January 13, 2022
A summary of news and events,
for the people of the
Episcopal Churches of West Missouri
Another year and COVID continues to ravage our communities. It impacted Bishop Bruce's seating with people planning on attending falling ill and others having their travel plans affected. The reception following the service was canceled, but there are plans to make up for it. To find out what they are, you'll need to read the article. Scroll down for the link.

Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your sick servants, and give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that they may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. — Book of Common Prayer p459
The new year is starting out with lots of events both online and in-person. the Events section below has the details.

And finally. The next issue of New Spirit Update will be with you before you know it - next week, on January 20. In that issue, we'll be telling you about a 12ft(ish) high stained glass window portraying the ascending Jesus. It's going free to any church willing to give it a home. Watch this space.

Gary Allman
Communications Director
The welcome and Seating of Bishop Bruce
Three-minute read.
Photographs of the Welcome and Seating service held for the Rt. Rev. Diane M. Jardine Bruce at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City Missouri on January 6, 2022.
Chalking the Door: A New Year House Blessing
One-minute read.
"Chalking the Door” is a way to celebrate and physically mark the occasion of the Epiphany and God’s blessing of our lives and home throughout the year. With time the chalk will fade but the meaning of the written symbols can sink into the depths of our hearts and be made manifest in our words and actions.
Staff Update
Two-minute read.
We have two staff changes taking place at the end of January. Josh Trader, Assistant to the Bishop for Youth Ministry Development, and the Rev. Dr. William (Bill) Fasel, Assistant to the Bishop for Leadership Development, will be leaving the bishop’s staff.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: January 18-25
One-minute read.
Be part of a tradition spanning well over 100 years, the ecumenical Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission’s sixth online series of book study sessions
One-minute read.
Please join us as we resume our book study on Undoing Racism with our next book: “Slaves In The Family” by Edward Ball.
What's happening
Save the Date
Featured Events
The sixth annual National Day of Racial Healing is an opportunity to bring people together in their common humanity and inspire collective action to create a more just and equitable world.
Before you put your annual stewardship campaign away, join this TENS webinar on pledge campaign evaluation and preparation. Saturday, January 22 at 11 a.m.
Join the people of St. Augustine’s in person or online in a celebration of the Blessed Absalom Jones. Please note, the date of this event has changed.
Church Events
January 17
Diocesan Office closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
January 18
National Day of Racial Healing. Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in-person, for personal prayer and reflection.
February 6
Blessed Absalom Jones Celebration. 4 p.m. In-person and Online. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City. Watch Online. 
External Events
January 22
Evaluating Your 2021 Annual Campaign & Preparing for the Future. Before you put your annual stewardship campaign away, join this TENS webinar on pledge campaign evaluation and preparation! Online. 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Education and Training
October 13 – December 10
Bishop Kemper School for Ministry November 2021 Courses. Contemporary Mission, History of the Episcopal Church, and Theology of Education Ministry. Online classes begin October 13. The in-person focus weekend meets November 13-14. Online classes end December 10.
December 13 – February 11
Bishop Kemper School for Ministry January 2022 Courses. Christian Ethics (D), Christian History I, and Polity & Canons. Classes begin December 13. The in-person Focus Weekend meets January 8-9. Classes end February 11.
February 1 - March 1
Diversity Commission Book study. “Slaves In The Family” by Edward Ball. Online. Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
February 3 - March 3
Diversity Commission Book study. “Slaves In The Family” by Edward Ball. Online. Thursdays, 7 p.m. - 8 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.
January 16
Standing Committee. Online. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
January 18
Southern Deanery Clericus. Online. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Central Deanery Clericus. Online. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Diocesan Communications – Review & Visioning In-person at the Diocesan Center. Noon – 4 p.m.
February 1
Episcopal Ministry Support Team. In-person. 10 a.m. – Noon at the Diocesan Center.
Finance Committee. In-person. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Diocesan Center.
February 2
Diocesan Council Executive Committee. Online. 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
February 9
Diversity and Reconciliation Committee. Online. 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
January 29
Deadline for signing up for the book study on “Slaves In The Family” by Edward Ball.
March 1
Lay Eucharistic Minister, Lay Eucharistic Visitor, and Lay Evangelist licenses expire March 1, 2022.
Vestry rosters, slate of delegates, Bishop’s Committee rosters due.
Bishop Bruce's Church Visits

A complete list of Bishop Bruce's church visits can be found here.
Many churches in the diocese are offering daily prayers, reflections, and Sunday worship online.
Seen an error or omission? Let us know: communications@diowestmo.org
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
As you’re planning your Annual Meetings, please be sure to set a reminder to also complete your roster and slate of delegates form.

Lay Licenses Expire March 1, 2022

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
Do you have any bulletin inserts of interest to the Episcopal churches of West Missouri? Send them in!

Second chance - In case you missed it
Carta de Navidad de la Obispa Bruce en español

Bishop Bruce's Christmas Letter
Meditation: rejoicing in your day
Spread The Word