November 25, 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
15 Thanksgiving Prayers and Table Graces
One-minute read.
Happy Thanksgiving! Offering a blessing before meals or on special occasions is a good thing. One of these 15 Thanksgiving prayers and table graces might bring something extra special to the table this year.

The Ordination of Lynda Ann Hurt & Isaac Ross Petty to The Sacred Order of Deacons
Two-minute read.
On Monday, November 16, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. Lynda Ann Hurt and Isaac Ross Petty were ordained into the Sacred Order of Deacons at St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Missouri.

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.

Presiding Bishop: The 80th General Convention has been rescheduled to July 2022
Three-minute read.
A letter to Episcopalians from Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings.

Una carta a los episcopales del obispo primado Michael B. Curry y la presidenta de la Cámara de Diputados la reverenda Gay Clark Jennings.

What's Happening
Good Shepherd Friday Night Movie Discussion

December 4 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

Join the folks at Good Shepherd for a Friday night discussion of the movie The Man Who Invented Christmas. If you would like to take part please contact Fr. Galen, or call him at 417-793-0446 by Wednesday, December 2 for your Zoom Invitation.

Note. Before joining the discussion, you need to beg, borrow, or rent the movie and watch it!
Youth Events
None at this time.
Church Events
November 26-27
Diocesan Office closed for Thanksgiving.
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.
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 1
Episcopal Ministry Support Team. Online. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Finance Committee. Online. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
December 2
Diocesan Council Executive Committee. Online. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
December 9
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission. St. Augustine's, Kansas City. 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.
November 27
Registration for December confirmations at St. John’s, Springfield
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, December 3, 2020
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
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.

There is still time to apply for 2021 Roanridge Trust grants

There is still time to apply for 2021 Roanridge Trust grants for leadership development in small towns and rural communities

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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
Advent and Christmas Resources
One-minute read.
Advent is right around the corner. Many of you are already working on Advent boxes or care packages for households. If you’re just getting started, we can offer a few tips and suggestions.

It’s a wrap! 2020 Annual Convention
Two-minute read.
It’s a wrap! The Diocese of West Missouri’s first (and hopefully only) online Annual Convention is now over. The 131st Annual Convention of The Diocese of West Missouri was held on Saturday, November 7. Read all about it...


  • Bishop Marty’s address to the convention can be seen here.
  • A complete list of election results and the various appointments ratified by the the convention are given here.
  • Tom Kokjer, the Diocesan Treasurer, presented the 2021 Plan for Ministry, which was subsequently approved by the convention. You can watch Tom’s presentation here.
  • The 2021 Plan for Ministry is available to read here.
  • Of the four resolutions brought before the convention, three were approved–some with minor tweaking to their language–and one was rejected. You can read the resolutions, as approved, here.
  • All the reports submitted can be found here.
Kansas City police use violence against constitutional non-violent civil disobedience
Four-minute read.
The Kansas City, Missouri Police Department used unconstitutional violence against non-violent persons protesting the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. The non-violent protesters were engaging in acts of civil disobedience that are protected by the First Amendment. Laws that allow persons to be arrested for constitutional acts of civil disobedience that do not damage property, injure, or kill persons must be repealed.

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