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Thursday,Nov. 29, 2018
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Blue Christmas

  • Thurs. Dec. 13, 6:30 pm. Jefferson City. Blue Christmas: A service of hope for anyone experiencing grief, loss, or hardship in anticipation of Christmas. (Please feel free to join us for a light supper before the service at 6:00 pm.)Grace Church, Jefferson City

  • Sun. Dec. 23, 10:30 am. St. Louis. Blue(s) Christmas at Holy Communion, a comfort for those away from family or those missing loved ones no longer with us.

Festive Gatherings, Bazaars

  • Sat. Dec. 1, 8 am- Noon, Columbia. Calvary's Famous St. Nicholas bazaar with Church Mice, Country Ham Breakfast, Handmades: Advent and Christmas items. Parking is free in city garages the day of the Bazaar. Podcast episode here.

  • Sun. Dec. 2, 3 pm. Poplar Bluff. Advent Walk will start at First United Methodist Church at 3pm and end at Holy Cross Church with cocoa and cookies. Van provided by First United Methodist for those who cannot walk.

  • Sun. Dec. 2, 5-8 pm, St. Louis. Hark, Advent Revelry at Holy Communion (Advent Party). No charge, but please consider making a donation of socks, hats, or gloves for Trinity Food Ministry or making a gift to the youth supported by Episcopal City Mission. RSVP  online 

  • Tues. Dec. 4, 10-2. St. Louis. Church Service League Christmas Bazaar at Church of St. Michael and St. George. Welcome to an old-fashioned Christmas Bazaar. Valet parking available at the Ellenwood entrance from 11 to 2. Treasures can be found among the silent auction items, vendor tables, Christmas craft items, and traditional bazaar sale items. Proceeds go to church ministries and community charities. More Info

  • Tues. Dec. 4 and Tues Dec. 18, 7 pm. St. Louis. An Advent Journey with It's a Wonderful Life. Popcorn and soda while watching this classic movie and identifying Advent themes at St. Mark's Church, St. Louis.

  • Sat. Dec. 8, 9-noon, St. Louis. A Morning with St. Nicholas at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.  Children ages 2-8 will have an opportunity to learn about the spirit of giving, and the story of Saint Nicholas of Myra. Fun activities and games, along with music and snacks will fill the morning. Registration is required and can be done by phone or mail.  To register by phone, contact Julie Nguyen at 636-386-5634. A registration fee of $10 for the first child, and $7 for each additional child is required. Deadline for registration is Monday, December 3rd. Space is limited, so register today!

  • Sat. Dec. 8, 9:30 am, St. Louis. Breakfast with St. Nicholas at St. Martin's Church. Kids will receive a kid friendly breakfast. Grown-ups will be offered rolls & coffee. St. Nicholas will make an appearance to explain his story and how Jesus guided his life. Many of our modern Christmas traditions are based on the actions of St. Nicholas. Hear the story of how Santa Claus got the idea to leave gifts from the real St. Nicholas. This fun event connects the religious story of Christmas with the secular traditions. This event is free and open to the public. Please click here to RSVP.

  • Sun. Dec. 9, 4-6 pm. Cape Girardeau. Dance Free at Christ Church in Cape. A time for people to just dance their hearts out, any people, all people, young and old, parents and children, whoever wants a safe place to dance. Bring your children, your grandchildren, your neighbors, your friends and come dance with us. Free will offering taken.

  • Thurs. Dec. 13, 10:45 AM St. Louis. Seniors Lunch and Learn at Advent Church in Crestwood. Christmas Concert. Back again this year the 8th Notes Ladies Choir will perform a festive holiday concert, to help us ring in the Christmas season. This is fabulous treat is followed by a holiday style lunch and yummy home made desserts at noon. Email for more information.

  • Fri. Dec. 21, 5-7 pm. Cape Girardeau. Safe Space Holiday Shindig at Christ Church in CapeAt Fountain House (cater-corner to church) with Cookies, Games, Holiday Music & Friends.

Quiet Days, Retreats, Study

  • Wednesdays, 7-8 pm, St, Louis. Advent Study: Let Every Heart Prepare at St. Martin's Church. A discussion of the book of Advent meditations by Barbara Crafton, Let Every Heart Prepare.  We will meet on four successive Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the library, beginning on November 28. The book uses lyrics from Advent hymns as the impetus for each day's reflection.  We'll listen to a recording of one of those hymns to begin our sessions and we'll close with Compline.

  • Wednesdays, 6 pm, Hannibal. Advent Soup and Study series at Trinity-St. Paul's Church in the Guild Hall. We will learn more about the shepherds as we consider Christmas through their eyes.

  • Sat. Dec. 8, 9:30-12:30, St. Louis. Advent Quiet Day at All Saints and Ascension Church. Registration at 9 am, No charge. Soup, drinks, dessert provided or bring a bag lunch. All women and men are welcome.

  • Sat. Dec. 8, 1 - 4 pm. St. Louis. "Advent: Waiting in the Dark." The Community of St. Brigid offers a half-day retreat for Advent at St. John's Church, Tower Grove. Arranged as "a retreat for people who don't have time for a retreat," it will explore advent as "coming," the role of darkness and light in Celtic tradition, and spiritual practices for the season.  The retreat is free, but free will offerings are appreciated. Please RSVP to Deacon Kevin McGrane by texting 314-552-1813 or email

Social Justice, Kids in detention

  • Mon. Dec. 17, 11-1:30 pm St. Louis. Episcopal City Mission's Annual Gift Wrapping Party at Emmanuel Church.  Episcopal City Mission makes sure that every child they serve in the St. Louis City and County detention centers and Missouri Hills (a Division of Youth Services) will have a gift to open during the holidays. They need volunteers to help us wrap all of the donated items. It would be appreciated if you can bring scissors and tape! A light luncheon will be served, so an RSVP will help us provide enough food for all who attend. Please call or email the ECM office to volunteer. 314-436-3545,

Special Services, Music, Caroling

  • Wednesdays, 7 pm. Poplar Bluff. Beginning Dec. 5 in Advent, Taize Prayer-silence, chant, candlelight and going deeper into the divine. Join us as the season starts to get crazy. This is an oasis of calm. At  Holy Cross Church 

  • Thursdays, 5:30 pm. Jefferson City. Celtic Evening Prayer: A contemplative Advent service. (Dec. 6, 13, 20) at 5:30 pm. Light supper to follow at 6:00 pm. Grace Church, Jefferson City

  • Sat. Dec. 8, 4 pm. St. Louis. International Christmas 2018 at Faith Christian Church of India in St. Louis. 4 pm reception and snacks; 4:30 Christmas Program, 6:30 pm dinner party. At 444 Brightfield Trail, Ballwin MO 63021.

  • Sat. Dec. 15, 3pm. Poplar Bluff. Caroling to our shut-ins or just to the people in the nursing home. We will meet at  Holy Cross Church  and Sandy Wood has offered to host the after party with food and trivia at 5pm. All are welcome.

  • Sun. Dec. 16, 4 pm. Lake St Louis at Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration. Advent Service of Evening Prayer and Organ Concert. Karen Bretz, Organ, Church of the Transfiguration Parish Choir Church. Readings by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Julian of Norwich, Music by Johann Pachelbel, Daniel Pinkham, and Théodore Dubois. A reception with seasonal refreshments will follow the concert. All are invited to attend without charge. Any voluntary donations will benefit the parish Music Fund.
  • Sat. Jan. 5, 6:30 pm Jefferson City. Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: A service telling the story of Christmas along with hymns, carols, and songs.  Grace Church, Jefferson City



Diocesan Convention

The last address to the diocese at convention, from Bishop Wayne. (He'll also speak to the 180th convention in November 2019, but it is also the electing convention for the next bishop.) He delivers a thoughtful overview of the years of his episcopacy and if you haven't already, follow this link to read.

  • Elected by convention
  • Resolutions. Text as presented here. The resolutions passed were A-179 Clergy Compensation; B-179 on Baptism (with some wording changes); C-179 Companion Diocese; E-179 Expansive Language; F-179 Letters of Agreement. Did not pass: D-179 Dismantling Racism Language. The second reading of D-178 passed and will be added to the Diocesan Constitution and Canons.
  • The operating budget passed as presented.

New Ventures in Ministry Grants awarded to:

  • Christ Church, Cape Girardeau. Two projects: Lock It for Love program supplies gun locks to be provided by volunteers. Safe Space Cape & Cape Pflag focuses on LGBTQ+ youth in the community Total award: $6,000 – to fund gun locks, entertainment items, furnishings, books and A/V equipment
  • Episcopal City Mission to expand services to additional department of youth service locations (Hogan Street, Babler Lodge, Hillsboro, Riverview) Total award: $10,300 – to fund personnel, laptop and program materials
  • Holy Cross, Poplar Bluff Community Center. New community center become the nucleus for food, wellness services, socializing for the aging, a place to mentor young people. Total Award: $25,000 – to fund equipment purchases and kitchen supplies
  • St. Paul's, Carondelet "Outside In" Programs intended to reach immigrants, those who rely on public transit, teenagers in the neighborhood and those struggling with food insecurity Total award: $11,569 to fund various materials
  • Trinity Church, Central West End "Pray, Eat and Art Project." Expanded support for Trinity Art Club Total Award: $8,554 – to fund a new continuing arts instructor, art supplies and a manager for two hours a week

Photo albums of convention and the ordination of Barbi Click are now online.



building congregations

Christ Church Cathedral Elects First Woman Dean

The governing body of Christ Church Cathedral has unanimously elected the Very Rev. Kathie Adams-Shepherd to the position of cathedral dean, the 11th since Christ Church was designated the cathedral for the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri in 1888 and the first woman to hold the position.

Dean Adams-Shepherd was called in the fall of 2016 to be the cathedral's provost, a title signifying the top administrative clerical position in a cathedral, often applied during a "trying out" period for both the priest and the parish. She began her ministry at the cathedral in January 2017.

Jeff Goldone, senior warden of the cathedral, said that during the provost period, Dean Adams-Shepherd endeared herself to parishioners through her passionate, engaging and topical preaching, her exceptional pastoral care of individuals and families, her strong administrative abilities and tireless devotion.

Dean Adams-Shepherd says, "I am a pastor in my bones.  Every encounter with God's people is a pastoral encounter of deep care." 

Dean Adams-Shepherd was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1983. She holds a master's in divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary. Early in her career she served as rector in parishes in Clayton and Cape Vincent, N.Y.  Before coming to St. Louis, she served 20 years as rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Newtown, Conn.

Dean Adams-Shepherd has been married to Richard "Shep" Shepherd for 37 years. They have an adult son and daughter who live in the Newtown, Conn., area.

Goldone said, "Listening well, caring deeply, responding with love, prayer and support are the hallmarks of her ministry to all God's people. She has a deep personal commitment to safe gun-control legislation and an end to chronic homelessness.  She is completely comfortable and effective in her encounters with young children and older adults and everyone in-between.  It's very apparent, she loves people, all God's people."

The cathedral will schedule an installation service soon after the New Year. 
Christ Church Cathedral, at 1210 Locust Street downtown, will celebrate its 200th anniversary as an Episcopal parish in 2019.


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