Are You New? Learn More about Our Parish

Join us! If you have been attending St. Michael's for awhile or are new to us and have never participated in our newcomer classes, "Introduction to St. Michael's," we encourage you to do so. Rector Greg Jones will lead the Wednesday night sessions, 6:15pm-7:30pm, September 11, 18, 25 and October 2, in the Adult Education Room of the Parish Hall Building. This class is the beginning of our membership process for all who are new to us.

Child care is provided with advance reservations. Please contact Lee Hayden, Director of Newcomer Ministry to reserve your space in class and child care.

The Christian Faith is a three-session class for all who are new to the Episcopal denomination, those who want to learn more about our denomination, and parents who desire baptism for their child/children. Please join our rector, Greg Jones at 6:15pm-7:30pm, Oct. 16, 23 and 30, in the Adult Education Room of the Parish Hall Building.

Child care is available with advance reservations. Contact Lee Hayden for reservations or questions.

Sign up for Newcomer Classes HERE.

We Need More Donations!

Each August we thank our Raleigh Police for their devoted service. Your generous contributions will let them know how much they are appreciated. Our goal is to give every Raleigh police officer a “Thank-You” bag. We need enough snacks for about 1,000 bags, and and we are running very short on everything from small water bottles and nabs to candy bars and small bags of chips. We DO accept monetary donations. Please drop off your snack donations in the red bin in the lobby BEFORE AUG. 25!

Print out the snack list and other ways to help.

Women's Bible Study

All women of St. Michael’s are invited to join our Women’s Bible Study this fall, beginning Sept. 10 & 13. Two sessions: Tuesday evenings and Friday mornings. Child care will be available on Fridays with advance reservations. A Beth Moore study led by Frances Penick.

Tuesdays: Sept. 10- Nov. 19, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Fridays: Sept. 13 - Nov. 22,. 9:30am-11:30am

“A Woman’s Heart - God’s Dwelling Place”

This in-depth biblical study by Beth Moore explores the fascinating account of the building of the tabernacle, the significance of its intricate design, its pivotal role in God’s eternal plan and the grand fulfillment of its purpose by Jesus Christ, the true Tabernacle. As we journey through this Old Testament account, we are encouraged to prepare our hearts, like the Holy of Holies, to become a home for God’s love and glory- a dwelling place for the Most High God.

Contact: Frances Penick. Fhpenick@nc.rr.com/ #919-810-1298

Workbook Cost: $17

Contact Frances



Welcome Back Youth!

6th GRADE WELCOME DINNER

Wednesday, Aug. 28 | 6:30 p.m.

WELCOME 6th grade families! Youth Ministry invites all 6th grade parents and students to our welcome dinner on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Receive information about 6th grade Confirmation, meet some EYC leaders, and find out other fun ways your student can get involved at church! Program calendars and EYC parent meal sign-ups will be available. We can't wait to meet and welcome your family!

7th-12th GRADE WELCOME BACK DINNER

Wednesday, Sept. 4 | 6:30 p.m.

For all 7th-12th grade parents and students! Join us for food and fellowship with other St. Michael's families and let's celebrate on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Come meet our wonderful youth volunteers and new student leaders as well as learn about the many offerings for the 2019-20 year! Program calendars and the EYC parent meal sign-ups will be available. We can't wait to see everyone!

Join our Children's Ministry Team

Sunday Morning Children’s Ministry Leaders are needed for the 2019-20 school year. We invite you to prayerfully consider giving your time to this dynamic ministry that touches the heart of every child at St. Michael’s. Contact: Stella Attaway

Acolyte Training August 25

Acolytes serve pivotal roles during our Sunday morning serves — providing a number of important services, from carrying the cross and the Gospel during the processional to maintaining the bread and wine during the Eucharist. Our acolytes serve from 4th through 12th grades, and we welcome new acolytes to join us.

This fall, Acolyte training will be held on Sunday, August 25.  This training is for any new acolytes and for current acolytes entering the 6th, 8th and 10th grades to be trained in their new duties.  

  • Jr. Torchbearers (4th - 5th grades) will meet at 2pm.

  • Sr. Torchbearers (6th – 7th grades) will meet at 3pm.

  • Jr. Crucifers (8th – 9th grades) will meet at 4pm.

  • Sr. Crucifers (10th – 12th grades) will meet at 5pm.

Each session will be held in the church and should last approximately one hour.  Questions?  Contact Chip Chase.

St. Michael's Window Restoration Project

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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.

Apply for a Missions Grant

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.

Congrats to our Scholarship Winners!


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.

Winners are:

Hamp Dempster

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 Dohme
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 Hensley

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.

Katherine Hurlbert

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.

James King

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 Lingo

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.

Wooten Wheless

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.

Mimi Keravuori Named Senior of the Year

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.

Baptismal Classes for Parents

If you’d like to have your baby or child baptized in late summer or fall, we required parents to attend two classes taught by the Rev. Greg Jones.

July 10 and 17, 6:15-7:30 p.m., in the Adult Education Room

Child care will be provided.

Contact Lee Hayden to reserve your space.

Special Music Events for Spring

Friday, March 8
7:30 p.m.
Hymn Festival

Join us for a hymn festival led by Douglas Major, former organist and choirmaster of Washington National Cathedral. The festival will feature hymns from our Hymnal 1982, leading us through the Church Year from Advent to Pentecost! Mr. Major will also play organ pieces based on hymn tunes. Admission is free.

March 10, 2019
8 p.m.
Sung Compline

Music of Gabriel Jackson, Thomas Tallis and Thomas Mudd

A small group of singers will offer Sung Compline in our church on the First Sunday in Lent. Sung Compline is a deeply meditative way to end the day as the choir sings prayers, scripture and anthems. The service, which is sung in a darkened church, lasts less than 30 minutes.

Monday, April 1
7:30 p.m.
Choir at Clare College

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge (UK), conducted by Graham Ross, returns to St. Michael’s for a second concert! This year’s program will be extraordinary, as the choir sings Lenten music by Gibbons, Tallis, Wesley, Howells and others, ending with Gerald Finzi’s “Lo, the full, final sacrifice.” They’ve programed the concert to take advantage of St. Michael’s superb pipe organ. Tickets are $25. Purchase tickets now at: HolyMichaelChoirs.org/concerts/

An Evening with the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry

On Monday, Dec. 17, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, visited St. Michael’s, which served as host for a Quail Ridge Books event promoting Bishop Curry’s new book, The Power of Love. Listen, as the Rev. Samuel Gregory Jones asks his longtime friend about his early ministry, Jesus of Nazareth, and about the power of spreading Jesus’ love throughout the world.

Annual Meeting Remarks, 2018

On Sunday, Dec. 2, we elected five new members to the Vestry class of 2021. They are: Liz Driscoll, Matt Marchione, Katherine Poole, Logan Price and Melissa Raley. Congrats to them all! And thank you to the Class of 2018: David Bull, Senior Warden John Constance, Junior Warden Anna McLamb, Allen Marshall and Joe Warenda. You have served our parish well. 

In January, the new Vestry class will be installed, and Valerie Jackson will be the new senior warden.

John Constance, outgoing senior warden, and Anna McLamb, outgoing junior warden, addressed the congregation on Sunday, Dec. 2, during the Annual Meeting.