Announcements


For Sunday May 24th

Bishop Daniel Martins sent a video greeting to the members of St. Michael’s. May 24th would have been his annual visit. Please watch the video here.

Readings for the 7th Sunday of Easter – May 24, 2020

This is the schedule of services I will be sending out live links to this Sunday.

If you would like a copy of the Book of Common Prayer to use as you worship at home, we would love to loan you one, please contact the office and we will coordinate a time for you to pick one up.

  • 8:30am  Central – St. James in St. James, NY– They will live stream Holy Eucharist on their Facebook page Click here.
  • 9:30am  Central – St. George’s Belleville, IL– They will live stream Holy Eucharist on their Facebook page Click here.
  • 10:00am Central – St. Andrew’s in Edwardsville, IL– will live stream Holy Eucharist on Facebook Click here.
  • 10:15am Central (11:15 am Eastern time) – Washington National Cathedral– will live stream Holy Eucharist on YouTube Click here.
  • The Bishop’s Sermon for Sunday May 24th – 7th Sunday of Easter is available here.
  • A full list of resources in the Diocese are available if you Click here.

May 24, 2020

RESOURCES FOR PRAYER:  We will be sharing various resources each week, which we hope you will try, and we hope will be a blessing to your spiritual life both now and in the future. This week we are featuring The Living Church:

The Living Church offers many resources including the daily Covenant blog, which you can read here. The contributions are written by many different people. You can read the most recent one or search by topic, author, etc by clicking on the search icon.

The Living Church also offers a podcast on various topics. You can listen using your computer by clicking here or search for The Living Church Podcast in your favorite smartphone podcast app.

Click here if you want to see all the resources shared so far. New resources are added each week!

MIDWEEK MESSAGE FROM THE BISHOP: Bishop Daniel Martins has been posting messages to the Diocese of Springfield. Here is his midweek message shared on May 20th.

BISHOP DANIEL MARTINS’ RETIREMENT: The Bishop has postponed his retirement. Read his letter to the Diocese of Springfield here.

FEED MY LAMBS 2020 UPDATE: For many years St. Michael’s has been an integral part of the O’Fallon Community Feed My Lambs Outreach ministry delivering lunches during the summer.  And this year we will continue to join in the program.  However, like everything in 2020, it will be different.  Yes, there are churches that will be delivering lunches but only three days a week.  And they expect many more children, necessitating more lunches.  After much thought, consideration and planning, St. Michael’s will NOT be preparing lunches and delivering them to the neighborhoods.  As of this week, we still do not know what the plan for re-starting up life in O’Fallon will be, but it was decided that delivering into the neighborhoods wasn’t what our regular volunteers should be doing.  Several other of the churches also made this decision to not participate on the street.  With the approval of the MLT, however, St. Michael’s will be participating financially, as we have in the past.  You are all so generous with this program as well as our other Outreach projects, that once back into our building, holding services again, we will reschedule our Outreach Sunday, to raise funds for all our Outreach projects.

To assist the Feed My Lambs organization in another way, St. Michael’s will also be assisting those churches that are going to be delivering, by distributing the funds raised, including our donations.  We will be collecting funds through our church, and I will be working with a member of the FML committee to share the monies raised.   They are also soliciting funds from non-church people for this O’Fallon and Shiloh program.  Watch for publicity about the Feed My Lambs.

We want St Michael’s to remain a visible and active part of this O’Fallon community ministry.  Please keep the Feed My Lambs program in your prayers as they decide how best to help the children of O’Fallon that are in the food lunch program.  If you have any questions, please contact Ann Wilt.

UPDATE FROM AMY KONIECZNY AND THE MISSION LEADERSHIP TEAM:

Current State Guidelines: On Tuesday, May 5, Governor Pritzker issued a “Restore Illinois” document which segments Illinois into 4 regions that will be able to independently move between pandemic phases 1-5.  (We are in the Southern Illinois region, and I believe we are in ‘Phase 2’ based on what I have observed.  Region map is attached as a PDF file.)  This means that there still needs to be a dip in confirmed cases, with more widespread testing, before we are able to come back together in person to hold services at St. Michael’s.  This may still be several more weeks.  As of May 1st, wearing face masks is mandatory in public places where social distancing is difficult.  If you are in need of a mask, we will have some available to us that we can get to you.  Just let the office know, or contact Amy Konieczny directly.

UPDATE 5/22/2020 – The Bishop has issued a letter titled Resurrecting Incarnational Worship. You can read it here. The Mission Leadership Team will be meeting next week to discuss when St. Michael’s will resume worship and what we will need to do when we resume worship to keep everyone safe. Stay tuned for an update soon.

Staying in Touch: We miss all of you!  The MLT met via Skype last Wednesday to catch up with each other and what’s been happening at St. Michael’s since we last worshipped together.  Can you believe that was March 15th?  Each of you have or will receive a call from a member of the MLT to check in, see how you are doing, and see how we can lend a hand where needed.  It has been nice to hear your voices again!  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 stmichaels62269@gmail.com or by phone at 618-632-6168.  Email, postal service mail, and voice messages are checked regularly and we will reply as promptly as possible.

We may be scheduling a Zoom (video) coffee hour in the near future.  Stay tuned!

Monetary Donations/Contributions: Thanks also for those who have sent pledge contributions during the closure.  While we are currently not paying a full-time priest or needing to source supply coverage on a weekly basis, we are able to stay on top of the bills we are still incurring during the closure.  If you’d like to send a contribution, please mail to the church at:  St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 111 O’Fallon Troy Road, O’Fallon, IL 62269.

Many thanks to those of you who have also sent financial contributions to the Vicar’s Discretionary Fund to help assist members who have been impacted by the current pandemic or other circumstances. Your generosity has made a difference.

BIRTHDAYS: Debbie LaFreniere 5/30

SPRING PROJECTS AT ST. MICHAEL’S: Even though St. Michaels has not been able to hold church services and we are all under a mandated Stay at Home policy, the congregation should be happy to know that activities have still continued to be performed. Of course, the grass still has to be cut and the grounds crew, Walt Evans, Nels Wilt, Ron Gill and Bob Koss have diligently performed this task on a weekly basis since mowing season arrived.

Another exciting project, is the conversion of the entire church from the old energy inefficient lights to 100% LED lighting. This project started about the time the lock down began thanks to a program operated by the Energy Efficiency Department of Ameren, our power provider. Ameren gave the church a “credit” based on the number of inefficient light bulbs we planned to remove. This is established through a contract with them. Then they, Ameren, allow us to use the credit to purchase efficient LED bulbs to replace the old ones. Any remaining funds from the credit are applied toward labor expenses for the electrician. We were able to keep labor costs down with the help of Walt Evans, Nels Wilt and Bob Koss, who performed a very significant part of the time consuming process of removing old bulbs and the ballasts from the florescent fixtures and rewiring to allow the LED bulbs to function. Thanks to our volunteers and the program from Ameren, no out of pocket expenses were charged to St. Michaels. This project has even included new LED flood lights for the parking lot near the handicapped parking. The inside of the church is complete and will be inspected by Ameren in the near future. New bulbs for the welcome sign and the overhead lights in the entrance canopy are on order, and the entire project will be completed upon their receipt. Based on an analysis of one of our typical old power bills and the number of old bulbs removed and replaced, Ameren estimates our annual energy savings to be approximately $1,300.00.

PUBLIC WORSHIP SUSPENDED: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Pritzker’s order to “Shelter in Place,” we will be suspending worship services at St. Michael’s until further notice. Please take care of yourselves and stay in touch. You may email St. Michael’s at StMichaels62269@gmail.com or call 618-632-6168. Both will be monitored regularly.

O’FALLON FOOD PANTRY IS OPEN AGAIN: The O’Fallon Community Food Pantry reopened on April 3. They will resume their normal operating hours and will be open on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. To minimize contact between their staff and clients, they will be using a pick-up method. They anticipate a larger than normal demand for services and welcome donations of canned fruits, canned spaghetti/ravioli, chili beans, pork & beans, or diapers.

THE PASTORAL CARE TEAM IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS: There are several functions this team serves, including visiting members who need extra support due to illness, injuries, bereavement, etc. If you have it in your heart to participate with this team, please contact Amy Konieczny.

Additionally, if you know of a member with a pastoral need or who is in the hospital, please contact Amy Konieczny or Jack Moelmann to make arrangements with a priest or a member of the Pastoral Care team.

DIOCESAN E-NEWSLETTER: Beginning in Eastertide a diocesan-wide email newsletter will be published monthly. Please sign up to receive emails by visiting this webpage on the Diocesan website.