October 17, 2019
The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry – Podcast Season 2
One-minute read.
Season 2 of The Episcopal Church’s podcast The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry, commenced on September 17 and continues with new episodes every Tuesday through November 5. These weekly conversations, featuring Bishop Curry, podcast hosts Kyle Oliver and Sandy Milien, and a variety of guests, center on ways to live a life committed to living the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial and redemptive love.

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.

The 130th. Convention of The Diocese of West Missouri
Nominees for Deputies to the 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church

The slate of eleven clergy and seven lay nominees for election as deputies to the 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church (2021) has been published on the Diocesan Convention Website.

Nominees for Diocesan Council

The slate of two clergy and four lay nominees for election to Diocesan Council has been published. 

Nominees for Standing Committee

The slate of seven clergy and seven lay nominees for election to Standing Committee has been published. 

Reports to Convention

Twenty-two reports were submitted before the September deadline for reports expired. Links to all the reports submitted are provided below. 

Resolutions to be considered by Convention

Seven resolutions were received by the September deadline for resolutions for the 130th Convention of The Diocese of West Missouri. One further resolution has been received since the deadline expired.

The 2020 Plan for Ministry

The 2020 Plan for Ministry was published on September 30, and it is available to read online or download and print.

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What's Happening - October-November
Churches
October 19-20
Fall Diversity Weekend  – Shepherd of the Hills, Branson. The event starts at noon on 10/19/2019 and at lunch will be served at 11:00 a.m. on 10/20/2019.
Youth
October 25-26
Diocesan Youth Gathering, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City & Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Diocesan & Church-wide
October19
Daughters of the King, Fall Assembly – Church of the Resurrection, Blue Springs. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
October 25
Diocesan Pre-Convention Reception  & Committee Meetings – Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City. 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
October 26
Diocesan Convention  – Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City. 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
James Yazell, Ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests – St. James’ Episcopal Church, 2050 W Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport, Louisiana. 11:00 a.m.
October 28
Post convention – Diocesan Office closed.
November 2
Fall Area Confirmation – St. Matthew’s, Raytown. 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
November 9
Fall Area Confirmation – St. John’s, Springfield. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
November 28-29
Thanksgiving. Diocesan Office closed.
Meetings
October 19
Central Deanery Council Meeting. Christ Church Lexington. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.
November 13
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City. 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
November27
Diocesan Council Executive Committee Meeting. Diocesan center, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Deadlines
October 23
Deadline  – Names of Confirmands for the fall confirmation services.
Youth
Register for The Diocesan Youth Gathering 
One-minute read.
DYG is October 25-26 and is open to all young people in grades 6-12 who would like to connect with other members of the WEMO Youth Community. To take part register by October 21.

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The next News Update will be published on Thursday November 7, 2019
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
2020 Annual Health Plan Enrollment
One-minute read.
It's time for the annual health plan enrollment. Here are the details.

FINAL REMINDER: Diocesan Convention Registration closes this Friday, Oct. 18
One-minute read.
Make sure you register your church's delegates and visitors for this year's Diocesan Convention, as lunch will not be provided for those not registered.
Care of Creation Grants now available – Application deadline November 3, 2019
One-minute read.
The Episcopal Church’s Task Force on Creation Care and Environmental Racism is now accepting applications for its 2019 Grant Cycle.

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.


Bulletin Inserts
Bulletin & church newsletter inserts for you to consider and include.
Fall Diversity Weekend

Flyer for the Fall Diversity Weekend being held at Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church October 19-20.

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
Madison “Madi” Kyger – The New Southern Regional Youth Coordinator
One-minute read.
We are very pleased to introduce Madi Kyger. Madi has just accepted the position of Southern Regional Youth Coordinator and replaces Krista Heuett who left us to follow a call to be ordained and is attending seminary. 

United Thank Offering’s Young Adult and Seminarian grants Application deadline February 7, 2020
Two-minute read.
United Thank Offering (UTO) has announced the availability of their 2020 Young Adult and Seminarian (YAS!) grants. 

United Thank Offering 2020 Annual Grants Application deadline March 6, 2020
Two-minute read.
United Thank Offering (UTO) has announced the availability of their 2020 United Thank Offering Annual Grants. These grants are awarded for projects in The Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion, each year with a different focus. 

Bible and Common Prayer Book Society collaborates with Church Publishing Incorporated to provide resources to Spread the Gospel to worshipping communities
Two-minute read.
The Bible and Common Prayer Book Society are collaborating with Church Publishing Inc. (CPI) to widen the net for providing Episcopal worship resources throughout the world. This collaboration will provide complimentary access to CPI’s popular RitePlanning, an online worship planning tool that offers a simpler and easier way to plan liturgies and create parish bulletins, to qualified worshiping communities worldwide.

Spread The Word