We seek a deeper relationship with God and each other in Jesus Christ through:
Celebrating the sacraments faithfully
Proclaiming the Gospel boldly
Embracing diversity joyfully
Serving all passionately
as a Cathedral.
Gnaw on This—and Feed Your Soul
Find the Gospel and some “food for thought” in the Gnaw on This for Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, the 19th Sunday after Pentecost.

Our regular schedule of Sunday worship services is 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.  For full details about the two services, visit Services.  You can read recent sermons at On the Table, the Cathedral Blog.  Also, Dean Kinman has started a new blog, Come Together, to help share with the Christ Church Cathedral community the projects and initiatives with which he is involved.  What’s more, the blog serves as a communication forum—another means by which we can all Come Together.

Special notes: Our Sunday Nursery is in the Davis Room—just go through the red door near the altar and turn the corner on the main floor of the BTM.  The Nursery is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Sunday and is staffed by two childcare professionals.

Also at 9 a.m., the Adult Forum meets at a location that will be announced.

Taizé Prayer at a New Day and Time
Taizé Prayer at the Cathedral takes place the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Bofinger Chapel, adjacent to the Cathedral.  The next service, therefore, is Thursday, Nov. 13.  For more information, visit Taizé Prayer.
Catch Up on Our News Every Wednesday
For the latest news and information—including items not posted to this website—check out Wednesday Weekly.  We will link Wednesday Weekly each time a new edition is emailed.  Or, if you want to receive it automatically, subscribe via RSS Feed or email Annette Carr, Cathedral administrator, to join our email list.
Pursuing Racial Justice
At Christ Church Cathedral, Adult Christian Formation meets at 9 a.m. each Sunday.  Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held in the west end of Schuyler Hall, on the fourth floor of the Bishop Tuttle Memorial (BTM) building adjacent to the Cathedral.  The BTM fourth floor is easily accessed by elevator.

Our theme for the month of October, Pursuing Racial Justice, continues next Sunday:

Oct. 19
Responding to the Call
Why is doing the right thing so difficult? Am I truly my sister’s or brother’s keeper? What am I really being asked to do? Do I have to give up something for someone else to have something?

Oct. 26
Wrap-up
From where I sit, are there really any next steps—and, if yes, what do they look like?
We Will, with God’s Help!
On Sunday, Oct. 5, we kicked off our annual giving campaign, We Will, with God’s Help.  Through Sunday, Nov. 2, you will find reflections in the service bulletin, and hear and read personal stories from our fellow parishioners.  A letter and giving form have been sent to everyone in the Cathedral directory.  For the following few weeks, please pray over what your commitment will be for 2015.

Then, bring your giving form to the ingathering on Sunday, Nov. 2, during which you may offer it as an act of worship.  Or, fill out the secure online Christ Church Cathedral 2015 Gift Form to inform us of your pledge.

Your Chapter and Stewardship Team have set a goal of 100% participation in giving commitments from our entire Cathedral family.  We will be in intentional prayer that all will remain open to letting the Holy Spirit lead and guide us in a faithful and joyful response.  Every gift is valuable in proclaiming our commitment to serving Christ—and, together, we have tremendous power to lift up those who are suffering, to welcome those who are seeking, and to actively work toward justice and peace.

Thank you for prayerfully considering your gift to Christ Church Cathedral.  We Will, with God’s Help.
Fall Is Here—and So Is the Shepley Season
On Sunday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m., we will present “A Concert of Chamber Music,” performed by the music faculty of Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville (SIUE).

Our concerts are open to the public and free, unless otherwise indicated.  For more information about our concerts and monthly Evensongs, visit Shepley Concert Series or this website’s Shepley Program of Music and Art page.  You can also download and print a PDF of the Fall 2014 Shepley Concert Series Schedule.
Celebrate the Cathedral's Birthday!
At 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, the annual Cathedral Birthday Dinner—celebrating the founding of this congregation in 1819 and our 195 years in the City of St. Louis—will commence with a “Very Happy Hour.”  A dinner and an auction, sponsored by the Cathedral Choir, follows.  The cost of the dinner is $22 for adults and $12 for children.  You can view the dinner menu and then make reservations by emailing G. Hamilton.

Proceeds from the dinner again will be used to purchase new choir vestments.  Donated items for the auction may be left in the Cathedral Office on weekdays or outside the office on Sundays.  For additional information, call Canon Partridge at (314) 255-1634.
A Good Time Was Had by All
On Sunday, Oct. 5, those of us at “A Celebration of Creation: The Feast of St. Francis (including the Blessing of the Animals)” indeed witnessed a variety of God’s creatures honored and blessed—including Einstein the Turkey Vulture, representing TreeHouse Wildlife Center from Dow, IL.  Also featured at the event were two kitties from Animal House and two Cathedral parishioners who are foster parents for dogs and affiliated with Stray Rescue of St. Louis.  One hundred percent of donations collected during the event will be divided equally among Animal House, Stray Rescue, and TreeHouse Wildlife Center.

KSDK covered this event, as did the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which posted this article—with lots of photos!  If you couldn’t be with us, save this date: Oct. 4, 2015.  That’s when the next Blessing of the Animals takes place at the Cathedral.  See you then!
Back to Basics Returns Soon
Wtach this space for news of our next course in Back to Basics, a year-long series of sessions through which we dive into basic theological concepts and explore them in all their meaning and mystery.  You don’t have to have taken any of the other B2B courses to take a given series of classes—all the B2B courses stand alone.

These classes are important—and so we ask a commitment to attend all five weeks of a class.  The courses are being offered in an ongoing rotation, so if you can’t commit to all five, you’ll know that the classes will come around again.  There is a $50-per-person nonrefundable fee to cover food and class materials, but don’t let cost be a deterrent: Financial aid is available.

For further information, email Dean Mike Kinman.  Or download and print 2013–2014 Back to Basics Flyer, a PDF that includes course descriptions and series dates.  And to learn more about Christian formation for adults at the Cathedral, visit Adult Christian Education.
Break for Lunch and Midweek Prayer
Every Wednesday, Christ Church Cathedral is offering “Midweek Prayer Break,” a brief service of prayer, scripture reading and silent reflection in the old Kemoll’s space on the first floor at One Metropolitan Square.  The service runs from 12:05 to 12:20 p.m., so you can still have time for lunch and other noontime activities.

If you work downtown or know people who do, we hope you’ll join us in this opportunity to make prayer a part of your weekday life.  If you have any questions, please contact Mike Kinman, dean of Christ Church Cathedral, at mkinman@gmail.com.
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