November 12, 2020
A twice monthly summary of news, events,
and information for the people of the
Episcopal Churches of West Missouri
For the latest news and information between issues visit the New Spirit Front Page
It’s a wrap! 2020 Annual Convention
Two-minute read.
It’s a wrap! The Diocese of West Missouri’s first (and hopefully only) online Annual Convention is now over. The 131st Annual Convention of The Diocese of West Missouri was held on Saturday, November 7. Read all about it...


  • Bishop Marty’s address to the convention can be seen here.
  • A complete list of election results and the various appointments ratified by the the convention are given here.
  • Tom Kokjer, the Diocesan Treasurer, presented the 2021 Plan for Ministry, which was subsequently approved by the convention. You can watch Tom’s presentation here.
  • The 2021 Plan for Ministry is available to read here.
  • Of the four resolutions brought before the convention, three were approved–some with minor tweaking to their language–and one was rejected. You can read the resolutions, as approved, here.
  • All the reports submitted can be found here.

Kansas City police use violence against constitutional non-violent civil disobedience
Four-minute read.
The Kansas City, Missouri Police Department used unconstitutional violence against non-violent persons protesting the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. The non-violent protesters were engaging in acts of civil disobedience that are protected by the First Amendment. Laws that allow persons to be arrested for constitutional acts of civil disobedience that do not damage property, injure, or kill persons must be repealed.

Christian Formation
Advent and Christmas Resources
One-minute read.
Advent is right around the corner. Many of you are already working on Advent boxes or care packages for households. If you’re just getting started, we can offer a few tips and suggestions.

Thinking about Thanksgiving: to zoom or not to zoom
One-minute read.
To zoom or not to zoom, that is the question.

With Malice Toward None
One-minute read.
With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds.

What's Happening
Ordination of Lynda Ann Hurt & Isaac Ross Petty to The Sacred Order of Deacons
On Monday, November 16, 2020, at 6:30 p.m., God willing, Lynda Ann Hurt and Isaac Ross Petty will be ordained into the Sacred Order of Deacons.

We are very sorry, but attendance in person will be strictly limited to people essential for the performance of the ordinations.
Youth Events
November 14
Journey Through Prayer. The day will start in the WEMO Youth Community Zoom Room at 10 a.m. with an opening service and introduction to the rest of the event. Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to participate in as many mini-sessions as you would like. Each session will focus on different ways to pray: creating a sacred space, meditation, prayer through art history, storytelling, prayer beads, journaling, and more.
Church Events
November 16
Ordination of Lynda Ann Hurt & Isaac Ross Petty to The Sacred Order of Deacons. 6:30 p.m. Click here to watch the service live.
November 21
Area Confirmation. Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Rehearsal 1 p.m.)
November 26-27
Diocesan Office closed for Thanksgiving.
December 5
Area Confirmation. St. John’s, Springfield. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Rehearsal 1 p.m.)
December 24-25
Diocesan Office closed for Christmas.
January 1
Diocesan Office closed for New Year's day.
External Events
None at this time
Education and Training
November 14-15
Bishop Kemper School for Ministry November 2020 courses: Contemporary Mission, History of the Episcopal Church, and Theology of Education Ministry. Click here for complete course descriptions and to register.
December 12-13
Bishop Kemper School for Ministry December 2020 courses: Diakonia, Foundations of Ethics, Doctrines of the Second Person, and New Testament. Click here for complete course descriptions and to register
January 9-10
Bishop Kemper School for Ministry January 2021 courses: Christian Ethics (D), Christian History I, Polity & Canons, and Pauline Epistles. Click here for complete course descriptions and to register.
Clergy Events and Services
Every Wednesday
Compline. Online. 9 p.m.
November 24
Clericus. Online. 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
November 15
Standing Committee. Online. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
December 1
Episcopal Ministry Support Team. Online. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Finance Committee. Online. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
December 2
Diocesan Council Executive Committee. Online. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
December 9
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission. St. Augustine's, Kansas City. 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
December 11
Commission on Ministry. Online. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
December 12
Diocesan Council. Online. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
December 20
Standing Committee. Online. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
January 5
Episcopal Ministry Support Team. Online. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Finance Committee. Online. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
November 27
Registration for December confirmations at St. John’s, Springfield
Bishop Marty's Church Visits
A complete list of Bishop Marty's church visits can be found here.
Many churches in the diocese are offering daily prayers, reflections, and Sunday worship online.
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
To enable us to report on the Annual Diocesan Convention, the next News Update will be published on Thursday, November 26 , 2020
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
Reminder, we are here to help - Bishop's Staff available weekdays 11 a.m. - Noon, to answer your questions

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Bulletin Inserts
Bulletin & church newsletter inserts for you to consider and include.
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.

Lesson, sermon, and bulletin resources for churches and groups

In Case You Missed It
August 2020 Diocesan Council minutes and the 2019 Audit report available to read online
20-minute read.
Diocesan Council minutes for the meeting held in August were approved at Saturday’s (October 11) council meeting. The minutes and the 2019 Audit Report have been uploaded to the Diocesan Website.

The Social Justice Ministry of St. Mary’s, Kansas City, demands policing change in Kansas City Missouri Police Department
Four-minute read.
The Kansas City Missouri Police Department has failed to control violent crime in Kansas City, and it has has unconscionably discriminated against Black American citizens of the City. Fundamental change (not defunding) is required to eliminate systemic racism and failed policies. Some of the requirements for change are listed in the article.

Meditation not your thing? Here’s another perspective
One-minute read.
Repetitive daily tasks, no matter how small or insignificant they seem, can be a form of therapy with healing effect.

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