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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.

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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Recent News and Announcements

Bible and Brew: The Adult Forum has been renamed Bible and Brew! We encourage you to continue joining us at 9 a.m. each Sunday for different topics and book readings. We will continue reading and discussing “We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation” by Brian McLaren, which can be purchased on Amazon or at your favorite book store. We also have a few copies available at Christ Church. For more info, please contact Mary Ellison at maryellison@sbcglobal.net.

Nursery Update: Our nursery is open once again and is currently staffed by volunteers. We have posted job listings for paid nursery staff and hope to soon fill this position. In the meantime, we could use your help. If you would like to volunteer in the nursery or know of anyone who might be interested in this position, please contact Mary Bohlen at (417) 771-0102. The nursery is open from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Children and Youth Summer Break, VBS: The last day for Children’s Sunday School for the summer break is Sunday, May 22. The last evening for Youth Group will be May 25. Please keep an eye on the announcements for Vacation Bible School plans. Vacation Bible School will be held from June 27 through June 30.

A Brighter Haiti: Thank you so much for your support of the third annual A Brighter Haiti event held on April 28. The event was held at a new location with great food, music, and fellowship. It was a wonderful evening with so many generous hearts attending. Light From Light exceeded its goal of raising $50,000 and introduced several new people to the clinic and Haitian staff. It was definitely God's work being accomplished, and Christ Church has been a great supporter of this ministry for many years.

Haiti Quarter Tubes: The coins from the quarter tubes at the base of the stairs in the nave support the Lespwa Timoun in Haiti. We gather approximately $100 every 3 to 4 months. Thank you for this simple, but generous donation!

The Support Group for Dementia Caregivers will meet Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m. via Zoom. For more info and a link to join, please contact the church office at 866-5133.

The Men’s Fellowship Breakfast will meet at Scrambler's (1131 E Republic Rd) on Wednesday, May 18 at 7 a.m. All men of the parish are invited to join us for breakfast and fellowship.

St. Louis Choir Trip: The St. Cecilia Children’s Choir trip is fast approaching! We will depart on Thursday, June 2, and return Sunday, June 5. If you have any questions regarding the trip or would like an itinerary, please contact Kenny Kabak at kennykabak1@gmail.com.

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 janem27442@aol.com. 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 bit.ly/3hksaSX.

Christ Church Masking Policy Update, March 7, 2022

Dear members of the parish,

The vestry at Christ Church has voted to change our current masking policy. Beginning March 7, 2022, we will be moving to a "mask friendly" policy at Christ Church.

  • Masks will no longer be required at Christ Church for worship or events.
  • If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, then we encourage you to do so and we will continue to provide masks for those who want them.

The following changes have been made to worship and were recommended by the Worship Committee and Rector.

  • Holy water will be returned to the narthex for the parish to use.
  • Communion will be received at the rail again.

Please note that this is subject to change if there is a large spike in COVID cases or a new variant begins to spread.

If you are feeling ill, or suspect that you are ill, please stay home. If you are immunocompromised and plan to attend worship or events, we encourage you to stay masked and physically distance yourself from others.

WORSHIP RESOURCES

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.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

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.

THE DIOCESE OF WEST MISSOURI

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.