January 20, 2022
A summary of news and events,
for the people of the
Episcopal Churches of West Missouri
Presiding Bishop speaks at annual MLK Day event in Atlanta
Three-minute read.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry was the keynote speaker on January 17 at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance organized by the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Let's try that again ... Photographs of the welcome and seating of Bishop Bruce
Three-minute read.
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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.
Bishop Bruce – Phishing/spoofing attempts
One-minute read.
Once again we are seeing an increase in phishing attempts, this time the criminals are pretending to be Bishop Bruce. Please note that none of the diocesan staff will contact you asking for funds or gift cards. Please be vigilant for emails and texts purporting to come from the bishop or any other clergy.
Stained glass window needs new home
Two-minute read.
St. Mathew’s in Ozark is looking for a new home for a large stained glass window picturing the ascending Christ, ‘Come all, to me’ by Pepe Mendez.
Hybrid Church – A Way Forward for Church Leaders
Three-minute read.
In Hybrid Church – A Way Forward for Church Leaders, the Rev. Tim Schenck explores the changes that the church has adopted during the pandemic and the effects of these changes. These technological innovations are viewed by some as temporary stopgaps (to be given up when all of this is over), by others as welcome improvements that should be kept.
A Way to Pray: Icons
One-minute read.
Icons bring us into prayer – conversation with God -with our eyes wide open.
Mindful Eating
One-minute read.
As I reach for something on the go or hurry through a meal, it’s worth a few moments to regard what I eat in relation to my spiritual walk.
Church Connect Daily Drop-ins to cease Thursday, January 27, 2022
One-minute read.
Our online Church Connect daily drop-in sessions will finish on January 27, 2022. As always, thereafter diocesan staff will be available to answer questions via email or telephone at any time during office hours 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
What's happening
Featured Events
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. February 6 at 4 p.m.
Events & Meetings
For a full list of forthcoming events and meetings visit the Events Page.
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.
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
Church Connect Daily Drop-ins to cease Thursday, January 27, 2022

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
Staff Update
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission’s sixth online series of book study sessions
Vestry rosters, Slate of delegates, Bishop's Committee rosters, due March 1, 2022
Spread The Word