February 7, 2020
St. Mary’s, Kansas City, Receives $264,000 Grant from the William T. Kemper Foundation
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St. Mary’s Episcopal Church has announced that it has received a $264,000 matching grant award from the William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee in support of its initiative to refurbish and enhance its pipe organ and upgrade the HVAC system in its historic neo-Gothic building.

NourishKC - Taking a bite out of hunger
One-minute read.
NourishKC achieved some amazing things in 2019 - most important of which was offering a place of warmth, hospitality, and nourishment to our neighbors who may not have enough food to sustain themselves or their families.

The Cross – January 2020 Issue
One-minute read.
The January 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.

Diocesan Website Updates
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We've updated several pages on the diocesan website, and published Bishop Marty's sermon from January 26.

Intern Opportunities
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Interns are highly valued team members of The Diocese of West Missouri Formation programs.  The Summer Intern program has two places available for young adults who graduated high school in 2019 or earlier. The new Ministry Intern is for young adults, at least 21 years old and who have discerned a call to ministry.

Intern Opportunities
One-minute read.
Interns are highly valued team members of The Diocese of West Missouri Formation programs. The Summer Intern program has two places available for young adults who graduated high school in 2019 or earlier. The new Ministry Intern is for young adults, at least 21 years old and who have discerned a call to ministry.

Lenten Programs
  Lent is nearly upon us, if you've enjoyed taking part in Lent Madness over the years you might be looking to change things around this year with some more reflective options for your personal or church Lenten program. Here are a couple of suggestions for programs to follow.
Episcopal Relief & Development Lenten Meditations and One Thousand Days of Love
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Developed in collaboration with Grow Christians, the 2020 Lenten Meditations focus on the spiritual lives of children and how they can inform the prayers and meditations of all Christians.

Lenten program: Signs of Life - Why Church Matters
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This five-week Lenten series comes from the Episcopal monks at the Society of Saint John the Evangelist. Worship engages our deepest human needs and has the power to transform our lives. Join the Brothers of SSJE in exploring the signs and symbols at the heart of Christian worship.

Advertising Your Church's Lent Activities
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We are collecting details of your church's pre-Lenten activities and Lenten programs. Fill in the online form with the details and we will promote the events here and on Social media.

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What's Happening
Blessed Absalom Jones Celebration

One-minute read.
Join the people of St. Augustine’s in a celebration of the Blessed Absalom Jones on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Three-minute read.
Bishop's Days 2020 is a must-see event for those who are new in their role as rector, vicar, priest in charge, or interim; all new and returning vestry and bishop’s committee members; church administrators, and anyone interested in church leadership.
My House Workshop
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The My House Workshop for Men is a 3-day confidential, intensive for men striving to overcome and heal from unwanted sexual behaviors. It is geared to maximize your investment of time and money, as it will enhance the work you might have started or jump start your journey towards healing. February 20 - 22.

Churches
February 16
Absalom Jones Celebration. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City. 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Youth
February 28 – March 1
Senior High Retreat. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Lee's Summit.
March 27 – 29
Junior High Retreat. Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage. 7:00 p.m. Friday – 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
Diocesan & Church-wide
February 22
Bishop's Days 2020 (North). Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City.
March 20 & 21
Hispanic Ministry Lenten Spiritual Retreat. Church of the Good Shepherd, Kansas City. 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. & 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
March 21
Bishop's Days 2020 (South). Christ Episcopal Church, Springfield.
March 21
Racial Reconciliation Workshop. HJ’s at St. Andrew’s, Kansas City. 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
March 27- 28
Province VII Daughters of the King Spring Assembly. TBD. Kansas City.
March 20 – April 1
Diocesan Clericus. Savior Pastoral Center, Kansas City, Kansas.
Meetings
February 12
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City. 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
February 14
COM Education Subcommittee Meeting. Diocesan Center. 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Commission On Ministry. Diocesan Center/St. John’s Episcopal Church, Springfield. 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
February 18
Standing Committee. St. Peter & All Saints, Kansas City. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
March 3
Finance Committee. Diocesan Center. 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
March 11
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City. 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
March 17
Standing Committee. St. Peter & All Saints, Kansas City. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
March 21
Central Deanery. Christ Church, Boonville. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
March 25
Diocesan Council Executive Committee. Diocesan Center, Kansas City. 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
April 4
Diocesan Council. Grace Episcopal Church, Liberty. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Deadlines
February 18
Registration Deadline for the Bishop's Day event at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City.
March 1
Clerical Licenses expire.
March 1
Pastoral Leader and Worship Leader Licenses expire.
March 6
United Thank Offering 2020 Annual Grants application deadline.
March 17
Registration Deadline for the Bishop's Day event at Christ Episcopal Church, Springfield.
Youth
WEMO Youth News
One-minute read.
The latest WEMO Youth news is available to read online.

We Want Your News & Event Details
The next News Update will be published on Thursday February 21, 2020
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
Do you use wireless microphones in your church?
One-minute read.
Do you use wireless microphones in your church? If you do, you should be aware of major changes in how they can be used, and you have up until July 13, 2020 to check and if necessary adjust or replace your equipment.

February 2020 Diakoneo Magazine
One-minute read.
The February 2020 magazine of the Association For Episcopal Deacons is available to read/download online.

United Thank Offering 2020 annual grants application deadline March 6, 2020
One-minute read.
The deadline for applications for the 2020 United Thank Offering (UTO) Annual Grants is March 6. The focus of these annual grants is Bless: Share faith, practice generosity and compassion, and proclaim the Good News of God in Christ with hope and humility.

Bulletin Inserts
Bulletin & church newsletter inserts for you to consider and include.
Spring Hispanic Ministry Retreat at Church of The Good Shepherd

Nuevo Amanecer May 12-15 2020 Flyer

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.

In Case You Missed It
Lay Licenses Due for Renewal March 2020
One-minute read.
T his is the year for renewal of the lay licenses of Worship Leaders and Pastoral Leaders. It is also a great time of year to take some time and consider lay licensing opportunities that are available.

Blessed Absalom Jones offering to assist Episcopal Historically Black Colleges and University
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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopalians to deepen their participation in Christ’s ministry of reconciliation by dedicating offerings at observances of the Feast of Absalom Jones to support the two remaining Episcopal Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCUs): St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina.

Updated Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs now available
One-minute read.
The latest version of the Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs is available to read and download online.

New Online Tool for Mapping Demographics and Parochial Report Data
One-minute read.
Congregational and diocesan leaders in The Episcopal Church now have access to a new online resource for understanding history and visioning the future with the data collected through the Parochial Report.

Application process open for Episcopal Church Constable Fund
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The application process is now open for the 2020 Constable Fund Grants. The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives not provided for within the budget of The Episcopal Church, as approved by General Convention 2018, with a stated preference for work in the areas of religious education. In 2019, Constable Grant awards ranged from $20,000 to $60,000 with $209,000 distributed among five grant recipients.

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