SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2017

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 

 

Presiding Bishop, President of House of Deputies on #DACA:

We stand with the Dreamers and will do all that we can to support them.

 

** Statement presented in English and Spanish **

 

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and President of the House of Deputies The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings have issued the following statement concerning the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

September 5, 2017

Today our hearts are with those known as the Dreamers—those young women and men who were brought to this country as children, who were raised here and whose primary cultural and country identity is American. We believe that these young people are children of God and deserve a chance to live full lives, free from fear of deportation to countries that they may have never known and whose languages they may not speak. As people of faith, our obligation is first to the most vulnerable, especially to children. In this moment, we are called by God to protect Dreamers from being punished for something they had no agency in doing.

Since 2012, individuals who are undocumented and who were brought to the U.S. as children have benefitted from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Through this program, those eligible have the opportunity to obtain a work permit and can secure protection from deportation. The nearly 800,000 recipients of DACA have proven that when given the opportunity, they succeed and contribute positively to our country. Without protection afforded by DACA or a legislative solution, these young people will live in fear of arrest, detention, and deportation to countries they may not remember. In six months those fears may become reality, so we must use that time wisely to advocate for their protection.

The Episcopal Church supports these undocumented youth as part of our decades-long commitment to walking with immigrants and refugees. Out of that commitment, we call on our nation to live up to its highest ideals and most deeply held values, and we call on Congress to take action to protect these young people and to formulate a comprehensive immigration policy that is moral and consistent and that allows immigrants who want to contribute to this country the chance to do so while keeping our borders secure from those whose business is in drugs, human trafficking or terror. We are committed to working actively toward both the passage of a bipartisan Dream Act by Congress and comprehensive immigration reform, and we will provide resources for Episcopalians who want to participate in this work.

For those of us who follow Jesus Christ, our Christian values are at stake. Humane and loving care for the stranger, the alien, and the foreigner is considered a sacred duty and moral value for those who would follow the way of God. In his parable of the last judgment, Jesus commended those who welcomed the stranger and condemned those who did not (Matthew 25:35 & 25:43). This teaching of Jesus was based on the law of Moses that tells the people of God: "The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God." (Leviticus 19:33-35).

We stand with the Dreamers and will do all that we can to support them while we also work for the kind of immigration reform that truly reflects the best of our spiritual and moral values as people of faith and as citizens of the United States.

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate 

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings
President, House of Deputies

  

  

  • We are grateful you are here with us. Also, a hearty welcome to all newcomers this morning. Thank you for worshiping with us today.
  • 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 krazykitties82@gmail.com 
  • Contributions placed in the container at the coffee hour support the kitchen improvement fund. Would you consider making a thank offering for your coffee? 

 

Today at St. Michael's: 

9:00 a.m. - Adult Bible Study Begins

9:30 a.m. - "Godly Play" Begins (children ages 5 to 9)

10:00 a.m. –Holy Eucharist and Sermon- Rite II

11:15 a.m. – Potluck Luncheon in Harte Hall 

 

The Rev. Dr. Robert Flaherty will be 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 (krazykitties82@gmail.com) or hand her a slip of paper at church. 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS :

September 29 & 30:  Diocesan Convention

 

PARISH NOTES

 

A Prayer Chain is coming to St. Michael’s! It is a group of people called to pray for others when the need arises in the congregation. You will be notified by a phone call. If you would like to participate in this ministry, please contact Fr. Stowell or Cindy Bohnas at krazykitties82@gmail.com.

Beginning September 25, a Prayer Group will be held each Monday at 10:00 a.m. in the church.  Come join us as we pray for others.

Acolytes are involved in our worship  by carrying the cross and candles during the processional and recessional hymns.  They also participate in Holy Eucharist by assisting the Celebrant.  Calling all acolytes young and old to participate in this ministry. If you are interested contact Fr. Stowell.  

Needed:  

A volunteer to facilitate the Adult Bible Study starting on September 10 at 9:00 a.m. If you are interested, contact Cindy Bohnas after church services.

Attention All Men! 

Fr. Stowell would like to form a group of men who would meet on a regular basis to do minor repairs around the church (painting, plumbing, cleaning, changing light bulbs, etc.) and to enjoy fellowship together (such as a meal or other social activity). The group would be called Philip’s Fixers, and could meet on Saturdays or during the week as determined by the group’s members. If you are interested please contact Fr. Stowell during coffee hour or by phone anytime (480-669-1099).  

Box Tops for Education:

The Women of St. Michael’s are collecting box tops for the local schools. There is a white basket on the sign-up table in Harte Hall. The box tops will be distributed among the schools. 

 Good Samaritan Ministry:

Currently collecting: hygiene products including sanitizer, soap, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, etc.
Contact: Nancy Salatka.