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Keep up-to-date with news from Christ Episcopal Church, the Diocese of West Missouri, and the larger church in the nation and the world.  Here you will find newsletters, sermons, and other resources to stay current with the church.



Recent News and Announcements

The Adult Forum is working on a new curriculum surrounding the saints. Today we will focus on Desmond Tutu. Though not yet a saint of the church, he is certainly set apart from others surrounding the church, and most everyone knows something about his life and work. Occasionally, we will return to our study of The Jewish New Testament by author Amy Jill-Levine. If you would like a pdf copy of the book please email the church office at

Name Tags: For those of you who had requested name tags, please check the name tag board near the church sacristy. We recently printed several new name tags. If you would like to have a new name tag printed, please contact the church office at 866-5133 or email

Annual Meeting Update: Our Annual Meeting will be held on February 13. Due to the absence of a rector, current vestry members will have a year added to their terms for continuity during this transition. This year, we will hold a short meeting in the nave right after the 8 and 10 a.m. services. We ask that you please stay for a few brief reports and to vote on the Christ Church Foundation board.

The Overseas Podcast: We have mentioned this podcast before, but if you would like to know more about what’s currently going on with our partners over in Haiti we highly suggest listening to “Overseas” with Dr. Tram Jones. You can find “Overseas” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or the Google Podcasts App.

Altar Flower Donations for 2022: We are currently scheduling donations for altar flowers for Sundays in 2022. The cost for a set of altar flowers is $48. Checks can be made to Christ Church with “altar flowers” in the memo line. Reservations are on a first-come-first-serve basis, but members are welcome to share a date with others and split the cost. If you would like to reserve a Sunday for altar flowers or have questions please contact the church office at (417) 866-5133 or email with your name, date, and sentiment you would like listed in the bulletin.

Update:Safe to Sleep is currently seeking a few new items for donation including ibuprofen, disposable masks, powdered hot chocolate, tea packets, peanut butter, and hairbrushes. Small rolling suitcases and backpacks are always needed. Donations can be placed in the Safe to Sleep box in the hallway (near the elevator) after church or during normal business hours.

Altar Guild Training: The Altar Guild at Christ Church will host a training and refresher session on Saturday, February 5, and February 12 at 10 a.m. If you are interested in joining Altar Guild, or just need a refresher on how to set the altar we encourage you to join us. For more information, please contact the church office at 866-5133 or email

The St. Cecilia Choir is welcoming new singers (grades 3-9) for the Spring 2022 semester! Events for the semester will include a church-wide Bingo Night Fundraiser, our annual pancake supper, recording sessions, and an end-of-year trip to St. Louis! The choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and sings at every other Sunday church service. Please contact the church office at 866-5133 or email if your kid would like to sing in the choir. We would love to have you!

Rare Breed Donation Update: For Rare Breed donations going forward 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

Interim Rector Search Update

December 16, 2021

Dear friends and members of Christ Church,

Here’s the latest update on the search for an Interim Rector.

We are working with the diocese to complete the necessary requirements. After filling out a lot of paperwork we have placed job listings in the Episcopal News Service and The Living Church,
and we are beginning to receive applications.

We are pleased to announce that we have a schedule that will allow us to have regular clergy to lead in worship (see schedule below). Additionally, Father Mark recently led a worship and leadership training course with several of our lectors and eucharistic ministers. We now have a team of lay members who are trained and ready to help lead us in worship on Sundays in addition to the clergy.
Please know that we are working and praying to find an Interim Rector. We plan to provide regular updates on the process in the Clarion and during church services.

Thank you.

Mary Chiles & Nancy Hopkins

Serving Schedule for January-February 2022

Thursdays in January-February
5:30 The Rev. Chandler Jackson (preacher/celebrant)

January 2
8:00 The Rev. John Steinberg (preacher), The Very Rev. Jos Tharakan (celebrant)
10:00 The Rev. John Steinberg (preacher), The Rev. John Biggs (celebrant)

January 9
8:00/10:00 The Rt. Rev. Diane Bruce (preacher/celebrant)

January 16
8:00/10:00 The Rev. Carol Sanford (preacher/celebrant)

January 23
8:00/10:00 The Rev. Heather McCain (preacher/celebrant)

January 30
8:00 Dr. Victor Matthews (preacher), The Very Rev. Jos Tharakan (celebrant)
10:00 Dr. Victor Matthews (preacher), The Rev. John Biggs (celebrant)

Sundays in February
8:00/10:00 The Rev. Heather McCain (preacher/celebrant)

Vestry Votes to Reinstate Masking Due to COVID-19 Surge, July 24, 2021

The Vestry of Christ Church has voted to temporarily reinstate our masking policy again at Christ Church due to the surge in the delta variant of COVID-19. We ask that you please bring a mask with you when attending in-person worship at Christ Church. As of right now, temperature checks will not be administered nor will any limits on attendance be enforced. Please see the letter and email blast below from our Sr. Warden, Mary Chiles. If you have any questions please contact the church office at (417) 866-5133.


Dear members of Christ Church,

There has been a discussion about temporarily reinstating masking for the church.

I received an email from Fr. Ken yesterday morning in which he stated "In my absence, please do what you think best, including undertaking a vestry discussion of this one matter, reinstatement of the policy of masking of all, including the vaccinated, at public gatherings at church, including worship."

He further authorized me as Senior Warden to either hold a vestry meeting via GoTo Meeting or initiate an email vote on this topic.

A motion was made and seconded and the vestry including Fr. Ken has approved to temporarily reinstate masking of all, including those vaccinated, at public gatherings at church, including worship.

I have just received a majority. So far the ten votes received have voted in favor of temporarily reinstating masks as described above.

Please proceed accordingly as this is to go into effect immediately.

Thank you,

Senior Warden Mary Chiles


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.