Make a Difference Day

Make a Difference Day 2019

Make a Difference Day

Join us Saturday, October 26th

Holy Communion will join with Our Lady of Lourdes, Christ the King, and SHED (Safe Homes for Elderly and Disabled) on Saturday, October 26th, to perform yard work and basic painting or concrete patching on the homes of area Seniors. The morning opens at 7:45am with coffee, donuts, and morning prayer at Holy Communion. We join in work with others at 8:30am and end with free lunch between noon and 1pm at the Heman Community Center to celebrate a job well done! Family/child friendly projects available or childcare for children ages 4+ provided at Our Lady of Lourdes. Complete a registration form or contact the Rev. Laurie Anzilotti to register. Registrations really needed to plan projects and site placements.

Fall Festival & Chili Cookoff: Oct 20, 2019

Mark your calendar for Sunday October 20 and join us for a fall carnival, chili cook-off and more!

Come for games, great food, and fun for all ages.
 
All are invited to join us after our 10:30am service on Sunday October 20 for the fourth annual Family and Friends Fall Festival on the front lawn.

 

Potluck: You are invited to bring a dessert or side dish to share.

Chili Cook-off: Think you have what it takes? Bring a pot of your finest chili to the Fall Festival and submit your entry at the chili table.

Pumpkin Painting: For the littlest festival goers we will have pumpkin painting! Decorate your pumpkin to take home and put on the porch.

Carnival Games: We will have many games set up to play on the lawn for all ages.

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September 15: A Conversation with Architect Dan Stauder

Listen below for our conversation about our ongoing renovations. This summer the rector and wardens announced a change to the scope of the Next 150 renovations. With some hard work, and smart decisions, we were able to preserve most of the project. We think the final plan represents the spirit of the campaign and our values. This Sunday we spent some time with our Architect to understand the changes we have made to the plans and to answer questions.

You can read more about Dan Stauder on his firm’s website.

Theology on Tap Oct 1: May the Force be with You (and also with you)

Join us for a conversation with Eden Seminary’s Dr. Adam Ployd as we discuss the relationship between Theology and Star Wars. Ahead of the premiere of “The Rise of Skywalker,” we talk about the Force, Jedi powers, and the theological implications of the Star Wars mythology. May the Force be with you!

Theology on Tap seeks to create a “low pressure” environment for conversations about faith, ethics, politics, and life today.  Join us and bring friends.

Theology on Tap meets upstairs at Dressel’s Pub at 6:30pm on the First Tuesday of each month. Click for a map

Dressel’s Public House
419 N Euclid Ave.
St Louis, MO 63108

Theology on Tap Sept 3: Faith at Fort Sill Protesting Immigrant Detention

Join us for a conversation with our own Rev. Laurie Anzilotti, Maharat Rori Picker-Neiss and other leaders from the “Heartland for Human Justice Coalition” as they talk about their recent bus trip to protest the construction of new immigrant detention facilities, and we unpack the question “what does our faith require of us when our neighbor is detained?”

Theology on Tap seeks to create a “low pressure” environment for conversations about faith, ethics, politics, and life today.  Join us and bring friends.

Theology on Tap meets upstairs at Dressel’s Pub at 6:30pm on the First Tuesday of each month. Click for a map

Dressel’s Public House
419 N Euclid Ave.
St Louis, MO 63108

Work Day: Transform Mitchell Hall

On Saturday August 24, from 10am to 2pm, we will gather at church for a work day.

With construction starting soon we need to move our worship from our soon to be renovated the sanctuary to Mitchell Hall. Please plan to come to our parish work day to get Mitchell Hall ready for worship! We will be moving the altar, setting out chairs, and preparing the space for worship the next day. Please RSVP on Facebook.

July 4 Holiday Schedule

The Parish Office will be closed on Thursday July 4 and Friday July 5, 2019.

We also won’t be holding a Theology on Tap this month.

During that time, clergy can be reached for pastoral emergencies by calling the parish office 314-721-7401 and listening for the clergy emergency number at the end of the message.

Please plan to join us on Sunday July 7 for our regular summer schedule of services. This will be The Rev. Laurie Anzilotti’s first Sunday on our staff as Assistant Rector. A reception will follow the 10:30am service.

Happy 4th of July!

Holy Communion at Pride

Read the letter from our rector, and other clergy about the Episcopal Response to changes in the parade leadership.

Friday: Rally with MTUG in the “Trans and Gender Free March” at 5:30pm

We will join Friday in MTUG’s “Trans and Gender Free Pride March,” starting at 5:30pm at the corner of Arsenal and Oregon. We will march together to Benton Park to hear speakers from the Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) community. We invite our congregations and communities to join in this rally organized by Trans and GNC people and centered around Trans and GNC voices of color.

Interfaith Worship at Pridefest at 10:00am

On Sunday June 30, the rector has declared that our principal service will be downtown. Holy Communion is joining with other congregations of many faiths in celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride. We will gather at the main stage  of the Pride Festival at 10am. You can enter the mainstage area near the corner of of Pine and Tucker. Our clergy and choir will be participating alongside religious leaders and musicians from across the region. Join us for this celebration. (We will still hold two simple services at Holy Communion that Sunday at 8am and 10:30am for those who for cannot attend the service downtown, but our principal worship will be at Pride).

Click here for a map of Pride Fest. The main stage is at the corner of Chestnut and Tucker.

Come early and help usher!

We are looking for a few Holy Communion-ites who can come to the Mainstage at 9:15am on Sunday to help point folks in the right direction. We’d love it if you had a Holy Communion t-shirt on. Email the rector if you can help usher!
 

All Hands on Deck for the March Prep!

We will meet at the church Saturday, June 29, from 5-7 p.m. to eat pizza, blow up balloons, make posters and sort our “throwables.” This will be lots of fun and give us a chance to talk through logistics for the parade and service.

After worship, we will march.

This year, following the service, we’ll have a lunch at Christ Church Cathedral (in a nice indoor, kid friendly, air-conditioned room) As the parade steps off, we’ll make our way together along the parade route to the Episcopal Church’s spot toward the back of the parade lineup.

We will endeavor to carry the spirit of the Friday march with us in Sunday’s parade. We will not be entering a “float” or playing loud music, as in years past. We will walk, carrying banners and signs. Our message in the parade is two-fold. We will say clearly to the thousands who are gathered: “God loves the LGBTQ+ Community.” We will also say: “We stand with MTUG and our Trans Siblings.”

Email the rector with any questions.

Good Friday Offering: Rebuild Louisiana Churches

The Church traditionally designates the Good Friday offering to a church in need. Often the offering supported the work of the churches in the Middle East.

This year the rector has designated the Good Friday offering to help support the rebuilding of historic black Churches which were the victims of domestic terror and arson in Louisiana. While the collection plate is not passed on Good Friday, there will be a plate at each entrance, ready to receive a gift if you choose to make one.

You can also give using our online donation tool. In the drop down menu choose “Good Friday Offering: Rebuild Louisiana Churches.”

Sermon Series: What do we mean when we say the word “God?”

Over three Sundays in March our rector will ask the question: What do we mean when we say the word “God?”

We live in a day when the question charged. There are many diverse responses, many visions of God. There are churches who would claim to have a monopoly on the definition (Holy Communion isn’t one of them). How can we view God in a way that is more generous?

We also live in a day when atheists have become evangelical. God is talked about as a myth, or even a “delusion.” It is not safe to assume we know what someone means when she says she believes in God, or doesn’t.

Over three weeks in Lent, we’ll hear three central stories in our faith. Our rector will preach about how these three stories can serve as resources for Christians today, these three stories help us to respond to the question more fully.

March 17: The God of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar

You can also read the sermon on the rector’s blog: angellmike.com

In the first story, we encounter Abraham, and we talk about the very foundations of faith in one God, what is often called monotheism. Christians, Jews, and Muslims all trace our roots to Abraham and to the matriarchs of our faith Sarah and Hagar. How was belief in one God a radical concept in the ancient world? How can faith in a God who is one transform our lives today? How can sharing God with Jews and Muslims inspire us to work for justice and peace?

March 24: The God of Moses and the Midwives

In the second foundational story of faith, we encounter Moses. Moses asks God “what is your name?” God’s answer comes not just in word, but in action. God moves to set people free. Moses is only able to ask the question because of the faithful resistance of the Hebrew midwives who saved his life out of faith. God continues to act in Moses’ story as the God who liberates.

March 31: The God of Jesus, Mother and Father

Finally we come to Jesus, and the story of the Prodigal son. This parable, maybe more beautifully than any other, serves as one of Jesus’ central teachings about God. What does it mean to talk about God as a loving parent? What does it mean to preach that God is one, liberating, and loving?