Week of Sunday October 24th
This is the schedule of services I will be sending out live links to this Sunday.
- 9:30am Central– St. Michael’s – We will live stream the service on our Facebook page and upload to our YouTube Channel later in the day on Sunday.
- 10:15am Central (11:15 am Eastern time) – Washington National Cathedral– will live stream Holy Eucharist on YouTube Click here.
- The current Prayer List can be found here. (Last updated October 21, 2021.)
The announcements are being posted on this page and are updated weekly. They are not being printed in the Sunday bulletin. A few printed copies are available on the table in the Narthex.
Sunday morning worship is Holy Eucharist Rite II at 9:30 am.
COVID Mitigations – September 3, 2021: The Governor has issued a state wide indoor mask mandate. Frequent hand-washing and sanitizing are best practices at all times and should be continued. You can see a list of all of the COVID mitigation changes here.
Starting Sunday, October 17th we will be adding an offertory hymn and Doxology. We will also have Ushers again.
- Entry Hymn #410 Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
- Offertory Hymn #411 O Bless the Lord, My Soul
- Doxology #380 Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow verse 3
- Communion Hymn #671 Amazing Grace!
- Final Hymn #535 Ye Servants of God
BIRTHDAYS: June Dublar 10/28 and Judie Payne 10/29
ALTAR FLOWERS are given today by Amy and Mike Konieczny in memory of Fr. Gary Goldacker.
SANCTUARY CANDLE is given today by Bob and Yasemin Koss in memory of Dorothy Koss.
BISHOP NOMINEEES AND UPCOMING WALKABOUTS: The Election Committee for the 12th Bishop of Springfield is pleased to report that the Nominating Synod successfully chose three candidates on October 16, 2021, from among the nine nominated. Those candidates are as follows:
- The Very Reverend Brian Kendall Burgess
- The Reverend Mary Ann Hill
- The Reverend Scott Allen Seefeldt
With this selection we are now entering the “Meet the Candidates” phase of the election process. As part of this phase there will be four area Walkabouts scheduled November 9-12, 2021. St. Michael’s will host one of the walkabout sessions on Friday, November 12th beginning at 5:00 pm with a meal and the formal session will begin at 6:30 pm.
- Attending the Walkabout – Advanced registration is required. If you would like to attend the session and the dinner or just the session, please contact the church office and let us know accordingly. It is very important we know how many to expect that evening due to the potential number of attendees. RSVP DEADLINE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27TH AT 2PM to email@example.com or (618) 632-6168. We will register you with the Diocese. Even though we are the host, we are not managing the guest list.
- Volunteers Needed – We will need help hosting the walkabout. You can help with setup Friday morning, serving Friday afternoon beginning around 4pm, clean up, bringing food for the meal and as greeters to help direct people unfamiliar with our building. There will be a signup sheet in the Narthex with more information.
- Submitting Questions: The faithful of the Diocese are invited to submit questions for the three candidates to be asked during the walkabout sessions. There is more information here about submitting questions and the form to utilize. The deadline to submit questions is November 2nd.
There are 4 walkabouts scheduled. If you wish to attend one of the others, the deadline is the same, please contact the church office and I will register you. These are the other options.
- Tuesday, November 9th – Eastern & Hale Deaneries: St. Stephen’s Church, 101 E Church St, Harrisburg
- Wednesday, November 10th – Northeastern Deanery: Chapel of St. John the Divine, 1011 S Wright St, Champaign
- Thursday, November 11th – Northwestern & Northern Deaneries: St. Paul’s Cathedral, 815 S 2nd St, Springfield
- Friday, November 12th – Darrow Deanery: St. Michael’s Church, 111 O’Fallon Troy Rd, O’Fallon
Please continue to pray as our Diocese moves forward in the process to elect the 12th Bishop of Springfield. Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. -BCP page 818, #13
ALL SAINTS: On Sunday, November 7th, we will celebrate the Feast of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day with the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed. If you would like the names of your departed loved ones read aloud during the service in remembrance, please email their names to the office at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add them to the list. You may also call (618) 632-6168 with their names or write their names on a piece of paper and leave it on the desk in the office. The deadline to add names is Thursday, November 4th.
UNITED THANK OFFERING SPECIAL DONATION – SUNDAY NOVEMBER 14TH: On November 14th we will have our Fall collection for the United Thank Offering. UTO is a special ministry of the Episcopal Church, reminding people to notice the good things that happen every day, to give thanks to God and make an offering. One hundred percent (100%) of the monies raised by the UTO are redistributed through grants to support innovative mission and ministry.
We remind you of this as St. Michael’s was the recipient of one of these grants in 2000! We were ready to open St. Michael’s and the elevator selected was disapproved, delaying our lower level occupancy. While UTO was helping older churches retrofit their buildings, they helped us with our as-yet unopened building. The grant of $25,000 that we received allowed us to afford an approved elevator.
Let us remember UTO with a generous contribution, made out to St. Michael’s with UTO in the memo line. Please take part in this special ministry!
MATMAKERS MEETING: Do you enjoy great fellowship and teamwork while working on a project that helps those in need? If so, please come join our group! We have a place just for you!!!
Our matmakers group is busy preparing sleeping mats for those without shelter during the cold, wet winter season. You can help make a difference in someone’s life by spending a couple of hours a week making sleeping mats which are delivered when the first cold snap hits. We can teach you every part of the mat making process in a short amount of time, then you will be a part of the matmakers team! You won’t believe how easy it is!!!
Please join us on Thursday mornings (10-12) downstairs at the church. We are saving a place just for you!
PRAYING FOR YOU CARDS: St Michael’s has a meaningful way to let your family members or friends know our congregation is praying for them when their name is placed on our prayer list. Sometimes, names are placed on the list in the bulletin, and the person does not realize we are praying for them each week.
After placing a name on the prayer list, on Sunday keep your bulletin with the person’s name in it. Then stop by the table in the narthex and pick up one of our beautifully printed cards with our rose window on the front, fill it out, and place in the provided church envelope along with the bulletin. Then then send it to the person whose name you placed in the bulletin. It’s a beautiful way to let them know our entire congregation is praying for them whether they are near or far away.
USHERS AT ST. MICHAEL’S: After more than 18 months of COVID mitigations, we are ready to have Ushers again on Sunday mornings at St. Michael’s. Ushers will greet everyone, collect the offering, bring the bread, wine and offering to the altar and more. If you are interested in being an Usher, please contact the office at (618) 632-6168 or email email@example.com.
With this change in mind, please keep your offering with you and put it in the offering plate during the offertory hymn. Ushers will walk past each end of the pews, so you can place your offering in the plate. We are discouraging passing the plate back and forth in the pews for the time being.
O’FALLON FOOD PANTRY: We are collecting canned tomatoes, potatoes, pie fillings, and canned fruit for this month. Please bring your donation to church and put it on the table in the Nave. The Koss’s will collect it all after the service and take them to the pantry. Any questions about the pantry, please Contact Yasemin Koss at 593-7688.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: Hear ye, hear ye, The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on November 18, Thursday at 10 a.m. downstairs in the parish hall. Please come for fellowship even if you don’t knit or crochet. If you want to learn, we can provide basic instructions.
We are not currently accepting yarn donations since we currently have more yarn than we can use.
HELP WITH PASTORAL CARE: We are asking our members to help once again with Pastoral Care. Due to COVID, members of our congregation are again finding themselves between jobs and need assistance with rent, utilities, and gas money as well as rides to doctors’ appointments and grocery pickup. We financially help them though the Vicar’s Discretionary Fund. If you are able, please make a generous donation to the ST. MICHAEL’S VICAR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND, marking in the memo line that it is for Pastoral Care. If you are able to assist in providing rides or grocery pickups, please call Debbie LaFreniere (703-498-7208) or Ann Wilt (618-977-1187). Thank you for supporting this ministry.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL: Fr. Thorpe is leading an Adult Education Program following church on Sundays. These weekly classes will begin at 11am in the Parish Hall. Coffee will be available. You can also participate from home on zoom. The link will be emailed to you with the Friday announcements email.
The topic for October 24th will be How to Revive Evangelism. Each topic will be a short series. We will let you know the topic ahead of time.
- How to Revive Evangelism – This 8-sesson course will focus on the new book, How to Revive Evangelism, by Craig Springer, CEO of Alpha in the United States. Springer brings together the latest demographic studies and opinion polls with a Christian passion for reaching the lost. Have you ever thought “We have something special here at St. Michael’s, and I wish I could share it with more people?” Maybe you think something isn’t quite hitting the mark. Maybe the idea of evangelism intimidates you. This book ties in scripture and specifically Jesus’ teachings and helps us see a way to share our faith with others that is authentic and inviting. If you’ve ever wondered how to talk to our community and especially younger generations of people about spirituality and faith, this class is for you. If you wish, you can order a paperback or ebook copy of the book online.
STAYING IN TOUCH: We’d like to know if there are any members who are ill, feeling isolated, or in need of basics that we can provide. Please keep the communications coming to the church office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 618-632-6168.
PASTORAL CARE: If you know of a member with a pastoral need or who is in the hospital, please contact Fr. John Thorpe, Amy Konieczny or Jack Moelmann.
FROM THE ELECTION COMMITTEE (October 10, 2021)
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. -BCP page 818, #13
The Election Committee has been praying thus frequently and is grateful for all of you, the Faithful of the Diocese of Springfield, who have been praying this prayer and will continue to do so alongside us.
As of this writing the names and profiles of nine nominees for the 12th Bishop of Springfield have been released (you can find them here). We hope you have already begun reviewing them and have been praying about how to vote, or how to urge your delegates to vote, at the Nominating Synod, which will be held on October 16, 2021.
It is with that in mind that the EC would like to encourage you to consider the ways in which Christ is drawing the whole Diocese of Springfield unto himself by reading, marking, and inwardly digesting the Diocesan Profile. As part of that process, you are invited with us to dedicate time in prayer and meditation to discern what God is calling the Diocese of Springfield to be and do just as openly as considering how the 12th Bishop of Springfield will be able to help us meet that calling.
Another place to start when considering how the next Bishop is going to help us meet that calling is with an understanding of exactly what a bishop affirms and vows to do when they are ordained. The Examination of a Bishop begins on page 517 in our prayer book and begins with a listing of what a Bishop is called to do. The bishop-elect affirms that call and continues with vows particular to their office before their consecration. You can find those vows as part of The Ordination of a Bishop here.
The Canons of the Episcopal Church and Diocese spell out more duties such as visiting every congregation, writing occasional pastoral letters, and making an annual report to the Diocese, but the heart of their calling is that which they affirm in their examination and vows. We in the EC are confident that God will provide us someone who will boldly proclaim and interpret the Gospel of Christ, enlightening the minds and stirring up the conscience of the Faithful of the Diocese of Springfield.
After the Nominating Synod has chosen three candidates there will be additional opportunities to become involved in the process. Expect an opportunity to review video interviews of the three candidates posted on the Diocesan Website in late October. You will also be able to submit questions online which will be considered for the Walkabout sessions currently scheduled to be held at four locations throughout the Diocese, one per day, November 9-12. The deadline for submitting such questions is currently tentatively scheduled for November 2nd. That deadline will fall prior to another newsletter publication, so please check the website frequently for more information.
Bishop Election Committee Communications Team
For all of the updates on the Election Committee’s work, please visit the Bishop Search Blog here. The approved timeline for the election and consecration of our 12th Bishop may be viewed on the Diocese of Springfield website. You can find the Q&A page here.
Something you can do is pray for us and the Diocese of Springfield: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on this your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will guard the faith, care for your people, and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.