For Sunday August 9th


Readings for Sunday, August 9th

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


IN PERSON WORSHIP: We have resumed in person worship services on Sundays at 9:30am. We have taped the pews to guide everyone on where to sit to maximize social distancing. Everyone must wear a face mask properly fit over their nose and mouth for the service. If you would like to join us next week, please contact the church office by Friday at 10am.

LETTER FROM FR. THORPE: If you missed the email sent on Friday, July 31st, you can read Fr. Thorpe’s letter to the congregation here.

ALTAR FLOWERS are given today by Nick and Sonja Wartonick in celebration of their wedding anniversary.

SANCTUARY CANDLE is given today by Narni Cahill in thanksgiving for friends and family.

BIRTHDAYS:  Bob Butterfield 8/9, Bronnie Polk 8/11 and Narni Cahill 8/12

ANNIVERSARIES:  Greg & Judy Meek 8/9 and Nick and Sonja Wartonick 8/9


On Sunday, August 30th we will have our Spring collection for the United Thank Offering, delayed by COVID19.  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 we had 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 this year in honor of our 20th year in our building.  Please take part in this special ministry!

FEED MY LAMBS FINAL UPDATE: Thank you to all for your support of Feed My Lambs this summer. The ministry is into it’s last several weeks and it has been wonderful to hear the stories of delivering over 200 lunches each time the teams went out.

While the Community outreach has been completed for Feed My Lambs, St. Michael’s is still very much involved in the collection of donations for our part of this program. Thank you to those who have already sent in funds for all of our Outreach projects. While we are just getting up and running for Sunday services, please remember that Feed My Lambs and our other Outreach ministries can use your support. If you have not yet felt comfortable to come to church on Sunday, donations for Outreach can be sent to the church, or you can stop by during the week. If you have been filling your Pink Pigs with spare change, or created a bin of spare change for Ministry Change, they can be brought to the church during the week from Wednesday to Friday when Erin is in the office.

Again, thank you for your support of all of our Outreach ministries. If you have any questions, please call Ann Wilt (618) 977-1187.

DIOCESAN ANNOUNCEMENTS: All clergy and interested lay leaders are invited to attend a webinar on Saturday, August 8 at 10:30 am on Mission and Outreach in Today’s Changing World. Since there will be no return to “normal” for at least several months, how can we see this interim time not only as a challenge but as an opportunity in responding to the imperative of mission? The presenter will be Mary C. Frances. You can read more about both her and the webinar on the website here.

Note: St. Michael’s registered for his event as a church, and has paid the fee. If you are interested in participating and need the link, please contact Amy Konieczny.

As part of the ongoing discussion on Mission in the Diocese, Timothy McNutt (postulant, The Episcopal Parish of Alton) reviews Incarnational Mission; Being with the World by Samuel Wells. “Mission comes down to the concept of being with. “You can’t change people’s lives for them; but you can walk alongside them.” The key to the book isn’t in its principles, but in the application of being with those whom Jesus is calling to himself.” Read on here.

Bishop Martins and the Standing Committee have reached an agreement through a mediation process. You can read about the details here.

Anyone who is interested in registering for the next webinar on Pastoral Liturgy (which is on September 19th from 10:00 am – 12 noon) with Bishop Martins should sign up here.

The Diocesan Episcopal Church Women is seeking a new President. Anyone who is interested in serving with the ECW in this role should email Cheri King at

A NOTE ON ALTAR FLOWERS AND THE SANCTUARY CANDLE: We are resuming our schedule for these. If you are interested in donating a candle or flowers, please sign the list in the hallway or contact the church office.

RESOURCES FOR PRAYER:  We have a new page on the website for various resources to support your prayer life from home. Click here if you want to see all the resources shared so far. New resources are coming soon!

COMMUNICATIONS FROM ST. MICHAEL’S: An email is sent every Friday afternoon with a link to the announcements for the week. If you are not receiving these e-mails, please check your spam folder to ensure it isn’t being sent there. If you need to be added to the list, please email

O’FALLON FOOD PANTRY: They have received many generous donations, so if you know of anyone in need, please encourage them to utilize this community resource. The O’Fallon Community Food Pantry is operating with their normal hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.

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 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.

Monetary Donations/Contributions: Thanks for those of you who have sent pledge contributions during the closure.  We now have an Interim Priest and are meeting at church on Sundays, and we have been able to stay on top of our regular bills.  If you are attending St. Michael’s from home or if you’d like to mail in your 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.

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.

DIOCESAN E-NEWSLETTER: If you would like to receive the monthly diocesan-wide email newsletter, please sign up to receive emails by visiting this webpage on the Diocesan website.