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All women who are members of Saint Michael and All Angels are members of the Women of Saint Michael (WOSM). The WOSM meet the third Wednesday of the month (September, October, November, and January) for a meal, a devotional and speaker. Special programs are offered for Advent and Lent, and there are various service and social opportunities throughout the year. Please watch for event information in the Archangel or Sunday News, see the online WOSM newsletter, or contact WOSM President Christine Paddock for more information.

The St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange, a gift shop in Highland Park Village, is the outreach fundraising project of the Women of Saint Michael. Please visit our beautiful new location in the Highland Park Village.

CLICK HERE to see the officers for 2018-2019

Women of Saint Michael Grant Program

Recipients for 2018 grants have been announced! More details will be available soon about the 2019 program. WOSM grant funds are available for non-profit agencies serving the critical needs of residents primarily in the Dallas area. Generated funds are distributed principally through sales activity of the St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange as well as from proceeds of annual Parish events hosted by WOSM.

Recipients for 2018 grants received a total of $395,000 – click here to see a list of recipients.

Allison Bovard (abovard@filgo.net) is the Chair of the Gifts Committee and Gayle Kesinger (gkesinger@tx.rr.com) is the Assistant Chair.

Women of Saint Michael Programs and Events for 2018-2019

Another exciting year awaits the Women of Saint Michael! This year’s programming includes luncheons with notable guest speakers, a Parish Party, outreach opportunities, and the Rector’s Bible Study. It’s going to be a great year, and we look forward to sharing it with you.

Rector’s Bible Study
Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. beginning September 5 – Coke Activities Room

The Rev. Dr. Chris Girata leads a Bible Study every Wednesday at 11:00 AM in the Coke Activities Room. This year’s study is on the Acts of the Apostles. All ages welcome! You can listen to recordings of previous classes here.

September Luncheon
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – Parish Hall
“Mobilizing the Church to Reach Refugees”
The Rev. Samira Izadi Page, Founder and Executive Director of Gateway of Grace Ministries

Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt. (Exodus 23:9) How can we as individuals and as a church reflect on our own history and commit ourselves to refugees? Rev. Dr. Samira Izadi Page, founder and Executive Director of Gateway of Grace Ministries will tell us about her own experience as a refugee: having moved to the U.S. from Iran, and later converting from Islam to Christianity. She will also share with us how Gateway of Grace fulfills its mission of meeting the physical and spiritual needs of refugees in our community.

October Luncheon
Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – Parish Hall
“Seeking Solutions to the Opioid Crisis”
Dr. Ted Price, UT Dallas Texas Pain Research Consortium

Understanding the opioid crisis in the United States is the first step to combating it. Dr. Theodore Price will share with us how opioids affect our brains, why they can be addictive, and what non-addictive alternatives are being developed to overcome this epidemic. Dr. Price is one of the foremost researchers in understanding molecular mechanisms in our bodies that cause chronic pain. Come learn about his cutting edge research aimed at providing options for patients and physicians which could help overcome the opioid crisis.

November Luncheon
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – Parish Hall
“Eating Mindfully and Feeling Good”
Chef Joanne Bondy, Stocks & Bondy

After recognizing a need in the market for artisanal stocks, stews, and bone broths, Chef Joanne Bondy created Stocks & Bonds in 2014. Chef Bondy provides her stocks and soup-bases to some of the finest restaurants in Dallas and sells them at her storefront at the Dallas Farmers Market as well as our own Saint Michael’s Farmers Market. She believes in using high quality ingredients that are fresh, local, and sustainable. As we approach the holiday season, come hear Chef Bondy share her culinary thoughts and happenings that can enhance our culinary experience.

Advent Retreat
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – Coke Activities Room
Rev. Heidi Haverkamp, Author of Adventures in Narnia

Heidi Haverkamp, Episcopal priest and author of Adventures in Narnia, will be joining us for our annual Advent Quiet Day. Tickets, $10, will be available soon.

January Program
Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7:00 p.m. – Church
“Islam, Judaism, and Christianity – The Conversation Continued”
Rabbi Nancy Kasten, Imam Omar Suleiman, and Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata

How do we increase our understanding of and respect for all 3 major monotheistic faiths? What do we have in common and how are these characteristics important as we build a unified and respectful community in Dallas? Join three distinguished faith leaders: Rabbi Nancy Kasten, Imam Omar Suleiman, and our own Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata as they discuss issues facing the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths as we grow together to form a stronger interfaith community.

Parish Party
Friday, February 1, 2019, 7:00 p.m. – Frontiers of Flight Museum
Save the Date – “Mission Possible Parish Party”

Don’t miss the all-parish party including dinner, entertainment, wine pull, and auctions (live, big board, silent, and art). All proceeds go to the WOSM Gifts Committee for distribution to non-profit agencies in our community. More information will be available soon.

Lenten Retreat
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – Coke Activities Room
Brother James Koester, SSJE

Brother James Koester of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist will lead our annual Lenten Quiet Day. Tickets, $10, will be available soon.

Day of Service
Friday, April 12, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – Jubilee Park & Community Center

Join us for the third annual WOSM Day of Service at Jubilee Park & Community Center. Together, we will gather to garden, host senior bingo, read to children at Davids’ Place and O.M. Roberts Elementary, rock infants at Jeanie’s Place, and much more. Take this opportunity to make an impact in your community while enjoying fellowship with friends. More information and volunteer signup will be available soon.

Spring Luncheon
Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 7000 Park Lane
“Embracing a Meaningful Life Through God’s Small Acts of Faithfulness”
Melanie Shankle, New York Times Bestselling Author

It seems to be a rite of passage for every woman: you wake up one day and think, “Wait, this is the life I signed up for?” We’ve all been there. Author of several books including Church of the Small Things, Nobody’s Cuter Than You, and The Big Mama Blog, Melanie will share her hilarious reflections on being a mom, wife, and writer and how we can embrace a meaningful life as we find the beauty and laughter that lie just beneath the surface of every ordinary, incredible day. With humor and her light-hearted style, she invites us to find how God uses the smallest acts of faithfulness to love and influence the people around us.