May 5, 2024

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

10am Service

The Rev. Rodney Davis Presiding

Pastor Katie Holeman Preaching

The Rev. Mike Ferrito Deacon

5pm Contemplative Prayer Eucharist

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

The Rt. Rev. Megan Traquair

Sunday May 5, 2024

St. Michael's Serves in the Community

St. Michael’s Annual Diaper Drive

Begins this Sunday, May 12

Mark your calendar! Our 7th annual Mother’s Day Diaper Drive benefitting the clients at River City Food Bank will run from Sunday, May 12 – Sunday, June 16. Last year we supplied over 13,500 diapers to River City Food Bank, yet they still disappeared in a blink of an eye. This year we are challenging neighboring churches and communities to join us in this year's collections so we can work to double this number! We are grateful for any and all support.

There are a couple ways to support this outreach ministry if you choose to. You can contribute financially by dropping off or mailing a check to St. Michael’s (adding Diapers to the memo line) or making a donation online toward the Diaper Drive using the button below. Or, a St. Michael's favorite, bringing in box(es) of diapers (sizes 3 - 5 are especially in demand by the RCFB clients) to the St. Michael’s office on Sundays and throughout the week during office hours. Thank you for your continued support!

Diaper Drive Donations



Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 8am


 Plan now to attend and ask your friend(s) to join you.

AND… start cleaning out your cupboards, closets, and drawers.

Drop off's begin Sunday, June 9  

The Indoor Yard Sale needs collectables, jewelry, art, silver, china, decorator items, books, linens, kitchen items, sporting goods, children’s books, games, toys and lightly used clothing and shoes for all ages.  

AND … if you want to join the set up fun, we need volunteers the week of! Sunday, June 9 through Saturday, June 15  


If you want to volunteer see Marcie or Gail in the Parish Hall after Sunday services or for more information contact: 

Marcie Larkey 916-488-6960, Gail McMichael 916-359-3506 


Bookmarks, posters & flyers will be available beginning Sunday, May 12, 2024.

Watch for additional information in the June Messenger.

Help Feed the Food Barrel!

Have you noticed the Food Barrel in the Narthex? It is for donations of non-perishable food items which are taken to River City Food Bank by Harriette and Jack Carr (Thank you!). In addition to all the families that RCFB serves, they have many clients that do not have the ability to prepare food, many of which are homeless. Items that do not need any preparation are ideal to donate in the food barrel giving RCFB an opportunity to give something healthy to all their clients. We hope you take this opportunity to join us in Feeding the Food Barrel!

Additional Outreach opportunities can be found on our website calendar linked below!



Rev. Mary’s Retirement Celebration

Sunday, June 30, 2024

4pm in Parish & Johnstone Halls

More details to follow in the coming weeks. Please contact Mary Ellen Ferguson if you would like to participate.

There will be no 5pm Contemplative Service this day, June 30th. 

St. Michael's Strategic Plan

Last year the vestry worked with the congregation to develop a plan for the next two years. Because we are in a big transition, Rev. Mary is retiring June 30th and the beginning process of the search for new rector has begun, we are publishing that plan online so you all can see it and look for areas you may feel called to participate in. The Vestry, the world café participants, and those who worked on the objectives are to be commended on a great plan that is very comprehensive. I hope we all find ways to participate in the action of the plan, especially life-giving ways that can grow all our faith and trust in God.

P.S. This plan is meant to be a flexible, working document - not something set in stone.

The Plan

St. Michael's Learns & Connects

You are cordially invited:

EfM Graduation at Trinity Cathedral

Thursday, May 30th at 7pm

Our St. Michael’s EFM group has 2 graduates this year, Tammy Murray and Martie Goodson-Scott. For more information please contact Janice Bowdler or Ellen Cehand.

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 Continuing Studies

Forward Day by Day's Available

The new Forward Day by Day's for May - July 2024 are available on Sundays in the Narthex and at the office during business hours, Monday - Friday from 9:30am - 1:30pm.

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 will be May 19th on Pentecost!

This is a GREAT day to get baptized! If you are interested or know anyone who might be interested in getting baptized please connect with the office.

Inquire about baptism

Want to check out a new ministry?

Check out volunteer opportunities in worship

This summer is a great opportunity for you to serve in a new - to you - lay ministry. We need volunteers in the following ministries:  Greeters, Ushers, and Altar Guild.  If you are friendly and are willing to come 20-30 minutes before the service, please consider greeting - contact Mary Ellen Ferguson with your interest.  If you are interested in directing and assisting those in worship, please consider ushering - contact Jay Bowdler with your interest.  If the background/support work appeals to you and you enjoy your time in the sanctuary, plus you like working as part of a team, please consider Altar Guild and contact Laura Quene with your interest. We believe in equal opportunities for all our members!

Piano Meditation

by John Cozza, Music Director

 Brahms--Intermezzo in E-flat, Op. 117/i

Sharing the May 7 birthday of last week's composer Tchaikovsky is the German/adopted Austrian composer Johannes Brahms. Here is one of my very favorite works for piano, written in a burst of creative energy after Brahms had unofficially "retired" from composition, along with the other short gems of Op. 116-119. Composed in 1892-3 in the last years of Brahms' life, these pieces are infused with a lonely sense of deep introspection. Above the score of this Intermezzo Brahms placed these words of the poet Herder's Scottish Folk Songs: "Sleep softly my child, sleep softly and beautifully. It grieves me so to see you weep."

St. Michael's Children & Youth Connection

St. Michael's hosting

Capital Deanery Vacation Bible School 

Adult Volunteers needed! Please contact Pastor Katie.

More info found on our Children & Youth Page.  

Register Here

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 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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