April 4, 2019
Share the Way of Love at Easter

Connecting 'The Way of Love, Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life' more deeply to the Liturgical Year, The Episcopal Church offers free, downloadable resources for congregations, dioceses, and communities of faith this Easter. The resources include: A poster with space on the bottom portion for congregations to add their own logo, service information, and web address; a postcard to send to recent visitors or local neighbors; a social media ready graphic; a Facebook Cover image; and the Presiding Bishop’s Easter Message video (available April 15)
ERD - Responding to Flooding in the Central United States

Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota in response to the disastrous flooding caused by spring snow and rain in March. This historic flooding has destroyed property across the central United States. Several indigenous communities, including Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Cheyenne River and Santee Yankton Mission, have been particularly impacted due to limited resources and infrastructure on the reservations.
Note: The diocese is monitoring flooding in Northwest Missouri, and is in regular contact with both FEMA and ERD.

The Ordinations of Joseph Pierjok and James Yazell

On March 24, 2019, Joseph Pierjok and James Yazell were ordained into the Transitional Diaconate at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City Missouri .

We'll be adding more pictures as we get them.

Bishop's Days 2019

Bishop's Days 2019 are now complete. Below are links to two of the presentations and the pictures taken at the events .
Form for Booking the Diocesan Conference Room and Online Meetings

We have introduced a new form on the website to enable you to book the Diocesan Center Conference Room and/or book online meetings. The Conference Room is equipped with a large-screen monitor, computer, and video camera for online meetings. We have a similarly equipped satellite facility in the parish hall at St. John's Episcopal Church in Springfield.Both online meetings and presentations to up to 250 people can be managed with the software licenses held by the diocese .
Heartland Episcopal Cursillo News

The latest issue of the Heartland Cursillo News is available to read online .

'Take the Pledge' and care for God's creation - 1,000 pledges sought by Earth Day, April 22

Episcopalians and friends concerned about all of God’s creation are invited to join Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in pledging to take action to protect and renew God’s world and all who call it home. The goal is to gather at least 1,000 pledges with concrete, personal commitments by Earth Day, April 22 .

Pictures Needed

We always like to receive pictures of your events and activities. We'd particularly like to receive pictures suitable to use with our daily prayers on Facebook and Instagram. When sending images, please let us know where the picture was taken, the names of any people in the image and who took the picture. We don't publish photo credits for pictures used in the daily prayers, but we will if the photos are used elsewhere .

Spirit - March 2019

The March issue of Spirit magazine is now available to read online, or for you to download and print.
In this issue. Lent and rules of life, taking advantage of everyday situations for worship, some Public Service Announcements, working with the Peace Corps in Africa, and we have new clergy to introduce to you.

Correction: The link we provided to Spirit in the previous eSpirit was incorrect. We updated the copy of eSpirit shown on the diocesan website, and have updated the link below.
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What's Happening April
Sung Compline - Palm Sunday

Sunday April 14 at 7:00 pm at St. Mary's Kansas City. Compline will be sung by the William Jewell College choral scholars and the choral scholars of St. Mary's Church. Compline is a brief yet ancient prayer service filled with darkness, candlelight, chanting, silence, and incense. This service will be a sung by the William Jewell College choral scholars and the choral scholars of St. Mary's Church. Compline lasts about 25 minutes, has no sermon, and provides a peaceful way to end the weekend in contemplation and beauty.

BKSM's 2019 Commencement Service

The Bishop Kemper School for Ministry invites you to attend the 6th annual commencement service on Saturday, May 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Cathedral, Topeka.

Save The Date - April 24, EfM Open House

You are invited to attend an EfM Open House at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Kansas City, Missouri on Wednesday, April 24 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. During that time, you will be able to observe and/or participate in group discussion and theological reflection and see how an EfM seminar works. Snacks will be provided.
April 5-7
Junior High Retreat - St. Andrew's Church, Kansas City, Friday - 7:30 p.m. to Sunday - 12:00 p.m.
April 18-19
Maundy Thursday - Good Friday Spiritual Lock-In - Christ Church, Springfield, Thursday - 7:00 p.m. to Friday - 12:00 p.m.
April 13
Cursillo Ultreya - St. Peter & All Saints Church, Kansas City - 10:00 a.m. - All welcome.
April 24
EfM Open House - Church of the Good Shepherd, Kansas City, Wednesday - 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
April 6
Daughters of the King Spring Assembly - St. George Church, Camdenton, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Meetings & Deadlines
April 5
COM Lay Licensed Sub-Committee Meeting - Diocesan Center, Kansas City, 1:30 p.m.
April 5
Southern Deanery Clericus - Father Miller's House, 5:00 p.m.
April 12
COM - Continuing Education Sub-Committee Meeting - Diocesan Center, Kansas City, 9:30 a.m.
April 12
Commission on Ministry Meeting - Diocesan Center, Kansas City, 10:30 a.m.
April 13
Diocesan Council Meeting - Christ Church, Springfield, 10:00 a.m.
April 16
Standing Committee Meeting - St. Peter and All Saints Church, Kansas City, 10:00 a.m.
April 25
Christ Formation Commission Meeting - Online, 6:00 p.m.
If you need additional information on a Diocesan Council, Standing Committee, Deanery Council, or other Commission, Committee or Ministry  meeting , please see the diocesan calendar on our website.

Youth News
WEMO Youth News

Read the latest WEMO Youth news.

We Want Your News & Event Details
eSpirit  Deadline & Next Publication Date

Next issue: April 18, 2019. Copy Deadline: April 15, 2019.
June 2019  Spirit  Deadline

The deadline for articles and pictures to be included in the June 2019 Spirit is May 20, 2019.

Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry calls for Good Friday Offering

“The Good Friday Offering of our Church is one way to help connect the love of Christ on the cross with our support of the ongoing ministry of love and compassion carried out by our Anglican sisters and brothers throughout the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East”.
March 1
Church rosters are due.
Clerical licenses expire.
EM/EV licenses expire.
April 8-9
Diocesan Clericus- REGISTRATION CLOSES TONIGHT - Savior Pastoral Center, Kansas City, KS -
Bulletin Inserts
Bulletin & church newsletter inserts for you to consider and include.
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.

Inserts from Episcopal Relief & Development

In Case You Missed It
Online Resources

The list of online resources available for churches to use has been updated. We've added links to a lot of image resources, but we are also looking for sources of free to use clip art. Let me know if you know of any: communications@diowestmo.org

BKSM Announces Its Summer School Lineup

During the summer months, the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry will hold five unique classes that aren't typically offered as part of our curricula for the diaconate, priesthood or lay ministry tracks. These one-day short courses are designed with the course auditor in mind, though you may choose to take a class for academic credit. To find out what's on offer follow the link.

House of Bishops Confirms Temporary Suspension of Statute of Limitations for Reporting Clergy Sexual Misconduct

At their March 15 business meeting, the House of Bishops passed a resolution committing itself to upholding General Convention Resolution D034, which suspends for three years the canon (church law) that limits to a period of ten years the initiating of proceedings in cases of clergy sexual misconduct against adults. Note, the church has no time limit on reporting clergy sexual misconduct against children and youth under the age of 21 .

Reminder - Update Your Graphics Files

The logo of the Episcopal Church was updated over a year ago, and the diocesan shield was updated several years ago. Please ensure that you are using correct versions of these images. There are copies of all the commonly used logos in the diocesan artwork album on Flickr. While we are on the subject, can we remind all church leaders that the title of the diocese is The Diocese of West Missouri. Note the capitalization. Thanks.

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