September 23, 2018


                              Today at St. Michael's

 9:30 a.m. - " Godly Play"

10:00 a.m. –  Holy Eucharist (Rite II) with Sermon

11:15 a.m. -  Coffee Hour in Harte Hall 



  • Would you like additional information on activities at St. Michael’s? Ask the greeters for a guest card, fill out the card with your contact information and place the card in the offering plate, give it to a greeter, or to Fr. Stowell. 

  • Anyone wishing to place an announcement in the Sunday bulletin should email a notice to Cindy Bohnas by noon on Saturday at 
  • Contributions placed in the container at the coffee hour support the kitchen improvement fund. Would you consider making a thank offering for your coffee? 


To The People of St. Michael’s Church, Coolidge:


The following is a statement by our Diocesan Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Kirk Smith, which expresses the position of the Episcopal Church on the current immigration practice of taking children away from their parents at our borders. Bob Flaherty, Carol Hosler, and I feel the need to share this with you as it also expresses our feelings on this issue.


“No matter your position on the immigration crisis, Americans don't take children away from their parents! And Christians don't abuse the stranger in our midst. The Bible is clear on this. You can find it in many passages, such as Jeremiah 22:3-5 -- "Do no wrong or violence to the alien." Or more strongly, Deuteronomy 27:19 -- "Cursed be anyone who deprives the alien...of justice." And yet in this so called Christian country, if the Holy Family turned up at the border, Joseph and Mary would be sent packing, and the baby Jesus would be placed in a holding cell.

It is hard for me to believe that a country which has always welcome those "huddled masses yearning to breathe free," could resort to such tactics against children. It is even harder for me to believe that anyone professing to be a Christian would condone what amounts to tactics designed simply to instill fear. So what can we do? We can start with the proverbial “contact your Congressperson” and insist that we stop such practices immediately. We can include those suffering in our daily prayers at home, and our weekly prayers at church. We can make a donation to Episcopal Migration Ministries, who has many people on the ground helping to try to make life easier for those who have lost their families.

I can safely say that this cruel behavior has grieved my heart more than any other action of our country's leadership. I am sure it must grieve the heart of Jesus. This is not who we are as a nation, or as the people of God. We can't complacently sit by while parents are weeping for their children. This has to stop now.”


Our own Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael Curry, had this to say: “This is not America. We do not separate families from children. It is going to take people in the pews. This is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue. It is a humanitarian issue. We need to be heard loud and clear on this one. Concern for the stranger, the person, is a core obligation of why we are. It is time for the sensible center of America’s believers to make their voices heard.”


The Rev. Philip W. Stowell, Vicar
The Rev. Dr. Robert Flaherty, Assistant                                                      
The Rev. Carol Hosler, former Vicar



The Rev. Dr. Robert Flaherty is assisting us on most Sundays having been approved by Bishop Kirk Smith.  

PRAYER LIST: If you would like someone added to the prayer list, email Cindy Bohnas ( or hand her a slip of paper at church. 




IMMIGRATION ALERT:  Anyone interested in learning more about the evil and immoral practice of separating children (including babies) from the parents as part of a US Immigration Department ruling, please go to for more information.  
The delegates from our parish to the Diocesan Convention on Oct. 19 - 20th, when a new bishop for Arizona will be elected, are Marybeth Goree (senior warden), Scotty Scott (junior warden), Rosie McCoy and Gail Scott (delegates). Cindy Bohnas is the alternate. The Convention will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church in Phoenix. A list of places where interested parishioners can meet and talk to the three candidates for Diocesan bishop may be found on the table in the narthex.
Stewardship Sunday will be on Nov. 4 this year. A letter from the Vicar will be mailed to all parishioners along with pledge cards for 2019. Weekly bulletin inserts focusing on stewardship will appear beginning on October 7.
 Our thanks to Mr. Scott Sipes for being our guitarist during today’s 10 a.m. service.
Three books by Dr. Flaherty are on display in Harte Hall this morning. Those desiring copies must order them through The three books are: Conversations with Jesus,  Weekly Spiritual Practice, and Forgiveness.
Godly Play resumed on September 9 at 9:30 a.m.and is led by Cindy Bohnas in our Sunday School classroom. All young people in the congregation are encouraged to attend. Those in attendance will join the 10 a.m. eucharist at the Offertory.
School Supplies Collection.‚Äč   The church will be gathering school supplies for Stanfield Elementary School in Stanfield, west of Casa Grande. Supplies that are needed include journals, folders, pencils, crayons, backpacks, crayon boxes, rulers, Kleenex, toiletries (children from the Reservations need these badly) If there are people who could donate used clothes including shoes and sweaters for kids 5 to 12 years that would help as well. The supplies can be dropped off in Harte Hall and be given to Ellen Tembo for her to take to the school
The Diocese of Arizona Bishop Search Committee has announced the names of three candidates whom they have selected for the upcoming Election Convention on Oct. 20th. The three candidates are: The Rev. Dr. Dena Marcel Cleaver-Bartholomew, rector of Christ Church in Manlius, NY; the Rev. Jennifer Anne Reddall, rector of the Church of the Epiphany in New York City; and the Rev. Andrew Wallace Walter, rector of Grace Church, Silver Spring, Maryland. Biographies and answers to Essay Questions may be found on the diocesan website (

Food Pantry. We are currently operating a local food pantry at St. Michael’s for the benefit of serving people who stop by in need of food during the week. Parishioners are asked to bring canned goods which will be stored in the kitchen pantry. Items may be left in the Narthex. The Pantry is coordinated by Kim Bartlett.  

Frozen Casseroles - Using the small freezer in the kitchen, we are now accepting casseroles from parishioners and freezing them for future distribution for people who have just come home from the hospital, or who have experienced a death in the family, etc. Please consider donating a casserole to be stored in our freezer. Casseroles should be labeled for content, number of servings, and heating instructions. 

Prayer List: If you would like someone added to the prayer list, email Cindy Bohnas ( or place a blue Prayer Request form in the black box located in the Narthex.

There are Al-Anon meetings held on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in Harte Hall.  For questions, contact Tamra Schuler at 480/290-0777.

Calling all knitters and crocheters on Wednesdays  at 10:00 a.m. to be a part of the new Prayer Shawl Group at the church.  Penny Baker will be facilitating the group.  Bring your yarn, patterns and needles. Contact Penny Baker.