Holy Communion’s Next 150

Save the Date!

On Sunday February 24 from 4:00pm to 6:30pm, Holy Communion will celebrate our 150th anniversary as a parish. All are welcome! There will be food, live music, activities, and childcare available.

At the party we will publicly launch our Capital Campaign “Holy Communion’s Next 150.” All are welcome, and a more formal invitation will follow.


Take a look at our campaign brochure by clicking here.

Watch a video from the most recent adult forum exploring the campaign:

Watch a video describing the state of our organ:

2019 Nominations

The following people are nominated serve a three year term on the Vestry.

Warren Davis

A native St. Louisan and lifelong Episcopalian, Warren first attended Holy Communion on Palm Sunday, 2015.  Soon thereafter, he transferred from Grace Episcopal Church in Kirkwood, where he had been a member since 2007.  Warren’s son Christian is a delegate to Diocesan Convention, his wife Emily is the vicar of St. Thomas Deaf Episcopal Church in Kirkwood and his mother Jean is a longtime member of Holy Communion. 

Warren has helped serve with Trinity Hot Lunch as well as with Laundry Love.  (At home he frequently does the family laundry because he believes in rack-drying!)  In June 2017, Warren traveled with others from Holy Communion to El Salvador to take part in a Cristosal seminar.  Professionally, he is an academic advisor in the College of Arts & Sciences at Washington University, a position he has held for nearly 25 years.  He looks forward to serving Holy Communion as a member of its vestry.

Warren is running for his first term on vestry.

Shirley Mensah

Shirley currently serves as Senior Warden of the Vestry and is running for a second term

Shirley is an Episcopalian who emigrated to the United States from Liberia at the age of 10 following a military coup d’état. She was baptized at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital city. Her family settled in Wilmington, Delaware, and very soon thereafter became active members of the Cathedral Church of St. John. In 1992, she moved to St. Louis to attend law school and began attending services, and even occasionally serving as a substitute Sunday School teacher, at Christ Church Cathedral.

After deciding to live in University City, Shirley first attended Holy Communion in 2005 while searching for a new Church home with her husband Paul. Shirley became Senior Warden of the Vestry in June of 2018. She has also served on the Diocesan Disciplinary board.

Outside of Church, Shirley is kept busy by her two daughters (Ava and Olivia) and by her work as a United States Magistrate Judge.

Shirley is running for a second term on vestry.

Megan Ondr-Cooper

Megan is a native to St. Louis and grew up in the Southern Baptist Church. She worked as an intern at her church’s youth group while in graduate school. After earning her Master of Social Work from SLU in 2015, Megan sought out a diverse and welcoming church with a passion for social justice. She and her husband Bryant have been attending Holy Communion since fall 2015. Megan was confirmed and became a member of Holy Communion in February 2016. 

Outside of the church, Megan is passionate about her job as the Manager of Analysis & Outcomes at Voices for Children, a nonprofit advocating for children in foster care in St. Louis. She loves to read, travel with Bryant, and cuddle with their Mini Aussie, Bear. She would be honored for the opportunity to serve Holy Communion through being a member of the vestry.

Megan is running for her first full term on vestry. She served one previous year, elected to succeed Mary Haggerty who resigned to attend seminary.


The following people are nominated as delegates and alternate delegates to Diocesan Convention:

Colleen Haggerty

Colleen Haggerty was received as an Episcopalian at Holy Communion by Bishop Wayne Smith in August of 2017. She heard about the church through her parents Bill and Mary Haggerty. Colleen grew up in St. Louis, Denver, and in the Netherlands. She graduated from Parkway South High School in St. Louis County. Colleen attended the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University and was active in campus ministry.

Colleen has been active in our 20s and 30s group, Theology on Tap, Party and Prayers, and with the children’s ministry of laundry love. She is thrilled for the opportunity to take part in the Diocesan Convention

Outside of Church, Colleen is studying for her master’s in library science and is working in St. Louis County’s library system.

First Alternate: Ilena Albarron

Ilena Albarron was also received into the Episcopal Church at Holy Communion in August of 2017 by Bishop Smith.  She found Holy Communion through her sister Kara Cummins and brother-in-law Andy Ludwig. Ilena grew up in Willow, California in the Chico area. She received her teaching credential from CalState Sacramento.

Ilena helped to form the children’s activity ministry alongside Laundry Love. She has also been active in our 20s and 30s group, Theology on Tap, and with the renovation of our house on Gannon.

Ilena was selected as a lay representative from Holy Communion on the search committee for the next bishop of Missouri.

Outside Church, Ilena has worked in elementary education and currently teaches preschool at Little Sunshine in Ladue. She also has “first dibs” on babysitting her nephew Walter and his siblings!

Second Alternate: Scott Ferguson

Scott Ferguson previously served as the Vestry’s Senior Warden. He joined Holy Communion in 2010.   For several years now he has been serving as Holy Communion’s coordinator for the Hot Lunch mission at Trinity Episcopal as well as volunteering during the week at their pantry. As an extension of this ministry in our Diocese, Scott serves on the Hunger Task Force. Scott also served on the search committee for our current rector and has rediscovered his youth as an acolyte.

In his other life, Scott for many years co-owned a commercial photography studio in town and more recently has moved into videography, editing and directing.  He and his wife, Laura, have two grown children.

Annual Meeting 2019

The Annual Meeting is an important moment in the life of an Episcopal Church. As a denomination, we are governed by our members. At the Annual Meeting we make important decisions together. We elect our representatives to the wider church governance body: the diocesan convention. We elect members of our vestry, the board which governs the parish throughout the year. The list of nominees will be available soon. During the annual meeting, the parish receives reports from ministries, the vestry, the treasurer, and a “State of the Church” report from the rector.

Please join us at 9:15am on Sunday February 3rd for the 2019 Annual Meeting. We will have a regular service schedule with services at 8am and 10:30am. The meeting will be held between the services starting at 9:15am.  Our annual meeting is traditionally a potluck brunch. Sign up online to let us know what you’re able to bring. The nursery and Godly Play will be available for children during the meeting.

Below, you will see our Annual Meeting Booklet broken down by report. (Reports links will become active as reports are submitted).

  • Archives  
  • Breakfast Program 
  • Capital Campaign Committee
  • Children’s Chapel
  • Community Life (Party and Prayers)
  • Diversity: Beloved Community Commitment
  • Albert Ellicock Fund
  • El Salvador Partnership Report
  • Flower Ministry
  • Gannon House Report
  • Godly Play
  • Junior Warden’s Report (Including Report of the Building Committee)
  • Laundry Love
  • Minutes of the 2018 Annual Meeting
  • Music Program
  • Parish Guild
  • Pastoral Care 
  • Rector’s Report
  • Register Report
  • Robert Fund
  • School Supplies
  • Senior Warden’s Report
  • Theology on Tap
  • Treasurer’s 2018 Year-End Report
  • Trinity Hot Lunch Program
  • Vestry and Delegate Nominee Biographies
  • Young Adults/ 20s and 30s
  • Youth/FaithQuest
  • 2019 Budget

Epiphany at Holy Communion

On January 6 we return to our regular schedule of Sunday Services and formation.

Godly Play and the Adult Forum will meet together upstairs with an Intergenerational formation program focusing on the visitation of the Wise Men at 9:15am.

The 10:30 service includes a procession of the Magi and their gifts, following  the star. After the 10:30a service, the children get to break open the star (piñata).

This service is fun for all ages, and serves as the bookend to the Christmas season.

All are welcome to join us as we mark the end of the Christmas Season and a return to our Ordinary schedule at Holy Communion.


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Weather Closure Thursday Nov 15

Holy Communion will be closed for inclement weather on Thursday November 15, 2018.

At Holy Communion, we follow University City Schools for weather closures. When the schools close, so do we.

Please be safe out there, and keep those who struggle to find shelter in your prayers.


Christmas at Holy Communion

Christmas is one of the Church’s great feasts. We celebrate God’s decision to dwell with us, to come among us in the person of Jesus. This year, we will mark the whole season of Christmas with special services. Join us as we celebrate.

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December 23 Sunday  

8:00am      Advent IV

The 8am spoken service will be held as usually, marking the final Sunday of Advent.

10:30am      Blue(s) Christmas

Our Blue Christmas service this morning makes space for those who struggle with the holidays. We hope this special set of prayers and Blues music can be a place of comfort for those away from family or those missing loved ones no longer with us. Read more about the Blue Christmas service.

December 24    Christmas Eve

5:00  pm      Carol Sing, Pageant, and Holy Eucharist

All children are invited to participate in our pageant. Children who want to participate are encouraged to come a little early (about 4:45p). The older children who are regulars at Holy Communion will lead the telling of the story, and any child that arrives (and who wants to participate) will be issued angel or shepherd costumes to join the holy band around the manger during the service. Read more and sign up for the pageant here.

10:00pm      Carol Sing and Festival Holy Eucharist 

On the Eve of the Nativity we gather in the dark night to hear the news that Christ has been born. The Choir and guest musicians will present Mårten Jansson’s festive Missa Popularis (which our choir gave its North American premiere this past Spring) and we will sing Silent Night by candlelight in the darkened church. Join us as we mark the coming of Emmanuel, God with us.

December 25    Christmas Day:

10:30am    Holy Eucharist with Carols

 Christmas day we have a single Christmas day service at 10:30am. There will be a simple spoken Eucharist.

December 30   First Sunday after Christmas

We will have our regular schedule of Sunday services at 8am and 10:30am. Adult Education and Sunday School will remain in recess.

January 6  Epiphany Sunday with Visitation of the Magi

9:15am   Intergenerational Formation for Epiphany

10:30am    Holy Eucharist with Procession of the Three Kings

On January 6 we resume our regular schedule of Sunday Services. Christian Education returns with an Intergenerational activity with crafts and breakfast focusing on the visitation of the Wise Men. The 10:30 service includes a procession of the Magi and their gifts, following  the star. After the 10:30a service, the children get to break open the star (piñata).



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Christmas Gift Drives

As we prepare for Christmas, we are mindful that many in our city are facing cold weather and difficult family circumstances. There are two gift drives going on concurrently at Holy Communion.

  • For our partners at Trinity Food Pantry, we are collecting clean socks, gloves, and warm hats for those who are housing insecure.
  • For our partners at the Episcopal City Mission who work with youth in detention, we are collecting gifts and gift cards for children. You can download a full list of requested items here.

We are especially encouraging anyone coming to our Advent Party on December 2 to make a donation to one of the drives.

All gifts need to be turned in by December 16. Please turn gift cards into the parish office, or place them in an envelope in the offering plate.

You can find baskets ready to receive gifts in the main entryway. Please do not wrap the gifts, to make work easier for our sorters. Thank you for helping brighten this holiday season for someone in need.

Feasibility Study Concludes: Toward a 2019 Capital Campaign

Thank you to all who participated in our feasibility study. The results were strong. Our consultants remarked that the participation rate in the survey and the willingness to participate were far higher than they usually see for parishes. The health of our congregation and its generosity continue to impress! Based on the strong results, the vestry has voted to move forward with a capital campaign.

Based on the results of the study, the vestry also has determined to adjust the goal of the campaign. We tested a goal of $1.8 million. We have set a primary goal for the campaign of $823,000. While the goal we set is lower than the goal we tested, we also view this as a win. It is far better to set a realistic goal than to reach beyond our means. In the coming weeks we will be meeting with our architect and engineers to talk about scale and to select the projects we will be able to fund.

We anticipate launching the public phase of the campaign in early 2019, in time for the celebrations of our church’s 150th anniversary. In the meantime we will be building the capital campaign committee and growing the building committee, both of which will work with the vestry on the project. Thank you to all who volunteered to serve. We will need many volunteers to make this campaign a success!

You can read the executive summary of the feasibility study results by clicking here. (Full copies are available, on request, in the parish office).

Our Rector, Wardens, and Treasurer presented a forum about the coming campaign on November 18.

You can watch below and see the slides up close by clicking here.