March 17, 2022
A summary of news and events,
for the people of the
Episcopal Churches of West Missouri
The Episcopal Church’s Good Friday Offering – Celebrating a century of financial gifts
One-minute read.
For one hundred years, Episcopal churches have been providing financial support for the ministry of the Anglican Communion Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East from their Good Friday offerings.
Fr. Chandler Jackson elected Dean of the Southern Deanery
One-minute read.
The Rev. Chandler Jackson III has been elected the new dean of the Southern Deanery by the Southern Deanery Council. Fr. Chandler replaces Fr. Jos Tharakan, Bishop Elect of Idaho.
Materiales para la Ofrenda del Viernes Santo
One-minute read.
Estos recursos ayudan a explicar la misión de la Iglesia Episcopal en el apoyo de los ministerios de las cuatro diócesis de la Provincia de Jerusalén y el Medio Oriente, y la importancia de las contribuciones a la Ofrenda del Viernes Santo hacen posible este trabajo.
Una nueva encuesta confirma que Jesús sigue siendo una figura espiritual importante, pero que la pandemia afectó la actividad religiosa
Three-minute read.
Un nuevo estudio nacional, Jesús en Estados Unidos, fue publicado hoy. La investigación encontró que, si bien la mayoría de los estadounidenses encuestados creen que Jesús era una figura espiritual importante y quieren igualdad en la sociedad.
New poll confirms Jesus remains an important spiritual figure, but pandemic had an effect on religious activity
Three-minute read.
A new national study, Jesus in America, was released today. The research found that while the majority of Americans polled believe Jesus was an important spiritual figure and want equality in society, it also showed Christians are not necessarily practicing what Jesus taught.
International Outreach Grant (IOG) Program, 50:50 donation match
Two-minute read.
The Diocese of West Missouri has long maintained a strong conviction to support international outreach, specifically as defined by the Millennium Development Goals established by the Episcopal Church at its general convention in 2000. The intent is to reduce the number of people around our world who live in extreme poverty.
Bishop Bruce, “Please send me pictures of your church in action,”
One-minute read.
Please send pictures of your church serving your local community to be displayed in Bishop Bruce’s office and the lobby of the Diocesan Center.

Clergy Update
One-minute read.
A brief update on recent clergy changes.

The Cross – March 2022
One-minute read.
The March 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
Workshop — Celebrating 20 years of Called to Common Mission
Registration Closes March 23

Clergy and lay church members alike are invited to join together in this afternoon of discussion about consolidating, strengthening, and developing ties between The Episcopal Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as we celebrate the twentieth anniversary of our Call to Common Mission.
Join us online for an informal discussion on church finances, and we’ll share what we’ve learned over the years and chat about how we can help. We’ll look at covenanted portions, the Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs, discretionary funds, audits, and anything else that you need help with. 7 p.m. March 24.
This training fulfills the intent of several General Convention resolutions which call for leaders at all levels of The Episcopal Church to receive training on the Church’s teaching about racial diversity as well as other forms of diversity present within the human family.
On Saturday, April 2, 2022, at 11 a.m., God willing, Krista Diane Heuett & Collin Kenneth Larimore will be ordained into the Sacred Order of Deacons at Christ Episcopal Church, Springfield, Missouri.
Save the Date
Church Admins - join us online for the second Leadership Essentials workshop on Thursday, March 31 at 1 p.m.
Clergy - Renewal of Vows and Blessing of the Oils. Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Tuesday, April 12, 2022.
The Daughters of the King Spring Assembly is to be held in person at Trinity Episcopal Church, Lebanon. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., on May 7, 2022.
Events & Meetings
There are lots of new events to check out on our full list of forthcoming events and meetings.
March 1
Now Overdue - Lay Eucharistic Minister, Lay Eucharistic Visitor, and Lay Evangelist licenses expire March 1, 2022.
Vestry rosters, slate of delegates, Bishop’s Committee rosters due.
Bishop Bruce's Church Visits

A complete list of Bishop Bruce's church visits can be found here.
Many churches in the diocese are offering daily prayers, reflections, and Sunday worship online.
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
Church Admins - join us online for the second Leadership Essentials workshop on Thursday, March 31 at 1 p.m.

Church leaders, check out this reminder for these important items due by March 1, 2022.

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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 [email protected]
Bulletin inserts and flyers
Do you have any bulletin inserts or flyers of interest to the Episcopal Churches of West Missouri? Send them in!

Second chance - In case you missed it
Episcopal Diocese of Idaho calls the Very Rev. Jos Tharakan, the rector of St. James, Springfield as 14th bishop
St. Augustine’s gives $1,000 to Absalom Jones Fund following Absalom Jones Celebration service (pictures) 
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