New Vicar – The Rev. Bill Murray Simplifying During Summer

The Newsletter for Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
July 2014
Simplifying During Summer
Cooking and
Serving at
Austin Street
4th of July
Offices Closed
no 7:00 a.m.
Milk and
Reception to
Welcome the
Youth Late
Night Games
Volume 25, No. 11
Volume 26, No. 7
In the Early Church, the Apostles traveled light,
they remained focused on their mission partly
because they were unfettered.
They were held together
because of common purpose,
their daily devotional life, a
bit of risk, and enormous
opportunity. Once beyond
the immediate drama of the
Ascension and the Day of
Pentecost, they began to ask, “What’s next?” The
challenge of how to remain responsive became
important as new converts from many different
backgrounds, cultures and tongues became part
of the community.
Similar opportunities are before us in Dallas!
What we do and how we act and what’s next
are questions for us once we get beyond the
immediate drama of the graduation, the baptism,
the funeral, the wedding, the move, and the life
transition. C. S. Lewis’ wife, Joy Davidman, put
it this way: “We don’t have heightened drama all
of the time. Sooner or later we are called to start
living day by day with simple focus and Christian
joy, to exercise expectant and generous living,
seizing every opportunity to make the most of
the gifts of life.”
The concept of sabbath in the Judeo-Christian
teaching is not merely about keeping holy a time
each week for worship. Sabbath time in the Bible
means a rhythm of work and rest, vocation and
play, public time and solitude. Sabbath literally
means “stop, cease, cut out the unnecessary.” Stop
worrying about your future, stop collecting more
stuff, travel lighter, invest in people, let go of a
cont. on page 19
New Vicar – The Rev. Bill Murray
– Starts to Work
The Rev. Bill Murray, the new Vicar, is starting
his ministry at Saint Michael and All Angels this
In announcing his call, the Rector, Bob Dannals,
said, “Bill is a skilled preacher, teacher, and writer,
and an experienced pastor and leader. As Vicar
he will give vision and execution to the full range
of formation ministries from birth to our senior
adults. He will take a full role in the pastoral,
preaching, liturgical, sacramental, and teaching
life of the parish, and will provide special focus
to the growth and vitality of our children, youth,
and families. He will also assume leadership
roles in shaping our future growth, including
interfacing with engagement, welcoming, and
new member ministries.”
The Murrays – Bill, his wife, Jessie, and their
two sons, Moses (Mose) and Abraham (Abe) –
completed their move to Dallas during June. Bill,
then, spend most of the month at Sewanee – The
University of the South working on his Doctor of
Ministry program.
The Vicar will preach his first sermon at Saint
Michael on Sunday,
July 13, followed
by a “Milk and
Cookies” welcome
reception in the
Garden Cloister at
Your Giving Has Worldwide Impact
Good Friday and Christmas Offerings
Go to Syrian Refugee Children
All of the offerings given at the Good Friday worship services,
and one-third of the offerings made at Saint Michael’s
Christmas services were given to the American Friends of
the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem for its programs helping
children in the Middle East. We donated a total of $27,443.
Recently our Rector, Bob Dannals, received the following
note from Anne Lynn, President of the American Friends of
the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.
Dear Bob:
Sometimes we aren’t entirely aware of the impact of a gift
or a gesture. I want to address that. Saint Michael and
All Angels provided a wonderfully generous offering from
Christmas and Good Friday to be used for Syrian refugees.
We received the gifts in April, gratefully combined it with
some other funding and forwarded it to the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf which operates in Jordan. They have
been working in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in northern
Jordan with Syrian refugees who have various physical and
mental disabilities, a population which is unaddressed by
any other relief agency.
You can imagine the plight of families with members who
are blind, deaf, unable to walk or communicate. The situation in the camps is stressful for the most able-bodied among
them, and these most fragile refugees have access to appropriate resources as a result of your important gift.
Eight healthcare workers, including an audiologist, an assistant, a mould specialist (to fit hearing aids), a speech pathologist, a vision specialist, and others visited the camp.
They provided splints, glasses, hearing aids, boots and other
assistive device, plus follow up visits to insure these devices
are appropriate and improving lives. They also worked
with the schools to insure the children were properly integrated. The team visited the camp 21 times in March and
18 times in April. A teacher who is deaf joined the team in
April along with a sign language teacher.
Saint Michael and All Angels funded this team for almost
a month. We’re working now to find additional funding
for this critical program and want you to know how deeply
grateful AFEDJ, the Holy Land Institute, and the children
of Zaatari Camp are for your critical support.
Attached are two pictures – certainly not a good sample of
your impact – but what we can share today. This particular little boy was directly touched by the generosity of your
parishioners. Thank you. Thank you.
The love and generosity of our parish reaches around the
world. Thanks be to God!
Bob Dannals
Pentecost Celebrations and Goodbyes
Pentecost Sunday, June 8, was a day of celebrations and a day
of goodbyes.
The church, the priests, and many parishioners were clothed
in red as we commemorated the descent of the Holy Spirit
upon the Apostles and followers of Christ.
Following the 10:00 services everyone gathered in the Parlor
for a reception and to say goodbye to Sunday Associate Mike
Dangelo, his wife, Faye, and their daughter, Susanna. Mike,
who has been the Chaplain at St. Mark’s School of Dallas, accepted a call to be the Rector at the Episcopal Church of the
Redeemer in the greater Boston area.
Farmers Market
Saint Michael’s Farmers Market Makes the News
Our Saint Michael’s Farmers Market is getting a lot of great
publicity around town. It has been featured in a number of
newspaper articles, community magazines and blog posts.
In addition to the farm fresh foods, there are shaded areas to
In its “Insiders Guide to North Texas Farmers Markets,”
published in May The Dallas Morning News said, “In its third
year, St. Michael’s Farmers Market
in the St. Michael and All Angels
Episcopal Church parking lot
is emerging as one of the better
artisanal markets. In addition to
a solid selection of growers (fresh fruits and vegetables) and
ranchers (pastured meats), it boasts a concentration of specialty
food purveyors…
enjoy a morning breakfast taco or sweetbread, and let the kids
play on the new Preschool playground.
Friends Group Supports the Growth of
Saint Michael’s Farmers Market
In April, D Magazine had an article on “The Best Farmers
Markets in Dallas,” in which it said about our farmers market,
“Even though St. Michael’s—located in the north parking
lot of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal
Church—is one of Dallas’ newer markets,
it has quickly become a favorite.” And the
magazine in its June 6 issue, “Market to
Market Report” highlighted many of our
vendors and reminded its readers, “Most importantly, the June
Market Drive will benefit Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center.
Bring baby supplies to drop off at the market, if you’d like to
In its June 2 blog, “Itty Bitty,” a blog written by
Cheryl Collett, devoted its entire article to the Saint Michael
Farmers Market.
Open every Saturday from 8:00 to Noon, Saint Michael’s
Farmers Market has become a neighborhood gathering place.
A new group, The Friends of Saint Michael’s Farmers Market,”
is working to grow the farmers market into the future. The
Saint Michael Foundation provided the seed money during its
first three years to get the market on its feet, but by policy
cannot continue to fund it. The Friends have raised a total of
$35,000 with donations from more than 180 people. $16,000
of that amount goes to supplement this year’s operations. The
group needs to raise an additional $20,000 to sustain the
market in 2015. To join the Friends of the Market, visit the
Welcome Booth on Saturday mornings, or join online at www.
Faith and Literature
Throughout the summer clergy members share their favorite
books Sundays at 11:00 in the Coke Activities Room.
July 6
August 3
The Works of René Girard
Reviewed by
The Good Lord Bird
Reviewed by
Kevin Huddleston
This book was winner of the
2013 National Book Award
for fiction and listed as a
Top 10 Book of the Year by
the Washington Post. It is an
intriguing and tantalizing
saga about one of America’s
earliest abolitionists.
Bill Murray
René Girard, a French-born,
American historian, literary critic,
and philosopher of social science,
theorizes that all of our desires are
borrowed from others, that all conflict originates from rivalry,
that the scapegoat mechanism is the origin of sacrifice, and
religion was necessary to control the violence that can come
from rivalry, and that the Bible reveals these ideas.
August 10
Endless Life:
The Poems of the Mystics
Reviewed by
Kevin Huddleston
July 20
When God Winks
at You
Reviewed by
Greg Pickens
When God Winks at You is
packed with true stories
demonstrating that God does
communicate with us, making
incredible things happen in our
lives every single day.
July 27
East of Eden
Reviewed by
Bill Murray
In this masterpiece John
Steinbeck explored his most
enduring themes: the mystery
of identity, the inexplicability
of love, and the murderous
consequences of love’s absence.
These selections of poetry have
the common claim that Love is
the most compelling name of
God, and the most apt attribute
of the Holy One in Whom we
live and move and have our being.
August 17
My Bright Abyss
Reviewed by
Lisa Flores
Seven years ago, Christian Wiman,
a well-known poet and the editor
of Poetry magazine, wrote a nowfamous essay about having faith in
the face of death. My Bright Abyss,
composed in the difficult years since
and completed in the wake of a bone marrow transplant, is
a moving meditation on what a viable contemporary faith—
responsive not only to modern thought and science but also
to religious tradition—might look like.
For Your Information
The Columbarium and Nave Courtyard
Provides a Place of Serenity and Peace
Take a walk through our new Columbarium and Nave
immediately be struck by
its beauty and tranquility.
There elements of God’s
creation are blended to
create an environment
appealing to families and
comforting the bereaved. A
bronze Cross, turning gently
with the breeze connects our
earth with the heavens. And,
rain collected in a bronze
vessel, provides water for the
niches’ bud vases. Visit the
Columbarium and to learn more contact Kimberly Hughes
Robinson at [email protected]
Fond Memories and Amazing Revelations
Layton Humphrey can remember when Saint Michael and All
Angels sat on a treeless prairie way out in North Dallas. His
wife, Claudia, a student at Hockaday, remembers coming to
confirmation classes with her schoolmate Beverly Lide after a
weekend slumber party.
The Humphreys have been gone
from Dallas for a number of years
but recently were in town to visit
Layton’s daughter, Samantha
Hollinshead, whose daughter will
be entering the Episcopal School of
Dallas in the fall. A tour of today’s Saint Michael and All Angels
produced some amazing “Wows” and some fond memories.
Layton reminisced of growing up and being confirmed at Saint
Michael, and especially enjoying his service as a youth acolyte
under the church’s first rector, Fr. Albert Taliaferro. Claudia,
whose family lived in Archer City, remembered having many
Hockaday classmates who were members of Saint Michael and
often coming to events at the church with them.
Layton’s daughter, Samantha, is hoping to lure them back to
Dallas…at least part of the time.
Jubilee Summer Camps Stress the
Environment and Learning
More than 300 students from
the Jubilee Park Community
are learning about protecting
the environment through
hands-on, fun activities at
Jubilee’s summer camps. The
first camp concludes July 3. A
second camp begins July 7 and
runs through August 1.
The theme for this year’s camps is “Go Green.” Students study
environmental science, chemistry, robotics and engineering.
In the first week students learned how to repurpose everyday
objects to reduce waste in creative ways. They used plastic water
bottles to make lava lamps and plastic drinking cups to make
planters. The Arboretum is onsite daily teaching science lessons
about the life cycle of plants.
In addition, the students are learning how they can take action
to help make the world
a better place. Middle
the camp are reading
Generation Fix, stories of
young people who have
taken action to address
issues such as hunger,
homelessness, education
and the environment.
The Perot Museum comes to the camp to talk about careers in
the sciences.
Studies show that on average, low income students lose two
months of reading and math skills over summer break. Jubilee’s
summer camp is designed to prevent “summer slide” by keeping
them engaged in learning. Each day the students have breakfast,
enrichment activities, recreation time and lunch. Fridays are
field trip day, with an outing that relates to the week’s lessons.
During the first camp, the students had an exciting trip to the
Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at the Arboretum.
More than 40 high school students from Peak Preparatory
Academy, St. Marks School of Texas, Hockaday, and the
Episcopal School of Dallas are volunteering as camp assistants
Youth Costa Rica
Life in sunny Costa Rica sometimes really is a beach.
But to a dedicated and spirit-led mission group of 16 teens
and their chaperones from Saint Michael, travelling to
the idyllic Central American country in June provided a
chance to help the Episcopal Diocese of Costa Rica, have
a lot of fun, and build not only a church but some lasting
Plus, so many of
the Costa Rican
people expressed a
desire to visit us in
The mission group’s
work involved assisting
construction workA lot of time was spent with school ers with the beginning
of building the
Church of Asencion, including lifting beams into place for
the building’s ceiling.
At the diocesan school, in addition to painting the mural the
group built ping-pong tables and spent time interacting with
the children and parishoners.
Putting the roof in place at church of the Asencion
The group spent nine days in the Costa Rican-city of San Jose
and stayed at the Diocesan House where they were hosted by
Paul Spellings, a Saint Michael parishioner working for the
Diocese. He is also the son of Margaret Spellings, our church
Clerk to the Vestry, and Jamie Spellings.
“It was a great opportunity to help the Episcopal Diocese of
Costa Rica and also have some amazing fun including spending a day at the most awesome beach,” said John Cowden,
16. “We did a lot of work including putting up a roof on the
church and painting a very colorful mural of a river leading
up to a picture of Jesus. I guess you could say it was a cool
team effort.”
“I went to the Costa Rica mission trip because I’ve been on
the mission trips before and have just loved the experiences,”
said Emma Fenton, “I’ve been taking Spanish lessons for six
years and I thought this would be a great opportunity to try
out my skills. What I really took away from this trip was
learning to appreciate your surroundings and the people you
are with. In Costa Rica they constantly say ‘pura vida’, which
is like the Spanish version of hakuna matata. They take their
time to savor the small things, whether it be hanging out
for an hour after a meal or stopping to look at the flowers.
I really enjoyed my time there, and I would do anything to
go back.”
What was Cowden’s take-away from the trip? “It was invaluable to me as a person to realize the work we did is going
to help so many people for a long time to come, and it also
enriched the spirits of all those on the mission trip.
Mural painting brought out new talents
Ronald McDonald House Of Dallas
Unveils Its Own Butterfly Garden
Honoring Jean And Dale Fuller With Love
From The Fuller Kids
just a touch of magic that would charm a child — a butterfly
garden in the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas courtyard.
Sounds easy. Just get a bunch of butterflies and let them loose.
Wrong! Jill, with the help of the staff and Master Gardener
Georgia Rayna, created a garden that looked like a butterfly
smorgasbord with plants like Black-eyed Susans, Frog Fruits,
Butterfly Blue Pincushions and Hummingbird Bushes. On
Friday, May 16, as part of the “Share the Love” barbecue
celebration, the official unveiling of the Jean and Dale Fuller
Butterfly Garden took place under beautiful skies.
As the plaque was unveiled and Jean and
Dale surveyed the
garden, Jill said that
there were plans to
add a hummingbird
feeder in the days
Back in the late 1950’s, Jean and Dale Fuller were students
at the University of Iowa. She earned her BSN in 1958 and
he completed his residency in radiology in 1968. They moved
to Dallas, where he set up practice and together they raised
a family.
In his work and through associations, Dale recognized the
plight of families who traveled great distances so that their
children could be treated for “serious illness or injury at a
Dallas area hospital.”
Of course, Dale did nothing solo. If he was involved, so was
Jean. Together they not only made the Ronald McDonald
House of Dallas a lifelong project, they inspired others to
pitch in. With their wisdom and gentle smiles of compassion,
they made a difference for so many — the families receiving
assistance and those who provided the support. On the front
row of watching the Fullers’ involvement were the Fuller kiddos — Sue, Cathy and David.
Now grown and with kids of their own, the Fuller trio wanted
to do something special for their parents. Brainstorming with
CEO Jill Cumnock and Chief Development Officer Diane
Fullingim, they came up with a gift that would reflect Jean
and Dale. It was to be something positive, full of life and with
Nell Anne Hunt Wins Election
to Irving Independent School District
Saint Michael parishioner Nell Anne Hunt has been
elected to the Irving Independent School District’s
Board of Trustees.
Nell Anne, a longtime Irving resident, has served on
many community boards and
has taught in the district and
at North Lake Community
College, in addition to her
career as a realtor.
She is also an active parishioner at Saint Michael having
participated in Mission and Outreach programs, New
Orleans mission trips, and adult formation.
Want to reconnect with God? Try a
Cursillo Weekend
A Cursillo weekend retreat could help take your faith to the
next level. Spend a few days away from life’s distractions.
Through talks given by both lay and clergy, small group discussions, worship, and the sacraments, participants come
away with the tools to help them lead a more Christ-centered
life. The next Cursillo retreat is August 14-17 at Camp All
Saints on Lake Texoma. For more information contact: Kristi Wilson at [email protected]; or Britt McGannon at
[email protected]
2015 Calendars are in the Bookshop
The popular 2015 Liturgical Desk Calendar and the 2015
Pocket secretary have arrived in the Bookshop. More calendars are arriving this month. Stop by the shop to pick yours
Children and Family Ministries Add Staff
Children and Family Ministries has added two new staff
members as they prepare for a busy fall program.
Erika Bower, whose history at Saint Michael goes back
to her childhood, will be involved in
organizing and coordinating whole family
gatherings, the Nativity Pageant, and the
Edge Ministry. Erika and her husband,
Phil, first met in Saint Michael Sunday
School as children. Today they have two
of their own, Philip and Liliana. Erika has
a Liberal Arts degree from Collin College,
has served on the Vacation Bible School committee, and has
volunteered with large group Sunday School.
Ellen Talley has assumed the role of Early Childhood
Ministry Coordinator. Ellen is a
graduate of The University of Texas
with a Bachelor’s in Elementary
Education and a Master’s in Education
from SMU. She taught elementary
school in Carrollton and at Bradfield
in Highland Park. She and her
husband, Larry, are raising their four
children and she now volunteers at her
children’s schools and at Saint Michael and All Angels where
they have been members for more than seven years.
Caring and Sharing: Mission Outreach
Honduras Threads Mission Trip Makes
Major Strides
(This article was prepared by Bill Bancroft, one of the leaders
of the mission trip)
Please applaud the Honduras Threads Class of 2014. More
than 50 members of six Threads sewing and embroidery coops won certificates of achievement in sewing and computers
June 26. The awards ceremony was a first and represented a
milestone in both the abilities and in the self-respect of the
women in the co-ops.
Melanie McGill gives computer instruction to co-op
inexperienced in changing needles and bobbins and other
production tasks. To earn recognition, course participants
had to prove they could master the tasks.
Susan Oglesbee, who joined the mission from Louisiana, taught
the co-op members how to use sewing machines.
With computers, many co-op members had been struggling
to do everything from starting programs and attaching Word
documents to navigating sites on the web and creating and
sending email. Participants learned how to do these tasks in
the Level 1 course. In the Level 2 course, they demonstrated
they could add and delete rows in Excel and create cost
Members of the 2014 Threads mission trip team served as
teachers for three learning tracks. They sat side-by-side with
co-op members as the women demonstrated competency in
12 areas of sewing, 37 areas for Level 1 and nine areas for
Level 2 in computer skills. Ten teenage children of co-op
members also received certificates in computer use.
Judging from the production of pillows, placemats, and table
runners before the courses, it appeared most members of the
co-ops were versatile in every aspect of production. Not so.
Some had never used a sewing machine before. Others were
Tommy Thedford, Saint Michael IT manager, works with
Josue on repairing computers.
accounting records to send to Dallas so Threads could more
intelligently price its products. One student learned to tear
down and rebuild a computer without assistance.
Caring and Sharing: Mission Outreach
Teachers on the Threads team had a variety of backgrounds
which they pooled to achieve success during the trip.
Melanie McGill was a university professor who specialized
in teaching teachers how to teach, Susan Oglesbee taught
sewing in public high schools in the U.S. for several
years. Tommy Thedford is Saint Michael’s computer tech.
Looking around the outpost where four days of classes were
held, Thedford observed, “We couldn’t have done this 10
years ago. We didn’t have the technology then.”
Oglesbee found co-op members’ skills exceptional, especially
given the circumstances they work under. “I really was
surprised to find how well they did their work and how
carefully they took care of their sewing machines.”
In another first, co-op members decided to set up a “lending
library” where members could check out one of three new
laptop computers for a week at a time to use to improve
computer skills. The computers in the lending library are in
addition to the one computer each of the six co-ops has to
track its work. The idea for the lending system came from
concern that co-op members would forget what they learned
if they didn’t continue to practice. And none is in a position
to purchase a computer on her own. Co-op members will
create and manage the lending system.
Bob Campbell and students make a computer “selfie”
“With the computers, each co-op member or their children
can use the tool to research whatever topics are important,”
said McGill. “It could range from new embroidery stitches
to agricultural production to whatever is important to
them at the time. And it could increase their ability to
communicate and share their learning among multiple coop members who live miles apart from each other.”
More than 50 members of Honduras Threads co-ops received certificates of achievement at a ceremony in Santa Cruz Arriba.
The ceremony came at the end of four days of instruction in sewing and computers. To earn certificates Threads’ members had to
demonstrate competency in several areas.
Women of Saint Michael
Women of Saint Michael
Caring and Sharing - Pastoral Care
A Loving Touch
When a member of our parish dies, the family can greet
their friends at a reception following the service. Being able
to provide the loving touch of a reception, without cost to
the family, is a way to honor the people who have been
supportive members of the Saint Michael community.
The Saint Michael
Funeral Guild is
the Congregational
Care Ministry that
organizes, prepares
and serves these
receptions and has
been doing this for
18 years. Director
of Congregational
Care, Ann Mills,
service with a small committee of volunteers which
organizes and prepares the receptions, or contributes homebaked cookies.
Here is an example of their teamwork: On the day of a
10:00 service, you might find a member of the Funeral
Guild in the church kitchen at 7:00 polishing trays,
arranging flowers, and receiving deliveries of cookies. About
8:00, a member the operations staff sets up a reception table
in the ambulatory outside the church parlor, and another
table for drinks. Two hours before the service, members of
the Guild arrive to help arrange the refreshments and add
floral touches. Then, just as humbly and lovingly as they
have gone about the preparations, these ladies disappear. A
church sexton remains available to handle any serving needs
during the reception and clean up after all have left.
When the service concludes, guests are invited to greet the
family in the parlor and enjoy refreshments. The family is
free to greet their friends without any of the pressures of
making the arrangements, a valuable help at a time of stress.
Many who attend these receptions have remarked about the
loving touch that is provided by Saint Michael to honor the
family. Seeing the loving work done by the Funeral Guild,
several people have offered to bake cookies or help in other
ways and want to be a part of this ministry. It is something
that anyone can do. Maybe you, too, would like to do
something for a experiencing a loss. If you feel called to
this ministry, please notify Gayle Kesinger, [email protected]
com, 214-559-4273, or Ann Mills, [email protected]
org, 214-363-5422 , ext 538. They will gladly welcome you
into a ministry that will give you a feeling of really doing
something loving and caring for families who are bereaved.
—Marillyn Burton Seeberger
Funeral Guild Members
Peggy Andrews
Marianne Ballard
Karolyn Bowles
Beverly Bowman
Lori Browne
Lynne Burkhart
Anita Caldwell
Judy Cole
Shannon Callewart
Karen Chapel
Jeane Clayton
Harriet Cousins
Kelly Doyle
Stacy Elliston
Karen Goodchild
Dale Hankins
Carol Hairston
Joanne Hardaway
Sally Hudnall
Mary Elizabeth
Claire Jones
Gayle Kesinger
Carol Kimberly
Ashley Kellogg
Cynthia Kostman
Laura Kugler
Beverly Lide
Beverly Lightbourn
Michelle Mann
Joanne C. Martin
Sarah Martin
Mary Massengale
Cora McClure
Lisbeth McNabb
Phoebe Moore
Beverly Morrison
Ellen Muth
Sue Patton
Cathy Philley
Lorraine Pingree
Sandra Porter
Gay Rekerdres
Marilyn Schmidt
Jane Slover
Vicki Sparks
Joan L. Stansbury
LaRee Stein
Ginny Swann
Byrd Teague
Suzanne Thomas
Sharon Tomnitz
Betty Walker
Brittany Warburton
Rebecca Weaver
Mary Ann Webster
Liz Wheelan
Nancy Wilbur
Barb Wynn
Susie Yeckel
Caring and Sharing - Pastoral Care
Women’s Cancer Support Group.
This group meets on Mondays at 1:45
in the Parlor to support each other and
share helpful information. Contact:
Sue Patton, [email protected], or
Charlie Stobaugh, [email protected]
Centering Prayer Group. We invite
you to join us on Tuesdays at 10:00
in the Clergy Conference Room as we
continue through the summer months.
Learn how to be still and pray and get
your mind centered on those things
most important to you and those you
love. Contact: Mary Ann Webster,
maryannwebst[email protected]
The Prayer Shawl Knitting Ministry.
The knitting ministry meets on
Tuesdays, 1:00 to 3:00 in the Coke
Activities Room. All with an interest
in knitting and a desire to contribute to
those who would appreciate receiving
one of our prayer shawls, consider
joining one of the knitting ministries.
Contact: Byrd Teague, [email protected]
Alterknit: Consider doing or learning
something new this summer. The
Alterknit Knitting Ministry meets
on Tuesday nights, 6:00-8:00, in the
Drake Room. Men, women, people
of all ages, are invited to participate.
Consider this as an opportunity to
serve. If you don’t know how to knit,
we’ll teach you!
Contact: Nancy
Cantwell, 972-523-4911.
A Stephen Minister Can
Help You Over The Rough
Do you have a burden that you cannot
handle alone? Saint Michael and All
Angels offers a very dedicated group
of men and women who have received
specialized training to walk with you,
confidentially, on this journey. If you
know someone who might benefit
from having a Stephen Minister or
you could use one yourself, please
contact The Rev. Lisa Flores, [email protected]
Alcoholics Anonymous: Meets in
July, on the first and third Sunday
evenings, at 7:30 in the Coke Activities
Room. Open to both men and
women. Contact: The Rev. Neal
Hern, [email protected]
Caregiver Support Group meets on
the on the first and third Mondays
of July in the Parlor, 11:00 to 12:30.
Check our new Care Givers Corner in
the Power Library or the Care Giver
Support Group tab on the website
under Pastoral Care and Caring and
Sharing and to learn about resources
available in the community. Contact:
Sandra Klingeman,
[email protected]
Grief Ministry. The July Faith and
Grief luncheon is scheduled for the
second Thursday, July 10, Noon-1:00
in the Coke Activities Room. If you
have suffered a loss, this is an excellent
support community for you to join.
It is one of listening hearts, strict
confidentiality and warm human
contact. Please make a reservation by
visiting, or
call 469-251-9612. There is no fee for
the lunch but donations are greatly
appreciated. Contact, lay leader,
Meg Badgett, [email protected]
com, or The Rev. Lisa Flores, [email protected]
Summer Hiatus
Christian Yoga. The Yoga classes are
taking a break this summer as Licensed
Instructor, Annette Lentz, takes some
time for additional training and a
summer rest. Please keep watch in
the Sunday News and Archangel for
the announcement regarding the fall
Parish Nurse Ministry: There will be
no Parish Nurse Sunday in the month
of July due to summer schedules.
Prayer Ministry. There will be no
Prayer Ministry meetings during
July. Watch for information in the
Archangel and Sunday News regarding
our fall schedule. The Saint Michael
Prayer Ministry invites you to join
us when we meet again beginning
in August. If you are interested in
becoming a part of the Prayer Ministry,
contact: Steve McKenney, 214-6915384 or [email protected]
Children, Youth, and Family Ministry
Vacation Bible School Rides the Waves –
One of the best ever
Saint Michael’s Vacation Bible School – SonSurf Beach Bash –
was a big hit and one of the most successful ever. More than
400 kids, teens and tweens, parents and counselors produced a
week of fun, learning, and worship
Children, Youth and Family Ministry
Vacation Bible School
Outreach raises $2,100
In addition to going on a Beach
Bash with God and having a lot
of fun, the kids raised more than
$2,100 to for clean water initiatives for Episcopal Relief and
Development. The money will
buy as many as 60 personal water cleaning systems in Africa and
In a note to Emily Given, director of Children and Family
Ministries, Brian Sellers-Petersen
of Episcopal Relief and Development, said, “Thank you for
all that you do to help us with
our mission of healing a hurting
world. Please thank the children
and their families for making
clean water accessible to those
who need it.”
The outreach program was only
one of the highlights of Saint
Michael’s Vacation Bible School.
Some 400 children, teachers,
and parents and teen counselors
spent a week singing, playing,
storytelling, and doing crafts all
focused on learning to be more
like Jesus. The week concluded
with a fabulous family celebra-
Jr. VBS Getting Organized for Next Year
The Jr. VBS, for 2 - 4 year olds, was an outstanding success with more than 75 of the little people singing,
playing and learning about God. Now we’re ready to plan for next year.
The Jr. VBS Committee is being formed. Whether you’re creative or business-minded, we need your
skills and input to make it entertaining, educational and full-filling for the little ones. Contact Elise
Davis at [email protected]
Children, Youth and Family Ministry
Saint Michael Preschool Sets Sights on Accreditation
Bolstered by recent successes and growing demand, the
Saint Michael Preschool has initiated a program to achieve
“During the past two years the preschool
has undergone significant changes as
we have enhanced the quality of our
educational programs and staff,” said
Katie Riley, preschool director. Last
year the preschool joined the National
Association of Episcopal Schools and
a greater number of its students were
Katie Riley
accepted into high ranking schools.
“With these achievements, we knew it was possible for
the Saint Michael Preschool to compete with other highly
regarded preschool programs in Dallas,” Riley said. “A major
step in achieving that goal is becoming accredited.” Both the
board of the preschool and the leadership of Saint Michael
and All Angels have endorsed the objective. Achieving
accreditation is a rigorous process with defined criteria
covering virtually every aspect of the preschool’s operations
ranging from curriculum, staffing, and facilities.
This summer the preschool’s organization was restructured
to facilitate the process. The Mothers’
Day Out program, while still reporting
to the director, became independent
from the preschool’s academic
operations. Tricia Morris, who for
the past two years has taught at the
preschool, was appointed director of
Mothers’ Day Out. She is a graduate
of Vanderbilt University with a degree
Tricia Morris
in Human Development. Tricia has
earned a Child Development Associates Credential, and has
four years of classroom teaching experience.
In another move, Elizabeth Keogh was named to coordinate
activities between Saint Michael and All Angels Church
and the Saint Michael Preschool. She
will be responsible for planning events
like the Barnyard Bash, the Chairish
Fund Raiser, and other parent-children
activities. She will also urge nonmember family church participation,
and assist Stewardship in reaching
Elizabeth, a graduate of
Southern Methodist University with Elizabeth Keogh
a degree in Spanish, has taught at the
preschool during the past school year.
As a part of the reorganization, the position of Assistant
Director, held by Barb Wynn, was eliminated. “Barb,
our long-time friend and colleague, made enumerable
contributions to Saint Michael Preschool and Mothers’ Day
Out that has helped bring our program to this stage,” Ms.
Riley said. “We will always be grateful for her dedicated
The changes will enable the Saint Michael Preschool and
Mothers’ Day Out to have clearly delineated programs this
fall which will help enhance the curriculums for all the
children, meet the highest expectations of the parents, and
better position the preschool to achieve its accreditation goal.
Preschool class working on counting
Grant Them Eternal Rest
Eugene “Gene” Jericho, June 3, husband of Mitch Jericho
Elizabeth “Betty” Conson McCarty Allen, June 3
Elizabeth “Betty” J. Frensley, June 4, sister of The Rev.
Jim Frensley
Charles Park, June 8, father of Charlie Smith, father-in-law
of Jim Smith, grandfather of Elizabeth Gorman, Mary
Ellen Kendall, grandfather-in-law of John Gorman and
Billy Kendall, great grandfather of Will, Catie Grace,
Gretchen and Gillian
Gaye Dianne “Dede” Divine Cullum, June 15, wife of
Tim Cullum, mother of Tim Cullum and Tiffany Doan,
mother-in-law of Amanda Cullum and Donnie Doan
Fred Wells, June 16, father of Dennis Wells, father-in-law
of Janis Wells
Ann G. Hitzman, June 18, mother of Margaret Horn
John Philip Fischer, June 19, husband of Mary Jean
Fischer, father of The Rev. Ariail Gores
Dorothy Lois Harold, June 22, sister of Dolly Smith
James “Jim” Arthur Keeling, June 23, husband of
Katherine Keeling
Phyllis Mary Purtell Johnson, June 29, wife of Dr. Warren
Cradle Role
cont. from page 1
negotiated reputation, place your operative trust in the living
God. In short, simplify!
Summer is a good time to ponder this important gift from
God. It helps during this season to look beyond your most
immediate needs -- to get a glimpse of the Big Picture, and
to have a longer view; to remember that the same God who
engineered Creation, the Redemption in Jesus of Nazareth,
and the sustaining presence of the Holy Spirit, is the same
One who goes with our teens on mission trips, encounters us
during Vacation Bible School, chimes in with us as we sing a
robust hymn, and accompanies us as we do our daily work.
And it’s the same God who bids us to rest, to play, to work
hard, to take responsibility for our lives, to stop and read and
Summer, particularly summer out of doors in new
surroundings, can help us move toward this focused
simplifying, seeing God’s presence in unexpected places. Of
God’s presence, Wordsworth wrote: “Whose dwelling in the
light of setting suns, and the round ocean and living air, and
the blue sky, and in the mind of a person: a motion and a
spirit that impels and rolls through all things.”
Have a simpler and edifying July, and join us often at Saint
Michael and All Angels.
Bob Dannals
We welcome our newest members to our parish family:
Mia Claire
May 27, 2014
Ana and Val Burlacu
Robert Jay
June 3, 2014
Katy and Michael Cosby
Matthew Grayson
June 13, 2014
Gayla and Andy Sahl
A monthly publication of Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
Saint Michael and All Angels
8011 Douglas Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75225-0385
Phone: 214-363-5471
Fax: 214-363-4388
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Monday – Friday
7:00 a.m. – Eucharist – BMC
10:00 a.m. – Healing Service – BMC
8:30 a.m. – Eucharist – BMC
5:30 p.m. – Candlelight Mass
7:30 a.m. – Eucharist Rite I – SMC
10:00 a.m. – Eucharist Rite II - Church
10:00 a.m. – Combined Discovery Mass,
Joy Mass, Celebration Mass - Theater
Parish Clergy
The Reverend Dr. Bob Dannals, Rector
The Reverend Bill Murray, Vicar
The Reverend Dr. Kevin Huddleston, Associate for
Mission & Outreach
The Reverend Lisa Flores, Associate for Pastoral Care
The Reverend Greg Pickens, Associate for Operations
and Pastoral Care
The Reverend Ariail Gores, Deacon
The Reverend Michael Harmuth, Sunday Associate,
Chaplain Episcopal School of Dallas – lower school
The Reverend Pamela Theodore, Sunday Associate
The Reverend Neal Hern, Sunday Associate
Parish Vestry
Stewart Thomas, Sr. Warden
Nancy Skochdopole, Jr. Warden
Grady Schleier, Treasurer
Robert Wilson, Chancellor
Margaret Spellings, Clerk
Christine Ashmore, Peter Beck, John Gorman,
Beth Hise, Kathy Jenevein, Rachel Morgan,
Sallie Plummer, Randy Rekerdres, Tom
Rhodus, Grady Schleier, Tom Stewart, Matt
Waller, and Kay Whelan.
11:00 a.m. – Sunday School Classes
(Children and Adult)
11:00 a.m. – Eucharist Rite I – SMC
5:30 p.m. – Evening Prayer
and Eucharist Rite I – SMC
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