March 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
Episcopal Toolkit for COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution
Two-minute read.
The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations has developed a toolkit for individuals, congregations and ministries to facilitate and promote COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the United States. This toolkit promotes the ongoing work that parishes and dioceses have already been doing, shares best practices, and offers ideas for ways that communities can help U.S.- based Episcopalians.

Note: the following information is presented in English and Spanish
Aviso: La siguiente información se presenta en inglés y en español

Holy Week
Holy Week at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

For the people of West Missouri, especially those whose churches are not meeting in person and cannot share services online, we are featuring a series of Holy Week services from Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. On the Tuesday in Holy Week, we join together with the dioceses of Missouri, Kansas, Western Kansas, and the ELCA Central States Synod in a renewal of Ordinational and Baptismal Vows. This year's Easter Vigil will include contributions from people around the diocese.
Monday in Holy Week
March 29
Evening Prayer. 7 p.m. Online. Click here to join live.
Tuesday in Holy Week
March 30
Renewal of Ordination and Baptismal Vows. 10 a.m. This is a joint service with the dioceses of Missouri, Kansas, Western Kansas, and the ELCA Central States Synod. Online. Click here to join live.
Evening Prayer. 7 p.m. Online. Click here to join live.
Wednesday in Holy Week
March 31
Evening Prayer. 7 p.m. Online. Click here to join live.
Maundy Thursday
April 1
Maundy Thursday Eucharist with Stripping of the Altar. 7 p.m. Online. Click here to join live.
Good Friday
April 2
Good Friday Liturgy. Noon. Online. Click here to join live.
Holy Saturday
April 3
Holy Saturday Liturgy. 9 a.m. Online. Click here to join live.
Easter Vigil. 7 p.m. Online. Click here to join live.
Easter Sunday
April 4
The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ – Easter Sunday Holy Eucharist. 10:15 a.m. Online. Click here to join live.
Holy Week at Home
Six-minute read.
In any other year, we would all be saying, “Go to church, experience all Holy Week has to offer!" This year, attending in person will not be an option for everyone. Still, we can incorporate the rhythm and customs, the experience and blessings, into Holy Week at home.

Features
Absalom Jones: Unwavering Faith
Four-minute video.
Who is this Absalom Jones that Episcopalians celebrate each year in February?

Black History Month. Remembering Anna Julia Haywood Cooper
Five-minute video.
This is the fourth and final video in a series remembering key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. This week, Anna Julia Haywood Cooper.

Christian Formation
Shift towards Virtues
Three-minute read.
We can shift from the things that seek our own will, distorting our relationship with God and all creation. God is calling us to a life of holiness and virtue. By redirecting our attention to building up the seven virtues, over time God frees us from bothersome chains.

Announcements
Bishop Marty’s sermon for the first Sunday in Lent, February 21, 2021
15-minute recording.
Bishop Marty’s sermon for the first Sunday in Lent, February 21, 2021, recorded at Christ Episcopal Church, St. Joseph.

What's Happening

REGISTRATION DEADLINE APRIL 18

Where do hope and faith come from in a time that challenges us?

Come and join us as we gather online to hear insights from both lay and clergy on maintaining and building faith and hope in a time when our lives have been turned upside down.


Diversity Workshop: Undoing Racism

When: Every Saturday, April 17 – May 22, 2021, 10 a.m. – noon
Where: Online Training Sessions via Zoom

The purpose of this workshop is to assist the diocese in eliminating the sin of racism. This training fulfills the intent of several General Convention resolutions, which call for leaders at all levels of The Episcopal Church to receive training on the Church’s teaching about racial diversity and other forms of diversity present within the human family.

Youth Events
April 10 & 11
Junior High Digital Retreat. Online. More details to follow…
April 17
Outdoor Movie Night. Church of the Good Shepherd, Kansas City. Time TBD.
May 1
Outdoor Movie Night. St. James, Springfield. Time TBD.
Church Events
April 2
The Diocesan office will be closed for Good Friday.
April 2
Area Confirmation (Southern Deanery). Trinity, Lebanon. 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Rehearsal at 1 p.m.)
April 20
Hope & Faith in a time of discouragement – a conversation about the challenges of 2020 and moving towards recovery and hope. Online. 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m
April 24
Area Confirmation (Northwest-Metro/Central Deaneries). St. Andrew’s, Kansas City. 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Rehearsal at 1 p.m.)
External Events
April 18-May 23, Sundays
Project Resource: Spring 2021 Stewardship Training. Online. 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.
Education and Training
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.
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.
April 10-11
Bishop Kemper School for Ministry April 2021 course: Anglican Ethics, Christian History Survey (D), Preaching I, and Tasks of Theology. Online. Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Click here to register.
April 17 – May 22 on Saturdays
Diversity Workshop: Undoing Racism. This training fulfills the intent of several General Convention resolutions, which call for leaders at all levels of The Episcopal Church to receive training on the Church’s teaching about racial diversity and other forms of diversity present within the human family. Online. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Click here to register.
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
March 10
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission. Online. 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
March 20
Central Deanery Council. Online. 10 a.m. – Noon.
Northwest-Metro Deanery Council. Online. 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
March 21
Council Executive Committee Meeting. Online. 3 pm. – 4 p.m.
March 31
Standing Committee. Online. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
April 6
Episcopal Ministry Support Team. Online. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Finance Committee. Online. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
April 9
Commission on Ministry. Online. 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
April 18
Standing Committee. Online. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Deadlines
March 5
UTO Grant Submission deadline
April 4
Deadline to register for Diversity Workshop
April 18
Deadline to register for Hope & Faith in a time of discouragement
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 May 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, March 18, 2021
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
Photo and video release resources for churches to use
Two-minute read.
As many churches consider a return to in-person worship with livestreaming, it’s an appropriate time to plan for how you will tell people that you may video or photograph them. You will also need to let them know that you may use their images on social media, newsletters, and promotional materials.

Church Leadership Essentials resources available online
One-minute read.
Over One-hundred church leaders from across the diocese gathered for Church Leadership Essentials, an online event replacing our traditional in-person Bishop’s Days training for church leadership. Here is a link to the material presented, and you can also watch a recording of Saturday’s session if you wish.

Episcopal Church scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are now accepted
One-minute read.
Applications are now being accepted for educational scholarships from The Episcopal Church for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Note: the following information is presented in English and Spanish
Aviso: La siguiente información se presenta en inglés y en español

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
International Outreach Grant Program – IOG
One-minute read.
Did you know that each year The Diocese of West Missouri sets aside funds to match financial gifts from parishes to worthy overseas causes? We call this the International Outreach Grant (IOG) program.

The Episcopal Church offers a new Global Mission Digital Toolkit
Two-minute read.
The Global Mission Digital Toolkit is now available. Launched on World Mission Sunday, which was observed on the last Sunday after Epiphany, February 14, this resource is a collaboration between The Episcopal Church Office of Global Partnerships (OGP), the Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN), and the Standing Commission on World Mission (SCWM).

Diakoneo Magazine February, 2021
Eight-minute read.
The latest issue of Diakoneo, the magazine for deacons is available to read online. In this issue: A Zoom retreat for men in recovery, Allyship training, Young Episcopal Deacons – the under-50’s, Emergency grants for deacons, and more!

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