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Thursday, July 11, 2019
Bishop Smith Announces Staff Transitions

 July 08, 2019

The Rev. Canon Joseph M.C. Chambers, Canon to the Ordinary, and Ms. Susan Wegner, Executive Assistant to the Bishop, will be ending their years of service with the Offices of the Bishop. 

Canon Chambers has accepted a call to become the Chief of Staff in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.  His last day in the office here will be August 1, with his work in Texas beginning September 1.  I have asked the Rev. Doris Westfall to serve as Interim Canon to the Ordinary, and she has accepted.    

Ms. Wegner will retire on July 19.  The new Executive Assistant to the Bishop will be Ms. Jillian Smith.  Ms. Smith currently serves as the Director of the Deaconess Anne House.  

I am grateful for the service of both Joe and Susan.  They have each faithfully served this Diocese and we are better for it. I believe Jillian will be an excellent addition to the administrative staff, and her gifts and skills will translate seamlessly to this position. I am also delighted that Doris has agreed to share her many talents as Interim Canon to the Ordinary.


George Wayne Smith 
Bishop of Missouri




Turn Hunger into Hope with Your Own Two Hands

Join the Episcopal Church Women Diocesan Board and participate in Feed My Starving Children's St. Louis MobilePack event:

  • Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • Queeny Park - Greensfelder Recreation Complex 550 Weidman Road, Ballwin, MO 63011
  • Register online to pack food at Feed the Need STL:
  • Shift Hours: 9-11 am, 11:30-1:30 pm, 2:30-4:30 pm, 4:30-7:00 pm

The power of prayer and 2-3 hours of your time can feed hundreds of starving children worldwide! Your participation in this one day event packing food for starving children - close to home - will yield thousands of meals from which children will receive the proper nutrition to recover from the effects of severe malnutrition.

Join the ECW Board as they participate in this ecumenical push to feed hungry children around the world. Families with children age 5 or above are invited to this event. If you feel you do not have the strength to stand for 2 hours, Feed My Starving Children has jobs that you can do.

Be the God Spark! Help feed hungry children around the world in a place close to home!

Again, you must register online to participate:

Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. FMSC'S mission is to feed God's starving children hungry in body and spirit. They do that with donations to fund the meal ingredients and then events like this one August 17 where volunteers hand-pack the meals. Meals are then donated to FMSC food partners around the world, where kids are fed and lives are saved!

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat...” – Matthew 25:35


--from the diocesan Episcopal Church Women Board,




Joe Thompson to be awarded UBE Faith in Action Award

The 51st Annual Business Meeting and Conference of the Union of Black Episcopalians to be held in Los Angeles from July 22 – July 26, 2019 serves as a key gathering point for the members of the African diaspora in the Episcopal Church. UBE is committed to vigilance and action aimed at achieving justice for all people, especially those of African descent, to the eradication of racism in the Church and society, and to the full and dynamic inclusion of black people in every aspect of Church life. Four individuals who have contributed greatly to the ministry of our church will be honored, including the Rev. Dr. Joseph D. Thompson, Jr. who will be awarded the UBE Faith in Action Award

Dr. Thompson serves as Assistant Professor of Race and Ethnicity Studies and Director of Multicultural Ministries at Virginia Theological Seminary. He helps to ensure that seminarians engage with issues of race, justice, and intercultural awareness as part of their theological education. He was formerly Archivist for the African American Episcopal Historical Collection, also at VTS. He is currently a transitional deacon. Before joining the VTS community, Dr. Thompson taught for ten years at Washington University in St. Louis. He holds an H.B.A. from the University of Delaware, an M.A. from Virginia Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D., an M. Phil., and an M.A. from Yale University. The UBE Faith in Action Award was awarded to Rev. Joseph Thompson to honor his deep commitment to maintaining our history through his work as the Archivist for the African American Episcopal Historical Collection (AAEHC) at Virginia Theological Seminary and his academic achievements in African-American Studies.




Missouri Episcopalians are arriving in Kalamazoo, MI, for the Big Provincial Gathering, a day and a half of workshops, plenaries, worship and fellowship. News to follow!



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