August 21, 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 visit the New Spirit Front Page
The 131st Annual Convention of The Diocese of West Missouri
One-minute read.
God willing and the Special Convention (October 3) approving, the 131st Annual Convention of The Diocese of West Missouri will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2020.
Capital Campaign and remodeling at St Philip’s, Joplin
Two-minute read.
A planned refurbishment at St Philip’s has been taking advantage of the COVID-19 interruption of their regular worship, allowing major work to be undertaken.

Invaluable, inspiring and practical: A Parenting With Mindfulness update
One-minute read.
What Parenting with Mindfulness has in store for you will be invaluable, empowering and most helpful in a practical day-to-day sort of way.

What have you learned about yourself during quarantine?
Six-minute read.
Sometime in March, all our plans dissolved into COVID-19. Did you get the opportunity to become the new person you were planning on from your New Year’s resolutions? How about a second go-around?

Christian Formation
There is wisdom in small groups
One-minute read.
What is it about small groups that makes them so powerful?

Words of wellness
One-minute read.
Bringing words of wellness into our lives is a good thing. Take a closer look at some thought provoking favorites that offer encouragement and insight.

Growing into a Rule of Life
Five-minute read.
Thomas Moore said, “The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.”

Spirituality and the “Household Yogi”
Four-minute read.
Are you a ‘household yogi?’ Religion and spirituality are not necessarily the same thing, although they may certainly travel the same path.

Your Stories Needed – Bishop John Buchanan

Do you have an interesting story or anecdote about Bishop Buchanan? Please send them to us.

Sign Up For Education for Ministry

Participating in Education for Ministry is an investment in your spiritual life.

Diocesan COVID-19 Webpage

The COVID-19 webpage to provides links to all the key resources you need.

What's Happening
Many churches in the diocese are offering daily prayers, reflections, and Sunday worship online. We've compiled a list of all we know about. If you know of others, please let us know.
Wellness Gathering: Parenting With Mindfulness Workshop

When: September 12, 2020. 9 a.m. to Noon.
Where: Online – Facebook and YouTube. There will be a limited ‘by invitation only’ audience present in person at the event.
For: Parents, Grandparents, Caregivers and extended families raising children (and young adults).

Youth Events
None at this time
Church Events
None at this time
External Events
None at this time.
Education and Training
August 5 - September 9
Small Group Facilitator Development. 6-week training course (90 minutes per session), for anyone looking to hone their small group leadership skills. Limited places. Grants available.
September 12
September 12
BKSM - New Testament Greek Class. Have you ever wanted to read the New Testament in its original Greek language? Online. Noon - TBA.
September 1
Episcopal Ministry Support Team. Online. 10 a.m.
September 5
Southern Deanery Council. Online. 10 a.m.
September 8
Finance Committee. Online. 3 p.m.
September 9
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission. St. Augustine's, Kansas City. 4 p.m.
September 11
Commission On Ministry. Online. 10:30 a.m.
September 15
Standing Committee. St Peter and All Saints Episcopal Church, Kansas City. 9 a.m.
September 19
Central Deanery Council. St. Mary Magdalene Church, Belton. 10 a.m.
September 26
Northwest Metro Deanery Council. Online. 10 a.m
September 30
Diocesan Council Executive Committee. Online. 3 p.m.
October 3
Special Convention. Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral. 10 a.m.
November 7
September 25
Nominations, Reports and Resolutions for the 131st Annual Convention of The Diocese of West Missouri
For all the latest information about events around the diocese visit the Events Home Page.

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Keep in touch - Tell us what you are doing
The next News Update will be published on Thursday, September 3, 2020
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
No Slate of Delegates? You'll lose your church's voice at the Annual Convention

If yours is one of the 14 churches that failed to provide a list of Annual Convention Delegates and Alternates in March, and has ignored all the reminders that have been issued, act now, or you'll be too late and you'll lose their opportunity to attend and vote at November's Annual Convention.
Lesson, sermon, and bulletin resources for churches and groups
One-minute read.
We have recently received a few inquiries from people and churches seeking information and resources for lessons and bulletins for their churches. As it has been a while since we discussed the resources available for congregations and groups, here’s a quick summary.

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 [email protected]
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.

In Case You Missed It
Two Diocesan Conventions to be held in 2020
One-minute read.
On Wednesday, July 29, the Executive Committee of the Diocesan Council met to discuss this year’s 131st Annual Convention of The Diocese of West Missouri. At the meeting, it was agreed to call a short Special Convention of the Diocese on Saturday, October 3, at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City. The Special Convention will pave the way for an online Annual Convention on Saturday, November 7.

Check out our Christian formation resources
One-minute read.
Need help with Christian Formation? There are lots of published formation related articles to help you. Take a moment to check them out.

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