Gary Allman

Gary Allman is the Director of Communications at The Diocese of West Missouri

eSpirit – August 15, 2019

Changes are coming to eSpirit, news from Good Shepherd (Kansas City), and St. Nicholas (Noel), a long list of August and September meetings, and more!

St. Nicholas’ Kermes Festival

One-minute read. 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.

Organ Concert at Resurrection Blue Springs

One-minute read. All are welcome to a premiere organ concert to celebrate the blessing and dedication of the new Johannus Organ at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection on Sunday afternoon, August 18 at 5:00 p.m. at 1433 R.D. Mize Rd, Blue Springs, Mo 64015.

eSpirit – August 1, 2019

Traveling The Way of Love, Union of Black Episcopalians meeting in Los Angeles, the NourishKC annual appeal, and much more.

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

One-minute read. Who’s ready for Back-2-School? We are! Time to grab those backpacks and freshly sharpened pencils and kick off a new year of school. Below are free resources to help you celebrate and prepare for this season of new beginnings in your church, school, or organization.

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.

NourishKC – It is time for our Annual Appeal

One-minute read. 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?

eSpirit – July 18, 2019

The Episcopal church’s response to reports of inhumane conditions for children and other asylum seekers, a new Brotherhood of St. Andrew Chapter in Kansas City, the June issue of Spirit, and more!

Clue Summer Camp: Breaking the Friendship Code!

Five-minute read. 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.

New Ways of Giving

One-minute read. 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 fundraising efforts.

eSpirit – July 3, 2019

The Episcopal church’s response to reports of inhumane conditions for children and other asylum seekers, a new Brotherhood of St. Andrew Chapter in Kansas City, the June issue of Spirit, and more!

Workshops On Innovations In Episcopal Cursillo Ministry

Register now for the Episcopal Cursillo Ministry Conference to be held at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, October 3-5 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Early Bird rate for the full conference is $75. After September 1, the rate will go up to $125. For those unable to attend the full conference, the single-day Early Bird rate is $50, going up to $80 after September 1.

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Nominations are now being accepted

One-minute read. 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.

Contents — June 2019

Spirit Volume 11, Issue 2. In This Issue Editor’s Letter Keeping Watch Features News   Daily Prayers – Posted every day at 8:30 p.m. on and .   Include the #dwmo hashtag in all your church social media posts so that the good news from your church can be seen and shared on diocesan social media. About How to contact us, submit articles & pictures for publication: Spirit. Directory A directory of all the churches in the diocese Directory.

Ordinations, Confirmations, and Anniversaries. Oh my!

Two-minute read. The past four months have been very busy. We’ve held three ordination services, ordaining two transitional deacons, and five new priests. We’ve held three area confirmation services, and two churches have celebrated major anniversaries. That all mounts up to a packed edition of Spirit.

The varied work of the Commission on Ministry

Six-minute read. The Commission on Ministry (COM) is a key part of the leadership and ministry of our diocese. Fr. Bill Fasel explains what the Commission on Ministry does.

Formed … and Transformed

One-minute read. We all need the opportunity to be formed and transformed as Christians. The Christian Formation Commision is putting together tools to help us.

Spiritual Complacency

Three-minute read. Mike McDonnell argues that we are in danger of letting our complacency put our Christian heritage and our faith’s future at risk.

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