Who’s doing what this month…
April 21, 2019
EASTER EGG HUNT: Our annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place following the Service.
GRUBBY SUNDAY: Mark your calendars for our Grubby Sunday Workday. Our spring-cleaning day will be next Sunday, April 28. So if you’re able, plan to come to church in your work clothes (tie optional), and we’ll get to work right after the Service– the coffee will be on, of course. Afterward, we can sit down to a nice lunch together.
CONFIRMATION/INQUIRERS CLASS, in preparation for our Bishop’s annual visit, will begin on Wednesday, May 1st, at 6:30 pm. (feel free to bring a brown-bag dinner if you like). This will be a six-week program ending on June 5th, and is open to all who would like to be confirmed or, in the case of Catholics, Lutherans and Orthodox, received into the Anglican Communion, or who would simply like to make a public reaffirmation of their faith. It’s also open to any who would like a refresher course in the Christian faith. If you’re interested, sign up on the sheet in the narthex. If you want to know more, speak with Fr Ian any time.
FOOD PANTRY- FOOD DRIVE: The Postal Workers Food Drive will be on Saturday, May 11, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.. They do need volunteers to collect and sort the items at the pantry on that day on State Street in Township Building. If you would like to volunteer for this worthy cause, please be there at 1:00 p.m.. For more information, please call the Pantry office at 624-7040.
STAND UP FOR KIDS: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and a time to acknowledge the important role that communities play in protecting children. As a child welfare agency since 1947, Caritas Family Solutions advocates for children, especially those impacted by abuse and/or neglect, and we hope you can help. This month and throughout the year, we encourage everyone to “Stand Up for Kids” and play a role in making Southern Illinois a better place for children and families. Learn more at caritasfamilysolutions.org/bluekids or call 618-213-8746.
FOOD PANTRY: The first Sunday of every month is our ingathering of items for the O’Fallon Food Pantry (next one being May 5). They are always in great need, so please be generous! The following is a list of items that they always need:
1. canned green beans, corn, peas, spinach, beets, mixed vegetables
2. canned peaches, pears, pineapple, fruit cocktail, applesauce
3. canned tuna, salmon, chicken, ham, spam
4. cake mix, frosting, muffin mix, pie filling
5. canned or dried beans, coffee, tea bags, cold or hot cereal, hot chocolate
6. personal hygiene items: shampoo, conditioner, bath soap, body wash, feminine hygiene products
GUARDIAN NOTICE: Deadline for getting articles into the next issue is Tuesday, April 23!!! If you would like to have a hard copy of The Guardian instead of by email, please sign the form on the table in the narthex.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: There have been fewer and fewer people attending our knitting and crocheting sessions, so we are wondering whether there is still interest in meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month. If you have any thoughts on this, could you please speak to Cathy or Yasemin.
LIBRARY NOTE: Please take time to look over the selection of books from the library on the table in the narthex. We are excited to offer wonderful selection of newly purchased books filled with information about the Episcopal Church, answering all kinds of questions about the Episcopal Church and faith. Many of these books offer up to date information about changes in our church, beliefs, as well as explaining traditions from the past. It is all interesting information and will help your insight into the workings and beliefs of the Episcopal faith. In addition to the newly purchased books about the Episcopal faith, since it is lent, there are many books about Easter and the life of Christ. Why not take one of these books home to enjoy, especially during the lenten season? Enrich your knowledge of all things related to our church by checking out any of the books on the table. Directions for check out are with the books.
PLASTIC-BAG MAT PROJECT: The mat makers are still busy making sleeping mats for the homeless. If you would like to be part of our group, we would love for you to join us. If you can fold, cut, tie or crochet, we need you! We will meet every Thursday morning from 10-12. Please join us for fellowship and the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, by helping to make these mats for those in need. It’s fun and easy, so please come! Please save your plastic bags.