|Christ is risen! Truly, He is risen!
Dear parishioners of St. Michael’s,
“Every moment is either a moment of death or a moment of resurrection.” — Ignatius IV (b1920-d2012; Patriarch of Antioch from 1979 to 2012) — The spiritual life is the process of growing from having less of the former moments and more of the latter. May Christ reveal this to be so in all our lives!
Thank you to all who gathered and prayed during the Great Fast, Holy Week and the continuing Paschal Season. It is a supreme joy that we are able to once again gather as Church for the celebrations of the miracle of life!
Thank you to all who remembered how to clean, procure, decorate, sing, read, set up, walk in procession, fill plastic eggs, etc., with virtually no practice or immediate preparation of which to speak. While we all missed a year in church, you did not miss a beat in supporting our return with your hard work on all our behalf! The experience of coming together for worship after our extended separation, was a little unfamiliar, fully joyous, and totally worthy of our entreaties that we be saved from going through anything like this again. Thanks to all of you who facilitated our return.
Lastly, thank you to all who blessed me and my family with gifts this Paschal Season.
In Our Risen Lord,
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
A Couple COVID Comments —
Patience is a virtue. — That is an understated truth for the ages and for us in these COVID times as we anticipate walking into the light that we believe we see at the end of our “once-in-a-hundred-years” pandemic tunnel.
Whatever you may think about a mask-removal goal connected to a 70% vaccination percentage, that is the fundamental to which we are adhering as visions of a full church of beautifully radiant, mask-free, faces dance in our heads.
We continue to wear masks until that glorious day when it is, by the medical authorities, declared safe to come out! (We do appreciate and beg forgiveness for the “button-pushing” energy that such words have for some of us.) Please continue to wear your mask in church and be sure anyone you supervise who is three years old or older wears theirs also.
We are no longer taking reservations but we will continue to keep a roster of attendees in case contact tracing becomes advisable. Sign your own name and check your own temperature as you enter the church (a temperature of over 100 degrees ‘disqualifies’ you from entering). Sanitize your hands. Before departure, wipe down your space. If you want your entry to be more expedient, call the church (724-834-1311) during the week and let us know you’ll be here and your name will be on the sign in sheet when you arrive.
Thank you for your patience.
Sunday, May 23, 2021 - Bishop THOMAS to Visit as We Burn Our Mortgage
(and take another small step into social gathering)
8:45 AM - Resurrection Orthros
10:00 AM - Bishop THOMAS to Celebrate Episcopal Divine Liturgy
12:00 PM (give or take) - Outdoor Celebration (our social return)
- Hot Dog picnic luncheon
- Bonfire to burn the mortgage (and any holy items you bring from home that may be consigned to proper disposition in the flames)
Check with Sara Armanious if you would volunteer to help with the days activities.