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Recent News and Announcements

Pots, Pans, and Dishes: Thank you to our many volunteers and cooks who have been helping with so many events lately! If you have recently brought in cookware for an event, please check the kitchen for your items so we don't accidentally donate them.

How Can I Keep From Singing:
The St. Gregory Choir has a new video to share! Please take a moment to watch their beautiful performance of "How Can I Keep From Singing." A big thank you to all of our choir members, musicians, and staff involved in sharing the joy of music.

Advent Lessons & Carols: We invite you and your family to join us at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, December 4, for Advent Lessons & Carols.

Advent Craft-Making: We invite members of all ages to join us in the parish hall after the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, December 4, for an Advent Craft-Making Event. We will have refreshments to share as we get into the spirit of the season of Advent. For more information please contact Mary Bohlen at

Provence Sale: On Sunday, December 4, we have a sale of the last of the seasonal décor from the Provence Store and Miss Evelyn’s Gift Shop. Items will be available for purchase in the parish hall after the 8 and 10 a.m. services. All items will be 6$ and under!

CAT Results: Thank you for taking part in our church’s CAT survey this fall. The results of this survey help us better understand ourselves, and will be key to telling our story and attracting the right applicants for our permanent rector. The full survey results are several pages long, including analysis, so we have prepared this summary for members. You can view the results on our website at If you would like to view the full results, please contact Franz in the church office at 417-866-5133 or email

Charlotte’s Web Meeting Postponed: The Charlotte’s Web meeting scheduled for December 6 has been postponed until January. Please keep an eye on the announcements and the January-February Edition of The Clarion for more information on the new meeting date. For more information please contact Kathy Sheppard at

St. Nicholas Party: We invite you and your family to join us for our St. Nicholas’ Day Party on Wednesday, December 7. Dinner will be served in the parish hall beginning at 6 p.m. After dinner, we will move to the nave and learn about the history of St. Nicholas and Christmas traditions from around the world. And who knows … maybe ol’ St. Nick will come to visit and bring treats! For more information, please contact Mary Bohlen at

Crosslines Toy Store: Crosslines Toy Store bins have been placed in the gathering area and office hallway. Each year, Crosslines provides tens of thousands of brand-new toys to local children. Crosslines has asked that Christ Church focus on gifts for teens (but toys for all ages are accepted). Each child will receive one small ($5), medium ($15), and large ($25) toy or gift. Please do not wrap gifts or removed tags. Toys and gifts placed in the bins will be picked up on Sunday, December 11. Some suggested gifts for teenagers include books, blow dryers, hair straighteners, Bluetooth speakers/headphones, teen coloring books, LED lights/room décor, art supplies, sports equipment, water bottles, and Missouri Pro Team Gear.

Blue Christmas: Christ Church will hold a Blue Christmas Service on Wednesday, December 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved one; it may be a time that has always been difficult. Come and hear prayers, readings, and music that acknowledges God’s presence for those who mourn and struggle … and that God’s Word comes to shine light into the darkness.

Safe To Sleep Donation Update: Safe to Sleep has updated its donations list. Current needs are decaffeinated coffee, powdered coffee creamer, full-size shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and deodorant. They are also seeking donations of bus passes. Donated items can be placed in the Safe to Sleep box near the elevator at Christ Church.



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.