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October 1, 2022

We at Christ Episcopal Church are a people of prayer. We continue to ask for your prayers as we embark upon the next step of our journey together: the calling of a permanent Rector. The choice of our next Rector is one of the most important tasks facing our faith community. While we are grateful that we are currently being served capably by Interim Rector, Fr. Ron Keel, we are optimistic that our church will attract outstanding candidates for the permanent position.

The recent completion of the Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT) has laid the foundation for the important task of finding our next Priest/Rector. By assessing the congregation, we are better able to tell the story of Christ Church as we begin the process of calling the person who will lead us into the next decade.  The next step in that process was to form a Search Committee, a step recently completed. Vestry representatives Susan Smith and Julia Taylor will be joined by Mike Brothers, Jim Ferguson, Marsha Patterson,  Richard Reynolds, Kathy Sheppard, John Steinberg, and Eloise Thomas. As a group, these parishioners bring an understanding of our church’s culture and values to the search process. They have demonstrated substantial service to our parish, bringing knowledge and experience across a broad array of activities both within and outside of the Christ Church community.

The Search Committee is charged with establishing a formal search process, communicating a timeline, and seeking input from church members and other leaders. The Committee will communicate regularly with the entire Christ Church community, starting in October

We at Christ Church are blessed to have an engaged, active, and supportive membership. We are humbled and grateful for the many blessings that are evident here at Christ Church. We expect to draw upon this strength throughout the search process as we work to integrate the views and values of the entire community. Together, with God’s leadership and direction, we will trust the search process as we find a proven priest and leader with a clear vision for our future and an appreciation for Christ Episcopal Church. Thank you for your continued prayers.

Faithfully submitted by Mary Chiles,

Senior Warden



Recent News and Announcements

Stewardship Kickoff Brunch: You are invited to join us in the parish hall after the 8 and 10 a.m. services this Sunday as we launch our Fall Giving Campaign. We will have a delicious brunch (with vegetarian options) ready for you and your family. There will be no program or presentation—just fellowship. If you would like to attend please RSVP by visiting We look forward to seeing you there!

Baptism and Confirmation Prep: A series of Baptism and Confirmation preparation classes will begin this fall, 2022. This opportunity will apply to those who wish to be Baptized and those who are interested in being Confirmed. If you or someone you know is interested in either of these opportunities, please register your interest with the front office.

Men’s Fellowship Evening: Our next Men’s Fellowship Evening will be held at Mother’s Brewing Company on Thursday, October 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. Please join us for a great evening of fellowship and drinks.

Episcopal Churches of the Ozarks at Pridefest: The Episcopal Churches of the Ozarks have joined together and have a sponsored booth at Ozarks Pridefest on October 8. Members of Christ Church, St. James, St. John’s, and Shepherd of the Hills will all be present throughout the day. We will have flyers and gifts to hand out--stop by and say hello! Ozarks Pridefest starts off with an Equality Parade at 9 a.m. Line-up is at 8 a.m. at the corner of Chestnut Expressway and Benton (Springfield Municipal Court) and ends at the square in Downtown Springfield.

The Blessing of the Animals: Christ Church would like to invite you and your pets to The Blessing of the Animals on October 9, at 2 p.m. on the church lawn. The Blessing of the Animals is a service attributed to St. Francis, the patron saint of animals. We will pray for and bless your furry, feathery, and scaly companions. We will have a photographer to take photos of you and your pet and will have treat bags available for dogs and cats. We will also be collecting donations for C.A.R.E. Animal Rescue. Please come and join us!

Vinton Returning: Vinton is returning, and the next Vinton program will be held on October 13 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall. We will have wine and a catered dinner for a $10 entry at the door. Musical entertainment will be provided by Bob Johnson. All adults are invited to attend. RSVPs are a must, and you may sign up at, or contact John Steinberg at 417-864-9850.

Bissett Open House: On October 13, Bissett Elementary school will host an open house event and could use your help. We need five or six volunteers who will help the children with games and entertainment while the parents meet with the teachers. Volunteers will need to arrive at 4:45 p.m. If you would like to volunteer for the Open House or any other Bissett opportunities, please contact Kathy Sheppard at 417-861-9971 or email

Harvest Fest at Rutledge-Wilson Farm/Camp Shawio: We invite you and your family to join us on October 16 for Harvest Fest at Rutledge-Wilson Farm from 12 to 3 p.m. After our afternoon at Harvest Fest, we will meet at Camp Shawio (located at 227 Linden Dr., Lindon MO 65742) from 3:30 to 7 p.m. for an evening of Pumpkin Painting, dinner, and games. Please RSVP by October 12 if you plan to go to Camp Shawio so we may plan accordingly for food, games, etc. You can RSVP at For more information, please contact Kenny Kabak at or Mary Bohlen at

Trunk-or-Treat: Christ Church will host a community-wide Trunk-or-Treat on Sunday, October 30, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. We will have games, food, and candy - lots of candy. We need between 8-15 cars to participate - there will also be a contest for the "Best Trunk Decoration" with prizes awarded. If you're entering your car into the competition, you must provide your own candy. Please RSVP by October 24 so we can plan accordingly. You can do so at We will need plenty of volunteers to help with coordination. If you are available and willing to volunteer or would like to enter into the trunk decorating competition, please contact or


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.