May 14th, Friday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Parish Life Center (PLC)
Come be involved in setting a vision for our children’s and youth ministries at St. Michael’s.
All are invited to join the Renovation Team in building clarity and consensus through a fun, positive process involving those who care about the children’s and youth ministries. We will emerge with a Mission Statement, Core Values, two year goals, and a structure of the ministries. All preschool and church parents, grandparents, Sunday School teachers, and parishioners are welcome. Nursery care and light refreshments provided. Masks required indoors and social distancing observed. Your input is needed and valuable! For more information, contact Jessica Ladd Cook (504) 258-6566, Alfonso Martinez (504) 717-9548, or Christie Plauche (504) 504 261-7314.
We learned A LOT from our first fish fry…especially appropriate serving sizes! Join us for a Drive-Thru Fish Fry on Friday, March 19th, from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Plates include: catfish fillets, coleslaw, smashed potatoes, garlic bread, & cake.
All plates $10
Families with children, use Promo Code SMEPS for a family discount.
Order ahead to ensure your plate! We are only cooking up 200 plates this time around. All proceeds will benefit our children’s & youth ministries.
Two weeks until our first Fish Fry! Plates include: catfish fillets, coleslaw, french fries, garlic bread, & lemon. Order ahead to ensure your plate! We are only cooking up 100 plates this first time around. All proceeds will benefit our children’s & youth ministries.
Pre-Order your dinner through this link: Fish Fry Order Form
$12 Adult Plate
$6 Kid Plate
$30 Family Dinner
Art Show Flyer – 2020
8th Annual Lenda Dean Perez Memorial Art Show & Sale
Pottery | Acrylics | Oil | Woodworking | Watercolors | Jewelry | Sculpture
Over 18 Local Artisans & Crafts
50% of All Proceeds will go directly to Family Promise of St. Tammany
Admission: A Non-Perishable canned good benefiting The Samaritan Center in exchange for one raffle ticket for the Parade of Prizes.
Calendar of Events
Friday – October 16, 2020
4:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday – October 17, 2020
12 Noon – 8:00pm
Starting at 5:00pm, Music by Kagen
Sunday – October 18, 2020
8:00am – 1:00pm
In compliance with the State Executive Order for Covid-19, temperature will be checked at the door, social distancing guidelines will be followed and mask must be worn.
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church | Parish Life Center
4499 Sharp Road, Mandeville, LA 70471| 985-626-5781
The Annual Meeting agenda, reports, and vestry nominations are found in this document: Annual Meeting Information
The last time we physically gathered as a community was nearly two months ago. Our physical isolation is uncomfortable but is necessary to prevent the spread of a highly infectious, incurable disease that is ravishing our nation. As the news of local businesses reopening becomes more frequent and even though we may hear of other denominations meeting, they will still be bound by the 25% occupancy limit, I wanted to share why we are not doing so as quickly.
- Bishop Thompson does not want any churches to gather in person until at least May 24th. Gatherings after May 24th are allowed, if they are meeting outside.
- When it is okay to gather inside, the state is requiring religious organizations to limit in-person gathering to 25% occupancy. That means only 25-30 people would be allowed in the sanctuary.
- Once we are able to gather again, know that if you feel uncomfortable about gathering for any reason, we are hopeful that we will have our online streaming installed and you can join us from the safety of your home
At this time, the risks are too great for us to gather in-person for worship on Sundays. When we do gather back, it will be in a fashion that can be done safely inside and does not create situations in which individuals have to be turned away at the door. I hope you will continue to join us from the safety of your homes over Zoom, on Facebook Live, or watch when you are able on YouTube.
We are still the church, we are still proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, as we continue to love all of our neighbors by not putting each other at an unreasonable risk.
Keep the faith,
The Rev. Robert Beazley
Dear St. Michael’s Parishioners,
As many of you know, I grew up a cradle Episcopalian. The “new” 1979 Book of Common Prayer could legally drink by the time its Rite II words reached my infant ears and worship was centered around Holy Eucharist. As a full member of the church, I cannot recall a time when I stood on either side of my parents at the communion rail and was denied the body of Christ. At the end of my 1st Grade Sunday School class when we dressed extra nice and sat in the front pews to receive communion first, worshiping God as a community shifted for me. From that point forward, I distinctly remember standing on the pew and being fixated on the priests of St. John’s, Tallahassee as they prayed the Eucharistic prayers. There was an interest in how they got to that point in their life and how they could pray those words of faith that allowed us to connect with God.
A few years later when I was old enough to attend summer camp, the leaders who inspired the love of Christ to surround us were not middle-aged men with master’s degrees in formal vestments but college students – average, run of the mill long-haired young adults who reminded me more of my older cousins and neighbors and, ultimately, me. Even though the words and actions they led us in did not center around the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, I had no doubt that Christ was present in our midst. The prayers these lay leaders led are familiar to anyone who came to the Episcopal church before 1979. Each morning before breakfast, we said Morning Prayer; after dinner, Evening Prayer; and just before our young eyes could no longer stay open, Compline. These prayers shaped my Christian beliefs and stayed with me long after I went home. “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you,” still comes to mind each sunrise I witness.
Unfortunately, my experience is not the norm in our church. At last week’s Wednesday night class, we discussed marking time in the Anglican tradition. I was dismayed to learn that two-thirds of those in attendance have never prayed Morning or Evening prayer. For them, their only experience of God’s presence in the Episcopal Church was totally dependent upon an ordained priest leading Holy Eucharist – not in the priesthood of all baptized believers praying as a community.
The simple idea of “community” changed more in the last week than it has in a century. Forced to distance ourselves, worship at St. Michael’s has fundamentally changed. For many of you reading this, worshipping without communion is completely foreign – let alone worshipping online. In our local context where for thousands of our neighbors, there has been a requirement on salvation to receive communion, it is nearly impossible to justify worship without communion. I have seen online discussions about “drive-thru communion” and wonder if in the desert we now find ourselves, we have turned bread and wine into a golden calf. We know whenever we gather as two or three in Christ’s name, He is there among us. In these uncertain times, we must not limit the certainty that God is with us even if we are not able to gather in person.
Years after I first attended summer camp as a child, I worked at that same camp for five summers in a row before going to seminary. That last summer in 2013, when after nine weeks of ending each day with Compline, my fellow counselors and I feared what would happen when our communal prayer life would end cold turkey. We decided that each Thursday night, at 10pm EST, anyone who wanted could get on Skype to say Compline together. For months, my Thursday nights would abruptly pause as I sought to join between three and twenty-three friends who lived on every corner of this country in traditional, Anglican prayer. Many of those dear friends could only spare ten minutes to say the ancient words of Compline and then depart back to their papers and studies. But always a few of us would linger to hold that space – to listen to the highs and lows of our brothers and sisters in Christ. There was no doubt that even though we were hundreds, thousands of miles away from each other – we were still connected.
At St. Michael’s, we are still connected. Each week on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, we will gather as a church, as the Body of Christ, to worship together. If you are able to join in voice and video over Zoom, that’s fantastic; if you are more comfortable watching along, join in on Facebook Live; and if those platforms are foreign, please call in to add your voice to worship. This worship information is listed below and on our website.
I will say, last Sunday when we first tested these waters, it was slightly jarring to pray together with everyone disjointed and out of sync. But as we continued on, familiar voices were woven throughout. As someone later commented, it was like on Pentecost when all the Apostles were praying in various tongues and the Holy Spirit was known to the people! I invite you to join with us wherever you are able – in prayer, over Zoom, watching on Facebook Live, or on the phone. Our distance will not limit our ability to commune together.
With love and faith,
The Rev. Robert Beazley
P.s. Don’t forget to vote daily for St. Michael’s Episcopal Church & Preschool on www.gulfbank.com/vote