July 15, 2021
A twice-monthly summary of news and events,
for the people of the
Episcopal Churches of West Missouri
Out of practice. One of the many blessings of my job is documenting the milestones and life-changing events going on around the diocese. Over the past eighteen months, I've been to several church services where I was one of the few able to be present in person. With restrictions relaxing, I've recently attended my first in-person church services, complete with a congregation and, gasp, hymn singing.

When I'm in a church taking pictures of a service, I try to be as unobtrusive as possible. I have even been known to don camouflage (a cassock) and hide in with the choir. Before the service, I check the angles, and nowadays, I check for video cameras. I do not want to distract anyone from what's important - the service. It seems to work, until I miss something, that is. 

Last week, at Fr. Isaac Petty's installation as Vicar of St. Luke's, Excelsior Springs, I thought I'd done an excellent job.

Scroll down for a link to all the pictures and the recording of the service.

However, I forgot the video camera at the front of the church pointing back at the congregation. On reviewing the video, I was horrified. Who was that old geezer center frame? It was me. There I was, fumbling with the prayer book, slowly realizing it wasn't the hymnal. Then I took forever to get to the correct hymn!

I'll admit it. When it comes to attending church and taking part in a service, I'm totally out of practice. I suspect there are many more like me reading this. The solution is simple enough. If you are vaccinated, comfortable with doing so, and the local regulations allow, get back in the pews and relearn your Episcopal Aerobics (the ancient art of juggling a prayer book, hymnal, and bulletin while transitioning from standing to sitting and kneeling).

I had a second chance to do so at St. Philip's, Joplin, on Sunday, and I think I did a little better at being a model member of the congregation. However, I'm not sure that model includes standing on a chair at the front of the church taking a picture of everyone there.
I also get another chance tonight (Thursday, July 15 at 6 p.m.) when I'll be at the installation of Fr. Jim Harris as Priest in Charge at All Saints', West Plains. You can join us online at diowestmo.org/live.

I'll be sharing pictures in the New Spirit, and the next issue of New Spirit Update on August 5. Until then, scroll down for all the latest news.
Send your news to communications@diowestmo.org, and share what your church is doing in the New Spirit Update.

If you want to promote or help with your events, contact Jamillah Duckett at events@diowestmo.org.
Gary Allman
Communications Director
The installation of the Rev. Isaac Petty as Vicar of St. Luke’s, Excelsior Springs
Two-minute read.
On the evening of Thursday, July 8, 2021, Fr. Isaac Petty was installed as Vicar of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Here are the pictures and video.

Full details of the 132nd Annual Convention of The Diocese of West Missouri are now available on the Convention website. We are open for nominations for Diocesan Council members and Standing Committee members. We are also ready to receive your reports and resolutions.

How does prayer affect pain? This priest is leading a medical research study to find out
Seven-minute read.
This study focuses on personal prayer, in which one prays for oneself, rather than on intercessory prayers, which are offered by one person on behalf of another. The data will come from the results of an online questionnaire of participants’ prayer practices and pain.
July 17 & 31 Summer Diversity Workshop postponed until the Fall.

The Diversity and Reconciliation Commission announced yesterday that this month's workshop has been postponed.

Episcopal Church Women are accepting scholarship applications through Friday, August 7, 2021
One-minute read.
The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) have scholarship opportunities available to women who are at least twenty-three years of age, a member of a parish or mission in The Diocese of West Missouri and who are studying for the diaconate or priesthood.
Approved Diocesan Council minutes for October 2020, December 2020, and April 2021 available to read online
20-minute read.
The approved Diocesan Council minutes for the meetings held in October 2020, December 2020, and April 2021 have been published.
Bishop Marty's Sermons
17-minute recording.
Bishop Marty’s sermon for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost given at St. Peter & All Saints, Kansas City, is available to listen to online.
What's happening
You are invited to join us in watching the installation of the Rev. James Harris as Priest in Charge of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, West Plains, Missouri, on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at 6 p.m.

When: Sunday, July 18, 2021, at 4 p.m.
Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 416 SE Grand Avenue, Lee’s Summit.

Youth Events
Out of the Pandemic & into the Woods Postponed until the Fall.
Church Events
July 1 - October 1
Join us At the Table to gather in community. Gather around a community table as households or in small groups to hear five stories where Jesus breaks bread with others, reminding us that when we gather in his name, we are living as God’s family.
July 15
Installation of the Rev. James Harris as Priest in Charge of All Saints, West Plains. 6 p.m.
July 18
A Celebration of Thanksgiving for Freedom, presented by The Music Ministry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Lee’s Summit. 4 p.m. Admission Free – Everyone Invited.
External Events
None at this time.
Education and Training
June 5 - July 31
Bishop Kemper School for Ministry Summer Session 2021. BKSM’s summer session offers a variety of continuing education opportunities, whether you are ordained, a current seminarian, or a lay leader.
Diversity Workshop: Undoing Racism Session I & II. Postponed to September 18 and October 2; a new registration link will be published soon.
Clergy Events and Services
Every Wednesday
Compline. Online. 9 p.m.
Every 2nd Thursday
2nd Thursday’s Clergy Conversation. Online. 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. If you have not received the login credentials for this meeting, please contact your Dean.
July 18
Standing Committee. Online. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
July 28
Diocesan Council Executive Committee. Online. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
August 3
Finance Committee. Online. 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
August 11
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission. Online. 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
August 13
Commission on Ministry. Online. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
August 14
Diocesan Council. St. Mary Magdalene, Belton. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
August 15
Standing Committee. Online. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
August 21
Central Deanery. Tentative. 10 a.m. - noon.
Northwest-Metro Deanery. Location TBA. 10 a.m. - noon.
August 7
Episcopal Church Women's Scholarship Applications.
October 1
Last day to sign-up to receive materials for At the Table
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.
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Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
Taskforce announces training updates to Safe Church curriculum
Two-minute read.
Three new courses related to safe church policies within The Episcopal Church were released on July 14, with webinars planned soon to help dioceses transition to a new learning platform. All new courses will be launched to create a new program called Safe Church, Safe Communities.

Note: the following information is presented in English and Spanish
Aviso: La siguiente información se presenta en inglés y en español

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An Episcopal Priest's Experience of the 1968 Holy Week Riots in Kansas City, Missouri
Reach Out Challenge
New prayer book translations into Spanish and French available, feedback from native speakers sought
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