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Recent News and Announcements

Independence Day Holy Eucharist and Picnic We are looking forward to celebrating our Independence Day Holy Eucharist and picnic with you on Sunday, July 3. Please note, we will have only one service on July 3 at 9:30 a.m. After the service, our picnic will follow in the parish hall.

Office Closing: The church office will be closed on Monday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday.

Summer Community Dinner: The Outreach Committee is sponsoring a picnic-themed summer dinner on Wednesday, August 3, beginning at 5 p.m. The dinner will be prepared to-go with pickup outside the parish hall. We will need volunteers in the kitchen and to help serve outside. We would appreciate donations of seasonal fruit, homemade individually wrapped dessert bars, and monetary donations to cover meal expenses. Please drop your food donations off at Christ Church on Tuesday, August 2 through Wednesday, August 3, and label that they are for the Community Dinner. If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please contact Edith Van Hoesen at

Independence Day Holy Eucharist and Picnic and RSVPs: We are looking forward to celebrating our Independence Day Holy Eucharist and picnic with you on Sunday, July 3. If you plan to attend the picnic, please RSVP by emailing or call 866-5133 so we may plan food accordingly. If you would like to bring a side or favorite drink to share, please include that with your RSVP. Some suggested sides include baked beans, macaroni & cheese, cantaloupe, and salad.

Summer Youth Picnic, Laser tag: For our next summer youth activity we will be having a picnic. All youth are invited to join us at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13 at Phelps Grove Park. In August, we are planning to have an evening of laser tag. For more information, please contact Mary Bohlen at or call the church office at 866-5133.

Notice to Altar Guild: If you are a member of the Altar Guild please stop in the Sacristy and sign up to help when you are here this summer (July, August, September). When you attend the 8 or 10 a.m. service, stop by the sacristy afterward to see if they need help.

St. Matthew’s Picnic: All Episcopalians in the Southern Deanery are invited to join us at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, July 30, at 4 p.m. for a picnic. St. Matthew’s will provide hot dogs and hamburgers (and will accept donations). We ask that everyone else please bring a side dish (potato salad, coleslaw, beans, chips, desserts) and favorite beverages. Please bring any create comforts such as lawn chairs, games, and blankets. If you plan to attend please RSVP so we can plan food accordingly. You may RSVP at or call the church office at (417) 866-5133.

Safe to Sleep: Current needs for Safe to Sleep include disinfecting spray, gallon zip lock bags, travel size deodorant and tissues, nail clippers, regular size tissue boxes, rain ponchos, and always volunteers, small rolling suitcases, and backpacks. If you would like further information or are interested in learning more about volunteering, please contact Jane Mellers at You can follow Safe to Sleep on Facebook.

Rare Breed Donations: For Rare Breed donations, please bring your items to Christ Church directly to drop them off in the kitchen. Rare Breed has some openings available for donations of entrees, snack items, fruits, and beverages for 2022. If you would like to sign up to bring these items please visit

Nametags: If you would like to have a nametag made please contact Kathy Sheppard at Nametags can be found on the board in the hallway, next to the sacristy. We have many new members and visitors to Christ Church, and wearing your nametag will be helpful to them.


Links To Episcopal Resources To Aid With Worship

Bible Gateway: A useful site to quickly search the bible in multiple translations. We commonly use the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).

The Lectionary Page: This website allows you to view the Episcopal Liturgical Calendar, and has links to lessons for Sundays and Holy Days.

The Book of Common Prayer Online: This resource allows you to view the Book of Common Prayer online in its entirety.


Links to Episcopal Education

The Episcopal Church: The official page for the Episcopal Church. A great resource to learn about the church as a whole.

Education For Ministry: A four-year distance learning certificate program through Sewanee: The University of the South.

Forward Movement: This site offers books and other media for Christian education.


Links To Information About The Diocese of West Missouri

The Diocese of West Missouri: The official homepage of The Diocese of West Missouri.

Map of Episcopal Churches: A map showing the locations of churches within the Diocese of West Missouri.

eSpirit: The electronic newsletter of The Diocese of West Missouri; it provides a short and easy to read digest of up-to-the-minute news, events, and general information. It is emailed twice monthly.

Spirit: Another newsletter of The Diocese of West Missouri; it features longer articles which explore and reflect on the interests of Episcopalians in West Missouri. It includes more detailed reporting on news and events and is emailed quarterly.