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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Presiding Bishop Michael's Christmas message

Love came down at Christmas, because God so loved the world, that he gave, even to the point of risking his own son.


The Religion News Association named Presiding Bishop Michael their "Religion Newsmaker of the Year." Episcopal News Service reports that public recognition from his sermon at the royal wedding continues, and Bishop Michael is scheduled to be on the Christmas morning news broadcasts of ABC, CBS, and NBC. He is also scheduled to be on the Dr. Oz Show on Dec. 21.


making disciples
Hybrid Faith Formation cohort forming

Sponsored by Virginia Theological Seminary, and facilitated by Keith Anderson and Sarah Stonesifer, this new collaborative effort hopes to build a community exploring the topic of creating online and face-to-face learning opportunities for their communities. "This expansive way of thinking and structuring discipleship and learning, we believe, erodes many barriers to engagement (schedules, commitment, availability, busy-ness)."

More details online at

End goal for the cohort members is that they have a plan and resources to implement a hybrid faith formation opportunity for their own community.


building congregations
United Thank Offering Grant Applications now online

The completed grant applications needs to be submitted to Jeanne Lucas King, diocesan UTO coordinator, by 5 pm on Feb. 15, 2019.

You will find all additional information on the UTO website, And if you need Jeanne's help with any of this, contact her via email at or cell/text 314-323-9562.


Parish Communications Webchats

This past year, some diocesan communicators have been exploring a monthly chat on Zoom. The topic is chosen in advance and with sensitivity to the liturgical year and our work in that space. These are not workshops, they are collaborative conversations. We're able to skip over content not relevant to the individuals participating. and many have led to networking we'd not imagined beforehand. We are scrupulous about honoring the one hour time limit.

Beginning in January, we're beginning a similar monthly chat for Episcopal parish communicators. On the second Monday of each month, we'll cover topics that are specifically geared toward communications at the parish level. Everyone is invited. Come prepared with your ideas and your questions. We'd like to harness our collective wisdom and experience to assist and inspire others.

First monthly parish communicators conversation will be on 
Monday, January 14
. Since January is the month of Annual Meetings, our first topic is going to be on Annual Reports. The hour begins at 12:00 noon CT.

Upcoming Conversations:
+ Websites - February 11, 12:00 noon CT
+ eNewsletters - March 11, 12:00 noon CT
+ Social Media - April 8, 12:00 noon CT

Meeting information is the same for all 4 meetings:

One tap mobile
+16699006833,,6633128418# US (San Jose)
+16468769923,,6633128418# US (New York)

Dial by your location
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 663 312 8418

On Zoom, you have several options. Plug in your webcam and share your face, share sound only and watch the screen, dial in via a phone, or us a smart phone Zoom app.

Caffeinated Church

You can read more about the monthly conversations (no cost) and an upcoming online/in person (Denver) communications conference (Jan. 15, $10) and the group of volunteer communicators behind this endeavor at

Caffeinated Church is designed by church communicators for church communicators as a place to go for resources, idea-sharing, collaboration, and training. Here we curate resources for all areas of our communications ministry and beyond. Our goal is to seek excellence and creativity together in marketing, promotion, and communication with the end result of changed lives through the sharing of the Good News.



Congratulations to Deacon Kevin McGrane on the publication of his article "" in the Fall issue of Anglican Theological Review.

"McGrane ruminates on images for the deacon beyond the task-focused 'doing' that so often marks their ministry. He suggest that deacons might be best understood using the image of the 'wise fool,' a person developed by Alastair V. Campbell and Donald Capps. McGrane spells out the diaconal 'wise fool' through three character traits: simplicity (living without artifice); loyalty (a sacrificial commitment to others); and prophecy (speaking the truth boldly)."

ATR publishes some articles online at no cost. And while this is not one of them, you can read the article on Deacon Kevin's blog.


The Offices of the Bishop will close at noon on Friday Dec. 21 (no worries, many of us are still here for the evening's ordination) and reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. -BCP p. 212


Dismantling Racism Commission offers the next two day training on Jan. 19-20 at Holy Communion Church in St. Louis County. As of today there are 4 registrants. Read more and register online. Your RSVP needed by 5 pm on Friday, January 11, 2019, and the workshop needs a minimum of 15 participants to take place.


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 City | 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-Hannibal | Trinity-Kirksville | Trinity-St. Charles | Trinity-St. James | Trinity-Central West End (St. Louis) | Transfiguration-Lake St. Louis
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