March 31, 2024

Easter Sunday

10am Service

The Rev. Mary Claugus Preaching & Presiding

Pastor Katie Holeman Deacon

The Rev. Rodney Davis

& The Rev. Dr. Mike Ferrito Assisting

No 5pm Contemplative Prayer Eucharist this week

Palm Sunday

The Rev. Mary Claugus

Sunday March 24, 2024

Alleluia! Christ has Risen. The Lord has Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

I want to wish you all a very happy Easter and I hope it is filled with resurrection, love, grace, joy and chocolate!

Here is a poem I would like to share with you. It is a product of our wonderful spiritual writing class taught by Marilyn McEntyre during our Lent preparations.

Faithfully and with love, Rev. Mary

Everyday begins with the sun rising in the east …

           we are Awakened to the Dawn of a New Day

                       filled with Possibilities

                                   if we can let it.

Things go right

and things go wrong.

Even so,

each day the sun Rises

and each day the sun Sets.

At its setting – we put it away – the day.

Deep in us – somewhere – we

understand that we finished


           Let it go

                       REST, says GOD

                                   and let yourself be made


again and again and again and again



Prune the vines of dead branches

           Make              way

                       for energy to come

                                   to invigorate   you.

Be invigorated first

with HOPE

           then with LOVE

                       you will then have a new life.

For if we carry the Dead Weight with us

           there will be no room

                       for new.


and it will come to you.

Let expectations of Good

                                   or Bad

Go                  and instead …

be ready to be


Be amazed that the dead lifeless bulb

surrounded by nothing – when placed in dirt – becomes

a tulip – bright and strong.

Be amazed that in letting an old friendship go – one that

died years ago – in its place a new one blooms

filled with wonder and possibilities.

Be amazed that when you let go of a worn out

           image of God

                       one that is …

                                   Vengeful Angry Mean

And in its place a

Loving Forgiving Wonderful Joyful

God               will

           move into your

                       heart and soon

your desire for

Vengeance Anger and meanness




You are filled with





Resurrected into a new person

on a new day

into new life.

The office will be closed on Easter Monday, April 1st (no April Fools jokes here! ;)

We will be back in the office on Tuesday, April 2nd.

Holy Week Worship Services

Thursday, March 28th - 7pm Maundy Thursday (with Livestream)

Maundy Thursday Dinner at 5:30pm in Parish Hall

Gethsemane Watch Beginning 8pm to 8:30am Friday March 29.

Friday, March 29th - Good Friday Services

8:30am & Noon Stations of the Cross

7pm The Passion of Christ (with Livestream)

Saturday, March 30th - 7pm Easter Vigil 

(with Livestream)

Sunday, March 31st - 10am Easter Sunday

(with Livestream)

Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch immediately following the service.

Bulletins for Holy Week livestreamed services are linked below!

Maundy Thursday Bulletin
Good Friday 7pm Bulletin
Easter Vigil Bulletin

St. Michael's Learns & Connects

Confirmation & Reception into the Episcopal Church classes coming in Easter!

Youth classes will be offered on Thursday's, April 11 - May 2 at 4:15pm. For information about the youth class, please connect with Pastor Katie.

Adult classes will be offered on Sunday's, April 7, 14, 21, 28 from 11:45am to 1:15pm in the Friendship Center.

We will cover Church History, Worship, Outreach, and Evangelism

Contact the office if you have questions.

Sign Up!

St. Michael's Episcopal Church Scholarships

St. Michael's Church has been offering Scholarships to college and trade school students since 2002. The Scholarship is designed to open the doorway to a college education or vocational training, by offering partial financial assistance, to assist the student with tuition, enrollment fees, books, and/or supplies. 

Criteria for Candidates

  • Must be an active member or the child or grandchild of active members of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church or St. Matthew’s Mission.
  • Must be enrolled or enrolling in a two or four year accredited college or technical/trade school.
  • It is recommended that the applicant has a G.P.A. of 3.0 and Community Service Credits and/or work experience.

Scholarship applications can be found on our website below. Applications should be submitted by May 31st.

Scholarship Application

St. Michael's Children & Youth Connection

St. Michael's Easter Egg Hunt

Our Easter egg hunt will be held in the Courtyard immediately after our 10am Easter Morning service. All children will be invited to join in. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to hold this event! Thank you for all your help. Pr. Katie

St. Michael's hosting the Capital Deanery Vacation Bible School 

June 24 - 28th | 9 am - 1 pm | St Michael's, Carmichael


Churches are welcome to participate in our Capital Deanery Vacation Bible School (VBS) Day-Camp this summer at St. Michael's in Carmichael. Planned in collaboration between Faith Cameron Park, St Michael's, and Trinity Cathedral - this day camp will be a place of celebration and fun for kids 4 years old - entering 5th Grade. Entering 6th graders and up are welcome to attend as camp helpers for free!  


Cost is $50 for each child, with a cap of $90 for every family. The day will include outdoor play, chapel time, a focus for each day (art, STEM, drama, cooking, water) that provides learning, enrichment, and most importantly fun! All campers are expected to bring their own lunch.  


Click here to register. 

Register Here
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St. Michael's Serves in the Community

Rise Against Hunger

Saturday April 20th, 12 - 2pm

Parish & Johnstone Halls

Come pack meal bags that reach hungry people throughout the world. It is a very fun event and a great opportunity to gather as community to do something for those in need.


Last year we packed over 15,000 meals that went to support those in need in Vietnam. Come be a part of this super fun event!


Please sign up on their website. If you have questions or need help please contact the office. If you are willing to help with set up or clean up please let us know!

Register Here

Starr King Hygiene Kits

Your are invited to support Starr King's 5th Grade hygiene unit by donating items for hygiene kits for the students in the class. This is the third year of this ministry. The students appreciate receiving these items. We have created a Target Community Registry for your convenience. You can participate either in store or online! The link for the registry is included below.


Items needed are:

  • deodorant/antiperspirant
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • shampoo
  • soap
  • body and face wash

Please note, items can be purchased from stores other than Target if preferred. If you have additional questions on the registry please talk to Rev. Mary or the office.

Target Registry

Walk Out Parkinson's

Join our St. Michael's team to support the annual "Walk Out Parkinson's" on Saturday, April 6th at 9am at Maidu Park. We are rallying around our team leader, longtime parishioner, and choir member Kay Griffin (and in doing so, you will be supporting all those with Parkinson's). Please contact the office if you would like to join the St. Michael's team!

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 nm

11:45am Thursday Noon Day Prayer – Zoom

8:30am Friday Morning Contemplative Eucharist


Baptisms are coming up! If you are interested or know of anyone who might be interested in getting baptized please connect with the office.

Inquire about baptism

Choral Masterworks

by John Cozza, Music Director


 St. John Passion, BWV 245 by Bach


With the Triduum just a few days away, here is a meditation for Good Friday. The Passio secundum Joannem or St John Passion (GermanJohannes-Passion), BWV 245, is a Passion or oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach, the older of the surviving Passions by Bach. It was written during Bach's first year as director of church music in Leipzig and was first performed on April 7, 1724, at Good Friday Vespers at the St. Nicholas Church.

The structure of the work falls in two halves, intended to flank a sermon. The anonymous libretto draws on existing works (notably Brockes') and is compiled from recitatives and choruses narrating the Passion of Christ as told in the Gospel of Johnariosos and arias reflecting on the action, and chorales using hymn tunes and texts familiar to a congregation of Bach's contemporaries.


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

And here is a very moving live performance by English conductor and Early Music specialist John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir:

St. Michael's Fundraiser

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Bishop Megan is coming to St. Michael's

Sunday, May 5th, 2024


The Rt. Rev. Megan Traquair will be preaching and presiding at our 10am service. Bishop Megan will confirm, receive, and reaffirm at this service as well. She will also join us for coffee hour. Please mark your calendars!

If you are interested in Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation, please let Rev. Mary know. We are planning Youth and Adult classes beginning April 7th, more information below.

For more information on Confirmation

Diocesan 2024 Fearless Faith Revival

Registrations are open now! To register or for more info use the buttons below or check out their website!

Register Here
More Info

St. Michael's Episcopal Day School News

St. Michael's Celebration of The Episcopal Day School's 60th Anniversary - Sunday, April 28th

We will celebrate our ministry with the Day school for the past 60 years. Our founding rector, The Rev. Thurlow Baker began the Day school shortly after St. Michael's became a parish of the Diocese of California. Over the past 60 years, it grew from a preschool to what it is today, a well respected Episcopal and Independent preschool through 8th grade School.

Mary Heise, the Head of School will join us, with the President of the Board of Trustees to share with us some highlights.

Come celebrate with us at Coffee Hour after the April 28th 10am service.

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 via 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 916.390.3465.

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

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

Rev. Mary will be available on request. Please call the office to schedule.


Pastor Katie will be available on request. Please email 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.

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2140 Mission Avenue, Carmichael CA 95608
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