St. Michael's Parish
25 South Street
Litchfield, CT 06759
860-567-9465

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Open House Celebration
Saturday December 2 ~ 3:00-5:00 pm
St. Michael's in Litchfield
On Saturday, December 2, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.,
St. Michael's Parish will hold an open house celebration of their
 new magnificent west window.  When the cornerstone of the
building was laid on June 6, 1920, the main window facing
South Street (Route 63-S) was finished with placeholder glass,
awaiting the final installation of a stained glass window.
An undated sketch of the proposed design by English artist
Edward Liddall Armitage was available. During his career, Armitage
designed and made stained glass works for many churches and cathedrals.
When the sketch was taken to Stained Glass Resources, Inc. in Hampden,
Massachusetts to begin the process of creating a new stained glass window,
 Art Director Scott McDaniel commented, "I believe this is the only project
of its size going on in New England at this time.  It's quite exciting."

Food and drink will be offered and church tours will be available to
anyone interested in the history and architectural details of the church,
 including the other Tiffany stained glass windows as well as the newest,
 and grandest window that was 97 years in the making.

St. Michael's Parish is located at 25 South Street
(Route 63), just off the Litchfield green.  
For more information, please call 860-567-9465.

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Percussion Concert
with John Marshall and Mark Ingram
 Sunday, December 3 ~ 4:00 pm
St. Michaelís in Litchfield
On Sunday December 3, at 4:00 p.m.,
St. Michaelís Parish welcomes a very special percussion
 concert featuring John Marshall and Mark Ingram.

John Marshall (pictured), is an award winning Master Percussionist and Teacher,
who performs on hand drums including the West African djembe, North African dumbek,
 Afro-Cuban conga, frame drums from around the world, and North Indian table.  
John performs on concert stages, radio, television, and film both nationally a
nd internationally. His music has been featured on National Public Radio's
 All Things Considered, Echoes, Hearts Of Space, PBS Television and the
British Broadcasting Company (BBC). Some performances include
The New Jersey Chamber Music Society, Taos Chamber Music Group,
 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Yale Guitar Extravaganza, Music Mountain,
 Chorus Angelicus, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Cathedral
of Saint John the Divine, and the United Nations.

For thirty-five years Mark Ingram has been a virtuoso of the kalimba
family of traditional African musical instruments. These instruments are
 the Kalimba, M'bira, Sanza,Rhumba Box and the African-American Marimba Brett.
As soloist and ensemble member, he has performed in concert halls,
museums, schools, colleges and learning centers of all kinds.

Mark has studied traditional balafon music with Chris Ibe' of Nigeria
and studied balafon with Abo Sylla, who performed with Bola Afrique
and Les Merveilles D'Afrique. For seventeen years Mark has handcrafted
and performed on the ancient Afro-Asian styled bamboo flute. Along with
John Marshall, Mark Ingram was a member of the seminal percussion trio,
Rhythm Exchange which performed extensively in the Northeast
and released recordings featuring Mark's original compositions.

The concert is open to the public with a suggested
donation of $20 to benefit St. Michaelís music program.
A meet-the-artist reception will follow.

St. Michaelís Parish is located at 25 South Street
(Route 63), just off the Litchfield green.  
For more information, please call 860-567-9465.

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The Food Pantry at St. Michaelís
needs your donations
The Food Pantry at St. Michaelís is a success: since starting this spring,
an increasing number of our neighbors come to the Community House
the third Saturday of each month.  From 10:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m.,
we distribute much-needed canned and packaged food,
 fresh bread, eggs and vegetables, and frozen meals.   
In October our neighbors took away over 1200 lbs. of food.

The good news is that the racks are empty.
]The bad news is that the racks are empty.
People needed all the food we had.
The Food Pantry is appealing to you to help
fill the shelves each month.  The Pantry needs
your support to supply our communityís needs.  

The pantry needs: peanut butter, jelly, cereal, oats, rice, tuna,
pasta sauce, canned vegetables and fruit, soup, lentils, beans, granola bars,
 powered drink mix, pasta, juice, condiments, frozen vegetables, chicken,
hamburger patties, coffee and tea, dish and clothes detergent,
 toilet paper and paper towels

We invite you to help provide our neighbors with the food they need.
You can donate food, you can donate cash, and you can donate time.  
You can help with purchasing, collecting and delivering food, stocking the shelves,
 or assisting on the third Saturday of each month.  The church is always open,
and you can drop off donations any time in the north pews.

You can contact St. Michaelís at 860-567-9465,
and mail checks made out to  St. Michaelís,
with ďFood PantryĒ on the memo line,
to PO Box 248, Litchfield, CT  06759.

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Food Pantry
@ St. Michaelís in Litchfield
St. Michaelís Parish is currently collecting donations
from its own members as well as those in the greater
Litchfield community in order to stock a food pantry.
Rev. Deacon Amy Reichman

The pantry will be open the third Saturday of each month
from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm and welcomes all
who are affected by food insecurity issues.

No registration is required.
Once the scope of need is assessed,
 the pantry times could be expanded.  

To begin, nonperishables are being collected,
but St. Michaelís plans to eventually
accept fresh food items as well.  

Nonperishable items can be left in the
Community House on the wire shelving in the foyer.

Volunteers from the greater Litchfield community are invited
to help with stocking the pantry and in distributing
 food on Saturdays from 10 am-1 pm
on May 20; and June 17.

Contact:  Rev. Deacon Amy Reichman
or call the Parish Office at 860-567-9465
weekdays from 10a.m-2pm

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St. Michaelís Epiphany Festival
Supports Torrington Soup Kitchen
St. Michaelís Epiphany Festival featured a King cake at its reception,
with a hidden charm in one slice.  Festival attendee Steinen Hurtado
 of Northfield found the charm and earned the choice to donate some of the
Festival proceeds to the Torrington Community Soup Kitchen.  

Pictured are Steinen Hurtado, Soup Kitchen Director Lisa Hageman
and Steinenís sons Kunsang, 6, Rigdzin, 3,  and Tenzin, 10,
during a visit on February 4.   Not pictured is Silas, 8.

The family plans to return to the soup kitchen
and assist with preparation and serving of a meal.

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St. Michael's Epiphany Celebration
benefits local charities
During the reception following St. Michaelís Parish matinee
performance of their Epiphany Festival on Saturday, January 7,
composer/musician and seven-time Grammy winner Paul Winter
was one of the two winners of a hidden charm in the King cake.
 Paul Winter, his daughter Kaiya (middle) and her friend Lea Ritzenhoff

They chose the Animal Rescue Foundation in Terryville as the recipient
of a portion of the freewill offering proceeds from the event which
featured colossal puppets, dancing wolves, earlybird music,
 bell ringers, readings and solo performances.  

The winner of the other charm Ė artist Steinen Hurtado Ė
chose the Torrington Soup Kitchen as a recipient.

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St. Michaelís Donates Thanksgiving Food & Clothing
to Hands of Grace
Just in time for Thanksgiving, St. Michaelís Parish members
donated food and warm clothing to Hands of Grace,
a ministry of St. Paulís Lutheran Church in New Hartford,
which assists the ďworking poorĒ Ė individuals and families
within our local communities experiencing a
temporary financial crisis due to many circumstances.

Hands of Grace picks up some of their nonperishables from the
Connecticut Food Bank but also relies on donations from churches such
as St. Michaelís, which has long supported their efforts.
St. Michaelís Outreach Chair Jo Ann Jaacks (pictured here with
Rev. Kevin Mongeau at Hands of Grace), delivered a carful of nonperishable
 food items and four bags of clothing, including winter sweaters and jackets,
and suits for male and female clients to wear for job interviews.

St. Michaelís Parish is located at 25 South Street
(Route 63-S), just off the Litchfield green.  
Please contact events@stmichaels-litchfield.org with any questions.

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St. Michaelís Fall Fair
St. Michaelís Parish annual Fall Fair and Tag Sale
was held on Saturday, October 1, 2016

Highlights of the Fall Fair:
- A giant tag sale, featuring 7-piece dining set, Aerosonic spinet piano,
leather loveseat with matching chairs, leather club chair, new bathroom sink,
 china, kitchenwares, household goods and much more

- Kidsí activities, including a bounce house, face painting and crafts

- Oktoberfest Tent, offering sausages, hot dogs,
homemade sauerkraut and cole slaw

- Bake sale, with homemade cakes, cookies, pies, jams and jellies


- Organ music, 30-minute performances by
St. Michaelís organist James Bush and Robert Fertitta (below),
a noted organist and teacher who currently serves as
Organist & Music Director of St. Paulís Episcopal Church, Woodbury.  
Concerts included music by Bach, Brahms, Vaughan Williams and others.

- Architectural tours of the landmark Rossiter-designed neo-Gothic
church famous for its extensive stained glass windows by Tiffany, Morris & Co.,
 Burnham and others as well as wood carving by Irving & Casson.

The Fair comes two days after the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels
(commonly known as Michaelmas), for which St. Michaelís Parish is named.

 St. Michaelís will continue its celebration of Michaelmas on Sunday October 2
with Choral Evensong at 4pm.  Featuring St. Michaelís Choir led by
Director of Music Dr. Marguerite Mullée and accompanied by Organist James Bush,
the traditional Anglican service will include music by Gabrieli, Howells,
Walmisley as well as scripture readings and congregational hymns.

Fairgoers, regardless of religious tradition, are invited to return to St. Michaelís
on Sunday evening to experience this classic service marking the close of day.

St. Michaelís is located at 25 South Street (Rte. 63-S),
 just off the Litchfield Green.  
Those seeking more details can contact 860-567-9465

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ST. MICHAELíS-LITCHFIELD HELPS
WITH DISTRIBUTION OF 60,000 MEALS
Meals of Hope is an organization started in Southwest Florida to ship food
 to a poor school in Haiti.  Founder Stephen Popper then began making
nonperishable meals available within the local communities.

The food packages offer a nutritious bowl of Macaroni and Cheese or Beans
and Rice fortified with soy protein and 21 vitamins and minerals.  
As of June 5, 2016, 33,171,288 of the Meals have been packaged,
and due to the mission of local teenager Michaela Cisowski,
 another 60,000 can now be added to that total.
Michaela, a graduate of Northwestern Regional High School, spearheaded
 fundraising to purchase food supplies, then enlisted the help of 200 volunteers
who managed to assemble 60,000 meals in just four hours at the school.

St. Michaelís Outreach Commission had been searching for a way to assist
with the problem of hunger after reading a white paper report about food
 insecurity in Northwest Connecticut published by the Community Foundation
of Northwest Connecticut.  Outreach Chairperson Jo Ann Jaacks was
contacted to help with the distribution of Michaelaís 60,000 meals which
are packed 30 to a cardboard carton.  On Saturday, June 4, Michaelaís
father Dan Cisowski and several students loaded the first
twenty cartons and Jaacks brought them back to Litchfield.

St. Michaelís is now distributing these meals to the nonprofits in
Litchfield and Torrington that the church already supports, and has also
offered to share with other local town food pantries or programs.
 For those interested in more details,
contact events@stmichaels-litchfield.org or 860-567-4456.

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St. Michaelís-Litchfield Donates $2,035
to Torrington Soup Kitchen
Henry Yanaway, a member of St. Michael's Outreach Commission,
took time from his Spring Break to present a $2,035 check to Lisa Hageman
at the Torrington Soup Kitchen on April 18. The money was raised by
St. Michaelís church members, who have long supported
the Soup Kitchen with donations and volunteers.

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St. Michaelís Epiphany Festival
Benefits Local Charities
St. Michaelís Parish hosted an exciting performance of live music,
readings and colossal puppets on January 6 to
celebrate Epiphany on the Twelfth Day of Christmas.  

The freewill offering from the event was designated for two local charities
and the two winners of the charms in the Epiphany King Cakes made those choices.  

Festival attendee Claudia Deary chose Hands of Grace in New Hartford and
church member Nick Cheek chose the Animal Rescue Foundation in Terryville.  
On January 27, Jo Ann Jaacks (right) from St. Michaelís-Litchfield gave a check for $321
to Denise Yoreo (left) at Hands of Grace and the check to ARF will be personally
delivered by Nick Cheek, one of St. Michaelís younger members.

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St. Michaelís Epiphany Festival Benefits The Animal Rescue Foundation
St. Michaelís Parish hosted an exciting performance of live music, readings
and colossal puppets on January 6 in celebrate Epiphany on the Twelfth Day of Christmas.  
The freewill offering from the event was designated for two local charities
by the King and Queen winners of the charms in the Epiphany King Cakes.  
Queen Claudia Deary chose Hands of Grace in New Hartford and
church member Nick Cheek chose the Animal Rescue Foundation in Terryville.  

 Nick Cheek, who was designated King of St. Michaelís Epiphany Festival,
chose to give half of the freewill offering to the Animal Rescue Foundation, Inc.
 in Terryville, and personally delivered the check on February 3.

On February 3, Nick Cheek and his family were given a tour of the shelter
and a meet-and-greet with Dixie, one of the adoptable dogs at the shelter.  
Nick gave the check for $321 to Animal Rescue Foundation Board member Greg Sisson.
 L-R: Sam Ocean Cheek, Nick Cheek, Greg Sisson of Animal Rescue Foundation, Lexy Cheek

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St. Michael's Parish Launches Capital Campaign
to Restore Historic Church
On Sunday, November 8, approximately 100 members and friends of the
270-year-old Litchfield church gathered for a festive brunch to launch the
capital campaign, "Building for Everyone  . . . A Litchfield Tradition of Faith Since 1745."  
Campaign Chair Peter Aziz announced a three-year fundraising goal of $950,000;
the first $500,000 will be matched by a challenge grant from the Seherr-Thoss Foundation.
As of November 8, he reported $544,000 was raised.

"This building is a holy space available to everyone who lives in and near Litchfield,
and to the visitor and those passing through. It is itself a sacrament - imperfect, partial,
yet still true and trustworthy - a sacrament to the presence of God and the love of God,"
said St. Michael's new Rector, the Reverend Dr. E. Bevan Stanley.
The institution of Stanley, as the 26th Rector, will be celebrated on November 17th.
Established in 1745, St. Michael's Parish has deep roots in and a strong commitment
to Litchfield. The current church is the parish's fourth building and dates back to 1920.
Designed by architects Rossiter and Muller, the neo-Gothic sanctuary is made of
Roxbury granite and precast concrete, with a timber roof structure and slate roofing.
There are a variety of stained glass windows, with several late 19th century
Tiffany Studio originals from the previous church building.

In addition to urgently needed stonework and roofing repairs, the campaign aims
to fund the creation of two very large stained glass windows.  The largest window
 faces Litchfield's South Street, and will be hand-crafted after an original design
stored in the church since the 1920's.  The iconography will depict scenes from the
Creation, and the new windows will be the first ones created in Litchfield in this century.

St. Michael's serves the community in significant ways that include producing
a vibrant concert series, hosting 12-Step programs for the victims & families
of addiction, serving meals to the homeless, and providing office space for
Greenwoods Counseling Service, to name a few. "Our remarkable 95-year-old
church is the center of all this activity, and from this center we continue to
look for new ways to reach out to the community," wrote Chairman Peter Aziz.

If you have questions or would like a campaign brochure, please contact
the Reverend Dr. E. Bevan Stanley at 25 South Street, Litchfield, CT  06759.
The church office can be reached at 860.567.9465, or visit  www.stmichaels-litchfield.org.

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LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS
GIVE GENEROUS DONATION TO ST. MICHAELíS
Dick and Liz Dauphinais, longtime community activists in Litchfield,
were neighbors and friends to St. Michaelís member Em Cleminshaw.
In gratitude for all the times they helped her and offered her rides for
groceries and medical visits, they were gifted by Ms. Cleminshaw
with her Toyota van when she moved to Montana and could not take it with her.

L-R: Rector Bevan Stanley, Liz Dauphinais and Dick Dauphinais

The Dauphinais decided a better use for the vehicle would be to sell it
and donate the proceeds to Ms. Cleminshawís church, St. Michaelís Parish in Litchfield.
She agreed with this and, in her honor, Dick and Liz Dauphinais presented a
check for $4,500 to St. Michaelís Rector, Bevan Stanley, during church services
on Sunday, September 20. The church has recently begun a capital campaign
for needed repairs and the funds will be used for that purpose.

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ST. MICHAELíS RECEIVES HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS
St. Michaelís Parish was presented with vintage matted photos of the churchís
exterior and interior taken in 1921 when the church opened, accompanied by
news clippings from the Meriden Journal, Meriden Morning Record and
the Litchfield Enquirer dated in July of 1921 covering the event.
L-R: Rev. Bevan Stanley, Martha Babbitt, Bill Ranger and Dan Farley

Bill Ranger of Washington, DC was accompanied by his cousin-in-law Dan Farley
of Torrington, CT as he presented the archival items to St. Michaelís Historian,
Martha Babbitt.  Mr. Rangerís relative was owner of the H. Wales Lines Co.,
the building contractor for St. Michaelís Parish.  During a tour of the church,
Martha Babbitt pointed out the carved wood likeness of Mr. Wales,
one of several likenesses that hang above the choir stalls.

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St. Michaelís Delivers Special Lenten Food Donations to Hands of Grace
St. Michaelís Parish conducted a special food drive throughout Lent
to benefit Hands of Grace, a ministry of St. Paulís Lutheran Church in New Hartford,
which assists the ďworking poorĒ Ė individuals and families within our local communities
experiencing a temporary financial crisis due to many circumstances.

St. Michaelís-Litchfield delivered donations from a special Lenten Food Drive to
Hands of Grace in New Hartford just in time for Easter Sunday.
L-R: Rev. Kevin Mongeau, Director of Hands of Grace, Ann McKinney
and Alan Jaacks with St. Michaelís-Litchfield.

Shopping lists of the special needs for Hands of Grace recipients, including nonperishables,
toiletries, cleaning supplies, even Easter baskets and can openers, were distributed
at Sunday services and church members Jo Ann and Alan Jaacks and Ann McKinney
 delivered four pews-full of donations just in time for Easter Sunday.

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ST. MICHAELíS PARISH WELCOMES
NEW CHURCH SCHOOL DIRECTOR
St. Michaelís Episcopal Church welcomes Erica Craft,
who arrives just in time to celebrate Christmas
as the new Church School Director.  
Erica Craft, St. Michaelís new Church School Director, has a diverse background
in special education, volleyball coaching, music and theater and is now
teaching Sunday School classes in the churchís newly remodeled space.

Erica has a B.A in History and German from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania
and attended Central Connecticut State University Graduate Program.    

She has taught German at Staples High School in Westport, CT
and the Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT.  

She was also contracted to work throughout the New Milford Public
School system through Litchfieldís Education Connection.

She has professional experience as Assistant Store Manager
of Talbots in Litchfield, a real estate agent with Elyse Harney
and Events Assistant Manager at the Birches Inn on Lake Waramaug.

She began her singing career at a Presbyterian church in Long Island while in
third grade and has sung at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
with the Hartford Chorale and participated in musical theatre
performances through the Actorís Music Workshop in New York City.

Erica will be offering two or more age-appropriate Sunday School
classes each Sunday and will present vacation bible school
at St. Michaelís Parish during summer months.  

She is planning to hold an Open House in February 2015 to which all are
welcome to visit St. Michaelís newly remodeled childrenís areas that
also include a child-care service for infants and toddlers.

St. Michaelís Parish is located at 25 South Street (Route 63),
 just off the Litchfield green.  
For more information, the number to call is 860.567.9465.

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Torrington Community Kitchen
receives check from St. Michael's
~ photo contributed
Jo Ann Jaacks, St. Michaelís-Litchfield Outreach Chairman, recently visited the
Torrington Community Kitchen to present Director Lisa Hageman with a check
for $1,656 from the proceeds of St. Michaelís Village Fair held in October.
St. Michaelís-Litchfield has partnered with the Torrington Community Kitchen
 through fundraisers and church membersí service for many years.

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St. Michaelís Youth Group Holds Protein Drive
On Saturday, May 10, the youth group of St. Michaelís Episcopal Church held a Protein Drive
at Litchfieldís Stop & Shop.  Members of the Youth Group were joined by their teacher
Stephanie Mota-Thurston and several parents.  For four hours, they handed out ďshopping listsĒ
to collect fresh meats and other proteins such as canned fish, peanut butter and legumes.  

The youngsters collected $160.37 in cash and enough fresh meats and other proteins to fill
three large fishermenís coolers and eight paper grocery bags.   The items were then delivered
to the food bank at Hands of Grace in New Hartford, which serves the working poor.
L-R: Isabelle Terhune, Molly Lennon, Henry Yanaway, Stephanie Mota-Thurston,
Lexy and Sam Cheek, Colin Terhune and Abigail Yanaway

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St. Michaelís Parish
Welcomes New Organist
Norman McFarlane
St. Michael's Episcopal Church is delighted to announce that Norman McFarlane
has been selected for the position of organist. Mr. McFarlane was born in
Kingston, Jamaica where he first learned piano. After coming to the United States,
he studied organ briefly with Ezequiel Menendez and Rafael Ferreyra and
received his Service Playing Certificate in Organ from the American Guild of Organists.

Mr. McFarlane holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from
Charter Oak State College, and a Diploma in Radio & Television Broadcasting
from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. He has served as organist for
churches in Windsor Locks, Hartford, Newington and Manchester. He has sung
with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale and
served as accompanist for the Naugatuck Community Choir.

Mr. McFarlane will be playing St. Michael's magnificent 2,221-pipe organ
for church services at 8:00 a.m. and 10 a.m.
St. Michaelís Parish is located at 25 South Street, just off the Litchfield green.

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St. Michaelís Parish Helps Litchfield Residents
with Heating Expenses
Karen Ackerman, Parish Administrator for St. Michaelís Parish, gave a check for $1,135
on January 28 to Rose Brooks, Board Chairman for the Litchfield Community Services Fund.  
The donation, which represented a portion of St. Michaelís Christmas Offering, will be put
to immediate use by the Fund to help local residents with their heating expenses.

 Karen Ackerman, Parish Administrator for St. Michaelís Parish, (right) gave a check for $1,135
to Rose Brooks, Board Chairman for the Litchfield Community Services Fund.  
The donation represented a portion of St. Michaelís Christmas Offering.

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Jo Ann Jaacks, Outreach Chairman of St. Michaelís-Litchfield,
recently visited the Torrington Community Soup Kitchen to present
Director Lisa Hageman with a check for $2,663.50 from the proceeds
of St. Michaelís Twelfth Annual Fair held on October 5.
St. Michaelís-Litchfield has partnered with the Torrington Community Kitchen
through fundraisers and church membersí service for over a decade.

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ST. MICHAEL'S-LITCHFIELD BRIGHTENS HOLIDAY
FOR THIRTY-ONE CHILDREN
More than 30 needy local children benefited from the generosity parishioners at
St. Michael's Episcopal Church showed during this Christmas season.  The parish, in a partnership
with the Covenant to Care for the Children agency, collected and wrapped gifts on the
children's wish lists and gave them to Covenant to Care for delivery in time for the holiday.
St. Michael's Outreach committee wrapped and tagged Christmas gifts  for local children
 and handed them off to Rich Davis from Covenant to Care for the Children
 who will play "Santa" to deliver them to 31 children.

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Bantam Sunshine Fund
Rev. Bevan Stanley of St. Michaelís Parish in Litchfield recently presented a check for $573.50
to Dick Sheldon, Bantam Borough Warden, for the Bantam Sunshine Fund.   The check represented
a portion of the churchís Easter Offering as part of St. Michaelís Outreach program. The Fund,
begun in 1989 to help with the tornado damage in Bantam, also assists local
residents with fuel oil and victims of house fires.  

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Morning Bells are Ringing at St. Michaelís
The Rev. Bevan Stanley uses St. Michaelís historic belfry bell
to announce Morning Prayer on three weekday mornings.

Morning prayer is now being offered at St. Michaelís by the Rev. Bevan Stanley
on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9am.

The brief, non-Eucharist service is open to all and free bibles will be given
to those who wish to have one. Rev. Stanley says,
ďWhen you hear the bells ringing, we are praying for you.Ē

St. Michaelís is located at 25 South Street (Route 63-South),
just off the Litchfield Green. FMI,
the number to call is 860.567.9465.

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Rev. Bevan Stanley of St. Michaelís Parish in Litchfield recently presented
a check for $515 to Sally Irwin, Coordinator of the Litchfield Hills Chore Service.
The check represented a portion of the churchís Christmas Offering which
was also shared with the Litchfield Community Services Fund
as part of St. Michaelís Outreach program.

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ST. MICHAELíS-LITCHFIELD BRIGHTENS
HOLIDAY FOR THIRTY CHILDREN
 
The Rev. Bevan Stanley (right) helped to hand off the gifts collected
for St. Michael's Wish List for needy children.
Rich Davis from Covenant to Care for the Children (left)
picked up gift bags and gift cards

St. Michaelís also coordinated with the Litchfield Community Fund
to deliver gifts and gift cards to two local Litchfield families.

St. Michaelís Parish partnered with the
Covenant to Care for the Children agency
and the Litchfield Community Fund to fulfill a wish list of
Christmas items from 30+ needy children and families.  

Church members did the shopping
and volunteers gift wrapped the presents.

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LOCAL EAGLE SCOUT CELEBRATES CHURCH LABYRINTH
Adam Kuegler, seated, parents Jackie & Karl and his brother Zachary
gather at the labyrinth Adam was responsible for building on St. Michael's side lawn.
Adam Kuegler, acolyte and member of St. Michael's Parish,
gathered a crew of Boy Scout companions last Fall to assist him in
building a labyrinth on St. Michael's side lawn as his Eagle Scout project.  

Saturday, September 1st, Adam Kuegler's Court of Honor:
Eagle Scout Ceremony was held at St. Michael's Parish at 25 South Street.

The dedication of the labyrinth by Father Walt Zelley took place immediately
following the Eagle Scout Ceremony on the side lawn.  

Adam Kuegler, 16, is a Life Scout in Troop 140 in Oakville.  
He chose St. Michael's as the location for his project
since he is a member and acolyte here.  

The labyrinth represents a service project, but it also requires demonstration
of leadership since Adam had to seek donations for all materials,
as well as organize and supervise the construction.

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St. Michaelís Prayer Shawls Donated to Wounded War Veterans
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Rhonda Jaacks of Harlequin Farm in Lakeville, offers free knitting instructions
at St. Michaelís Prayer Shawl gatherings to beginning knitters of all ages,
including her 8-year-old daughters Gabriella & Sarah.
Ms. Jaacks raises Finn sheep, highly prized for their superior wool,
on a small sustainable farm where she spins her own wool.

Prayer shawls are created in response to answering the need for comforting others.  
Blessed shawls were donated to local residents
who are hospitalized, in nursing home or hospice care.  

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Spencer Smith discusses history
of St. Michaelís wood carvings
Spencer Smith offered a lecture in St. Michaelís community house
on Sunday, April 29th about the intricate wood sculptings created
by his grandfather Frank Walter. Depicted are several wood-carved
statues and traceries on St. Michaelís high altar.

Mr. Smith researched and visited all ten churches and the
Trinity College Chapel in Hartford where his renowned ancestor
Frank Walter, born in 1879, created wood carvings and sculptures
of unparalleled beauty. Mr. Walterís architectural carvings decorated
the homes of John D. Rockefeller Sr. and Jay Gould, prior to his undertaking
the extensive wood carvings/sculptures for St. Bartholomewís (St. Bartís)
Episcopal Church on Park Avenue in New York City.

Mr. Walter was chosen by St. Michaelís architect E.K. Rossiter
and philanthropist Henry Towne, who donated the funds to build
and decorate St. Michaelís-Litchfield in 1919 to honor his late wife,
Cora. Mr. Smith will speak about the history involved and the intricacies
of creating the three-dimensional wood carvings in St. Michaelís Parish.

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ST. MICHAELíS YOUTH GROUP HOLDS PROTEIN FOOD DRIVE
Nancy and Nora Lennon, Kris and Katherine Kuegler, and Tiffany Fulton
joined other parents and youngsters at St. Michaelís protein food drive
at Stop & Shop-Litchfield on March 31 to benefit
the Torrington Community Kitchen.

St. Michaelís Parish ďTweensĒ youth group chose something a little
out of the ordinary for their Lenten Outreach Project:
a meat and fish food drive to benefit the Torrington Community Kitchen.

Although canned and dry goods are an essential part of the Kitchenís food
pantry in Torrington, they seldom have enough meat and other proteins.

Youngsters and their parents stationed themselves outside
the Litchfield Stop & Shop on Saturday, March 31 from 12pm-4pm.

They handed out suggested protein items such as meats, cheese and
veggie burgers, then accepted the purchases at the storeís exit.

Fresh and frozen items were added to coolers and at the end of the
food collection, two vehicles full of food items plus $460 in donations were
delivered to the Torrington Community Kitchen.