March 5,2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Six-minute read.
We are all following the news of increasing concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. While we don’t want to over-react, we also do not want to underestimate the potential of this situation. We've reproduced and summarized the best of the resources we’ve found for you. The article provides summaries of what is known, and links to in-depth resources.
 
Note: Updated March 5, 2020.

From Bishop Marty
One-minute read.
Bishop Marty shares with us a statement from the Bishops United Against Gun Violence on the recent shootings in Milwaukee, plus his sermons from the Commemoration of the Blessed Absalom Jones at St. Augustine's in Kansas City, and the Last Sunday after The Epiphany at St. John's, Neosho.

Episcopal Church plants seeds for 21 new ministries
Three-minute read.
At its February meeting, The Episcopal Church Executive Council approved grants totaling $242,000 for new church starts and missional communities.

Brainstorming thoughtful disaster response +updates from Puerto Rico
Two-minute read.
The latest issue of Lamplight - the online newsletter of the US Disaster Program is available to read online.

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What's Happening
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. Register now for the South event.
Lent Around the Diocese
Cancelled Events
Two events planned for March have been canceled or postponed.

  • The Hispanic Ministry Lenten Spiritual Retreat has been canceled due to insufficient numbers.
  • The Racial Reconciliation Workshop has been postponed due to conflicting commitments. We will publish the new dates when we have them.

Churches
March 20
April 18
Area Confirmations (North). Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Kansas City. 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
May 2
Area Confirmations (South). Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Youth
March 27 – 29
Junior High Retreat. Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage. 7:00 p.m. Friday – 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
Diocesan & Church-wide
March 21
Bishop's Days 2020 (South). Christ Episcopal Church, Springfield.
March 27- 28
Province VII Daughters of the King Spring Assembly. Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City.
March 30 – April 1
Diocesan Clericus. Savior Pastoral Center, Kansas City, Kansas.
Meetings
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.
March 28
Northwest Metro Deanery meeting. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
April 4
Diocesan Council. Grace Episcopal Church, Liberty. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
April 7
Finance Committee. Diocesan Center. 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
April 17
Commission on Ministry. Diocesan Center & St. John’s, Springfield. 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
April 21
Standing Committee. St. Peter & All Saints Episcopal Church, Kansas City. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
April 25
Youth Ministry Commission. Online. 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Deadlines
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.
For all the latest information about events around the diocese visit the Events Home Page.

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Youth
Youth Network-North News
One-minute read.
Catch up with the latest news from the Youth Network North.

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The next News Update will be published on Friday March 20, 2020
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
Diocesan Clericus: “Will Faith, Hope, and Love Abide?” – March 30 – April 1, 2020
One-minute read.
All members of the clergy who are canonically resident or serving in The Diocese of West Missouri are called to come together and to “come aside” from Monday, March 30 through Wednesday, April 1 at Savior Pastoral Center in Kansas City, Kansas for the annual Lenten gathering of the diocesan Clericus. The theme for this retreat is “Will Faith, Hope, and Love Abide?”

Application process for Episcopal Church’s 2020-2021 academic year scholarships now open
One-minute read.
Applications are now being accepted for educational scholarships from The Episcopal Church for the 2020-2021 academic year. A scholarship applicant must be an Episcopalian and must have the endorsement of his/her bishop.

Church Pension Group Releases 2019 Denominational Health Plan Annual Report
Two-minute read.
The Church Pension Group (CPG) has released The Episcopal Church Medical Trust (Medical Trust) 2019 Denominational Health Plan (DHP) Annual Report and related infographic available in both English and Spanish.

Advertising Your Church's Lent Activities
One-minute read.
Reminder (first published 2/7/2020) We are collecting details of your church's Lenten programs. Fill in the online form with the details and we will promote the events here and on Social media.

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.

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
The Red Door Conversations A New Weekly Episcopal Radio Talk Show
One-minute read.
A new weekly Episcopal radio talk show is launching online and on KICK - 92.3 FM at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, March 1.

“Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse:” Online course debuts ahead of 2020 engagement
Two-minute read.
The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations and Department of Faith Formation, in partnership with ChurchNext, a ministry of Forward Movement, has released “Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse.” This five-part online curriculum covers the following topics: civil discourse in context, tenets for civil discourse, values-based conversations, the complexities of policy, and sacred space for debate.

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