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Schedule 2018 October


Weekly Announcements

October 21, 2018

SANCTUARY CANDLE is given today by Fr. Ian, Cathy and Sarah Wetmore in memory of Gordon Smith, Cathy’s father.

FR. IAN’S OFFICE HOURS at the Saint Louis Bread Company, Shiloh, will be every Wednesday from 9-11 am.

CHRISTIAN FORMATION GROUPS will meet weekly at the following times:
– Introduction to the Old Testament, with Mark Klamer, Sundays at 11 am, downstairs.
– Reading C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity, Sunday Group, 8:30 am, downstairs;
– Reading C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity, Tuesday Group, 6:30 pm, at St Louis Bread Co, Shiloh.

Each of the Mere Christianity groups will undoubtedly read at a different pace. Even so, feel free to check out both groups if you like. You can still sign up for a book!

NAMES ON PRAYER LIST: Could everyone please take a look at the prayer list and if there is anyone there that can be taken off for one reason or another, please notify the office by email. Thank you!

STEWARDSHIP LETTERS: Stewardship letters are in your mailboxes. Please pick them up today and return your pledges as soon as possible. Thank you!

PURLS OF WISDOM: Our Prayer Shawl Ministry meets 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 crochet, come to the meeting. There are supplies available to get you started, so bring yourself and your desire to make a difference to others. Our next meeting will be Thursday, November 8, at 10:00 a.m.

YOGA: Yoga classes have been cancelled.

SHANNON AND ALEX STRIPLING is inviting anyone who would like to come, to River’s first birthday party! It will be November 11 at 2:00 p.m. at 115 S Main St. in Troy (GPS to Troy Family Chiropractic) in the back parking lot. Bring your own chair and dress for the weather as it will be outside. We will be having ice cream cake, at least that’s the plan.

SCHNUCKS REWARD PROGRAM: You now can use the eScrip/My Schnucks Card on the Schnucks reward program and earn contributions for St. Michael’s. Here’s how:
Scan you’re my Schnucks card AND the Rewards app in a single transaction
Go to the Schnucks Reward app, tap on the “More” tab at the bottom of the screen
Select “donate” and check the circle next to donation option, click “APPLY”
If you don’t use the Rewards App, you can just use you’re my Schnucks card as usual.

Customers can either earn Rewards points for themselves or donate to a nonprofit through eScript.

QUILT AND ART SHOW: Friedens United Church of Christ (207 East Center Street) of Troy, IL will be having their annual Quilt and Art Show on Saturday, November 10.

NOTE FROM THE TREASURER: Please remember that ALL receipts need to be attached to a form when turned into the office. Any receipts from purchases on the American Express card need to be turned in immediately. Thank you! Also, a summary of the 2018 Operating Budget is posted on the bulletin board in the main hallway and on the bulletin board in the parish hall.

LIBRARY NEWS: If you want to remember someone in a special way, why not donate a book in their name? We have bookplates we place in the front of the book saying donated by and your name nor donated in memory of a special person.

If you have taken C. S. Lewis books from the Narthex table – great. Please email Judie Payne with the name of the book so she can keep up with the books.

CLEANING VOLUNTEERS: There is a new cleaning volunteer sign-up sheet on the table in the narthex. We are down to only a few of us doing the job, so it would be great if we could get some more people on board with this very rewarding, and very important task we do for our Church. We need at least two people per week. Thank you! Cathy

FOOD PANTRY: In October we are focusing on soups: potato, tomato, chowders, chicken and rice, vegetable beef or chicken. As always, donations of any food items would be greatly appreciated and put to good use. Thank you for your continued support!
PLASTIC-BAG MAT PROJECT: It’s never too early to start getting ready for the cold, wet ground of winter. The mat makers are very busy making sleeping mats for the homeless. If you would like to be part of our group, we would love for you to join us. If you can fold, cut, tie or crochet, we need you! We will meet every Thursday morning from 10-12. Please join us for fellowship and the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, by helping to make these mats for those in need. It’s fun and easy, so please come! Please save your plastic bags and drop them in the bin as you enter the narthex.

ANGEL TREE: On November 11th we will be decorating the ornaments for our annual Christmas Angel Tree project. We will be collecting gifts for mothers and children who are in the programs of the Violence Prevention Center in Belleville, who may not otherwise receive gifts. Then on Sunday, November 18th, the tree will be set up with all the ornaments on it. Please take some and bring the gifts back no later than December 2. All gifts should be wrapped and the ornaments and tags attached to the gift. This year we will have 100 tags, so please be generous and take a few/several if you are able. The Angel Tree is one of the Outreach Committee’s and St. Michael’s most joyful yearly projects. It is very humbling to see how generous the people of our congregation are with their time and resources, so once again we ask for your support. If you have any questions, please speak to Cathy (207-9864). Thank You!

ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH GREEK ODYSSEY: How would like to go to Greece with your friends from St. Michael’s on September 18 to 27, 2019? A Greek Odyssey following in the footsteps of St. Paul through mainland Greece while exploring ancient history. Here are some of the places you will go:
*Foothills of the Acropolis
*Delpjo Site and Museums
*Thessaloniki Byzanltine Monasteries and Roman Ruins
*Philippi Site and St. Lydia’s
*City of Kavala
*Santorini Wineries/Museums

The trip includes Airport transfers to/from hotel, nine-night hotel lodging, all breakfast and four hosted dinner meals with wine. $250.00 per person will confirm your spot and that is due when you sign-up. For more information, please contact Aleka Nakis at (800) 395-9438. For the church contact, see Cathy Wetmore. Cathy can get you the paper work that you will need to fill out. Flyer on bulletin boards for more information.


* Angel Tree ornament making – November 11
* Angel Tree ornament distribution – November 18 & 25
* Angel Tree gift collection – on or before December 2
* Cookie/Bake Sale – December 2