Communiqué 345– Aug. 4, 2010
Living Water youth leads mission day camp
Lindsay Albracht was looking for a project to do for her Girl Scout Gold Award, the equivalent of the Boy Scout Eagle Award.
The Living Water congregation wanted to host a couple of different mission outreach events this summer in place of Vacation Bible School.
The two needs collided, and Albracht planned a day camp for refugee children in the Piper area. Sixteen refugee children attended camp at Living Water June 14-17.
Find out more at http://www.kansaseast.org/news/detail/614.
Reclaiming lay leadership key to revival
The United Methodist Church can experience revival by returning to the spiritual practices of Methodism’s early years, say two scholars leading an effort to develop passionate lay leaders.
“Lay leadership is essential,” said Rev. Steve Manskar, director of Wesleyan leadership for the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. “That’s where the revival is going to come from. We need to have laity taking the lead in the visiting, the caring and the mission of the church.”
Learn more at http://www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=5259669&ct=8544001.
United Methodists aid Pakistan flood victims
United Methodists are making plans to assist those displaced by the worst floodwaters to hit Pakistan in 80 years. According to Reuters, the death toll had exceeded 1,400 on Aug. 3.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is coordinating with four partners—Church World Service, Muslim Aid, Global Medic and the Church of Pakistan—“to support whatever relief efforts they’re doing,” said Melissa Crutchfield, the executive in charge of international disaster response.
The flooding caused by this summer’s monsoon season has affected all four provinces of Pakistan, with a profound impact on those already displaced by the conflict between the military and Taliban or the 2005 earthquake.
According to Reuters, the death toll had exceeded 1,400 on Aug. 3.
Get more information at http://www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=5259669&ct=8568935.
UMCOR is preparing an initial grant aimed at assisting relief efforts by its partners in Pakistan. Donations can be directed to International Disaster Relief, UMCOR Advance #982450, Pakistan Emergency, at http://secure.gbgm-umc.org/donations/umcor/donate.cfm?code=982450&id=3019041.
Compolo praises UM assistance with Haiti recovery
Tony Campolo, a Christian author and speaker, headlined a public celebration on Aug. 1 that raised $6,500 for UMCOR.
UMCOR plans to use the funds for its Haiti earthquake recovery work and relief efforts after May floods in Tennessee.
Campolo commended the United Methodist Church for involving Haitians in every aspect of the rebuilding process.
The benefit also included performances by the choir of Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church in Nashville and Sheltered Reality, a youth drum corps from the 61st Avenue United Methodist Church.
Christian education observance, August
August has been designated Christian Education Week and Sunday in the Kansas East Conference. An offering is to be taken to help provide scholarships to Kansas East Christian educators.
The General Board of Discipleship has Christian education resources at http://www.gbod.org/site/apps/nlnet/content.aspx?c=nhLRJ2PMKsG&b=5044981&ct=8163637.
More resources as well as guidelines and an application for Christian education leadership grants are available at http://www.kansaseast.org/pages/detail/1120.
K-State Wesley move/work days, Aug. 7, 21
K-State Wesley campus ministry is getting ready for student residents to start moving into the campus ministry center. Recently, a work team from Wichita First UMC moved furniture on the second floor and cleaned bathrooms on all three floors. Yet, there is still more to do.
Here are a couple of opportunities for you to help.
- On Aug. 7, help is needed moving furniture into resident rooms on the third floor and cleaning between 1 and 5 p.m.
- The Big Move-In Day on Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will welcome residents and help students move into their rooms. Food and beverages will be provided.
For more information, contact Mike Toluba at email@example.com or 785-776-9278.
mpower360 benefit concert, classes, Aug. 8-12
St. Paul’s UMC in Lenexa will present mpower360 Aug. 8-12. A concert featuring the band 4 Fried Chickens and a Coke will be Aug. 8, with the proceeds going to purchase solar cookers for Haitian families.
Fun and informative classes will be offered Aug. 9-12 on subjects like African drumming, conversational Spanish, hip-hop, cheerleading and much more. Each weekday evening begins at 6:30 with dessert and fellowship, followed by a brief devotion and classes, classes, classes.
Find out more at http://www.stpaulslenexa.org/index.cfm?i=5259&mid=12&id=21303&h=1.
Creating a Culture of Generosity, Aug. 14
Join Rev. Dr. Clif Christopher, author of “Not Your Parents' Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardship,” for Creating a Culture of Generosity Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Countryside UMC in Topeka.
The registration deadline is Aug. 4 to guarantee a meal. Registration is $15 per person with one to four attending from the same church or $5 each with five or more people attending from the same church. Lunch is included in the registration fee.
Get the details and a registration form at http://www.kansaseast.org/events/detail/3363.
Washburn workday, Aug. 21
Help is needed to build a sand volleyball court for the Washburn University Campus Ministry at 17th and Boswell in Topeka Aug. 21. The intention of the court is to attract more people to campus ministry and better serve the university students.
To volunteer and for more information, contact Thaine Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sermon planning retreat, Aug. 24-28
A United Methodist sermon planning retreat will be Aug. 24-26 at Mt. St. Scholastica in Atchison. This is a come-and-go-as-you-wish event with group prayer and worship and an opportunity to experience the monastic lifestyle of the Benedictine Community.
Cost of meals, lodging and resources is approximately $60 per day.
For registration and more information, contact Melinda Harwood at email@example.com or 785-840-8882.
Wesleyan Leadership Conference, Oct. 14-16
The Wesleyan Leadership Conference aims to help the United Methodist Church recover what it means to be Christian and Methodist in the 21st century. The conference will be Oct 14-16 in Nashville, Tenn. The focus will be the vision, message and method that helped John Wesley lead a revival and how the same vision, message and method could bring revival in the church today.
Early bird registration, before Sept. 1, is $95; after that date, it will be $125. The event qualifies for 1.5 CEUs.
For more information or to register, go to http://www.gbod.org/wesleyanleadership.
Visit the conference calendar at www.kansaseast.org/calendar.asp for additional events.