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|Clergy Posting Correction
In the last iSeek it was reported that the Reverend Canon John Kilgore will join the staff of St.
Peterâ€™s Episcopal Church in Ladue. While he will be assisting there while they are recruiting a
new priest (“for a season”), as he has done at St. Michael and St. George, in Virginia, and in
Europe, he remains posted at Christ Church Cathedral. Dean Kinman describes him as “an
ambassador for the Cathedral” and is happy that Canon Kilgore can extend the Cathedralâ€™s
mission as mother church of the diocese in this way. In addition, he will be serving an Anglican
parish in Spain during the month of March.
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Our Cathedral bell tolls in memory of and in thanksgiving for the life of Jeff Klieve, who died last Thursday, Jan. 28, at home after a short battle with cancer.
Jeff was as faithful as they come, not only in his home parish of St. Martinâ€™sâ€“Ellisville, serving on Diocesan Council and chairing the board of Episcopal City Mission, but also in every little bit of his life. Jeff was a dear friend of Christ Church Cathedral and followed Jesus as a husband, father, leader and friend.
Please keep Jeff’s wife, Janeâ€”a member of our Cathedral Chapterâ€”and their children (Ben andAnne) in your prayers. And please join them at these opportunities to remember, mourn and celebrate this wonderful life.
â€¢ Friday, Feb. 5: 4-7 PM Visitation at Schrader Funeral Home
â€¢ Saturday, Feb. 6: 10-11:30 AM Funeral at St. Martins Episcopal Church in Ellisville
In lieu of flowers, a gift may be made in Jeff’s memory to Episcopal City Mission.
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On Jan. 11, 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen was killed in a juvenile detention facility in Elizabethtown, Ky. During intake, several officers used what they called a “martial arts”-style restraint on her. They then failed to check on her throughout the night, ignoring the protocol of 15-minute bed checks. After finding Gynnya cold and unresponsive in the morning, they took 9 minutes to dial 911 and 11 minutes to administer CPR.
At 4 PM Saturday, Feb 6, at Keiner Plaza, there will be a St. Louis solidarity vigil for Gynnya. Diocesan Youth Missioner Elle Dowd is one of the co-organizers and urges as many people as possible to attend. Dietra Baker, chaplain with Episcopal City Missionâ€”our chaplaincy with youth in detentionâ€”will be one of the speakers. Please come to the vigil dressed in black. Bring signs. Candles will be provided. For more information, contact Elle firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|Register Now for Youth
Registration is open now until Feb. 10 for the diocesan youth pilgrimage to Colorado. Join youth (completed grades 6â€“12) from across the Diocese on an exciting pilgrimage centered around the environment, service, and growing in prayer! Wonder Voyage is currently finalizing an itinerary with diocesan youth leadership that includes both human and environmental service work, time in Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes, rafting, and plenty of time for reflection and relationship-building! We’ll be staying near Pueblo, Colo., but visiting several nearby towns and natural areas over the course of the week.
To register, please fill out the online formÂ (https://diocesemo.wufoo.com/forms/z1it5bdu1egm6td), then send the diocese the financial agreement, liability release, and first payment of $145. Total price for the trip is $725 plus the cost of the plane ticket; some scholarship money is available for the diocese. Note that space is limited to 13, and that the spot is not reserved until all forms and the first payment are received. Please mail forms and checks to:
Episcopal Diocese of Missouri
Attn: Martin Geiger
1210 Locust St, 3rd floor
St. Louis, MO 63103
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for Magdalene STL
The tagline at Magdalene St. Louis is that love heals and that love is radical and different from the way we normally think of it. This love is deep, messy, authentic and the key to true healing.
Come to the Cathedral at 3 PM on Sunday, Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day!), to hear about how this truth applies throughout the year and not just on one holiday.There will be piano music played by Volunteer Coordinator (and Cathedral member) Sherry Nelson, and snacks will be provided. A freewill donation will be requested.
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|Naomi Tutu Preaching, Leading Spotlight Sunday on Feb. 21
Human rights activist Nontombi Naomi Tutuâ€” the third child of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nomalizo Leah Tutuâ€”will be at Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday, Feb. 21, to preach at the 10 AM worship service and lead a noontime community forum on “Truth & Reconciliation: South Africa and STL.”
Tutuâ€”who has written and spoken extensively on her experience growing up in Apartheid South Africa and on her father’s work chairing that nation’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and has led Truth & Reconciliation workshops for groups dealing with conflictâ€”will speak and lead discussion on how the principles of Truth & Reconciliation might be applied in the wake of the Ferguson Uprising and similar uprisings around the country.
Tutu’s appearance is sponsored by the Pursuing Racial Justice ministry at Christ Church Cathedral.
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|Meditations for Lent
If you’re looking for a Lenten devotion, try Meeting Jesus on the Margins, from Forward Movement. Itâ€™s a collection of daily meditations on Matthew 25 that â€œexplore our own hunger, our vulnerabilities, and the times we are imprisoned, either self-imposed or by circumstance.â€ Among the authors are Magdaleneâ€“Thistle Farms founder The Rev. Becca Stevens and Christ Church Cathedral Dean Mike Kinman. Order your copy for only $5 here.
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|Pray + Worship + Serve:
Take the Lenten Challenge
Christ Church Cathedral is a founding partner in The Restoration Project (TRP), a group of congregations and dioceses dedicated to restoring the image of God that is on each one of us through daily spiritual practices of prayer, worship, study, service and giving. Our Back to Basics classes are part of our TRP ministry.
This Lent, we’re inviting everyone to join TRPâ€™s Lenten Challenge: Pray (20 minutes/day), Worship (1 hour/week), Serve (6 hours/month). Our hope is that these holy habits will continue after Lent into the yearâ€”or, if you are already practicing these disciplines, that Lent will be a time of strengthening.
All you have to do is sign up here. When you do, you get a daily email with a very brief but useful spiritual reflection that will serve as a reminder and a support.
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|Earn $$$ for CCC through Schnucks eâ€“Scrip Fundraising Program
Earn cash while you shop!
Everyone makes purchases at
the grocery store, and now while you shop, you can earn cash for Christ Church Cathedral!
Schnucksâ€™ e-scrip program helps nonprofit groups earn money for their organizations, and our church would like your support!!! To get yourself set up to help with this fundraising effort, all you need to do is pick up an e-scrip card from your local Schnucks’ store (customer service counter) or see Nancy Kuehnl (before or after the 10 AM service). The next step is to register your card either by calling the number on the back of the card or through Schnucks’ website.
Our group number is 164502443. You need this number to register your card. Your purchases create automatic monthly contributions to Christ Church of up to 3% of your purchase price. If you are already using your Schnucks e-scrip card (we have about 40 people already using these cards), we thank you. Please continue to shop and use your card.
For more information, please see or email Nancy
(email@example.com) or visit the e-scrip website.
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|Rebuild the Churches Is Underway
Last year, the Cathedralâ€™s â€œRebuild the Churchesâ€campaign gathered more than 3,000 individuals and 200 congregations of many faiths to give more than $730,000 to rebuild six black churches that burned in the South in the wake of the massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.
Last week, we received this note from The Rev. John Taylor and the members of Mt. Zion AME Church in Hemmingly, SC. The rebuilding has started, and we will be sharing stories of what your generosity is doingâ€”and beginning to dream about what we can do together next to show that â€œlove rebuilds.â€
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|Notes from Seminarian Joe Thompson
My academic marathon at Virginia Theological Seminary as a seminarian and full-time staff member continues at a steady pace. At the end of this academic year, I will be a senior, with the finish line growing closer. Fortunately, I find this experience spiritually and intellectually energizing, so the length of my journey has been a blessing. Indeed, a classmate once admitted her jealousy that I get to progress at a pace that allows me to absorb more of the wonderful things weâ€™re learning! In the coming semester, I am certain I will learn many such things in an exciting new course titled The Bible, Myth, and Superheroes. I also get to do exciting work as Archivist for the African American Episcopal Historical Collection. One of my favorite duties is conducting oral history interviews. It is a blessing and an education to converse with African American Episcopalians who have been at the forefront of social justice in the Church and in society. My work and my studies truly go hand in hand. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers, as you continue in mine. I love you, CCC!
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|From the Cathedral Housing Partnership (CHP)
Cathedral Housing Partnership will be housing our second partner in early February. He found an apartment in a good location. We could use two chests-of-drawers and a couch. If you can help, notify firstname.lastname@example.org. We do appreciate our contributors and interested friends so much.
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|Basic Anglicanism Starts Sunday, Feb. 14
Interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church or preparing for confirmation? â€œBasic Anglicanismâ€ begins on Sunday, Feb. 14, from noon to 1:30 PM and runs throughout Lent: Feb. 14, 28, and March 6, 13, 20; there is no class on Feb. 21. Led by the Dean, Basic Anglicanism is the first of our four Back to Basics classes, which also include also Basic Bible, Christianity, and Discipleship). Basic Anglicanism focuses on learning about the Episcopal Church in general, Christ Church Cathedral in particular, and what it means to follow Jesus as a part of both. Classes includes a light lunch (veggie options available) and are interactive, with much of the information and presentation coming in short podcasts you listen to between classes. Most of the class time is devoted to large group and table group conversationâ€”we find we do our best learning wrestling with things together!
We ask $50 for the course, both to cover costs
and to emphasize the need for commitment. No one, however, should not participate for lack of money.
As much financial aid as you need, you can have.
We ask also that people commit to at least four of five classes, with five preferred. This is our sixth
year of offering these classes, and people have
found them wonderful ways to deepen their faith
and understanding of Christianity and the Episcopal Churchâ€”and also a wonderful way to meet new people and get to know the Cathedral community
on a personal level. Email the Dean email@example.com to sign up or ask any questions.
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|Reserve Your Seat!
In our continuing outreach and education efforts, Christ Church Cathedral’s Pursuing Racial Justice Committee is sponsoring a bus trip to the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. The date is Saturday, April 23, 2016. The cost is $90 per person and includes bus transportation, admission to the museum, a morning snack, and an evening snack. Lunch is on your own, with a variety of restaurants to choose from.
There will be a 15-minute rest break both ends of the trip. The bus leaves the Cathedral at 6 AM and returns at approximately 9 PM.
A $50 non-refundable deposit is required by Feb. 5, 2016, to reserve your seat, and the balance is due by March 5, 2016. Please make checks payable to â€œChrist Church Cathedralâ€ and in the memo line, please note Civil Rights Museum. Checks should be mailed to Christ Church Cathedral, Attn: Memphis Trip, 1210 Locust St., Saint Louis, MO 63103-2322. Confirmation of your reservation will be provided.
Donâ€™t delay reserving your seat; seating is limited to 54 passengers.
For additional information, contact:
â€¢ Alice Stanley at firstname.lastname@example.org
â€¢ Rob Good at email@example.com or
â€¢ Annette Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org