St.Michael Newsletter, December 2021


  • A Message from Fr. Ben Kjendal
  • THANK YOU and Plans for 2022
  • Church School Corner
  • The Kjendal Kliros
  • A Quote from a Saint
  • The Unexpected Gift
  • Mount Tabor School
  • Outreach
  • Women’s Group
  • Recipe Box

Christmas Meals 2021

We will be delivering 50 Christmas meals to Faith Family Kitchen on Monday 12/20, and each meal will include a tin of (mostly) homemade cookies…which adds up to 200 dozen cookies! Please consider baking a few dozen (or more) cookies! All cookies need to be at the church by Sunday 12/19 so we can package them and have them ready for delivery the next day. Please speak to Kh. Alyssa if you plan to bake. Thank you!!!

In addition to homemade cookies, we are in need of monetary donations to cover the cost of the grocery store gift cards and the hams that are being given to each family as part of our Christmas meal donation. We are providing 50 families with meals, and your generosity is greatly appreciated! Please give your checks (made out to St. Michael with “Christmas Meals” in the memo) to Kh. Alyssa. Thank you for sharing the light of Christ this Nativity season!

Thanksgiving Meals 2021

Once again we are being given the opportunity to provide Thanksgiving meals to families served by Faith Family Kitchen in Hyannis. If you are able to purchase food items, please speak to Kh. Alyssa about what is needed. Monetary donations are also very much appreciated to help purchase the turkeys and other items that will be included in the dinners. Delivery of the meals will be in the morning on Friday, November 19. Please speak to Kh. Alyssa about how you can help!

Thank you for being a blessing to our neighbors in need this Thanksgiving!

“THE ARCHANGELS” Any Occasion Greeting Cards

We are excited to announce that the Archangel icons painted and donated by our own Zoya Sheglov have been made into blank greeting cards for use on any occasion.
The icons were blessed during vesper service on November 7, 2020 to commemorate the Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Heavenly Bodiless Powers. They hang in the nave of St Michael.
The cards created out of these icons are a beautiful set of 8, one for each Archangel, that will be available on Sunday as a complete set for only $10. They include the icon, the story of the Archangel, and a prayer to each Archangel.
Thanks to Zoya Sheglov for her beautiful work and generous donation of the icons; to Mircea Dumitrescu for taking the pictures of each icon; and to Ksenia Pryme for formatting the cards and getting them ready to print.
God bless you all for your support of St. Michael!

St. Michael Cookbook & Order Form

We are pleased to announce the arrival of the second printing of the St. Michael cookbook: “The Foods That Unite Us”. There are copies of the book available in the fellowship hall and at the Bookstore table. These full-color, full-size cookbooks offer some amazing recipes, along with interesting anecdotal stories, memories, and photos as shared by our membership and families.

St.Michael Newsletter, August 2021


  • A Message from Fr. Ben Kjendal
  • How and Where Can I Help St. Michael?
  • Narthex Update
  • The Star Spangled Banner
  • Entering the Church Through the Eyes of a Child
  • For The DOWNE Oratorical Festival
  • What’s Really Important, Anyway?
  • A Quote from A Saint
  • Save The Date: October 9, 2021

Backpack Blessings 2021

Once again we will be collecting NEW school supplies for children living at the Village at Cataumet, a transitional housing shelter. We have all the backpacks we need, but we need to fill them! Please see the list for suggestions on what to purchase. Thank you!!! Please see Kh. Alyssa with any questions!

Vacation Church School Is Back!!!

All children ages nine and younger are welcome to join us for Vacation Church School July 28-30 from 9:30 to 11:30 at St. Michael. The cost is $30 for one child and $10 for each additional sibling. Parents with children under five years old are asked to stay with their children, and all parents are invited and encouraged to participate in the program. Please register with Kh. Alyssa by Friday 7/23. Take a look at the pictures in the fellowship hall from previous years of VCS to get an idea of how much fun is packed into these three days of exciting faith-filled programming!

St. Michael Cookbook New Orders

WE WILL BE PRINTING MORE COOKBOOKS WHICH WILL BE OFFERED AGAIN AT THE VERY LOW PRICE OF ONLY $30. These are high-quality paper, full color, and large print. They are very easy to use and showcase our traditions and our stories.

Please let Soraya know if you would like to place an order at

Thank you to everyone who has supported this effort in any way!