June 4, 2020
Prayer for Racial Justice at St. Augustine’s
Four-minute read, 40-minute video .
The people of the Episcopal and ELCA Lutheran churches of the Kansas City Metro area gathered together on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in prayer for racial justice held in the grounds of at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City. An estimated 150-200 people attended the event in person. The proceedings were also livestreamed on Facebook.

Boiling Point
Six-minute read.
Bishop Marty, “We are acting as though God doesn’t see or care about the way we treat one another, belittle one another, or degrade one another.”

Statement from Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry on President Donald Trump’s use of a church building and the Holy Bible
One-minute read.
A statement from Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

Messages of Solidarity
Five-minute read.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has shared with his fellow bishops two messages of solidarity he received following his statement on President Donald Trump’s use of a church building and the Holy Bible.

Presiding Bishop Curry’s Word to the Church: When the Cameras are Gone, We Will Still Be Here
Four-minute read.
A word to the Church from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: “Our long-term commitment to racial justice and reconciliation is embedded in our identity as baptized followers of Jesus. We will still be doing it when the news cameras are long gone.”

Ordinary time is anything but
One-minute read.
I love how the liturgical year is put together to include time for the ordinary. Stretching from now until November we can make it extraordinarily ordinary.

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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
The Episcopal Youth Community in West Missouri Summer Events Update
Three-minute read.
Read all about the the West Missouri's Youth summer events.

Youth Events
June 7
Zoom Picnic- North Regional Ministry, Online, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
June 11
Zoom Picnic- South Regional Ministry, Online, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
June 13
Summer Digital Retreat, Online, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m..
June 16
Regional Bible & Bingo – South Regional Ministry, Online, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
June 17
Regional Bible & Bingo – North Regional Ministry, Online, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church Events
June 27
Ordination of Melissa George to the Sacred Order of Priests, St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Joplin.
Meetings
June 10
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission, St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Kansas City, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
June 12
Commission on Ministry, Online, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
June 13
Diocesan Council, Online, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
June 16
Standing Committee, St. Peter and All Saints Episcopal Church, Kansas City, 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
June 20
Central Deanery, TBA, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Deadlines
None at present
For all the latest information about events around the diocese visit the Events Home Page .

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Bulletin Inserts
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Inserts

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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
Put on your @#$* mask
Six-minute read .
Fr. Steve Wilson (Grace, Carthage) provides a heart-rending and personal insight into the plight of a priest during the current pandemic, and writes an impassioned plea for people to take wearing masks seriously.

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