Week of Sunday August 1st
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 July 29, 2021.)
The announcements are being posted on this page and are updated weekly. They are not being printed in the Sunday bulletin. If you wish to have a printed copy of the announcements, please contact the church office.
Sunday morning worship is Holy Eucharist Rite II at 9:30 am.
(5/21/2021) CHANGE TO MASK RULES FOR IN PERSON WORSHIP: Please see the following statement from the MLT regarding facemasks.
Responding to recent (May 13, 2021) guidance from national and local health and government authorities, the Mission Leadership Team of St. Michael’s recognizes that fully-vaccinated people currently are not required to wear a face mask or maintain distance during worship or church activities. Unvaccinated people, for their own safety, should continue using masks and social distancing in all church settings. Frequent hand-washing and sanitizing are best practices at all times and should be continued.
The pews are still taped to maximize social distancing. Social distancing is still encouraged during the worship service and when coming to the altar to receive communion.
(6/18/2021) On Sunday, June 20th we will begin increasing the amount of music we sing. We are adding several pieces of service music. We are not increasing the number of hymns yet.
(7/18/2021) On Sunday, July 18th we will begin allowing the use of the altar rail during communion.
(8/1/2021) On Sunday, August 1st we will be adding a communion hymn.
We have removed the blue tape on most of the pews. We are not discouraging social distancing, we are trusting that each person can decide what distancing they need for their circumstances and risk level. You are still encouraged to spread out and use the space available.
There are still 4 pews on the left side of the nave set aside with blue tape for those who need and prefer 6ft for social distancing. This includes the Children’s soft space.
- Entry Hymn #522 Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken
- Communion Hymn #328 Draw Nigh and Take the Body of the Lord
- Final Hymn #690 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
BIRTHDAYS: Mike Konieczny 8/6
ALTAR FLOWERS are given today by Nick and Sonja Wartonick in celebration of their anniversary.
DEACON MARK KLAMER: On Sunday, August 1st, The Rev. Mark Klamer will be at St. Michael’s. He will be preaching and serving as Deacon. Deacon Mark was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons on March 7, 2021. Please help us welcome him on Sunday, August 1st.
FEED MY LAMBS UPDATE (JULY 30, 2021): The summer has passed quickly and 2021 Feed My Lambs is just about finished for this year. But St. Michael’s still has opportunities to help. Please look at your calendars and see if you can assist in any of the following ways:
- August 1st is the last day we can give school supplies for backpacks being handed out at our lunch stops. Please bring any supplies you would like to donate with you to church on Sunday August 1st. This is the list of needed supplies.
- August 4th at 10:00 am, we will be stuffing the backpacks at the YMCA in O’Fallon on Seven Hills Road with all the supplies collected from churches and individuals in O’Fallon. The YMCA expects to be putting together 200 backpacks. Please consider joining us on August 4th (Adults and Children are welcome) — “MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK”. Let Ann know if you can make it – 618-977-1187
- On August 9th, 11th, and 13th, St. Michael’s has at the last minute been recruited to deliver the lunches from 10:45 am until 12:45 pm. This only requires a few of us but if you are interested, please let Ann know. Next summer we will be making lunches and delivering once again, so this will give you an idea of this special ministry.
- And, last but not least, Feed My Lambs has received a $2,500 financial donation from Waste Management! These funds will be utilized next summer when the schools are no longer providing lunches and this ministry is in full force again. If you would like to financially assist our Feed My Lambs fund, please bring your checks to church or forward any donations to St. Michael’s, 111 O’Fallon Troy Rd, O’Fallon, IL 62269 with “Feed My Lambs” in the memo line.
Thank you for all you do for our Outreach ministries. It is a joy to be able to help in our community. If you have any questions, please call Ann at 618-977-1187.
BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS: On Sunday, August 15th we will have a Blessing of the Backpacks during our 9:30am service. Each student should bring their backpack to church with them, and they will receive a blessing for their success in the coming school year. There are postcards on the table in the Narthex if you would like to invite a neighbor, friend or family member.
LETTER FROM DANTE’: Please read the latest letter from Dante’ here. He is currently an intern at St. Paul’s Church by-the-Lake in Chicago. He gave the homily there last Sunday. Here is the link to last Sunday’s service if you wish to watch it.
SANCTUARY CANDLES AND ALTAR FLOWERS: There are many days available if you wish to dedicate the altar flowers or sanctuary candle. Please check the sign-up sheet in the hallway or contact the church office for assistance. Sign-up sheets for the first half of 2022 are posted too.
MATMAKERS MEETING: WE NEED YOU!!! Men, women, teenagers, children! Please come to the church on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. for a short EASY training session on our mat making process! Then you use these directions for making “plarn” (plastic yarn) or the mats at home or meet at church with us on Thursday mornings at 10! Please come and join in fellowship! Contact Judie Payne for more info.
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 participate from home on zoom. The link will be emailed to you with the Friday announcements email.
These are the upcoming topics. August 1st will be Discussing the Propers. Each topic will be a short series. We will let you know the topic ahead of time.
- Discussing the Propers – Ever wish you had a chance to talk about what you’ve just heard in church? In these sessions we’ll be taking a second look at the readings and sermon of the day. Fr. Thorpe will share what he’s learned in his research about the texts, and you’ll get a chance to respond, ask questions, and explore relevant topics in more depth.
- A Biblical Approach to Dissolving Racism (begins August 8th) – Does God have an answer for the problems of racial oppression and division? How do we think about events like the death of George Floyd in light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Fr. Thorpe will lead a discussion of the second chapter of Ephesians and its implications for the problem of racism in America today. Our goal is to glimpse the beauty and power of Christ’s saving work and discover a biblical method for combatting and healing the effects of racism. What is asked of participants is simple: listen well, tell your story, and find Jesus.
- How to Revive Evangelism – This 8-sesson course will focus on the new book 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. If you’ve ever wondered how to talk to younger generations of people, this class will help us understand how to communicate Christ to them. As St. Michael’s re-engages with the O’Fallon community in the aftermath of the pandemic, understanding how to talk to people about Christ will be crucial.
ST. CLAIR COUNTY HOUSING REHABILITATION PROGRAM is a grant program that will be accepting applications August 2-6, 2021 from eligible low-income resident homeowners of St. Clair County. “This program is designed to address housing code violations. Funds will be used to repair interior and exterior systems that threaten the health or safety of occupants.” If you know someone who might be eligible, please share this flyer with them.
O’FALLON FOOD PANTRY: These are the items that are most needed needed at the O’Fallon Food Pantry right now: Canned Pinto, Butter, Chili, Kidney and Refried Beans; Mixed Vegetables, Canned Sweet and White Potatoes, Cream of Mushroom and Cream of Chicken Soup, Toilet Paper. Thank you for your support of the O’Fallon Food Pantry. If you want more information, please contact Bob Koss at 593-7312.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: If you need a prayer shawl, please ask June Dublar on Sundays or contact the office Tuesday-Friday for assistance. We will not meet again until the fall, September 16th at 10am. We look forward to seeing you in the fall!
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 email@example.com 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.
BISHOP ELECTION (Updated 7/15/2021): The Election Committee offers an update on where we are in the process; what’s happened and what is next. The entire update can be found here.
FROM THE STANDING COMMITTEE 7/15/2021: The Standing Committee has just begun making arrangements for the first visit of our Assisting Bishop, Paul Lambert, to the diocese after he begins with us on August 1. Among other things, we expect him to be at Diocesan Council on August 21st and to preside at the Mass preceding it. He will also spend time with our Diocesan Staff and other key leaders to hear where we have come from and to help equip us for the ministry our diocesan family needs as we bid farewell to the 11th Bishop and prepare to receive the 12th. While the Standing Committee remains the Ecclesiastical Authority (as has been the case in previous transitions between Bishops), we are honored to be able to bring his pastoral and seasoned episcopal presence among us. We would also like to remind you that each of us is available for conversation and communication at any time at our various email addresses, though any official decisions are always made by the whole Standing Committee and not any one person.
Finally, in this time when nominees for our 12th Bishop continue in solitary discernment as background checks are done, we urge you to continue praying for them, for the election process, and for the Holy Spirit to send us a godly Bishop — as well as asking your prayers for us as we seek to serve you and Our Lord.
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.