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Thursday, February 25, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday, February 27, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Bishop’s Staff invite you to attend one of these two online sessions which will provide essential information for new and returning vestry members and other church staff and leaders.

Christmas Services 2020

Join the Episcopal Churches of West Missouri in celebrating the Nativity of our Lord. There’s something for everyone, with options for attending physically distanced, in-person services, parking lot services, or joining in from the comfort of your own home with online services.

New book from Fr. Bryan Spoon to benefit Children’s Mercy Hospital

Two-minute read. Neuroscience and the Fruit of Spirit by Fr. Bryan Spoon is a guide for understanding the physiological basis for spirituality and ethical behavior. All the author’s royalties from the book will benefit Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Meet our latest deacons

Four-minute read. On Monday, November 16, 2020, Lynda Hurt and Isaac Petty were ordained into the Sacred Order of Deacons at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Missouri. Read on to find out a little bit about their respective journeys of faith.

Lay Licensed Ministry Licences Expiring in 2021

One-minute read. Every year, some lay licenses expire on March 1st. In 2021, Catechist and Preacher licenses will all expire on March 1st. Anyone holding those licenses will need to submit a renewal application any time after January 1st.

Kansas City police use violence against constitutional non-violent civil disobedience

Four-minute read. The Kansas City, Missouri Police Department used unconstitutional violence against non-violent persons protesting the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. The non-violent protesters were engaging in acts of civil disobedience that are protected by the First Amendment. Laws that allow persons to be arrested for constitutional acts of civil disobedience that do not damage property, injure, or kill persons must be repealed.

Area Confirmations at St. Philip’s, Joplin Canceled

The Area Confirmation service due to take place on Saturday, August 17 at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Joplin has been canceled. All the candidates due to be confirmed, reaffirmed, or received have elected to travel to an alternate service, or are waiting for next year’s area confirmation services, hoping that physical distancing and attendance limitations will be relaxed by that time.

The Social Justice Ministry of St. Mary’s, Kansas City, demands policing change in Kansas City Missouri Police Department

Four-minute read. The Kansas City Missouri Police Department has failed to control violent crime in Kansas City, and it has has unconscionably discriminated against Black American citizens of the City. Fundamental change (not defunding) is required to eliminate systemic racism and failed policies. Some of the requirements for change are listed in the article.

Blessing of the Animals at St. Mark’s Kimberling City

Two-minute read. All tails were wagging and love was in the air on Sunday, October 4 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Kimberling City, as community members brought their beloved fur babies to be blessed at the annual Blessing of the Animals.

New home for St. Matthew’s, Ozark

One-minute read. After over a year of prayer and discussions, St. Matthew’s Ozark celebrated their first service in their new home – Ozark Presbyterian Church – on Sunday, October 4.

Area Confirmation Service at St. Andrew’s

Five-minute read. On Saturday, September 19, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City hosted the first diocesan Area Confirmation Service of 2020, and we have lots of pictures!

Let’s get planting!

Two-minute read. The 130th Diocesan Convention made it our goal is to see at least five hundred trees planted within the boundaries of West Missouri before by November 2020. September and October are a great time to plant!

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