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May 11, 2011

In the diocesan cycle we pray for Episcopal Church of the Ascension, St. Louis (1890) and Marc, their Deacon-in-Charge
In our companion diocese of Lui, we pray for Lakamadi Archdeaconry, and Yakoba, their Priest


Celebration at Trinity Church Hannibal

This past Thursday, we welcomed Dawn-Victoria Mitchell as new rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Hannibal and St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Palmyra.

If you've attended recent new ministry celebrations in our diocese, you may have noticed a service that differs from the "Celebration of a New Ministry" in the Book of Common Prayer. The form used, The Renewal of Ministry with the Welcoming of a New Rector, comes from Enriching Our Worship 4, supplemental material from the Standing Committee on Liturgy and Music. While the prayer book service focuses mostly upon the priest, the renewal service acknowledges the mutual ministry of priest and congregation, and celebrates the ministry of all the baptized.

In this rite, symbols of ministry are presented at an appropriate place in the liturgy. In Hannibal: before the readings, a presentation of a Bible; after renewal of our Baptismal covenant, a presentation of Prayer Book and an icon; after the litany of thanksgiving for a church, a presentation of stole and healing oil.

The Gospel appointed for the day was Luke 10:1-9, and Bishop Wayne preached on themes of claiming mission for joy. "People of Trinity, you all want some of what the 70 had and I want that for you also." He reminded us that God has an eye for small things and the greatness they can accomplish: the dab of yeast, the mustard seed, the widow's tiny coins.

"We need to know the voice of Jesus, in the bread broken, in the wine poured out--we need to find Jesus at our center." The bishop explained that Jesus is apt to send us out, to not let us stay put. "We have to be sent, or we'd miss participating in the telling of the Good News far and wide." Jesus also counsels us to travel lightly, to stay in places receptive to the Word. "Lean and creative are bywords for mission. It worked for the 70."

The bishop recognized that this transition period is filled with hope, and offered in conclusion, "It comes down to these three things: Know the One at the center of life, expect to be sent, and you will be surprised by joy."

More photos from the celebration online...


Women's Wellness and Fellowship at All Saints'-St. Louis

Saturday, May 21, 10 AM to 2 PM
All Saints' Church, 5010 Terry Ave., St. Louis

Mark your calendars to attend the 2nd annual Women's Wellness and Fellowship day at All Saints' Church in St. Louis. Hosted by All Saints' Episcopal Church Women (ECW), the day explores wellness: spiritual, heath, and physical. This event is designed specifically for women, and all workshop leaders are women. The day begins with Spiritual Wellness with Charley K. Johnson, evangelist. Johnson founded Charley's Body Shoppe (CBS) in 1983, to bring aerobic fitness to North St. Louis City. In 2008 she celebrated 25 years with CBS and was honored with a resolution from the Missouri House of Representatives which noted her commitment to the families of north St. Louis to achieve healthy living and good nutrition through exercise and dance.

Consuelo Wilkins, MD, offers the second session on Health Wellness. Wilkins is Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Science at Washington University in St. Louis. Her clinical interests encompass a wide range of older adult health issues but primarily focus on preventing frailty and functional declines in older adults. She is an involved civic leader, and the health editor for the St. Louis American newspaper (link to recent articles).

If the day follows last year's schedule, participants will then go upstairs for a delicious lunch in the auditorium, followed by a session on physical wellness with Mary Hemphill.

Again this year, All Saints' ECW is offering this day at no cost, but reservations are needed by Wednesday, May 18th. Call the church office at 314-367-2314, or Laura Mabry 314-479-6915 to reserve your place.

Photos from last year's Women's Wellness and Fellowship day online.


Caring for Each Other

A powerful issue of Vestry Papers was published this month, Caring for Each Other explores ways to model mutual respect and care with congregational leaders (lay and ordained, volunteer and paid) and the community as a whole. Read it online or download articles as a PDF.

Tone Matters: how the casual nature of email can create opportunities for hurt feelings and steps you can take to minimize misunderstandings and create an environment of truthfulness and love.

So You Think You Don’t Know One: the impact addiction and codependency issues can have on a congregation, patterns and symptoms to look for as well as a call to mindfulness that can open the way to healing and a renewal of congregational health. 

No More Parking Lot Conversations: ways congregational leaders can encourage a culture of mutual respect.


Camp Phoenix, July 24-30

May 15 is the register-by date for Camp Phoenix, campers registering AFTER the 15th will be placed on a waiting list, and will be notified as space becomes available. May 15 is also the deadline for scholarship application. Check Camp Phoenix website for all the details.


Oppression to Opportunity: St. Tim's micro-lending outreach

With seed money from the parish Grant Team, members of St. Timothy's Church have started a micro-finance team through the nonprofit organization Kiva which has already made 11 loans. They describe their mission as "an Episcopalian community trying to change oppression into opportunity for all of God's people. We use the gifts that God has given us to do God's work."

Through Kiva loan of as little as $25 are made to low-income individuals or those who do not have access to typical banking services, many in third-world countries. The St. Tim's group evaluates the potential borrowers' proposals, makes a loan-- then as loans are paid back, has the option to reinvest in additional projects. You can see open proposals on the site. The specific information on the individuals and families St. Tim's team is involved with are visible only to other team members. Team member Jane Coughlin was quoted in St. Tim's Angler, "These stories have inspired us to action."

Support Episcopal City Mission June 10

Episcopal City Mission's popular event, Summer Solstice Festival, is Friday, June 10, 5:30-8:30 PM at Emmanuel Church in Webster Groves.

The festival is a family-friendly affair, with reasonably priced tickets and a children’s area with face painting and games. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 5-12. Ticket price includes dinner, beverages and this year, great acts from the new "ECM Revue." For tickets, please call the ECM office at 314-436-3545.

This is still a fundraiser with all proceeds supporting ECM's work with children in detention, so consider bidding in the silent auction. More information at the ECM website.

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Melanie Jianakoplos (Virginia Theological Seminary '13) traveled to the Holy Land as part of a January Term course at St. George's College in Jerusalem. Her reflection is published in VTS' News from the Hill, March 2011, and is available online: Anglican Endeavours: Jerusalem- PDF.

An Eastertide Taize Worship Experience Sunday evening, May 22nd, at 7:00 PM the Church of the Good Shepherd (1166 S. Mason Road, Town and Country MO 63131) and Confluence: A Center for Spirituality will offer a time for prayer and reflection based on the worship service of the Taize Community in France. This quiet, candlelight service of prayer, scripture, silence and chant invites us to enter the depths of our inner self where we may be still and know that God is God.

Evening Prayer is now offered every Wednesday, 6:00-6:30 PM at Church of the Ascension in Northwoods. On the first Wednesday of every month, a 12-Step Eucharist begins at 7 PM. The communion cup is non-alcoholic and all denominations are welcomed.

Every Friday Night, 7-9 PM, St. Paul's Church-Carondelet has a Kids' Game and Movie Night for elementary age kids, K through 6 grade.  Rector Robert Ard says, "We look forward to seeing any kids from the neighborhood or throughout the diocese who want to come have fun and meet other kids. If you are an adult, junior or senior in high school, we'd love to have you be a supportive presence."

Pilgrimage to Egypt has room for a few more participants. This will be the third and last tour and pilgrimage to Egypt with Jason Samuel, rector of Transfiguration Church as trip chaplain. This trip includes a visit to to Petra, Jordan and Jerusalem, Israel. The departure date was changed from in March to Sept 19th. The weather will be excellent, crowds low and the rate of exchange is the best it has been in many years.

Cheryl Ward, parishioner at Church of St. Michael and St. George, is director of WardMark travel and coordinating the trip. She is also passionate about the pilgrimage experience. "Pilgrimage is praying with your eyes open. Egypt is where so many of our stories originate, where the stories of the great Abrahamic faiths intertwine. We peer into caves under Coptic Christian churches to see where the Holy Family safely hid from Herod, we enter the catacomb prisons of the saints, swim in the Red Sea, sit in one of the holiest synagogues of the Jewish faith, cross the Sinai where the children of Israel wandered for forty years, attend Cairo Cathedral services, in addition to time at St. Catherine's." There are also visits to a traditional perfumery, and papyrus, carpet weaving, and alabaster carving schools. "It will change you forever and your spiritual life will never be the same. Why? Because the unseen becomes seen; the presence of holiness will surround you and even give you goose bumps as you tread in the footsteps of the heroes of the Torah, the Bible, and the Koran."

You can read more about last year's tour in iSeek. For itinerary and detailed materials please contact:
The Rev. Jason Samuel 314-520-6273,
Cheryl Ward 314-753-6142,

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    Sun, May 15 Bishop's Visitation to St. Peter's Church, Ladue
    Sun, May 22 Bishop's Visitation to Grace Church, Kirkwood
    Sun, June 5 Bishop's Visitation to Trinity Church, St. James
    Sun, June 12 Bishop in Sudan
    Sun, June 19 Bishop's Visitation to St. Luke's Church, Manchester
    Sun, June 26 Bishop at Mass in the Grass/OASIS Missouri

    Life of the Diocese

    Thu, May 12, 8:30-2:00 Lunch and Learn at Advent. Nancy Birtley speaks on "Blues in the Golden Years: Depression and Aging." Morning begins with exercise, then fellowship and the presentation, followed by a free, nutritious lunch. More info at

    Thu, May 12, Clergy Day at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Ellisville.

    Sat, May 14, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM Commission on Ministry Meeting, Cathedral

    Sun, May 15 Compline-Trinity Church Central West End
    Monthly Compline service on the third Sunday beginning at 7:00 p.m.

    Sun, May 15, 2:30 PM Java Jived: Shepley Concert Series
    Jazz vocal octet, selections will include Cheek to Cheek, Sentimental Journey, In the Mood, Satin Doll, and, of course, Java Jive. And as an added treat, the St. Louis Ballroom Dancers will "accompany" the music. Free. Christ Church Cathedral

    Sun, May 15, 5:00 PM Evensong with the Choir of St. Michael and St. George, Clayton. Sung at the Benedictine Abbey Church of Saint Mary and Saint Louis, Creve Coeur.

    Tue, May 17, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Free Luncheon - Third Tuesday for Seniors, Transfiguration Episcopal Church, Lake St. Louis. For more information, call 636-561-8951.

    Fri, May 20 -- Sat, May 21
    Episcopal School for Ministry

    Sat, May 21, 11:00 AM Diocese of Missouri Confirmations at Christ Church Cathedral
    The Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith

    Sun, May 22 5:00 PM Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral, 1210 Locust, St. Louis. Evensong

    Tue, May 24, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Standing Committee meeting St. Martin's, Ellisville

    Wed, Jun 1, 7:00 pm 12-Step Eucharist at Ascension, 4520 Lucas and Hunt Road (2 blocks south of the Highway 70 exit). Communion cup is non-alcoholic, all denominations are welcomed.

    Wed, Jun 1 New Ventures in Community Ministry application DUE. The application forms are not available online; if you did not receive your parish packet, please contact Tracy Grigsby in the diocesan offices at 314-231-1220 or

    Wed, Jun 1, 7:00 PM Celebration of New Ministry for Annette Joseph and Holy Cross, Poplar Bluff

    Fri, Jun 3, Sat, Jun 4
    St. Martin's Episcopal Church Garage Sale. 15764 Clayton Road. for further information.

    Sat, Jun 4-Sat, Jun 11
    Diocesan Youth: Pine Ridge Mission Trip

    Sat, Jun 4, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Diocesan Council Meeting
    Christ Church Cathedral

    Fri, Jun 10, The Diocese of Lui, Southern Sudan, celebrates the Life and Ministry of the late Rt. Rev. Bullen Dolli.

    Sat, Jun 11, 10:00 AM-Noon Kemper Convocation Meeting
    Erin's Coffee Shoppe 201 Main Street Winfield, MO 63389

    Sun, Jun 12-Mon, Jun 13
    Discernment Conference
    Marianist Center, Eureka, MO

    Fri, Jun 17-Sat, Jun 18
    Episcopal School for Ministry

    Sat, Jun 18, 10:00 AM Metro IV Convocation Meeting
    The Metro IV meeting scheduled for Saturday May 14, has been rescheduled for Sat June 18, 10am at Christ Church, Rolla. Please forward any agenda items to Emily Bloemker at by June 10th.

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