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Friday, Dec. 7, 2018
From the Bishop Search and Nominating Committee

Back row: the Rev. Chester Hines, Jr., Rudy Nickens, Matt Jackson, the Rev. Luke Jernagan, the Rev. Harry Leip, Bren O'Connor, Ilena Albarron, the Rev. Tamsen Whistler, Dick Entenmann

Front row: William Sheldon, the Very Rev. Kathie Adams-Shepherd, Debbie Nelson Linck, Dr. Carter Whitson, Elizabeth Kroes-Asher, Annette Webb, the Rev. Sally Weaver (not pictured Sr. Donna Ruth Hawk-Reinhard, n/AF)

On November 30 and December 1, the Bishop Search and Nominating Committee under the guidance of Search/Transition consultant the Rev. Gary Butterworth and with participation of the diocesan Standing Committee, gathered for a two day retreat at Christ Church Cathedral. After a Commissioning service on Saturday morning where all the members of the search were charged with their work ahead both groups met together.

The purpose of the retreat was to help both groups understand their roles in the search process. After lunch and departure of the Standing committee the Search members worked on relationship building and a detailed understanding of the search process, time lines, and best practices. The Search Committee will meet twice a month as a large group, with other meetings scheduled for subcommittees as needed. We left the retreat energized, enthusiastic, and committed to the journey ahead. This group represents the many voices in our diocese and we are blessed with these volunteers and all the gifts and talents they bring to the process. Please remember us in your prayers.

Deborah Nelson Linck
Chair of the Bishop Search and Nominating Committee


Delegates to the 2019 Diocesan Convention

From Carter Whitson, member of the Bishop Search and Nominating Committee

The Bishop Search and Nominating Committee has just held its first meeting. There is still a lot of work to do and decisions to make. One of the first and most important decisions will happen at each parish's annual meeting this January 2019--the election of Diocesan Convention Delegates. This year, delegates will elect the 11th Bishop of Missouri.

Our next bishop, like the previous ten, will be the voice for, and to, the people of eastern Missouri, and not just Episcopalians. Before they cast a vote, delegates will need to understand the hopes, needs, and desires of their parishes and communities, as well as the spiritual gifts and qualities of the candidates to be presented. This will take time and much prayerful consideration during the coming year.

As it is planned currently, members of the Bishop Search and Nominating Committee will hold "holy conversations" with each parish and convocation this winter. These listening sessions will help the committee discern those spiritual gifts and qualities to seek. These listening sessions will also help delegates continue the conversations locally throughout the year.

Please be mindful of this responsibility when deciding to run for Diocesan Convention Delegate. As the Grail Knight warned Indiana Jones in the Temple of Doom, "Choose wisely."


Advent in the Diocese

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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

Festive Gatherings, Bazaars

  • Sat. Dec. 8, 9:00am to 1:00pm, St. Louis. Women of  Grace Episcopal Church Holiday Sale. Stock up on Christmas cheer at the annual Women of Grace Holiday Sale! Our parish hall will be filled with homemade cookies you can purchase by the pound along with a variety of delicious baked goods. Browse a huge selection of gently used books and DVDs. Find fabulous vintage and costume jewelry along with Christmas decorations in our boutique. Proceeds benefit Grace outreach ministries and a special in-house project. Come early for the best selection!
  • 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.

  • 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.

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.



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Bishop Wayne wrote to diocesan clergy last month that he is permitting use in this diocese of the "versions of Rite II, with Prayers A, B, and D, edited for expansive language and authorized for use by the General Convention." He specifies that the whole rite, Liturgy of the Word and Eucharistic prayer, be included if this trial rite is used as there are important changes in both.

  • D078 resolution text contains the trial version at the General Convention site, albeit with line numbers
  • Formatted PDF version of the trial rite to the style of the Book of Common Prayer, and also for the altar book at


Congratulations to St. Timothy's Church: Our labyrinth and prayer garden won an award this evening! The City of Creve Coeur Horticulture, Ecology and Beautification Committee awarded St. Tim's the "Best Use of Small Space" award. Congratulations and special thanks go to Caroline Kelsey who designed the garden, and the St. Tim's gardeners who created and cared for it.

Congratulations to All Saints' in Farmington: They won first place in the Farmington Chamber Christmas parade float category.

It's a new electronic sign just in time for Advent and Christmas at Transfiguration in Lake St. Louis.


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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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