Week of Sunday May 9th
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 May 4, 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 Dennis and Roxanne Amos in thanksgiving for Dennis and Melissa’s birthdays.
SANCTUARY CANDLE is given today by Shari Tockstein in memory of her grandmother Marthann Day’s birthday.
BIRTHDAYS: Sirvella Oakes 5/9, Dennis Amos 5/10, Nels Wilt 5/10 & Michael Arsenault 5/11
LISTENING SESSIONS FOR BISHOP’S SEARCH: There are only a few more opportunities to participate in the listening sessions. If you plan to attend or a virtual or in person session, you must register by midnight, Sunday May 9th. Please click here to learn more. You may attend any of the lay person listening sessions regardless of the deanery.
FUNERAL FOR RICHARD BULLOCK: There will be a funeral for Richard Bullock on Saturday, May 8th at 10am at St. Michael’s. The member’s of St. Michael’s are invited to join his family for the service.
THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD: We have been invited to St. Andrew’s in Edwardsville on Thurs May 13 at 7pm to celebrate the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The Feast of the Ascension comes exactly 40 days after Easter because Jesus was appearing to his Disciples for 40 days and teaching them about himself before he ascended into Heaven. Fr. Thorpe will be celebrating with Fr. Hankinson, and Fr. Thorpe will be preaching. Please join us!
UNITED THANK OFFERING SPECIAL DONATION – Sunday May 16: On May 16th we will have our Spring collection for the United Thank Offering. UTO is a special ministry of the Episcopal Church, reminding people to notice the good things that happen every day, to give thanks to God and make an offering. One hundred percent (100%) of the monies raised by the UTO are redistributed through grants to support innovative mission and ministry.
We remind you of this as St. Michael’s was the recipient of one of these grants in 2000! We were ready to open St. Michael’s and the elevator selected was disapproved, delaying our lower level occupancy. While UTO was helping older churches retrofit their buildings, they helped us with our as-yet unopened building. The grant of $25,000 that we received allowed us to afford an approved elevator.
Let us remember UTO with a generous contribution this year. Please take part in this special ministry!
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.
DRIVE-UP COMMUNION: Did you enjoy our drive-up option for receiving the Holy Eucharist on Easter Sunday? Thanks to those who ran our FM broadcast and Facebook live stream, people were able to drive up into our parking lot and hear the service on their radios or stream it on their smart devices. Then the consecrated elements were brought outdoors to those who had been in their cars so they could receive communion while maintaining social distancing. If you liked this arrangement or want to try it, there’s good news: it will continue to be available throughout the Easter season! Up to and including May 23 (Pentecost), we will continue to broadcast the limited-range FM signal (on 89.7 FM) into the parking lot; and Fr. Thorpe will be happy to bring communion outside to anyone who – having listened to the service – drives up and requests it for approximately 30 minutes following the service. Feel free to let us know you are coming ahead of time, and Fr. Thorpe will watch for you. After the Easter season, we will evaluate this effort and decide whether we can make it a more permanent part of our Eucharistic practice. So keep driving up, keep coming, and let us know if you like this way of encountering Christ at St. Michael’s.
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: The recently blessed shawls have been folded and labeled for those in need. Please let Yasemin Koss know when you or your loved ones need one or if you have any questions. Cell: 618-593-7688. We will not meet again until the fall, September 16th at 10am. We look forward to seeing you in the fall!
O’FALLON FOOD PANTRY: The Food Pantry is well stocked, thanks to all the donations from churches and food drives. They do not seem to have many patrons using the Pantry now, but this will eventually change. If you want more information on the Food Pantry, contact Bob Koss at 593-7312.
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.
FROM THE ELECTION COMMITTEE 4/8/2021: Alleluia, Christ is Risen! Blessings to the Easter People residing in the Diocese of Springfield. We give thanks for the many of you who took the opportunity to respond to the survey last month! Currently there is another option open for you to share your thoughts; there is an anonymous comment box online, open until April 15th. And in late April and early May we will be organizing “Listening Sessions.” We plan to have an in-person option and a zoom option, one each per deanery. Pre-registration will be necessary, details available here.
All this information and more will funnel into the Diocesan Profile, telling our story to those who will be discerning a call to become the 12th Bishop of Springfield. Please continue to pray for us, and that God prepares and sends the right candidates.
A complete report from the Election Committee is available on the website.
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.
UPDATE FROM THE STANDING COMMITTEE: As our Bishop’s sabbatical begins, news on our ongoing diocesan ministry from the Standing Committee can be found on the Bishop Search blog.
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.