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  • 2015 Stewardship Campaign Launched

    The 2015 Stewardship Campaign kicked off in October under the leadership of Mary and Rosser Newton. More than 85 parishioners have joined the Stewardship Committee which will be commissioned at the 11:00 worship service in the Church on Sunday, October 5.

    In letters sent to parishioners the Rector, Bob Dannals, and the Newtons said, Our financial commitment to Saint Michael provides spiritual growth, vision, and strength enabling us to collectively fulfill our Christian mission. With your pledged gifts, the needs of our parish, our community, and the world around us are supported.

    The Newtons emphasized that a major goal of the campaign is to increase the participation level of the entire churchs membership. No gift is too small, they said. Your pledge will make a difference. Pledge cards, included in the mailings, can be returned with the enclosed envelope, or pledges can be made online at www.saintmichael.org/stewardship-pledge-form/.

    There are many ways to give to Saint Michael to fulfill a pledge: appreciated stock, insurance policies, or real estate to name a few. If you have questions about your pledge contact Mary Kardell, Director of Giving, at mkardell@saintmichael.org.

    Volume 25, No. 11

    cont. on page 19

    The Newsletter for Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church

    October 2014

    Light MastersAs we enter the heart of the stewardship season at Saint Michael and All Angels, a central question

    about our giving is who hit the light switch and caused us to be givers, rather than just takers? Each time we express some iteration of that question, I suspect hundreds think briefly of the person(s) who held that distinction in their life. The

    light masters!

    A young boy upon entering the Taft School in Connecticut was writing home to his parents. When he came to the paragraph where he described the chapel, he wrote: The windows are beautiful. They are blue and gold and they have pictures of famous people who were important in Gods time.

    It seems to me that the greater truth of this boys writing is not so much that the saints he saw in the stained glass were famous; as it is that they were important in Gods time.

    A consistent theme during this season is the hope that every child, teenager, and adult crosses paths with at least one exemplar of giving who hits the light switch and transforms ones life. In my case it was my parents, who expected us to be tithers, plus. They were supported by our church who gave out pledge cards to children in the fall and mite boxes in the spring. Every stewardship season we were invited to consider our blessings, what we had received from God, and to have an answering, concrete response in giving time and money.

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    Luther LectureDr. Larry

    Rasmussen

    Blood Drive

    Newcomers Luncheon with The Rector

    Blessing of the Animals

    Nativity Pageant

    Auditions

    Women of Saint Michael

    Luncheon

    Family Instructed Eucharist

    Distinguished Lecture SeriesScott Bader-

    Saye

    Fall Festival Trunk or Treat

    and Chili Cook Off

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    Rosser Newton Family

  • 2Stewardship

    We give to Saint Michael and All Angels because its many services, classes, and activities provide an excellent foundation for both adults and children to understand people, make decisions, and discover how all the pieces of life fit together. It provides a positive spiritual foundation for our daughter.

    It is important tosupport our church and help it continue operating at a high level.

    Kathy, Roger and Katelyn Maxwell

    We feel that stewardship is not just about giving money, its about giving everything.

    Lindsay and Sutton Wheeler

    We give to the Church because of what it gives back to us. We have had both children baptized at Saint Michael and are raising our children here. The spiritual gifts (and guidance!) are a benefit and we have gained a great sense of community from the Church. Our kids look forward to Joy Mass, Trunk or Treating, Easter celebrations, Junior VBS and playground play dates to name a few. All of these activities and experiences come at a cost to the Church and we try to do our part to support that.

    Brad, Tiffany, Bennitt and Ford Davis

    Saint Michael and All Angels is a place for our family to grow in love

    - for Christ, for others, and for ourselves.

    Give thanks to the God of Heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 136:26

    Elizabeth, John, and Graham Selzer

    For our family, stewardship is the completion of the circle of faith. We receive so much from Saint Michaels for the enrichment and strengthening of our faith.

    So it is only right to give back to our church community in order for others to be supported in faith as well.

    Mark and Melinda Knowles Family

    Every man shall give as he is able, according tothe blessing of the LORD your God which He

    has given you.

    Deuteronomy 16:17

    Every man shall give as he is able, according tothe blessing of the LORD your God which He

    has given you.

    Deuteronomy 16:17

    Every man shall give as he is able, according tothe blessing of the LORD your God which He

    has given you.

    Deuteronomy 16:17

    Every man shall give as he is able, according tothe blessing of the LORD your God which He

    has given you.

    Deuteronomy 16:17

    Every man shall give as he is able, according tothe blessing of the LORD your God which He

    has given you.

    Deuteronomy 16:17

    Every man shall give as he is able, according tothe blessing of the LORD your God which He

    has given you.

    Deuteronomy 16:17

    Every man shall give as he is able, according tothe blessing of the LORD your God which He

    has given you.

    Deuteronomy 16:17

    Every man shall give as he is able, according tothe blessing of the LORD your God which He

    has given you.

    Deuteronomy 16:17

    Every man shall give as he is able, according tothe blessing of the LORD your God which He

    has given you.

    Deuteronomy 16:17

    Every man shall give as he is able, according tothe blessing of the LORD your God which He

    has given you.

    Deuteronomy 16:17

  • 3Stewardship

    When you take stock of what is important in your life, right up there at the top is Saint Michaels always has been, always will. I want it to be important in my grandsons life, too. I give to ensure we can make that happen.

    Pam Barbera

    Phil and I are so blessed with gifts from God -- 4 great children, 2 adorable granddaughters, good health, a nice home in a safe community in a free country, a vibrant church parish, and most of all, the gift of His Son. We pledge each year to give back and not just take Gods gifts for granted. Our church means so much to us and Saint Michael is the recipient of our largest contribution each year.

    Sheryl and Phil Wylie

    Stewardship is an opportunity to give back a portion of all that God has given us and to show our children the importance of sharing time and treasure with our church and community.

    Pressley and Jamey Peters

    Stewardship is giving back in terms of time, talent and finances. Saint Michael and All Angels offers an abundance of opportunities to give back in many ways. We think about the joys of life we have received, and look for opportunities and ministries to give back to others through our parish family.

    John Bergner and Chuck Stewart

    Most living God, whose generosity has given us all that we

    have: Grant us grace that we may honor you with our substance and service, and, remembering the account which we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your bounty. We ask you to bless our effort of giving, the recipients of these letters and pledge cards of our parish - which represent out tithes and offerings. All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Stewardship PRAYER

    Every man shall give as he is able, according tothe blessing of the LORD your God which He

    has given you.

    Deuteronomy 16:17

    Every man shall give as he is able, according tothe blessing of the LORD your God which He

    has given you.

    Deuteronomy 16:17

    Every man shall give as he is able, according tothe blessing of the LORD your God which He

    has given you.

    Deuteronomy 16:17

    Every man shall give as he is able, according tothe blessing of the LORD your God which He

    has given you.

    Deuteronomy 16:17

    Every man shall give as he is able, according tothe blessing of the LORD your God which He

    has given you.

    Deuteronomy 16:17

    Every man shall give as he is able, according tothe blessing of the LORD your God which He

    has given you.

    Deuteronomy 16:17

    Make your pledge today. You can complete your pledge card and return it to the church, or you can pledge online at www.saintmichael.org/stewardship-pledge-form/.

  • 4Homecoming

    Homecoming Kicks Off Fall at Saint Michael and All Angels

    It was good food, good fellowship, and the good ole gospel hymns as Saint Michael kicked off the fall on Sunday, September 7.

    Grammy Award winner Larry Gatlin led the singing of some of the great old gospel music at church worship services and the Ministry Fair in the north parking lot showcased Saint Michaels 100-plus ministries to parishioners. Kids had fun climbing the rock wall and dunking priests and youth ministers, while everyone chowed down on a great breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, and biscuits.

  • 5Homecoming

    Homecoming Photos by Ray Hand and Smokey Goodrich