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Thursday, May 23, 2019
Report from the Episcopal Church Women

Follow this link to ECW President Deborah Caby's report on the recent Prov. V gathering that honored longtime ECW leader Karen Birr.

Scholarship Update: No applications have been received for the yearly $1000 scholarship from DioMO ECW to support women in furthering their education in an area that focuses on service to others. Application and recommendation from your priest needed by June 1, 2019.



Last night's tornado and wind damage in mid-MO

Many of us in the diocese woke up to the news Thursday morning that a powerful tornado had devastated parts of Jefferson City, and many have been asking, "What can we do?" Initial reports from the Rev. Ian Lasch at Grace Church, Jefferson City are that Grace Church is intact although there has been at least some minor damage to a door. News reports have estimated 20 people hospitalized for injuries but no deaths.

Neighboring St. Mark's Church in Portland have checked in with one another and they and the church appear to be fine.

The first 72 hours of a disaster are best left to the people who live there and local for now, what the people in Jefferson City need most from the Diocese of Missouri is our prayers and our generosity. Donations to Episcopal Relief and Development are always welcome. Many communities in neighboring dioceses have also been affected.

Hopefully, as more details emerge, we will have a better idea what is needed in Jefferson City in the way of volunteers and resources, but the extent of this is not yet known. Please stay tuned...and please pray.

Compassionate God, look with favor on your human family, and relieve the suffering of those affected by tornadoes in the Midwest--especially our diocesan family at Grace Church, Jefferson City, and their rector Ian. Help us to discern how we can be God's hands and feet moving forward as Jefferson City and other affected communities rebuild. Remind each of us that you are present in the storm, and you are with those we love, even in grief, confusion, disbelief, and shock. In the name of the One who stilled the storm, we now pray. AMEN

--the Rev. Maria Evans, Diocesan Disaster Response Co-coordinator, and Interim Pastor of Christ Church, Rolla


(Photo use permission Office of Gov. Mike Parson from a Thursday morning damage assessment flight.)




Summer and Jesus

Our growing list of  Vacation Bible School and summertime events in the diocese. Add yours!


Workday at Deaconess Anne House is set for Saturday, July 27th, from 8:30 am - 4 pm. Lunch provided. Youth and adults--all are welcome. RSVP by July 20th to



building congregations


Applications now accepted for New Ventures grants

New Ventures in Community Ministries Grants are funds to support projects involving new ministries and new visions in the neighborhoods of poverty, in the city, and in small communities and rural areas. These projects (which may include new aspects of existing programs, as well as entirely new projects) are to be do-able, manageable, replicable, and sustainable by congregations. Consideration will be given to projects that serve the poor, the needy, the lonely and disconnected, the aging, children and youth, and the suffering. Diocesan congregations are encouraged to work ecumenically or with community organizations.

Grant awards will range from a minimum of $2,500.00 to a maximum of $25,000.00.

Application and instructions online here.


  • Week of May 20, 2019 - The Committee for New Ventures in Community Ministries Grant announces the process for applying for the grants. Application material is available from the Offices of the Bishop.
  • July 26, 2019 - Deadline for submitting Abstracts to the Committee, via the Offices of the Bishop.
  • August 9, 2019 - Notice of regret or acceptance regarding Abstracts. Congregations notified whether or not they should proceed to Phase II of grant application.
  • September 27, 2019 - Deadline for submitting Formal Application.
  • Mid-October 2019 - Committee receives advice and consent of the Bishop and Diocesan Council. 
  • November 2019 - At the Diocesan Convention, Bishop will announce the grant awards. Committee notifies congregations that did not receive awards.
  • Mid-January, 2020 - Grant money is available mid-January and distributed upon request.



All Saints and Ascension welcome the Rev. Renee Fenner to her first Eucharist with the church as priest-in-charge at 10 am on Sunday. May 26. All are welcome to the service, followed by coffee hour hosted by the Episcopal Church Women of All Saints and Ascension. And if you missed the Rev. Michael Dunnington's retirement farewell celebration, photos and videos are online here.



churches online
Advent-Crestwood | All Saints'-Farmington | All Saints and Ascension-Northwoods | Calvary-Columbia | Calvary-Louisiana | Campus Ministry-Wash U | Christ Church Cathedral | Christ Church-Cape Girardeau | Christ Church-Rolla | Deaconess Anne House | Emmanuel-Webster Groves | Grace-Jefferson CityFaith Christian Church India of St. Louis | Grace-Kirkwood | Good Shepherd-Town&Country | Holy Communion-Univ. City | Holy Cross-Poplar Bluff | St. Alban's-Fulton | St. Barnabas'-Florissant | St. Francis'-Eureka | St. John's-(Prairieville) Eolia | St. John's-Tower Grove (St. Louis) | St. John & St. James-Sullivan | St. Luke's-Manchester | St. Mark's-Portland | St. Mark's-St. Louis | St. Martin's-Ellisville | St. Matthew's-Mexico | St. Michael & St. George | St. Paul's-Ironton| St. Paul's-Sikeston | St. Paul's-Carondelet (St. Louis) | St. Peter's-Ladue | St. Stephen's-Ferguson | St. Thomas' Deaf Church | St. Timothy's-Creve Coeur | St. Vincent's-in-the-Vineyard | Trinity-De Soto | Trinity St. Paul's-Hannibal | Trinity-Kirksville | Trinity-St. Charles | Trinity-St. James | Trinity-Central West End (St. Louis) | Transfiguration-Lake St. Louis
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