Emilee Walker-Cornetta is a postulant for holy orders in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. She holds a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and is currently studying for a Masters in Sacred Theology at the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary. She is a board-certified healthcare chaplain and the former Coordinator of Pastoral Care at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York City. As a chaplain, she has had a special interest in improving access to hospital-based spiritual care for underserved populations. Her spouse, Andrew, is a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University. Emilee and Andrew live with their daughters Reggie and Mona in University City. Her recently adopted and new favorite hobby is making handbuilt pottery at home.
This All Saints Day, you are invited to join the virtual choir! We are asking all the members of Holy Communion to video themselves singing along to “I sing a song of the saints of God. Simply plug in your headphones, start your recording, and sing along to the video below.
For decades, faith communities have been on the front lines of immigration justice and refugee resettlement in the United States. The 2020 election may be one of the most consequential elections regarding foreign-born populations in this country. This presents an important opportunity for people of faith and good will to prophetically live into their values through careful discernment and intentional action amidst the complex decisions before us. Join us for the final two sessions of our interfaith webinar series, “Immigration & the 2020 Election,” as faith leaders and experts come together to discuss existing policies, the global crisis, and the role of religious institutions and individuals.
Oct. 21 at 5:30pm “Not Just the Wall: Barriers Faced by Migrant Communities”
This webinar will explore the realties throughout the phases of the migrant journey: along the US-Mexico border under “zero tolerance” policies, in immigrant detention, and through interior enforcement right here in St. Louis, Missouri.
Oct. 28 at 5:30pm: “Why People of Faith Should Care about Immigration”
This webinar will feature a robust panel of theologians and diverse faith leaders who will explore the histories of some traditions and the teachings that propel the faithful to action in matters of justice.
Saturday morning, October 10th , (rain day Saturday October 17th) Holy Communion will participate in the 2020 SHED (Safe Homes for the Elderly and Disabled as part of University City’s 2020 Month of Service. The event is being organized in collaboration with the City of University City, the University City School district, and other local churches. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to help with gardening, home maintenance and repairs. No advanced skills needed. All work will be outside and volunteers will wear masks and be socially distanced.
For over a decade SHED has helped coordinate this community-wide effort to assist seniors and disabled residents with home maintenance and repairs. Past events have drawn hundreds of volunteers to work on as many as 40 homes in one day, addressing code violations, health and safety issues, as well as supporting seniors to age in place and maintain the value of their homes.
Our pandemic advisory committee continues to monitor the state of the virus. Until the numbers go down significantly in Missouri, we have postponed planning to worship together again in our building. In the meantime you are invited to worship with us online each Sunday at 10:30am. Our homepage puts out a high quality stream from a service called Vimeo. If you don’t have the strongest internet signal the video may skip. If you’re having issues, try streaming from our YouTube or Facebook pages. (On facebook a number of our parishioners comment live, and it’s fun to say “hi” to one another and pass the peace virtually).
Here is an archive of past services:
On the Second Sunday of each month, in addition to our morning livestream, we have a drive-in Eucharist service at 5pm at Jackson Park elementary. Registration is required, and there are limited spaces. Click here for more and to register.
Dear People of Holy Communion,
Our Bishop’s prohibition on in-person worship now officially ends in mid-September. As a condition to take any step forward, the bishop has asked churches to name a “re-gathering committee.” Our committee will be made up heavily on members of the congregation who are scientists and medical doctors. The group will submit recommendations to the vestry at the end of September.
I know I am not alone is wanting to see folks. While the re-gathering committee meets, the vestry has approved a set of guidelines for groups from Holy Communion to gather safely outside. You can see all of those guidelines in the graphic below. We will be following the guidelines at our drive-in services on September 13 and October 11. We will also have some other gatherings outside like Theology on Tap on Wednesday September 9.
The vestry and other key leaders are also preparing for a campaign to speak with every member of Holy Communion. As we prepare for our fall Stewardship season, we will be initiating a series of conversations about your hopes for Holy Communion. Please take time to talk with us.
We have to move slowly in such a diverse community. Out of care for one another, we have to be intentional. Know of my prayers for each of you in these days. I ask you to pray for me, your vestry, and regathering committee folks as well.
- The Rev. Mike Angell, Rector
- Susan Norris, PhD, Junior Warden
- Allison Nash M.D.
- Rebecca Rugen M.D.
- Sarah Stanage M.D.
- Rachel Penczykowski PhD
- Karen Prechtl, local small business owner
On the second Sunday of each month, in addition to our morning livestream, you are invited to join us in the parking lot of Jackson Elementary School in University City. The service of Holy Eucharist will happen live in the parking lot and the sound will be broadcast to you from within the comfort and safety of your car via your FM radio station.
At communion, prepackaged and sanitized bags containing consecrated wafers will be brought to your car window by clergy who will be wearing masks and using hand sanitizer. We hope you can join us!
In order to maintain social distancing, and to enable contact tracing, we require everyone to register. Please do so using the link below. Limited spaces are available, so please register early.
Following our Guidelines for Gatherings, to keep us all safe:
- Self-Monitor Symptoms: Please only attend this service if you are symptom free and fever free.
- Distancing: If you do step out of your car, to sit on your tailgate or in lawn chairs, please do stay within your parking spot. As much as we wish we could greet one another, out of love for our neighbor we have to stay distanced. You are welcome to wave to one another!
- Masks: If you step out of your car, or roll down your windows, please ensure all members of your household over age 2 are wearing a mask. Ushers have some masks available, if you forgot yours.
- Singing: If you would like to sing, we ask that you stay in your car with the windows up.
Donations: We welcome donations to support the work of Holy Communion, whether a payment on a pledge or simply an offering. There will be large buckets available at the entrance to receive cash or checks. You can also make a gift online or by texting “GiveHoco” to
Please sign up to receive your Children’s Formation Care Package, which will include a blessing sticker for your study space, and Formation materials for September through Advent.
As a way of supporting families in their faith practices at home, we are putting together children’s formation bags for interested families in our parish. The items we plan on including are: a children’s bible, a ring of cards with illustrations and words to follow along with during the online services, prayers for the dinner table, and a canvas bag to keep it all in. We will add new items throughout the year, which will include new prayers each month and items for special Sundays, Advent, Lent, etc. Please let us know if you would like to receive a children’s formation bag for your family.
Holy Communion is partnering with Grace UMC on Skinker Blvd to connect the public with notaries. If you are a certified Notary Public and would like to volunteer to notarize ballots for the upcoming general election please sign up below to let us know your availability:
If you would like to learn how to become a notary, click here:
We are honored to be the home of the original icon “Mama” by local iconographer Kelly Latimore. The icon was written earlier this summer, after the death of George Floyd.
Holy Communion, through our commitment to becoming Beloved Community, continue to work to reflect the diversity of our congregation and our neighborhood in sacred art on display in the church. We are so grateful to Kelly Latimore for choosing our congregation to be the home of this icon.