News Update 01-19-2023

New Spirit Update, February 2, 2023

In this issue: A pastoral message from the Presiding Bishop, a message from the Presiding Bishop nominating Committee, Meet the Access for All God’s Children Team, and loads more. In fact, there’s so much you’ll need to browse through to make sure you haven’t missed anything. There’s news, feature articles, lots of announcements, events, plus messages for clergy and church administrators.

Kurt Knecht and Forrest Pierce in Dialogue

When: Thursday, February 9, 2023, at 7 p.m. Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City. The event will feature an exchange of ideas about Islamic and Christian mysticism with a special focus on daily practices. The dialogue will be both verbal and musical. Forrest and Kurt have each written new music for the event that will be performed by soprano Sarah Tannehill Anderson.

New Spirit Update, January 19, 2023

In this issue: photographs of January’s ordinations to the diaconate, the 2024 budget process, our first annual service celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., Several administrative announcements for clergy, and a whole lot more.

Lenten Resources for Church and Home

One-Minute read. Encourage a meaningful Lenten experience at home and in the congregation by using highly recommended and easy to use resources that stir our souls to….

Budget Process 2024 – Ponder anew what the Almighty can do…

Four-minute read. In an email sent out on January 16, the 2024 Special Budget Committee asked leaders of diocesan ministries and members of the Diocese, to join in the process of preparing the 2024 budget. All members of the diocese are invited to take part in this important step in setting out the future of The Diocese of West Missouri.

Recording & Photographs – A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Three-minute read, 105-minute video. On Saturday, January 14, the diocese held its first annual service in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City. The recording of the service includes a 1967 interview with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., made 11 months before he was assassinated, and an extract from a sermon he delivered at the Washington National Cathedral.

Blessed Absalom Jones Celebration

When: Sunday, February 5, 2023, at 4 p.m. Where: St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City. Join the people of St. Augustine’s in a celebration of the Blessed Absalom Jones. This year’s celebration includes guest preacher the Rt. Rev. Deon Johnson, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, and St. Augustine’s liturgical dancers.

Chalking the Door: A New Year House Blessing

Three-Minute read. Start 2023 by Chalking the Door as a way to celebrate and physically mark God’s blessing on our lives and home throughout the year.

Clerical Directory updated

One-minute read. The Clerical Directory has been updated. All entries are up to date as of 01-12-2023.

Join Forma Online Next Week

One-Minute read. As “Called to Covenant” is taking place next week on the campus of Virginia Theological Seminary, You and yours can attend free online by using a West Missouri registration code.

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