For Sunday October 25th


October 2020 Server Schedule / November 2020 Server Schedule

Readings for Sunday, October 25th

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 with Morning Prayer at 8:30 am and Holy Eucharist Rite II at 9:30 am. 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 10 am.


ALTAR FLOWERS are given today by Carolyn Goldacker in memory of Fr. Gary Goldacker.

 SANCTUARY CANDLE is given today by Tom and Judie Payne in thanksgiving for many family birthdays in October.

BIRTHDAYS:  June Dublar 10/28, Judie Payne 10/29, Clay Starwalt 10/30, Liza Starwalt 10/30, Bob Polk 10/31 

ALL SAINTS’ DAY: On Sunday, November 1, we will celebrate the Feast of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day with the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed. This day is set aside to remember and commend the saints of God, especially those who are not recognized at other points in the church year. If you would like to learn more about All Saints’ Day, please read this bulletin insert

If you would like the names of your departed loved ones read aloud during the service in remembrance, please email their names to the office at and I will add them to the list. You may also call (618) 632-6168 with the names. If you prefer to submit their names on Sunday morning, please write or print the names as legibly as possible on a piece of paper and place them in the basket next to the offering plate in the back of the church. If submitting any way other than email, please include your name with your list.

FUNERAL FOR THE VERY REV. FR. GUS FRANKLIN: Fr. Franklin passed away on May 3, 2020. A visitation was held in May, but the funeral was to be planned for a later date. The funeral will be Saturday, October 31 at 11am at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Springfield, IL. A reception will follow the funeral. Fr. Franklin served as a supply priest at St. Michael’s on numerous occasions. You can read his obituary here.

WAITING FOR JESUS (AGAIN): During the season of Advent, the Church asks Christians to look expectantly for the coming of Jesus. Our Sunday worship begins to emphasize the promises that God makes about this event in the Holy Scriptures: that evil will be punished and the Messiah will reign forever over a kingdom of bliss. These promises begin to be fulfilled in Jesus’ incarnation and Nativity, which is why we study these themes in the weeks before Christmas. But Jesus himself makes some startling prophesies about the time when God’s promises will find their final and ultimate fulfillment. St. Paul echoes and amplifies these teachings, and the Revelation to John draws on all these images to communicate the nature of Jesus’ Second Coming.

Tune in on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm via Zoom, and join us for the study of the Bible’s teachings about the end of days. Each class is self-contained, so drop in and out as you’re available. Please contact the church office for the Zoom link.


  • Nov. 4: The Day of the Lord

  • Nov. 11: The Messiah

  • Nov. 18: The Peaceable Kingdom

  • Nov. 25: No class – Thanksgiving Week

  • Dec. 2: Jesus’ teachings about the Second Coming

  • Dec. 9: Paul’s teaching about Rapture and Resurrection

  • Dec. 16: Revelation’s Signs of the Times

ANNUAL RED, WHITE AND BLUE ELEPHANT AUCTION CANCELLED FOR 2020: The Fellowship Committee regrets to share that due to COVID 19 restrictions and current limited attendance at church, the Red, White and Blue Elephant Auction has been cancelled for 2020. We’re sad that we cannot have this popular Fellowship event but please look for it in 2021!

ANGEL TREE: We are once again going to have the Angel Tree Outreach Christmas event, to gather gifts for the Violence Prevention Center in Belleville. This is advance notice, but it will look different this year to accommodate the wishes for attendance by our congregation members due to the COVID restrictions. PLEASE WATCH for the announcement on how we will proceed to provide Christmas cheer to those families with worries other that COVID. We hope you will support this outreach project whole heartedly! If you have any questions, please contact Ann Wilt (618-977-1187). 

O’FALLON COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING CURB-SIDE MEAL DONATION DRIVE: This event will take place now through Sunday, Nov. 15. Donations may be dropped off at Benedick Title Insurance, 1004 S. Lincoln Ave., Suite 9, O’Fallon. Food and monetary donations are being accepted for the free Thanksgiving curbside meal at Faith Lutheran Church, which will be Thursday, Nov. 26. Monetary donations must be made payable to the O’Fallon Community Food Pantry. For information, call 618-235-1588 or email

FORWARD DAY BY DAY: Copies of the November 2020 through January 2021 Forward Day by Day devotional booklets are available in the Narthex.

2021 SANCTUARY CANDLE AND ALTAR FLOWER SIGN-UP SHEETS have been posted on the bulletin board in the hallway. You can sign up in person or email requests to the church office.

PINK PIGS: We took a special collection on September 27th for our Outreach ministries. The money we collect in our Pink Piggy banks also helps to support our Outreach ministries. If you haven’t brought yours in yet, please bring it this Sunday or drop it off during the week. You can also take home an empty piggy bank to begin filling it. The office is generally open Wednesday – Friday. You can call (618) 632-6168 first to make sure someone is available if you wish.

SIX PSALMS FOR LIVING: Thank you to all who participated in the 6-part online series led by Fr. Thorpe. If you want to watch one of the recorded lessons they are on our YouTube Channel. Direct links are available on the video section of our website.

“PINKAPALOOZA” DRIVE-IN MOVIE: Jack Schmitt Chevrolet in O’Fallon is sponsoring “Pinkapalooza,” a drive in movie in their parking lot, featuring Pretty in Pink on Tuesday, October 27th. Admission is free, but they will be accepting donations for the American Cancer Society. The parking lot will open at 6pm, and the movie will begin at 7pm. Make a reservation by calling Melissa of Jennifer at (618) 628-2500. See the flyer on the hallway bulletin board for more information.

DIOCESAN ANNOUNCEMENTS: Anyone who is interested in registering for the final webinar on Pastoral Liturgy (which is on October 24th from 10:00 am – 12 noon) with Bishop Martins should sign up here.

Thank you to everyone who donated to the UTO Ingathering. Total funds raised from the Spring Ingathering throughout the Diocese were $1,725.47. 

The work of the Archives is ongoing, and Bishop Martins seeks someone who is interested in taking on the ministry of Diocesan Archivist. If you have an interest in preserving our Diocese’s history read on at the website here.

143rd Synod of the Diocese convened earlier this month. Bishop Martins’ sermon and address to Synod can be watched on our website here.

VIRTUAL HYMN SING – One of the most valued parts of corporate worship is the chance to sing together to praise God. Over these past months, many of us have gone without choral and vocal music at Mass, and we’re eager to sing!  So plan to join Bishop Martins and some of our Diocese of Springfield musicians for the first-ever diocesan-wide virtual hymn sing coming up on  November 24 at 7pm! Thanks to Emmanuel Champaign, who have been offering online hymn sings during the pandemic, we’ll gather together on Zoom from all corners of Central and Southern Illinois to celebrate the great hymn tradition of the Episcopal Church. Although we won’t be able to unmute our microphones, you’ll be able to see each other and sing along with organist Michael Fisher and choirmaster Christopher Mason in the Emmanuel chancel. If you own a 1982 Hymnal, have it on hand, but if not, music will be provided on the screen. Contact the church office for the link

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BISHOP SEARCH: The Election Committee for the 12th Bishop of Springfield will hold their plenary regathering meeting this Saturday, October 17th. Chair Mother Sherry Black and Co-Chair Rod Matthews ask your prayers for each of them, for all the members of the Election Committee, and for efficient progress on the first phase of the search — listening to the Diocese and preparing a profile for potential nominees to get to know us.

Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel for the choosing of a bishop for this Diocese. Teach them in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide them to perceive what is right and grant them both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

-Adapted from BCP page 818, #12

BE PROUD ST. MICHAEL’S PATRIOTS! You received an acknowledgement in the September edition of the  Military Officers Association of America’s Military Officer magazine, a nationwide publication. With the Southwest Illinois Chapter of MOAA featured in a “Chapter Spotlight” article, St. Michael’s received mention for its twelve years of outstanding support of the chapter’s annual campaigns to collect funds and Wish List items for the USO of Missouri and St. Louis Fisher House. Our church is identified by name, location and for the importance of its contributions. Also, handsome Bob Koss and yours truly are pictured. For those who can avail themselves, a copy of the article is posted at the church and on Facebook. So, thanks and congratulations St. Michael’s family; you earned and deserve every word of praise given! – Nick Wartonick

THE LIBRARY….FROM THE BOOKWORM: During these times with the pandemic, maybe you have a little more time at home, so why not stop by the church library and find a good book or two or three to read? Our wonderful library is open for business!!! It’s in the church basement and offers a quiet respite while you peruse your many choices in books. Yes, many other libraries are closed but ours is available for checkout. With 18 genres (religious books of all types, self help and healing, Christian and upbeat fiction, biography and still other genres) to choose from, you are almost certain to find something of interest to you.  Many of our books are often hard to find editions. Right now, our check out procedure is very simple.  You find a book you want to check out, take a photo of the book with your phone (or just send the title) and e mail it to me. ( You are welcome to keep the book as long as you like. Just e mail me when you return it and place it on the table in the narthex in the provided book holders.  If you don’t have time to make a visit downstairs, there are books rotating on the table in the narthex that you can check out.  Right now the “Strong’s Concordance of the Bible” which Father Thorpe referred to in our bible study class is there in case you would like to check it out.  There are almost always books that address subjects mentioned in Father Thorpe’s weekly sermon. Stay tuned, hopefully soon we will have a link to our entire collection of books on our website.

Please don’t forget about the hidden treasure in the basement…The Library !!! Visit Often. 

PRAYING FOR YOU CARDS: We have a very meaningful way to let people know they have been placed on our prayer list and to let them know we are praying for them.  We have lovely printed cards with our rose window in color on the front and a thoughtful Bible verse on the inside. You sign your name on the inside and mail. Responses from People on the list from as far away as Florida and Texas that have received our Praying for You cards have been most positive.  Please give it a try the next time you place someone on the prayer list in the bulletin.  Here’s how:

  1. After you have placed the person’s name on the prayer bulletin list through the office with Erin, the following Sunday save your bulletin and the Sunday readings.

  2. Select a card (and envelope) from the display containing one of the three Bible choice verses and then fill in your name on the inside of the Praying for You card.

  3. In the large business size St Michael’s envelope, place the Praying for You card inside it’s matching envelope (you may have to slightly fold the bottom edge of the contents for it to fit inside the business envelope). Fold and enclose the Sunday bulletin and readings. This way they see their name on the list and also see they can stream our Sunday service live.

  4. Address the business envelope. You can leave in the office to be mailed or take it home and mail yourself.

PRAYER IS POWERFUL  – Let them know Wherever they are, we care and many prayers from our parishioners are being said for them.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: We resumed our monthly meetings. If you are interested in knitting or crocheting for our ministry, please join us on November 19th at 10 a.m. We will meet every third Thursday, with our masks and keeping a social distance downstairs. We welcome anyone to join this meaningful Ministry whether you know how to knit/crochet or not. Due to COVID-19, we are not currently accepting donations.

SERVERS NEEDED FOR SUNDAYS: We have made a lot of changes to our usual Sunday server schedule due to COVID-19, and we need volunteers to help as Lectors, Acolytes and Altar Guild. Lectors are reading the 1st reading, Psalm, 2nd reading and Prayers of the People. We hope to have an acolyte again soon to carry the processional cross, light the candles and ring the bells during the Eucharistic Prayer. Acolytes will not have to carry the chalice or help at the altar for the time being. Altar Guild can be done when no one else is in the building if you want to help, but cannot come on Sundays right now. Any needed training will be provided. If you are interested in helping with any of these roles, please call or email the church office.

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.