June 2, 2022
A summary of news and events,
for the people of the
Episcopal Churches of West Missouri
News
Ordination of Rita Kendagor to the Sacred Order of Priests
Two-minute read.
Photographs of the ordination of Rita Jo Carson Kendagor into the Sacred Order of Priests at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City on Saturday, May 28, 2022.
Pastoral Letter from Bishop Bruce on the recent shootings at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas

How long must we wait for an end to senseless gun violence against another beloved child of God?
Carta Pastoral de la Obispa Bruce sobre el reciente tiroteo en la Escuela Primaria Robb en Uvalde, Texas

¿Hasta cuándo debemos esperar para poner fin a la violencia sin sentido con armas de fuego en contra de otros amados hijos e hijas de Dios?

Features
Juneteenth — A personal reflection
Four-minute read.
Stephanie Hasty reflects on Juneteenth, June 19, the date that Major General Gordon Granger read General Order 3 to the people of Galveston, Texas. It was then, two years after The Emancipation Proclamation was signed, that every enslaved person in the United States was free and knew it.
The Episcopal Church at Kansas City Pride 2022 — June 10-12
One-minute read.
Will you join us in affirming God’s love to all this June? Three churches of The Diocese of West Missouri have taken the lead on The Episcopal Church’s presence at Kansas City Pride 2022, and are inviting you to join them.
Plan for a Spirit-filled Summer
One-minute read.
Summer might be one of the best times to kick formational opportunities up a notch for God’s children of all ages. Explore simple and engaging ideas on the BuildingFaith.org website or visit a link here that catches your eye.
Remembering and Celebrating in May
One-minute read.
Everyday saints are all around us, those (un)conventional people whose light burns bright, and each is worth celebrating … and remembering.
Announcements
Clergy Transitions – May 2022
One-minute read.
Details of recent clergy transitions through to the end of May 2022.

Education for Ministry – Where Are We?
One-minute read.
Participants and graduates of an Education for Ministry (EfM) program are sprinkled throughout West Missouri. Help the diocese learn more about your experience by participating in a very short survey.

What's happening
Save the Dates – Deanery Picnics
Join us at a deanery picnic and celebrate Bishop Bruce's ministry with the diocese.
  • Central Deanery, St. Anne’s, Lee’s Summit. July 23, Noon – 4 p.m.
  • Southern Deanery, St Matthew’s, Ozark. July 30, 4 p.m. – TBA
  • Northwest-Metro Deanery, Church of the Good Shepherd, Kansas City. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
June 9, at 7 p.m. Join the Diversity & Reconciliation Commission chair, Shirly Bolden in a discussion around the workshops, book studies, and what the Diversity & Reconciliation Commission can offer to each individual parish in assisting them to focus on the sin of racism.
Praying the Lord’s Prayer with All Creatures
Everyday saints are all around us, those (un)conventional people whose light burns bright, and each is worth celebrating … and remembering.

On Saturday, June 11, 2022, at 4 p.m., God willing, Jean Marie Long will be ordained into the Sacred Order of Deacons at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City.

You are invited to attend a Godly Play teacher training event Saturday, June 18, from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City Missouri.

Save the date! Women's Retreat, August 6.

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Events & Meetings
check out the diocesan calendar and our full list of forthcoming events and meetings.
Deadlines
None at present.
Many churches in the diocese are offering daily prayers, reflections, and Sunday worship online.
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
Juneteenth — liturgy and history
Two-minute read.
In 2015, the 126th Diocesan Convention passed a resolution regarding the response of the Episcopal churches in West Missouri to the ongoing sin of Racism. One of the provisions was the use the service closest to “Juneteenth” as an opportunity to remind ourselves of the constant vigilance needed to address racism.
Clergy Transitions – May 2022
One-minute read.
Details of recent clergy transitions through to the end of May 2022.

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
Bulletin inserts and flyers
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Second chance - In case you missed it
Introducing Rachael Orth
Bishop Bruce answers questions on The Episcopal Church’s position following last week’s leaked draft ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
Recommendations from the May 17 meeting of Presiding Officers’ General Convention Design Group
Spread The Word