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Sunday Worship is at 9:30 a.m.
December 24th, Christmas Eve:
Join us for carol singing at 7:00 pm, with the big worship service starting at about 7:20 pm.
We’ve moved the start time an hour forward this year so that wired kiddies can get to bed and worn-out parents can relax sooner. Nice, huh?
December 25th, Christmas Day:
The 9:30 am service is pretty much the same as the night before, but the vibe is different. It’s much more laid back, with a smaller number of people (and a shorter sermon!). It’s just… nice!
So bring your family… bring your friends…
God has come to earth as one of us… O come let us adore him!
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December 10, 2017
ALTAR FLOWERS: The flowers today are given by Dana and Steve Meyer in celebrations of Family Birthdays in the month of December.
The people who donate the flowers are welcome to take them after the Sunday Service (unless there’s to be another service early in the week). Otherwise, they will be taken to a local care home.
SANCTUARY LIGHT is given by Narni Cahill in memory of her husband, Lary Cahill.
WELCOME: A very warm welcome to our Bishop, Daniel Martins, as he makes his episcopal visitation to St. Michael’s today. And an equally warm welcome to his wife, Brenda Martins.
CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE TODAY FROM 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
PAGEANT AND HANGING OF THE GREENS: The Children’s Christmas Pageant will be next Sunday, December 17th. Also, it is Greening Day (not Green Day… we could listen to some Green Day while we decorate, though it’s hardly seasonal or festive). So the plan is for those of us who can stay and help, we’ll dress for decorating on Sunday morning, and after worship we’ll head downstairs for some yummy chili. Then we’ll go back upstairs to decorate the church and the big trees outside. If you’d like to contribute a batch of your wonderful chili (white or red, meat or veg, spicy or mild– you pick) – please speak to Narni Cahill. Also, if anyone can make cornbread or can bring rolls/crackers, that would be appreciated as well.
Christmas Eve, December 24th – Carol singing, 7:00 p.m.; The Christ Mass, 7:20 p.m.
Christmas Day, December 25th – The Christ Mass 9:30 am.
POINSETTIAS: To add festive color for the Christmas season, we are asking members of our congregational family to donate $15.00 per plant for a Poinsettia. The sign-up sheet is on the table in the Narthex. Make your check payable to St. Michael’s, memo: (Poinsettia). The final date to order is Sunday, December 17th. Thank you for your interest in this project. For more information, please contact Lynette Schneider at 979-3192.
PANTRY: As many of you know, the kitchen pantry was recently emptied out, cleaned and reorganized. In the process of doing that, there are many items that we no longer need. The items are downstairs and are available for the taking. If you would like any of them, please take today; otherwise, they will be donated to a deserving charity this week.
LUMINARIES: During Advent and Christmas this year, St. Michael’s will again “Light a Luminary for a Loved One — A Gift that comes from the Heart.” The luminaries located along the entrance sidewalks will be lighted on the evening of December 1st and displayed nightly from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. through January 6. The names of those being remembered will also be published in the bulletin the first Sunday in January. Please write the names of those you wish to remember in the “Luminaries Notebook” located on the table in the Narthex. This can be done anytime through Dec 30th. Donations will be greatly appreciated – please make checks payable to St. Michael’s and note in the memo line “Light a Luminary Project.”
PRAYER CHAIN: As many of you know, Lorraine Libell has been the leader of the prayer chain for many years. She has been in ill health and it was felt that the reins should be handed over to another member. Jayne was approached and she has kindly agreed to take on this task. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the narthex if you would like to be part of the chain. Being able to form a large group and text each other when a request comes in, I think will make the prayer chain work much more efficiently. Thank you.
ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION TO THE BISHOP’S COMMITTEE: Our Annual Meeting and Elections to the Bishop’s Committee will take place January 22nd, 2018. According to the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield, members of our congregational family, at least 18 years of age, who are communicants in good standing and who have been confirmed by a Bishop of this Church or received into this Church as having been properly confirmed are eligible for election. Please give this your prayerful consideration.
Any member interested in running for the Mission Leadership Team should submit a resumé not to exceed one page to the Parish Office no later than Sunday, January 7th. All Chairs of Committees and Leaders of organizations are asked to have their reports for the Annual Meeting prepared and submitted to the Administrative Assistant, Polly, no later than Sunday, January 7th (e-mail preferred).
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY:
WHAT: Financial Peace University
WHO: You and your spouse
WHEN: January 10-March 14 (Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm, excluding Ash Wednesday)
WHERE: Right here at St. Michael’s
WHY: To teach God’s people how to manage finances for His ultimate glory
HOW: Through informative DVD lessons, worksheet activities, and small group discussions
COST: $109 per couple/family (This cost covers all materials, and scholarships are available for those who are willing to commit to the entire course!)
If you have any questions about the course’s content or materials, please contact Jayne or Clay (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org), or just find one of us during coffee hour. We would love to talk to you about FPU!
PURLS OF WISDOM: Purls of Wisdom – Prayer Shawl Ministry will be meeting at the church on the second Thursday of each month at 10:00 am. Come join us, we are all learning. If you are interested in learning to knit or crotchet, come to the meeting. There are supplies available to get you started, so bring yourself and your desire to make a difference to others. Next meeting will be January 11, 2018. We will be skipping December meeting.
STEWARDSHIP: Time, talent and treasure. Prayer, participation and generosity. All of these describe aspects of stewardship. This is the time of year when we ask for your financial commitment in supporting our church family. Your pledge forms the foundation of our budget which considers: cost of worship; Christian formation; payroll; mortgage/rent; operating and maintaining the facility; supplies and outreach programs. Please fill out a pledge card and return it as soon as possible. THANK YOU.
ALTAR GUILD: This is a quiet ministry that works in the background, but is a big part of the service each week. We are hoping to have a training session soon for those interested in learning more. Everyone is welcome in learning more about serving as a member of the Altar Guild. Talk to Lynette or George Schneider. Contact: Lynette: 618-979-3192, MingTaoQR@yahoo.com or George: 618-979-3194, email@example.com.
FOOD PANTRY: In December St. Michael’s is focusing on personal and hygiene items: Shampoo, conditioner, bath soap, toothpaste, tooth brush and deodorant. As always, donations of any food items will be greatly appreciated and put to good use.
We are a family-friendly mission church in the Metro East area of Southern Illinois and close to Scott Air Force Base.
We are active in many local outreach programs including Feed My Lambs, the O’Fallon Food Pantry, and Convoy of Hope. We have active education programs for youth and adults.
We are led in worship by Fr. Ian Wetmore.