For Sunday November 29th
This is the schedule of services I will be sending out live links to this Sunday.
- 9:30am Central– St. Michael’s – We will live stream the service on our Facebook page and upload to our YouTube Channel later in the day on Sunday.
- 10:15am Central (11:15 am Eastern time) – Washington National Cathedral– will live stream Holy Eucharist on YouTube Click here.
- A full list of resources in the Diocese are available if you Click here.
- The current Prayer List can be found here. (Last updated November 27, 2020.)
IN PERSON WORSHIP: We have resumed in person worship services on Sundays with Morning Prayer at 8:30 am and Holy Eucharist Rite I 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.
SANCTUARY CANDLE is given today by Co Soulé in celebration and thanks for his family.
BIRTHDAYS: Nancy Kaprelian 11/30
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: Due to the holiday season, we will not meet until January 21, 2021. After that date, we will resume our regular meetings on the 3rd Thursday of every month, provided that we do not get more restrictions. Everyone have a Merry Christmas and stay safe.
O’FALLON FOOD PANTRY FOOD DRIVE: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Boys Scouts’ Food drive has been cancelled. Instead, we are collecting non-perishable and toiletry items from the community via the churches and other drop off points. The end date for the collection is Dec 10, 2020. Please remember those who have lost their jobs and are in desperate need during this holiday season.
If you’re unable to come to church, please call Bob or Yasemin Koss at 618-628-2968 to come and collect your contributions. Monetary donations are also appreciated, and can be mailed to the church office. But, make sure you include “Food Pantry” in the memo line.
STEWARDSHIP DRIVE: By now, you should have received your 2021 pledge card. As you are aware, our Finance Committee is working to prepare our budget for the next year, and your input is vital. Thank you to those who have already turned them in! For those who have not yet returned their card, please let this serve as a gentle reminder that your response helps us to paint an accurate picture of what we can accomplish in the next year. Please return your card as soon as possible! *If you have not yet received your pledge card, please contact the church office.
ADVENT DEVOTIONAL BOOKLETS published by Nashotah House have arrived. Please take one from the table in the Narthex if you would like it.
A ONE-TIME CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Our own organist, Jack Moelmann, has put together an audio CD entitled “The Glorious Sounds of Christmas – 2020” which was recorded on his elaborate theatre pipe organ along with his digital grand piano in his home here in O’Fallon. It also has selections which he recorded on the theatre pipe organ in the Trenton War Memorial Auditorium in Trenton, New Jersey. The recording will feature many of the familiar songs of the Christmas holiday season. He is making it available, free of charge, to members of St. Michael’s in time for Christmas. If you would like one just ask Jack at church and he will give you one. If that won’t work you can write to Jack and ask for one which he will send you by return mail. Please send Jack $5.00 to cover the postage and handling. Jack Moelmann, 1015 Matthew Drive, O’Fallon, IL 62269. Keep in mind that supplies are limited. You can see the full list of songs here.
CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS: If you are interested in donating poinsettias to add festive color for the Christmas season, we are asking members of our church family to donate $16.00 per plant. Please email the church office at StMichaels62269@gmail.com or call 618-632-6168 with your request. (Unfortunately, our usual sign-up sheets are discouraged at this time.) You may also submit a hard copy of your request on Sunday.
We need to know how many poinsettias you want to donate. We also need to know how you want your acknowledgement to appear including: given by, in memory of, in honor of, and in thanksgiving for. Erin will confirm how your acknowledgement will appear before printing.
Checks should be made payable to St. Michael’s, memo: Poinsettia. The last day to order is Wednesday, December 2nd at noon. Note it’s earlier this year due to COVID and possible shortages.
THE “VIRTUAL” ANGEL TREE IS READY! We are once again having the Angel Tree Outreach Christmas event to gather gifts for the Violence Prevention Center in Belleville. This year our list is virtual. Click here to see the list and sign up for the “tags” you want to shop for. Thank you in advance for helping to provide Christmas cheer to these families going through difficult times. We hope you will support this outreach project whole heartedly! If you have any questions, please contact Ann Wilt (618-977-1187).
ADVENT POSTERS: The 2020 edition of the “Slow down. Quiet. It’s Advent” posters are available for free in the Narthex. Get yours before they’re gone!
WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR 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.
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. 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
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.
THE CHURCH YEAR CALENDARS ARE IN! If you want a 2021 Church Year Guide, they are available on the table in the Narthex. Only $2.00 per calendar.
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!
BISHOP SEARCH: The Election Committee met on Saturday, October 17th. Please read the Diocesan blog for an update on the search for the 12th Bishop of Springfield.
SEEKING YOUR ART! We are looking for art from children and adults alike! Pieces will be used to create posts for feast days, beginning with the new liturgical year this Advent, on social media. Art should be related to the feast day, and will be accepted on a rolling basis. Submissions (preferably .jpg or .png files) can be emailed to Hannah Dallman. Please include the name of the artist, Eucharistic Community, and age (if a child). All submissions will be accepted at the discretion of the Communications Coordinator.
Upcoming feasts in December include St Thomas, the Nativity, St Steven, St John, and the Holy Innocents.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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