April 16, 2020
The Rt. Rev. John Clark Buchanan 1933 – 2020
1-minute read.
Believing in the Communion of Saints and the Resurrection to Life Everlasting, I ask your prayers for The Rt. Rev. John Clark Buchanan, 6th Bishop of West Missouri, who passed into Larger Life the evening of Wednesday, April 15, at his home in South Carolina.

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.

Area Confirmations & Bishop’s visitations to be postponed
1-minute read.
With Kansas City’s Stay-at-Home Order now extended to Friday, May 15, May’s Area Confirmations, and Bishop Marty’s visitations up until May 15 are being postponed.

Diocesan-wide Easter Vigil Recording
70-minute video.
Did you miss the online Easter Vigil at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral? You can watch a recording of it here.


You can also listen separately to Bishop Marty's Easter Vigil Sermon.
12-minute recording.
Weekly Reflection – The Triduum
18-minute video.
This week Bishop Marty discusses the Triduum; Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday and reflects on how this time of physical distancing makes us yearn for our times of closeness, fellowship and corporate worship.

Podcasts to get you thinking
2-minute read.
Listening to a podcast can be spiritual exercise. How could God be speaking to you through these words?

Belief and Neuroscience
1-minute read.
An exciting, fresh perspective on following Jesus is waiting for you on the Belief and Neuroscience website.

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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Youth
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.

Camp WEMO Postponed
1-minute read.
Through much discernment, prayer, and consultation, we have decided to postpone Camp WEMO 2020. We are currently in discussion with the Y’s Camp Wakonda to move camp to later in the summer.

What's Happening
Meetings
April 17
Commission on Ministry. Online. 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
April 21
Standing Committee. To be confirmed. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
April 25
Youth Ministry Commission. Online. 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Deadlines
None at present
For all the latest information about events around the diocese visit the Events Home Page.

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Keep in touch - Tell us what you are doing
The next News Update will be published on Thursday April 23, 2020
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
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.

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.

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
The Cares Act and Charitable Giving
1-minute read.
The Episcopal Churches of West Missouri rely on generous donors to support their missions and ministries. Stewardship can be deeply spiritual, rooted in a desire to reorient our lives towards God, but it also has a practical side. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, includes several provisions that may affect charitable giving this year.

Episcopal Service Corps continues recruitment for the 2020-2021 Service Year
1-minute read.
While much of the United States is shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, Episcopal Service Corps continues to recruit young adults ages 21-32 for the 2020-2021 service year.

Online meetings

Please remember that the diocese has online meeting resources available. These facilities can be booked by any of the churches, complete the form at the link below.

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