Who’s doing what this month…
March 17, 2019
SANCTUARY LIGHT is given today by Cathy and Fr. Ian in thanksgiving for friends.
THE WAY OF THE CROSS or Stations of the Cross, is a simple, moving devotional on the suffering and death of our Lord. We walk the Way of the Cross at St. Michael’s on Fridays in Lent at 12:00 noon. Please join us (the service lasts about 25 minutes).
ORDINATION TO THE DIACONATE: By the Grace of God, Shane A. Spellmeyer and Jonathan P. Totty will be ordained on Sunday, March 24, at 4:30 pm, at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Springfield, IL. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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-Benigne Bossuet. It’s in easy-to-read English, also from Amazon in paperback ($11.89) and Kindle ($7.96). Enjoy! Ian+
LENTEN COIN CARDS are available on the table in the narthex. All money collected will be sent to the Diocese of Peru. Thank you.
CALLING ALL MAT MAKERS!!! Save the date. Thursday, March 28! Our cathedral tour will be that morning, time TBA, followed by an optional lunch. Not only will we see the beautiful cathedral, but will see how our mats are disbursed and the need for them. We will carpool over. Details to come!
ANGLICAN CYCLE OF PRAYER: Pray for the Church of England, The Most Rev’d and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby – Archbishop of Canterbury.
DIOCESAN CYCLE: The Episcopal Parish of Alton, The Rev. Cynthia A. Sever, Rector; Muungano Parish, Rev. Samson Yakobo, Urambo, Tanzania; The Missions of St. Patrick and St. Mark, District of Ventanilla, Callao, Peru, The Rev. Jaime Siancas, Priest in Charge; Birthday of Margaret, widow of The Rev. James W. Evans, Buffalo, NY.
FOOD PANTRY: The first Sunday of every month is our ingathering of items for the O’Fallon Food Pantry (next one being April 7). 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 Friday, March 22nd!!! 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.
KAIROS: Dennis Anglin needs our support, not only monetarily (he needs to raise $200.00), but with cookies. Lots of cookies! We need to supply 40 dozen cookies and get them to the church no later than March 29th. So, calling all bakers – let’s make this happen, please!
Dennis shares the following for your prayerful consideration. Kairos #16 is just not the Inside Team that goes into Menard Correctional Center. The “team” includes everyone who would be a part of supporting the weekend by answering the call to service. Kairos is a ministry of passing on the love of God, and Agape plays a major role in that endeavor. Agape is the love of God, delivered by God’s people. Prayer, cookies, placemats, and financial support are all ways you can serve our Lord via Kairos.
• Prayer: Commit to praying for Kairos #16 April 4-7, As soon as possible.
• Cookies: Need is 40 dozen – no later than March 29th. Cookies should be about 3 inches in diameter and not more than 1/2 inch thick. It is VERY IMPORTANT not to use icing, sugar, sprinkles or any other type of coating. DO NOT add any kind of fruit or nuts to the cookies.
• The Key Ingredient: Prayer. Say a simple prayer over the ingredients before and during mixing. Pray over the cookies as you drop them onto the cookie sheets and bake them. Ask God to use your cookies as a source of His love to shine on the prisoners and staff on the Kairos weekend. Pray that each cookie brings the inmate, officer or warden who eats it closer to God. We want every person to become part of the family of God.
• Packing the Cookies: Allow cookies to COOL THOROUGHLY before packing. Place the thoroughly-cooled cookies in a quart-sized Ziploc bag, ONE DOZEN cookies to a bag. Label each bag with the cookie type. Freeze the cookies if not using within 3 days. Please contact Dennis on or before Friday, March 29, if you need your cookies to be picked up.
• Placemats: Colorful messages of hope and love. Great for involving children. Handprints are a great idea. No later than March 29th.
• Financial Support: Goal of $200 no later than March 29th.
If after prayerful consideration you feel called to be a part of the Kairos#16 team please contact Dennis Anglin directly or at firstname.lastname@example.org or 618-670-9627 for further information.
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.
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.
March 19 – Fred McNitt
Fridays in Lent – Stations of the Cross – 12:00 pm
Tuesday, March 26 – Firemen’s Dinner
2019 USO AND FISHER HOUSE DONATIONS DRIVE
In Conjunction with the Southwest Illinois Chapter of MOAA)
YA DONE GOOD!
Congrats St. Michael’s, you hit the mark! Goal: A minimum of $2,000 combined collected for the USO and Fisher House. Total donated: Exactly $2,000, thanks to a few last minute checks received.
The breakdown between the USO and Fisher House is $990 and $1,010, respectively.
St. Michael’s large contribution helped boost the MOAA chapter’s total donations to an all-time record high of $6,718 (plus some WISH LISTS items donated by local high schools). This new high total was made possible by 57% uplift in chapter membership donations over their previous high year. The final breakdown is $3,237 for the USO and $3,481 to Fisher House. So congratulations must be spread all around.
If you listen carefully, you can hear volumes of thanks coming from the MOAA chapter, the USO of Missouri, St. Louis Fisher House, and the thousands of past and present military people and their families who are the benefiters from your giving. Then, let me add my voice to that chorus, “THANKS!”