Belize Mission Meeting Jan. 14

Do you feel called to do God's work out in the world? Consider joining our ongoing mission to Belize, to help with construction and work with students at Holy Cross Anglican School. Find out more about the mission at an information meeting planned for Sunday, Jan. 14 at 11:30 a.m. following the Adult Forum. If you are interested in learning more, considering going, or already going, please plan to attend. We will provide information on all aspects of the trip scheduled for March 31- April 7.

Join a Small Group This Winter

Consider joining one of our small group offerings in January and February

Finding God in the Ordinary – Extended Program
After the great success of our parish small groups program this fall, three small groups are continuing and welcoming new members.

Led by trained facilitators, these small groups meet weekly for spiritual deepening and fellowship. In their 90 minute meetings, they enjoy a period of silent prayer, discussing spiritual reading and listening and responding to Scripture. No prior involvement required: All are welcome!

To sign up for a group, email a facilitator in charge of the group.

Monday 6-7:30pm. Starts January 15. Email Sam Taylor (Book for group reading: TBD)

Thursday 9:30-11am Starts January 18. Email Bruce Hunn.
(Book for group reading: Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit by Henri Nouwen)

Thursday 3:30-5pm Starts January 4; new members welcome through Jan 18. Email Sally Norton.
(Book for group reading: Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit by Henri Nouwen)

NEW Centering Prayer Group
"The Gift of Silence"
Beginning on Jan. 16, there will be a weekly opportunity at St. Michael's to practice and explore Centering Prayer in a group setting. The group will meet each Tuesday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. Many of us in the parish have experienced a taste of contemplative prayer or "silence" in our small groups this fall or elsewhere and would like to continue this spiritual discipline. For others, this may be a new endeavor and all are welcome!

These morning meetings will be a quiet time of prayer and learning, as we make ourselves available to the presence of God and each other. No outside study or readings will be assigned and there are no attendance requirements. If you have questions, please direct them to Leon Woodruff.

Download a brochure on Centering Prayer here.

OWLS Events for January

Lecture

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2 p.m.
The Rt. Reverend Robert Estill
“The Sun Shines Bright”
Bishop Estill will join us to talk about his book. Copies are available in the Canterbury Shop.

Outing

Thursday, Jan. 25
North Carolina Museum of History: North Carolina and World War I
Step into the boot of a North Carolina during WWI.
This free, interactive exhibit has been perhaps the most successful exhibit in the history of the museum. Walk in the trenches with the troops and learn about North Carolina’s role in the War to End All Wars on the western front in France and Belgium.

Winter Newcomer Classes

If you are new to St. Michael's and are interested in learning more about our parish, we offer a series of required classes to acquaint you with St. Michael's. 

Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24 & 31
6:15 p.m.

These classes are required for all seeking membership in our parish, regardless of denomination. In addition, second set of classes will be held in February for all non-Episcopalians and for parents seeking baptism for their children, when we will explore the Episcopal Church.

Contact: Lee Hayden to register. Child care is provided with advance reservation. If you are undecided about membership, please come learn more about our parish during your time of discernment.

Men's Ministry Events for December

Men’s Prayer Breakfast
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7 a.m. in the Parish Hall

Band of Brothers Lunch
Monday, Dec. 18, noon, Sawmill Tap Room, 7701 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh, 27615

Brothers On Tap
Thursday, Dec. 21, 5:30  p.m.
Nickelpoint Brewing—Come enjoy a pint and fellowship!

Not sure about pledging? Listen here.

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It's an age-old question, one you might be tired of hearing. But listen, as two of our parishioners share why they give each year to our Annual Fund.

Have you given prayerful thought to pledging to the operating budget of St. Michael's? More than 401 households have pledged so far, supporting the work we do in our parish and in the world. We hope you will join them in giving to the Annual Fund 2018 campaign. Pledge online today!

In Concert: The Choir of Clare College

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, England
Monday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets:

$20 for adults

$10 for students

Click HERE to purchase tickets online.

Tickets also available at the door

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and their director Graham Ross present a sumptuous Christmas programme in praise of the Virgin Mary and the coming of the light. Renaissance masterpieces, including Tallis's sublime 'Videte miraculum’ and Hieronymus Praetorius’s Christmas Magnificat (performed with its original interpolated carols) sit alongside more recent much-loved seasonal works, including motets by Howells, Britten, Tavener, Rutter and Ross, and some highly-catchy arrangements guaranteed to put you in the festive mood. A perfect start to the Christmas season.

Since the founding of a mixed voice choir in 1972, the Choir of Clare College has gained an international reputation as one of the world’s leading university choirs. In addition to its primary function of leading services three times a week in the College chapel, the Choir keeps an active schedule recording, broadcasting, and performing. Former directors have included John Rutter and Timothy Brown. Under the direction of Graham Ross, Director of Music since 2010, it has been praised for its consistently ‘thrilling’ and ‘outstanding’ performances worldwide.