November 8, 2019
Statement of the Episcopal Bishops of Missouri on Ballot Initiative (2020-063) to Expand Medicaid
Two-minute read.
As one, the bishops of the dioceses of The Episcopal Church within the State of Missouri, offer this statement to voice our support for ballot initiative 2020-063, which would expand the Missouri Medicaid (MO HealthNet) program to the benefit of all sectors of our society.


Deacon Sherrill Russel Receives St. Stephen’s Award
Two-minute read.
Congratulations to Deacon Sherrill Russel (Church of the Redeemer) for receiving the St. Stephen Award for her service as a committed deacon, and her outstanding work as a natural evangelist and pastoral minister.

The Ordination of the Rev. Joseph Anton Pierjok to the Sacred Order of Priests
Two-minute read.
On Saturday, October 12, 2019, Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage hosted the Ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests of the Rev. Joseph Anton Pierjok.

The Ordination of Melissa Roberts George to the Transitional Diaconate
Three-minute read.
On Friday October 11, 2019, All Saints' Episcopal Church, Nevada hosted The ordination of Melissa Roberts George to the Sacred Order of Deacons. See the pictures of her ordination, and read a little bit more about our newest transitional deacon.

Blessing of the Animals Fundraiser for Tri-Lakes Humane Society
Two-minute read.
People all over the world celebrate the feast day of the Patron Saint of Animals, Saint Francis of Assisi. This year St. Mark's, Kimberling City, had a bumper attendance to help raise funds for the Tri-Lakes Humane Society.

The 130th Convention of The Diocese of West Missouri
Diocesan Convention Round-up
Five-minute read.
A quick summary of the key items from the 2019 Diocesan Convention business session.

2020 Plan for Ministry Presentation
Five-minute read.
Copies of the 2020 Plan for Ministry slides presented to the 2019 Diocesan Convention by diocesan Treasurer Tom Kokjer are available to view online

What Has The Diocese Done For Us?
15-minute video.
This year’s Plan for Ministry video focused on some of the behind-the-scenes work of the diocese and diocesan staff.

Diocesan Convention Youth Report
10-minute video.
2019 WEMO Youth Events - For those who could not be at the Diocesan Convention, or missed the video because of the problems with the sound, here is the video the Youth Ministry Council presented about our ministry over the past year.

Bishop Marty’s Sermon at the 2019 Convention Eucharist
23-minute video.
Bishop Marty’s sermon delivered during the Holy Eucharist celebrating the 130th Annual Convention of The Diocese of West Missouri on Saturday, October 26, 2019.

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What's Happening - November-December
Churches
November 10
Ecumenical Veteran’s Day Commemoration – Christ Episcopal Church, St. Joseph. 3:30 p.m.
Diocesan & Church-wide
November 9
Fall Area Confirmation – St. John’s, Springfield. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
November 28-29
Thanksgiving. Diocesan Office closed.
December 14
Cursillo Ultreya – St. Peter & All Saints. 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
December 24 – 25
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day – Diocesan Office closed.
Meetings
November 13
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City. 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
November 19
Standing Committee. St. Peter & All Saints. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
December 3
Finance Committee. Diocesan Center. 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
December 7
Southern Deanery Council. Advent Spiritual Renewal. Details to be announced.
December 13
Commission on Ministry. Diocesan Center. 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
December 14
Diocesan Council. St. Peter’s, Harrisonville. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
December 17
Standing Committee. St. Peter & All Saints. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Deadlines
None at present.
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Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
Every Church Deserves a Men's Ministry - Brotherhood of St. Andrew Diocesan Coordinator Visits
Four-minute Video.
The Brotherhood of Saint Andrew is actively looking to open new chapters in West Missouri. Every Church Deserves a Men's Ministry, to find out more contact the Brotherhood of St. Andrew Diocesan Coordinator, Mike McDonnell.

New Digital Invitation Kits for Advent, and All Advent Resources Available Online
Three-minute read.
New and updated Advent resources for congregations, dioceses, and communities of faith are now available.

Latest Issue of Diakoneo
Ten-minute read.
The latest issue of Diakoneo -- the magazine for deacons is available to read online. It includes: B est practices & experiences working with asylum seekers; Students hit the road to inspire millennials, advocacy resources from The Episcopal Public Policy Network and more!

Bulletin Inserts
Bulletin & church newsletter inserts for you to consider and include.
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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
Letter from Morocco
Two-minute read.
Deacon Kevin White writes, "I am living in a small village near Fez, called Mahaya, lovely people. Not exactly near Fez but close enough. I will be here in Mahaya until the end of November then I will be getting my permanent site placement. I spend most of my day in Arabic language class and in the community youth center or darchabab..."

Supporting Asylum Seekers: A Toolkit for Congregations
One-minute read.
Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) is offering a new resource for individuals and congregations who wish to welcome and support asylum seekers. Supporting Asylum Seekers.

2020 Roanridge Trust grants available for leadership development in small towns and rural communities
One-minute read.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Roanridge Trust Grant Awards. Dioceses, congregations and Episcopal Church-related organizations and institutions are invited to apply.


2020 Annual Health Plan Enrollment
One-minute read.
It's time for the annual health plan enrollment. Here are the details.

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