April 9, 2020
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.

Weekly Reflection – Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
18-minute recording.
This week Bishop Marty reflects on Lenten fasting, and our continued fasting with love through physical distancing; the events of Holy Week, the diocesan-wide Easter Vigil and where is God?

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.

Bishop Marty’s sermon for Passion Sunday, April 5, 2020
12-minute recording.
Bishop Marty’s sermon for Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday), April 5, 2020, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City.

Things to do at home
One-minute read.
Check out this list of some of the things that you and your family can be doing at home while you are ‘Self Isolating.’

Episcopal Relief & Development Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Four-minute read.
In mid-March, ERD’s program staff reached out to all their partners to learn how the coronavirus was impacting their communities specifically and to support them as ERD navigates the pandemic together. ERD received over 100 responses from 44 countries around the world.

Now is a good time to move full steam ahead!
One-minute read.
Instead of coming to a screeching halt, now is the time to do precisely the opposite – move full steam ahead!

The perfect time for Wellness Circles
Two-minute read.
Change and growth are ongoing, not just in times when we’re facing a crisis. Living Compass has a process to help us help each other now – and from now on.

Holy Week and beyond - 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
2020 Episcopal Youth Event postponed due to COVID-19
One-minute read.
Check out this list of some of the things that you and your family can be doing at home while you are ‘Self Isolating.’

What's Happening
Diocesan Easter Vigil 7:00 p.m. Saturday, April 11

A diocesan-wide Easter Vigil Service of Light will be broadcast online from Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral on Facebook and YouTube at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 11.

Diocesan & Church-wide
April 9
Maunday Thursday Prayer Vigil. Online. 7:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. Friday.
April 10
Good Friday, diocesan office closed.
April 11
Easter Vigil online, hosted by Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. 7:00 p.m.
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
2020 Rosters are now overdue. Church leaders, Please check your email for details.
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 16, 2020
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
Zoom Meetings may be Impacted by Account Security Changes
One-minute read.
Linked article and video. Important. Your existing Zoom meetings may be impacted by this security update.

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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
Can you and your church help the American Red Cross?
1-minute read.
The Red Cross is doing everything they can to support an escalated need for blood, and blood drives are essential. There is an urgent need for healthy blood donors and an anticipated need for locations where blood drives can be held.

Fear Not
30-minute radio program.
A lot of us are scared about what is going on in our world today. Bishop Martin Field, Fr. Steve Rottgers, Mrs. Elaine Atkinson, Dr. Kathleen Jackson, and Fr. Jos Tharakan speak their minds and invite the listeners to enter into meaningful living in the midst of anxieties and fears. (Broadcast on March 20.)

Church leaders - chat with the diocesan staff. 11:00 a.m. - Noon. Monday - Thursday

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, including Bishop Marty if he is available, online to answer specific queries as required.

Praying and learning at home on the diocesan website
One-minute read.
Find out about the home-based resources we've selected to help you worship and observe Lent at home.

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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