September 17, 2020
A twice monthly summary of news, events, and information for the people and leaders of the Episcopal Churches of West Missouri.
News
For the latest news and information visit the New Spirit Front Page
2019-2020 Bishop’s Ball Awards
Three-minute read.
For the past 14 years youth, their families, clergy, volunteers, and others have gathered to celebrate the previous year at the Bishop’s Ball. Unfortunately, we were unable to reschedule the Bishop’s Ball this year. There was still some celebrating to do though.

Welcome Mother Melissa, the new assistant rector at St. Andrew’s, Kansas City
One-minute read.
The Rev. Melissa Roberts George has accepted a call to be the new assistant rector for Hospitality, Engagement, and Parish Care at St. Andrew’s, Kansas City.

The Diversity and Reconciliation Commission to hold a second series of book study sessions online
Two-minute read.
Sponsored by The Diocese of West Missouri’s Diversity and Reconciliation Commission, The Beloved Community’s Second Book Study, God of the Oppressed by James H Cone, explores this landmark text in the development of Black Theology.

Features
A Word to The Church from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Ten-minute read.
A Word to the Church from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, and is also the text of his sermon at The Episcopal Church House of Bishops, which met virtually September 16, 2020.

Note: the following information is presented in English and Spanish
Aviso: La siguiente información se presenta en inglés y en español


Christian Formation
It’s never too late to do “Sunday School”
One-minute read.
In whatever form it takes “Sunday School” can offer a triad of fellowship, education, and be an incubator of faith.

Parenting with Mindfulness Small Groups Forming Now!
One-minute read.
Hats off to the 100+ people who engaged with the Parenting with Mindfulness weekend workshop. Now, you can follow up by participating in a small group!

Announcements
Diocesan COVID-19 Webpage

The COVID-19 webpage to provides links to all the key resources you need.

What's Happening
Many churches in the diocese are offering daily prayers, reflections, and Sunday worship online. We've compiled a list of all we know about. If you know of others, please let us know.
Special Convention of the Diocese of West Missouri

A Special Convention of the Diocese of West Missouri will be held at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral on Saturday, October 3, 10 a.m.

The convention will be broadcast on social media.

The 131st Annual Convention of The Diocese of West Missouri
One-minute read.
God willing and the Special Convention (October 3) approving, the 131st Annual Convention of The Diocese of West Missouri will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2020.

The convention will be broadcast on Social Media.
Youth Events
October 3
Fall Regional Event – Kansas City Area. Join Meredith at The Church of the Good Shepherd from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. If you can’t make it in person, a virtual option will be available via Zoom on October 4 at 8 p.m. in the WEMO Youth Community Zoom Room.
October 4
Fall Regional Event – Southern Area. Join Madi at two different locations; St. James in Springfield from 1:30pm – 3 p.m. and Grace Episcopal in Carthage from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. If you can’t make it in person, a virtual option will be available via Zoom on October 3 at 8 p.m. in the WEMO Youth Community Zoom Room.
Church Events
September 19
Area Confirmation. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City. 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Rehearsal 1 p.m.)
October 17
Area Confirmation. St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Joplin. 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. Online. (Rehearsal 1 p.m.)
November 21
Area Confirmation. Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Rehearsal 1 p.m.)
External Events
September 19
Province VII Workshops for Rural and Small Congregations. Gather with friends and neighbors to discuss stewardship and other ministry areas related to small and rural congregations in Province VII. 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Online.
September 26 – 27
Province VII Deacons Conference. This conference will help deacons strengthen their preaching skills and refresh their enthusiasm for preaching. Online.
Education and Training
October 10-11
BKSM - Details TBA
October 27
Annual Convention Technology Training Session 1 at 10 a.m. Online.
Annual Convention Technology Training Session 2 at 7 p.m. Online.
October 28
Annual Convention Technology Training Session 3 at 3 p.m. Online. Online.
October 29
Annual Convention Technology Training Session 4 at 7 p.m. Online. Online.
November 14-15
BKSM - Details TBA
Meetings
September 17
Northwest Metro Deanery Council. Online. 10 a.m - Noon.
September 19
Central Deanery Council. Online. 10 a.m. - Noon.
September 20
Standing Committee. Online. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
September 30
Diocesan Council Executive Committee. Online. 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
October 3
Special Convention. Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral. 10 a.m. - Noon.
October 6
Episcopal Ministry Support Team. Online. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Finance Committee. Online. 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
October 9
Commission on Ministry. Online. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
October 10
Diocesan Council Meeting. Online. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
October 12-14
Clergy Retreat. Online. 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day.
October 14
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission. St. Augustine Church, Kansas City. 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
October 17
Central Deanery Meeting. Online. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
October 18
Standing Committee. Online. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
November 3
Episcopal Ministry Support Team. Online. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Finance Committee. Online. 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
November 7
Deadlines
September 26
Online registration closes for the Special Convention.
September 27
Online registration closes for the Province VII Deacons Conference.
October 7
Nominations, Reports and Resolutions for the 131st Annual Convention of The Diocese of West Missouri.
October 20
Online registration closes for the 131st Annual Convention of The Diocese of West Missouri.
For all the latest information about events around the diocese visit the Events Home Page.

Spot an error or omission? Let us know: communications@diowestmo.org
Keep in touch - Tell us what you are doing
The next News Update will be published on Thursday, September 3, 2020
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
Bishop Marty’s Visitation Schedule

Bishop Marty’s visitations were halted in March due to the Coronavirus. Based on the poll responses from church leadership, a new visitation schedule has been established for October 2020 through March 2021.

Clergy or Wardens in Charge, please review the schedule and let Emily Davenport know if you have any conflicts. This schedule will remain in draft status until Friday, September 25. At that point, unless Emily has been contacted, this schedule will be set.
 
Please make note that all weekday visitations are scheduled for Wednesdays, which is Bishop Marty’s preference, but it is not required. If another day of the week will work better for your leadership, please contact Emily to arrange a different date.

We need your help to build the quorum needed in order to hold our Special Convention. Please REGISTER & RECRUIT your delegates today.

Changing the times of your online services?

Don't forget to let us know so we can keep the list of online services up to date.

Email any changes to communications@diowestmo.org
No Slate of Delegates? You'll lose your church's voice at the Annual Convention

If yours is one of the 14 churches that failed to provide a list of Annual Convention Delegates and Alternates in March, and has ignored all the reminders that have been issued, act now, or you'll be too late and you'll lose their opportunity to attend and vote at November's Annual Convention.
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
Fall Area Confirmations
One-minute read.
Area confirmations are going to be looking a bit different this year. How different? We are still working that out… Four Area Confirmation services planned between now and early December.

New Administrative Website
One-minute read.
When the current diocesan website was first built over six years ago it had a couple of dozen pages or so. Now it has grown to over 270. With all that growth, the content has become more difficult to find and increasingly difficult to manage and update. This summer we have started work on moving all the administrative content to office.diowestmo.org.

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