February 16, 2023
A summary of news and events,
for the people of the
Episcopal Churches of West Missouri
Send your news and pictures to: communications@diowestmo.org
Supporting partners in Türkiye (Turkey) and Syria after the February 2023 earthquake
Two-minute read.
Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with Action by Churches Together (ACT Alliance) to provide emergency relief to people affected by the 7.8- and 7.5-magnitude earthquakes in Türkiye (Turkey) and Syria.
Recording & Photographs – Blessed Absalom Jones Celebration
Three-minute read, 110-minute video.
Photographs and video of the 2023 celebration of the Blessed Absalom Jones held at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City. This year’s celebration included guest preacher the Rt. Rev. Deon Johnson, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, and St. Augustine’s liturgical dancers.
Joint Standing Committee on Nominations opens applications for Episcopal Church positions, committees, boards
Two-minute read.
The Joint Standing Committee on Nominations invites members from across The Episcopal Church to apply for the churchwide roles listed below. The deadline to apply is April 15. Elections will take place at the 81st General Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, June 23-28, 2024.
Meet Brittany Sparrow Savage and Ryan Williams, two of our new transitional deacons
Five-minute read.
Brittany Sparrow Savage and Ryan Williams are two of our newest transitional deacons, ordained in January this year. Read on to learn more about their unique paths to ministry, their faith journeys, and the roles they now serve in the Church.
West Missouri on the move
Three-minute read.
It’s all well and good to discern vision and mission statements. What matters is where we go with them. The diocese’s two primary leadership bodies, the Diocesan Council and the Standing Committee, met February 3 – 4 to take those next steps.
Black History Month. Pauli Murray
Seven-minute Video.
This is the first in the 2023 series of videos remembering key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. Pauli Murray (November 20, 1910 – July 1, 1985), She was an architect of the civil-rights struggle — and the women’s movement. Why haven’t we heard of her?
Be SMART: Recognize the role of guns in suicide
Two-minute read.
The fourth step in the Be SMART program is “R” Recognize the Role of Guns in Suicide. Firearm suicide is uniquely lethal — 90 percent of suicide attempts using a gun end in death and half of suicides in the US are gun suicides.
Recording — January 2023 Stewardship Annual Campaign Webinar
53-minute Video.
Watch this recording of the January 2023 diocesan Stewardship Commission’s Annual Campaign webinar, where they shared best practices, reflected on recent stewardship campaigns from around the diocese and took a first look at planning for 2023’s pledge drives.
All the Kingdoms of the World (and their splendor)
A Lenten poem by Cassie E. Brown inspired by Inspired by Matthew 4:1-11, the Gospel reading for the 1st Sunday in Lent, February 26, 2023.
El Comité Permanente Conjunto de Candidaturas abre las candidaturas para cargos, comités y juntas de la Iglesia Episcopal
Two-minute read.
El Comité Permanente Conjunto de Nominaciones invita a los miembros de toda la Iglesia Episcopal a postularse para los cargos eclesiásticos que se enumeran a continuación. La fecha límite para presentar candidaturas es el 15 de abril. Las elecciones tendrán lugar en la 81ª Convención General en Louisville, Kentucky, del 23 al 28 de junio de 2024.
Diocesan Center Closed February 20, 2023

The Diocesan center will be closed Monday, February 20, 2023 in observance of Presidents' Day.

Job Opening – Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City

St. Andrew’s in Kansas City are looking for a part-time Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator.
You are invited to join the Episcopal presence at KCPRIDE 2023
Three-minute read.
In the Summer of 2023, the Episcopal Church will once again make herself known as a welcoming and safe place for LGBTQiA folks and those who love them. There are at least three ways you and your church can get involved.
The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) February 2023 Newsletter
Three-minute read.
Read The Episcopal Network for Stewardship’s February 2023 newsletter.
What's happening
March 7.

In-person. 10 a.m - 2 p.m.
State Capitol, Jefferson City, Missouri.
March 21.

Online. 7 p.m.
April 4.

In-person and broadcast online.
11 a.m. Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City.
April 29.

In-person. 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.,
St. Philip's, Joplin.
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.
February 24
Non-Parochial Clergy reports & Licensed Clergy license renewals due.
March 1
Clerical Licenses Expire.
2022 Parochial Report.
March 1
UTO Grant Deadline.
Many churches in the diocese are offering daily prayers, reflections, and Sunday worship online.
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
2023 Vestry rosters, slate of delegates, and Bishop’s Committee rosters
One-minute read.
Clergy and Bishop’s Wardens, as you’re planning your Annual Meetings, please be sure to set a reminder to also complete your roster and slate of delegates form.
Non-Parochial Clergy reports & Licensed Clergy license renewals due
One-minute read.
It is time for non-parochial clergy to report on their ministry during 2022, and for licensed clergy who wish to be re-licensed to apply to renew their licenses.
Changing the times of your online services?

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Email any changes to communications@diowestmo.org
Bulletin inserts and flyers

Do you have any bulletin inserts or flyers of interest to the Episcopal Churches of West Missouri? Send them in!

  • Added this week, flyers and other resources for the National Day of Racial Healing.

Second chance - In case you missed it
Be SMART: Addressing shootings by children through asking about unsecured guns in other homes
Episcopal Church Lent resources – available online
Online filing open for 2022 Parochial Report; due by March 1
Spread The Word