Advent

ADVENT at SAINT MICHAEL’S


Giving Tree: Two Opportunities & Two Different Deadlines!
Make Christmas brighter for local families through the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank Holiday Gift Barn, and La Iglesia Episcopal de la Resurrección in Mount Vernon, where our teens and adult chaperones have offered a week long Summer Camp for several years.

  • Gift Barn ornaments are available thru Nov. 24.
    Unwrapped gifts must be returned to church by Sunday, Dec. 1.
  • Resurrección ornaments will be available on Nov. 24.
    Wrapped gifts must be returned to church by Sunday, Dec. 15.

Additionally, volunteers are needed on Wed., Dec. 4, 3:30-7:30 PM to help families choose gifts and restock gift tables. Learn more and sign up at the board in the narthex by the Giving Tree. Contact Lori Birrell with any questions.

#AdventWord Online Advent Calendar
Access the #AdventWord Advent Calendar. Each day, you can read a reflection on an Advent word. You can also sign up to receive the daily meditation in your email inbox. The calendar runs from Dec. 1 through Dec. 25.

Advent Wreath and Array Installation
Sat., Nov. 30 at 9:30 AM – Noon
Help make and hang our large Advent wreath and clad the Nave in brilliant Advent blue. Bring evergreen cuttings of fir, true pine, or spruce with you. No holly, please—we save it for Christmas. Bring garden gloves and clippers. If you’re more the brawny type, plan to come at 11:30 AM to help with the raising of the wreath. Continental breakfast and coffee and tea provided. Contact Jason Anderson for information or to volunteer.

Home Advent Wreath Making
Sunday, Dec. 1, 10:25-10:55 AM and 12:15-12:45 PM
Make a small, tabletop Advent wreath for use in your home! Just $10 for candles, wreath form, and candle holders. Contact Carolyn Lukens with any questions.

Advent Vespers: Candlelit Contemplative Prayer
Wed., Dec. 4, 11, and 18 at 7:00 PM
In Advent, our Wednesday evening prayer service takes on seasonal vesture as we interweave the Great O Antiphons with poignant scripture foretelling Christ’s coming, simple plainchant, healing prayers, and Holy Communion. If you have questions about these services, contact Jason Anderson.

Soul Care: The Church Year at Home
Sat., Dec. 7 at 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Come for breakfast at 9 AM, followed by time with Katherine+ and Jason as they explore home Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany observances and provide some practical, fun, and thoughtful hands-on activities. We will sing some hymns and carols of the season, too! Parents, grandparents, families with children, are strongly encouraged to attend this all-ages event! Cost: $10 per person; max. $15 per family (includes breakfast and all materials). Sign up by Tue., Dec. 3. Sign up in the narthex, or email Julie Pellegrini or call 425-392-3215.

Sing & Play-Along Messiah
Sun., Dec. 15 at 2:30 PM
Come and sing, play, or hear the Christmas portion of G. F. Handel’s Messiah! All donations received support Issaquah Community Services. For more information visit our Facebook event page or contact Jason Anderson. To ensure a good balance of instruments and adequate space for those playing, all instrumentalists must contact Morven Balmidiano to confirm participation by Oct. 27; those contacting him after the deadline will be wait listed. Instrumentalists are strongly encouraged to attend a rehearsal on Monday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 PM in the church basement. 

Christmas Flower & Music Donations
Make your donation by Dec. 15.
Christmas flower & music donations help enhance the beauty of our liturgy and sacred space in the holy season to come. Give in honor or memory of a special thanksgiving or loved one. For your donation to appear in the printed bulletin, submit it by Dec. 15 on our website, by sending a check to the church office, or by placing it in the specially marked pew envelope.

Greening of the Church
Sat., Dec. 21 at 9:30 AM – Noon
Join with fellow parishioners as we make arrangements of greens, hang wreaths on doors, and make two large swags. Bring clippers, work gloves, and greens from your yard—holly with berries, variegated holly, spruce, cedar, and juniper are needed. Continental breakfast and coffee and tea provided. Contact Jason Anderson for information or to volunteer.

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