News Update 04-06-2023

New Spirit Update, April 6, 2023

In this issue: Bishop Bruce’s Sermon at the Renewal of Ordination Vows service, the Presiding Bishop’s Easter message, an update on the Diocesan Council’s budget preparations, a new podcast aimed at young adults, laundry love, and much more.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: Easter 2023 Message

Three-minute read. “We are here in a world struggling to find its soul, but the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not, cannot, and will not overcome it,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said in his video message.

Laundry Love: A thumbs up and a smile

Three-minute read. Jill Hodge reflects on the power of kindness and humanity in bringing people together through Good Shepherd’s Laundry Days.

Stock image of a Laundromat.

Safe Church, Safe Communities information issued

In early March,  Lay and ordained cures (Church leaders) received an email confirming their enrollment in the Praesidium Academy, and set out the Safe Church Training Certification requirements for The Diocese of West Missouri. 

Transitions – March 2023

One-minute read. Details of the churches in transition and the clergy transitions through to the end of March 2023.

Call to Action – Guns in Churches Vote in Missouri House

Six-minute read. We need urgent action TODAY urging the Emerging Issues Committee of the Missouri House of Representatives to vote ‘DO NOT PASS’ on HB 485, which will force churches to allow concealed carry in church buildings unless signage is posted at every entrance banning guns.

Recording — March 2023 Year-Round Stewardship Webinar

One-hour video. Watch this recording of the March 2023 diocesan Stewardship Commission’s Year Round Stewardship webinar where they shared best practices and ideas for a variety of activities to provide stewardship education and bolster the idea of giving not only money but also the time and talent without which our parishes cannot function.

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