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It is the belief of the Episcopal Church that education should be fostered at all levels and ages within the church. At St. Michael’s, we believe in life-long learning and because we all learn in a variety of ways, we offer opportunities to learn by reading, listening, discussing, experiencing, and being together in the midst of God. For our youngest, we teach with the help of the Godly Play experience. For youth, we offer opportunities to serve.

Lent Spiritual Offerings

Living Compass – Living Well Through Lent

February 25 | March 10 | March 24
6:30 – 7:30pm

The Living Compass theme for the Lenten season is Practicing Forgiveness with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength and Mind.

The Living Compass Lenten booklets are available, free of cost, at the church. There are multiple other ways you can engage with this material through Living Compass at https://www.livingcompass.org/lent

A Zoom discussion group facilitated by Lisa and Jim Sargent is offered on Sunday evenings from 6:30-7:30 on February 25, March 10 and 24. Please contact Lisa by e-mail at lisa@2sargents.com to sign up.

Writing as a Spiritual Practice Workshop

March 10 | March 17 | March 24 
11:45am – 1:45pm | Offered by Marilyn McEntyre
Held in the Friendship Center | Light Lunch provided

A writing practice can deepen your practice of prayer.  Come for two hours and we will do a series of exercises to open avenues of reflection and new writing techniques.  Enriching your writing life can deepen your prayer life. Come if you write, come if you want to write, come if you are terrified to write.  Bring pen and paper, a laptop, or whatever else opens you up for writing.

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The Philadelphia Eleven Documentary

March 8

5pm | Friendship Center

Showing with Light Supper & Dessert

In an act of civil disobedience, a group of women and their supporters organize their ordination to become Episcopal priests in 1974. The Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia welcomes them, but change is no small task. The women are harassed, threatened and banned from stepping on church property.

In this feature-length documentary film, we meet the women who succeed in building a movement that transforms an age-old institution and challenges the vry essence of patriarchy within Christendom.

March 8, 2024 at 5pm, we will host an streaming of the documentary in the Friendship Center.The plan is to watch it together in the friendship room using apple play. This viewing is being offered by the project to individuals for a streaming of the documentary. Please buy a ticket ($10 to support the project) and come so we can watch it together. The documentary runs about an hour and half. Plan to stay for a 30 minute discussion afterwards. Below you will find a button to buy your ticket and also to let us know if you will be joining us. We will provide a light supper and dessert!

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Group Study

Many of St. Michael’s groups and classes are using a hybrid format.  We are beginning to meet more and more in person and also have the options for members to participate on zoom.  Adult Education courses and groups are great ways to get connected with other members.

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Thursday Morning Bible Study Zoom

We Begin at 10:00 am and end at 11:30 am.  We meet in person while serveral members join us by zoom. This very special group of men and women meet to read, study, and struggle with biblical stories in order to find practical application for our lives. We look for God’s Word to help us live more compassionate and God-centered lives. There is no obligation to conform to any one belief. One only has to be open to the complexity and paradox often found in the stories! This is an open bible study and all are welcome!

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Sacred Circle

This is a small group that meets the last Wednesday of the Month.  The leader begins with a prayer and then continues with a short reading.  The members go off for contemplating the prayer and reading.  After 20 minutes, the group regathers sharing reflections of the texts together.  It is one hour long and done on zoom.

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Daughters of the King

The Order of the Daughters of the King® is an order for women who has roots in the Anglican Church.  They have a rule that they follow which includes prayer, service, and spreading the Gospel to those who don’t know Jesus.  They are having their 138th anniversary.

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Education for Ministry

Have you heard people talking about EfM and wondered what it is? Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program of theological education of the School of Theology of the University of the South. Students sign up one year at a time, for this four year program.

The study is done in a seminar class which meets once a week throughout the academic year, about 36 weeks, under the guidance of trained mentors.

If you would like more information, please contact Janice Bowdler, janbowdler@comcast.net , or Ellen Cehand, harbawe1961@gmail.com. Financial assistance is available.

Community Builder

EfM is a small “community” of learners studying together. Although the course materials provide substantial academic content, the focus is on life as ministry and understanding what that ministry may be. People who join EfM grow in knowledge, ministry capability, and friendships.  The first two years focus on the Old and New Testament, the third year on church history and the fourth year on ethics and philosophy.  Graduates say that this program is always worth the time invested.

Deeper Understanding

EfM teaches you how to think theologically, deepens your faith, and your understanding of our Christian heritage. The bonds you will form in this small learning community will be deep and long lasting. The program is non-denominational and St. Michael’s class is open to members of other Christian communities.

Training & 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.