SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 

 

Presiding Bishop, President of House of Deputies on #DACA:

We stand with the Dreamers and will do all that we can to support them.

 

** Statement presented in English and Spanish **

 

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and President of the House of Deputies The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings have issued the following statement concerning the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

September 5, 2017

Today our hearts are with those known as the Dreamers—those young women and men who were brought to this country as children, who were raised here and whose primary cultural and country identity is American. We believe that these young people are children of God and deserve a chance to live full lives, free from fear of deportation to countries that they may have never known and whose languages they may not speak. As people of faith, our obligation is first to the most vulnerable, especially to children. In this moment, we are called by God to protect Dreamers from being punished for something they had no agency in doing.

Since 2012, individuals who are undocumented and who were brought to the U.S. as children have benefitted from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Through this program, those eligible have the opportunity to obtain a work permit and can secure protection from deportation. The nearly 800,000 recipients of DACA have proven that when given the opportunity, they succeed and contribute positively to our country. Without protection afforded by DACA or a legislative solution, these young people will live in fear of arrest, detention, and deportation to countries they may not remember. In six months those fears may become reality, so we must use that time wisely to advocate for their protection.

The Episcopal Church supports these undocumented youth as part of our decades-long commitment to walking with immigrants and refugees. Out of that commitment, we call on our nation to live up to its highest ideals and most deeply held values, and we call on Congress to take action to protect these young people and to formulate a comprehensive immigration policy that is moral and consistent and that allows immigrants who want to contribute to this country the chance to do so while keeping our borders secure from those whose business is in drugs, human trafficking or terror. We are committed to working actively toward both the passage of a bipartisan Dream Act by Congress and comprehensive immigration reform, and we will provide resources for Episcopalians who want to participate in this work.

For those of us who follow Jesus Christ, our Christian values are at stake. Humane and loving care for the stranger, the alien, and the foreigner is considered a sacred duty and moral value for those who would follow the way of God. In his parable of the last judgment, Jesus commended those who welcomed the stranger and condemned those who did not (Matthew 25:35 & 25:43). This teaching of Jesus was based on the law of Moses that tells the people of God: "The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God." (Leviticus 19:33-35).

We stand with the Dreamers and will do all that we can to support them while we also work for the kind of immigration reform that truly reflects the best of our spiritual and moral values as people of faith and as citizens of the United States.

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate 

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings
President, House of Deputies

  

  

  • We are grateful you are here with us. Also, a hearty welcome to all newcomers this morning. Thank you for worshiping with us today.
  • Would you like additional information on activities at St. Michael’s? Ask the greeters for a guest card, fill out the card with your contact information and place the card in the offering plate, give it to a greeter, or to Fr. Stowell. 

  • Anyone wishing to place an announcement in the Sunday bulletin should email a notice to Cindy Bohnas by noon on Saturday at krazykitties82@gmail.com 
  • Contributions placed in the container at the coffee hour support the kitchen improvement fund. Would you consider making a thank offering for your coffee? 

 

Today at St. Michael's: 

9:30 a.m. - "Godly Play" (children ages 5 to 9)

10:00 a.m. –Holy Eucharist and Sermon- Rite II

11:15 a.m. – Coffee and refreshments in Harte Hall 

 

 

Sunday Sermon Notes:

As you begin your day, set an intention for the day. To practice today's gospel lesson, your intention might be something like this "I will do what life calls me to do" or "I will focus on what I have rather than what someone else has that I don't have."

 

During the day and at the end of the day check-in to remind yourself of your intention and to discover how you are living out your intention. You might check at specific times, maybe every three or for hours, like taking medicine. Or, you might use certain events to trigger a check-in, like eating a meal or washing your hands. Make one final check-in as you prepare to sleep.  

 

~ The Reverend Dr. Robert Flaherty

 

The Rev. Dr. Robert Flaherty will be assisting us on most Sundays having been approved by Bishop Kirk Smith.  

 

PRAYER LIST: If you would like someone added to the prayer list, email Cindy Bohnas (krazykitties82@gmail.com) or hand her a slip of paper at church. 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS :

September 25:  Prayer Group at 10:00 a.m.

September 29 & 30:  Diocesan Convention

October 22:  Folk Mass at 12 noon

 

 

PARISH NOTES

 

Hurricane Relief for Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and the earthquake in Mexico:  Contributions for hurricane and earthquake relief are most easily directed through ERD (either online or by sending checks to Episcopal Relief & Development, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.  ERD is working closely with the affected dioceses as well as other relief agencies, such as the Red Cross.  Donors will know that their gifts of cash will get quickly to where they are needed with little overhead. As you may already know, we have been asked not to collect materials such as clothing and food, but rather to send money.  Your gift to Episcopal Relief & Development is tax-deductible.

A Prayer Chain is coming to St. Michael’s! It is a group of people called to pray for others when the need arises in the congregation. You will be notified by a phone call. If you would like to participate in this ministry, please contact Fr. Stowell or Cindy Bohnas at krazykitties82@gmail.com.

Beginning September 25, a Prayer Group will be held each Monday at 10:00 a.m. in the church.  Come join us as we pray for others.

Acolytes are involved in our worship  by carrying the cross and candles during the processional and recessional hymns.  They also participate in Holy Eucharist by assisting the Celebrant.  Calling all acolytes young and old to participate in this ministry. If you are interested contact Fr. Stowell.   

A volunteer is needed to facilitate our Adult Bible Study.  If you are interested, contact Cindy Bohnas after church services.

Fr. Stowell has formed a group of men who will meet on a regular basis to do minor repairs around the church (painting, plumbing, cleaning, changing light bulbs, etc.) and to enjoy fellowship together (such as a meal or other social activity). The group is called Philip’s Fixers. Our first date is Saturday, October 7 at 9:00 a.m. If you are interested please contact Fr. Stowell during coffee hour or by phone anytime (480-669-1099).  

Delegates to the 57th Diocesan Convention next weekend include: Rosie McCoy, Cindy Bohnas, Sandy Cook, and Father Stowell.

The Women of St. Michael’s are collecting box tops for the local schools. There is a white basket on the sign-up table in Harte Hall. The box tops will be distributed among the schools. 

 Good Samaritan Ministry is currently collecting: hygiene products including sanitizer, soap, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, etc.  Contact: Nancy Salatka.