Week of Sunday March 19th
NO SUNDAY SCHOOL ON PALM SUNDAY AND EASTER SUNDAY
APRIL 2023 HOLY WEEK WORSHIP SERVICE TIMES
Bulletin-Fourth Sunday of Lent A 3-19-23
Insert for Lent 4 Year A Rite 1 2023
St. Michael’s Calendar of Events
We will no longer send links out while services are live. They will be sent following the service. You can watch live on our Facebook page during or after the service. Unfortunately, we are unable to make videos available outside of Facebook at this time.
The announcements are being posted on this page and are updated weekly. A version is being printed, and available on Sunday mornings next to the bulletins. If you need help accessing any of the links or attachments, please contact the church office.
Sunday morning worship is Holy Eucharist Rite II at 9:30 am.
EASTER LILIES: If you would like to donate Easter lilies to decorate the altar on Easter morning, please signup using the form on the table in the narthex and indicate how many plants as well as how you want it dedicated. The cost is $20.00 per plant this year. You can also call or email the office with your request. Please make checks payable to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church and write “Lilies” in the memo line.
FIREMEN’S DINNER: St. Michael’s Outreach will provide a home cooked meal to O’Fallon Firefighters on Tuesday March 28, at their headquarters in O’Fallon. We will cook the meal in the Parish Hall kitchen that afternoon and take it over there around 6:30 p.m. Priscilla Arsenault is baking cookies to complete the meal. If you’re interested in helping with preparation, please contact Yasemin Koss at 618-593-7688.
2023 USO AND FISHER HOUSE DONATION DRIVE: It’s that time of year again! Time for St Michaels to start thinking about our support of the St Louis USO and the Fisher House St Louis. These are two outstanding organizations providing support to our military, both active duty and retired veterans. The USO provides a comfortable place in the St Louis airport for military travelers to rest, relax, get something to eat or drink, read books that are provided, participate in all kinds of activities while waiting for their next transportation arrangements. The Fisher House is located at the Jefferson Barracks VA Medical Center. It provides a place for the families of military personnel that are hospitalized at the center to stay, free of charge, with all the comforts and necessities of home. These families may live too far away to commute to see their loved one that is hospitalized, or they simply may not be able to afford outside accommodations. St Michaels, in conjunction with the Southwest IL Military Officer’s Association of America chapter, has traditionally been one of the strongest supporters of these very worthwhile organizations. We want to keep that tradition alive with our contribution to this year’s drive.
Last year, St Michaels made the decision to make our contributions a monetary contribution instead of collecting non-perishable items as well. Local schools with JRROTC programs do an excellent job of collecting the non-perishables, so it is proposed that we, once again, make our contribution a monetary one. If you contribute by check, it should be made out to St Louis USO or Fisher House St Louis. If you want to contribute to both organizations, two separate checks need to be written.
Checks may be given to Narni Cahill, 618 567-6515 or Bob Koss, 618 593-7312, or sent to the St Michaels administration office. Don’t make out the check to St Michaels, make it out as described in the above paragraph. Of course, if you still want to contribute a non-perishable item, we won’t turn that down. Contributions can be made 1 – 30 April 2023. They will be distributed appropriately by volunteers from the MOAA chapter.
CONFIRMATION CLASSES: continue in the parish hall following fellowship, 11:15a.m.
ADULT EDUCATION AND HEALING SERVICE: continues on Wednesdays, with service starting at 6:00 pm followed by an informal dinner of soup, salad, and bread throughout Lent.
MAT-MAKERS: The Mat-makers group meets each Wednesday morning downstairs at 10:00. We have fun and fellowship while making sleeping mats for the unhoused in St Louis. If you can cut with scissors, tie a knot, crochet, or just want to drop by and visit please do. We would love to have you join our group!!! For questions regarding the group, please contact Judie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: This is a network of needle crafters ministering to families of service members, and also to the families and friends of our congregation. Even if you don’t know how to crochet/knit, or you’re a beginner, please join us for some fellowship and some refreshments.
We meet every third Thursday of each month downstairs in the parish hall from 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Looking forward to seeing new faces! Any questions, call Yasemin Koss at 618-593-7688.
O’FALLON FOOD PANTRY: In February, 163 families visited the pantry; 314 of them were adults and 139 were children, making the total of 453. The cost of groceries has gone up considerably this year. This February’s expenses totaled $7,583.68 which is much higher than last year’s expenses of $3854.51 for the same month. So, please remember to add a can or two to your grocery list when you’re shopping. In March, we’re collecting canned soups, and fruits, including apple sauce. Your assistance is much appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Bob Koss at 618-593-7312.
BISHOP’S COMMITTEE MEETING: The next BC meeting will be held on Monday, March 20, 2023, at 6:00p.m. in the Parish Hall.
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 email@example.com or by phone at 618-632-6168.
PASTORAL CARE: If you know of a member with a pastoral need or who is in the hospital, please contact Fr. Greg Wilde.
DIOCESAN NEWSLETTER: If you know of someone who would like to receive the Diocesan e-newsletter, but does not, please direct them to the online sign up form here