April 23, 2020
Episcopal Relief & Development and program partners respond to COVID-19
3-minute read.
Episcopal Relief & Development is providing financial and technical support to partner organizations in Asia, Africa and the Middle East in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The organization continues to be in close contact with partners in 44 countries, including the United States, to provide assistance for communities affected by the novel corona virus.

Smart speakers now offering Episcopal Prayers
2-minute read.
Both Alexa and Google Assistant have learned some Episcopal prayers. You can now say, “Alexa, open Episcopal Prayer” or “Google, talk to Episcopal Prayer” and your device will begin playing the morning or evening prayer podcasts.

Weekly Reflection – Third Sunday of Easter
19-minute video.
We've changed our recording schedule so that you can view the weekly reflections in a more timely manner. This week, Bishop Marty talks about the planning behind returning to worshiping in our churches and Spiritual Communion.

Weekly Reflection – Second Sunday of Easter
19-minute video.
And for one week only, we get two weekly reflections. This Sunday’s Gospel, John 20:19-31, allows us to compare and contrast the disciples’ self-isolation behind a locked door in Jerusalem, and our self-isolation from COVID-19. What came next for them was remarkable. What happens next for us might also be remarkable if we can ensure that what we do; comes from God, is for God, and is done with God.

The Cross – April 2020 Issue
2-minute read.
The latest issue of 'The Cross', the magazine of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew is available to read online.

Godly Play at home
1-minute read.
Godly Play tells our collective stories in a simple, creative and natural way. It’s about wondering, not analyzing; bringing a new dimension to scripture for the story teller as well as the listener. The best thing is that everyone can learn to do this at home!

Online worship & prayers

Many churches in the diocese are offering daily prayers, reflections, and Sunday worship online. We've compiled a list of all we know about. If you know of others, please let us know.

Diocesan COVID-19 Webpage

The COVID-19 webpage to provides links to all the key resources you need.

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New dates for Camp WEMO
1-minute read.
Camp WEMO has been rescheduled for August 14 -18. Camp fee will be a donation based pay structure.

What's Happening
If you are a tad curious about EfM – what it is, how to participate or if it might be the “something” you’ve been looking for – this may be the time to find answers.

Register in advance to attend a Zoom EfM Open House on Wednesday, May 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. During that time you will be able to observe and/or participate in group discussion, theological reflection, and see how an EfM seminar works. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. This is a great way to check out the program.
Church Events
May 6
EfM Virtual Open House. Online. 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
April 25
Youth Ministry Commission. Online. 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
None at present
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 April 30, 2020
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
COVID-19 emergency grant program for deacons
1-minute read.
The Fund for the Diaconate of the Episcopal Church has created a special Emergency Grant Program, to aid deacons affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Deacons in good standing in The Episcopal Church, who have been laid off, furloughed, or otherwise had their employment hours cut back or eliminated, are eligible to apply.

Bulletin Inserts
Bulletin & church newsletter inserts for you to consider and include.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Inserts

Several bulletin inserts and posters are available in the article linked to below.

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
Bishop Marty Issues New Pastoral Direction to the churches of West Missouri
1-minute read.
This Pastoral Direction is published in the interest of public health and supersedes all earlier pastoral directions. All congregations and parishes should abide by this Pastoral Direction for the foreseeable future. It will be lifted as soon as possible.

Youth Ministry Applications
1-minute read.
The Youth Ministry Commission is currently seeking applications for new members. They need to recruit at least four youth, one male adult and two other adults.

Online donation collection help for churches

If you do not have a donate button, an option to collect donations, or a way to set up recurring payments, we can help you add a button to your church website, and provide a payment link you can send out via email.

Got a question? Diocesan staff are available to talk online 11:00 a.m. - Noon. Monday - Friday

Come visit with us online between 11:00 a.m. and Noon each week day online. Kim Snodgrass (Christian Formation) and Gary Allman (Communications) will be hosting the daily sessions, and they will bring other members of the diocesan staff, online to answer specific queries as required.

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