Announcements

Deacon Emergency Grant Program Extended

One-minute read. The Deacon Emergency Grant has been extended through April 2021. Deacons in good standing in The Episcopal Church, who have been laid off, furloughed, or otherwise had their employment hours cut back or eliminated due to the pandemic, are eligible to apply.

Apply now – Free Email and Microsoft 365 for up to 26 Churches

Two-minute read. We are offering a free email account, the Microsoft Office Suite, and 1 TB of online file storage to churches with limited resources. The 2020 Communications budget includes providing up to twenty-six churches with an email address based on their website address and a license for the Microsoft 365 suite of programs.

Project Resource Offers Spring 2021 Stewardship Training

One-minute read. At a time when many of our resources, both denominational and ecumenical, in this area are contracting, Project Resource has proven success in being an effective and enduring set of practices for changing the culture of giving in congregations. April 18 – May 23.

Church Pension Group podcast series addresses well-being

Five-minute read. The Church Pension Group (CPG) has recently launched Choose Well, a new podcast series providing insights and suggestions on financial wellness, cultivating healthy behaviors, and leading a balanced life.

Non-parochial or licensed members of our clergy take note

One-minute read. An email was sent to all non-parochial clergy requesting a report on their 2020 ministry. This email was also sent to licensed members of our clergy family to allow them to request to be re-licensed. If you are a non-parochial or licensed member of our clergy team but did not receive the email or have questions, please contact Emily Davenport bishopsassistant@diowestmo.org.

Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corps: Application open for 2021-2022 placements

Two-minute read. Applications are now being accepted for 2021-2022 placements with the Young Adult Service Corps (YASC), the international missionary program of The Episcopal Church. YASC offers Episcopalians ages 21-30 the opportunity to follow the Way of Love into deeper relationship with God and the global Anglican Church while spending a year living and working with communities around the world.

Note: the following information is presented in English and Spanish
Aviso: La siguiente información se presenta en inglés y en español

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.

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.

Grants available for Young Adult and Campus Ministry

Three-minute read. The Episcopal Church announces its 2021 grants program for Young Adult and Campus Ministries currently engaged in or seeking new relationships with young adults on or off college campuses.

Note: the following information is presented in English and Spanish
Aviso: La siguiente información se presenta en inglés y en español

Episcopal Evangelism grants available for local and regional efforts

Three-minute read. Episcopal institutions can now apply for the next round of the Episcopal Evangelism Grants Program, designed to fund local and regional evangelism efforts in the Episcopal Church. The application deadline is November 15.

Note: the following information is presented in English and Spanish
Aviso: La siguiente información se presenta en inglés y en español

Fall Area Confirmations

One-minute read. Area confirmations are going to be looking a bit different this year. How different? We are still working that out… Four Area Confirmation services planned between now and early December.

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