2019 St. Michael’s Youth Conference: Called by God

June 16-22, 2019 St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, O’Fallon 2018 was our 4th Annual SMYC, and the first time since its inception that we haven’t moved to a new location. Having found a home that affords us the blend of living, worship, class, and recreational space, we found ourselves pondering what this program might be for [...]

Here I Am, For You Called Me

Here I Am, For You Called Me Just as Samuel answered God's call in the Old Testament, Cursillistas must answer that call now. A Cursillista is someone who has made a Cursillo weekend. Cursillo 37 is approaching and there are many ways for Cursillistas to serve the Cursillo community. One possible way to serve is [...]

Chrism Mass to Include Anointing for Healing

Chrism Mass to Include Anointing for Healing The annual Mass of Chrism will be celebrated on Saturday, April 13 in St Paul’s Cathedral in Springfield. Bishop Martins will preside, and the preacher will be Father Ben Hankinson, rector of Trinity, Mt Vernon. The Chrism Mass has two focal points: It is an opportunity for the [...]

The Rev. Joel J. Morsch Installed as 33rd Rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church  The Rev. Joel J. Morsch was installed as the 33rd rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, February 16, by The Rt. Rev. Daniel Martins, Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield at a Celebration of New Ministry service. Fr. Joel [...]

Celebration of a New Ministry

The Wardens, Mission Leadership Team and Congregation of St. Andrew’s Church, Edwardsville cordially invite you to attend the Celebration of a New Ministry. The Right Reverend Daniel H. Martins Bishop of Springfield will institute and induct The Rev. Joel J. Morsch as Rector of St. Andrew’s Church on Saturday, the sixteenth day of February, two [...]

Big Provincial Gathering

BPG flyer (follow link above for more information) July 12-13, 2019 in Kalamazoo, Michigan Keynote speaker and conference emcee is Mike Michie Mission Developer for the Episcopal Church Contact: The Rev. Heather Barta, Province V Coordinator 989-413-3229,


The Christmas cards that St. Andrew's parishioners in Carbondale are making for Veterans' Hospital patients this year are extra special.  They will feature copies of a beautiful Madonna and Child icon created by the parish's Senior Warden, Michael Onken. Entitled "Icon of Tenderness," the original icon hangs in St. Andrew's chapel. Michael is a retired [...]

Experience Christian Community (ECC)

Experience Christian Community (ECC) Part of the mission of ECC is “to enhance our experience of Christian community by getting to know each other well while working together and with others to do good in the world”. In 2018, ECC members supported a variety of local social justice organizations and efforts. The Chapel of St. [...]

Readings From Revelation: The Education of a Priest

Readings From Revelation: The Education of a Priest I am finally ready to speak about the book I have authored, because I have finished the content, and I am now getting the Preface, footnotes, bibliography, Table of Contents, and Index together. This is the book I have been working on for over two years about growing [...]

Less Grey in the Pews

As I stand in the pulpit of Trinity Episcopal Church, Lincoln, I see something different than I did the first years of my ministry here – heads of dark hair.  Not just a few here and there but whole pews of it.  On a recent Sunday morning I counted 13 people under the age of [...]