May 12, 2024

The Feast of Pentecost

& Celebrating Baptism

10am Service

The Rev. Mary Claugus Presiding

The Rev. Rodney Davis Preaching

The Rev. Mike Ferrito Deacon

Pastor Katie Holeman Assisting

5pm Contemplative Prayer Eucharist

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Pastor Katie Holeman

Sunday May 12, 2024


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, Holly Yue or Catherine Curran if you would like to participate.

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

St. Michael's Serves in the Community

St. Michael’s Annual Diaper Drive

Our 7th annual Mother’s Day Diaper Drive benefitting the clients at River City Food Bank will run until Father's Day, 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. 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  


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 are available. Watch for additional info in the June Messenger.

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

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.

Now Taking Enrollments - Education for Ministry (EfM)


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,, or Ellen Cehand, Financial assistance is available. 

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

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

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!

Choral Masterworks

by John Cozza, Music Director

Ascension Oratorio, BWV 11 by Bach


As we just celebrated the Feast of the Ascension this past week, I thought this choral masterwork by Bach would be most appropriate. Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen (Laud to God in all his kingdoms), BWV 11, known as the Ascension Oratorio (Himmelfahrtsoratorium), is an oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach, marked by him as Oratorium In Festo Ascensionis Xsti (Oratorio for the feast of the Ascension of Christ), probably composed in 1735 for the service for Ascension and first performed on 19 May 1735.

Bach had composed his Christmas Oratorio, based on the gospels of Luke and Matthew, in 1734. He had composed an Easter Oratorio already in 1725. The text for the Ascension Oratorio, a compilation of several biblical sources, free poetry and chorales, was presumably written by Picander who had worked on the libretto for the Christmas Oratorio. It follows the story of the Ascension as told in Luke, Mark and the Acts of the Apostles. The oratorio is structured in eleven movements in two parts, taking about half an hour to perform. It is framed by extended choral movements, Part I is concluded by the fourth stanza of Johann Rist's hymn "Du Lebensfürst, Herr Jesu Christ" in a four-part setting. The closing chorale on the seventh stanza of Gottfried Wilhelm Sacer's "Gott fähret auf gen Himmel" is set as a chorale fantasia. The work is richly scored for the feast day, exactly like the Christmas Oratorio for four vocal parts, three trumpetstimpani, two flauti traversi, two oboes, strings and continuo. While the recitatives and the first chorale were new compositions, Bach based the other choral movements and the two arias on parts of earlier cantatas. He used the model for the alto aria again much later for the Agnus Dei of his Mass in B minor.


For more information, here is the Wikipedia entry:


And here is a stirring live performance from the 2013 Proms in London by Early Music specialist and Bach expert Sir John Eliot Gardiner with the original instruments group and choir that he founded, the English Baroque Soloists (1977) and Monteverdi Choir (1964):

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 out of the office until May 19th. 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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