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A Mantra Worth Adopting: Faith, Family, and Football–In That Order!
Now Hiring: Music Teacher and Cherub Choir Director
Dr. Robert August Named Assistant Director of Music and Organist
Sheila Johnson Named Assistant to Finance and Foundation
Call for Vestry & Delegate Nominations: Deadline September 1, 2022
Formidable. Fearless. Fierce. Meet Marillyn Seeberger, A Trailblazing Woman In Our Neighborhood
Saint Michael's Own, Dr. Margaret Harper, Appointed Visiting Lecturer of Organ at Baylor University
Now Hiring: Director of Children and Family Ministry
Saint Michael and All Angels Church is seeking a leader and committed follower of Jesus Christ to provide adaptive leadership and oversight to the Children’s Ministry (birth–5th Grade) to build faith, form disciples of Jesus Christ and equip parents to disciple their children. If you would like to be a part of a dynamic church with a vision and heart to grow, be located in one of America’s fastest-growing and culturally rich cities, work in an environment of a commitment to reaching younger families with children and be resourced to expand the children’s ministry, contribute to designing the children’s ministry space to facilitate your vision and finally, make a great Kingdom impact, then Saint Michael Children and Family Ministry may be the place for you!
Who We Are Becoming by the Rev. Dr. Christopher D. Girata
This past year has been a pleasure and privilege as we look back. Now, it’s time we pivot forward as we become the church we are called to be in the future. Our journey forward will take courage, conviction, and commitment, but we have everything we need. We know that Jesus is with us, giving us strength for all that we hope to do and who we hope to become. Together, we can move confidently into a future that is bright and hopeful, and as we do, spread the Good News to all we meet.
507A by David Boldrick
For those that may not be aware of this significant ministry, Saint Michael is an active partner in the Meals on Wheels (MOW) delivery program here in Dallas which is operated by VNA, the Visiting Nurses Association. I’d like to share a bit about MOW, and what it can do for those in need—but also what it can do for you.
Stillness, Silence and Solitude by the Rev. Mary Lessmann
We are people who live very busy lives. And while we might sigh heavily as we tell people how busy we are, we often wear our busyness like a badge of honor. We determine how well we’re ‘doing’ life by the fullness of our calendar; by the number of experiences we’ve lined up; by the number of nights we’re not home without plans. And the world around us seems determined to affirm that value system. We are regularly reminded of the need to check in with others on social media, of the new hobbies and skills we should be developing, of baseline acquisitions necessary for a happier life.
Jennifer Cox-Seals Named Administrative Assistant for Worship & Liturgy
Now Hiring: Assistant Director of Music and Organist
Holy Land 2022: Day Seven
Our trip is primarily a Christian pilgrimage, tracing the footsteps of Christ. However, we occasionally step off that Christian path to have a little fun. On day seven, we stepped off the path and took a quick trip to Jordan to visit Petra. Jordan is directly east of Israel and has had a cooperative, diplomatic relationship for more than fifty years.
The Rev. Robin H. Hinkle Named Associate for Mission and Outreach
I’m excited to bring you the news that we have called the Rev. Robin H. Hinkle as our next Associate for Mission and Outreach; her start date is June 1, 2022.
Holy Land 2022: Day Two
Before we get to the official tour, I want to make a quick and important note: The Christian sites we visit are ones that have—on the whole—been identified for around 1600 years. All you math sleuths will see that there is a 400ish-year gap between Jesus’s life and these sites.
Holy Land 2022: Day One
Our 2022 Saint Michael Family Holy Land Pilgrimage is off! Thirty-nine pilgrims safely arrived in Israel and settled in for a night of jet-lagged rest. This pilgrimage is the second family pilgrimage for Saint Michael, the first taking place in 2019. Originally scheduled to be March 2021, these pilgrims registered for this trip two weeks before the mass quarantine of 2020, so they have anticipated this trip for two years. I know it will be worth the wait!
Breaking News: The Dallas Boys Course will be at Southern Methodist University for 2022 Camp!
Sarah Fairweather and Cedric Buard Join Saint Michael Communications Staff
Parishioners Elected to Vestry, Diocesan Convention, Foundation for 2022-2024
Take a look at who's been nominated to serve as parish leaders beginning in 2022.
"Giving Makes Us Happier" by Rector Chris Girata
What makes you happy? Conventional wisdom holds that what makes most people happy are things or achievements, such as a getting a raise at work or having a nicer place to live. That must be the case or why would people work so hard and seek to accumulate so much unless it made them happy?
"Seek JOMO, Not FOMO" by Rector Chris Girata
Earlier this week, Facebook and its most popular apps, like Instagram and WhatsApp, went dark for nearly six hours. It seemed to throw people for a loop all afternoon, albeit for a small window of time. For me, I see it as a wonderful gift that I wish people would take advantage of. Social media, for all its gifts and advantages, has been far more harmful than helpful and I think it’s time we recognize its troubling impact...
Bhavnita Masih Named Executive Assistant to the Rector
"Beautiful Complexity in Us" by Rector Chris Girata
“Two strangers, divided by their beliefs, meet for the first time. Each knows nothing about the other or what this experiment involves.” This is how a recent ad for Heineken begins. In the ad, unlikely pairs of people are brought together: a feminist with a member of the “new right,” an environmental activist with one who denies climate change and a transgender woman with one who opposes transgender identity...
Camino Day 4: Sellos, Castros, and God's Protection
Read more about today's adventures while hiking 12 miles from Portomarín to Lestedo from Margaret Spellings.
"Finding Light in the Darkness" by Rector Chris Girata
As you might imagine, I like the Bible. I read it regularly, and sometimes I’m reminded of just how incredible some of the stories are. I came across one story last week of a miraculous healing. As the story goes, Jesus encounters a deaf man who had a speech impediment...
"Become the Best of Us" by Rector Chris Girata
“I think most parents could burst into tears at any moment,” said a friend of mine who has three kids in grade school. It might not be quite that bad for you, but with renewed pandemic restrictions as a hot topic, most of us raising kids right now (including me) are left without the clarity we’d like to have. I’m tired of the constant uncertainty, and I bet you are, too...
"Ultimate Definition of Success" by Rector Chris Girata
I’m a big Olympics fan. Certainly, there are imperfections in the Olympic experiment, but when I hear the theme music and watch the images of incredible athletes flash across the screen, I get chills...
BEST CHOICE IN OUR NEW WORLD by Rector Chris Girata
Just a few weeks ago, on May 16, my church gathered for the first time under the new guidelines provided by the CDC. It was the first Sunday since March 2020 when we no longer required physical distancing or masks for those who were fully vaccinated, and I wasn’t sure what would happen...
WE WILL FLOURISH ONCE AGAIN by Rector Chris Girata
I met a friend for coffee a few weeks ago, in-person, sitting in a café, just like normal people (I’m still excited about these little pleasures given how much we missed during quarantine). As we sat and talked, I was keenly aware of his frustration at his job...
THE ARCHANGEL Magazine | SUMMER 2021 | 75th Anniversary Year
WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS by Rector Chris Girata
I recently watched a fascinating film titled “The Year Earth Changed.” This film, narrated by David Attenborough, features surprising stories of hope from around the world during the pandemic lockdown. For all of us, the pandemic experience changed the way we lived...
KINDNESS IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE by Rector Chris Girata
My children once asked me what I do at work every day. They know I’m a priest, so that answer didn’t satisfy them. They pressed a bit more and asked how I actually spend my time...
THE ARCHANGEL Magazine | EASTER 2021 | 75th Anniversary Year
FUTURE BETTER THAN OUR PAST by Rector Chris Girata
“I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could.” This quote has amused me since I arrived in Dallas years ago. As a Floridian, I didn’t grow up wishing to live in Texas. I was a very happy child in the weirdness of the Sunshine State. However, as an adult who has lived all over the South, I gradually felt myself pulled to Texas...
MEETING OUR DEEPEST HUMAN NEED by Rector Chris Girata
THE ARCHANGEL Magazine | Lent 2021 | 75th Anniversary Year
See all of Saint Michael's Lenten offerings in the latest edition of the Archangel magazine.
CHRISTMAS CAN CHANGE US THIS YEAR by Rector Chris Girata
THE ARCHANGEL Magazine | Advent & Christmas 2020 & Epiphany 2021 | 75th Anniversary Year
JUST SPREAD LOVE AT THANKSGIVING by Rector Chris Girata
Love is the Way Book Event with Presiding Bishop Curry
Now Available for On-Demand Viewing
On October 18, Rector Chris Girata held a virtual conversation with Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry about his inspiring new book, Love is the Way.
The ARCHANGEL Magazine | LATE FALL 2020 75th Anniversary Year
WE ALL NEED SOME INSPIRATION by Rector Chris Girata
The ARCHANGEL Magazine | FALL KICKOFF 2020 75th Anniversary Edition
The Easter edition of our bi-monthly magazine is available now! Read about online worship during COVID-19, get a sneak peek of our 75th anniversary celebration, and more!
A SPECIAL NOTE FROM RECTOR CHRIS GIRATA | June 26, 2020
I hope this note finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Today there are several updates from SMAA that I want to share.
LET'S BUILD A BETTER FUTURE by Rector Chris Girata
A Pastoral Letter from Rector Chris Girata - June 1, 2020
WOSM Gifts Committee Announces 2020 Grants
Easter Greetings from Casa Esperanza (Amistad Mission, Bolivia)
Finding Online Connection During Social Distancing
GIVING UP TOO MUCH FOR LENT by Rector Chris Girata
A Maundy Thursday Message from Rector Chris Girata
A Palm Sunday Message from Rector Chris Girata
A Message from Rector Chris Girata 4/1/20 4 PM CDT
A PASTORAL LETTER FROM THE RECTOR 3/27/20 5 PM CDT
CONNECTING THROUGH THE DISTANCE by Rector Chris Girata
A PASTORAL LETTER FROM THE RECTOR 3/23/20 4 PM CDT
A PASTORAL LETTER FROM THE RECTOR 3/20/20 5 PM CDT
A Pastoral Letter from the Rector 3/15/20 7 AM CDT
A Message from Rector Chris Girata About COVID-19
COVID-19 UPDATE 3/12/20 1:30 PM CDT
Your Saint Michael leaders are serious about our responsibility to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We are staying connected to current news and are taking proactive steps to make our community as safe as we can. Here are just a few of the specific ways we are addressing safety...
INDIVIDUALISM BRINGS US DOWN by Rector Chris Girata
BECOME AN ENLIGHTENED UPSTANDER by Rector Chris Girata
BEING CHOSEN CAUSING EXPLOITATION by Rector Chris Girata
WHAT MATTERS MOST THIS SEASON by Rector Chris Girata
Walking the Camino de Santiago: A Saint Michael Pilgrimage
PILGRIMAGE: CAMINO DE SANTIGO (Spain)
Rev. Mary Lessmann and pilgrimage participants recap a very special experience walking the 72 miles of the Camino de Santiago.
WE ALL NEED HELP DURING CRISIS by Rector Chris Girata
A Message from Rector Chris Girata After Sunday's Tornado
Rector Chris Girata Featured Preacher on Day1 Radio
Honduras Threads: Using Business Skills to Aid A Country
Ministry Leader and parishioner Bill Bancroft shares his experience on the most recent trip from Dallas to Tegucigalpa to work with the women of Honduras Threads.
A Message from the Rector - "Grace & The Color Purple"
This fall, we'll be taking some time to focus on Grace.
Get to Know Our New Vice Rector, Ken Brannon
Saint Michael Bids a Heartfelt and Thankful Farewell to Rev. Lisa Musser
New Saint Michael Preparatory Choir Now Available for Children K-2
St. Michael's Woman's Exchange Celebrates 60 Years
Distinguished Lecturer Ben Malcolmson Wows Saint Michael Audience With Testimony
Women of Saint Michael Announce Latest $400K in Gifts at Annual Spring Luncheon
This year's recipients join a long list of beneficiaries of the Women of Saint Michael's philanthropy, totaling more than $9.7 million over 60 years.
DALLAS CHURCH WOMEN'S GROUP ANNOUNCES LATEST $400K IN GIFTS TO DALLAS NON-PROFITS, TOPPING $9.7M
Community Service & Youth: The Big Benefits for Kids Who Volunteer
Youth Task Force member Christi Houser explains why it's important to get your kids involved with volunteer work while they're still young.