Week of Sunday June 13th
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 June 8, 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.
Sunday morning worship is Holy Eucharist Rite II at 9:30 am. If you would like to join us next week, please contact the church office by Friday at 3 pm. We will not have morning prayer or drive-up communion for the summer, beginning on Sunday, May 30th.
(5/21/2021) CHANGE TO MASK RULES FOR IN PERSON WORSHIP: Please see the following statement from the MLT regarding facemasks.
Responding to recent (May 13, 2021) guidance from national and local health and government authorities, the Mission Leadership Team of St. Michael’s recognizes that fully-vaccinated people currently are not required to wear a face mask or maintain distance during worship or church activities. Unvaccinated people, for their own safety, should continue using masks and social distancing in all church settings. Frequent hand-washing and sanitizing are best practices at all times and should be continued.
The pews are still taped to maximize social distancing. Social distancing is still encouraged during the worship service and when coming to the altar to receive communion.
BIRTHDAYS: George Evans 6/15 & Aaron McNitt 6/18
ANNIVERSARIES: Bill & Julaine Ingersoll 6/13
ALTAR FLOWERS are given today by Nels and Ann Wilt in honor of Delvin and Lola Wilt’s anniversary.
SANCTUARY CANDLE is given today by Priscilla Arsenault in memory of Robert E. Zulandt Jr. May he rest in peace and rise in Glory.
CHURCH PERIODICAL CLUB – SUNDAY JUNE 23RD: Sunday June 23rd is designated as Church Periodical Club Sunday by the Outreach Committee for a special support to this ministry.
The Church Periodical Club (CPC) is an Episcopal institution; its ministry is to supply books, magazines, tapes, videos and computer programs FREE to those who cannot otherwise obtain them and to raise the money to do this.
The Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Springfield are asking for donations to their local CPC fund which gives money to the seminarians from our diocese. Presently, there are four seminarians including our own Danté Anglin. All money CPC receives will be disbursed directly to the seminarians to defray expenses for their books. Please donate to support all these seminarians.
Please make checks payable to St. Michaels and write CPC in the memo line. If you would like to donate funds specifically for Danté, please mention his name in the memo line of your check. Supporting all the seminarians is a special joy in this ministry.
UPDATE ON THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT BISHOP: The listening phase is now complete. The Nomination and Application form as well as Diocesan Profile are now ready. Please scroll down this page to the Diocesan Announcements section for more information.
CHURCH PICNIC: Thank you to everyone who helped with the picnic last Sunday, especially Bill Dusenbery. If you would like to see pictures from the picnic, click here. If you took pictures you would like added to the album, please email them to the church office.
LETTER FROM DANTE’: Please read the latest letter from Dante’ here.
O’FALLON FOOD PANTRY: These are the items that are most needed needed at the O’Fallon Food Pantry right now: Canned Pinto, Butter, Chili, Kidney and Refried Beans; Mixed Vegetables, Canned Sweet and White Potatoes, Cream of Mushroom and Cream of Chicken Soup, Toilet Paper. Thank you for your support of the O’Fallon Food Pantry. If you want more information, please contact Bob Koss at 593-7312.
GALA HONORING BISHOP AND BRENDA MARTINS: There will be a gala on June 27th to honor Bishop Daniel Martins and Brenda Martins. You can view the invitation and registration form here. It will also be posted on the bulletin board in the church hallway.
10-DIGIT DIALING COMING SOON: The FCC has adopted 988 as a new three-digit number to be used nationwide to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline starting July 16, 2022. Currently the number is 1-800-273-TALK. This change means that we must switch from just dialing 7-digits to dialing 10-digits. You should begin using all 10-digits now to get used to the change. Calls made only using 7-digits will work for a little while longer, but the change will be mandatory on October 24, 2021. You can read more about the change here if you wish.
O’FALLON PUBLIC LIBRARY TO OFFER HOMEBOUND DELIVERY SERVICE beginning June 9th to O’Fallon residents. If you or someone you know is not able to go to the library and would benefit from having library materials delivered to their home, this option will be available soon. For more information or to signup, please visit https://ofpl.info/homebound.
2021 FEED MY LAMBS – WE’RE BACK! Once again St. Michael’s will be participating in Community Feed My Lambs. Each year it looks a little different, and this year is no exception. We did not participate last year in the preparation or delivery of lunches due to COVID, but we were part of it through donations to the churches actually delivering and by collecting and distributing donations from the community at large. This year St Michael’s will help prepare and deliver the schoolbook bags given out at the end of the summer along with the YMCA. During the weeks of Aug 2nd and Aug 9th, especially August 13th, we will have assigned days to help at the YMCA putting the bags together. More information about the available dates will be coming as the summer goes along. During July we will be having a school supply drive at St. Michael’s so watch for that information as well.
The big news for those churches actually delivering lunches is that the schools are providing the lunches this year for all school children under age 18, who show up on the delivery routes. As you remember, frequently adults also come to the delivery sites and are given lunches. These lunches are prepared and provided by the churches involved, as we did in the past, so we will be providing Outreach funds to help those churches. The process is a bit more complicated, but it is so wonderful to have the schools and the community involved in this Outreach ministry.
So, watch for the sign up sheets to help during the first two weeks of August. Watch for the bins to collect school supplies. And watch for our special offering for Outreach later in the summer! Any questions: Call Ann Wilt (618) 977-1187.
ANNOUNCING THE FORMATION OF A PARISH SECURITY TASK FORCE: Are you interested in helping make St. Michael’s the safest place it can be? Several members of our congregation and MLT have recently received training in church safety protocols, and local public safety authorities offer a range of resources for churches. We need a small group of folks to form a temporary task force to gather all the information we’ve received, explore local resources, and make a recommendation to the MLT for making our worship as safe as possible. If you’re interested and available, please contact Amy Konieczny or Fr. Thorpe.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: If you need a prayer shawl, please ask June Dublar on Sundays or contact the office Tuesday-Friday for assistance. We will not meet again until the fall, September 16th at 10am. We look forward to seeing you in the fall!
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.
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.
BISHOP’S SEARCH: NOMINATION AND APPLICATION AND DIOCESAN PROFILE NOW AVAILABLE
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Election Committee for the Twelfth Bishop of Springfield, IL is pleased to announce that the Diocesan Profile is available for review and the Nomination and Application processes are open for use. The Diocese of Springfield uses a uniquely transparent process for electing a bishop. There is no search committee that assembles a slate; instead, delegates to our Nominating Synod will choose the final nominees from among all those who complete the nomination process and pass the required reference and background checks.
The Episcopal Diocese of Springfield now invites qualified candidates to discern whether God may be calling them to serve the church of Jesus Christ as the 12th Bishop of Springfield. The Diocese also invites its faithful members to dedicate time in prayer and meditation to discern what God is calling the Diocese of Springfield to be and do in order to further God’s kingdom of love and light within our churches, communities, and region.
It is our hope that our next Bishop, under the influence and guidance of the Holy Spirit, will help us write the next chapter in the story of our Diocese. With God’s help, the next chapter of our story will be greater than our past – for in Jesus the best is yet to be.
The Election Committee for the Twelfth Bishop of Springfield, IL
FROM THE ELECTION COMMITTEE 6/3/2021: The Election Committee is pleased to announce that within days the Diocesan Profile will be posted online and nominations for the 12th Bishop of Springfield will be open. The profile provides raw data for potential nominees, delegates, alternates, and the faithful of the Diocese to “read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest.” It is the story of the Diocese thus far. The story speaks to who we are, what we think, and what we have done. There is little analysis and interpretation provided. You are invited into a prayerful process of discernment for nominees and the Diocese. Ultimately God provides the interpretation of and insight into our story.
We want to extend thanks to the hundreds of you who have helped in the creation of this profile during the Listening Phase of the election process. Seven hundred seventy-seven (777) of you responded to the survey, just over one hundred people commented using the anonymous comment box on the diocesan website, and nearly one hundred took part in the mix of online and in-person listening sessions. Your feedback and insights are much of what is contained within the profile.
Nominations for the 12th Bishop of Springfield will close on June 30, 2021. The Diocese of Springfield uses a uniquely transparent process for electing a bishop. There is no search committee that assembles a slate; instead, delegates to our Nominating Synod will choose the final nominees from among all those who complete the nomination process and pass the required reference and background checks. Between now and mid-September, the Election Committee will be busy vetting the submitted nominations and planning and preparing for the Nominating Synod, which will be held October 16th, in conjunction with the Annual Diocesan Synod October 15-16, 2021.
In the meantime, we ask that you continue to pray for potential nominees, those who will choose a bishop for this Diocese, and the faithful of the diocese.
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on 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 care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. -BCP page 818, #13
Chair, Election Committee
For a full update on the Election Committee’s work, please see the latest post on the Bishop Search Blog here. The approved timeline for the election and consecration of our 12th Bishop may be viewed on the Diocese of Springfield website. You can find the Q&A page here.
Something 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.
FROM THE STANDING COMMITTEE: Great thanks are due to the Election Committee, who will soon release the profile of our diocese and open nominations for our 12th Bishop. Please stay on the lookout for their email announcement. We are especially grateful to Mother Sherry Black as she steps down to do her own work of discernment, and to Rod Matthews as he transitions from Co-Chair to Chair. Please pray that all the nominees Our Lord wishes to participate in this process will hear his call, and consider whether he is inviting you to put someone’s name forward! Nominations close June 30th.
We are also pleased to announce that beginning August 1, Bishop Paul Lambert, retired Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, will become our Assisting Bishop for the time preceding the 12th Bishop’s arrival in the Diocese of Springfield. Bishop Lambert will be in the diocese roughly one week a month, and looks forward to getting to know our churches and people. Early in his time with us he will hold three area meetings for clergy (two deaneries per meeting), which will replace the November clergy conference due to the fall’s heavy meeting schedule including two Synods plus walkabouts. The Bishop will also be available for confirmations, clergy discipline, pastoral care, and other specifically episcopal functions. Watch for a fuller letter of introduction from Bishop Lambert in the summer Current. We look forward to having him with us!
COMPANION DIOCESE: The following is a portion of an email we recently received from Bishop Elias in Tanzania: Our Diocesan convention is scheduled to take place on 20th to 24th June 2021. It is a very short notice but we pray that God will provide according to our needs. Brother in Africa we have countless needs but for this humble appeal is about our general convention to cater for accommodation and meal for our representatives from all over the diocese. May God bless you as you pray for us. +Elias, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Elias M. Chakupewa, Bishop of Tabora Diocese
Bishop Elias is asking for $3,000 so his people can gather and the Standing Committee agreed to send aid. Without funds from the Diocese of Tabora, many attendees to their convention cannot afford to be present. As we exit our own time of isolation, perhaps a way to give thanks is to help our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Tabora meet together and greet each other in the Name of the Lord at their convention.
To make a gift, please write a check to ‘Bishop’s Discretionary Fund’ with ‘Tabora’ in the memo line and send it to the Diocesan Office 821 S. Second St. Springfield, IL 62704. Thank you for giving!