June 16, 2024

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

& Celebrating Father's Day

10am Service

The Rev. Mary Claugus Presiding

Pastor Katie Holeman Preaching

The Rev. Mike Ferrito Deacon

& The Rev. Rodney Davis Assisting

5pm Contemplative Prayer Eucharist

The Third Sunday after Pentecost

The Rev. Mary Claugus

Sunday June 9, 2024

Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 15 - Indoor Yard Sale

Sunday, June 16 - Father's Day & End of Diaper Drive

Sunday, June 23 - Prison Contemplative Ministry Presentation

Monday, June 24 - Friday, June 28

Deanery Vacation Bible School

Sunday, June 30 - Rev. Mary's Retirement Celebration

Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 19 - St. Michael's Theater Camp

Friday, July 19 - St. Micheal's Theater Camp Production of Finding Nemo

Rev. Mary’s Retirement Celebration

Please contact Mary Ellen Ferguson, Holly Yue or Catherine Curran if you would like to participate. RSVP through the Punchbowl Invitations. The 5pm Contemplative Service will be cancelled on this day.

To contribute to a gift for Rev. Mary please make your check out to St. Michael's with "Farewell gift" in the memo line, place a donation in a marked envelope on Sunday or use the one time Donate button below.


Beginning the Transition ...

As my retirement approaches and St. Michael’s begins its transition of leadership, I find myself beginning the grieving process of no longer being your rector.  I wonder if any of you are feeling some of the same grief and anxiety.  I want to assure you that all churches have gone through this process, and you too have gone through it just a decade ago.  Let me help you understand the process that will follow.  According to the canons of the church (the rules with a legal bent), when the Rector’s role is vacant, the Senior Warden fills that vacancy.  Therefore, until the Vestry selects an Interim Rector, Rick Larkey, as your Senior Warden will fill the role of the rector in most ways and will share it with the vestry, as a rector does, in financial matters.


You are in great hands with Rick.  He is smart, faithful, and loves this church very much.  He will also be working closely with Tammy Murray, our Junior Warden.  John Quené, our treasurer also has an important role and will continue to advise and inform Rick and Tammy as he has always done with me.  The three-clergy remaining at St. Michael’s, Pastor Katie, Fr. Rod, and Fr. Mike will support Rick in this transition and Rick will delegate to them areas that will help the church run smoothly during this transition until the new Interim starts.  And, we must never forget that we have a very able and faithful staff that will also support Rick and you as they have always, Michelle, John, Andy, Jack, and Kate.  We have never been able to function without our Lay leaders.  They too will be part of the leadership through this transition. 


When I remember this:  That the Episcopal Church has a process for this transition and the Canons support a faithful and smooth transition, my grief is lessened a great deal, and I can relax into the next chapter of my life.  Thanks be to God!


Faithfully, Rev. Mary

Office Closed Wednesday, June 19th for a federal holiday

Celebrating Juneteenth

In observance of the Federal Holiday for Juneteenth the church office will be closed on Wednesday, June 19th. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally/internationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. In 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law this 11th Federal Holiday.

In Sacramento this is celebrated at an Annual Juneteenth Festival in William Land Park this weekend Friday & Saturday, June 14 & 15. For more info about the weekend events and parade please check out their website - https://sacramentojuneteenthinc.com/!

Sacramento Juneteenth

St. Michael's Episcopal Day School News

St. Michael's 5th Grade Class

Little Free Library

St. Michael’s Episcopal Day School’s 5th grade class added a Little Free Library on our campus on Mission Ave. for the convenience of our neighbors and our parishioners.


The 5th grade class decided as their service learning project, they would plan, build, organize, seek permission, and finally install the Little Free Library you will find on our campus. To get here, the students were presented with this question:


“How can we make a positive impact on the greater community through service?”


The students addressed a "problem" of having a surplus of books in the St. Michael's Day School library as well as donations from community members. Through this process, they divided themselves into two groups, one that wanted to make direct donations to organizations in the Sacramento area. (Recipients being Starr King K-8 and River City Food Bank). The other group decided to build the Little Free Library. The group

presented Rev. Mary their plan. She was delighted with the plan and brought it to the vestry for support through a video recorded by the students explaining how the Little Free Library idea came about, what it would look like, where it would be installed and how it would be maintained over time. With permission from both the church and school, the students spent the last week of school building and installing the Little Free Library, located on Mission Avenue. They will continue to maintain this project in their future years at St. Michael's, eventually passing it on to another class to take care of, continuing the legacy.


The 5th grade students indeed figured out a way to make a lasting impact on the community outside of St. Michael's Episcopal Day School.

Be sure to check it out when you are on campus next!

St. Michael's Serves in the Community

St. Michael’s Annual Diaper Drive

Our 7th annual Diaper Drive benefitting the clients at River City Food Bank ends Father's Day, Sunday, June 16. Get your diapers (or donations) in!

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 - 2pm

Last Drop off Day & Time:

Friday, June 14th, 9 - 11am

The Indoor Yard Sale needs eye glasses, 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.  


For more info or to volunteer, contact Marcie Larkey or the church office at 916-488-3550. 

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


St. Michael's Learns & Connects

Contemplative Prison Fellowship

Sunday, June 23, 2024 | 12:00 – 1:30 | Friendship Hall

You are invited to attend a presentation on the contemplative ministry that supports and guides Folsom Prison inmates in the practice of Centering Prayer. This ministry was initiated by a group of inmates over twenty years ago who desired a deeper relationship with God through the practice of contemplative meditation. Their actions resulted in the eventual creation of a prayer group known as the Prison Contemplative Fellowship, and the ministry that supports it. A ministry that aligns with the principles and guidelines provided by Contemplative Outreach LTD, an organization cofounded by Father Thomas Keating....

We in this ministry are inspired by the words of Jesus “I was in prison, and you came to me”. Matthew 25:36; “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” Matthew 25:40.

For more information contact Terry Bridges at Terrycbridges@gmail.com or Chuck Schaller at ChuckSchaller2@gmail.com

Continue reading the full article below.  

Full Article Here

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 which meets once a week throughout the academic year, about 36 weeks, under the guidance of trained mentors.

This is a small “community” of learners studying together. Although the course materials provide substantial academic content, the focus is on life as ministry and understanding what that ministry may be. The first two years focus on the Old and New Testament, the third year on church history and the fourth year on ethics and philosophy.

EfM teaches how to think theologically and deepens faith and understanding of our Christian heritage. The bonds formed in this small learning community will be deep and long lasting. The program is non-denominational and St. Michael’s class is open to members of other Christian communities. We are now recruiting for the 2024-2025 academic year.

If you would like more information about the Graduation or enrolling, please contact Janice Bowdler, janbowdler@comcast.net, or Ellen Cehand, harbawe1961@gmail.com. Financial assistance is available. 

St. Michael's Continuing Studies

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

Piano Meditation

by John Cozza, Music Director

Schumann--Romanze in F#, Op. 28/ii


With the composer's birthday falling on June 8, this week's piano meditation is a beautiful (and justly-famous) Romance by Robert Schumann composed in 1839, the year before he finally won a long legal battle to marry his beloved Clara Wieck. Some hear the duet between the tenor and alto voices (played by the left-hand and right-hand thumbs respectively) to embody a love duet between Robert and Clara. Enjoy!

St. Michael's Children & Youth Connection

St. Michael's hosting

Capital Deanery Vacation Bible School 

More info found on our Children & Youth Page.  

Register Here
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.

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

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


Pastor Katie will be available on request. Please email pastorkatie@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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