For Sunday, January 17th
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 January 14, 2021.)
The announcements are being posted on this page and are updated weekly. They are not being printed in the Sunday bulletin. If you wish to have a printed copy of the announcements, please contact the church office.
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 3 pm.
ALTAR FLOWERS are given today by Bob and Yasemin Koss in celebration of their daughter, Jessica Koss’s, birthday.
SANCTUARY CANDLE is given today by Co Soulé in appreciation of 20 years of dedicated service by Colonel Jack Moelmann as organist at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.
BIRTHDAYS: Dante’ Anglin 1/17 and Amy Konieczny 1/17
ANNIVERSARIES: Bob and Bronnie Polk 1/21
FACEBOOK NOTIFICATIONS: We are going to be posting videos on our Facebook page more often. Facebook’s algorithm is famous for hiding things you actually want to see. To ensure you see our posts when you open your Facebook newsfeed, here’s what you need to do.
How To Follow Our Page and See Our Posts on Facebook These are step by step instructions. If you need assistance, please contact the office.
AAGE “AUGIE” TERGESEN, father of Tiffany Tergesen, passed away on Monday, January 4th. Please keep Augie and the Tergesen family in your prayers. You can read his obituary here.
ANNUAL REPORT AND MEETING: This year, we will delay our Annual Meeting and Elections to the MLT until later in the year, possibly June. We will still publish our Annual Report in January. All chairs of committees and leaders of organizations are asked to submit their reports by January 15th. The report will be distributed to the congregation by January 22nd. Please submit your report(s) (in Microsoft Word, Excel or in the body of an email) to Erin, by Friday, January 15th at StMichaels62269@gmail.com.
2021 USO AND FISHER HOUSE DONATIONS DRIVE: Please read an update on the 2021 donation drive here.
FROM ROXANNE AMOS: Thank you everyone for your prayers for my sister-in-law, Annette Schooling. She has completed her treatments and is now cancer free.
O’FALLON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: We are members of the O’Fallon Chamber, and they published their monthly newsletter this past week. You can read it here.
UPDATE FROM THE TREASURER:
STEWARDSHIP DRIVE: Thank you to all those who have submitted a pledge card for 2021. We are preparing the budget for 2021 and your prayerful support has been wonderful. If you have yet to hand in your pledge card, please send it in as soon as possible. For our records, we do need a signed pledge card. We look forward to seeing everyone participating. If you have any questions, please contact Clay Starwalt (email@example.com ) or Ann Wilt (firstname.lastname@example.org). *If you have not yet received your pledge card, please contact the church office.
OFFERING ENVELOPES: Envelopes are available for your Weekly offering on the Narthex Table. Please look to see if your named box is still there. If you do not have a box, please take one and mark your name and the box number on the sign up sheet.
PINK PIGS: You have seen them on the Narthex Table! Our Pink Pig project is to save loose change to support our Outreach projects. If you do not have a Pink Pig, there are extras on the table in the Narthex. Please take one and “Feed the Pig” whenever you see change in your drawers, pockets, purse or car. We will be collecting the Pigs in June and December for deposit. Because of COVID19, the bank lobbies are currently closed, but when they are open again we will deposit the change from those pigs received in December. We appreciate your support in this project.
MONETARY DONATIONS/CONTRIBUTIONS: Thank you to all for the wonderful financial support in 2020. Despite COVID-19 and our limited ability to attend in person, we were able to keep up with all our commitments and now look forward to 2021. 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. These funds assist St. Michael’s members, as well as calls for Outreach from the community, who have been impacted by the current pandemic or other circumstances. Your generosity has made a difference.
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: The Food Drive for O’Fallon Pantry has been successful, thanks to your donations. However, we are still collecting non-perishables throughout the year for those people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic. This month, we are focusing on canned fruits, beans and canned ravioli. If you are unable to make it to the church, please give Bob or Yasemin Koss a call at 628-2968 and we’ll pick it up from your house.
The Community was very generous supporting the Community Thanksgiving Dinner with food and monetary donations this year. Thank you to those families that support this event every year.
In November, the Pantry served 664 people (225 families). This is the largest number of people served since January.
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.
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. Email, postal service mail, and voice messages are checked regularly and we will reply as promptly as possible.
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.
UPDATE FROM THE DECEMBER 2020 ELECTION COMMITTEE MEETING: From the Election Committee of the Diocese of Springfield (using the words of St Peter), “to those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”
Our Listening Group has been hard at work over the past month determining how best to listen to the individuals, deaneries, Eucharistic Communities and stakeholders who make up the Diocese of Springfield during a pandemic. Their recommendations were presented shortly before Current press time to the Election Committee which then led to the recommendations that the Election Committee will be making to the Standing Committee.
Who are all these committees and what do they all do? The Diocese of Springfield website has a brief description of the Election and Standing Committees and their members listed here. The website also features a Bishop Search Q&A, News, and is where you will eventually be able to find a Timeline.
In the meantime, if your Eucharistic Communities are holding annual meetings in January you will want to make sure you elect delegates (and alternates) to Diocesan Synod, for it is likely those delegates will be the same ones who will vote at the Nominating and Electing Synods.
Another thing you can do is pray for us and the Diocese of Springfield: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on this your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will guard the faith, care for your people, and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.