This Week's Notices

The St Michael window in the Narthex
Who's doing What this Sunday?
Click on the image to enlarge

The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
October 29, 2017

ALTAR FLOWERS: The flowers on the Altar are given by Judie and Tom Payne in celebration of Judie's Birthday.

The people who donate the flowers are welcome to take them after the Sunday Service (unless there's to be another service early in the week). Otherwise, they will be taken to a local care home.

SANCTUARY LIGHT is given by Carolyn Goldacker in memory of her husband, Fr. Gary Goldacker.

WELCOME: Fr Ian is away on the Kairos weekend at Menard prison this weekend. We welcome Fr David Wells of Springfield, who is taking the Service today. He's a new face to most of us at St. Michael's, having been ordained just over two years ago, after having retired as Executive Inspector General for Illinois. In addition to being a chaplain at St John's Hospital in Springfield, his position in the diocese is as a supply priest. So, welcome, Fr Dave!

SPECIAL SERVICE: All Saints Day, November 1st, is one of the more important days on the Christian calendar. And because of its importance, churches are permitted to move the celebration to the nearest Sunday, which is what we've been doing. It's also been our practice in recent years to commemorate the Faithful Departed on the Wednesday in the Octave of All Saints (the octave is the week following the actual feast day), whether it's actually All Souls Day (Nov 2nd) or not. Well, we can't do that this year because we can't ever celebrate All Souls on Nov 1st, because it's All Saints Day. Are you confused yet? We thought you might be. All Saints is when we celebrate all those heroes of the faith on whom we rely to pray for us (the Apostles, martyrs, etc). All Souls is when we commemorate all those other faithful departed who rely on us to pray for them (Great Aunt Ivy, Uncle Louie, etc).

Well, this year All Saints Day falls on a Wednesday, so what we're going to do is to celebrate it on November 1st, at 7:00 p.m. It will be a Low Mass (= no music or incense), and Bishop Tony Clavier, our fall Bible study leader will be the preacher. So please mark the day and time on your calendars and plan to attend. Then on the following Sunday, Nov 5th, during the regular service, we'll commemorate the Faithful Departed. So we've placed a small ring binder in the narthex where you can enter the names of any you'd like to remember at the Altar on that day. (PLEASE PRINT THE NAMES CLEARLY so that we won't misread or mispronounce them!) In case you didn't get all that, here's the bottom line:
Wednesday, Nov 1st, All Saints Day, 7:00 p.m.: Mass of All Saints, guest preacher- Bishop Anthony Clavier
   Sunday, Nov 5th, in the Octave of All Saints, 9:30 a.m.: Commemoration of the Faithful Departed, reading the list of remembrance.

PROGRESSIVE DINNER: The adults of St. Michael's will be getting together for fellowship and terrific food on November 4. This is a three-course, three-location meal (appetizer, main course, and dessert) starting at 6:00 p.m. with an appetizer in the home of one of our members. Then we split up for the main course in different homes for which we need volunteers to host. Finally, we all get together again for dessert. The cost is $10.00 per person and sign-up sheets are on the table in the Narthex. Please contact Yasemin Koss (628-2968) for additional information.

CHRISTIAN FORMATION: Class will resume on November 5th, with Morning Prayer back at the usual 8:10 a.m time.

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING MEAL: Once again, we are collecting food items and cash for the Annual Community Thanksgiving Meal to be held in Faith Lutheran Church (520 E. Highway 50, O'Fallon) on Thanksgiving Day from 11:00 until 1:30 pm.  The meal is free for all, but they do need some volunteers. Please pick up the yellow sheets on the table in Narthex to see what is needed and also to sign up. If contributing cash in the form of a check, please make it to "O'Fallon Food Pantry", and include "Thanksgiving Meal" in the memo line. For additional information, please see Yasemin Koss (618.628.2968).

CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE: On December 10th we will be having our annual cookie sale, so please set aside that day and come help us out. We need some people to set up tables a day or two before and some volunteers to man the tables, but we REALLY need people to bake and buy. Every year the cookie sale has been a wonderful fellowship event as well as fundraiser. There will be more to come in the upcoming weeks, but if you have any questions, please contact June Dublar at 344-3707 or Cathy Wetmore at 207-9864. We will need lots of items to make this event successful!

STEWARDSHIP: Time, talent and treasure. Prayer, participation and generosity. All of these describe aspects of stewardship. This is the time of year when we ask for your financial commitment in supporting our church family. Your pledge forms the foundation of our budget which considers: cost of worship; Christian formation; payroll; mortgage/rent; operating and maintaining the facility; supplies and outreach programs. Please fill out a pledge card and return it. The Annual In-Gathering is scheduled for November 5.

ALTAR GUILD: This is a quiet ministry that works in the background, but is a big part of the service each week. We are hoping to have a training session soon for those interested in learning more.  Everyone is welcome in learning more about serving as a member of the Altar Guild.  Talk to Lynette or George Schneider. Contact: Lynette: 618-979-3192, or George: 618-979-3194,

FOOD PANTRY: In November  St. Michael's is focusing on variety of soups: Bean & Bacon, Potato, Vegetable, Chowders, Chicken and rice and canned Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, Applesauce, Pie filling. As always, donations of any food items will be greatly appreciated and put to good use.

FORWARD DAY BY DAY: The November - January Day By Day is now available. You may pick up a copy of this daily devotional in the Narthex.

ECW AND SHOPPER'S PARADISE: Remember Christmas is just thirty-one days after Thanksgiving..  So now is the time to plan ahead for all the festivities of the season. Santa's elves always need extra help so join St. Michael's Church Women for their November get-together and enjoy some easy shopping at its finest. St. Louis Premium Outlets is just off I-64, a shopping destination you won't want to miss!  This is an opportunity to browse and shop an exciting collection of 90 outlet stores from the world's leading designers and brand names. Savings of 25% to 65% are offered every day.  Who can pass up Vera Bradley, Saks Fifth Avenue, Disney Store, Sketchers, Uggs, Kate Spade or the Kitchen Collection to name a few?  Check out all the stores including Talbots, Chico's, Soma, Polo and a second Coach store at Taubman's Outlet nearby and also just off I-64. 

We shall meet Wednesday, November 8th, at 9:15 a.m. in St. Michael's parking lot, receive a map with written instructions and leave by 9:30 a.m. to car pool to the outlet. The stores open at 10:00 a.m.  We can also relax and enjoy lunch at The Food Pavilion, located at the Premium outlet, which has six food stations plus Starbucks.  Something for everyone!  When do you return home?  To be determined by  each driver and their passengers.    
Please sign up on the lime green sheet in the Narthex and mark November 8th on your calendars.   Any questions:  Please call Sonja at 628-0858.

ANGEL TREE: On November 12th we will be decorating the ornaments for our annual Christmas Angel Tree project. We will be collecting gifts for mothers and children who are in the programs of the Violence Prevention Center in Belleville, who may not otherwise receive gifts. Then on Sunday, November 19th, the tree will be set up with all the ornaments on it. Please take some and bring the gifts back no later than December 3rd. All gifts should be wrapped and the ornaments and tags attached to the gift. This year we will have 100 tags, so please be generous and take a few/several if you are able. The Angel Tree is one of the Outreach Committee's and St. Michael's most joyful yearly projects. It is very humbling to see how generous the people of our congregation are with their time and resources, so once again we ask for your support. If you have any questions, please speak to Cathy (207-9864) , Amy (667-2131) or Dana (444-5748). Thank You!

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY IS COMING TO ST. MICHAEL'S! This nine-week course teaches the proper stewardship of finances, and is primarily designed for married couples to attend together. That said, a single adult or engaged couple could absolutely attend and benefit from the class. Whether you are comfortably retired or living paycheck-to-paycheck, Financial Peace University will show you how to manage God's money for His glory. The goal of building wealth is to give generously, and we want to help you get there! We'll talk about everything from making a monthly budget to life insurance and investing, so there's something for everyone to learn. (And if you are already an expert in any/all of those things, your attendance and input would certainly be appreciated.) We promise that any personal financial information you choose to share will be kept confidential.

Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6-8p.m., from January 10-March 14 (because we won't meet on Ash Wednesday). There is a cost associated with FPU, but scholarships are available for families who are willing to commit to the entire course.
If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact Clay or Jayne Touchstone via email, or just track us down during coffee hour! We would love to talk to you about FPU and hope you'll consider joining us for the class.

PURLS OF WISDOM: Purls of Wisdom - Prayer Shawl Ministry will be meeting at the church on the second Thursday of the month at 10:00 am.  Come join us, we are all learning.  If you are interested in learning to knit or crotchet, come to the meeting.  There are supplies available to get started, so bring yourself and your desire to make a difference to others.  Next meeting is November 9.

NEW CLEANING ARRANGEMENTS: We are looking for volunteers to help with the cleaning of the church. Even if you're only able to help out infrequently, we'd love to have you on the team. A checklist has been posted on the wall in the main-floor utility room, and volunteers are welcome to pick specific areas to clean if they prefer.  If you do come in to clean, please look at the checklist and put the date beside the duty you completed.  For more information, speak to Cathy or Dana. To volunteer, there's a sign-up sheet in the Narthex (foyer).