Progress in Alton: New Church Doors!

The post-fire restoration at St Paul's, Alton continues with the installation of new doors. They aren't red...yet! But old parts found a home on new doors.

Update from the Standing Committee

Retirement of Sue Spring Sue Spring, Diocesan Administrator, has advised the Standing Committee of her decision to retire 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.  [...]

A Thank You from Tabora

Dear friends greetings from Tabora in Tanzania. I am hereby writing just to give you the updates on what is going on in Tabora.  First of all let me thank you each and every one of you for your tremendous support towards my family and my ministry. If it was not your prayerful and financial [...]

Book Sale Returns at St Matthew’s, Bloomington

 by Debbie Leighton for the St. Matthew's Outreach Committee The St. Matthew's Outreach Committee held its first book sale since Fall 2019. Proceeds were earmarked for Home Sweet Home Ministries in Bloomington, which suffered 38 inches of rain in its building last month. They provide much support to homeless and struggling people. We were happy [...]

St John’s, Decatur Releases New History Book

Parishioners Aaron Akins and his mother, Janice Akins, have authored a new history book about St. John’s Episcopal Church, Decatur, IL. Through a gracious memorial gift from the late Vincent and Ettie Cooling, a beautiful full-color glossy page book has been written and published. The 840-page book, The Definitive History of St. John's Episcopal Church, [...]

Alton Garden Tour to Feature St Paul’s

by Diane Martin Pride, Inc. is an organization dedicated to the beautification of the Alton area.  Each year they have a House Tour of special houses and a Garden Tour of special gardens in the area. This year St. Paul's has the honor of being selected as one of nine local gardens open for the [...]

Chrism Mass 2021

The annual Mass of Chrism was celebrated at the Cathedral Church of St Paul in Springfield on Saturday, March 27, 2021. This mass, held the Saturday before Palm Sunday each year at the Cathedral of St Paul in Springfield, manifests the unity of the priests with their Bishop. The Bishop blesses the Holy Oils, which [...]

Al Fresco Annual Meeting St Andrew’s, Edwardsville

by Marian Smithson St Andrew's, Edwardsville Our annual meeting is usually held in January each year. This year we opted to continue the three vestry members who would usually have retired in January and continued their term until May. So, the primary business of the meeting was the election of three new vestry members as well as [...]

The Ordination of Rev Mark Klamer and Rev David Knox

Bishop Martins ordained Rev Mark Klamer and Rev David Knox to the Sacred Order of Deacons on March 7 at the Cathedral Church of St Paul in Springfield.    

Fresh Spaces for Community at St George’s

by Dawn Jung of St George's, Belleville COVID-19 restricted normal gathering in 2020; however, the commitment to growth in faith and spirituality has not diminished within this parish. While some opportunities were halted, new paths of thinking emerged. The opportunity to question and reflect upon our church school and group gathering spaces became a priority. [...]