March 21, 2019
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.

Bishop Marty's Sermons

We've just finished catching up with posting the recordings of Bishop Marty's recent sermons. We've also added a new menu item to the diocesan website linking to Bishop Marty's sermons in the 'About Us' section. Follow the link and have a listen

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 .

The Way of Love and Lambeth: Bishop Mary D. Glasspool speaks to the House of Bishops

Diocese of New York Bishop's Assistant Mary Glasspool spoke to the House of Bishops on the decision of the Arch Bishop of Canterbury to not invite the spouses of LGBTQ bishops to the 2020 Lambeth conference .

Episcopal Cursillo Ministry News

Jerusalem Greer, the Episcopal Church’s new officer for evangelism on the Presiding Bishop’s staff, will speak at the annual conference of the Episcopal Cursillo Ministry, October 4 and 5 in Kansas City, Missouri .

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.

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What's Happening March-April
Stop Human Trafficking & Abuse

Now featuring four speakers with direct experience of human trafficking, abuse, and sex trafficking. They will present the tragic impact these crimes have on the victims, their families and the community at large. There will be discussion on what we can do to help eradicate human trafficking and abuse.

Lunch provided, registration not required.

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.
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.

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 24
EfM Open House - Church of the Good Shepherd, Kansas City, Wednesday - 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
March 23
Bishop's Day - venue changed to St. James Episcopal Church, Springfield, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
March 24
Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate - Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, 2:00 p.m.
March 29-31
Daughters of the King - Province VII Spring Assembly Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Little Rock, Arkansas
March 29-31
Hispanic Ministries Lenten Spiritual Retreat - Church of the Good Shepherd, Kansas City - March 29: 6:00 p.m. - 9 p.m. March 30: 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. March 31: 10:15 a.m.
March 30
Stop Human Trafficking & Abuse - Three expert speakers will be discussing slavery, sexual abuse, and sex trafficking. St. Andrew's Church, Kansas City, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 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.
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
Job Opportunity: Director of Youth Ministry

Christ Episcopal Church, Springfield, Missouri is looking for a part-time Director of Youth Ministry for youth grades 6 through 12. Youth activities take place on Wednesdays and Sundays, with some Saturdays also involved.

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eSpirit  Deadline & Next Publication Date

Next issue: April 4, 2019. Copy Deadline: April 1, 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
Diocesan Clericus 2019

All members of the clergy   who are canonically resident or serving in The Diocese of West Missouri are called to come together and to “come aside” from Monday, April 8 through Tuesday, April 9 at Savior Pastoral Center in Kansas City, KS for the annual Lenten gathering of the diocesan Clericus. The theme for the two-day retreat is  “Will There Be Faith?”

No one should miss this event because of money. Bishop Field will assist those who need scholarship assistance.

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.

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:

Bishop's Days - Reminder

This year's Bishop's Day - South will be held on March 23. All vestry members - old and new, clergy, and other church leaders are requested to attend these important annual briefing sessions.

More information on the day's programming and registration can be found here.
March 1
Church rosters are due.
Clerical licenses expire.
EM/EV licenses expire.
March 23
Bishop's Day - venue changed to St. James Episcopal Church, Springfield, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
April 8-9
Diocesan Clericus- REGISTER NOW - Savior Pastoral Center, Kansas City, KS - Registration information coming to your inbox tomorrow!
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
Diocesan Prayer Cycle - Part II

The West Missouri Prayer Cycle Part II - Lent through Easter 2019 is now available online .

Fraudulent Emails

Once again fraudulent emails asking for financial assistance and purporting to come from Bishop Marty and others are doing the rounds. Please note that neither your clergy or Bishop Marty would never directly email a parishioner for money, gift cards, or any other donation.
If you check these emails you will note that they do not come from your clergy's or Bishop Marty's regular email addresses - in the case of Bishop Marty - but from another account attempting to look like a church or diocesan email address.
Never hesitate to contact your church or the Diocesan Center if you have any doubts about email you have received from your church or the diocese. 
Diocesan Episcopal Church Women Accepting Scholarship Applications Through May 31, 2019

The diocese's Episcopal Church Women has scholarship opportunities available to women who are at least 23 years of age, a member of a parish or mission in the diocese, and studying for the diaconate or priesthood. Applicants need not be active participants of ECW. Those who applied last year and meet the criteria are welcome to apply again. The application deadline is Wednesday, May 15. For more information, please contact Chairwoman Shirley Bolden at or 816-560-1656 .

Episcopal Church Scholarship Applications For The 2019-2020 Academic Year

Applications are now being accepted for educational scholarships from The Episcopal Church for the 2019-2020 academic year. The scholarships are derived from annual income of designated trust funds established through bequests to The Episcopal Church. A number of these scholarships support students enrolled in theological education and training .

Sacred Ground: New Series From The Episcopal Church Exploring Race and Faith

Available now, Sacred Ground is a film - and reading- based dialogue series on race and faith. Participants will walk together through America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in the threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. It’s an invitation for small groups to gather to learn, share, and prepare to become Beloved Community .

Applications Open for Roanridge Trust Grants

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Roanridge Trust Grant Awards. Dioceses, congregations and Episcopal-related organizations and institutions are invited to apply. Offered annually, Roanridge Trust Grants support creative models of leadership development, training, and ministries in small towns and rural communities across The Episcopal Church. Awards generally range from $5,000 to $20,000 and are given to help equip leaders who serve as catalysts for civil and social well-being in rural municipalities where the community is uniquely interwoven with the vitality of the local church .

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