June 25, 2020
Pray on Troost
Two-minute read.
On the evening of Juneteenth, Friday, June 19, Troost Avenue, Kansas City, became a focal point of unity when people of different faiths and races joined together in an hour-long event ‘Pray on Troost.’ Together they formed an estimated 10-mile long, socially distanced, prayer chain.

New parking lot and building at Trinity Episcopal Church, Lebanon
Two-minute read.
While many churches across the nation are reporting declining attendance, Lebanon’s historic Trinity Episcopal Church in Lebanon is showing an increase in membership.

The Episcopal Church encourages support of the Dream Act
Two-minute video.
“At this time, the Dream Act is pending before the Congress of the United States,” said Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry. “I’m asking you as Episcopalians, as people of goodwill and faith, to write and call members of Congress who represent you to support this Dream Act.”

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

Becoming Anti-Racist
One-minute read.
If you have also found yourself at an intersection – of faith and a commitment to becoming anti-racist – these past few weeks, this chart may inspire you to explore, grow and deepen that very personal journey.

Juneteenth — liturgy and history
Two-minute read.
In 2015, the 126th Diocesan Convention passed a resolution regarding the response of the Episcopal churches in West Missouri to the ongoing sin of Racism. One of the provisions was the use the service closest to “Juneteenth” as an opportunity to remind ourselves of the constant vigilance needed to address racism.

Labyrinths close to home
Three-minute read.
Several congregations in our diocese have chosen to create a labyrinth on their grounds. Open to the community around them they are a wonderful way to spread peace and encourage contemplation. Check out six close to home!

Sign Up For Education for Ministry
One-minute read.
Participating in Education for Ministry is an investment in your spiritual life.

Sign Up For Backyard VBS!
One-minute read.
Summer is a great time to explore God’s Wondrous Creation. Sign up to join a diocesan-wide Backyard VBS!

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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
On Saturday, June 27, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. God willing, Melissa Roberts George will be ordained into the Sacred Order of Priests at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City. The ordination is limited to the celebrants and essential participants only. The service will be livestreamed on YouTube.

The Episcopal Youth Community in West Missouri summer events update
Two-minute read.
An update on WEMO Youth summer events. Happening will be postponed and Camp WEMO will now be an at home experience.

Youth Events
July 1
Zoom Bible and bingo, Online. 8-9 p.m.
July 5
Zoom Desert and Discussions, Online. 7-8 p.m.
July 9
Zoom Picnic, Online. 1-2 p.m.
July 10-12
Diocesan Pause Retreat. A Self-guided Retreat, Online.
July 20-24
Digital MissionPalooza. Online.
Church Events
June 27
Ordination of Melissa George to the Sacred Order of Priests. 2 p.m. Livestreamed on YouTube.
July 3
Diocesan Office closed.
External Events
None at this time.
Meetings
July 7
Finance Committee, Online. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
July 8
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission. St Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City. 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
July 17
Commission on Ministry. Online. 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Deadlines
July 1
July 17
For all the latest information about events around the diocese visit the Events Home Page .

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Beloved Community “Rapid-Response” Grants available
Three-minute read.
The Presiding Officers’ Advisory Group on Beloved Community Implementation is pleased to announce the availability of grants to address the racial disparities laid bare by the coronavirus pandemic and for groups responding to racist violence and policing reform.

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

The Diversity and Reconciliation Commission to hold book study sessions online
Two-minute read.
The Diversity and Reconciliation Commission has had to postpone its workshops due to COVID-19. To continue our work until we are able to come meet together in person, you are invited to join with us in online book study sessions.

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
A statement from the Diversity and Reconciliation Commission
One-minute read.
 Following a meeting held on June 10, 2020, West Missouri’s Diversity and Reconciliation Commission issued a statement, which can be seen at the link below. Also included are links to some recommended resources.

Inaugural Great EpisGOpal Race
One-minute read.
The United Thank Offering (UTO) invites all to support the 2020 Ingathering by joining them in gratitude, grabbing a pair of sneakers, and racing your way in the Great EpisGOpal Virtual Race.

The Cross – June 2020 Issue
One-minute read.
The June edition of The Cross, the magazine of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, a worldwide ministry to men and youth in the Episcopal and Anglican communion is available to read online.

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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