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My Saint Michael’s Story: Carol Szwajkos

Posted by on Sun, Oct 20, 2019 in Giving

Good morning.  My name is Carol Szwajkos.  I have been a member of St. Michael and All Angels church since moving here from the Philadelphia area three years ago. The Daughters of the King chapter that I belong to uses the African Bible Study method at its meetings.  It involves reading a Bible passage three times. After the first reading, each person says just the Word, or the Phrase, that touched them.  We don’t discuss the word or phrase till after the second and third readings. When Tina sent me an email asking me to speak today on the topic of “How has St. Michael’s been part of my faith journey”, the word JOURNEY jumped out at me. We often hear the saying, “Life is a JOURNEY”.  So, as I reflected on this word and how it relates to my JOURNEY of FAITH and my St. Michael’s story, many thoughts and memories wove through my mind.  Mine is now a fairly long story with many years, experiences, and miles behind me—but new adventures ahead!

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My Saint Michael’s Story: Mikaela Kang

Posted by on Sun, Oct 20, 2019 in Giving

Good morning everyone! My name is Mikaela Kang and I have been a member at St. Michael’s for almost 20 years. I love St. Michael’s for so many reasons. This is a place I have grown up from age 5, to now 24. A place where my family could get together every Sunday to worship and my brothers and I could play out in the yard afterwards. Where I got my first ever paying job! Where I learned to serve my community and now, I am part of this church as a member of the vestry, a role that I only ever saw as “for the adults”, but I guess I am that adult now.

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My Saint Michael’s Story: John Eimer

Posted by on Sun, Oct 13, 2019 in Giving

Good morning. My name is John Eimer. I have been attending St. Michael’s since 1986. In 1986 Barbara and I started long distance dating between Kansas City and Seattle, she would attend St. Michael’s when we were in town. We were married in late 1987. Over the years two of our sons were acolytes, and our youngest son for his Eagle Scout project designed, organized, and help build the meditation trail. Our older son was 21 and lived in Seattle.

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My Saint Michael’s Story: Brad Jarocki

Posted by on Sun, Oct 13, 2019 in Giving

Hello everyone, my name is Brad Jarocki and I’ve been a member of St. Michael’s for the past 15 years.  I’m a lifelong Episcopalian, yes, there are still a few of us around.  I was asked to speak on how St. Michael’s has been part of my faith journey.  While I was tempted to talk about raising my 5 kids here and the great spiritual environment at St. Michael’s that I appreciated taking them to . . . I’m instead focusing on “me”.  Or rather not “me” but how St. Michael’s helped me focus on more than just what I needed.  How to serve.

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My Saint Michael’s Story: Lorrie LaBranche

Posted by on Sun, Oct 13, 2019 in Giving

My introduction to St. Michael’s was when  my husband, John Schaeffer, retired from parish ministry and was called to be interim. I was working as a flight attendant in those days so my church attendance was sporadic.When Mother Ann Lukens was called as rector, she graciously invited us to make St. Michael’s our parish home. This was a particularly welcome invitation as we missed having a church family. It was shortly after 9/11, and that horrible event brought home the reality to me that we indeed are living in a very uncertain world, and that a spiritual connection is very important. As we settled in, John would preach occasionally, and I become involved in the life of the parish. After a few years, John developed Alzheimer’s Disease, Mother Ann retired, and I had to cut back on my church involvement.

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My Saint Michael’s Story: Stephanie Carlson

Posted by on Sun, Sep 22, 2019 in Giving

A friend of mine used to work for Starbucks, and she was telling me one time how Starbucks, with its coffee shops on seemingly every corner, aims to be people’s “third space”.  The idea here would be that people spend most of their time at their homes, their places of work, and at their local Starbucks café; and that this triumvirate of places and spaces—home, work, and Starbucks—makes up the backdrop against which our 21st-century lives play out.  Now, I don’t know about you, but I find the idea of Starbucks as a would-be “third space” both ingenious and frankly, a bit sad.  What is ingenious here is that Starbucks, through all kinds of market research and advertising, has identified and is continually tapping into, a deep need we all have—not just for caffeine, for hot coffee and a highly caloric pastry, but a need for community, for the warmth of belonging and of having a place to go “where everybody knows your name”.

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