This Week's Notices

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The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost


September 24, 2017

ALTAR FLOWERS: The flowers on the Altar are given by Mark and Audrey Waight in celebration of their 30th wedding anniversary.

SANCTUARY LIGHT is given by Shari Tockstein in honor of the birthday of her son, Thomas Sussman.

SPECIAL MUSIC TODAY: For many years, KMOX radio signed on with The Lord's Prayer (traditional), alternating with an arrangement of the Our Father, by a Felecian (Polish) nun, Sister Kathleen Melia, now retired, living at the Mother House in Niles, IL.  A google search found her, and she was kind enough to send a copy of her manuscript from which Cheryl is singing today.

GRUBBY SUNDAY: Today is our annual fall work day following the Service. But before getting down to work, we're going to be fed!!! No, it's not a potluck. Food is to be brought in, so that we can have some social time together before getting grubby. So if you're able to stay, fantastic!,  and be ready to help get the church and grounds in ship-shape.  There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex and if you have not signed up for a task, that's ok. There will be a couple of team leaders to point you in the right direction.  Many hands make light work!

CHRISTIAN FORMATION: Christian Formation Classes have begun and it is not too late to join in. Big people's class includes kids from about age 11 to about 111, so a hundred-year range. Younger than 11 go to the other class. Both  are downstairs in the classrooms (you'll figure out which is which). Coffee will be on for the 11-111 group, so please fix your mug and be ready to start at 8:30 sharp, since we quit at 9:15. To accommodate the classes, our usual brief Morning Prayer service begins at 8:10 a.m. in the church, to which all are welcome.

UNITED THANK OFFERING INGATHERING: St. Michael's will have its United Thank Offering (UTO) Ingathering on Sunday, October 1. The UTO ministry encourages every member (men, women, and children) to nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers and offerings have been used to build churches and schools, provide shelter for the homeless, clothe the poor, feed the hungry, and support half-way houses for over 90 years. St. Michael's was a recipient of the UTO in 2000 when we needed help installing our elevator. We strive to continue to give thanks for each daily gift from God that brightens and enriches our lives by making a monetary contribution to the UTO "Blue Box." Please give generously to the Ingathering. 

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: The Blessing of the Animals will be held under the canopy in front of St. Michael's on Sunday, October 1, at 2:00 p.m. All creatures great and small are welcome to this simple Service held in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Children especially love to bring their pets. Why not invite a friend or neighbor and their pet? Please be considerate of others and keep your pet restrained.

CHILI COOK-OFF: Downtown Belleville chili cook-off will be held on October 6 and 7. We will once again be helping St. George's in their booth. All proceeds will be in support of the Franklin Neighborhood Association. There are sign-up sheets on the table in the Narthex. Please come join us for this fun event to help others.

THANK YOU  St. Michael's church family for the prayers and support during the illness and passing of George's uncle, Don Curle. The prayers were a comfort and added strength during the time in the hospital, hospice and funeral. The Purl's of Wisdom's prayer shawl was kept by George's uncle's pillow from the time it was received at the hospital until the moment he was received into God's hands.  Thank you for being the wonderful and supportive church family we have gotten to know and cherish since joining St. Michael's almost 3 years ago. 
                                                          George and Lynette Schneider

GAMES AND GOODIES: On October 21, we will be having a game night at St. Michael's.We would like everyone to come and share favorite games with each other. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share along with your choice of beverage. If we have too much fun we can stay overnight and be here for church in the morning. We have cots!! Time to be determined.

BIBLE STUDY: Bishop Tony is back from his homeland, so our midweek study of Acts will resume this Wednesday, September 27th at 7:00 p.m. We left off in late June somewhere around chapter 18, so we'll have about ten chapters left to cover. We'll begin this last round at 7:00 pm, so we won't be brown-bagging (unless you want to dine late), but there will be coffee. See y'all then!

TRUNK OR TREAT: St. Michael's is thinking about having a Trunk or Treat. We need to see how many would be interested in this event. A sign-up sheet is on the table if you would to help out. For more information, contact Dana Meyer at 444-5748.

FOOD PANTRY: In September St. Michael's is focusing on hot and cold cereal, canned fruit including peaches, pineapple, pears and fruit cocktail. As always, donations of any food items will be greatly appreciated and put to good use.

KAIROS 13 at Menard Correctional Center will be happening, God willing, October 26-29. For you who don't know, Kairos is a spiritual renewal weekend based on the Cursillo model and adapted for prisons. The intention is to bring together a group of Christian inmates and set them on a firm foundation from which they can worship together and witness to their neighbors. The administration at Menard has commented on the noticeable and very positive impact that Kairos has had there in building a climate of peace and goodwill in the midst of ongoing tensions and eruptions of violence. 

 Mark Waight and Fr Ian are serving on the 36-member team this fall, which will be working with 42 inmates. And as per the Kairos method of involving the wider Church in the ministry, there are opportunities for you to support the work. Each team member is asked to provide 40 dozen cookies (for a total of 80 from St Michael's and friends), and $200 (so $400 total for Mark and Fr Ian). Church members may also make placemats which will be set out in the dining area. And Shari Tockstein has already kindly offered to have her elementary students make those.

 So if you'd like to participate in this tremendous ministry in any of these ways, please speak to Mark or Fr Ian for more info. And if you'd like to give money, put it in your regular offering envelope designated for "Kairos". 

 Because of prison restrictions, certain food ingredients are banned, so here is a set of guidelines from Kairos brother Michael Steinke regarding what kind of cookies, size, etc:
The types of cookies that are generally acceptable are: Oatmeal, peanut butter, molasses, chocolate chip, ginger and sugar.
Cookies should be between 2 and 2/12 inches in diameter and not more than 1/2 inch thick. 

It is very important not to use icing sugar or any other type of coating on the outside of the cookie. Do not add any kind of fruit or nuts to the cookies.

Pray individually or as a family over the ingredients before and during the mixing. 
Pray over the cookies as you drop them into the cookie sheets and bake them. 
Ask God to use your cookies as a source of your love to shine on the prisoners and staff on the Kairos weekend. 
Pray that each cookie brings the inmate, officer or Warden 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. 
Bag thoroughly cooled cookies in a quart sized zip lock bag, one dozen cookies to a bag. 
Label each bag with the cookie type. 
Freeze all cookies if not using within 3 days. 

Thank you all!

PURLS OF WISDOM: Prayer Shawl Ministry will be meeting at the church on the second Thursday of the month at 10:00 a.m.  Come join us this summer. If you are interested in learning to knit or crochet, come to the meeting. There are supplies available to get started, so bring yourself and your desire to make a difference to others. The next meeting is Thursday, October 12.

CHOIR PRACTICE: The choir has returned from its summer vacation. If you have an interest in making a joyful noise unto the Lord, please join us on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Winn Pardee at 624-3507.

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 is being drawn up, and volunteers are welcome to pick specific areas to clean if they prefer. For more information, speak to Dana Meyer or Cathy Wetmore. To volunteer, there's a sign-up sheet in the narthex (foyer).

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