May 7, 2020
Phase Two Pastoral Direction for Clergy and Parishes of The Episcopal Church in West Missouri
Two-minute read.
On Monday, May 4, 2020, Bishop Marty issued a new Pastoral Direction to the clergy and lay leaders of the churches of West Missouri.
A pastoral letter from Bishop Marty and Bishop-Elect Deon Johnson (Episcopal Diocese of Missouri)
Eight-minute read.
Bishop Marty and Bishop-elect Deon Johnson of the Diocese of Missouri have joined together to issue a letter of support, gratitude, challenge and prayer for all Missouri Episcopalians.

National Day of Prayer video with the Brotherhood of St. Andrew and The Daughters of the King
20-minute video.
This video combines prayers for the National Day of Prayer, read by members of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew and the Order of the Daughters of the King, and supported by the Union of Black Episcopalians.

An end to the Weekly Reflection, reopening the diocesan office, and the News Update schedule
One-minute read.
Bishop Marty writes briefly on discontinuing his Weekly Reflections and other changes.

Welcoming? Or Not?
Ten-minute read.
Part 5 on Deepening Your Relationship with God by Worshiping with Other Faiths. Is your church welcoming?

Reflections On “Social Distancing”
One-minute read.
Episcopalians in West Missouri come to understand “social distancing” in relation to faith and the way we live our lives.

Bishop Kemper School for Ministry seeking part-time Administrative Assistant

The Bishop Kemper School for Ministry (BKSM) is seeking a part-time administrative assistant to the dean. This 10-hour-a-week position offers flexible hours.

Online worship & prayers
Many churches in the diocese are offering daily prayers, reflections, and Sunday worship online. We've compiled a list of all we know about. If you know of others, please let us know.

Diocesan COVID-19 Webpage

The COVID-19 webpage to provides links to all the key resources you need.

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What's Happening

Changing Perspectives On Sunday School -
May 28, 7:00 p.m.

For several years there has been growing concern among individuals, parents, congregations, and clergy that collectively we have been treating Sunday school as the ‘meat and potatoes’ of Christian formation, rather than the ‘dessert’. What do you think? Come discuss changing perspectives on Sunday School in this online session.

This course is ideal for all lay and ordained pastoral leaders who who wish to explore crucial leadership skills and practices. Leadership Reboot continuing education course offered online May 29, June 6 through Bishop Kemper School for Ministry.

May 7
May 18
Diocesan office reopens.
May 25
Memorial Day. Diocesan Office Closed.
May 28
May 29
Leadership Reboot. Online. 9:00 a.m. - Noon.
May 13
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission. Online, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
May 19
Standing Committee. TBA, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
None at present
For all the latest information about events around the diocese visit the Events Home Page.

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The next News Update will be published on Thursday May 14, 2020
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
Diakoneo Magazine May, 2020
Eight-minute read.
Read The latest issue of Diakoneo, the magazine for deacons is available to read online. In this issue: the work of a prison chaplain, a new deacon looks back, and forward, and a deacon at Standing Rock.

Bulletin Inserts
Bulletin & church newsletter inserts for you to consider and include.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Inserts

Several bulletin inserts and posters are available in the article linked to below.

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
Explore the Way of Love with this new video series
Two-minute read.
The Way of Love is a way of life. More than a program or curriculum, it is an intentional commitment to follow Jesus by following seven practices: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest. Episcopalians and others looking to engage the Way of Love and learn more about each of the individual practices are invited to Explore the Way of Love in a new series of short videos and accompanying primer cards from The Episcopal Church.

Music licensing: what you need to know
Four-minute read.
If you are recording or livestreaming music for use in your services, you need to read this article on music licensing.

Thanks from Angela & Harry Crawford
Angela Crawford, former diocesan Events Coordinator and Communications Assistant, and her husband Harry would like to thank all the people who have kindly sent cards, well wishes, and notes of encouragement. Angela wants everyone to know that they are doing well.
Online donation collection help for churches

If you do not have a donate button, an option to collect donations, or a way to set up recurring payments, we can help you add a button to your church website, and provide a payment link you can send out via email.

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