September 2, 2021
A twice-monthly summary of news and events,
for the people of the
Episcopal Churches of West Missouri
Today, to reinforce my little diatribe in the last issue about disaster planning, you can scroll down to find a link to an article about Episcopal Relief & Development's response to Hurricane Ida. For church admins, there's also a link to a bulletin insert you can use.

Episcopal Relief & Development isn't the only ministry of The Episcopal Church that's very active at the moment. Episcopal Migration Ministries are racing to cope with the influx of refugees from Afghanistan. Scroll down for a link to a short video from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on the situation.

With the annual Stewardship cycle about to begin, we've included information from TENS (The Episcopal Network for Stewardship). Is your stewardship campaign ready to go? You know the drill. Scroll down to find out.

We've articles from two churches close to me (Springfield). Christ Episcopal Church held a Community Dinner and had a vaccination clinic on site. They provided 174 meals, and 10 people were vaccinated. St. Matthew's has been busy since my last visit building a new parking lot. I was there to join them in Evening Prayers and watch Bishop Marty bless the new parking lot. 

Before I sign off, the annual Diocesan Convention is looming large on the horizon, and the deadline for nominations is just around the corner. We are looking for both lay and clergy to serve in a variety of roles. Interested? Keep scrolling.

I'll be back again in a couple of weeks, on September 16. If you'd like to share your church's news and activities with West Missouri's Episcopalians, send me an email at
Don't forget, if you want to promote or help with your events, contact Jamillah Duckett at
Gary Allman
Communications Director
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry highlights ways to help Afghan refugees through Episcopal Migration Ministries
Four-minute video.
As Episcopalians, as followers of Jesus, as people of faith, we mourn the recent loss of life in Afghanistan, the ongoing chaos and instability, and the risk that many Afghans face, in particular women and girls. Aviso: La siguiente información se presenta en inglés y en español.

New parking lot for St. Matthew’s, Ozark, and Ozark Presbyterian Church
New parking lot for St. Matthew’s, Ozark, and Ozark Presbyterian Church
One-minute read.
Members of St. Matthew’s, Ozark Presbyterian church, and volunteers from the local community have been working to convert a swampy area of grass at the back of the building into a new parking lot. On August 18 the parking lot was officially opened.

August 19 Community Dinner and vaccination clinic at Christ Episcopal Church, Springfield
One-minute read.
At its recent community dinner, Christ Episcopal Church in Springfield delivered 174 to-go boxes and 10 members of the community were vaccinated by the health department.

Supporting Partners in Response to Hurricane Ida
Two-minute read.
Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana and other regional partners in the path of Hurricane Ida.

Looking back at the career of the Rev. Canon Edward L. Warner former rector of St. Augustine’s, Kansas City
Seven-minute read.
Brett D. Kynard of St. Augustine’ reviews the life of his friend and mentor, the Rev. Canon Edward L. Warner, a former rector of St. Augustine’s, now resident in Atlanta, Georgia.
Want children in church? Put them in charge
Three-minute read.
There is sound reasoning for why children should be included in every aspect of church life and it’s vital to the life of a congregation.

God, make me a tree
One-minute read.
What can we learn from a tree?

Calling for volunteers!
One-minute read.
The diocese is currently looking for both lay and clergy people to serve in a variety of roles. We need nominations to be elected to both the Diocesan Council and the Standing Committee. We also need nominations to serve in several other capacities.
The Cross – August 2021
One-minute read.
In this issue: Planned giving opportunities. How to keep the ministry strong during the “between times.” Brotherhood ministry with veterans & restorative justice efforts. Critical “what if” news from National President, Conrad Jones. Order information from our supply list.
Bishop Marty's Sermons

Bishop Marty’s sermon for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost given at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Joplin, is available to listen to online.
What's happening
Trinity Church, Wall Street invites all who are seeking solace around the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to join us for a Time and Space for Healing and Remembrance, a 48-hour vigil with music at St. Paul’s Chapel, as well as worship services and other events and activities in person and online, September 10-12, 2021.
Youth Events
None at this time.
Church Events
July 1 - October 1
Join us At the Table to gather in community. Gather around a community table as households or in small groups to hear five stories where Jesus breaks bread with others, reminding us that when we gather in his name, we are living as God’s family.
September 6
Diocesan Office closed for Labor Day.
External Events
September 10-12
A Time and Space for Remembrance and Healing. Trinity Church, Wall Street invites all who are seeking solace around the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to join them online.
September 11
Province VII ECW Conference. All women in Province VII are invited to this conference, now 100% online, due to the COVID-19 situation.
September 21
Interested in applying for a United Thank Offering grant? An informational webinar on the United Thank Offering’s 2022 focus with the Rev. Melanie Mullen. Online. 6 p.m.
October 21-23
4th Annual Border & Migration Ministry Summit. A virtual summit for those engaged or interested in migration ministries, hosted by Episcopal Migration Ministries in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. Online. Early-bird registration ends on September 11. Click here to register.
Education and Training
August 16 – October 8
Bishop Kemper School for Ministry September 2021 Courses. Diakonia II (D), Introduction to Scripture, and Old Testament 3. Classes begin on August 16. The in-person focus weekend meets September 11-12. Classes end on October 8. Click here to register.
September 13 – November 12
Bishop Kemper School for Ministry October 2021 Courses. Adult Catechesis and Formation, Anglican History, New Testament, and Old Testament I. Classes begin September 13. The in-person focus weekend meets October 9-10. Classes end on November 12. Click here to register.
September 18 & October 2
Fall Diversity Workshop: Undoing Racism. The purpose of this workshop is to assist the diocese in organizing to eliminate the sin of racism. Two workshop days. Online.10 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day. Click here to register.
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.
October 4-6
Clergy Retreat. Conception Abbey. The link to register has been sent to all clergy. Please email if you did not receive it.
September 7
Finance Committee Meeting. Online. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
September 8
Human Resources Committee Meeting. Online. 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Commission on Ministry. Online. 10:30 a.m. – noon.
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission. Online. 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
September 18
Central Deanery Council. Online. 10 a.m. – noon.
September 19
Standing Committee. Online. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
September 29
Diocesan Council Executive Committee. Online. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
September 10
Registration deadline for Fall Diversity Workshop
September 24
Annual Convention Reports & Rosters
October 1
Last day to sign-up to receive materials for At the Table
October 6
Annual Convention Resolutions
October 10
Annual Convention Registration
Bishop Marty's Church Visits
A complete list of Bishop Marty'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:
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
Is your stewardship campaign ready to go?
Three-minute read.
For many of our congregations, September is the re-start of the program year, as we ramp up youth and adult education programs, return from our summer of rest, and begin to reawaken our plans for growth.
Church Connect schedule changes
One-minute read.
Starting Friday, September 3, we are changing the daily drop-in, online Church Connect schedule.
Interested in applying for a United Thank Offering grant?
One-minute read.
Join us for an informational webinar on the United Thank Offering’s 2022 focus on Tuesday, September 21, at 6 p.m., with the Rev. Melanie Mullen.
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Bulletin Inserts
Bulletin & church newsletter inserts for you to consider and include.
Hurricane Ida bulletin insert

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.

Lesson, sermon, and bulletin resources for churches and groups

Second chance - In case you missed it
Video: Introduction to Bishop Bruce
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry encourages Americans to get vaccinated: “Do this one for the children”
Infrastructure bill includes energy efficiency grants for houses of worship
New Stewardship Resources available
Every Perfect Gift / Cada don perfecto Annual Pledge Campaign Materials are here
Spread The Word