What’s Going On?

posted on, Jan 29, 2015
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Children experience Bible,
3-5 graders = LEDGES
Youth = THE EDGE
Adult Classes and Groups
Outreach: gently worn athletic shoes needed
Prayers and Pastoral and
Recovery Ministries
Adult Confirmation
2015 Vestry
2015 budget NEEDS YOU!
South Area Launch Team
New Training Class
Ash Wednesday Cross
Fat Sunday Pancakes; Ash Wednesday; + a concert!
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13th/14th-Month Pledge Campaign

posted on, Jan 24, 2015
Thoughts from the Vestry …
The pledge response so far in 2015 leaves us with a budget that supports ZERO Outreach and still has a projected deficit of almost $30,000. Because Outreach is a core principle of St. Michaels, and since we have already cut the budget to the bone everywhere else, we are doing a “13th/14th Month Pledge Campaign” much like we did in 2010 with our very successful 13th Month Campaign. By this we mean that we are requesting parishioners to increase their pledge for 2015 by another one or two months’ worth (that is, increase it by 1/12th or 2/12th). For example: If your pledge was $2,400, then your pledge for 2015 would become $2,600 – to support a 13th Month level contribution, or $2,800 to support a 14th Month level contribution. ($2,400/12=$200; $2,400 + $200 = $2,600; $2,400 + $200 + $200 = $2,800).
If we are able to achieve a 14th month level of participation, we will be able to restore $85,000 to Outreach and have a balanced budget. If we are able to achieve a 13th Month level of participation, we will be able to restore $42,000 to Outreach and have a $15,000 deficit budget (same level of deficit we had for 2014 when we actually did $51,700 in outreach and finished $5,645 in the BLACK).
Because we are operating without a budget we must accelerate this phase of the campaign. We need to receive your updated pledge cards by February 9th. You can pick up a pledge card in the Narthex or simply email Steve Hamilton with your instructions. You can find more information about the 13th/14th Month Pledge Campaign as well as a pledge card here 13th/14th Month Campaign.  We ask that you prayerfully consider supporting this expanded campaign which will allow St. Michael’s to provide the missionary work that is fundamental to our core.

Is Your Youth Missing Out? Are You Missing Out?

posted on, Jan 9, 2015

Why do we have a full time Youth Minister? Because, as we shall say in our baptismal liturgy January 11, it is important to continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship.  I was copied on the note below from a parishioner to our Youth Minister, Mary Conkling.

Xyz and I have just returned from our day of helping you and the youth group with the mini-mission trip and I wanted to take a minute to write down some of my thoughts and feelings about the day.  I am so impressed with you and with what you do for the youth.  We did so much today – Xyz and I were only with you from 9 until 8 and when I think back to all the things that we did, it feels like we were with you for a couple of days.  The variety of activities was awesome.  I don’t think anyone was bored, but the thing that impresses me the most is what you were actually providing for these teens.  Everyone that was there today was in high school and you provided them with a great time, interaction with peers, activities that they may not otherwise do because they might feel that they are too old or too cool to do anymore, and they did it all and really enjoyed themselves!  They were able to act like kids! It speaks volumes that these teens would give up the last few days of their holiday to be together and with you. What a special group!

Thanks for letting us be a part of this memorable day.  We got so much out of it and really enjoyed ourselves too! And thanks again for being such a positive role model for [our daughter]! We love having you in her life!  [signed: a parent]

Mary does a great job of nurturing the youths and the adults who work with the youth program in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship.  Pray about whether you need to help your youth take part.  Pray about whether you need to volunteer to help the program.

–The Rev. Robby Vickery


Prayers for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

posted on, Dec 31, 2014

O God our Creator, you have divided our life into days and seasons, and called us to acknowledge your providence year after year: Accept your people who offer their praises, and, in your mercy, receive their prayers; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Most gracious and merciful God, you have reconciled us to yourself through Jesus Christ your Son, and called us to new life in him: Grant that we, who begin this year in his Name, may complete it to his honor and glory; who lives and reigns now and for ever. Amen.

– from Prayers for Pastors and People, pp 227-228 (Church Hymnal Corp. 1984)

Thoughts About St. Lucy …

posted on, Dec 11, 2014


Lucy, or Lucia, was martyred at Syracuse, Sicily, during Diocletians’s reign of terror (303-304). Her catacomb tomb can still be visited. Known mostly for her purity of life and gentleness of spirit she was soon venerated and became popular throughout the church.

Lucy, whose name means light, became very popular in Scandinavia because her feast day,December 13, was for many years the shortest day of the year (the winter solstice date changed to December 21with the Gregorian calendar reform in 1582). Her feast day became a symbol of the gradual return of the light during the very short and dark winter days. Even today, Lucy’s day is a festival of light that is kept in churches and homes.

In the home version, the children dress in white (symbol of Lucy’s purity) with a red sash (symbol of her martyrdom), and carrying candles and singing, bring freshly baked breakfast saffron buns to their parents. It used to be only the girls did this, but nowadays boys join in, wearing a star hat and also carrying candles.

 You will also see St. Lucy observances in churches, schools, hospitals, care centers, and more. A procession of children and young people “bring in the light”, sing songs, including Sankta Lucia, and distribute saffron buns. The leader of the procession, “Lucia” has been chosen (it’s quite a competition) and wears a wreath crown with candles and everyone else follows carrying candles and stars.


On December 14, our Sunday School children will come into church in Lucia processions, carrying candles, and presenting saffron scented bread at the offertory. The Music Team and Chancel Choir will get in the spirit with the singing of translation of Swedish version of Sankta Lucia to the tune of traditional Neapolitan boating song.

– The Rev. Janne Alro Osborne, Associate Rector

Advent is Here – version .2

posted on, Dec 2, 2014

Advent II resized



Check out this updated version with links to various Advent calendars from around the church. Learn about Advent and find lots of great activities and traditions.

Two Recent Vestry Actions

posted on, Nov 28, 2014

 1.     Our Vestry authorized in principle the negotiation of a lease for St. Michael’s south campus. This is part of our church community learning to be more invitational, reaching out, not just waiting for people to find us by driving up our long drive way. This campus would still be part of the ONE church family that is St. Michael’s. The idea is “two altars/one church.” Just like our four current services share clergy, one vestry, one set of financial and congregational records, a youth minister, etc., this fifth service would too. We are currently working on a lease with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for its auditorium complex. The lease would be for six months.  Any services in the south MoPac area are contingent upon receiving a Diocesan Strategic Mission Grant. Such a grant, with restricted funds currently held by St. Michael’s, would enable the operation of the second campus without any funds from St. Michael’s operating fund for one and up to possibly two years.  Keep this mission in your prayers. We are looking at starting this in February.  Do you know anyone who lives out south you could invite to it?  For that matter, do you know anyone you could invite to our current site this Advent?

 2.     Our Vestry authorized the acceptance of the donation of the used organ from our brothers and sisters at St. Luke’s on the Lake.  (They are getting a new organ.)  Having the option of organ music has been the desire of a significant number of people at St. Michael’s for a while, though it is still envisioned that for the foreseeable future piano will remain our primary musical instrument.  Even though the organ is being donated, there are still costs associated with it:

     $20,000     Construction of tone chambers to hold the speakers

     $  1,500     Engineering

     $  2,500     Installation

     $     250     Transportation

     $24,250     TOTAL

This cost will be paid out of the building fund. NOTE:  The first $21,500 are not specific to this organ.  Such tone chambers are a permanent improvement on the building and are necessary for this or any future organ using speakers.  Such chambers were not designed in the original construction of the building because it was not known then when and how St. Michael’s would use such an organ.

Let me or a Vestry member (e.g. Senior Warden Ron Olson or Junior Warden Ann Harwood) know if you have any questions or comments about either of the above actions.

– The Rev. Robby Vickery

posted on, Nov 28, 2014
cross-from JAO office
Phyllis Vaughn
died on Wednesday, November 26, 2014
May her soul, and the souls of all the departed, rest in eternal peace 
and may light perpetual shine upon them. 
Please keep her husband Daniel and their whole family in your prayers.
The Burial Service will be celebrated
Friday, December 5, 2014, 2 pm, at St. Michael’s.
followed by a reception in the church entryway.

posted on, Nov 21, 2014

2014/15 Stewardship Statement

posted on, Nov 13, 2014


  • We are created in the image of a generous, loving and self-giving God.
  • All that we are, all that we have and all that we need comes from God.
  • God calls us to be generous and loving.
  • We are called to celebrate God’s blessings by giving joyfully.


  • Giving to God the first portion of our time, talent, money and all our resources – not merely the leftovers.
  • Nurturing an ever-deepening spiritual relationship with God.


  • Tithing, or
  • Working intentionally toward a full tithe, or
  • Giving in a sacrificial way.


  • Open your heart to experience the joy of giving.
  • Dare to imagine a stronger connection with God that manifests itself in a growing ministry to and for one another and the world.

Join the Vestry, Clergy, Finance Commission and Stewardship Committee of St. Michael’s by signing this statement on the poster in the entryway.

--The Vestry of St. Michael’s Church 


It’s that time of year …

posted on, Nov 8, 2014

It is the time of year to be talking with God about how God wants you to allocate the financial resources he has put in your trust in the coming year.  Below is how the Vickerys are thinking about this. What is God saying to you?



Robby’s Salary


R’s Soc. Sec. Paid by Ch.


Robby’s pension payment


R’s Housing Allowance


Robby’s 403(b) payment


Dividends and Interest


Medical Ins. Payment


R’s Health Savings Acct.






Operating Fund, St. Michael’s


Bldg. Fund, St. Michael’s


Op&Bldg. Funds, St. Stph’s, DC


Operating Fund, St. Marts,CpCv.


Discretionary Fund & Feed Prg.


UT and Rice


Diocese of Peshawar, Pakistan


Virginia Theological Seminary


Flower Fund, St. Michael’s






–The Rev. Robby Vickery