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


What’s Going on?

posted on, Dec 11, 2014
Click PICTURES below for information
about current ministries and events
Children prepare to welcome Jesus!
Christmas Eve Pageant
SafePlace ANGEL TREE
Bible & Bluebonnets JAO
Adults Gather for study and friendship
Celebrate with our neighbors at Trinity Street
Prayers, Pastoral, Recovery, and more
Ledges=3rd-5th graders
Youth in Hats
All about THE EDGE
All About ADVENT
South Area Launch Team
Register for dinner and ELF
CHRISTMAS
greening – flowers – singing – service times
Amahl
 and the Night Visitors

And a few additional announcements:

    Opportunity to Serve      Baptism       St. Michael’s Pre-School

 


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 BELIEVE:

  • 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.

WE COMMIT TO:

  • 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.

WE WILL SHARE OUR RESOURCES BY:

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

WE INVITE YOU TO:

  • 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?

INCOME

$

Robby’s Salary

13,589

R’s Soc. Sec. Paid by Ch.

15,000

Robby’s pension payment

18,695

R’s Housing Allowance

53,000

Robby’s 403(b) payment

22,000

Dividends and Interest

10,000

Medical Ins. Payment

10,680

R’s Health Savings Acct.

3,090

TOTAL

146,054

GIVING

$

Operating Fund, St. Michael’s

14,000

Bldg. Fund, St. Michael’s

10,000

Op&Bldg. Funds, St. Stph’s, DC

200

Operating Fund, St. Marts,CpCv.

200

Discretionary Fund & Feed Prg.

900

UT and Rice

400

Diocese of Peshawar, Pakistan

1,000

Virginia Theological Seminary

2,000

Flower Fund, St. Michael’s

250

Misc.

500

TOTAL

29,450

–The Rev. Robby Vickery


Thoughts … Fellowship

posted on, Oct 30, 2014


Sunday as part of our baptismal liturgy I will ask the congregation:  Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship? I hope the response is an enthusiastic, “I will, with God’s help.”

This past Saturday we had a great example of fellowship, Trunk ‘r Treat.  Over 150 people of all ages showed up to create a community for several hours.  We ate great tacos, we paraded in our costumes, we auctioned off some marvelous Halloween cakes, we bounced our way through a Bounce House and a LONG obstacle course, and last but not least, we went from car trunk to decorated trunk picking up candy.  People were there from the church, from the preschool, and from friends of such.  You could visit with “old” friends and make new ones.  I mean, if you cannot start a conversation with a Talking Pickle, who can you do so with?
Trunk ‘r Treat happened because some folks served the larger fellowship.  As our children and youth ministers, Leslie Margerrison and Mary Conkling invested hours of planning and execution way beyond their job descriptions.  Youth group volunteers helped monitor the bouncy places.  As chief cook Andy Hines spent the whole day grilling and preparing food.  And since parents had to get little ones home to bed, there was a host of older parents and grandparents who cleaned dishes and tables and policed up trash.
This leads us into our next community celebration, All Saints’ Day.  On November 1 our choir will lead us in worshiping through Mozart’s Requiem, i.e. we shall hear Mozart’s musical settings for a eucharist for the repose of the souls of the dead. On Sunday, November 2 we shall continue celebrating the fellowship we have with all the saints who have served us before.  Come and continue in this fellowship.
–The Rev. Robby Vickery


All Saints’ Day

posted on, Oct 30, 2014
Mozart’s Requiem and Altar of Remembrance
 
Saturday, November 1, 7 pm
 
Come hear beautiful music performed by St. Michael’s Chancel Choir and guests while remembering and honoring those who have died. You are invited to bring pictures and other mementos of loved ones for our Altar of Remembrance.
 
 
Fall Back!
Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before Sunday morning.
 


Thoughts on Stephen Ministry

posted on, Oct 23, 2014

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For the past several years it has been my good fortune to be a Stephen Minister at St. Michael’s.  I have retired from a leadership role, so that there can be new energy and enthusiasm to carry on this special work.  As you will hear on our Stephen Ministry Sunday, the program equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to anyone experiencing difficulties in their lives.  A Stephen Minister is a child of God who walks beside a hurting person sharing God’s continuing love for them by listening, caring, praying, supporting and encouraging.  It is such a privilege to be able to be a channel or conduit of the love of Christ to another.  We truly understand that it is the work of the Holy Spirit that helps love and care for someone and that we are the messengers.  I want to say thanks to Barbara Rusling who brought this program to St. Michael’s and to the clergy who support us.  I would especially like to thank Robby for his confidence in us over these many years.  The privilege of being part of this program is probably the best job I have ever had and I will always be grateful.  I plan to continue to be a Stephen Minister as long as possible.

– Patricia Newton

Look for Stephen Ministry Training Class coming in January!

Want to receive the care of a Stephen Minister?

Want to become a Stephen Minister?

Contact one of these Stephen Leaders:

Julie De Wette 

Michael Donegan 

Liz Wyckoff