RG: Groups Directory
"Saint Michael and All Angels is blessed with a rich community of groups! In the daily life of our parish these groups provide opportunities to make friends, deepen relationships, affect the local DFW area surrounding us, and minister to those in need."
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most groups are currently either meeting together online, or suspended, waiting for the parish to fully reopen. For more information about the individual status of one of the groups, please contact the leader(s) listed for each.
BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW
The Brotherhood of St. Andrew is a missionary and evangelism ministry of the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. In fact, it is the oldest evangelistic ministry of the Episcopal Church. The Brotherhood’s goal is to bring men and youth to Jesus Christ through the daily practice of prayer, Bible study and service. Our chapter’s service projects have included many activities over the years and currently include serving meals at The Gathering and serving as greeters at the Saint Michael’s Farmer’s Market. Our chapter has also supported Patriot Paws – Service Dogs for Disabled Veterans through our participation in their annual charity golf tournament.
The National Brotherhood of St. Andrew has recently re-organized and now focuses on these seven ministry areas: Prison and Restorative Justice, Scouting, Veterans, Discipleship/Mentoring, Racial Reconciliation, Recovery, and Human Trafficking.
All men at Saint Michael and All Angels are encouraged to join our chapter of The Brotherhood of St. Andrew—we meet on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 8:30 – 10 a.m. in the Coke Activities Room. Come join us for Prayer, Study, Service, and lots of fellowship! If you are interested in joining, please email Barry Crossman or call 214-357-4939. To learn more about the Brotherhood of Saint Andrew, please visit Brotherhood of St. Andrew
Cursillo- it’s about community! Fill your heart by spending a few days away from life’s distractions and take your faith to the next level during a Cursillo weekend. 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. After your weekend retreat, you will connect with people regularly through small groups to deepen your role as a disciple. Come and See! Interested in visiting a men’s or women’s small group? Groups meet regularly at or near Saint Michael. Contact: Joe Walker or Britt McGannon.
MEN OF SAINT MICHAEL (MOSM), see Adult Formation
Comprised of several parents playing key roles, the Board is very instrumental in organizing Class for Parents event schedules, as well as fellowship and service opportunities for parents and families. Their efforts support the Sunday Class for Parents by greeting/assisting as small group leaders. For questions or to learn more, contact Chandler Winslow or Davis Wiggins.
The Prime Timers, a group of seniors, welcome everyone to our meetings and activities! Meetings are on the first and third Thursdays of each month. In-house luncheon programs, on the first Thursday, present book reviews, performances by actors or musicians, interesting lectures from the business or arts community, or talks from favorite journalists. On the third Thursday, the ‘P.T. Cruisers’ take well-planned trips to interesting area locations. For more information, contact Bonita Frederick or call her at 214-728-6440. Stay tuned for future events with the Prime Timers and PT Cruisers!
ST. MARY’S GUILD
Want to be more involved at Saint Michael but have limited volunteer time? St. Mary’s Guild may be the service and hospitality group for you. Members provide home-baked goodies and/or staff the Guild’s bake sale table in the South Entrance one Sunday a month from late August through May. Individual goodies are sold and proceeds go to local charities. It’s a fun group. Twice a year the four bake sale teams get together for a festive meal and fellowship. Co-presidents are Shannon Callewart and Sandra Hughes. For more information, contact Shannon or St. Mary's Guild.
SAINT MICHAEL'S FARMERS MARKET
Now open Saturdays 8 a.m. - Noon, through October
All pandemic social distancing and regulations observed
Saint Michael hosts an edibles-only Farmers Market in our north parking lot! We are an outreach ministry of the church offering our community a variety of locally grown or produced foods including fresh vegetables, meats, cheeses, eggs, baked goods, pickled foods, and fresh condiments from over forty vendors. Stop by and listen to our Farmers Market band while you shop! Sign up to volunteer, here. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. For more information, contact Market Director Tricia Stewart.
WOMEN OF SAINT MICHAEL
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 week of each month for a meal, a devotional, and a speaker. Various service and social opportunities are offered throughout the year, including a January evening event, the Mardi Gras party in February, the Mother/Daughter Tea at Jubilee in March, a Day of Service at Jubilee in April, and the Spring Luncheon in May. Please watch for event information in the Archangel or Sunday News, see the online WOSM newsletter, or contact WOSM President Jeff Rice for more information.
The WOSM Gifts Committee makes grants to non-profit agencies serving the critical needs of residents in Dallas County and beyond. Generated funds are distributed principally through sales activity of the St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange as well as from proceeds of parish events hosted by WOSM.
In 2019, seventy one agencies received grants totaling $400,000; visit our website for a complete listing of agencies. Judy Cole is the Chair of the 2020 Gifts Committee and Gayle Kesinger is the Assistant Chair.
ST. MICHAEL'S WOMAN'S EXCHANGE
The St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange, a beautiful gift shop in Highland Park Village, is the outreach fundraising project of the Women of Saint Michael. For 60 years, our proceeds have been returned to the Dallas community and beyond through the Women of Saint Michael Gifts Committee.
Each time you make a purchase at this unique shop, you support the outreach efforts of the Women of Saint Michael. Shop at the Exchange whenever you need invitations, stationery, home and seasonal decor, baby gifts, christening gowns, religious gifts, gourmet food gifts, specialty jewelry, scarves, candles, gifts for showers, weddings, birthdays, and housewarming occasions. We’re well-known for our exceptional gift-wrapping as well.
We also always welcome volunteers to staff the shop; morning, afternoon, and flexible shift opportunities are available. For more information, contact Dee Ann Anigian.
The Acolyte Corps of Saint Michael is composed of 200 persons (adults and youth) who serve at the altar assisting the priests or by participating in the processional traditions of our liturgy. They serve at all parish services and on special occasions, i.e. Baptisms, Confirmation, Weddings, and Funerals. Yearly activities include training sessions and several social events. For more information, contact Assistant for Liturgy and Worship, Dianne Boyd, or call 214-363-5471.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to “run sound and lights”? Do you have experience with audio-visuals and/or lighting—or want to learn? Saint Michael is looking for 10 qualified people to join our AVL team. You are qualified if you are experienced, or want to learn the skill. For more information on joining the team, please contact Adam Jones.
The Lector Corps is a group of lay persons who serve the church by reading the day’s lessons and leading the Prayers of the People in our worship services. For more information, contact Elizabeth Knapp.
Every service actually begins and ends with the work of the Altar Guild. Each week members assist the clergy and serve the Parish by preparing the sacraments and maintaining all supplies necessary for the worship services. Caring for the sacred vessels, vestments, bread, wine, linens, candles, torches and prayer stations in all the worship spaces is a true ministry.
The 80 members are organized into teams that serve on a rotating basis every five weeks. Membership is open to anyone who is willing to be trained in the proper procedures and wishes to serve God and the Parish with dedication and faith.
The Altar Guild is committed to enhancing the worship experience by carefully preparing for daily services, Sunday services, special services during Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent and Easter, and also serving at baptisms, weddings, funerals and interments. Working together to set the Lord’s table fosters a strong, meaningful bond of friendship and support among the members. For more information, please contact Chris Anderson.
Are you passionate about welcoming newcomers to Saint Michael? Whether it is greeting them at our front doors and helping them navigate the space, or introducing them to other parishioners and the myriad ministries and groups we have available—we need your help! For more information, please contact Heather Lorch.
The Usher Corps consists of approximately 100 men and women dedicated to making all feel welcome, and to a high quality worship experience for all. Ushers are typically the first and last people that visitors see at our church services. They bring a friendly spirit and warmth to our services, and are responsible for handing out programs, assisting people in finding a seat, managing the offerings, and for the orderly movement of people to and from communion. The men and women of our Usher Corps are personable, friendly, sensitive to the needs of others, and are extraordinarily good-looking. For more information contact Gary Wall.
For information on both Legacy Planning or the SMAA Foundation, contact Caroline Marak.
ALL ANGELS SOCIETY / LEGACY PLANNING
The All Angels Society was established by the Saint Michael and All Angels Foundation to commemorate gifts made to the parish through bequests and other estate planning. Anyone who has remembered this church in his or her will qualifies for membership. As God’s stewards, we build on the foundation left by those who came before us. We, in turn, have the opportunity, with a bequest to Saint Michael, to sustain and enhance our parish ministries and programs for the benefit of future generations.
The Foundation uses parishioner gifts made through wills, trusts, insurance policies, retirement plans, and other planned giving to advance the mission of this church. Every bequest — a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your total assets, or the residual estate — is a statement of faith and thanksgiving.
THE SAINT MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS FOUNDATION
The Saint Michael and All Angels Foundation of Dallas is a separately chartered 501(c)(3) non-profit governed by a 15-member board of trustees elected by the Parish. The Foundation’s financial support invigorates the essential mission of Saint Michael, consistent with priorities established by the Vestry and the Rector.
The Foundation supports the vision of SMAA, to be followers of Christ spreading God’s love in our community and in our world. With a gift to the Foundation, people who love Saint Michael and All Angels can leave an enduring legacy that perpetuates the church’s mission and ministries long after their lifetime.
The principal from gifts to The Foundation is invested and never spent when directed to an endowment fund. As the endowments grow, distributions from the earnings are made to strengthen and initiate new church ministries, enhance our places of worship and fellowship, and reach into the community to help our neighbors. Grants in recent years have supported community outreach programs including the revitalization of the Jubilee Park community, Saint Michael’s Farmers Market, and the Saint Michael Presents concert series, expansion and growth of the Saint Michael Episcopal School, and creation of the Nave and Courtyard Columbarium on the church’s southwest campus, to mention a few.
As a matter of church policy, all bequests to the church accrue to the Foundation. Gifts to the Foundation are welcome throughout the year and are subject to the review and acceptance policies of the Foundation. For more information about The Saint Michael and All Angels Foundation, contact current Foundation President Stewart Thomas.