In this issue: Photos from the recent Area Confirmation services, Rogationtide, Thurgood Marshall’s Feast day, the 22nd Anniversary of Columbine, and a whole lot more!
News Update 05-06-2021
One-minute read. Following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, bestselling author and illustrator, Roger Hutchison, had the privilege of painting with children who experienced this tragic event. This profoundly affected him and convinced him to serve those who grieve with his writing and art.
One-minute read. We need more disaster chaplains. In the Missouri-Arkansas region of the Red Cross, we have only eight chaplains. We are handling the day-to-day needs right now but should there be a major disaster in our region we will need help. We especially need some chaplains who can speak Spanish.
Two-minute read. Rogationtide happens for a few days just before Ascension Day. This year, that means on Monday, May 10 through Wednesday, May 12 we are encouraged to add special prayers for God’s blessing on the fruits of the earth and the labors of humankind, especially those that fall within our boundaries.
One-minute read. On Saturday, April 24, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City hosted the second Area Confirmation Service of 2021. Presenting candidates were: Alban’s, Bolivar; St. Andrew’s, Kansas City; St. Christ Church, Saint Joseph; Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Kansas City; Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City; Grace Episcopal Church, Liberty St. Mary’s, Kansas City, Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Kansas City.
Three-minute read. On April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, two teens went on a shooting spree. I share my concerns with those of my sister and brother bishops from Bishops United Against Gun Violence, that in the intervening years we have not done enough to introduce common sense laws and make efforts to prevent such tragedies.
Two-minute read. On Saturday, April 17, Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage hosted the first Area Confirmation Service of 2021. Presenting candidates were: Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage; St. Nicholas’ Episcopal Church, Noel; St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Joplin, and Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, Branson.