Who’s doing what this month…
December 9, 2018
ALTAR FLOWERS The flowers today are given by Fr. Ian, Cathy and Sarah Wetmore in memory of Edith Smith, Cathy’s mother.
SANCTUARY LIGHT is given by Narni Cahill in memory of her husband, Lary Cahill.
The people who donate the flowers are welcome to take them after the Sunday Service (unless there’s to be another service early in the week). Otherwise, they will be taken to a local care home.
MLT: The Mission Leadership Team will meet today, at 11:15 a.m.
FR. IAN’S OFFICE HOURS at the Saint Louis Bread Company, Shiloh, are most Wednesdays from 9-11 am (text him to be sure).
POINSETTIAS: To add festive color for the Christmas season, we are asking members of our congregational family to donate $15.00 per plant for a Poinsettia. The sign-up sheet is on the table in the Narthex. Make your check payable to St. Michael’s, memo: (Poinsettia). The final date to order is Sunday, December 16th. Thank you for your interest in this project. For more information, please contact Cathy Wetmore at 207-9864.
GREENING THE CHURCH FOR CHRISTMAS is scheduled for next Sunday, Advent 3, December 16, after church, because y’all don’t want to hang around to do it on the 23rd, right! So please hang around if you can, and we’ll have the decorations dug out and ready to put up. Your Altar Guild appreciates your support!
CHRISTIAN FORMATION GROUPS meet weekly at the following times:
– Introduction to the Old Testament, with Mark Klamer, is on break until January.
– Reading C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity, Tuesday Group, will meet Tuesday, December 11, at 6:30 p.m., at St Louis Bread Co, Shiloh, and then will be on break until January 8.
BISHOP TONY’S FINAL CHURCH HISTORY CLASS will be this Wednesday, Dec 12th, at 6:30 pm in the parish hall. It’s the series cliff-hanger, so you won’t want to miss it!
PIGGIES: Calling all little piggies home before Christmas. Thank you!
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA is December 15, at 8 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at Carriel Jr. High. This annual event is sponsored by the Police Department and is free to all. Bring the kids up for a free pancake breakfast (8:00 a.m.-10 a.m.). Santa will arrive via Police Car at 8:30 a.m. There will be multiple craft stations set up for all the kids and likely we will have some carolers entertaining throughout the event. This is a great opportunity to get out and meet the Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
This event is free but we will be accepting canned good donations for the O’Fallon Food Pantry and unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots for those that wish to donate (Not Required).
ADVENT COIN FOLDERS: It’s a long-standing Anglican custom to save your quarters to stuff in folders in Advent and Lent. The way it works is that individuals or families take a folder home and stuff quarters in the slots each day in Advent or Lent. By Christmas Eve or Holy Saturday they will have added up to $20.00. (You could also simply insert a check or an Andrew Jackson in the slot at the bottom.) Then bring the card back when it’s full. It’s also a good way to teach kids about giving to the Church and, as a spiritual discipline, giving up something non-essential for a season in order to support something really important.
This year we’ve decided to take up that custom as a way of supporting our two companion dioceses, both of which are very low on material resources, but rich in faith. So proceeds from the coin folders will be sent to the Diocese of Tabora, Tanzania, in Advent, and to the Diocese of Peru in Lent.
STEWARDSHIP: Time, talent and treasure. Prayer, participation and generosity. All of these describe aspects of stewardship. This is the time of year when we ask for your financial commitment in supporting our church family. Your pledge forms the foundation of our budget which considers: cost of worship; Christian formation; payroll; mortgage/rent; operating and maintaining the facility; supplies and outreach programs. Please fill out a pledge card and return it as soon as possible. THANK YOU.
LUMINARIES: During Advent and Christmas this year, St. Michael’s will again “Light a Luminary for a Loved One — A Gift that comes from the Heart.” The luminaries located along the entrance sidewalks will be lighted on the evening of December 1and displayed nightly from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. through January 6. The names of those being remembered will also be published in the bulletin the first Sunday in January. Please write the names of those you wish to remember in the “Luminaries Notebook” located on the table in the Narthex. This can be done anytime through December 30. Donations will be greatly appreciated – please make checks payable to St. Michael’s and note in the memo line “Light a Luminary Project.” The money collected from the luminaries will go toward “Feed My Lambs” program.
MAT MAKERS: Mat Makers are taking a semi break until January 3. In the meantime, if you would like to come on Thursdays, the supplies will be downstairs in the closet. We will see everyone in January for our weekly work. For more information, please contact Judie Payne at 277-9776.
THE GUARDIAN: As most of you know, The Guardian was our monthly newsletter up until about 1 ½ years ago. The member who was in charge of it, Roberta Clark, moved away and nobody has taken this on. I will be taking over the pleasurable task starting in January 2019. One of the things I will be doing is contacting two families per month and asking them for “their story” to be submitted in the newsletter. Any questions or have any ideas that we might include, please contact Cathy Wetmore at (618) 207-9864 or email@example.com.
CONDOLENCES: We extend our sincerest condolences to Shari Tockstein and family on the death of her father, Rick Heiser. Please remember the Tockstein and Heiser family in your prayers. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
FOOD PANTRY: In December we are focusing on canned tuna, salmon, chicken, tomato paste, spaghetti and sauce.
As always, donations of any food items would be greatly appreciated and put to good use. Thank you for your continued support!
THE 2019 CHURCHMAN’S ORDO KALENDARS are here and available at the low, low price of $2.00. It tells you when all the holy days and seasons are, what color the Church wears on those occasions, and even what the Propers (= the appointed Scripture readings) are. So pick one up from the table in the narthex where you pick up everything and sign up for everything else. You can give your money to Dana Meyer, Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury, or tuck it in your Sunday offering envelope (marked accordingly).
PURLS OF WISDOM: Our Prayer Shawl Ministry meets at the church on the second Thursday of each month at 10:00 am. Come join us – we are all learning. If you are interested in learning to knit or crochet, come to the meeting. There are supplies available to get you started, so bring yourself and your desire to make a difference to others. We will not be meeting on December 13, but will resume in the new year in January (date to be determined). If you have any questions about this ministry, please speak to Yasemin Koss, June Dublar or Cathy Wetmore.
NOTE FROM THE TREASURER: Please remember that ALL receipts need to be attached to a form when turned into the office. Any receipts from purchases on the American Express card need to be turned in immediately. Thank you! Also, a summary of the 2018 Operating Budget is posted on the bulletin board in the main hallway and on the bulletin board in the parish hall.
* Christmas Eve – December 24 – Carol singing, 7:00 p.m.; Mass of the Incarnation,
* Christmas Day, December 25th – Mass of the Incarnation, Rite 2, 9:30 a.m.