April 30, 2020
Re-opening church buildings – new pastoral direction expected soon
One-minute read.
Bishop Marty has been meeting online with his fellow bishops and the clergy of the diocese to develop our plans to resume in-person worship. The meetings have aimed to determine the best course of action for the re-opening of West Missouri’s churches for ministry and public worship.

Explore the Way of Love with this new video series
Two-minute read.
The Way of Love is a way of life. More than a program or curriculum, it is an intentional commitment to follow Jesus by following seven practices: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest. Episcopalians and others looking to engage the Way of Love and learn more about each of the individual practices are invited to Explore the Way of Love in a new series of short videos and accompanying primer cards from The Episcopal Church.

Weekly Reflection – Fourth Sunday of Easter
15-minute video.
Bishop Marty's seventh reflection in this series. This week he talks briefly about returning to church and what that may look like while we maintain physical distancing. In this week's reading, he talks about the Good Shepherd and God's love for us no matter what.

Thanks from Angela & Harry Crawford
Angela Crawford, former diocesan Events Coordinator and Communications Assistant, and her husband Harry would like to thank all the people who have kindly sent cards, well wishes, and notes of encouragement. Angela wants everyone to know that they are doing well.
Katie Mansfield – New Summer Ministry Assistant for Faith Formation
One-minute read.
We are pleased to introduce Katie Mansfield who recently accepted the part-time position of Summer Ministry Assistant for Faith Formation. In response to the changes in youth and formational ministry that have come about by COVID-19, Katie has come on board to help facilitate in both programs.

Imagine something new this summer!
One-minute read.
This will be a summer to “imagine new alternatives”. You are all invited and encouraged to take time now to look ahead and re-plan your summer programs. Don’t remove annual events from the calendar without first considering if they can be done with a new twist!

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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What's Happening
If you are a tad curious about EfM – Education for Ministry – 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.

This course is ideal for all lay and ordained pastoral leaders who who wish to explore crucial leadership skills and practices. Leadership Reboot continuing education course offered online May 29, June 6 through Bishop Kemper School for Ministry.

Church Events
May 6
EfM Virtual Open House. Online. 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
May 7
May 25
Memorial Day. Diocesan Office Closed.
May 29
Leadership Reboot. Online. 9:00 a.m. - Noon.
April 25
Youth Ministry Commission. Online. 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
May 5
Finance Meeting. Online. 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
May 13
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission. Online, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
May 19
Standing Committee. TBA, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 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
Music licensing: what you need to know
Four-minute read.
If you are recording or livestreaming music for use in your services, you need to read this article on music licensing.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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