January 21, 2021
A twice monthly summary of news, events,
and information for the people of the
Episcopal Churches of West Missouri
To get the latest news and information between issues of News Update, visit the New Spirit Front Page
Church Pension Group podcast series addresses well-being
Five-minute read.
The Church Pension Group (CPG) has recently launched Choose Well, a new podcast series providing insights and suggestions on financial wellness, cultivating healthy behaviors, and leading a balanced life.

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.

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

Come, Pray
One-minute read.
After the last year in which churches around the world have been closed and congregations scattered, the SSJE Brothers invite you to “Come, Pray.” Join them in receiving the daily gift of prayer – at home or wherever you find yourself.

Episcopal Relief & Development Focuses on Lament in 2021 Lenten Meditations
Three-minute read.
In response to the past year’s unprecedented events, Episcopal Relief & Development’s 2021 Lenten Meditations share deeply personal reflections on the theme of lament from a diverse group of writers. Many of the authors share experiences related to a variety of issues, including disease, violence, racial injustice, and poverty.

Christian Formation
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!

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.

Tell Me Something Good
One-minute read.
Needing some good news? The Episcopal Church has got you covered!

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.

At a time when many of our resources, both denominational and ecumenical, in this area are contracting, Project Resource has proven success in being an effective and enduring set of practices for changing the culture of giving in congregations. April 18 – May 23.

Youth Events
None at present.
Church Events
None at present
External Events
January 26-28, 2021
Forma21: Embodying Spiritual Practices. The Forma21 gathering will include opportunities for leaders to experience community and learning through curated worship, wisdom, and workshop offerings. Online. Click here for more information and to register.
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.
February 2
Episcopal Ministry Support Team. Online. 10 a.m. – 3 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.
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 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 4, 2020
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
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.

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
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
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.

Aviso: La siguiente información se presenta en inglés y en español

Avoid penalties and keep your pension billings accurate
One-minute read.
This is a reminder to contact Elaine Gilligan with any changes to your organization’s payroll.

Non-parochial or licensed members of our clergy take note
One-minute read.
An email was sent to all non-parochial clergy requesting a report on their 2020 ministry. This email was also sent to licensed members of our clergy family to allow them to request to be re-licensed. If you are a non-parochial or licensed member of our clergy team but did not receive the email or have questions, please contact Emily Davenport bishopsassistant@diowestmo.org.

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