February 2, 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
A pastoral word from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on the death of Tyre Nichols
Four-minute read.
Sense cannot be made of the murder of a young man at the hands of five men whose vocation and calling are to protect and serve. This was evil and senseless — Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.
Presiding bishop nominating committee announces application timeline
Two-minute read.
Members of the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop have decided on a timeline for receiving names of potential nominees to be the 28th presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church.
Meet the Access for All God’s Children Team
Eight-minute read.
Seen and unseen. All manner of human disability is present in our communities. For those living with disabilities, barriers are everywhere. This Fall Bishop Bruce convened a group of persons living with disabilities to address the need we all have for making our churches accessible and accommodating. Our work is to assist the church in doing just that.
Be SMART: Addressing shootings by children through asking about unsecured guns in other homes
Three-minute read.
BE SMART: The third step “A” Ask About Unsecured Guns in Other Homes. There are approximately 4.6 million US children living in a household with at least one loaded, unlocked gun. That’s why you need to Ask about firearms in other homes your child visits.
Episcopal Church Lent resources – available online
One-minute read.
The Episcopal Church has provided new and updated Lenten resources for individuals, small groups, and congregations.
Episcopal Relief & Development’s Lenten Meditations ask, “Who is my neighbor?”
Three-minute read.
Episcopal Relief & Development invites Episcopalians and people of all faith backgrounds to reflect on the question “Who is My Neighbor?” this Lent through the 2023 Lenten Meditations.
Lenten book discussion and reflection guide
One-minute read.
This reading guide was developed to be used weekly during the five weeks of Lent in-between, Ash Wednesday and Holy Week.
Una palabra pastoral del obispo primado Michael Curry sobre La muerte de Tyre Nichols
Four-minute read.
No se le puede encontrar sentido al asesinato de un joven a manos de cinco hombres cuya vocación y llamado es proteger y servir. Esto fue una acción malvada y sin sentido. — obispo primado Michael Curry.
El Comité de Nominaciones del Obispo Presidente anuncia el calendario de presentación de candidaturas
Two-minute read.
Los miembros del Comité Conjunto de Nominaciones para la Elección del Obispo Presidente aprobaron el calendario para recibir los nombres de los posibles candidatos para el cargo de 28º obispo presidente de la Iglesia Episcopal.
Las Meditaciones Cuaresmales de Episcopal Relief & Development – la Agencia Episcopal de Alivio y Desarrollo preguntan: “¿Quién es mi prójimo?”
Three-minute read.
La Agencia Episcopal de Alivio y Desarrollo invita a los episcopales y a las personas de todos los credos a reflexionar sobre la pregunta “¿Quién es mi prójimo?” esta Cuaresma a través de las Meditaciones Cuaresmales de 2023.
Se abre el periodo para enviar el informe parroquial de 2022 en línea. El plazo queda abierto hasta el 1 de marzo
Two-minute read.
A partir de este momento queda oficialmente abierto el periodo para enviar en línea el Informe Parroquial 2022. El plazo está abierto para todas las congregaciones de la Iglesia Episcopal. Los informes deben presentarse antes del 1 de marzo.
Se abre el plazo de inscripción para las delegaciones del Evento Episcopal de la Juventud 2023
Two-minute read.
La Oficina del Ministerio Juvenil de la Iglesia Episcopal anuncia la apertura del plazo de inscripción para las delegaciones de jóvenes y chaperones que tienen previsto asistir al Evento de la Juventud Episcopal (EYE, por sus siglas en inglés) entre el 4 al 8 de julio en la Universidad de Maryland en College Park.
The purpose of this workshop is to assist the diocese in eliminating the sin of racism. This training fulfills the intent of several General Convention resolutions, which call for leaders at all levels of The Episcopal Church to receive training on the Church’s teaching about racial diversity and other forms of diversity present within the human family.
Transitions – January 2023
One-minute read.
Details of the churches in transition and the clergy transitions through to the end of January 2022.
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.
Registration open for 2023 Episcopal Youth Event delegations
Two-minute read.
The Episcopal Church Youth Ministries Office announces open registration for delegations of young people and chaperones planning to attend the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) July 4-8 at the University of Maryland in College Park.
Updated Constitution and Canons, and diocesan administration website updates
One-minute read.
There are two main changes from the previous version of the Constitution and Canons, and a rundown of other recent updates to the diocesan administrative website.
From Church Publishing: A complete digital Book of Common Prayer
One-minute read.
Did you know that there is now a Book of Common Prayer smartphone app? The eCP app from Church Publishing is a complete, digital Book of Common Prayer. Ideal for personal devotion and liturgical use.
January issue of Lamplight
Three-minute read.
The January issue of Lamplight, Episcopal Relief & Development’s disaster program newsletter is available to read online.
What's happening
 Join the people of St. Augustine’s in a celebration of the Blessed Absalom Jones. This year’s celebration includes guest preacher the Rt. Rev. Deon Johnson, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, and the St. Augustine’s liturgical dancers.

Sunday, February 5, 4 p.m. In-Person and Online.
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.
February 9
Kurt Knecht and Forrest Pierce in DialogueIn-person. 7 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City.
March 21
SAVE THE DATE. Year-Round Stewardship Webinar. Online. 7 p.m.
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
Letter from Bishop Bruce on Canon requirements for clergy over 72 and still in active ministry
One-minute read.
On January 18, 2023, Bishop Diane wrote a letter to clergy to ensure The Diocese of West Missouri continues following the Constitution and Canons regarding clergy over 72.
Online filing open for 2022 Parochial Report; due by March 1
Two-minute read.
Online filing for the 2022 Parochial Report for all Episcopal Church congregations is now available. Reports must be filed by March 1. An email was sent to churches on Monday, December 7. Those who did not receive the email or need help with their login name should contact Emily Davenport for assistance.
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.
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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 firearm death in children through Secure storage of firearms
The Ordination of Brittany Sparrow Savage, David Wilcox, Ryan Williams, and Ryan Zavacky to the Sacred Order of Deacons
Lenten Resources for Church and Home
Spread The Word