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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Survey for the Eleventh Bishop is here!

It's here!  Members of the Diocese of Missouri, click on this link  and  take the survey, expressing your vision for our next Bishop.  The survey will remain available through February 25, 2019.

If you do not have access to a computer, a hard copy will made available by contacting your priest-in-charge.  Please be sure this is returned to your priest no later than February 19th as these will need to be entered into the computer by  hand by Search/Nominating committee volunteers.     

The Diocese of Missouri elects its Eleventh Bishop in 2019.  We want to know what you're looking for in a candidate.  What vision and values should our next Bishop have? What's your vision for our Diocese ?

This is your chance to let your voice be heard. 

-From the Search/Nominating Committee


What a Bishop is Called to Do

Bishops do more than wear purple shirts and pointy hats.

Bishops carry on the apostolic work of leading, supervising, and uniting the Church. These women and men are called to guard the faith, unity and discipline of the Church. Bishops also serve as chief pastor: inspiring, conducting ordinations and confirmations, and ensuring that the faith proclaimed in diocesan churches is consistent with the teachings of the Episcopal Church. They celebrate and provide for the administration of the sacraments of the New Covenant. Bishops ordain priests and deacons and join in ordaining bishops. In all things, bishops are faithful pastors and try to be wholesome examples for the entire flock of Christ.

Bishops share in the leadership of the Church throughout the world. Their heritage is the faith of patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and those of every generation who have looked to God in hope. Bishops follow Him who came, not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

Maybe bishops do need to move diagonally!

From Carter Whitson and the Search/Nominating Committee


Applying to join the Transition Committee

Q.  What's the difference between the Bishop Search/Nominating Committee and the Transition Committee?

A.  The Bishop Search/Nominating Committee is tasked with identifying up to five candidates, each of whom might be a good fit for our diocese. The Transition Committee is tasked with introducing the candidates to the diocese, staging the election during the annual convention, and planning the new bishop's installation.

If you want to apply for work on the Transition Committee, we need an email from you by today. Read more about the work of this committee and your information to email to Standing Committee president the Rev. Dawn-Victoria Mitchell.


A special Holy Listening Session for the Youth of the Diocese

The Bishop Search/Nominating Committee is beginning to hold Holy Listening sessions throughout the Diocese of Missouri, and will hold one specifically for youth.

While our youth are encouraged to attend a holy listening session held in their home church, this special session just for them will allow them to give voice to their hopes and dreams for how our new Bishop will minister with the youth community.

The Youth Holy Listening Session will be held:

Youth Leaders are encouraged to attend with youth from their parishes.

I realize this is short notice, which might make it difficult for some to attend. The Search/Nominating Committee has been very busy scheduling holy listening sessions with all of the congregations and many ministry groups in the diocese, on a tight schedule working with many calendars! If youth from your parish cannot attend this session, please remind them that you look forward to seeing them at the session in your parish, and invite them to fill out the online survey (see link above in top article).

In Christ,
The Rev. Loren Lasch, Canon for Christian Formation



Women of the Diocese of Missouri,

Matthew 25: 35-46 is my favorite portion of the Bible. All of the Gospels speak of the new commandments Jesus instituted – To love God with all of your heart and mind and to love your neighbors as yourself. Matthew lays it all out and is very clear how we should live in love of God: feed the hungry and thirsty, clothe the naked, visit those who are lonely, sick or imprisoned and to welcome the stranger.

This winter has been harsh and many of us complain of the ongoing bitter temperatures. Our neighbors are in extreme need throughout our Diocese. Please remember to love your neighbors within the various ministries near you. Blankets, hand warmers, coats, food, etc. are needed. Please be generous and ask these ministries how you can help. If you only have a few dollars to spare, these small gifts add up and can care for many.

Love God – Love your neighbors.

Deborah Caby
President, ECW Board Diocese of Missouri.


The Legend Singers in concert: On Sunday evening, February 10, 6:00 pm, the walls of St. Timothy's sanctuary will vibrate with African American spirituals and the music of Duke Ellington! No charge, no reservations needed, open seating, valet parking… and great music by a great choral ensemble. Come a bit early to settle in. Bring family, friends, your neighbors… all are welcome. You are the guests of St. Timothy's Ministry of Racial Reconciliation.


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