July 16, 2020
Diocesan Council special meeting paves way for online Annual Convention
One-minute read.
With the increasing likelihood of an online diocesan Annual Convention this year, thought has turned to the legal preparations required to enable online voting.

Anti-racism covenant launched
Three-minute read.
Over the past month, 14 bishops of The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, including our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Martin S. Field, have worked together to produce an anti-racism covenant.

Photo essay: St. Andrew’s, Kansas City, the ‘New Norm’
Two-minute read.
On Sunday July 12, 2020, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Missouri, opened its doors for the first in-person service since March. Mary Ann Teschan was there to capture these pictures of the ‘New Norm.’

Your Daily Life Is Your Temple
Three-minute read.
If your heart is hungry for a more vibrant spiritual life, I encourage you to come on a journey with me. – Katie Mansfield.

News Update

As we head into summer, we are going to revert back to our twice monthly pre COVID-19 publication schedule. Going forward the New Spirit News Update, will be released on the first and third Thursdays of each month.
Your Stories Needed – Bishop John Buchanan

Do you have an interesting story or anecdote about Bishop Buchanan? Please send them to us.

Sign Up For Education for Ministry

Participating in Education for Ministry is an investment in your spiritual life.

Diocesan COVID-19 Webpage

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

What's Happening
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.
Small Group Facilitator Development, starting August 5 for six weeks

Now more than ever, small groups are a cornerstone of the church. Attend a six-week facilitator development training and let the formation office cover your registration fee!

Racial reconciliation program from The Episcopal Church open to all

Racial justice and healing leaders and practitioners across The Episcopal Church will gather to build community, craft strategy and equip each other for action during a series of “Becoming Beloved Community NOW” online gatherings.

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

Youth Events
July 20-24
Digital MissionPalooza. Online.
August 3-7
Camp WEMO @Home. Online.
Church Events
None at this time
External Events
None at this time.
Education and Training
July 18
BKSM - Engaging in Meaningful Conversation Amid Disagreement. In this highly polarized and contentious time, we find it increasingly difficult to have meaningful conversations with people with whom we disagree. How do we better navigate such conversations as followers of Jesus? This course offers a variety of perspectives and approaches, grounded in both theology and interpersonal communications. Online. 9-5 p.m. ($100)None at this time.
July 22
July 25
BKSM - Stress Management for Clergy and Lay Leaders. Leadership in the church has unique stressors that can make it more stressful than leadership in other organizations. Church leaders need to be a non-anxious presence, which is often not easy. Managing stress can be helpful in accomplishing this. Learning to manage stress can be very beneficial for church leaders, both for themselves and for the churches they serve. This course will help church leaders identify the effects of stress on mind, body and spirit and learn how to manage stress in positive ways. Online. 9-5 p.m. ($100)
July 28-30
August 5 - September 9
Small Group Facilitator Development. 6-week training course (90 minutes per session), for anyone looking to hone their small group leadership skills. Limited places. Grants available.
September 12
BKSM - New Testament Greek Class. Have you ever wanted to read the New Testament in its original Greek language? Online. Noon - TBA.
Meetings
July 17
Commission on Ministry. Online. 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
July 29
Executive Committee. Online. 3 p.m.
Deadlines
July 17
For all the latest information about events around the diocese visit the Events Home Page .

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Keep in touch - Tell us what you are doing
The next News Update will be published on Thursday, August 6 , 2020
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
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.

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.
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
Just how easy is it to give money to your church?
Four-minute read.
Friction. It’s a marketing term used to describe all the little things we do (or don’t do) that make it harder for someone to buy a product, or in the case of our churches and ministries, make a donation. Let’s face it, if it’s too hard, it isn’t going to happen. So what are you going to do about it? Oh, and a minor rant (or two).

Strengthening your compassion
One-minute read.
Is compassion a rare attribute nowadays? I can’t answer that, but it is worth asking myself if I think, speak and act in a way that reflects this core Christian value.

United Thank Offering 2021 Annual Grants – Two grant cycles offered
Six-minute read.
Application deadlines: August 14, 2020 and February 26, 2021. These grants are awarded for projects in The Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion, each year with a different focus. For 2021, the focus is Recovering with Love and Gratitude: An Episcopal Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Local Contexts.

Episcopal Church Women accepting scholarship applications through Friday, July 17, 2020
One-minute read.
The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) have scholarship opportunities available to women who are at least twenty-three years of age, a member of a parish or mission in The Diocese of West Missouri and who are studying for the diaconate or priesthood.

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