Who’s doing what this month…
Our usual monthly server schedule has been removed until we resume our regular worship services.
March 27, 2020
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 daily.
If you would like to keep up your church giving during the time we are not able to meet, you are welcome to mail your check to the church at: St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 111 O’Fallon Troy Road, O’Fallon, Illinois 62269. We will be making deposits regularly as contributions are received.
THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION originally scheduled for March 22nd has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for a later date.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY- We have been very prolific so much so that we donated a tub of prayer shawls to the Hospice of Southern Illinois to be given away. Thank you ladies! However, some of our knitters have left our group, so we could use more knitters/crocheters. If you have any questions, contact Yasemin Koss.
KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY: The Menard #18 Weekend originally scheduled for April 23-26, 2020 is being postponed. The next date is yet to be determined. Please keep this ministry and those who are incarcerated and need this ministry to bring the light of Christ into their lives in your prayers.
O’FALLON FOOD PANTRY TEMPORARILY CLOSED from March 21 through Tuesday, March 31. This difficult decision was made to protect clients and volunteers, many who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. They are also dealing with the impacts of the disruption to grocery store supply chains which has limited their ability to purchase food for distribution to their clients. This will have an impact on their clients and they apologize for this inconvenience. They will use information from the CDC plus state and local health services to evaluate the next steps. They hope to be able to reopen as quickly as possible. Thank you for your generous donations this month. Please continue
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 who needs a visit or 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.
RESULTS: 2020 USO AND FISHER HOUSE DONATION DRIVE: GOOD NEWS AMONG THE BAD
At this time, we are all going through the same rough, rough patch together day-by-day. Practically all of the news is disparaging, even scary. Further, we (or the experts) can’t predict with any reasonable certainty what the immediate future holds for us. So please let me offer a small bit of what is categorically good news.
You should already know the recent good news that St. Michael’s established new record high combined donations to the USO of Missouri and St. Louis Fisher House of $2,470. At the time of that announcement, I promised to let you know how well the overall 2020 campaign of St. Michael’s in conjunction with the Southwest Illinois Chapter of the Military Officers Association Of America (MOAA) concluded.
It was phenomenal!!! The 2020 combined total cash donated is $9,250, shattering the 2019 combined record of $6,918. That number breaks down to $4,740 given to the USO and $4,510 given to Fisher House. All of these new numbers are records. Congratulation to St. Michael’s and the MOAA chapter for a job exceedingly well done. (I would guess that about 12 members of St. Michael’s are also members of MOAA.)
In addition, a huge quantity of “Wish List” items for both the USO and Fisher House was collected by the Dupo High School JROTC. The total was approximated at over 1000 pounds. With no exact way of measuring or comparing, that number also appears to be a new record, thanks to the young patriots at Dupo. Thanks also to the old patriots from St. Michael’s who helped Ann Morey, the member of MOAA who headed up the collection of individual and bulk items, pick up, sort and deliver the bounty. They are Narni Cahill, Bob Koss and Walt Evans.
In this year of achievement beyond goals and expectations, let me once again give my personal praise and thanks to every member of our church family who gave so generously of treasure and/or time.
May God bless and watch over us in these grave and uncertain times.