The Rev. Robert Fruehwirth bids farewell to our congregation as he accepts the call to St. Matthew’s, Hillsborough.
St. Michael's is hosting its summer Blood Drive on Sunday, August 11, from 8 am - 12:30 pm. As you know, there is a critical need for blood donations during the summer. So please mark your calendars and schedule your life saving appointment. Go to redcrossblood.org and search by sponsor code SMEC. If you have any problems signing up, contact Jean Olson at 919-782-0731, ext. 112, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Efforts are now underway to fund an important restoration of our stained glass windows. A complex collection of sacred art glass, our windows are unique to our parish, as there are none like them in the world. We hope to restore them to their original splendor for generations to come.
Read more about our windows and their inception, in the summer edition of Archangel, in your home mailboxes this week.
Thank you to all those who have contributed to the project, which will begin in early August. We need the support of every family in the parish.
Please return your pledge card to St. Michael’s as soon as possible. Extra cards available at the front desk. Contact: Tim Berry.
Mission Grants Each year, St. Michael’s Missions Grants Committee awards grants to community organizations. The committee’s focus is on organizations that provide for food, housing and employment—goals that are related to the Millennium Development Goals for the World Wide Episcopal Church. Deadline for grant applications is August 1. First-time applicants are asked to submit a copy of its budget for the last two years. An applicant has to disclose if it is a 501(c)(3) organization. Grants are made once a year and applications must be submitted electronically. Find the form at here.
St. Michael’s will one again host Family Promise guests for two weeks this summer and there is a job for you. Hosting families in transition from homelessness to independence requires many hands — drivers, chefs, greeters, set up and breakdown teams, activities directors, overnight hosts and more.
Family Promise Hosting: July 14-28
The Rev. Robert Fruehwirth has accepted a call to become rector of St. Matthew’s in Hillsborough. His last day of service at St. Michael’s will be Sunday, July 14. The parish will host a celebration of his ministry that day after the 10 a.m. service, and all are welcome. As is custom when clergy depart, parishioners may donate to a purse in his honor. Please send checks, made payable to Robert, to Jean Olson at the church.
St. Matthew’s, constituted by the General Assembly of North Carolina 1752 as “the established church in the County of Orange,” is a historic church. The current building was consecrated in 1826.
Below are Robert’s remarks as we announced his departure.
Dear people of St. Michael’s,
Our parish is an amazing community. Souls come alive in this place. People discover themselves and discover God. We proclaim our faith clearly, celebrate it joyously, and live it in our care for one another and the world.
For me personally, ministering at St. Michael’s has been an unalloyed blessing. My soul, with yours, has come more alive here; I have discovered more of God and more of the Spirit’s gifts latent in myself. Greg’s clear preaching of our Faith has been a consistent challenge and blessing, as has Holly’s witness to Christ in her pastoral care. Greg also has passed on to me enormous wisdom regarding church leadership, nurturing lay leadership and developing a team for whom coming to work is a consistent joy. I found In St. Michael’s a place where my gifts of preaching, teaching, pastoring, and formation all flourished. We have “kept the main thing the main thing” and that has been our strength.
After considerable, lengthy, discernment I made a decision this past week to accept a call to serve Christ as the Rector of St. Matthew’s church in Hillsborough, NC. Greg did everything imaginable to keep me here — but the calling, so deep, mysterious and strong, to St. Matthews, is undeniable and filled with its own joy. It’s a call to the leadership of being a rector, and a call to be embedded with my family within a community. I go to Hillsborough strengthened, wiser, and more confident because of my time at St. Michael’s. I am especially grateful to Greg for having given the opportunity, with my idiosyncratic résumé, to be a priest and pastor in this place.
My last Sunday at St. Michael’s will be July 14th. We have a solid month for the handing over of the ministries and projects about which I care a great deal. Leave takings are never easy, but this one is blessed with gratitude.
Five of St. Michael’s high school seniors were awarded Duff/Capps scholarships on Sunday, June 2. We congratulate all of our seniors and hope they will always consider St. Michael’s their spiritual home.
Hamp has been active at St. Michael’s since he was a small child. He’s been an acolyte, a member of EYC and is likely most recognizable as an usher, first as a young boy with his late father, John, and has been an official usher since he was in 6th grade. He’s also served on REACH and Belize mission teams. A graduate of Broughton High School, he has been in the a member of the marching band and played lead saxophone. He was manager of the wrestling team. He is also an Eagle Scout.
“St. Michael’s feels like home,” he says. “I’ve been about to find friends who love me dearly, and those friends have helped me through some of my neediest times, such as when my father passed. Hamp is the son of Lyne Dempster, and he will attend UNC Charlotte in the fall.
Josh has also grown up at St. Michael’s and has been an acolyte since he was in 4th grade. Josh is a member of EYC (this year he serves on the Leadership Team), and he, too, has been on REACH and Belize missions. “Everything I’ve learned about my faith has been in those doors,” he says of the church he’s attended since he was born. A graduate of Broughton, he served on the Drum Line all for years and was drum captain his senior year. He performed in the Pit Orchestra for A Chorus Line and is on the Senior Leadership of the EYC.
He also played in the wind ensemble of the marching band and is a Boy Scout. He will attend Wake Tech. Josh is the son of Linda and Lou Dohme.
Noah and his family came to St. Michael’s five years ago, and since that time, he’s served as an acolyte and a member of the EYC. He also serves on the volunteer videography team, recording Adult Formations and is currently working on a welcome video for the church website. “The intellectual nature of the sermons, adult forums and discussions have provided a safe place where I can wrestle with difficult questions, shape what i believe and help my understanding of God’s word.”
A graduate of Enloe High School, Noah is a conference champion swimmer who will be swimming for Dartmouth College in the fall. He’s lead director for Enloe’s morning news program, The Loedown, and he developed media content that helped raise $230,000 for the Autism Society of NC. Noah is the son of Jeff and Danielle Hensley.
A graduate of Holly Springs High School, Katherine was a member of the National Honor Society, varsity swim captain and a member of the New Wave and Sunset Ridge swim teams. Though at times in her years at St. Michael’s she has felt doubt in her faith, she has participated in Bible studies and attended Youth retreats. Recently, a good friend reminded her of all that St. Michael’s and her faith have given her, and she was able to share her rekindled faith with a friend. “I”m so thankful for the friends I’ve made through my time at St. Michael’s and the way they have helped me grow in my faith.”
Katherine, who is the daughter of Ronda and Robert Hurlbert, will attend NSCU in the fall.
A 2018 graduate of Leesville Road High School, James took a gap year to hike the Appalachian Trail. While at Leesville, he was chapter president of the Technical Student Association. As a 5th grader, James became an acolyte and remained so until graduation. He was very active in the Episcopal Youth Community, serving on five REACH mission trips and as an EYC volunteer. “Through both the acolyte program and EYC, I’ve become a responsible, dependable, respectful and better leader,” he says. “The leaders have been amazing role models in teach me how to be a better leader and adult in Christ’s vision. The REACH mission trips were humbling and taught me how to work in a group to achieve a challenging goal.”
James will leave the AT this summer and attend Appalachian State University in the fall. He is the son of Nancy and Grant King.
Joe graduated from Enloe High School, where he was a member of the Happy Accidents (the improv team), the National Art Society (secretary), the Enloe Civil Liberties Alliance and the Art Club (historian). At St. Michael’s, he has served as an acolyte and as a chalice bearer and he has been involved in EYC REACH mission work as well. He sang in the choir until 8th grade. “I still remember Mr. (Bill) Duff teaching me in confirmation class,” he writes. “I have learned how to help people and make the world a better place.
“But I’m not unlike other teenagers. Rare is the Sunday I way up and am excited to go to church. I feel like my faith is not very strong; I’ve had doubts as I’ve gone through high school, and I’m not sure how my beliefs fit with all the aspects of the Episcopal faith. One thing that never changes, though, is that somehow I always feel welcome at St. Michael’s.”
An artist, Joe will attend NC State in the fall. He is the son of Will and Kristen Lingo.
A graduate of Broughton High School, Wooten is an Eagle Scout. He was a varsity golfer for four years, a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club and Key Club at Broughton. At St. Michael’s, he has been a senior crucifer and served on three REACH mission trips during high school.
“When I moved here in 2008, we joined St. Michael’s, the church my mother had gone to growing up and where my grandparents were active members. This has always made it a very special place for me, and I”m grateful to have gotten to know all the wonderful members over the years. St. Michael’s has also been the place where my faith has grown through service to the church and duty to God as an Eagle Scout. I have no doubt that this solid foundation built through my years at St. Michael’s will serve me well in college and beyond.”
Wooten, who is the son of Jim and Sterling Wheless, will attend UNC Chapel Hill this fall.
Congratulations for Mimi Keravuori, who was named Senior of the Year on May 16 at the annual Spring Fling. Mimi has long been involved in our parish, particularly with Mission and Outreach, quietly serving as the hands and feet of Christ throughout her many years here.
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