Spring Programs & Music Events


Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May

Thursday, March 3, 2022; 6-7:30pm in St. Michael’s Parish House

Facilitator: Canon Michael

This event will be an interactive discussion of the book, Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times.  We will discuss what wintering means in our own context, and how wintering can result in a stronger spiritual and emotional life, especially on the other side of grief, loss, or unmet expectations. We will have 5 copies to provide on a first come basis.

Engraving of George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) (German: Georg Friedrich Händel),was a German-born British Baroque composer, famous for his operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos.

MUSIC@ST. MICHAEL’S: Lecture:  Handel’s Israel in Egypt

Sunday, March 20, 2022; 1-2pm.

Everyone knows Handel’s famous “Hallelujah” from Messiah, but fewer know of the composer’s exciting Passover oratorio Israel in Egypt. In this piece, Handel takes the story of Moses and gives us a dramatic choral representation of plagues, battles, and miracles.  Music director Nick Rocha will be taking a look at the piece’s origins and sharing musical highlights from the sizable work. 

THE REFORMATION: A Fairly Brief History

Five Wednesdays, March 9-April 6, 2022

6-7:30pm in St. Michael’s Parish House

Lecturer: Charles Calhoun

A series of illustrated lectures, followed by discussion, focusing on the history of religious ideas that led to what we know as The Protestant Reformation. Registration required, in order to provide background materials. Open to the general public.

  1. The Christian West in 1500: Did It Really Need “Reforming”?
  2. Martin Luther and the German Reformation
  3. John Calvin, the Franco-Swiss Reformation, and the Catholic Response
  4. The Peculiar Case of Tudor England
  5. The Reformation in New England and Its Enduring Impact on 21st-Century Politics

MUSIC@ST. MICHAEL’S: Oure Pleasure Singers: Tenebrae Concert 

Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 3pm

Tickets are $7.00 at the door

Attleboro’s Oure Pleasure Singers join us for a reflective program of Lenten music. Based on the structure of a traditional Tenebrae service, the concert will include three “Nocturns” featuring the music of Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, and Francis Poulenc. Under the direction of Nick Rocha.  

FINDING SANCTUARY: Caring for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers, with Dr. Elizabeth Shulman

Thursday, April 24 2022; 1pm via Zoom

Facilitator: Dr. Elizabeth Shulman

There are over sixteen million people caring for someone with dementia in the United States. Caregivers often endure stress and may struggle to find meaning in their role as a caregiver. Dr. Elizabeth Shulman’s Finding Sanctuary in the Midst of Alzheimer’s addresses common caregiving challenges using scripture and personal stories from dementia caregivers. With separate sections for spouses, children caring for a parent and those who want to provide support to a caregiver but don’t know how, Finding Sanctuary in the Midst of Alzheimer’s equips churches to both help caregivers find comfort and teach non-caregivers how to better support their caregiving friends.

Dr. Elizabeth Shulman has over 30 years of experience both as a United Methodist pastor and as a hospice chaplain. She has written for Guideposts’ Strength and Grace and enjoys writing music in her free time. Elizabeth shares 7 daughters with her husband Leo and lives near Cleveland, Ohio. For more information about her and her work, please visit her website, www.elizabethshulman.com.

MUSIC@ST. MICHAEL’S: Midsummer Music

Thursday afternoons in June from 5:00 to 6:00 pm

While you’re out enjoying the nice weather downtown, consider joining us for an evening of music! This June music director Nick Rocha will be facilitating an hour of hymnody and keyboard works for the community to enjoy. We invite you to come and sing along, or simply listen and reflect.