Spotlight

Area Confirmation Service at St. Andrew’s

One-minute read. On Saturday, April 24, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City hosted the second Area Confirmation Service of 2021. Presenting candidates were: Alban’s, Bolivar; St. Andrew’s, Kansas City; St. Christ Church, Saint Joseph; Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Kansas City; Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City; Grace Episcopal Church, Liberty St. Mary’s, Kansas City, Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Kansas City.

Area Confirmation Service at Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage

Two-minute read. On Saturday, April 17, Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage hosted the first Area Confirmation Service of 2021. Presenting candidates were: Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage; St. Nicholas’ Episcopal Church, Noel; St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Joplin, and Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, Branson.

Meet The Rev. Deacon Michael Johns

One-minute read. Michael Johns was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Marty, at Grace Episcopal Church, Chillicothe on the afternoon of March 27. Here’s what Michael has to say about himself.

Meet the Rev. Ryan Wiksell, Transitional Deacon

Two-minute read. Ryan was ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Mariann Budde, ninth bishop of Washington, at Grace Episcopal Church, Washington DC, on March 26. Read on to find out a little bit about Ryan.

Bishop Marty announces last day as Bishop of West Missouri

One-minute read. Bishop Marty, the Right Rev. Martin Scott Field, Bishop of West Missouri for the last 10 years, announced his intent to resign in 2021 during his address to the diocese’s Annual Convention in 2018. He now shares that his resignation will be effective September 14, 2021.

The Great 50 Days

Three-Minute read. To believe in the mystery of Easter, to have faith in something we cannot fully understand, is not only counter-cultural, it is a small rebellion!

Presiding Bishop Curry’s Easter 2021 Message

Seven-minute video. “Our work goes on. Our labor for love continues,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry said in his Easter 2021 Message, “We will not cease, and we will not give up until this world reflects less our nightmare and more God’s dream where there’s plenty good room for all God’s children. Hallelujah anyhow.”

Four dioceses of The Episcopal Church and a Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America hold a joint service to renew baptismal and ordination vows and to bless oils

Two-minute read. On Holy Tuesday, March 30, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, Missouri, hosted an interdenominational service to renew baptismal and ordination vows and to bless holy oils. Representing three dioceses of The Episcopal Church were bishops Cathleen Bascom, Bishop of Kansas; Deon Johnson, Bishop of Missouri; and Martin Field, Bishop of West Missouri. They were joined by Susan Candea, Bishop of ELCA’s Central States Synod.

This is the night: The Great Easter Vigil

Three-Minute read.
Since the third century, this is the night we gather as God’s people. Learn more about why this night is an especially long evening for very good reasons.

Holy Week at Home

Six-Minute read.
In any other year, we would all be saying, “Go to church, experience all Holy Week has to offer!” This year, attending in person will not be an option for everyone. Still, we can incorporate the rhythm and customs, the experience and blessings, into Holy Week at home.

Church Leadership Essentials resources available online

One-minute read, two-hour video. Over One-hundred church leaders from across the diocese gathered for Church Leadership Essentials, an online event replacing our traditional in-person Bishop’s Days training for church leadership. Here is a link to the material presented, and you can also watch a recording of Saturday’s session if you wish.

Black History Month. Remembering Anna Julia Haywood Cooper

Five-minute Video. This is the fourth and final video in a series remembering key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. A new video has been published each Thursday throughout February. This week, Anna Julia Haywood Cooper.

Episcopal Toolkit for COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution

Two-minute read. The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations has developed a toolkit for individuals, congregations and ministries to facilitate and promote COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the United States. This toolkit promotes the ongoing work that parishes and dioceses have already been doing, shares best practices, and offers ideas for ways that communities can help U.S.- based Episcopalians. Note: the following information is presented in English and Spanish
Aviso: La siguiente información se presenta en inglés y en español

Black History Month. Remembering Thurgood Marshall

Five-minute Video. This is the third in a series of four weekly videos remembering key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. A new video will be published each Thursday throughout February. This week, Thurgood Marshall.

International Outreach Grant Program – IOG

One-minute read. Did you know that each year The Diocese of West Missouri sets aside funds to match financial gifts from parishes to worthy overseas causes? We call this the International Outreach Grant (IOG) program.

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