December 3, 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
Meet our latest deacons
Four-minute read.
On Monday, November 16, 2020, Lynda Hurt and Isaac Petty were ordained into the Sacred Order of Deacons at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Missouri. Read on to find out a little bit about their respective journeys of faith.

Read More Ordination: Photographs | Video
Everything Holy
Three-minute read.
Beginning in January a special monthly formation package will reach out in a tangible, friendly, and fun way to West Missouri households of all shapes, sizes, and ages. We feel that this is such an important project that the monthly packages will be provided at no cost to the participants.

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.

Advent Walk
One-minute read.
Why not create an Advent walk in your church’s grounds? Create posters for the five stops and invite people to visit your Advent Walk. However, it doesn’t need to be organized, an Advent Walk can begin anywhere outside. The purpose is to offer you moments of stillness, reverence, contemplation and beauty.

COVD-19 – Advent and Christmas worship planning
One-minute read.
What has been learned about leading worship and music from six months of COVID-19 disruption? What is at stake theologically and pastorally? And perhaps most importantly, how are we being made new in this wilderness?

Preparing to become the Beloved Community
One-minute read.
Advent is a season of preparation. Find printer-friendly online resources and alternative activities to grow loving, liberating, life-giving relationships.

Christian Formation
Your Daily Life Is Your Temple: Doors of Perception
One-minute read.
Opening doors to perception through art. What is the first thing that comes to your mind?

The Cross – November 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
Live from St. John’s Episcopal Church, Springfield, Missouri, view on YouTube and Facebook, 2 p.m. Saturday, December 5, 2020.

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 4
Friday Night Movie Discussion. Join the discussion about The Man Who Invented Christmas. Hosted by the Church of the Good Shepherd, Kansas City. 6:30 p.m. Online.
December 5
Area Confirmation. St. John’s, Springfield. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Rehearsal 1 p.m.)
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
None at this time
Education and Training
December 12-13
Bishop Kemper School for Ministry December 2020 courses: Diakonia, Foundations of Ethics, Doctrines of the Second Person, and New Testament. Click here for complete course descriptions and to register
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.
Clergy Events and Services
Every Wednesday
Compline. Online. 9 p.m.
December 9
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission. Online. 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
December 11
Commission on Ministry. Online. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
December 12
Diocesan Council. Online. 10 a.m. - 2 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.
January 17
Standing Committee. Online. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
None at present.
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.

Spot an error or omission? Let us know:
Keep in touch - Tell us what you are doing
The next News Update will be published on Thursday, December 17, 2020
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
Deadline approaching for 2021 Roanridge Trust grants for leadership development in small towns and rural communities

The deadline is approaching for the 2021 Roanridge Trust Grant Awards. Dioceses, congregations and Episcopal Church related organizations and institutions are invited to apply.

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!

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
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
Area Confirmations at St. Peter & All Saints
Two-minute read.
On Saturday, November 21, St. Peter & All Saints Episcopal Church, Kansas City hosted the second of this year’s area confirmation services.

Lay Licensed Ministry Licenses Expiring in 2021

Every year, some lay licenses expire on March 1st. In 2021, Catechist and Preacher licenses will all expire on March 1st. Anyone holding those licenses will need to submit a renewal application any time after January 1st.

Spread The Word