May 14, 2020
Addendum to the Phase Two Pastoral Direction issued providing further recommendations on singing in public gatherings
One-minute read.
On Wednesday, May 13, Bishop Marty issued an addendum to the Phase Two Pastoral Direction to clergy and lay church leaders. The addendum updated his earlier recommendation regarding singing.

A message from Lambeth Palace: Resources from Thy Kingdom Come to help all pray for more people to come to know Jesus Christ
Two-minute read.
Episcopalians are invited to join with other Anglicans in prayer from May 21st to May 31st. 2020. Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus.

Introducing Jamillah Duckett
Two-minute read.
We are pleased to introduce Jamillah Duckett, who recently joined the Bishop’s Staff in the half-time position of Events Coordinator.

Una Carta Pastoral

Los dos obispos de La Iglesia Episcopal in el este Estado, el Reverendissimo Martin S Field de Missouri Occidental and el Reverendo Deon Jackson (obispo-eligido de Missouri Oriental) han escrito una carta del apoyo, agradecimiento, desafío y oración a todos los Episcopales en Missouri.

Pentecost Ideas – virtual and otherwise!
One-minute read.
Whether your congregation is able to meet in person or not, you can use creative ways to call attention to the Spirit that is with us today – ‘the alongside one’ – that comforts, empowers and helps us live in the Way of Jesus.

West Missouri’s congregations take a multi-prong approach to communication in the age of COVID19
Two-minute read.
Nowadays it is especially important to embrace a multi-prong communication approach and each will prove effective in a unique way.

Realities on the Ground for Science and Faith Amidst COVID-19
18-minute video.
This video is recommended by Bishop Marty and provides a useful conversation about the role of science and religion in the COVID-19 world. It provides a pretty quick review and is quite accessible.

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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.

What's Happening
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.
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.
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 19
Standing Committee. TBA, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
June 2
Finance Committee, Online, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
June 12
Commission on Ministry, Online, 10:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
None at present
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The next News Update will be published on Thursday May 21, 2020
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
Music Licensing: Church Publishing and the Presiding Bishop’s Chancellor share information
Four-minute read.
If your church plays music online you must have a license. Some further notes on broadcasting church music online.

Diocesan Website Updates
One-minute read.
The diocesan websites are continually updated. This short post provides details of some recent updates that have taken place.

Deadline approaches for Episcopal Church’s 2020-2021 academic year scholarships
One-minute read.
The deadline approaches for educational scholarships from The Episcopal Church for the 2020-2021 academic year. A scholarship applicant must be an Episcopalian and must have the endorsement of his/her bishop.

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
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.

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

Spread The Word