December 22, 2022
A summary of news and events,
for the people of the
Episcopal Churches of West Missouri
A Christmas Message
Un mensaje de Navidad
As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ coming among us as an infant at Christmas, Bishop Diane M. Jardine Bruce and the staff of The Diocese of West Missouri wish you joy, peace and wonder at this sacred time of year. May we embrace the true meaning of Christmas and begin the New Year with a renewed spirit of hope.

Amedida que nos preparamos para celebrar el nacimiento de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, que llega a nosotros como un infante en Navidad, la Obispa Diane M. Jardine Bruce y el personal de la Diócesis del Oeste de Missouri les desean alegría, paz y maravilla en esta temporada sagrada del año. Que podamos abrazar el verdadero significado de la Navidad y comenzar el Año Nuevo con un renovado espíritu de esperanza.
The ordination of Jean Long into the Sacred Order of Priests
Eight-minute read.
Photographs of the ordination of Jean Long into the Sacred Order of Priests at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Missouri, on December 17.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s 2022 Christmas message: ‘Love always’
Seven-minute video.
The video and transcript of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s recorded Christmas message for 2022.
Clergy spouse lunch & cookie exchange
One-minute read.
Bishop’s spouse Steve Bruce and clergy spouse Betty Miller hosted a luncheon and Christmas cookie exchange with clergy spouses at the home of Betty and Jerry Miller in Springfield on Saturday, December 17.
Mensaje de Navidad 2022 del Obispo Presidente Michael Curry: “Amor, siempre”

Seven-minute video.
A continuación se transcribe la grabación del mensaje de Navidad del Obispo Presidente Michael Curry en el año 2022.
Kwanzaa – a celebration of African-American Culture
One-minute read.
Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a communal feast called Karamu, usually on the sixth day.
Diocesan Center Closed
The Diocesan Center will be closed from Friday, December 23 to Monday, January 2, 2023, inclusive.

The next New Spirit Update will be published on Thursday, January 5, 2023.
Diocesan Audit Report for 2021 Published
One-minute read.
The Diocesan Audit Report for 2021 is available to read and download in PDF format. A link to the file has been added to the Diocesan Council Minutes & Diocesan Audits page.
Annual Stewardship Campaign Webinar
With annual budgets being finalized and adopted, church pledge drives may seem to be a fading memory. However, giving ample time for both preparation and reflection on our practices of stewardship allows us to discern more deeply what it means to be God’s stewards all year round.
Beloved Community of Care and Love Book Study – Ghost Ship: Institutional Racism and the Church of England
Please join us as we resume our book study on Undoing Racism with our next book, “Ghost Ship: Institutional Racism and the Church of England.”
The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) Christmas 2022 Newsletter
Three-minute read.
Read The Episcopal Network for Stewardship’s Christmas 2022 newsletter
Young Adult Civil Rights Pilgrimage
One-minute read.


Are you a young adult between the ages of 25 & 40? Do you enjoy travel? Do you enjoy learning? Do you enjoy volunteer work? Are you looking to deepen your spiritual connections through prayer and worship? Are you looking to help build the community of young adults in the diocese? Would you like to join an incredible adventure?
What's happening
Ordinations of Brittany Renee Sparrow Savage, David Sidney Wilcox, II, Jon Ryan Williams, and Ryan Anthony Zavacky to the Sacred Order of Deacons

On Saturday, January 7, 2023, at 2 p.m., God willing and the people consenting, Brittany Renee Sparrow Savage, David Sidney Wilcox, II, Jon Ryan Williams, and Ryan Anthony Zavacky will be ordained into the Sacred Order of Deacons. You are invited to join them at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, or watch live online.
January 14
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. In-person and Online. 4 p.m. Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City.
January 17
National Day of Racial Healing. In-person. 9 a.m. -- Noon. Churches across the diocese.
January 24 -
February 14
The Beloved Community of Care and Love Book Study. Online. Every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
January 26 -
February 16
The Beloved Community of Care and Love Book Study. Online. Every Thursday at 7 p.m.
February 5
Absalom Jones Celebration. In-person and Online. 4 p.m. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City.
Events & Meetings
There is lots more to see on the diocesan Events home page.
Check out the diocesan calendar and our full list of forthcoming events and meetings.
January 15
Deadline for expressing an interest in attending the Young Adult Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Many churches in the diocese are offering daily prayers, reflections, and Sunday worship online.
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
Church Leaders, now is a good time to update your Asset Map profile
One-minute read.
There is still time to get your Church’s Asset Map entry updated. The Episcopal Asset Map has its highest traffic days on Christmas with an almost 70% increase of users on December 24.
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
Bulletin inserts and flyers
Do you have any bulletin inserts or flyers of interest to the Episcopal Churches of West Missouri? Send them in!

Second chance - In case you missed it
Be SMART for the Holidays
One-minute read.
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is here again – along with the planning, the prepping and the packing. If you’re one of the millions of families who will be visiting family or friends this year, there’s one important thing you need to add to your holiday checklist: talking about responsible gun storage.
Episcopal Service Corps seeks applicants for 2023-24 service year
Ya están disponibles los datos del Informe Parroquial 2021 de la Iglesia Episcopal
Diocesan Admin website updates
Spread The Word