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Times of Services
Sunday Services.......8:30am and 10:45 am
Summer Worship (Memorial Day through Labor Day) two services at 8:30 and 10:00 am.
A Children's sermon is part of each Sunday's worship service.
Nursery service is available for each service.
Our style of worship is a mix of tradition elements and contemporary.

We sing the beloved old hymns, traditional style hymns, plus songs that are upbeat
that get the feet tapping and the soul stirring.
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Church Seasons
St Michael follows a liturgical calendar, recognixing the traditional season of the church years beginning with Advent and ending with Pentecost. Each season uses a different color of altar hangings, called paraments, that help set a tone for worship. For instance, the color for Good Friday is black, for Christmas, white.

For more information on the church seasons click on the image to the right.
Year A, Year B, Year CYear A, 2007-2008Year B, 2008-2009Year C, 2009-2010



Our Choir
Our Chior
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Our voice choir, a small group of dedicated singers called the Praise Voices, sings once a month at worship and rehearses once a month plus on the Sunday they sing, before worship.

The Joyful Noise Chime Choir, formed in 2007, has been a delightful addition to our worship, ringing God's praises with choir chimes, which sound similar to bells used by a bell choir.

Both groups are directed by our Music Director Pam Wilcox. Contact her to join.



Weddings at St. Michael's
GUIDELINES-MARRIAGE SERVICE

The Christian wedding is a unique service in the church: on the one hand all marriages are governed by the state; on the other hand, the church marriage service is to be conducted from within a Christian context, reflective of our faith. Paul the Apostle compared marital love to Christ’s love for his church (1 Corinthians 11, Ephesians 5).

1. All those who seek to be married in the church are aske to contact the Pastor at least three months in advance (unless valid circumstances preclude). Dates during Lent are strongly discouraged. No weddings will be celebrated during Holy Week, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Easter Day.
2. Marriage in the church and the service itself is orientated for baptized people, i.e. people with faith in Jesus. It is assumed that couples are baptized Christians. If not, they should enter classes with the pastor to prepare for baptism, or at least learn about Christianity so they understand the nature of the prayers and references to Christ in the wedding ceremony. Please speak to Pastor Weiss about your circumstances and do not presume they preclude a wedding through the church.
3. The Parish Pastor shall normally officiate at the wedding but may approve other clergy at her discretion.
4. The Organist of the church shall normally be engaged for the music of the wedding at the church building. Another Organist may serve, provided the regular Organist concurs. Unless he or she has absolutely no responsibilities in the wedding, the Organist is to be paid the normal fee. All music to be scheduled in the wedding is to be negotiated with Organist who will meet with the couple at mutual convenience.

1. The music of the wedding shall reflect the finest traditions of the church. Music emphasizing romantic love, sentimentalism or the glorification of human beings is strongly discouraged. It is your wedding, however, so we try not to dictate. We just want it to be in good taste.
2. Couples seeking marriage shall meet with the Pastor for counseling, which will normally include a discussion of Christian marriage, a couple awareness inventory, and the planning of the service itself. If the Pastor judges, with good cause, that the planning process should not proceed, she will so inform the couple as early as possible in the preparatory period. The counseling usually takes three sessions.
3. The fee schedule is as follows:
• There is no pastor’s fee for active supporting members as marriage preparation is part of her ministry to the member. The fee for non-members is $300 for the use of the pastor’s time and the counseling.
• If the wedding takes place at a site other than the church the non member pastor’s fee is $500.
• The building use fee for weddings at the church is $200 for non members.
• The Organist fee for the rehearsal and service is $200.
• If she accompanies a soloist on one song it is an additional $50, two songs; $75, three of more; $100
• If the wedding takes place elsewhere than St. Michael the organist fees double due to travel expenses, practice time on an unfamiliar instrument, etc.
• The Custodian fee is $50 for a wedding that occurs at the church building.
• If the couple chooses to have a service bulletin the cost to order is approximately $10 per hundred. The church secretary can print the bulletins at a cost of $15 to her for her time.
• The "PREPARED" pre-martial inventory computer scoring costs $35.
• A thank offering to St. Michael is encouraged, but not required.

1. The throwing of rice or bird seed is not encouraged. If the couple plans it, they are asked to have their photography at the Altar completed before they go outside, to prevent tracking of confetti, etc. into the church. Care should be taken that such materials do not litter the church.
2. Photography is not permitted during the service (as soon as the bride has reached the groom). A video camera is permitted as negotiated with the Pastor. It is to be fixed on a stationary tripod in an inconspicuous place.
3. Holy Communion may be included in the service in the context of the full service of Word and Sacrament. If it is, it shall be open to all baptized Christians who commune it their own tradtion..
4. The Marriage License is to be given to the Pastor at the rehearsal. All fees should be paid at the rehearsal.
5. If you wish the pastor to attend your rehearsal dinner or reception, send her an invitation. She will not assume she is invited to these functions, otherwise, but will not be offended if she is not invited.


New Members
Our church policy is to welcome new folks through some form of learning with the goal of not just making you a member, but helping you to be nurtured in living as a disciple and being able to have a faith that is supportive and relevant to every day life. Membership comes through transfer of membership from another congregation or denomination, through baptism for children or adults, or through affirmation of faith for people who do not transfer from elsewhere.

Pastor Weiss offers membership classes three to four times per year.Covering our connection with the wider church, the class also helps people understand the difference between us and other Lutheran denominations (Missouri Synod, Wisconsin Synod) and includes an always lively discussion of basic concepts/doctrines of faith.
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Holy Baptism
Water 1. We baptize in obedience to Christ's Great Commission, "Go into all the world an proclaim the Gospel to all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28
2. The Sacrament of Holy Baptism is preceded by counseling and/or instruction concerning the meaning of the sacrament; in the case of infant baptism, with the parents, and with adult baptism, with the baptized.
3. The instruction is a very important part of the event when, using a Power Point presentation, Pastor Weiss, helps the parents or baptismal candidate more deeply understand the principal teaching of Christian faith-that we do not save ourselves or come to God on our own. God gives us life, forgiveness and salvation as a gift. We cannot earn it.
4. Normally, because Baptism initiates the person into a community of faith, participation in, that is meant to help them grow in faith, the Sacrament is only administered to the child of an active member(s) at St. Michael.
5. Unless there are legitimate issues that dictate otherwise, the baptism will occur at a worship service where all the gathered congregation can offer their joyful support to the child, parents or baptized adult.
6. The church, of course, expects that the commitments made at the baptismal font on the occasion of baptism be taken seriously, since they are promises made before God and the church.
7. Parents may choose one or two sponsors (godparents) for a child, who will serve as Christian role models and offer faith support to the child in his/her life. Naturally, these sponsors need to be practicing Christians.
There is no fee for baptism but a thank offering to the congregation may be given.

Godparent guidance
What an honor has been bestowed on you by the parents of the child to be baptized! You will be entering into a special relationship with the child that can last throughout his childhood and beyond. This pamphlet is meant to acquaint you with your responsibilities as a Godparent, as well as offer some suggestions on how you can follow through with them. It is very sad when a godparent who is present at the baptism then becomes nothing more to the child than a name on a baptismal certificate.

RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Together with your godchild's parents, follow through on the promises you made at the baptism to "faithfully bring her to the services of God's house, and teach her the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments. As she grows in years, you should place in her hands the Holy Scriptures and provide for her Instruction In the Christian faith." Luther Book of Worship p. 121
2. Be a witness and example of faith in Christ.
3. Pray regularly for your godchild.
4. Nurture your own relationship with Christ by regular worship, Bible reading, prayer and reflection.
Some ideas for follow through


1. By all means remember each year the anniversary of your godchild's baptism with an age appropriate, Christian oriented gift. Visit your local Christian bookstore (or get a catalog from your pastor) where you will find such things as Bible storybooks, religious jewelry and art, cassette and videotapes of contemporary Christian music (even rock and roll) as well as toys and games.
2. Make sure your godchild has an age appropriate bible. The Good News Bible is recommended for children who read or the Contemporary English Version, both available from the American Bible Society 1-800-322-4253.
3. Attend your godchild's First Communion and Confirmation if these rites are celebrated in his church.
4. Know what's happening in your godchild's life and take an interest in her. For instance: favorite games, friends, hobbies, favorite colors, latest achievements.
5. Introduce your godchild to scripture verses that have been meaningful to you. If you have none, read your Bible and you can't help finding them!
6. Pray with your godchild (even if it is over the phone for those separated by distance.) One godmother admitted feeling a bit embarrassed when she first tried this. But she persisted, convinced that the simple act of praying, "talking to God," would show that prayer is something for all ages. Later she was deeply moved when her goddaughter, now a grown women in the midst of a marital problem, phoned her and said, "Oh, Nana, will you pray with me? I need someone to pray with and I knew you would understand." (Kathryn Slattery)
7. My own daughter's godmother gives her a special Christmas ornament each year so that she will have a collection for her own tree someday; a creative way to celebrate Christmas in a non commercial way.
8. Do not assume your godchild's parents are following through on the child's Christian education. Is he enrolled in Sunday School? If not, tactfully encourage it. Be available as an adult friend and listener during those all important adolescent years when communication with mom and dad may be strained. One godfather often received a call from his godson in the aftermath of a parent/child disagreement. His concern often helped lighten a tense situation. To the teenager, one's godparent is so much wiser than mom and dad!
9. Pray for God's assistance as a godparent.

Godparenting is a great responsibility, but can be an even greater joy. Many godparents have been God's agents in leading a young person to a living faith in Christ as Savior. May God bless you and your godchild in the years ahead.