October 15, 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
Annual Convention Update
Three-minute read.
Annual Convention is less than a month away and we are constantly adding documents to the Annual Convention website. Nominations are now closed, and the slate of nominees will be published shortly. Here’s a brief summary of where we are.

New home for St. Matthew’s, Ozark
One-minute read.
After over a year of prayer and discussions, St. Matthew’s Ozark celebrated their first service in their new home – Ozark Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 4.

Blessing of the Animals at St. Mark’s, Kimberling City
Two-minute read.
All tails were wagging and love was in the air on Sunday, October 4 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Kimberling City, as community members brought their beloved fur babies to be blessed at the annual Blessing of the Animals.

Special Convention: final resolution text, pictures, and video
Five-minute read.
The finalized, non-marked-up text of the 2020 Special Convention Resolution #1, and the attachment approved by the convention on Saturday, October 3, 2020, is now available.

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.

Christian Formation
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.

Live into a new way of thinking
One-minute read.
“We do not think ourselves into new ways of living, we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.” Richard Rohr and more about the process of formation.

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.

Area Confirmations at St. Philip’s, Joplin Canceled
One-minute read.
The Area Confirmation service due to take place on Saturday, August 17 at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Joplin has been canceled.

What's Happening
Many churches in the diocese are offering daily prayers, reflections, and Sunday worship online.
The 131st Annual Convention of The Diocese of West Missouri
One-minute read.
The 131st Annual Convention of The Diocese of West Missouri will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2020.

The convention will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube. For all the supporting documentation, previous minutes, resolutions, and reports, visit the convention website.

Delegates must register by October 20 to be able to vote.
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
October 17
Canceled. Area Confirmation. St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Joplin. 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. Online. (Rehearsal 1 p.m.)
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.)
External Events
October 30-31
New Community 2020 Virtual Conference. This gathering of Asian, Black, Latino/Hispanic and Indigenous clergy and lay leaders provides a safe place to explore mission in ethnic ministries, share resources and best practices, hopes and dreams, needs and concerns, gifts and ministries, suffering and joy in the context of “Weaving Our Diversity and Forming Life-Giving Relationships for the New Reality.” The gathering is scheduled for the two evenings of Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m (EDT)
Education and Training
October 27
Annual Convention Technology Training Session 1 at 10 a.m. Online.
Annual Convention Technology Training Session 2 at 7 p.m. Online.
October 28
Annual Convention Technology Training Session 3 at 3 p.m. Online. Online.
October 29
Annual Convention Technology Training Session 4 at 7 p.m. Online. Online.
November 14-15
Bishop Kemper School for Ministry - Details TBA
December 12-13
Bishop Kemper School for Ministry - Details TBA
Clergy Events and Services
Every Wednesday
Compline. Online. 9 p.m.
October 17
Central Deanery Meeting. Online. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
October 18
Standing Committee. Online. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
November 3
Episcopal Ministry Support Team. Online. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Finance Committee. Online. 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
November 7
November 11
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission. St. Augustine Church, Kansas City. 4 p.m. – 5 p.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 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.
October 20
Online registration closes for the 131st Annual Convention of The Diocese of West Missouri.
Bishop Marty's Church Visits
A complete list of Bishop Marty's church visits can be found here.
For all the latest information about events around the diocese visit the Events Home Page.

Spot an error or omission? Let us know: communications@diowestmo.org
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 12 , 2020
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
There is still time to plan your pledge program
Three-minute read.
2020 Stewardship Resources are ready for download. Register for webinars on Planned Giving & People-Focused Giving.

Reminder, we are here to help - Bishop's Staff available weekdays 11 a.m. - Noon, to answer your questions

Join us any weekday with your suggestions, questions, or concerns.

Changing the times of your online services?

Don't forget to let us know so we can keep the list of online services up to date.

Email any changes to communications@diowestmo.org
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
An Announcement from the Standing Committee
Two-minute read.
A letter from the Standing Committee outlining the process for finding a Bishop Provisional, leading up to the search for the Ninth Bishop of West Missouri.

Faith and casting our vote
Four-minute read.
Holy Scripture is very clear that we are not to put our trust in rulers (Psalm 146:3), though we can take our political beliefs seriously and with passion.

Let’s get planting!
Two-minute read.
The 130th Diocesan Convention made it our goal is to see at least five hundred trees planted within the boundaries of West Missouri before by November 2020. September and October are a great time to plant!

Spread The Word