December 18, 2020
A twice monthly summary of news, events,
and information for the people of the
Episcopal Churches of West Missouri
To get the latest news and information between issues of News Update, visit the New Spirit Front Page
Join the Episcopal Churches of West Missouri in celebrating the Nativity of our Lord. There’s something for everyone, with options for attending physically distanced, in-person services, parking lot services, or joining in from the comfort of your own home with online services.

Area Confirmation Service at St. John's
Four-minute read.
On Saturday, December 5, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Springfield hosted diocesan Area Confirmations. Churches presenting candidates: St John’s Episcopal Church, Springfield, and Christ Episcopal Church, Springfield.

Bishop Marty’s 2020 Christmas Message
Five-minute video.
Blessed Advent, and a Merry Christmas from Bishop Marty.

Presiding Bishop Curry’s Christmas Message 2020
Three-minute video.
“Joy to the world! The Lord is come. In your hearts, in your homes, in your lives, prepare him room,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry.

Aviso: La siguiente información se presenta en inglés y en español.

New book from Fr. Bryan Spoon to benefit Children’s Mercy Hospital
One-minute read.
Neuroscience and the Fruit of Spirit by Fr. Bryan Spoon is a guide for understanding the physiological basis for spirituality and ethical behavior. All the author’s royalties from the book will benefit Children’s Mercy Hospital.

One-minute read.
Everything Holy will bring elements of formation – liturgy, service, education and fellowship – to your door each month, woven together through a subtle sacramental and seasonal theme. Keeping multiple learning styles in mind, additional tangible supplies will often be included that tie it all together.

Blue Christmas
Two-minute read.
This year the words Blue Christmas might ring especially true to you as 2020 draws to a close. Perhaps you and yours can find solace in a Blue Christmas service that is reflective as well as healing and hopeful.

The Man Who Invented Christmas
Two-minute read.
Based on the inspiring true story, The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol.

The Cross – December 2020 Issue
One-minute read.
The November edition of The Cross, the magazine of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, a worldwide ministry to men and youth in the Episcopal and Anglican communion is available to read online.

What's Happening
Youth Events
Every Saturday & Sunday during Advent
Join the WEMO Youth Regional Coordinators, Madi and Meredith for Advent - Journeying the Way of Love.Online. Each Saturday and Sunday evening at 8 p.m. WEMO Youth Community Zoom Room.
Church Events
December 24-25
Diocesan Office closed for Christmas.
January 1
Diocesan Office closed for New Year's day.
January 18
The Diocese of West Missouri office will be closed for Martin Luther King Day.
External Events
January 26-28, 2021
Forma21: Embodying Spiritual Practices. The Forma21 gathering will include opportunities for leaders to experience community and learning through curated worship, wisdom, and workshop offerings. Online. Click here for more information and to register.
March 3-5, 2021
2021 CEEP Network’s Digital Annual Conference. From COVID-19 to economic anxiety to the racial reckoning taking place across our Church, in our nation and around the world. CEEP Network is excited to announce we will gather on-line to bear witness together at the 2021 Annual Conference. Online. Click here for more information and to register.
Education and Training
January 9-10
Bishop Kemper School for Ministry January 2021 courses: Christian Ethics (D), Christian History I, Polity & Canons, and Pauline Epistles. Click here for complete course descriptions and to register.
February 13-14
Bishop Kemper School for Ministry February 2021 courses: Christian Theology I (D), Forms of Christian Ethics (P), Preaching 2, Social Ministry I. Click here for complete course descriptions and to register. Online. Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
March 13-14
Bishop Kemper School for Ministry March 2021 courses: Congregational Leadership, Contemporary Catechumenate, Sacramental Theology and Social Ministry II. Click here for complete course descriptions and to register. Online. Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Clergy Events and Services
Every Wednesday
Compline. Online. 9 p.m.
December 20
Standing Committee. Online. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
January 5
Episcopal Ministry Support Team. Online. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Finance Committee. Online. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
January 13
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission. Online. 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
February 2
Episcopal Ministry Support Team. Online. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
February 3
Council Executive Committee Meeting. Online. 3 pm. – 4 p.m.
February 10
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission. Online. 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
February 12
Commission on Ministry. Online. 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
February 21
Standing Committee. Online. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
March 1
Preacher and Catechist Licenses Expire
Clerical Licenses Expire
Church Rosters Due
March 5
UTO Grant Submission deadline
Bishop Marty's Church Visits
A complete list of Bishop Marty's church visits can be found here.
Many churches in the diocese are offering daily prayers, reflections, and Sunday worship online.
For all the latest information about events around the diocese visit the Events Home Page.

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The next News Update will be published on Thursday, January 7, 2020
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
Microsoft 365 & Church Email

The communications budget for 2021 includes a provision for providing the full Microsoft 365 suite (formerly Microsoft Office) and a professional email account to up to 20 churches. This initiative is aimed at our smaller churches with limited IT and admin resources. if you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, please contact the Communications Director, Gary Allman.

Christmas Service Listings

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Bulletin Inserts
Bulletin & church newsletter inserts for you to consider and include.
Inserts from The Episcopal Church

These weekly bulletin inserts provide information about the history, music, liturgy, mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church, and may be of help to churches with limited time and resources to prepare weekly bulletins.

Lesson, sermon, and bulletin resources for churches and groups

In Case You Missed It
Episcopal Relief & Development launches a new online prayer service
One-minute read.
Episcopal Relief & Development has launched a new online prayer experience. It is designed to provide a curated list of prayers to guide us in praying for significant seasons in The Episcopal Church, disasters, and other events.

Diakoneo Magazine November, 2020
Eight-minute read.
The latest issue of Diakoneo, the magazine for deacons is available to read online. In this issue: A two-parish farm ministry, Deacon bridges race & economic status as Poor People’s Campaign leader, Zambia ministry follow-up, and more!

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