Week of Sunday April 11th
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 April 5, 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 Nels and Ann Wilt in memory of Betty Osbourne and Dennis Grimmer.
SANCTUARY CANDLE is given today by Priscilla Arsenault in gratitude for family.
BIRTHDAYS: Jayne Touchstone 4/11
ANNIVERSARIES: Reggie & Stephanie Harwell 4/15
BISHOP’S SEARCH – COMMENT BOX: The Profile sub-Committee of the Election Committee wishes the faithful of the Diocese of Springfield to have several different ways to offer insights, ideas, and opinions into the development of the Profile and we are collecting information from a variety of sources.
The Profile subcommittee developed an online comment box for individuals to use to anonymously offer remarks. The comment box is limited to 2500 characters (around 350-400 words). Any comments received would be aggregated and provided to the Profile sub-Committee and the Standing Committee. Comments may or may not be used in the development of the Profile. All comments submitted will be archived to share with the next Bishop. The comment box is available online here. This on-line comment box will be available from April 1 – April 15; we invite your anonymous participation!
GOOD FRIDAY OFFERING: Thank you for your special donations on Good Friday. This collection is forwarded to the Domestic and Foreign Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church to support the ministries of the dioceses in the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Funds are used to promote peace and mutual understanding through pastoral care, healthcare and educational programs. For more information, please visit https://www.episcopalchurch.org/good-friday-offering/.
LETTER FROM DANTE: Please take a few minutes to read the latest Parish Update letter from Dante’.
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.
CARRIEL JR HIGH SCHOOL BENCH COMMITTEE COLLECTION: LAST TWO WEEKS! Thank you all for supporting the bottle cap collection for the Carriel Jr High School Bench. The school year will be ending soon so we will be collecting for only 2 more weeks at St. Michael’s. Any PLASTIC bottle caps or lids no greater than 8” will be accepted to help the students match the weight of a bench to be placed at their school. The collection box is on the table in the Narthex and if you have any questions, please call Ann Wilt (618-977-1187).
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.
EPISCOPAL CHURCH CAMP IS CANCELLED FOR 2021. Church Camp is held at East Bay Camp, a facility of the United Methodist Church. East Bay Camp, like all other camp facilities in Illinois, must comply with Covid regulations issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health. East Bay Camp provided a list of all the requirements established by their governing board that we would have to meet if we held camp this year. The Camp Committee decided that the requirements made it impossible to hold camp this year.
The full statement from Donald Monty, Camp Committee Chair, can be found on the Camp page of the website.
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 to come.
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.