August 15, 2019
Changes

When the next edition of the eSpirit arrives in your inbox you'll notice a few changes. Behind the scenes we've been building a New Spirit website to handle all the diocesan news and events, as part of those changes, eSpirit will become Spirit News Updates. The content will be familiar, but it will link to the New Spirit website.
 
This change removes the need for publication deadlines, as we start publishing news and event information on New Spirit as soon as we can after we receive it (please allow a few days for us to process your event information and news articles). So if you want the real up-to-minute information visit the New Spirit .
 
Visit New Spirit , give us your feedback -- communications@diowestmo.org, and please let us know if you spot any problems.

St. Nicholas' Kermes Festival

St. Nicholas, Noel celebrates its Hispanic culture with kermes festivals. Tourists, locals, and other Episcopalians join St. Nicholas for food, fellowship, and live music in Spanish .

Clue Summer Camp: Breaking the Friendship Code!

On June 10-14, The Church of the Good Shepherd, Kansas City and Father Galen Snodgrass generously opened their doors and allowed us to transform the church basement into a summer camp for a dozen adolescents with social challenges .

Children's Program at General Convention 2021

Don’t let worries about childcare prevent you from volunteering to take part in the 2021 General Convention of the Episcopal Church. – Children’s Program open to children from infants to 12 years of age .

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What's Happening - August & September
Churches
August 18
All are welcome to a premiere organ concert to celebrate the blessing and dedication of the new Johannus Organ at the Church of the Resurrection on Sunday afternoon, August 18 at 5:00 p.m. at 1433 R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs MO 64015 - Read More
August 22-24
Core Godly Play Training - Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City
August 24
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Noel is hosing a Gran Kermes church fair on Saturday, August 24 from 8:00 a.m. until the food runs out with live music from 9:00-12:00. Location, city park near Arvest Bank in downtown Noel.
Youth
August 16-18
Youth Ministry Commission (YMC) Meeting - St. James Church, Springfield, Friday, 7:30 p.m. to Sunday, 12:30 pm..
Meetings & Deadlines
August 16
Deadline - Nominations for election to Diocesan Council, Standing Committee and General Convention Deputy - Clergy and Lay . If interested in serving on other committees and commission - Opportunities to Serve - Clergy of Lay
August 17
Northwest-Metro Deanery Council Meeting - St. Andrew's Church, Kansas City, 10:00 a.m.
August 17
Southern Deanery Council Meeting - St. James Church, Springfield, 10:00 a.m.
August 20
Standing Committee Meeting - St. Peter and All Saints Church, Kansas City, 10:00 a.m.
September 11
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission Meeting - St. Augustine's Church, Kansas City, 6:00 p.m.
September 16
Registration information will be emailed to all churches of the diocese. If you plan to attend diocesan convention, please check with your church office for registration. All registrations must be received before 10/18/19.
September 17
Standing Committee Meeting - St. Peter and All Saints Church, Kansas City, 10:00 a.m.
September 20-22
2019 Fall Cursillo - Heartland Retreat Center, Parkville
September 21
Central Deanery Council Meeting - Church of the Resurrection, Blue Springs, 10:00 a.m.
September 21
Leadership Boot Camp - Diocesan Center, Kansas City, 10:00 a.m.


 September 27
Deadline - Reports by Commissions, Committtees and Ministries of the diocese to Convention.

Deadline - Resolutions to be considered by Convention.
September 28
Diocesan Council - Grace Church, Carthage, 10:00 a.m.
September 29
Social Media Sunday
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Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
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.

2019 Episcopal Cursillo Ministry Conference Flyer

A flyer for this conference to be held October 3-5, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri is available. Please circulate this to your members.

Inserts from Episcopal Relief & Development

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
Nominations are now being accepted.

Have you considered volunteering your time and talents to serving the church in diocesan leadership (elected and/or appointed) and wondered what would be expected of you? How much time is involved? Descriptions of all opportunities are available online.
 

The forms titled Clergy Nomination Form and Lay Nomination Form are used to nominate someone (or yourself) for Diocesan Council, the Standing Committee and/or General Convention Deputy. Please use one form per nomination. Please also submit a photograph of the nominee.


For all other nominations, please use the form titled "Opportunities to Serve 2019". Positions on Bishop Kemper School for Ministry, Examining Chaplains, Commission on Ministry and the Disciplinary Boards are elected during convention from those expressing an interest via this form. All other positions are appointments made from those expressing an interest to serve. Please mark all the areas you have interest in serving.
 
NourishKC Annual Appeal

Food is our most basic need. Yet often, we expect those who are hungry to pull themselves up, dust themselves off, go to work, go stand in line to fill out paperwork, parent their children, clean up their yard, contribute to the world around them … and then we will feed them. If, even for a few moments, we can provide a high quality, nutritious meal in a safe place, a place where individuals and families can regroup, refocus and refresh their energies, we can impact their overall well-being and change their lives. What if we feed people in an atmosphere of dignity and respect?

New Ways of Giving

A new way to support the churches and ministries of the diocese is available with the introduction of a 'Give' option on the diocesan website. At its introduction we are providing support to three key fund raising efforts:
 
  • Parish Mortgage Assistance, to help our smaller churches that are hampered in their ministries by their mortgage payments.

  • Church Leadership Development, to ease the financial burden on people with a call to do God's work through ordination.
 
  • NourishKC, operates the Kansas City Community Kitchen, which serves over 500 meals each day, and cooperates with civic and ecumenical partners to find solutions to hunger and food insecurity in the Kansas City Metro area

Giving 
Back-2-School and Back to Ministry Kits now available

Continuing the invitation to connect The Way of Love, Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life more deeply to the seasons of the year, The Episcopal Church has developed additional free and downloadable resources. The Back-2-School Digital Invitation Kit and the Back to Ministry Digital Invitation Kit are available now.
 
Each of these kits include: a customizable poster and postcard; a social media-ready graphic; and a Facebook cover image. Each kit also includes a video prayer message from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry which can be embedded on a church’s website. These resources are themed both with and without Way of Love graphics.
 
The kits are available in English and Spanish.
Brotherhood of St. Andrew - The Cross

The July issue of The Cross - the men's ministry magazine of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew is available online, and includes an article about the installation of the new chapter of the Brotherhood at St. Peter and All Saints, Kansas City .

Spread The Word