February 20, 2020
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.

Primates of The Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Mexico sign bilateral agreement
Two-minute read.
‘In Christ there is no border’ On Sunday, Feb. 16, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Archbishop Francisco Moreno, primates representing The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Mexico, respectively, signed a bilateral agreement, effectively moving the two churches into a reciprocal relationship.

Seeing God in the Midst of Disasters
Two-minute read.
The US Disaster Program supports affected dioceses through our staff and a group of dedicated volunteers called Partners in Response and Resilience. You are invited to become a Partner in Response and Resilience.

“Of These Years I Sing,” Premier at Hammons Hall, Springfield
Two-minute read.
Composer and Episcopalian Carlyle Sharpe is known for exciting, yet beautiful sacred compositions which have been performed all over North America and Europe. He is also an active member of Christ Church in Springfield, Missouri.

Bishop Marty's sermon for Epiphany 4, 2 February 2020
15 minute recording.
Bishop Marty's sermon for Epiphany 4, 2 February 2020 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Excelsior Springs is available to listen to online.

The Cross – February 2020 Issue
One-minute read.
The February 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. In this issue: Legacy planning, making disciples - of all ages, the Brotherhood's seven ministries, and Scouting: a way to prepare youth to be Godly adults.

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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
March 20
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.
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.
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.
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.

We Want Your News & Event Details
The next News Update will be published on Thursday March 5, 2020
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
Diocesan Website Updates
One-minute read.
We've updated the Administration Resources for Churches page, adding several new online forms. The Bishop's Visitation page has also been updated. 

Advertising Your Church's Lent Activities
One-minute read.
Reminder (first published 2/7/2020) 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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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