July 7, 2024

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

10am Service

Pastor Katie Holeman Presiding

The Rev. Mike Ferrito Preaching

The Rev. Rodney Davis Deacon

5pm Contemplative Prayer Eucharist

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

The Rev. Rodney Davis

Sunday June 30, 2024

Happy Independence Day!

The Church office will be closed on Thursday & Friday, July 4 & 5 in observance of Independence Day. We will be back in the office on Monday, July 8. We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

We will not have a Weekly Messenger next week while Michelle is on vacation. She will be back in the office Monday, July 15th.

Rev. Mary’s Retirement Celebration

What a fabulous send off we gave her! And it wouldn't have been possible without the help of scores of people. Top of my list of invaluable people are Catherine Curran and Holly Yue, who co-chaired the event with me. Just as valuable were the barkeeps - John Quené, Jan and Jay Bowdler, and Cindy and Greg Dewey; the decorating committee - Jackie Linn, Sue Davis, and Molly Hoever; the food and dessert helpers - Dianne Robbins, Judy Kennedy, Michael Walker, Michael Johnson and Lonnie Struble; the cleanup crew - Susan Johnson, Lisa and Jim Sargent, Dawn and Tyson Wright, Jennine Quiring, and everyone who stacked chairs, cleared and stacked tables, and all those who pitched in wherever and whenever they were needed - Andy Chamness, Kate Muris, Laura Quené, Renée Pierce, Mike Curran, Dorothy Eddings, Gail and Bob McMichael, Brian Davis and the entire Holeman Family.

We also want to thank Emigh Hardware for the donation of the plants and Jim and Pat Cole for the bamboo fencing. 


The event would not have been complete without the wonderful program. Many thanks to the choir, the senior wardens of the last eleven years, Father Rod, Bishop Meghan, Eileen Thomas, Rick Larkey, our fabulous MC, Todd Murray and of course, our faithful videographer, Jack Cozza!


I am sure I have forgotten someone and I apologize. Please forgive me and know that you were appreciated. 

Mary Ellen Ferguson

St. Michael's Serves in the Community

We Can Make a Big Difference for Starr King K-8

School is out for the summer. Hopefully, that triggers many of us to start keeping an eye out for the summer backpack sales. Our partner school, Starr King K-8, greatly appreciates the assistance we have given their students over many years. Last year we collected and donated over 120 new backpacks. Other items that are needed are large containers of hand sanitizer, large boxes of Kleenex, and baby wipes. These items can be dropped off at church on Sunday or in the church office during the week.

You can also make a donation in cash, check or online using the button below. For cash and check donations, please make it out to St. Michaels and indicate on the memo line for Starr King. We will then shop the sales for additional school supplies which they request. Remember, a little done by a lot of us can make a huge difference to many young lives at Starr King K-8. Thank you so much! We will collect them all summer, bless them on August 11th and drop them off the first week of school. Many thanks!


Regular Outreach opportunities

River City Food Bank Center at St. Matthew's - Distribution Prep every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday & Distribution every Wednesday & Friday

Carmichael HART Carmichael Presbyterian Church - Lunch program every Thursday & the Shower Ministry every Saturday

God's Helping Hands Laundry LaunderLand every 3rd Saturday of the month


Weekly Services

10am Sunday Morning Worship Eucharist & Choir also Livestreamed

Nursery opens at 9:30am

5pm Sunday Evening Contemplative Eucharist with Zoom

9am Morning Prayer – Zoom, Monday through Thursday

8:30am Friday Morning Contemplative Eucharist

Baptismal Font

Dear People of St. Michael’s parish. You may notice that the baptismal font has a new home. It will now be at the entry to the church with Holy Water. Placing the baptismal font as you enter the church is an ancient tradition. As you enter the church the font reminds us of our baptism.

It also makes a statement that we have not come to meet with just any random “god” or “divine being” but the one true God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit who has made you heirs with Christ by virtue of your baptismal adoption. Please feel free to dip your fingers in the blessed water and bless yourself. 

Fr. Mike Ferrito

Upcoming Celebration of Life Services


There will be a Celebration of Life service for Marijane Jacobs here at St. Michael's on Sunday July 21, 2024 at 2pm with a reception immediately following.

Choral Masterworks

by John Cozza, Music Director


Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland


In honor of the 4th of July: Copland's Lincoln Portrait is not exactly a "choral" masterpiece, but Lincoln's words are always inspiring and seem especially appropriate at this time of year. Conductor Andre Kostelanetz commissioned Copland to write a musical portrait of an "eminent American" for the New York Philharmonic. Copland chose President Abraham Lincoln, and used material from speeches and letters of Lincoln, as well as original folk songs of the period, including "Camptown Races" and "On Springfield Mountain". Copland finished Lincoln Portrait in April 1942.


For more information, here is a link to the Wikipedia article:

And here is a wonderful live performance from London from 1976 with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein, with one of the great American singers of the 20th Century, bass-baritone William Warfield, narrating:

St. Michael's Children & Youth Connection

Save the Date!

Theater Camp: Finding Nemo Kids

July 19th | 6pm | St. Michael’s

Presenting Finding Nemo Kids! The camp is full but please come out and enjoy the fruits of the labor of over 40 kids, plus youth counselors, and many adults who are putting on this great 30 minute production for your enjoyment. Tickets are available now!


St. Michael's Learns & Connects

Education for Ministry (EfM) - Now taking enrollment


EfM is a program of theological study provided by the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. The study is done in a seminar class and meets once a week during the academic year, under the guidance of trained mentors. If you would like more information about enrolling, please contact Janice Bowdler, janbowdler@comcast.net, or Ellen Cehand, harbawe1961@gmail.com. Financial assistance is available. 

St. Michael's Continuing Studies

On-Going Announcements

St. Michael's Men’s Breakfast

Men's breakfast is on the first Saturday of every month at FlapJacks Diner. The group meets at 8am at the restaurant. FlapJacks Diner is on El Camino Ave. Please reply to Jim Dodds so he will have an idea of the numbers. If you have any additional questions, please contact the office.

Centering Prayer

All are welcome to come and pray! Centering prayer meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month in the Friendship Center and on Zoom. Newcomers are welcome to come at 6:45pm for a Centering Prayer Newcomer Orientation. Centering Prayer begins at 7pm. We will offer a 20 minute centering prayer sit, followed by a variety of contemplative practices. They may include: Lectio Divina, experiential spirituality and occasionally a guest speaker. For more information, please contact the office 916.488.3550 or Chuck Schaller.

Prayers for Pregnant Women & Their Babies

We have an ongoing relationship with the Episcopal Sisters at the Order of Julian of Norwich monastery who pray daily for pregnant women and their babies. If you have name(s) of loved one(s) who are expecting that you would like to have included in the sisters' prayers, please email Fr. Rod at fatherrod@stmichaelscarmichael.org.

Giving Thanks with Flowers!

You can still remember your loved ones and celebrate important moments in your life with the gift of flowers to the church.  

If you would like to give in this way, please let the office know

and what you would like to give thanks for in the bulletin. You can send a check (or drop it off) to the office or pay on-line.  

Name Tags Available

We have name tags available at Sunday morning check in's. Please be sure to grab and wear your name tag before the service. If you are in need of a name tag please let the office know.

St. Michael's Hours

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 9:30am - 1:30pm

Sanctuary and Courtyard are open during office hours. Please let the office know you will be coming. Call 916.488.3550 or email.

Pastoral Hours

Pastor Katie will be available on request. Please email pastorkatie@stmichaelscarmichael.org to schedule.

Fr. Mike will be available on request. Please email Revferrito@outlook.com to schedule.

Fr. Rod will be available on request. Please email fatherrod@stmichaelscarmichael.org to schedule. 


Thank you all for generously supporting St. Michael's and our ministries. We are accepting pledge payments through the mail. We are also accepting online giving. You may have to set up an account to do so. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Kate Muris.

St. Michael's Episcopal Church
2140 Mission Avenue, Carmichael CA 95608
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