Week of Sunday September 19th
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.
- The current Prayer List can be found here. (Last updated September 17, 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.
(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.
Social distancing is still encouraged during the worship service and when coming to the altar to receive communion.
(6/18/2021) On Sunday, June 20th we will begin increasing the amount of music we sing. We are adding several pieces of service music.
(7/18/2021) On Sunday, July 18th we will begin allowing the use of the altar rail during communion. The altar rail is sanitized weekly but not during communion.
(8/1/2021) On Sunday, August 1st we will be adding a communion hymn.
We have removed the blue tape on most of the pews. We are not discouraging social distancing, we are trusting that each person can decide what distancing they need for their circumstances and risk level. You are still encouraged to spread out and use the space available.
There are still 4 pews on the left side of the nave set aside with blue tape for those who need and prefer 6ft for social distancing. This includes the Children’s soft space.
(8/20/2021) Masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals. However, you are encouraged to follow federal, state and local guidance for facemasks and social distancing. 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.
Updated September 3, 2021: The Governor has issued a state wide indoor mask mandate. Frequent hand-washing and sanitizing are best practices at all times and should be continued.
- Entry Hymn #390 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
- Communion Hymn #660 O Master Let Me Walk with Thee
- Final Hymn #492 Sing, Ye Faithful, Sing with Gladness
BIRTHDAYS: Chelsea Nixon 9/21, Greg Meek 9/24, Hannah Summers 9/24 and Miriam Salazar 9/25
ALTAR FLOWERS are given today by Co Soulé in memory of Iris’s dad, Emmett Altrogge.
ST. MICHAEL’S AND BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY: On Sunday, September 26th, we are celebrating the feast of our patron saint, St. Michael. We hope you will join us as we celebrate our church’s ministry in the O’Fallon community. We will have a potluck outside following the service. Please bring a dish to share and a chair. If you are interested in helping with setup or cleanup, please contact Bill Dusenbery. Don’t forget to sign-up using the sign-up sheet in the narthex. You can also contact the office at email@example.com or (618) 632-6168 to sign-up.
BISHOP NOMINEES: On Tuesday, the Election Committee announced the Nominees for the Twelfth Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield. You can read the announcement in it’s entirety here. If you are not familiar with the process, this is a good place to start.
The nominees and their profiles are available on the Diocesan website here. You can click on each candidate’s name to view their profile.
While the information was re-formatted for the web and the printable PDF, no attempt was made to correct typos, spelling, etc. If desired, an individual will be able to click on the printable pdf link to print or save the nominee’s PDF file. The church will not provide printed copies due to the size of the files.
O’FALLON FOOD PANTRY: We are collecting canned tomatoes, potatoes, pie fillings, and canned fruit for this month. Please bring your donation to church and put it on the table in the Nave. The Koss’s will collect it all after the service and take them to the pantry. Any questions about the pantry, please Contact Yasemin Koss at 593-7688.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: We will not meet on the 16th as scheduled, but please check with our announcements on the weekly bulletin for dates to resume our meetings. This ministry is small but does great things for those in need of comfort and prayers. If anyone is interested in joining, on the 3rd Thursday of every month, please contact Yasemin Koss at 593-7688.
We are not currently accepting yarn donations since we currently have more yarn than we can use.
DANTÉ ANGLIN: Have you read the exciting update on Danté Anglin’s seminary program? Danté has formally been declared a candidate for ordination! With this good news and seminary starting again, we have a special request to help Danté purchase his books for this year’s Seminary classes, if you are able to assist, please donate to the Vicar’s Discretionary Fund with “Danté Anglin” in the memo line.
Even more great news – Danté has the opportunity to study at St. Stephen’s House in Oxford in January 2021. You can read more about it and support him if you wish by visiting his Go fund me here.
We’re proud that we have a Seminarian amongst us!! Please help with this Seminary support.
MADISON COUNTY JOB FAIR: If you know anyone looking for a job in Madison County, please tell them about this upcoming job fair on September 22. See the flyer for more information.
SPONSOR CHILD: Do you know that St. Michael’s sponsors a child through World Vision? His name is Alex. You can see his most recent letter on the bulletin board at the church — the one in the admin hallway across from the stairs. You can also watch this video from World Vision about how they are helping children like Alex during the pandemic. Watch the video here!
O’FALLON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEWSLETTER: You can read the latest edition here.
SOMETHING LIGHT HEARTED FROM JACK: So you think you know everything??
- A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
- A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.
- A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
- A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
- A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
- A snail can sleep for three years.
- Al Capone’s business card – “used furniture dealer”.
- Butterflies taste with their feet.
- If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of six months waiting at red traffic lights.
- Leonardo da Vinci invented the scissors.
- Maine is the only state with name just one syllable.
- Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
- Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
- “Stewardesses” is the longest word typed with only the left hand and “lollipop” with the right hand.
- The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
- There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
- There are more chickens than people.
THANK YOUS & NEWS: Be sure to check the bulletin board in the Office hallway for notes of thank you and news of our parishioners.
HELP WITH FINANCE AND STEWARDSHIP: HELP! HELP! We are looking for several people that would like to serve on the Finance Committee. This committee reviews and oversees the financial transactions and the budget for St. Michael’s. We ensure the financial needs and projects of the year are met, and we plan the stewardship campaign each year. We have been blessed that, despite the hardships of COVID and 2020 / 2021, our members have been wonderfully keeping up with their pledges and supporting the projects and ministries of St. Michael’s. A meeting will be scheduled in the next several weeks. Would you like to join us and lend your expertise and opinions? For information, contact Ann Wilt (618-977-1187 or firstname.lastname@example.org )
HELP WITH PASTORAL CARE: We are asking our members to help once again with Pastoral Care. Due to COVID, members of our congregation are again finding themselves between jobs and need assistance with rent, utilities, and gas money as well as rides to doctors’ appointments and grocery pickup. We financially help them though the Vicar’s Discretionary Fund. If you are able, please make a generous donation to the ST. MICHAEL’S VICAR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND, marking in the memo line that it is for Pastoral Care. If you are able to assist in providing rides or grocery pickups, please call Debbie LaFreniere (703-498-7208) or Ann Wilt (618-977-1187). Thank you for supporting this ministry.
MATMAKERS MEETING: WE NEED YOU!!! Men, women, teenagers, children! Please come to the church on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. for a short EASY training session on our mat making process! Then you use these directions for making “plarn” (plastic yarn) or the mats at home or meet at church with us on Thursday mornings at 10! Please come and join in fellowship! Contact Judie Payne for more info.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL: Fr. Thorpe is leading an Adult Education Program following church on Sundays. These weekly classes will begin at 11am in the Parish Hall. Coffee will be available. You can also participate from home on zoom. The link will be emailed to you with the Friday announcements email.
The topic for September 19th will be How to Revive Evangelism. Each topic will be a short series. We will let you know the topic ahead of time.
- How to Revive Evangelism – This 8-sesson course will focus on the new book, How to Revive Evangelism, by Craig Springer, CEO of Alpha in the United States. Springer brings together the latest demographic studies and opinion polls with a Christian passion for reaching the lost. Have you ever thought “We have something special here at St. Michael’s, and I wish I could share it with more people?” Maybe you think something isn’t quite hitting the mark. Maybe the idea of evangelism intimidates you. This book ties in scripture and specifically Jesus’ teachings and helps us see a way to share our faith with others that is authentic and inviting. If you’ve ever wondered how to talk to our community and especially younger generations of people about spirituality and faith, this class is for you. If you wish, you can order a paperback or ebook copy of the book online.
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.
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.
UPDATE FROM THE STANDING COMMITTEE (edited due to length)
Retirement of Sue Spring: Sue Spring, Diocesan Administrator, is retiring effective August 31, 2021. She has taken this decision jointly with her husband, Dave, who will retire from the State of Illinois on the same date. Sue’s service as Diocesan Administrator began more than 18 years ago. To those who know her well, her services have seemed to be indispensable. A reception is being planned in Sue’s honor in connection with this year’s Synod banquet on Friday, October 15. We also ask that, as occasions present themselves, you join us in taking an opportunity to give her a personal thank you and wish her a long and happy retirement with her husband and family.
Standing Committee Membership Update: The Reverend Beth Maynard has resigned as a member and President of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Springfield effective July 26. The Standing Committee expresses its deepest thanks to Mother Beth, and she has our heartfelt support and prayers. Following her resignation, the Reverend Ben Hankinson of St. Andrew’s, Edwardsville, has been elected President, and the Reverend Shawn Denney of St. Luke’s, Springfield, was elected Secretary. To fill the remaining two months of the unexpired term, the Standing Committee elected the Very Reverend Andrew Hook of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Springfield. We ask your prayers for Mother Beth and her family, as well as the ongoing work of ministry of the Standing Committee and the Diocese of Springfield as a whole.
Welcome to Bishop Lambert & Invitation to Clergy of the North: The Standing Committee is excited to welcome Bishop Paul Lambert to the Diocese for the week of August 16. Bishop Lambert, who is our Assisting Bishop during the episcopal transition process, will be spending the week meeting with various leaders as we begin the process of getting to know one another. This will include time spent with Diocesan staff, visits to area churches and sites, being a guest for Diocesan Council, and joining the Cathedral of St. Paul for services on August 22.
Mark Dirksen to become Interim Diocesan Administrator: The Standing Committee is pleased to announce the hiring of Mark Dirksen as Interim Diocesan Administrator to help facilitate the work of the Diocese until such time as the 12th Bishop of Springfield is able to establish their own staff. We are blessed to have at hand a person with the appropriate skills and a wide range of experiences to fill the position while our Bishop Search continues. Mark will begin work on August 16 and be in the Springfield office Mondays and Thursdays or by appointment. He will be available by phone and email during all regular business hours. Welcome, Mark!
BISHOP ELECTION (Updated 7/15/2021): The Election Committee offers an update on where we are in the process; what’s happened and what is next. The entire update can be found here.
FROM THE STANDING COMMITTEE 7/15/2021: The Standing Committee has just begun making arrangements for the first visit of our Assisting Bishop, Paul Lambert, to the diocese after he begins with us on August 1. Among other things, we expect him to be at Diocesan Council on August 21st and to preside at the Mass preceding it. He will also spend time with our Diocesan Staff and other key leaders to hear where we have come from and to help equip us for the ministry our diocesan family needs as we bid farewell to the 11th Bishop and prepare to receive the 12th. While the Standing Committee remains the Ecclesiastical Authority (as has been the case in previous transitions between Bishops), we are honored to be able to bring his pastoral and seasoned episcopal presence among us. We would also like to remind you that each of us is available for conversation and communication at any time at our various email addresses, though any official decisions are always made by the whole Standing Committee and not any one person.
Finally, in this time when nominees for our 12th Bishop continue in solitary discernment as background checks are done, we urge you to continue praying for them, for the election process, and for the Holy Spirit to send us a godly Bishop — as well as asking your prayers for us as we seek to serve you and Our Lord.
For all of the updates on the Election Committee’s work, please visit 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.