December-2017

Contents — December 2017

Spirit Volume 9, Issue 3. In This Issue Editor’s Letter Keeping Watch Features News Promotion About How to contact us, submit articles & pictures  About Spirit  Directory A directory of all the churches in the diocese  Directory 

Called In. Sent Out.

Eight-minute read. Bishop Marty sets out his vision for the work of the diocese over the next year — Building a Community of Purpose.  

An Advent Meditation

Five-minute read. What is the meaning of Advent? 

Convention Digest

Eight-minute read. A digest of events that took place and the official actions of the 2017 diocesan convention. 

Work Group Reports — Finance Team

One-minute read (unless you follow the links and study the budget!) A report on the work of the Finance Team. 

Work Group Reports — Metrics Team

Five-minute read. The Metrics Team spotlights how Episcopal churches are changing and being challenged in West Missouri, and looks at how we can measure performance against our goals.

Work Group Reports — Tools Team

Five-minute read. Our goal is to give people the feeling that we are one “parish of the whole” by expanding our interests, experiences, information, and Christian formation to lead us to increased interaction within the diocese.

Book Review: “Do This, Remembering Me”

One-minute read. This is a great book and every clergy person should read, mark and inwardly digest the wisdom that Colette Bachand-Wood has so succinctly shared with her readers. 

Area Confirmations at St. Mary’s, Kansas City

One-minute read. At an Area Confirmation service held in November members of St. Mary’s, Kansas City; Church of the Resurrection, Blue Springs; Church of the Good Shepherd, Kansas City and Trinity, Independence took part.

Ordinations at the Diocesan Convention Eucharist

Ten-minute read. On the Evening of December 3, 2017, during the diocesan convention Eucharist service, Fr. Jonathan Callison was received into the Episcopal Church, and Larry Ehren and Kary (Karen) Mann were ordained into the diaconate.

Diocesan Youth Gathering and the 2017 Bishop’s Ball

Five-minute read. What does the birth of Jesus mean to you? What was it like to be a disciple? How can we relate Jesus’ miracles to life today? What was it like to be there when Jesus was nailed to the cross? This year youth and volunteers sought to answer some of these questions at the Diocesan Youth Gathering.

Bishop’s Shield Recipient – Duchess Wall

Five-minute read. Each year a special award is given to volunteers from around our diocese who have contributed significant and sustained leadership for which they were not compensated. Read about this year’s recipient …

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