in the majesty of God’s kingdom. For those interested, please email Rev. Eric Liles at eliles@saintmichael.org. Registration will close September 15, 2019. Space is limited, so sign-up soon!



OCTOBER 13 & 20 NATIVITY PAGEANT TRYOUTS 12:30 - 2 p.m. in the Theater We invite all 3rd-8th graders to audition for principal cast roles in this year’s Nativity Pageant. From big parts to small, singing to non-singing, there is a place for all children and youth in the pageant! All who tryout will receive a role. Children from age 3 - 2nd grade are encouraged to participate as stars, animals, shepherds, and angels. Sign-ups for these children will be available beginning November 3, 2019. Roles will be assigned based on age and/or grade. For questions or to volunteer please contact Regan. OCTOBER 18-20 CFM MOM’S RETREAT 9 a.m. Oct. 18 - 3 p.m. Oct. 20 The Barndominium at Waco, TX $250 Join the ladies of CFM for a fun and faithful weekend in Waco, TX! We will have moments of fellowship, Bible study, time to explore Waco, and relaxation for busy moms—all while staying at the famed Barndominium. Don’t worry, we will be sure to visit Chip and JoJo at the Silos. Deadline to register is October 13, 2019. Space is limited. Those interested should contact Regan. OCTOBER 27 BARNYARD BOO BASH & TRUNK-OR-TREAT Barnyard Boo Bash: 3 - 6 p.m. $15 tickets Trunk-Or-Treat: 5 - 6 p.m. free 3 - 6 P.M. “BOO BASH” (Ticketed) Hosted by our Saint Michael Episcopal School, come enjoy

CLASS REGISTRATION for all of our Sunday CFM formation classes is OPEN, and can be found at saintmichael.org/cfm. Registration will remain open throughout the year but space is limited, so sign-up today! Please consider volunteering to teach as well. Our classes would not happen without YOU!

Please note that Sunday morning classes in the fall for Children and Youth will not meet on Sept. 29, Nov. 24, Dec. 15, 22, and 29. We will resume after the holidays on January 5.

games, food, and lots of candy—make sure to wear your Halloween costume! Tickets for Barnyard Boo Bash are $15 per person, and free for children one year old and younger. 5 - 6 P.M. “TRUNK-OR-TREAT” (FREE) If just trunk-or-treating is your thing, have no fear! Saint Michael parish is sponsoring Trunk-Or-Treat, during the last hour of Boo Bash, from 5-6 p.m. You do not have to purchase a Boo Bash ticket to be able to attend Trunk-Or-Treat. Just wear your costume and get ready for a spooky, fun-filled time! We will need about 20 cars for this event, so be on the lookout for sign-ups to decorate your car and pass out candy to the youngsters! For information or questions, contact Regan. JANUARY 16-20, 2020 CFM MISSIONS: FAMILY COSTA RICA MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY! The CFM Ministry is going on a mission trip to Costa Rica! We will be partnering with Homes of Hope, a ministry sponsored through Youth with a Mission (YWAM), to build homes for families in the area of San Jose, Costa Rica. Families with children 5 years old and up are welcome to join us over the MLK holiday for this fulfilling and amazing opportunity. Spaces are limited, so sign yourself up—and your family as soon as possible! Deadline to register is October 6.

time of registration. More specifics can be found on saintmichael.org/cfm and will be in later editions of the Archangel. For more details or to reserve your spot, contact Regan, Madelyn, or Fr. Eric Liles, eliles@saintmichael.org


To Contact Youth Ministries: Tiffany Lamotte, Director, tlamotte@saintmichael.org Chase Monson, Asst. Director, cmonson@saintmichael.org SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 FIRST YOUTH GROUP OF THE SCHOOL YEAR 4 - 6 p.m. (all ages) School has officially started and that means Youth Group is back. Help us kick off the year right by celebrating with us! Don’t forget to bring a friend! Be prepared for water games! Wear a swimsuit and bring a towel. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 CHICK-FIL-A MIDDLE SCHOOL SMALL GROUP ...will start back. We will meet at the Chick -fil-A in Hillcrest Village at 7:15 a.m.

A non- refundable deposit of $250/ person is required at the


with the Rev. Dr. Julia Gatta SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30 9 a.m. - Noon Coke Activities Room $10 Admission (free for all WOSM subscribers) Advent is a rich, complex, and largely misunderstood season of the Church year. Yet, its perspective and particular graces are crucial for Christian life. In the presentations and spaces for quiet prayer, participants will consider the three “advents” of Christ - past, present, and future - to explore their significance and ponder how we meet Christ in all three even now. Participants should bring a Bible with them.


SAINT MICHAEL 101 Sunday, October 6 Registration deadline Oct. 3

12:15 - 2 p.m. in the Parlor Join us and meet members of our clergy & vestry, learn about the history of Saint Michael and All Angels, the exciting future of our parish, and what parish membership looks like!

saintmichael.org/101 THE ARCHANGEL | SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2019


help VNA serve more meals to homebound, hungry neighbors. Volunteers who attend will receive VNA thermal bags for their deliveries. This is for current and potential volunteers. Ruthie Garrett, garrett.ruthie@gmail.com Janie Richard, janie.lewis@sbcglobal.net Byrd Teague, byrd.teague44@gmail.com COOKING & SERVING: AUSTIN STREET CENTER BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6

4 - 5:30 p.m. West Parking Lot / ESD Porte-Cochere From kittens to chickens, guppies to puppies, our clergy will be BLESSING all pets great and small. This free event celebrating the Feast of St. Francis is open to the entire community, so come and enjoy this wonderful annual Saint Michael and All Angels tradition. A short liturgy will be led by the clergy followed by individual pet blessings. We’re thrilled to be joined this year, for the first time, by our Saint Michael Choristers and staff singers who will provide glorious music throughout the service. Each pet will receive a lovely St. Francis medallion for their pet collar. Nibbles and beverages will be served for the pets AND their humans.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 OUTREACH PROJECT WITH THE PRIME TIMERS: HELPING OTHERS, HAND-IN-HAND 12 - 2 p.m. The Cafe’ Center; Youth Area See Oct. 20 event under Mission & Outreach for details SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27 HALLOWEEN PARTY AND COSTUME CONTEST 4 - 6 p.m. Bring your favorite Halloween treat and your spookiest costume you have and be ready to celebrate Halloween with us!


To Contact Mission & Outreach: Christi Morrow, M&O Coordinator, cmorrow@saintmichael.org SEPTEMBER 26, 2019 MEALS ON WHEELS VOLUNTEER TRAINING 1 - 2 p.m. Coke Room Come learn the new, efficient tool which will give volunteers greater control of their schedule and time and will ultimately



SEPT 3 - COOKING 5:30-7:30 p.m., Parish Hall kitchen SEPT 4 - SERVING 6 - 8 p.m. at the Austin Street Center OCT 1 - COOKING 5:30-7:30 p.m., Parish Hall kitchen OCT 2 - SERVING 6 - 8 p.m. at the Austin Street Center COOKING & SERVING: SURVIVORS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING SEPT 3 - COOKING 5:30-7:30 p.m., Massad residence 4200 McFarlin, Dallas, 75205 SEPT 4 - SERVING 5 - 6:30 p.m. at New Friends New Life OCT 1 - COOKING 5:30-7:30 p.m., Coke Room Kitchen OCT 2 - SERVING 5 - 6:30 p.m. at New Friends New Life Volunteer Signup: saintmichael.org/ProjectMoses For more information on cooking and serving: Sheryl Wylie, sherylwylie@sbcglobal.net COOKING & SERVING: THE GATHERING OCT 26 - COOKING 9-11 a.m., Parish Hall kitchen OCT 27 - SERVING 1:00 in Thanks-Giving Square with worship led by Saint Michael clergy SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 HELPING OTHERS, HAND-IN-HAND 12 - 2 p.m. The Cafe’ Center; Youth Area Take part in this multi-generational service project benefiting the Amistad Mission, the Tela, Honduras mission trip, and Jubilee

Park and Community Center! CFM, Youth and Prime Timers will be working together to make prayer cards for the Amistad Mission, coordinate Sunday School supplies for the Honduras mission trip, and assemble Bingo prizes for the seniors at Jubilee Park and Community Center. Don’t miss being a part of the fun! Lunch will be provided! Service hours will be offered for any high school student needing them. For questions and to RSVP, please contact Caroline Marak at cmarak@saintmichael.org


The Prime Timers, a group of seniors, welcomes everyone to our meetings and activities! Meetings are on the first and third Thursdays of each month. In-house luncheon programs, on the first Thursday, present book reviews, performances by actors or musicians, interesting lectures from the business or arts community, or talks from favorite journalists. On the third Thursday, the ‘P.T. Cruisers’ take well-planned trips to interesting area locations. 1ST THURSDAYS IN-HOUSE MEETINGS: SEPT 5: “Sculpture at the Arboretum” with Margaret Duncan OCT 3: “Sister Wendy on Art of the Saints”, with Holly Stevens 3RD THURSDAYS “CRUISERS” OUTING EVENTS: SEPT 19: Dallas Arboretum & Lunch at Highland Park Cafeteria OCT17: Spirit of Dallas catamaran tour on White Rock Lake with a picnic in the park! Book your event reservations with Bonita Frederick at 214-728-6440 or bfrederick@saintmichael.org

ACOLYTE TRAINING SEPTEMBER 21 & 28, OCTOBER 5, 12 & 26 Saturday mornings 9-10:30 a.m., only one Saturday session required Young persons, beginning in 4th grade, are especially needed right now. The Acolyte Corps is composed of 200 persons (adults and youth) who serve at the altar assisting the priests



5:30 p.m. Worship Service Honoring Veterans in the Church 6:30 - 8 p.m. Reception in the Garden Cloister Saint Michael’s Annual Veterans Day Service and Reception is one of the most meaningful nights of the year for our parish. All are welcome at this FREE community-wide event. Operation Enduring Support will be our key note speaker, and you won’t want to miss the special message they share. See page 21 for more details. Immediately following the worship service, all are invited to gather in the Garden Cloister for light refreshments and the Heritage Brass Band’s lively renditions of the military classic marches and period pieces from WWI and WWII.

or by participating in the processional traditions of our liturgy. We serve at all parish services and on special occasions, i.e. Baptisms, Confirmation, Weddings, and Funerals. Yearly activities include training sessions and several social events. Contact Dianne Boyd, dboyd@saintmichael.org, or Tony Briggle at tonybriggle@sbcglobal.net or 214-505-7422.


To Contact Adult Formation: Fr. Eric Liles, eliles@saintmichael.org Hannah Fisher, Formation Assistant, hfisher@saintmichael.org NEW FORMAT!

MEN OF SAINT MICHAEL Led by Eric Liles, Brian Mackin, Eric Gilmour

8-WEEK BOOK STUDY THURSDAYS: SEPT 19, 26, OCT 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, NOV 7 7 - 8 a.m. Coke Activities Room Join us SEPT 5 for the introduction meeting! Enjoy coffee, breakfast tacos, and fellowship as we discuss how perceptions of success, achievement and recognition fail men in difficult times using Richard E. Simmons’ book, The True Measure of a Man. THE ARCHANGEL | SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2019


SUNDAYS, 10 A.M. OUR STORY Saint Michael Chapel During the 2018-19 program year, Christian formation for all ages at Saint Michael had the opportunity to learn the arch of the biblical narrative through “God’s Story.” This program year, many of our adults will continue their journey of formation by engaging in “Our Story”. If God’s Story, the Bible, represents the Scripture leg of the three legged stool of Anglican Faith, then Our Story represents the Tradition leg (the third leg, Reason, will be our focus the following year with “My Story”). Our Story is the narrative of how our theology and history have shaped us as followers of Jesus since biblical times. Most Sundays, during the 10 a.m. formation hour, this class will be led by our clergy, lay leaders and many other experts in Christian History and Theology, from SMU, Perkins, Sewanee, SSJE, and Texas Wesleyan. Come join us each week as we grow in our “faith seeking understanding” (Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury 1093-1109). SUNDAYS, 10 A.M. CLASS FOR PARENTS A New Offering Theater See ad page 10 Parents of all ages are invited to join us each Sunday at 10 a.m. (Be sure to bring your children to the nursery, CFM offerings and Youth classes during this time!) Each month we will look at a relevant topic for parents such as: Social/ Emotional Development, Storytelling, Technology, Healthy and Holy Sexuality, Family Traditions that Shape Us, and many more. We will welcome experts on each topic to make presentations, engage in Bible study with members of our clergy, spend quality time in small groups, and share resources and support. THURSDAYS: SEPT 19, OCT 17 & NOV 21 FAITH IN ACTION: A SPEAKER SERIES featuring The Rev. Randy Mayeux 6:30 - 8 p.m. Coke Activities Room Are you a working adult hungry for mid-week Formation opportunities? Do you have in interest in exploring how your faith might impact the way you use your time and interact with other people? Beginning this September, and continuing for three sessions,The Rev. Randy Mayeux, accomplished speaker and co-founder of First Friday Book Synopsis will bring his popular book review series to Saint Michael. Each evening will include a review of at least one book that deals with the Social Gospel, interesting conversations, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. For questions, contact Fr. Eric, or Hannah.





Rev. Chris Girata and Rev. Mary Lessmann 12:15 - 2 p.m. Parlor Registration deadline: October 3 saintmichael.org/101 For questions contact Heather Lorch at helorch@gmail.com If you are new to Saint Michael or just visiting, and want to learn more about membership, then this luncheon is for you! Come meet members of our clergy & vestry, and hear about our many ministries, opportunities for involvement, and the exciting future of our parish. Lunch is served and childcare is available with pre-registration. DEEPEN YOUR FAITH


Rev. Chris Girata and Rev. Mary Lessmann 12:15 - 1:30 p.m. Coke Activities Room Registration deadline: October 10 saintmichael.org/EC Contact: Hannah Fisher This class is for those new to Christianity, new to Saint Michael and All Angels, or members who want to revisit the core features of our belief and practice. This offering will provide an overview of our faith and explore what it means to walk as a Christian in the Episcopal tradition. This class also serves as Confirmation Preparation for those wanting to go through the Confirmation process. The weekly topics are as follows: • Our Anglican Heritage • Worship and Sacraments • Bible and Spiritual Formation • What’s next? How do I get more involved? Lunch is available for purchase with registration and pre-order at $10.00 per person per week. Childcare is available with pre-registration.


To Contact Pastoral Care: Fr. René Somodevilla, rsomodevilla@saintmichael.org Katherine Bowen, PC Assistant, kbowen@saintmichael.org SUNDAYS, SEPTEMBER 8, 15, 22, 29 PREMARRIAGE COUNSELING 10 – 11 a.m. Chapel Conference Room This series is offered during the Sunday School hour to prepare couples for marriage and their life together. Registration:

August 25 KICKOFF: Early Church/Development of Liturgy

October 27

September 1 Apostolic Fathers and Mothers: Christ as Savior - Post Biblical Insight

November 3 Cappadocians: Greg, Greg, Macrina, and some Basil for spice November 10 Celtic Christianity (Patrick, Columba, Bridget )

September 8 Heresies: Which is Your Favorite?

No Class: Fall Adult Annual Meeting (CFM and Youth still meet)

September 15 Teachers of the Church

November 17 Aquinas: What are your questions about God?

September 22 Spirituality of Desert Mothers and Fathers: Reaction to Empire

November 24

(Irenaeus, Pope Clement, Origin)

September 29 No Class: Feast of Saint Michael Celebration

October 6 “Knowing God” Part 1: Trinity and Creeds October 13 “Knowing God” Part 2: Dual Nature October 20 “Knowing God” Part 3: Contemporary Ideas

No Class: Thanksgiving Weekend

December 1 Lectio Divina December 8 Eastern Christianity: the Processions December 15 No Class:

December 22 & 29 No Class

OUR STORY CLASS LOCATIONS See map on page 2 Please email

eliles@saintmichael.org or call 214.363.5471


Assistant for Liturgy and Worship, Dianne Boyd, dboyd@ saintmichael.org to go over the details of scheduling a wedding at Saint Michael and All Angels. WEDNESDAYS, SEPT 18 – OCT 23 6-WEEK GRIEF WORKSHOP: “COMFORT AND HOPE FOR THE JOURNEY OF GRIEF” Led by Regina Hunt of Faith and Grief Ministries 6 - 8 p.m. Parlor Participate in a supportive community, learn ways to cope, and practice spiritual exercises that bring comfort. There is no fee for this offering. Please register by Tuesday, September 17. Registration and questions: Katherine Bowen, kbowen@ saintmichael.org or faithandgrief.org WEDNESDAYS, SEPT 25 – MID-NOV DIVORCING . . . A DIFFERENT KIND OF LOSS Led by The Rev. Tom Blackmon 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Theater Registration required, $125 Divorce is common in our society, so common perhaps that we might not acknowledge how a personal crisis it is. Divorce disrupts our homes and families, our valued friendships, our emotional and financial health. Divorce is a spiritual crisis, too. It evokes so many intense and difficult emotions – grief and hurt, anger and shame, guilt and relief – especially the guilt that comes when relief is felt. Saint Michael will offer a safe and honest place for learning, healing, and support. Attendance, preparation, confidentiality, and prayerfulness are the “requirements” for this clergy-led group.

FALL BAPTISMS SEPTEMBER 15 9 &11 a.m. Baptismal Prep Classes: Aug 25, Sept 1, Sept 8 NOVEMBER 3 9 &11 a.m. Baptismal Prep Classes: Sept 29, Oct 20 and 27

FALL CONFIRMATION November 17 | 11 a.m. Complete information about life stages please visit SAINTMICHAEL.ORG

STEPHEN MINISTRY You won't want to miss this opportunity to hear leading educators speak on important topics that affect us all:

To register, please contact Katherine Bowen. Once registration is complete, the textbook will be available for you to pick up at the south entrance reception. Please read the first four chapters before the first meeting and come prepared to share briefly your own story.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 "EXPERIENCING THE SACRED IN THE ORDINARY EVENTS OF LIFE" 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Coke Activities Room featuring noted speaker Ben Albritton, Adjunct Professor of Biblical Counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 FALL BLOOD DRIVE 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. ESD Library The Parish Nurse Ministry, with the American Red Cross, will sponsor our Fall Blood Drive. Currently Dallas is facing a severe blood shortage and needs blood donors to give to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients. Driver’s license or ARC card/app required to donate. To reserve a time: Dianne Boyd, RN, dboyd@saintmichael.org

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7 "DEALING WITH REGRET AND ANGER" 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Coke Activities Room featuring Dr. Elizabeth Lang, Leader of Education for Ministry (EfM) classes at Saint Michael; EfM extension course Trainer for the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee; former chair of the Religion Department at ESD



All are invited to attend both events. Coffee will be served. For information, or to request a Stephen Minister, contact Mary Kardell, mary.kardell@sbcglobal.net

WOMEN OF SAINT MICHAEL THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 LUNCHEON: “PROTECTOR OF PRESIDENTS” 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall Featuring Kathleen Flatley, former U.S. Secret Service Agent Did you imagine that bodyguards were always tall, muscular men like in a Hollywood movie? Kathleen Flatley can take down that stereotype—and anyone who threatens her clients—with a fresh perspective on her profession as a security agent and consultant. A 1976 Ursuline graduate, Kathleen spent 31 years in the Secret Service protecting everyone from former First Ladies Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama to Pope John Paul II. Kathleen will share highlights of her impressive and fascinating career. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16 LUNCHEON: “WE ARE ALL HOMELESS”


11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall Featuring Willie Baronet, Co-Director/Producer and the Stan Richards Professor of Creative Advertising at SMU In 1993, Willie Baronet started buying homeless signs as a way to deal with his discomfort at ignoring people on the streets. In 2008, that project became “We Are All Homeless.” This led to a 2016 documentary called “Signs of Humanity,” which chronicled his journey with three filmmakers across the country buying signs and interviewing people along the way. The documentary deals with the interrelated themes of home, homelessness, compassion, and humanity.









How to succeed in business without… There is no without. Wish as I may, there isn’t. No shortcut. Not for the women of Honduras Threads who live and work in poor, rural communities outside Tegucigalpa and embroider pillows, table runners, placemats and now Christmas ornaments and greeting cards. That’s the challenge.

climate harsher than we experience in Dallas. As members of the board, they work together to manage the enterprise in the different production centers outside the city. Carolina is the board president and production coordinator. Nuvia does the accounting. Karina is in charge of communication. They must deal with unreliable internet access, government mandates and a culture that requires face-to-face meetings to get things

were here,” Carolina said as our Honduras Threads week-long mission trip drew to a close in Roatan. “We are so thankful you are continuing to come to teach us,” said Karina, tears streaming down her face, reflecting on the trip as it ended.

This year’s trip started in Tegucigalpa with members of the five-person Honduran enterprise board, progressed to El People who know products made in Pedregal where all enterprise members Honduras will tell you how surprised undertook two days of training and they are to see the qualended in Roatan where ity of the hundreds of four board members and handmade items the Threads’ missioners called “We learned so much this time when you women make. Reliable, on store-owner customers were here,” Carolina said...“We are so thankhigh quality production, and prospects. ful you are continuing to come to teach us,” however, has turned out said Karina, tears streaming down her face, to be just the first step. On the first day with The focus now is on the board members alone, the reflecting on the trip as it ended. business of running the first issue on the agenda social enterprise, a formal was pay for the 40 enterincorporated entity regisprise members. tered with the Honduran Some Honduras Threads government. Honduras enterprise members had Threads helped establish waited weeks to receive the enterprise to combine payment and they were the five, separate co-ops it steamed. As the womstarted 17 years ago. en mapped the current process, they discovered a This is the third year of couple of leverage points. the company’s operation They could send invoiccontinuing to work hand es as soon as they filled in hand with Honduras orders rather than waiting Threads, and the operation until buyers received has presented a whole list them. And they could of new challenges. Many more frequently figure of them the subject of the out payments for each Threads’ mission trip in June. done. No one owns a car or any sort enterprise member. Implementing of vehicle. All have children to raise, both would reduce the waiting time to Meet Carolina, Nuvia and Karina. meals to cook on wood stoves and six days from the current, 18-day miniNone are trained in business, but they water to haul into their small houses. mum. The change would be made. and the 40 members of their enterprise There’s little left for much else. “We Continued page 33 yearn for sustainability in a business learned so much this time when you THE ARCHANGEL | SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2019



The Dallas Police Department Child Exploitation Unit, High Risk Victims/Trafficking Squad “Thank you so much for your help in taking care of these kids. It is greatly appreciated. We couldn’t provide these items and additional level of comfort without you.” -Carrie D. Wise, Lieutenant, D.P.D. Crimes Against Children

“Thank you to everyone who donated items to the High Risk Victims/Trafficking Squad! There were so many snacks, water bottles and clothing that it took myself and Detective Grandy over an hour to reorganize our storage closet...We [will] able to give the kids that are recovered more food and clothing to wear when they are in our office because of your group...Again, thank you very much!” -Det. Jason Paulson, D.P.D. Child Exploitation Unit

THE COMMENTS ABOVE CAME FROM A 1-DAY COLLECTION BY PROJECT MOSES THIS PAST MAY—BUT WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP! An estimated 400 trafficked teens on the street each night in DALLAS, according to the Urban Institute and The U.S. State Department. When one of these victimized children is recovered by the Dallas Police Department (D.P.D.) it is important that they be treated immediately with respect and compassion. This is where your donation can make a huge difference. Children recovered from our streets need items to help them feel safe and to begin their long road to recovery as a result of their trauma



as a human trafficking victim. New items are important to show respect for the trauma they have experienced! A wide variety of snack and clothing items is kept on hand to accommodate the needs and desires of the victims. That special, familiar treat may be just the thing needed to make them feel comfortable. This is what The Child Exploitation Unit strives for! THIS OCTOBER you can be a part of a child’s recovery from the evils of human trafficking! Throughout the SMAA Campus, collection containers will be available

for your donation. These will be distributed to the Dallas Police Department Child Exploitation Unit. MOST NEEDED: R SWEATS*: Tops and Bottoms (New Only); All Children and Young Adult Sizes; please leave on tags R

SOCKS*: new only; please leave on tags












Questions? Please contact: Terry Demler, tsdemler@gmail.com Mark Demler, mdemler@comcast.net Christi Morrow, cmorrow@saintmichael.org

HUMAN TRAFFICKING MOBILE EDUCATION EXCURSION Sponsored by Saint Michael and All Angels and The Project Moses


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 5:45 p.m. Meet in Coke Activities Room 6 p.m. Bus leaves SMAA 8 p.m. Return to SMAA RSVP required, at saintmichael.org/projectmoses For additional information contact Terry Demler “It was really eye-opening to see what is happening so close to our homes” -Sheryl Wylie

“The bus excursion in 2018 was very eye-opening, to say the least. It was amazing to see the amount of trafficking that is going on right in our midst - every day. It was very surprising to see the trafficking location just across the street from Texas Instruments. We would recommend this tour to any and all parishioners even if Project Moses does not interest you. You will learn much that you never knew before” -Mary Jo & Bart Forbes


This educational tour is designed exclusively for us by New Friends New Life and conducted by their Men’s Advocacy Group. The tour features a guided educational charter bus excursion exposing the reality of sex trafficking in Dallas. Attendees will make firsthand observations of possible sex trafficking and exploitation activity while discussing trafficking cases worked by Dallas Law enforcement. The program features in-motion, interactive discussions with representatives from Homeland Security and/or Texas Department of Public Safety.


Material and live views may be disturbing. Some information may be restricted. Available to all but, must be 18 years old to attend. THE ARCHANGEL | SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2019


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Next, checklists. Would you want to fly on an airplane with a pilot who doesn’t use checklists to be certain the fuel tanks are full? No, said the board members. Checklists, board members agreed, made sense for quality control. For greeting cards alone which enterprise members have just begun making, they drew up a list of 15 points needing to be checked along the way. Then, over the next two days as missioners went to El Pedregal to work with all the enterprise members, they tested the list on more than 100 new cards. They discovered three more points needed to be added. It was in El Pedregal that missioner David Boldrick delivered the teaching on running a business after missioner Melanie McGill warmed up the group. Do you want your business to be profitable? Yes, members shouted, emphatically. Do you want it to make money, Melanie asked. Yes, again came the chorus of voices. Well, it’s pretty simple, said David, who then went on to describe how important it is to control inventory and keep up with production costs. Neglect the record keeping, and you’ll likely suffer losses because you’ll under-price your products. Everyone sells. But not everyone in the Honduran enterprise is confident they can sell. They have grown up in a culture where most don’t have the luxury of risk-taking, where formal education stopped at the sixth grade and the most many have ever known is subsistence farming. How do you approach a wealthy shop owner who, by the way, is an American ex-pat? How do you start the conversation? What do you ask? Missioner Chadwin Barley explained selling. Then she and enterprise members practiced, each taking different roles. Honduras Threads leader M’Lou

Bancroft built on Chadwin’s work with additional role-playing of three customers the women would call on in Roatan two days later. One customer is a chatty talker. Another a get-it-done, stickler for quality. M’Lou demonstrated how different it would be for each. On Roatan four days later, the four board members, armed with their new learning, together with the mission team visited eight prospects and customers. Several lessons learned.

One, a furniture store owner who agreed a year ago to take Honduras Threads pillows on consignment, said the items hadn’t sold well. Surprise! There had never been any hint of a problem. It took the mission team being face-to-face with him to learn the reality. He explained his customers furnish their properties to rent, and they want a different look. We changed out the pillows to see if others we had brought with us would sell better. The board members saw the value of in-person communication. On two other calls – these with current customers – board members delivered the greeting cards the customers ordered. Yes, they reconfirmed “Made in Honduras” continues to have wide, powerful appeal. But they learned, it’s not universal. And then there was the new store manager at a resort where cruise ship passengers spend the day on its pristine beaches. She wanted to improve gift shop sales by improving the quality of the merchandise she offered. Sounded like the perfect opportunity for Honduras Threads. “What do you recommend?” the store manager asked.

Consultative selling could work here, the board members learned. The store manager decided to place a small order, including a table runner, pillows, Christmas ornaments and greeting cards. Before the high season begins on Roatan in December, she agreed to reach back out to us. Board members agreed they would build a relationship with her. Chalk up another new customer! At the final gathering of board members and missioners at the end of the trip, we took note of what we had learned over the week-long mission trip? Some of the insights: Checklists and quality control are important now and will become even more important as the enterprise moves toward the goal of shipping product directly from Honduras. Sales and marketing need to be amped up. David challenged the Hondurans to go into gift shops, strike up conversations and learn what’s working in the marketplace. If you don’t know how much it costs to make an item, you can’t accurately judge how it ought to be priced to sell. And how to approach prospects and serve current customers deserves much more attention. Most importantly, they realize they must continue to learn, and for us, the continued support of struggling nationals is a ministry that makes a difference for many in the day-to-day existence they have. The knowledge available in the USA is grand, but often taken for granted. In Honduras, they clamor for any teaching that may help they survive. Are you passionate about business process and want to turn that skill in to a ministry that affects a huge group of people? Consider joining the efforts of Honduras Threads. Contact Bill or M'Lou Bancroft at: mlou@hondurasthreads.org or bbancroft@conbrioconsulting.com THE ARCHANGEL | SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2019


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Troop 80 High Adventure Trip to

S Philmont Scout Ranch


his past June, a group of scouts from Troop 80—which meets at Saint Michael & All Angels—went to Philmont Scout Ranch in northeast New Mexico, on a two-week, backpacking high adventure trip. Five older scouts and four adults hiked 80 miles over 12 days at high altitude while carrying a fifty pound pack. Most of the boys in our crew have known each other for the last five years: they have participated in summer camps together in Colorado, Arkansas, and Oklahoma; been on countless weekend campouts together across Texas; and served as leaders of the troop, including two who had been Senior Patrol Leader. For two of the adults (not me), this was their fourth time at Philmont. The ranch is situated in the pristine wilderness of the Sangre de Cristo



Mountains near the town of Cimarron which was once a stopping point along the Santa Fe trail. Waite Phillips, a successful energy executive, donated the property to the Boy Scouts in 1938. It is a place full of superlatives:


• At 140,000 acres, it is the largest Scout facility in the United States • The property is surrounded by an additional 100,000 acres of ranches as well as national and state parks which the Scouts can also access • 240,000 acres is an area equivalent in size to the City of Dallas • 24,000 Scouts will hike its trails this summer on 7 or 12-day backpacking treks • Approximately 1,200 staff work at the Ranch in the summer • And, incredibly, more than 1 million Scouts have completed a Philmont trek since its founding Our trek took us through the southern part of the ranch: along deep canyons, through beautiful meadows, along high ridges (the highest we reached was 10,600 feet in elevation) and scenic vistas. Although the views were amazing, I would remind you

The scouts did all the cooking, carried their own gear, plotted the route on the map, and made their own fun. They also demonstrated their ability to improvise as when our stove broke and we had to cook over an open campfire suspending a pot of water using a tripod. In the midst of hardship, I DOUG TROTMAN, SCOUTMASTER OF TROOP 80, WITH HIS am happy to report that TWO SONS, WILLIAM AND LUCAS, AT THE TOP OF THE friendship endured—and TOOTH OF TIME the dads got to see that about the 50 pound pack on my most valuable of skills back—as each person had to carry which scouting makes possible for their own gear and food as well as boys to learn: leadership. other equipment such as tarps and stoves! The effort was well worth the But this trek wasn’t all about backreward: Just as scouting is a place for packing: In addition to hiking, we boys to learn skills they will need as participated in a number of fun activmen, Philmont is a transformative ities along the way including fishing, experience for scouts (and even a little ax throwing, rock climbing and horse uplifting for us dads) as they realize riding. We also worked on a conservahow much more they were ever capation project to clear dense underbrush ble of achieving. along one of the trails. On several

ries and song by Philmont staff. On the last full day on the mountain, we hiked 12 miles along a mountain ridge at 8,500 feet in elevation. For several miles, the trail was made up of giant boulders which made for slow going. After almost five hours of hiking after lunch, we were close to the campsite but decided to stop for a snack and water break. Less than a mile later we reached the base of the iconic landmark of Philmont called The Tooth of Time, a 9,000 foot peak that had served as a landmark along the Santa Fe Trail. Presented with the opportunity for a fantastic view, the scouts dropped their packs and climbed to the top. So, even after a long, hard day they still had the energy to explore. That day exemplified the Philmont experience and I could not have been more proud of this crew or more grateful for the experience.

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The Rev. Kenneth H. Brannon, Saint Michael's new Vice Rector, serving Holy Eucharist on his first Sunday; Tiffany Brooks singing as the Contemporary Worship Band leads in the Church; Contemporary Music Director Justin Brooks leading worship; Vice Rector Ken Brannon and Rector Chris Girata serving Holy Eucharist; parish children joining the clergy at the altar for Holy Eucharist; parishioners and kids working on the meals for the Austin Street Center; is there anything better than the smiles of children? Rector Chris Girata is all smiles as he makes announcements.








Rector Chris Girata welcoming and commissioning new Saint Michael clergy; The Rev. Kenneth H. Brannon, Vice Rector, and The Rev. Robert A. Scott, Associate for Worship and Liturgy; Altar Guild Directress Debbie Shuey and Mary Abrams at the Acolyte Dinner; Mary Johnson and kids posing at the Kickoff Sunday Celebration; CFM Assistant Director Madelyn Ivy volunteering for VNA Meals on Wheels deliveries; Jerry Poglitsch and Bob Buchanan at the Acolyte Dinner; a GREAT turnout for the Kickoff Sunday Celebration shindig in the Cloister Garden—complete with balloon artist, fantastic food and caricaturists, the look of wonder on a child's face as he sees balloons come transformed in to a lion; SMES Executive Director Amy McMahan with husband Michael and kids attending the Kickoff !



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that provides year-round access to water for this drought-stricken village. As the Aramasí community is now largely self-sufficient and the local municipality has assumed responsibility for its medical services, Amistad has decreased our presence and focus is centered in Cochabamba. In 1990, building on the successes in Aramasí, Amistad Mission expanded its outreach with the creation of Villa Amistad, a home and safe haven for abandoned, abused and orphaned Bolivian children located in the city of Cochabamba. Beginning with thirty children divided among three houses run by a caretaker affectionately called “Mamá”, Villa Amistad has grown to include eight houses, or families, and more than sixty-five children between the ages of 1 and 16.

In 2004, male and female youth houses were opened near Villa Amistad in order to support our growing teen population. At that same time a vocational training and University program was added. At Amistad, God's children not only come to know the love of a family but also develop integrally through spiritual formation classes, educational teaching, psychological support and medical care. For over 23 years, Villa Amistad has been a place where children are provided with the support they need to overcome their past and grow into self-sufficient and responsible young adults. In 2014, Amistad For Families was started to strengthen vulnerable families to prevent child abuse and abandonment. 50% of Bolivian women suffer intimate-partner violence, the highest rate in the Americas. 23% of Bolivian children experience sexual aggression and over 200,000 children in Cochabamba work, often at the expense of an education. Amistad For Families has addressed these systemic issues and has been recognized by local government as a model of success. Since 2014, over 200 families have been served and 179 parents have completed parenting school (15 sessions). As a result, not a single child of this group has been abandoned to an orphanage.



SAINT MICHAEL'S LEGACY Since 1999, Saint Michael parishioners have played an integral role in enriching the lives of the children at Amistad. This has been accomplished through visits to Bolivia, active participation in the Prayer Friends Program, SMAA’s donation of previously unaffordable materials for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program, and Mission and Outreach’s annual partial sponsorship of Casa Esperanza, one of the eight family houses in the Children’s Village. The long-standing relationship between the children of Amistad and SMAA has grown over the years, and the children of Casa Esperanza affectionately refer to their Dallas friends as “Tío, Tía, Abuela, and Papá” (“Uncle, Aunt, Grandmother, and Father”). This relationship, in turn, has become an important part of the lives of members in the SMAA Prayer Ministry, who actively pray for Amistad and supply prayer partners for the pilgrims while they travel to Bolivia. As a primary ministry in the Mission & Outreach efforts of Saint Michael, 70 parishioners and clergy have visited Amistad over the years including both adult and youth groups. Currently, Kelly Reddell and Mark Demler serve on the Amistad U.S. Board of Directors. SMAA parishioners Maria D’Antoni, Richard D’Antoni, Nancy and Barry Crossman, and Todd Foster have also served on the U.S. Board as well as the late Dana Juett—a Board member and Executive Director for more than 8 years. Sustaining this legacy is important to our Parish and especially important to the Bolivian children in need that are counting on the Amistad Mission to provide a loving, Christian family environment.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: VISIT Build relationships. Relationships with the children of La Villa, and Casa Esperanza. We provide support for the mamás and tias, who work tirelessly to love and care for these children. What can you expect? First of all, if you do not speak Spanish, no problem! Our group will have a dedicated translator, who accompanies our group everywhere we go. During our week at La Villa, we will spend time every day with the children. We attend morning or afternoon prayers together, play, go on travel excursions together, and host a Villa wide cookout - complete with s'mores! We also attend and participate in the Bible study for the mamás and tia’s, which is often one of the most touching experiences as a visitor. The impact of the experience will vary for each visitor, but everyone always returns with the certainty that they have seen the face of Christ in all who they met at La Villa, and Amistad for Families. It is life-changing. This is the ideal time to come on your own, with a friend, with your spouse, or with your family and to reflect on your own lives. The exposure of a struggling and developing country will be an education to some, a reminder to others of the immense blessings we too often take for granted, and a sharp awareness of the challenges within human society that are lived by most of the world’s population. PRAY “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” -Mark 11:24

The children and staff of Amistad love to receive AND send cards! With every U.S. group that visits La Villa, prayer friend cards are a central part of what is packed. The children are always anticipating a loving message from U.S. friends and are ready to reciprocate with the most genuine and creative cards that will make your efforts one of the most rewarding ways you can support this ministry. For more information about our prayer friend ministry contact Terry Demler at tsdemler@gmail.com. FINANCIAL SUPPORT “For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in...” -Matthew 25:35 Amistad Mission’s work is built upon the generosity of our donors. All donations, large or small, regular or occasional, make a significant difference in the lives of the families and children we serve. With your support, children who once suffered from abuse and abandonment can grow up to become Christian leaders in their

community. Families who were once plagued by malnutrition and disease can receive the support they need to break the cycle of poverty. There are a number of ways to donate: Support SMAA by contacting Kelly, Mark, or Christi at: kellyreddell@att.net mdemler@comcast.net cmorrow@saintmichael.org Make a gift online at amistadmission.org Mail a check to Amistad Mission, P.O. Box 23030, Nashville, TN 37202. Thank you for helping us secure a future for those who are unable to help themselves. Amistad Mission is designated by the IRS as a 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.




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here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you – you of little faith!” Chris spoke about how is youngest daughter loves wildflowers, and loves to collect small but beautiful flowers that others might overlook. She’s filled with delight in them! He then turned to the Choristers and told them this is how the congregation of Saint Michael feels about them. Our Choristers add so much to our liturgies every week, and show us the beauty that God has created in this world. They lead us to God, and for that, we love them! Our Choristers were radiant as they heard these words of affirmation from the Rector. Sunday had highlights as well, featuring a ride on a pontoon boat and fishing as well as Morning Prayer. But the real high point of Sunday was the Choristers’ return to Saint Michael, where they sang for the 5:30 p.m. chapel service. The Choristers led rousing hymn singing with the congregation, and also sang a stunning anthem by Felix Mendelssohn. This anthem’s text served as a fitting conclusion to a Chorister Camp full of equal parts fun and beauty:

This is the future of our church, and of the worldwide church!

unique problems facing today’s church is to intentionally build the next generation of church-lovers.

At Chorister camp, we had plenty of fun outdoor activities and we had plenty of musical rehearsals, but the one truly unusual element was the number of liturgies that took place. In the course of two and a half days, our Choristers sang four liturgies: two days of Morning Prayer and two days of Evening Prayer. When people ask us why children should join Saint Michael Choristers, there are all sorts of great answers. We have lots of fun, it’s a great community, and they learn lots about music, leadership, teamwork, and excellence. But one thing I always come back to is that Choristers are the future of the church.

Choristers gives our children their own role in the Liturgy: they have ownership of it. In the words of Thomas Allen, parent of Chorister Juliet Allen, “Church is for everyone – it’s not just for grown ups! To have these children take ownership of their part in worship is really special.” Our Choristers love singing for church – they have hymns and prayers memorized, they know Psalms by heart from chanting them, and they sing about God’s love on a daily basis. This is the future of our church!

At camp, our Choristers sang the daily office, something that few children ever do, let alone for an entire weekend. And what’s more, they loved it! The older ones were proud to be selected to cantor Psalms, and others were excited for the chance to be Lectors. An 8-year-old even correctly pronounced “Pharisees” in the course of one Morning Prayer reading! These Choristers are learning to love the Liturgy, and to love our church. In today’s world, it’s common to hear people lament the future of the church. “Why are there no young families in church?” “We have more funerals than weddings.” It’s easy to see secularization in society and take it as a death-knell for the church. I believe a much more exciting and effective approach to the

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If you know a child who might be interested in joining our intrepid Saint Michael Choristers, please share their information with our music staff ! We have a “Come & See” event coming up at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, SEPT 18 (see ad back cover) where families will join us for a rehearsal, information session, and a dinner together. We’d love to talk to you or your friends about being a chorister. Contact Julia Beckel at jbeckel@saintmichael.org Watch what chorister parent Thomas Allen has to say about the program! Aim your mobile phone camera app at the QR and follow the link that pops up: (or visit https://youtu.be/KAypj_hRDek)

“I will sing of Thy great mercies, O Lord, Of Thy mercies, O Lord, my Saviour, I will sing of Thy great mercies, O Lord, And of Thy faithfulness evermore.” – Psalm 89 THE ARCHANGEL | SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2019


words from Scripture with unaccompanied, chant-like (i.e. speech-like) choral music by recently deceased American Episcopal priest, organist, and composer David Charles Walker.

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experienced one of the worst traumas a parent can experience while on a family vacation in Gloucestershire in 1935: his nine-year old son, Michael, unexpectedly developed polio and died 3 days later. Perhaps it’s no surprise that Howells’ Evensong canticles, written for the cathedral where that tragic vacation took place just a few years after Howells recovered sufficiently to resume composing, have a particular poignancy about them. Further, Howells took organ lessons at Gloucester Cathedral as a teenager, and his son Michael is buried nearby – so much of his life is in this place. I suggest to you that maybe Howells found expression, solace, and inspiration in this music we will hear. The text of these two Gospel canticles, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, come from Mary and Simeon during events surrounding Jesus’ birth. By hearing them sung at our Evensong, especially with the composition described above by Howells, liturgical music will richly connect our remembering, grief, and hope with Christ’s incarnation— incarnation, meaning the embracing of humanity which meant that Christ himself experienced suffering, sorrow, and loss.

While of course all are welcome and invited to our new All Souls Evensong, I hope that if you or anyone you know has experienced the loss of a loved one, you will put Sunday, November 3 at 5:30 PM on your calendar and spread the word! This will be a beautiful, moving occasion when liturgy, music, and Scripture come together to offer us comfort, express our grief, and inspire our faith.

Jonathan Ryan Director of Music and Organist

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Lastly, we will have a special opportunity to remember a loved one following the reading of the necrology and the preceding Nunc Dimittis by Howells: those at this service will be invited to light a candle in memory of their loved one, walk through the choir singing in the chancel, and place that candle on the altar. This can symbolize many things: entrusting our loved one to God; letting go of him or her; allowing our loved one to bring us closer to God; the list goes on. It will be a powerful moment. During this time, the choir will sing assuring



“I thought it would make him more adoptable.” “He seemed scared and I wanted to protect him.” “I wanted him to know he wasn’t alone in his crate because he was part of our church family now.” This child never stops surprising me. She’s not a child who baptizes stuffed animals at home or blesses sandwich bread atop a cardboard makeshift altar. However, she is a child who feels all the feelings intensely, both her own and those of people around her. She has been consumed by the joy baptisms offer our church communities and she knew this dog was lonely and likely afraid. So when she noticed the birdbath full of water, she offered comfort and security to a dog that in her mind

would last far longer than our hugs and kisses. In the months since her inaugural dog baptism, my daughter has gone on to baptize and anoint at least a dozen dogs at Operation Kindness. It’s an act of empathy and kindness that I never imagined would happen when we first started volunteering. So rather than wonder about the doctrine of baptism and whether or not our bishops would approve of such sacramental acts on animals, I laud her generous act. She’s sharing her faith with created beings who need it. She’s welcoming them into our wider family and indeed marking them as Christ’s own forever.

PARISH VIEWS Top: The Saint Michael Choir intently ministering through music

Top Right: The theme of the Jubilee summer

camp was Passport around the World. We asked parishioners to send Jubilee a postcard during their summer travels and they have responded in full force. This is just some of the postcards that they have received!

Right: The Crews family was all smiles at the Kickoff Sunday Celebration! Bottom Right: Associate Director of Music & Organist Meg Harper has a moment with the camera Bottom Left: During the Youth mission trip to

Heifer Ranch, they presented them with a "big check" for the 2018 Easter Plate offering!

Left: One of our Vergers, Mujin Kwun, with Acolyte Master Tony Briggle and Rector Chris Girata before leaving for college at Harvard

GRANT THEM ETERNAL REST May the souls of these faithful departed rest in peace. Trevor Alan Grimm June 30, Patty Thompson (sister) and Tig (brother-in-law) Betty Young Scott July 1, Lillian Greene (granddaughter), Eleanor and Louisa (great-granddaughters) Tedford Eiland "Ted" Kimbell July 5, Nancy Kimbell (wife) Wayne Lee Talley July 7, Rob Baber (brother-in-law) and Lisa (sister-in-law) H. Ross Perot July 9, Nancy Perot (daughter), Suzanne McGee (daughter), and Katherine Reeves (daughter) Phillip W. Shepherd, Sr. July 11, Phillip Shepherd, Jr., Barrett Shepherd, Stephanie Shepherd, and Francesca Shepherd (children) Robert Howard Cooley July 16 Alexa Ward Montez July 20, Kimberley Montez and Alex Foster Montez (parents) John Michael "Mike" Collins, Jr. July 28, Carol Collins (mother) Frank Alan Osborne August 10, Erin Osborne (daughter), Sarah Kate Farmer, James Farmer and Estee Piccagli (grandchildren) John Thomas Evans, II August 17, Debbie Evans (wife), Hayley Fournier (daughter), Carter (son-in-law), Sophia and Madeline (granddaughters), and Preston Evans (son) Mary Lucille Reddell August 19, Michael Reddell (son) and Kelly (daughter-in-law) Sara Elizabeth Hudson August 19, Eugenia King (aunt), Frank-Paul (uncle), Jonathan and Christian (cousins)

BIRTHS No births reported during this issue period



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erhaps, like us, you have historically viewed pledging as an obligation - a part of “doing the right thing.” More recently, we have grown to believe that the gift of giving is in fact a spiritual discipline. We have learned that our giving glorifies God through the community of Saint Michael and All Angels and all of the outreach programs it supports. Our giving is a response to His generosity in our lives. When we look around, we see grace abounding and our hearts are changed.

proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

At Saint Michael, we are blessed and fed through excellent preaching and teaching, beautiful and inspirational music, loving and Christ-like pastoral care, and covenant-based outreach. While good, Saint Michael has not reached its fullest potential in the Kingdom of God. With your help, we can do so much more!

Maria and Richard D’Antoni Stewardship 2020 Chairs

We invite you to journey with us during this stewardship season. Walk with us as we take time to recognize His grace, individually and collectively. Pray with us as we allow our hearts to swell in gratitude. Invite the Holy Spirit to lead you in our journey together. Let’s do this as a community! Remember that old African

The momentum at Saint Michael is palatable and exciting! The sky, or should we say the heavens, is the limit. Join us this year as we increase our financial commitment and watch what the Lord will do!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” - Jeremiah 29:11




Join the Stewardship Committee at the South Entrance to enjoy some complimentary baked goods from the St. Mary’s Guild in appreciation for the bountiful spirit of giving alive at Saint Michael and All Angels!





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