March 3, 2024

The Third Sunday of Lent

10am Service

The Rev. Mary Claugus Presiding

The Rev. Rodney Davis Preaching

& Pastor Katie Holeman Deacon

5pm Contemplative Prayer Eucharist with Zoom

The Second Sunday in Lent

The Rev. Mary Claugus

Sunday February 25, 2024

Holy Week Worship Services


Sunday, March 24th- 10am Palm Sunday

Thursday, March 28th - 7pm Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday Dinner at 5:30pm in Parish Hall

Gethsemane Watch Beginning 8pm to 8:30am Friday April 7th.

Friday, March 29th - Good Friday Services

8:30am & Noon Stations of the Cross

7pm The Passion of Christ 

Saturday, March 30th - 7pm Easter Vigil 

Sunday, March 31st - 10am Easter Sunday

Easter Egg Hunt immediately following the service. More info below.

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

Gethsemane Watch

In your preparation for Easter, consider participating in the Gethsemane Watch. The watch represents the time Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane wanting the disciples to stay awake with him. It begins immediately following the Maundy Thursday Service and concludes at the start of the Good Friday 8:30am Stations of the Cross. The watch takes place in the Columbarium and it is a time of silence. Spiritual books and writings will be available. Please consider "sitting in the garden" to watch and pray with Jesus.


Please note that more than one or two can sign up for any given time. Sign up on the board in the narthex on Sundays.

Giving for Easter Flowers & Music


This Easter you can remember your loved ones and celebrate important moments in your life with the gift of flowers and/or music to the church.  


You can share with us the person or event you would like to give flowers in gratitude or memory of via our online form, or you can email the office. Please add "Easter Flowers & Music" to the memo line of checks and mail or drop them off to the office. You can also pay online using the drop down menu by selecting Flowers & Music (Christmas and Easter).

Names for Easter Bulletin

Upcoming Celebration of Life Services


There will be a Celebration of Life service for Kathy Lunger here at St. Michael's on Saturday March 9, 2024 at 10am with a reception immediately following. This will also be livestreamed at To read her full obituary click here.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service for Sara Buchmiller here at St. Michael's on Saturday March 16, 2024 at 11am with a reception immediately following.

Piano Meditation

by John Cozza, Music Director


Wiederstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54 by Bach

Here is one of my favorite transcriptions, which I played as the Prelude to the evening Ash Wednesday service:  the Organ Prelude in g minor by J.S. Bach, transcribed/arranged for piano by Alexander Siloti. Siloti was a pupil of Franz Liszt, professor at the Moscow Conservatory in the early 20th Century, and most famously, Sergei Rachmaninov's cousin! This transcription is dedicated to his daughter Kyriena. I hope hauntingly beautiful work this provides some peaceful accompaniment to your Lenten meditations.

St. Michael's Children & Youth Connection

St. Michael's Easter Egg Hunt

We will be having an egg hunt Easter Morning after the 10am service. All children will be invited to join in. We need St. Michael's help: we need donations of candy and/or stuffed easter eggs. Please bring donations to the church office during the week or drop them off in the parish hall on Sunday mornings. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to hold this event! Thank you for all your help. Pr. Katie

Little Gifts from God - Easter Pageant

Youth Actors Needed!

We are excited to announce our first ever Easter Pageant "Little Gifts from God" from the creative mind of Paula Frink! The Easter Pageant will be presented during our 10am Worship Service on Easter Sunday, March 31st. Rehearsals will be Sundays, March 10, 17 and 24 from 4 - 4:45pm. Please contact Pastor Katie for more information.

Register Here

St. Michael's Learns & Connects

Confirmation classes coming in Easter!

More details to come in the following weeks. Contact the office if you are interested in attending.

The Philadelphia Eleven Documentary

Showing with light supper & dessert

March 8, 2024 at 5pm in the Friendship Center

In an act of civil disobedience, a group of women and their supporters organize their ordination to become Episcopal priests in 1974. In this feature-length documentary film, we meet the women who succeed in building a movement that transforms an age-old institution and challenges the very essence of patriarchy within Christendom. For more information, please connect with Rev. Mary or check out the website here.

Sign up!
Support this project!

Writing as a Spiritual Practice Workshop

Offered by Marilyn McEntyre

Friendship Center

Sundays, March 10, 17 and 24

From 11:45 to 1:45pm

A light lunch will be provided


A writing practice can deepen your practice of prayer.  Come for two hours and we will do a series of exercises to open avenues of reflection and new writing techniques.  Enriching your writing life can deepen your prayer life. Come if you write, come if you want to write, come if you are terrified to write.  Bring pen and paper, a laptop, or whatever else opens you up for writing.

Sign Up!

Living Compass - Living Well Through Lent

The Living Compass theme for the Lenten season is Practicing Forgiveness with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength and Mind. The Living Compass Lenten booklets are available, free of cost, at the church. There are multiple other ways you can engage with this material through Living Compass at


A Zoom discussion group facilitated by Lisa and Jim Sargent is offered on Sunday evenings from 6:30-7:30 on February 25, March 10 and 24. Please contact Lisa by e-mail at to sign up.

More Info

St. Michael's Continuing Studies

St. Michael's Serves in the Community

Easter Gift Cards!


We are asking for donations to buy Food Gift Cards to help those in need have a special Easter meal. If you are giving by check, please write “Food Gift Card" in the memo. You can also give online or put cash in an envelope (you can find these in the pew pockets), mark it with "Food Gift Card" and put it in the plate on Sunday. Please have your donations to the church or office by Sunday March 24th.


Your donations will buy Safeway and Target gift cards that will be distributed at River City Food Bank and The Center at St. Matthew’s. Easter is a wonderful time for us to give in thanksgiving for God's blessings and forgiveness. For more information please contact Terry Bridges at or the Office


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
  • dental floss
  • 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

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

Regular Opportunities include:

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 Fundraiser

RSVP & Buy Tickets

Help us put the FUN in Fundraiser!

If you would like to add your creative talents to our committee or volunteer on the night, please see Renee Pierce at coffee hour, email or text 916-539-6495.

Episcopal Diocese of Northern CA News

The Bishop is Coming to St. Michael's!

Sunday, May 5th, 2024

The Rt. Rev. Megan Traquair will be preaching and presiding at our 10am service. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

The Fearless Faith Revival is just over two months away! Registration opens March 1!


Revival Website: In addition to the latest information, you'll find:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Revival Survey
  • Flyers, Posters

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.

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