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T HE S UNDAY N EWS December 4, 2016

Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church 8011 Douglas Dallas, Texas 75225 214-363-5471

Followers of Christ, Spreading God’s Love



Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church and the second week of Advent. Today we honor the ministry of Shelly Vescovo, who for 37 years has led Adult Formation. Receptions to thank Shelly follow the 9:00 and 11:00 services. Take advantage of the many Advent activities in the coming days as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ. The Christmas Eve worship services schedule is in your bulletin. More are available throughout the church to give to friends.

Honduras Threads Pop-Up Sale Today. Visit the Parlor today and see the new merchandise from the women of Honduras Threads. There are pillows, Christmas tree skirts, table toppers and runners – all supporting the women and their families. Young Adults Meeting at The Ginger Man Today. Saint Michael’s recently formed young adult group, 20s/30s, is meeting from 3:30 to 5:30 today at The Ginger Man at 2718 Boll Street. Snacks will be provided with a cash bar for happy hour drinks. Tacky Christmas attire is recommended. Free childcare is provided at the church. Advent Meditation Booklets Available. Devotions written by parishioners, staff, and clergy are available in the Advent Meditation booklet, which is available at several locations in the church and online at Madalyn Teal to Address Faith and Grief Luncheon. Parishioner Madalyn Teal will speak at Thursday’s Faith and Grief Luncheon beginning at 12:00 Noon in the Coke Activities Room. A box lunch is provided and trained leaders help facilitate conversation. Lunch is free, but donations are appreciated. Make reservations with Katherine Bowen at Clergy Staff Ministry Changes. Rector Chris Girata has announced that The Rev. Lisa Flores Musser, who will return from maternity leave Monday, December 12, will assume leadership of the Worship and Liturgy ministry, and that The Rev. Greg Pickens will become Associate for Pastoral Care. “Lisa is passionate about worship excellence and will bring a host of organizational and liturgical skills to the table to help us grow. Greg has taken the lead in pastoral care during Lisa’s maternity leave and his presence has been a true gift,” the Rector said. Heal the Hurt at the Advent Service of Remembrance and Light, December 15. For many, the holidays are a time of hurt; over the loss of a beloved, relationships turned sour, being alone. The Advent Liturgy of Remembrance and Light seeks to bring peace, healing, and wholeness in the midst of grief on Thursday, December 15 at 6:00 in Saint Michael Chapel. A reception hosted by the Grief Ministry in the Parlor follows the service. Did you know… Our main church building was built in the 1950’s and today our campus spans 13 acres and 187,000 square feet?

…the music in the big church…the warmth of all the clergy.

Parish Clergy The Reverend Christopher Girata, Rector The Reverend Bill Murray, Vicar The Reverend Lisa Flores Musser, Associate for Worship and Liturgy The Reverend Greg Pickens, Associate for Pastoral Care The Reverend Hunter Ruffin, Associate for Mission and Outreach The Reverend Bob Johnston, Associate for Evangelism The Reverend Oliver Butler, Associate for Young Adults The Reverend Michael Harmuth, Sunday Associate The Reverend Rich Towers, Sunday Associate The Reverend Mary Lessmann, Sunday Associate

Parish Vestry Matt Waller, Sr. Warden Kay Whelan, Jr. Warden Grady Schleier, Treasurer Charlie Sartain, Chancellor Margaret Spellings, Clerk Peter Beck, Eric Conner, Mark Demler, Whitney Grogan, Beth Hise, Kathy Kelley, Rachel Morgan, Tom Rhodus, Elizabeth L. Selzer, J.C. Snead, Arnold Spencer, Kay Whelan, and Chris Wiley.

Worship Schedule Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. - Eucharist Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. - Healing Service Saturdays 8:30 a.m. - Eucharist 5:30 p.m. - Candlelight Mass Sunday Services 7:30 a.m. - Eucharist Rite I, SMC 9:00 a.m. - Eucharist Rite II, Church 9:00 a.m. - Discovery Mass, SMC 9:15 a.m. - Joy Mass, Theater 10:00 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. - Eucharist Rite I, Church 11:11 a.m. - Celebration, Parish Hall 5:30 p.m. - Evening Prayer and Eucharist - SMC smaadallas

Priest on Call If you have an urgent need to contact a priest after hours call 214-232-7512. Communications Card Use the card to register as a guest, make prayer requests, RSVPs, and provide information on yourself. Need Prayer Prayer Teams can pray with you after Sunday morning services. Ushers can direct you to private prayer locations. Prayer Candles A $1 donation is appreciated for lit candles in the Bishop Moore and Saint Michael Chapels.

• Consider providing a meal on a Wednesday evening for our Youth LiveWIRE meeting. Contact Lauren at lwainwright@ • Volunteer to cook or serve at the Jubilee Park Seniors’ Christmas Luncheon Thursday, December 15. Sign-up at www.saintmichael. org. Nativity Pageant Sunday, December 18. The story of the birth of Christ will be performed by Saint Michael’s children and youth at 11:00, December 18 in the church. A reception following the pageant will honor the cast members and Emily Given, Director of Children and Family Ministries, who has accepted a position as Director of Participation at an Episcopal Church in suburban Philadelphia. The 11:00 Rite I worship service, normally held in the church, will be in the Saint Michael Chapel. LiveWIRE Christmas Party – December 7. LiveWIRE, our youth Wednesday evening gettogether, is having its Christmas Party December 7. There will be prizes for the tackiest and most creative sweaters, as well as plenty of food and fun! Middle School meets from 5:30-6:30 and High School from 7:00-8:00. Dinner and dessert will be served at 6:30. Youth Winter Retreat Takes Root. This year’s Winter Retreat will tap into the importance of being “Rooted” in an uncertain world when our youth meet at Camp All Saints from January 13-15th.    There will be plenty of fun and community building. The Winter Retreat is for all youth in the 6-12th grades. The cost for the weekend is $115.  Deadline to sign up is December 15th.  Register online at Knitting Ministry, Room Change: The Knitting Ministry is now in the Drake Room on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00. Bring your needles and join us.

Vestry and Diocesan Delegate Nominations Are Open. Nominations are open for people to serve on the Vestry beginning in February, and for delegates to serve at the Diocesan Convention in the fall. The Vestry members (5) and Convention Delegates will be elected at the Annual Meeting on February 26. The deadline for nominations is 4:00 p.m., Friday, December 16. Nomination forms are available from the church receptionist and online at Remember a Loved One - If you would like to remember a loved one this Christmas, fill out the Flower Memorial envelope in the worship bulletin with the names of those you want to honor either in Memory or Thanksgiving, and return it with your check by Friday, December 16. The remembrance will be printed in the Flower Memorial booklet available on Christmas Eve. Envelopes are available at the South Lanai reception desk. Be a Parish Party Underwriter – Save the Date: February 24. Join us for a STELLAR Parish Party on Friday, February 24 at Brook Hollow Golf Club. We are looking for underwriting so that all proceeds can go to the Women of Saint Michael Gifts Committee to fund numerous charities benefitting our community. Get involved and help with the party, or donate items for the auction. If you’re an artist, consider donating one of your creations. This is going to be a party you won’t want to miss! Get more information at or contact Christine Paddock at


Christmas Offerings to Go to Outreach Ministries Seeking Peace and Justice All of the offerings given at Saint Michael’s Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship services will go directly to three ministries seeking peace and justice. The offerings will be divided equally between: Promise House –  supports homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth in Dallas with emergency shelter, transitional living, parenting, counseling, and educational services. North Dallas Shared Ministries  - provides emergency assistance, and programs to achieve long-term stability, wellness, and financial independence to low-income people and families. The Anglican Centre in Rome - works with Christians for justice and peace, and was a leader in establishing a multi-faith network to combat human trafficking. Meals on Wheels Needs Christmas Drivers. Meals on Wheels, which provides food to the elderly and homebound, needs volunteer drivers to cover routes on Christmas Day. It can be a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday by bringing a meal and fellowship to people often forgotten. If you can drive a Meals on Wheels route on Christmas Day, contact Mary Bartholow at Saint Michael Presents Concert “Sold Out.” The Grammy Award winning vocal ensemble, Conspirare, will present its acclaimed Christmas Concert to a “sold out” Saint Michael Presents audience December 11. While the concert is free, all available tickets have been taken. I Believe in Angels Underway – Volunteer for Shopping Day I Believe in Angels provides Christmas gifts for children and seniors living in the Jubilee Park neighborhood. Volunteers are needed to help sort gifts on Friday, December 9 and at the family “shopping” day on Saturday, December 10.  For more information please contact Maria Martin, or Nancy Moore,


Christian Formation Sunday Mornings at 10:00



The Forum

Bible Study

Saint Michael Chapel

Coke Activities Room

Understanding Anti-Semitism Dr. Mark Chancey, SMU Understanding Islamophobia Dr. Mark Chancey, SMU

The Birth of Jesus According to the Gospels


Fellowship Class

ESD Library OMG! I Sound Like My Parents (and What To Do About It)

Parish Hall My Terrible Egyptian Vacation

Oliver Butler

Noralyn and Greg Pickens

Bill Murray

The Birth of Jesus According to the Gospels

How To Grow Up Together in Christ

Running with More than Crackers

Noralyn and Greg Pickens

Billl Murray

Oliver Butler

Children and Youth Sundays @ 10 4th and 5th Grade Blue Room - Youth Center

Childcare Story Keepers Story Telling, Age 3-5 Room 10

The Edge

Catechesis Level One Atrium (2nd Floor) and Power Library

Disciples Confirmation Class 6th Grade Theater

Catechesis Level Two

Rooms 101, 213

Spark: Activate Faith! Kindergarten - Grade 3 ESD Lobby

Youth Sunday School 7th - 12th Grades Green Room - Youth Center

“Heart Of Giving” Supports Outreach Ministries. Heart of Giving is a great way to recognize family, friends, or business associates at Christmas. It supports Saint Michael’s Mission Outreach Ministries: The Good Samaritan Fund, Jubilee Park, Rosebud Indian Reservation, Honduras Mission, the Amistad Bolivia Mission, and Honduras Threads. Heart of Giving cards are available to purchase outside the Book Shop and at the South Lanai reception. The Prayers of the People During the Prayers of the People you are encouraged to offer aloud or silently your own petitions. As you pray, please remember the following people who as of Thursday, December 4, have asked for our prayers: Anne Anderson, Michael Boellhoff, Paulyne Brewer, Vanessa Clark, Doris Cowling, Ken deGruy, Janet Farrow, Melissa Folsom, Jody Guenther, Thomas Hagoort, Royce Hammons, Liam Hawk, Jim Howell, Charlotte Huthnance, Bud Hunsucker, Emily Irwin, Grace and Lynne Jordan, Kate and Dana Juett, Richard Kilgore, Stacey Ligon, John Morrison, Florence Mousseaux, Kathy O'Doherty, Liz Oliphant, Tom Park, Patricia Plettner, Gwen Polk, Ronnie Pratt, Kathryn Miller Rabey, Randy Rekerdres, Katy Rubarth, Ashton Self, Pat Shaw, Bill Simpson, Junie Smith, Kaitland Taylor, Katelyn Thompson, Shelly Vescovo, Valerie Guenther Unger, Darleen & Gene Von Dohlen, Linda Wade, Jack Day Watson lll, Tish Woodruff, Joe Yardley, and Del Zahniser. Great Expectations – Families expecting children: Cindy and Matthew Ford, Caroline and Benjamin Germany, and Sara Rogers. The Altar flowers are given in memory of Mary Ann Barker, Palmer Haworth, John Michael Teal, and in thanksgiving for Palmer Levi Barbera.

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