Easter Season Book Study
Bishop Barry Beisner will lead a discussion on this book May 21, 2017 during the coffee hours after the 8am and 10am services.
This Spring, Beginning April 23rd, we will have an inter-generational Confirmation Class. It will meet Sundays (April 23, 30, May 7, 14) after the 10am service in the Friendship Room.
April 23 – Instructed Eucharist – All are invited to come to an informal Eucharist where Rev. Mary will explain the different parts of the service and the theology that underlies what we do and how we do it.
April 30 – Our Story – From Creation to the Resurrection! We will explore some key Old and New Testament Bible passages, which help us to know God and shape who we are as Christians.
May 7 – Forgiveness – We will explore the Christian act of forgiving and being forgiven. We'll discuss the ways sin affects all our relationships, especially to God. Penance and reconciliation, our path to wholeness, will be explored through scripture and contemporary practices.
May 14 – Spiritual Journey – We will be answering these questions: Where God has been in your life? Where has the Holy Spirit moved you beyond yourself into new experiences and/or places? Guidance will be available to help with this exercise.
The Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner will be visiting St. Michael's on May 21st. He will be Confirming, Reaffirming, and Receiving members. If you would like to be Confirmed (for those who have not been confirmed in any or the catholic tradition), Received (for those who have been confirmed in the catholic tradition) or Reaffirm your Baptismal Vows, please let the office know. You are required to attend The Confirmation Class. Also the Bishop likes to meet with you before the service. This will take place at 4:00pm on May 20th. I hope you will consider joining this class, it is a wonderful way to continue your education of and formation within The Episcopal Tradition. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Mary You may also drop in for any of the classes. Please contact Rev. Mary if for the materials so you can be prepared.
We just finished our recent Episcopal 101. We will offer the class again in the fall of 2017.
Training and Licensing
The process for becoming a licensed minister includes discernment, Safe Church Training and ministry specific trainings provided here at St Michael's and/or through deanery or diocesan workshops. Additionally, the Bishop of the Diocese of Northern California has included anti-racism training as a requirement for clergy, Licensed lay ministers and lay leaders in our congregations in an attempt to further educate our church on the negative effects of racism in our society and possible solutions to create a more just society. Please contact Rev. Mary for more information about trainings and licensing.
Thursday Morning Bible Study
Beginning at 10:00 am and ending at 11:30 am in the Conference Room we read, study, and struggle with biblical stories finding practical application for our lives. Discussion is always encouraged, while looking for ways to take the Holy Word and apply it to our lives to make them more manageable and God-centered. This is an open bible study for anyone who wants to study the bible from a spiritual perspective to bring the bible to life in order to have real life application. We recently concluding our work with C.S. Lewis' The Great Divorce and are studying Paul's letter to the Romans. We will begin with Chapter 4, May 11th. Connect with Rev. Mary for more information.
Education for Ministry
Education for Ministry or EfM is an ecumenical 4 year program of theological education under the direction of the University of the South. Each year is devoted to different subject matter - 1st year, Old Testament; 2nd year, New Testament; 3rd year - Church History; 4th year, Theology. If you are ready to learn more than you ever thought you didn't know, this program is for you. Classes will start in September, following a normal academic year. We are now registering for next year's class. We are excited to welcome additional members to join in Theological Reflection and discussions of the readings. We welcome all who are new and want to begin this program. We welcome back any EfM students who graduated and would like to experience the new materials offered, and former EfM students who did not complete their studies and want to pick up where you left off. Although it is a 4 year program, you only have to commit to one year at a time. For more information please contact either Jan Bowdler 916-667-3273, or Sue Gaston, 916-485-2023.
Baptism Classes for Parents and Godparents
Classes are designed to help refresh parents about the Baptismal Covenant we all share when we are baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are generally scheduled two weeks prior to Baptisms.
Community of Hope
Community of Hope International is a training program for lay pastoral caregivers. This 14 session training is offered yearly here at St Michael’s and is open to congregation members of St Michael’s and members of the surrounding community, who feel called to provide spiritually based pastoral care to people in a number of settings- home , hospital, care facility, homeless shelters, mission trips etc. Our training is based in Benedictine Spirituality, which emphasizes a balanced life of prayer, service, self care, and healthy support systems through fellow Community of Hope pastoral care givers. If you have questions, please contact Deacon Cindy at email@example.com