Announcements

Photo and video release resources for churches to use

Two-minute read. As many churches consider a return to in-person worship with livestreaming, it’s an appropriate time to plan for how you will tell people that you may video or photograph them. You will also need to let them know that you may use their images on social media, newsletters, and promotional materials.

Task Force announces next round of missional investments

Two-minute read. The Episcopal Church’s Task Force on Church Planting and Congregational Redevelopment announced that its sixth set of grants are now available for Episcopal dioceses and mission developers who are envisioning, planning, or growing new worshipping communities and missional enterprises throughout the church.

The Episcopal Church offers a new Global Mission Digital Toolkit

Two-minute read. The Global Mission Digital Toolkit is now available. Launched on World Mission Sunday, which was observed on the last Sunday after Epiphany, February 14, this resource is a collaboration between The Episcopal Church Office of Global Partnerships (OGP), the Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN), and the Standing Commission on World Mission (SCWM).

Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday

One-minute read. Churches are invited to observe Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on the first Sunday in Lent or another convenient Sunday. This year Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday officially falls on February 21, 2021.

Large (5′ x 8′) Episcopal Flag — Free to a good home

Gone — It’s been snapped up. Congratulations St. Matthew’s Raytown.

Bishop Spencer Place has a brand new Episcopal flag, five by eight feet going spare. Please contact Emily at BishopsAssistant@diowestmo.org if you are interested in giving the flag a home.

2021 Rosters

Church leadership, please obtain the information needed to complete your Vestry or Bishop’s Committee forms by Monday, March 1st.

Lay Licenses Expire March 1

The licenses for Lay Preacher and Lay Catechist are up for renewal in 2021. Current licenses will expire as of March 1st 2021. While parish leaders and the licensees have been notified via email, we wanted to remind everyone as the deadline is coming up.

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.

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