February 4, 2021
A twice monthly summary of news, events,
and information for the people of the
Episcopal Churches of West Missouri
News
To get the latest news and information between issues of News Update, visit the New Spirit Front Page
St. Mary’s to provide Kansas City’s first parking site for houseless people
One-minute read.
Merging KC and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church are pleased to announce the launch of Kansas City’s first designated parking site for houseless people that have vehicles.

Black History Month. Remembering Edward Thomas Demby
Five-minute video.
This is the first in a series of four weekly videos remembering key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. A new video will be published each Thursday throughout February. This week, Edward Thomas Demby.

The [Mis]concept[ion] of Race
Two-minute read.
This is the first in a series of four weekly videos remembering key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. A new video will be published each Thursday throughout February. This week, Edward Thomas Demby.

More Lenten Resources
One-minute read.
More Lenten options for households and congregations; meaningful ways to mark the days of Lent beginning with Ash Wednesday at Home, a free printable resource.

Creative Ideas for a COVID 19 Ash Wednesday
One-minute read.
Living Church recently published a whole host of liturgical responses to the Imposition of Ashes this year. Creative thinking can make this Ash Wednesday something really meaningful in the midst of COVID 19 restrictions.

Christian Formation
A Jar of Blessings
One-minute read.
Is it ever too late (or too soon) to incorporate a good idea?

Announcements
What's Happening
The Bishop’s Staff invite you to attend one of these two online sessions which will provide essential information for new and returning vestry members and other church staff and leaders.

The Beloved Community of Care and Love Book Club
Two-minute read.
Sponsored by The Diocese of West Missouri’s Diversity and Reconciliation Commission, The Beloved Community’s Third Online Book Study, ‘Uncomfortable Conversation with a Black Man’ by Emmanuel Acho.

Youth Events
February 6
Mental Health Awareness Digital Retreat. Youth currently in the 9-12th grades are invited to a Diocesan Digital Retreat to focus on our mental and spiritual health. Online. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Click here to register.
February 14 – 2nd Sundays
Second Sunday Compline. Online. 7:30 p.m. Join us in the WEMO Youth Community Zoom Room.
February 21 & 28
Dismantling Racism Two-Day Digital Retreat. The Diocese of West Missouri believes in the work of dismantling racism. Our first two-day digital retreat will be for youth currently in 9-12th grades. Online. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Click here to register by February 14.
Church Events
None at present
External Events
March 3-5, 2021
2021 CEEP Network’s Digital Annual Conference. From COVID-19 to economic anxiety to the racial reckoning taking place across our Church, in our nation and around the world. CEEP Network is excited to announce we will gather online to bear witness together at the 2021 Annual Conference. Online. Click here for more information and to register.
Education and Training
February 13-14
Bishop Kemper School for Ministry February 2021 courses: Christian Theology I (D), Forms of Christian Ethics (P), Preaching 2, Social Ministry I. Click here for complete course descriptions and to register. Online. Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
February 23 - March 25 (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
Beloved Community of Care and Love Book Study Club: Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, by Emmanuel Acho. Online. Tuesday's 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Thursday's 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. The deadline to sign-up is February 20.
February 25 & 27
Church Leadership Essentials. Essential information for new vestry members and other church staff and leadership. The session will include introductions and explanations as to what the diocesan staff members can and do to support the efforts of the Episcopal Churches of West Missouri, their clergy and lay leadership. Online. Thursday, February 25, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday, February 27, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
March 13-14
Bishop Kemper School for Ministry March 2021 courses: Congregational Leadership, Contemporary Catechumenate, Sacramental Theology and Social Ministry II. Click here for complete course descriptions and to register. Online. Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
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.
Meetings
February 3
Council Executive Committee Meeting. Online. 3 pm. – 4 p.m.
February 3
Council Executive Committee Meeting. Online. 3 pm. – 4 p.m.
February 10
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission. Online. 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
February 12
Commission on Ministry. Online. 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
February 21
Standing Committee. Online. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
March 2
Episcopal Ministry Support Team. Online. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Finance Committee. Online. 3 p.m. - 4 p.m
March 10
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission. Online. 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
March 21
Council Executive Committee Meeting. Online. 3 pm. - 4 p.m.
March 31
Standing Committee. Online. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Deadlines
February 19
Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corps: Applications for 2021-2022 placements.
February 20
Deadline to sign-up for Beloved Community of Care and Love Book Study Club.
February 26
Non-parochial and licensed members of our clergy reports & license renewal requests due.
March 1
Preacher and Catechist Licenses Expire
Clerical Licenses Expire
Church Rosters Due
March 5
UTO Grant Submission deadline
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.
For all the latest information about events around the diocese through April 2021, visit the Events Home Page.
Spot an error or omission? Let us know: communications@diowestmo.org
Keep in touch - Tell us what you are doing
The next News Update will be published on Thursday, February 18, 2020
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
2021 Rosters

Church leadership, please obtain the information needed to complete your Vestry or Bishop’s Committee forms by Monday, March 1st.

Lay Licenses Expire March 1

Church leadership, please obtain the information needed to complete your Vestry or Bishop’s Committee forms by Monday, March 1st.

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 communications@diowestmo.org
Deacon Emergency Grant Program Extended

The Deacon Emergency Grant has been extended through April 2021. Deacons in good standing in The Episcopal Church, who have been laid off, furloughed, or otherwise had their employment hours cut back or eliminated due to the pandemic, are eligible to apply.

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.

Lesson, sermon, and bulletin resources for churches and groups

In Case You Missed It
Lenten Resources for Church and Home
Three-minute read.
Take a look at these five user-friendly Lenten resources for church and home.

A Beginner’s Guide to The Book of Common Prayer
Four-minute read.
Things I wish I’d been told when I first became an Episcopalian. The Book of Common Prayer can appear quite daunting at first. The good news is that with regular use it becomes very familiar.

The Church Year
Six-minute read.
If you are new to the Episcopal Church, and even if you are not, the changing colors of the robes the clergy wear, the names and reasons for the changing seasons can be quite mysterious. Especially confusing is the way the seasons move around the calendar seemingly at random from year to year. Well, here are some answers!

Apply now – Free Email and Microsoft 365 for up to 26 Churches
Two-minute read.
We are offering a free email account, the Microsoft Office Suite, and 1 TB of online file storage to churches with limited resources. The 2020 Communications budget includes providing up to twenty-six churches with an email address based on their website address and a license for the Microsoft 365 suite of programs.

New Google Business Feature
One-minute read.
Churches may be interested in taking advantage of a new Google business profile feature called ‘attributes.’ Here’s a very brief introduction to what they are and a reminder of what a Google business profile is.

Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corps: Application open for 2021-2022 placements
Two-minute read.
Applications are now being accepted for 2021-2022 placements with the Young Adult Service Corps (YASC), the international missionary program of The Episcopal Church. YASC offers Episcopalians ages 21-30 the opportunity to follow the Way of Love into deeper relationship with God and the global Anglican Church while spending a year living and working with communities around the world.

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