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iSeek May 26, 2010; News from the Diocese of Missouri

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The Plight of the Pelicans: Prayer resources for the Gulf oil spill; Diocesan budget request time, guidelines now online; Celebration of New Ministry scheduled for Fr. Jon Hall and St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Ellisville; TENS conference and stewardship resources; What does Federal Health Care Reform Mean for Missourians, presentation by MFH's CEO, Dr. James Kimmey at Advent Episcopal in Crestwood; Newsline
The Plight of the Pelicans: Prayer resources for the Gulf oil spill; Diocesan budget request time, guidelines now online; Celebration of New Ministry scheduled for Fr. Jon Hall and St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Ellisville; TENS conference and stewardship resources; What does Federal Health Care Reform Mean for Missourians, presentation by MFH's CEO, Dr. James Kimmey at Advent Episcopal in Crestwood; Newsline

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May 26, 2010
In the diocesan cycle we pray for the people of St. Luke 
s Church, Manchester (1904), and William, their Rector In our companion diocese of Lui, we pray for the clergy and people of Lui Parish, and Repent, their Priest 
The Plight of the Pelicans
Upon his return to the diocese aftersabbatical, Bishop Wayne Smithwroteabout reflections while watchingbrownpelicans on Padre Island, Texas. So it hasbeen particularly poignant waiting to hearhow the pelicans are faring, as we listen tothe narrative of the unfolding environmentalcrisis in the Gulf of Mexico.Brown pelicans, the state bird of Louisiana,were close to extinction in the 1970s. Acoordinated effort of environmentallegislation, clean-up, education, andrepopulation by government, nonprofitorganizations, and citizens brought the birdsback. Brown pelicans on the Atlantic Coastwere taken off the endangered species listin 1985, and Gulf coast birds were justremoved from the list last year.
Prayer Resources
"The slow-motion tragedy of the gulf oil spill lays bare our collective failure as caretakers of God 
s good creation. While unknown thousands of barrels of oil leak into the rich and diverse ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico, how are we as Christians called to respond? While it is easy to express anger and cast blame at the companies who owned, operated and profited from the deep sea exploration, we must also reflect on our own complicity through our endless demand for cheap oil." 
So begins abulletin insert (pdf)and resourcefor congregations to facilitate a prayerful response to the Gulf oil disasterfrom the Eco-Justice Programs of the National Council of Churches (of whichThe Episcopal Church is a member).
"O God, the Great, Wide Seas are Yours,"
is a hymn written in responseto the ongoing oil spill by the Rev. Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. She serves withher husband Bruce as co-pastors of Limestone Presbyterian Church (USA)in Wilmington, Delaware.
More information:
 Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast 
image of a brown pelican from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Crisis response .
comprehensive information from the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command , which includes BP, TransOcean, EPA,Coast Guard, DOD, NOAA, State Dept, and others U.S.federal agencies.
Budget Request Time
To: Priests in Charge of Congregations, Rectors, Vicars, Senior/Bishop 
Wardens, Treasurers, Program Chairs, Diocesan Staff From: Dan Smith, Canon to the Ordinary Re: 2011 Budget Requests 
The process has begun for the preparation of the 2011 Operating Budget ofthe Diocese of Missouri. Diocesan Council will review and evaluate allrequests and a final budget will be presented at Convention in November.Budget requests must be received in the Diocesan Office by July 20, 2010.Download the2011 Budget Request Letter and Guidelinesin a PDFdocument on the diocesan web site.
Plight of the Pelicans 
Budget request 
Celebration of New Ministry 
TENS conference 
Health Care Reform 
Sun, Jun 6
, Church of theAscension-Northwoods
Sun, Jun 13
, Ft. LeonardWood
Sat, Jun 19,
10:00 a.m.Ordination of Pamela Dolan tothe Sacred Order of Priests,Christ Church Cathedral
Sun, Jun 20
, Trinity-JeffersonCounty
Life of the Diocese
Thurs, May 27
 Standing Committee meetingDetails
Sat, May 29, The Peace MealProject
at St. John's-TowerGrove, every Saturday .Serving from 4-6 p.m. To signup as a volunteer, pleasecontactScott Splater. A fullshift is from 2-6:30 p.m. anda half shift would be 2-4:30p.m. (food prep and cook) or4-6:30 (serve and clean up).
Mon, May 31,
 Camp PhoenixRegistrationdeadlineextended.
Mon, May 31 7:30 PM
ESM Book Club OnlineFor an invitation by emailcontact Fr. Rod Wiltse,wiltse@charter.netIn May wediscuss The Sacred Meal byNora Gallagher.
Sat, Jun 5
 2010 Diocesan CouncilmeetingDetails
Lectio DivinaFriday a.m., June 4 - July 16
A Summer Opportunity to Experience Lectio Divina 
 facilitated bythe Rev. Susie Skinner,held at Grace-KirkwoodJune 4
July 16There many ways to read the
Bible. One is to engage in
Bible Study and another is to
"pray the scriptures."
When we do Bible Study weuse our head to understandhow the scriptures came to bewritten and what the words
mean for us today.
The ancient practice o"praying the scriptures" isreading God's word more with
our heart than our head.
Called "lectio divina," literally"holy reading," it begins withcultivating the ability to listendeeply, to hear "with the earof our hearts" the words of Holy
In "lectio divina" we listen forthe still, small voice of God -that "faint murmuring sound"which is God's word for us,God's voice touching our
Celebration and Installation
The Rev. Jon Hall will be installed as the newrector of St. Martin
s Episcopal Church in Ellisville,Wednesday, Aug. 25.The service will begin at 6:30 p.m. with BishopWayne Smith leading the Holy Eucharist and the
Celebration of a New Ministry. A
reception in ParkHall will follow the service.Hall began serving St. Martin
’s Feb. 7. All are
invited to join the celebration as we officiallywelcome Fr. Jon, his wife Colleen and daughter Abby to St. Martin
-Janis Greenbaum/ St. Martin's 
TENS: The Episcopal Network for Stewardship
from Barbara Robinson, Diocesan Stewardship leader: 
 "Here is your chance to get your feet wet instewardship leadership for your parish. Theannual TENS (The Episcopal Network forStewardship) conference is being held July 30-31 in Indianapolis, an easy four hour drive fromSt. Louis. With a great speaker and helpfulworkshops,
The Grace, Gratitude and Generosity Conference  
offers a wonderfulopportunity for every congregation to experiencefirst-hand the wealth of information, materials, and spirit of Stewardshipavailable through TENS. Come and find ways to teach stewardshipeducation in your parish. I can highly recommend this conference foreveryone, lay or clergy, involved in stewardship in your parish."
More links and resources on the diocesan stewardship page.
 The Mission of TENS is to transform lives by developing a network of churchleaders who encourage generosity. We accomplish this mission by:practicing holy habits of daily prayer and engaging the gospel; honoring Godwith all that we have and all that we are; and training, encouraging, nurturing,and supporting the ministry of stewardship at every level.
More information about TENS 
 What Does Federal Health Care Reform Meanfor Missourians?
Thursday, June 10, 201010:30 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
(Lunch will follow)Episcopal Church of the Advent9373 Garber Road, Crestwood, MOA luncheon presentation on the federal health carereform law and its impact on Missouri families,individuals, and businesses.Dr. James Kimmey, Missouri Foundation forHealth President and CEO,will discuss what is in the health care reform lawand its impact on individuals, families, and businesses in Missouri. Time willbe reserved for questions and answers. All members of the community arewelcome. Kimmey is a highly sought speaker on Health Care Policy bothwithin Missouri and throughout the US. He is also a long time parishioner atChrist Church Cathedral and tenor in the cathedral choir.This presentation is free and open to all but RSVP by June 8th, as we mustplan for space and for the meal. The Missouri Foundation will be assistingwith the meal so we need an accurate count for them. RSVP todeb@crestwoodparishnurse.orgor by calling the church office at (314) 8430123.This presentation is one of Advent
s monthly
Lunch & Learn 
Missouri History Museumwill be screening the documentary
Unnatural Causes: In Sickness and In Wealth 
Thursday, May 27, at 7:00pm. The filmlooks at connections between health, money, and race. At 6pm, there willbe a reception with light refreshments, and at 6:30, a brief presentation by
As we read the Scriptures inthis contemplative way wediscover an increasing abilityto offer more of ourselvesand lives to God.Using the readings for thecoming Sunday, The Rev.Susan Skinner will facilitate agroup in the practice of lectiodivina for six sessions this
The group will meet on Fridaymornings from 11:00 a. m. tonoon in the chapel at GraceChurch Kirkwood, 514 EastArgonne Drive, Kirkwood, MO63122 beginning June 4 andwill continue through July
(There will be no meeting onJuly
Discernment ConferenceJune 6-8
The Discernment Conference,sponsored by the Commissionon Ministry of the Diocese of Missouri, is open to cand-idates, postulants, aspirants,and those contemplating dis-cernment for ministry.Download aregistration formonline, and submit
by no later than
Friday, May 21
to: CoryHoehn, Episcopal Diocese of Missouri 1210 Locust St. St.Louis, MO 63103 Questions?Please contact Cory at (314)255-1383 orchoehn@diocesemo.org.
Episcopal City Mission'sSummer Solstice: June 18
The annual evening of music,food, fun for the whole familyto benefit Episcopal CityMinistry (ECM) that is eagerly
anticipated each year.
ECM provides Chaplains tochildren in the St. Louis Cityand County detention centersand Lakeside residential
The chaplains are ina very real sense thecompassionate face of aloving God in the lives of children who are in troubleand frequently have no oneelse to turn to.
Friday, June 18, 2010 from5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at
Emmanuel Episcopal Church,9 South Bompart, WebsterGroves, MO.Tickets are just $15 for
adults and $5 for children 5
12. Ticket price includes
dinner, beverages, and musicfrom the
The House of Bishops
 band. This year's auctionitems include an afternoonsailing trip onCarlyle Lake,Cardinal tickets, and other funand exciting things. There willbe a children's area with facepainting and games.For tickets, please callEpiscopal City Mission at 314-436-3545.
Dismantling RacismSt. Peter's-Ladue, July 9-10
Brochure Registration (doc format) Registration (pdf) 
May 23
Jeanne d
Arc (Joan of Arc)
 Mystic and Soldier, 1431

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