Who’s doing what this month…
February 17, 2019
ALTAR FLOWERS are given today by Co and Iris Soulé in memory of Co’s father, Covert A. Soulé.
SANCTUARY LIGHT is given today by Dennis Anglin in memory of Maxine Anglin.
FR. IAN’S OFFICE HOURS at the Saint Louis Bread Company, Shiloh, are on Wednesdays from 9-11 a.m. Call or text before going, just to be sure.
SOUPER BOWL 2019 – ST. MICHAEL’S WINS AGAIN!: Many, many thanks to all of you who contributed to this year’s “Souper Bowl” collection on behalf of St. Michael’s. For the second year in a row, and the third time in the last four years, St Michael’s has won the competition amongst area churches. Because of your support, we collected 858 cans of soup and $305, all of which was donated to the O’Fallon Food Pantry.
LENTEN STUDY: Next Sunday, right after church, we’ll begin a video-based study called Christianity and World Religions: Questions We Ask About Other Faiths. It’s presented by the Rev. Adam Hamilton of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, Kansas, and is a balanced, thoughtful exploration of what other major world religions believe and how they are similar to, and different from, Christianity. We’ll start next Sunday and end on April 7th, not meeting on March 10th because that’s when MLT meets. The Study Guide is available for $13 for regular size, and $16 for large print. But if cost is a problem, it won’t cost you anything ;). Please sign up in the narthex, indicating how many copies, and which size, you’d like.
LENTEN DEVOTIONAL RESOURCES: Every year we receive a few Lenten devotional booklets from various places, which we place in the narthex for anyone to take. Lots of folks follow Forward Day by Day which is a devotional booklet that follows the Church year, so it’s a fine Lenten resource. However, if you’re interested in something that digs a little deeper in Scripture, I recommend Lent for Everyone: Luke, Year C, by popular New Testament scholar N.T. Wright. It takes the reader daily through the gospel of Luke, which is what we’re reading most Sundays this year, with Bishop Wright commenting on a specific bit each day. It’s available from Amazon in either paperback ($15.75) or Kindle ($2.99). You can easily download the Kindle e-reader software to your computer, phone or tablet. My other recommendation is a classic, Meditations for Lent by the 17th-century French bishop Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet. It’s in easy-to-read English, also from Amazon in paperback ($11.89) and Kindle ($7.96). Enjoy! Ian+
ANNUAL PANCAKE & WAFFLE DAY: Okay folks! We’re getting down to the wire. In just over two (2) weeks, on Tuesday, March 5th (Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday), we will have our 12th Annual Pancake & Waffle Day, a major fundraiser for St. Michael’s. Talk it up with your friends and neighbors. To make this a success, we need your help in buying and selling tickets, as well as with set-up, working in various areas on the day of the event- waiting tables, bussing tables and clean up. There will be an organizational meeting coming up soon, so stay tuned! Sign-up sheets are on the board as you enter the narthex. PLEASE come and help us out that day. It really is a lot of fun!
GUARDIAN NOTICE: The February issue has been sent out. If you did not receive it, or you would like to have a hard copy instead, please enter your name and preference on the form on the table in the narthex. Please get your articles in ASAP for our March issue! Deadline for getting them in is February 28!!
KAIROS: Kairos Menard #16 will be held at Menard Correctional Center from April 4-7 inclusive. Dennis Anglin has made application to be part of this ministry and will be attending formation training March 2, March 16 and March 30. The Kairos Ministry has been contacted by the chaplain and Menard is requesting used clothing to be donated for men being released into society. He indicated the following clothing that is needed:
– pants (sweat, blue jean, casual)
– shirts (long or short sleeved)
– light jackets
No shoes, socks or underwear are needed as all of this is supplied. There will be a tote/box in the narthex for clothing donations.
What Menard CC does not have is “street clothes” appropriate for re-entry. If you have any donations that fit the criteria, please drop them in the box or contact Dennis and he will gladly transport these items to the Kairos formation meetings. His contact info is: (618) 670-9627 or firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for being a part of the Kairos Ministry through your giving and baking!
FORWARD DAY BY DAY: The February – April Forward Day By Day is now available. You may pick up a copy of this daily devotional in the Narthex.
FOOD PANTRY: The first Sunday of the month (next one being March 3) will be our ingathering of items for the O’Fallon Food Pantry. They are always in great need, so please be generous! The following is a list of items that they need:
– canned green beans, corn, peas, spinach, beets, mixed vegetables
– canned peaches, pears, pineapple, fruit cocktail, applesauce
– canned tuna, salmon, chicken, ham, spam
– cake mix, frosting, muffin mix, pie filling
– canned or dried beans, coffee, tea bags, cold or hot cereal, hot chocolate
– personal hygiene items: shampoo, conditioner, bath soap, body wash, feminine hygiene products
PLASTIC-BAG MAT PROJECT: Mat makers have resumed. They are very 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.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: We will resume meeting for knitting and crocheting prayer shawls. These meetings will be held the 3rd Thursday of each month, the next meeting being this Thursday morning, February 21, beginning at 10:00 am.
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!
February 22 – Elaine Etheridge
February 24 – Shannon Stripling
February 17 (today) – Bill Dusenbery and Nancy Kaprelian
WANNA GO TO GREECE? There’s still time to book your seat on St Michael’s Church’s Greek Odyssey, September 17-27, 2019! Lots of folks have signed up already, including Fr Ian. We’ll be hosting another information event on Sunday, March 3rd at 4:00 p.m. It’s open to any who may be interested, not just St. Michael’s members, so invite your friends! Meanwhile, you can find more info at this link:
2019 USO AND FISHER HOUSE DONATIONS DRIVE
(In Conjunction with the Southwest Illinois Chapter of MOAA)
WEEK TWO REPORT – MUST REGAIN MOMENTUM
Mother Nature interfered last Sunday – we were ‘iced’ out! The church was closed, and there was no chance to collect for the USO and Fisher House. As a consequence, the week’s contributions were just the $50 received by mail, and the grand total collected so far slid up to $990. So, at the midpoint of our campaign, we are almost half way to our combined goal of a minimum of $2,000 collected for both organizations. With just two Sundays remaining, it’s time to regain the momentum lost and to prepare for a strong finish to this 2019 campaign.
Sonja and I will be leaving on an extended vacation before the campaign ends. So, if you have not yet contributed, please plan to do so either by giving your checks directly to me by Sunday the 17th, or turning them in at the church, or mailing them to my home address (7342 Timberpoint Court, Fairview Heights, IL 62208) no later than Monday the 18th. After those dates, please give your checks to either Bob Koss or Co Soule, or turn them in at or mail them to the church (111 O’Fallon Troy Road, O’Fallon, IL 62269). Please make your separate checks out to The USO of Missouri and to St. Louis Fisher House.
St. Michael’s ten year record of patriotism and generosity is very much appreciated by many: the MOAA chapter, the USO of Missouri, St. Louis Fisher House, and, most importantly, the active duty military people and the veterans and their families who benefit from your perpetual giving. Of course, I also appreciate very much your year-after-year dedication and support. Thank you for them and from me.
Nick Wartonick, 618-628-0858, email@example.com