March 7, 2019
Cathleen Bascom is Consecrated as 10th Bishop of Kansas

The Rt. Rev. Cathleen Chittenden Bascom was ordained and consecrated as the 10th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas on March 2 at Grace Cathedral in Topeka in a service marked with history, as she became the first woman bishop in the diocese’s 160-year history. The 1,112th bishop of the Episcopal Church, she also was the first diocesan bishop ever to be elected from a slate comprised entirely of woman candidates.

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
March - National Women's History Month

National Women's History Month was established by presidential proclamation in order to draw attention to and improve the focus on women in historical studies.
It began in New York City on March 8, 1857, when female textile workers marched in protest of unfair working conditions and unequal rights for women. It was one of the first organized strikes by working women, during which they called for a shorter work day and decent wages

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 .

Latest Edition of Lamplight

As Lent begins, we celebrate all of the love that went into disaster preparedness and recovery this last month. In whatever way that you've engaged with Episcopal Relief & Development in February, thank you! You are a light and love walking in your communities every single day .

New Translations of the Book of Common Prayer into Spanish, French and Haitian Creole

For some time now, the Church has been aware of the need for new translations, carried out by professional literary translators of proven ability. The 79th General Convention mandated and budgeted the translation project, which will likely be completed during this triennium. Drafts of the new translations will be sent for feedback from congregations worshipping in the target languages, in the U.S. and abroad .

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What's Happening March
Welcome the St. Augustine's Chamber Choir from Christ Episcopal Church, St. Joseph on their Second Annual Lenten Tour. Discover the meaning of Lent as never before at St. Mary's as you encounter the dramatic last moments of Jesus Christ through choral music by. G.F. Handel, Sir John Stainer, Dan Forrest and a world premiere from a local Kansas City Composer David Brewer. The St. Augustine's Chamber Choir is under the direction of Marvin G. Byas IV with Tom Smith on Organ and Maxwell Hudson on piano. St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 1307 Holmes St, Kansas City, Missouri 64106.

Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5. 
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.


Heartland Episcopal Cursillo is holding an Ultreya Saturday March 9, 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas The Apostle, Overland Park, Kansas City, Kansas. All welcome.
March 10
Regional Youth North, Main Event, Kansas City, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
March 17
Regional Youth North, Acolyte Field Day - St. Paul's Church, Kansas City, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
March 17
Regional Youth South, Wear Green on the Green Mini-Golf, Springfield, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
March 9
St. Augustine's Chamber Choir from Christ Episcopal Church, St. Joseph present "They Shall Receive A Glorious Kingdom" - St. Mary's Church Kansas City, 7:00 p.m.
March 9
Bishop's Day - Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
March 23
Bishop's Day - 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.
Meetings & Deadlines
March 12
Southern Deanery Clericus - St. James Church, Springfield, 10:00 a.m.
March 16
Central Deanery Council Meeting - St. Anne's Church, Lee's Summit, 10:00 a.m.
March 16
Northwest-Metro Deanery Council Meeting - Church of the Good Shepherd, Kansas City, 10:00 a.m.
March 19
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
Register for the Junior High Retreat (April 5-7)

The Junior High Retreat is a weekend for 5th-8th graders led by 9-12th graders and adults. For some, it's an introduction to diocesan events so they feel more comfortable at future events like Camp WEMO. For everyone, The Junior High Retreat is an opportunity to get closer to God. During the weekend we will spend time getting to know each other, in small group discussions, listening to the team give talks on our theme, having fun at a carnival and worship together.

Don't Miss Any Of Our Events

Information and sign-up details for all the youth events coming up over the next few months .

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eSpirit  Deadline & Next Publication Date

Next issue: March 21, 2019. Copy Deadline: March 18, 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 Prayer Cycle - Part II

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

Bishop's Days - Reminder

This year's Bishop's Days will be held on March 9 & 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.
Diocesan Clericus 2019

Watch for registration materials to arrive in your inbox tomorrow!
March 1
Church rosters are due.
Clerical licenses expire.
EM/EV licenses expire.
March 9
Bishop's Day - North - Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, 10:00 a.m.
March 23
Bishop's Day - South - St. James Episcopal Church, Springfield, 10:00 a.m.
April 8-9
Diocesan Clericus- SAVE THE DATE - 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

Inserts from Lent Madness

In Case You Missed It
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 .

EYE20 Planning Team: Application period open for youth interested in serving

Applications for youth interested in serving on the Planning Team for the 2020 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE20) are now being accepted. To be eligible for the Planning Team, youth applicants must be currently enrolled in grades 9 – 11 and be a communicant in good standing in an Episcopal Church congregation. In addition, all applicants must be available to travel unaccompanied to attend meetings .

Special Issue of the Association of Episcopal Deacons Magazine

The latest issue of Diakoneo contains news of creating a new ministry, being transformed through interactions and of coming events - all valuable for strengthening deacons in their work .

Episcopal Cursillo Ministry News

Want to know what's going on in the Episcopal Cursillo Ministry? Follow the link for their February newsletter .

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