Christmas and Epiphany Services



Saturday, December 24

Christmas Eve Pageant and Eucharist at 5:00pm with Party following in Hensler Hall


Sunday, December 25

Christmas Day Christmas Lessons & Carols and Eucharist at 9:30 a.m. (One service this morning)


Saturday, December 31

Dinka Watch Night Service at 10pm - 1am at St. Michael's


Sunday, January 1

Holy Eucharist at 8:00 am and 10:30am - No Sunday School


Sudanese New Year's Birthday Celebration with traditional dances and dinner at 4pm in Hensler Hall

All are welcome


Friday, January 6

Epiphany Eucharist with Pot Luck Supper at 6:30pm

Pre-School Sunday School Schedule

Preschool - 1st Grade

September 18Creation StoryBeginners Bible DVDBeg Bible Pages 9-15

September 25Adam and EveBeginners Bible DVDBeg Bible Pages 16-27

October 2Noah's ArkBeginners Bible DVD   Beg Bible Pages 28-35

October 9Moses - birth to the burning bush10 Bible Stories DVDBeg Bible Pages 93-104

October 16Moses - Egypt and the PlaguesBeginners Bible DVDBeg Bible Pages 105-115

October 23Moses Isrealites leave EgyptBeginners Bible DVDBeg Bible Pages 116-127

October 30Battle of JerichoBeginners Bible DVDRead Aloud Bible

November 6Joseph and His BrothersBeginners Bible DVD   Read Aloud Bible

November 13Joseph and His Brothers10 Bible Stories DVDBeg Bible Pages 73-91

November 20Advent Wreath

November 27 No Sunday School

December 4A King is Born10 Bible Stories DVD Beg Bible Pages 267-277

December 11The NativityBeginners Bible DVDBeg Bible Pages 278-293

December 18Christmas Pageant Rehearsal

December 25Christmas Day


Sunday School Youth Schedule - Sept-Dec 2016

7th- 12th GradeTeacherTopicSpecific LessonsOther Activities


September 18MartyIntroduction to Confirm not ConformRules of the road, Confirm not Conform 

September 25AndrewIntroductioncontinuedMatrix - Red pill/blue pill; Hand prayer 

October 2AndrewWhere do you standMake folders; Where do you start/what do you believe 

October 9MartyThe Gospel According to whomWhere do you stand; The gospel according to you 

October 16Andrew/KathyMeet your mentorWhat to pack; discussion 

October 23MartyHeretics R usWhat is heresy; Jesus the heretic 

October 30MartyHeretics R usPick your favorite heretic; profiles in heresy; Power of choiceOct 28 - Pumpkin Carving at Kathy & Fran Moyer

November 6MartyScripture: A mad dash through a good bookSearching for a story, Mad dash through gd bk; Finding your way around  

November 13AndrewScripture: A mad dash through a good bookWhat a revelation; I'd like to introduce … 

November 20All groups combined   

November 27No Sunday School   

December 4Christmas Pageant Practice  

December 11Christmas Pageant Practice Sat Dec 10 Wrap Christmas presents

December 18Christmas pageant practice Emmaus House/ Varsity

December 25No Sunday SchoolChristmas Day  

Parent-Student Letter

September 18, 2016


Dear Students and parents:

This year we will be using a modified version of the Confirm Not Conform (CnC) curriculum. The full curriculum requires a significant investment of time, talent and treasure of all the participants including students, parents, teachers and the faith community. Being that St Michaels is in a time of transition and does not have pastoral leadership; I do not think the full program is feasible.   I am hopeful that the students will find this curriculum more engaging than our previous curriculum.

One component of this program is for the students to have a non-parent mentor.  There a few lessons that require the mentor take part in the lesson.  Kathy and I have discussed using the adults in the Adult Sunday School as the mentors.  If a parent is in that class, he/she would not be paired with their own child.

I have asked Muriel to post the 41 page Parent/Mentor handbook on the website so you can refer to it to get a better sense of what the full CnC process involves.  She will post it under “News” and then in the Youth drop down box.

I know everyone was not able to attend the Student/Parent/Teacher meeting held in July.  Minutes from that meeting can be found under the “News” section of the website. One thing we discussed during that meeting is having a different student/family sign up to plan an outside activity each month.  Kathy and Fran Moyer will be hosting a pumpkin carving party and Chip and I will coordinate our annual trip to Emmaus House and the Varsity.  Other dates for 2017 are listed with the minutes.  Please pick a month to be responsible for planning an activity and let me know so I can have Muriel place it on the calendar. This activity can be as easy as picking a date to host movie watching or a walk to Stone Mountain or as elaborate as you want it to be.  This will allow the students to be involved in planning and carrying out the activity.

This year Andrew Tetteh and I will be the primary teachers of the CnC curriculum.  Letty Cuence and Julia Bottin have volunteered to help on an occasional basis as their schedules allow.

I am praying that we have a successful year and at the end each student can decide if he/she would like to be confirmed.


Marty Frame


Fall 2016 Sunday School Plans

Minutes Student/Parent/Teacher Sunday School Meeting

Sunday, July 31, 2016  


1.       Class Ages:  We will have four Sunday School groups: 2 yrs – 1st grade, 2nd grade- 6th grade, 7th grade – 12thgrade. Sudanese

2.       Teachers: We have two teachers for each group -Marvis Black &  Leslyn Weeks for the youngest group;  Dawn Charles &  William George for the younger youth; Marty Frame &  Andrew Tetteh for the older youth;  Kathy Moyerwith alternating help from Dawn Marie, BrownieSway, Liz Millington, Marty Frame & Magnia George for the Sudanese.

a.       Curriculum: for the youngest group and the Sudanese we will use Bible story/Video/Discussion/Activity format; For the younger youth we will use the same curriculum as last year, Living the Good News; For the older youth we will use, Confirm not Conform which  includes sessions on scripture, church history, the Nicene Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, worship, world religions and social justice.  This curriculum includes discussion of the Book of Common Prayer, meaning of the sacraments, the Church year and ministry of the baptized.  We will let the students help choose the topics they feel most relevant to them and try to schedule these lessons on days when most students will be present.  At the first session the students and parents will look ahead at their schedule for the first semester and list the weekends they may have conflicts with Sunday school time.  Kathy M to purchase an erasable calendar to assist with planning and each teacher will make up a schedule for their class on the topics and activities so parents/ students can be prepared.   At the endof year the students will have the information they need for confirmation but it will be up to the studentif they want to be confirmed when the Bishop is at SMAA,  later in the year at the Cathedral or at some time in the future.

3.       Communications;  We will use the calendar as described above to assist with communication.  Teachers will also post information on the SMAA website.  Kathy to find out if only she can post or everyone can post information.  We will also continue to use Group me app for the teachers and the Message Me app for communication with students and parents.  We decided that anytime to message would be OK.

4.       First day of Sunday school: We originally planned that Sept 11, the first Sunday after Labor Day, would be our first class, but since that weekend is also the Women’s retreat weekend, we changed the start date to Sept 18.

5.        Additional Activities: Each quarter we want to schedule one integrated group activity.  We originally planned a song to be presented during the service on Sept 25, but since we are pushing back our start date we will hold on this activity until 2017.  We will haveAdvent wreath making – Nov 20

6.       Christmas Pageant – Dawn, Anya and Leslyn will coordinate.  The older youth volunteered to write the program.  They need to determine a date to have the program written by.  They will rehearse on Sunday Dec 4, 11 and 18 during the Sunday school hour and in the evenings on Dec 22 and 23 as necessary.  Since the students will be using the Sunday school time to rehearse we will wrap Christmas presents for Emmaus house on Saturday, Dec 11 at a time to be determined.  We will deliver the gifts to Emmaus House on Sunday Dec 18.

7.       Monthly outside activity: We would like to have one outside activity each month.  This could be a service project, educational opportunity or fun activity.  We want students and/or families to sign up and plan an activity for one of the months.  See the attached signup sheet.   If money is required for the activity,  letMarty know and we will ask the vestry.

8.       Diocesan Activities

                                                              i.      Aug. 6 – Youth Workers Conference – This is available to all the teachers.  Let Marty know ASAP if you want to attend

                                                            ii.      Aug 27 -  Youth Service day retreat – Breanna and Allison attended last year.  The day is a combination of developing leadership skills for service projects and performing projects.  Let Marty know by Aug 15 if you would like to attend.  Marty can attend and drive the students

                                                          iii.       Sept 10 - Acolyte Festival – conflict with Women’s retreat weekend

                                                           iv.      New Beginnings/ Happenings – Marty to find out more about the dates

9.       Fund raiser Breakfast Sunday, Aug 28 – Breanna, Serena and Allison to take the lead on this project.  They will plan the menu, advertise, make announcements at church and have Muriel place the information in the Sunday Bulletin and blast.  Both the younger and older youth groups will help prepare and serve the breakfast





Outside Activity Sign up


Month                                                  Activity                                                                Volunteer


1.       Sept. 17                                       Beginning of year party


2.       Oct 29                                           Pumpkin Making Party                  Fran & Kathy Moyer


3.       Nov


4.       Dec 18                                           Nicholas House/Varsity                                Chip & Marty Frame


5.       Jan.


6.       Feb


7.       March 13                                     Hunger Walk                                     Chip & Marty Frame


8.       April


9.       May


10.   June 2 & 3                                   Camping Trip

Ministry Fair on Sunday, July 17th

Parish Ministry Fair

Sunday, July 17th

After the 9:30am service

in the Parish Hall


A lot of us here at St. Michael's may not know what goes on in the background to prepare for Sunday services.  It is a lot more than the priest showing up and giving a sermon. 

On Sunday, July 17th there will tables set up for each ministry and a representative to talk about what they do and how you might help.  It is said that if you want something done, ask a busy person ... which is true, but we don't want our busy people to stretch beyond their limits!  So please get involved.  You will receive great joy from doing it!

~Meghan Birdseye, Junior Warden