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Communiqué 353 – Sept. 29, 2010

From Rev. Julienne Judd, Haskell Indian Nations University:

The campus ministry program is in need of the following items, and we would sincerely appreciate your help.

  • Shaving supplies: razors, shaving cream, aftershave, bath soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, toothpaste, feminine hygiene needs, lotion (some with no scent)
  • Food supplies: ramen noodles, cup-of-soups, Vienna sausages, any microwaveable meals, dried fruit and nuts, and individual packages of peanut butter/crackers, cheese/crackers, cookies, Little Debbie items.

The items should be taken to the Lawrence Indian UMC, 950 East 21st Street in Lawrence.

From Gary Beach, director of Administrative Services and Connectional Ministries for the Kansas East Conference:

At the Kansas East Conference Gathering of Orders and Fellowship of Local Pastors Sept. 22, the clergy raised $1,188 for UMCOR’s Pakistan flood relief Advance Special.

Church reaches out to KC’s growing downtown population
Guitars, drums and singers signal the start of evening worship.

Women and men mingling near the hospitality center start to take their seats. Many are casually dressed; some carry cold beverages.

The service is at Grand Avenue Temple in downtown Kansas City. The congregation is a satellite of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, sharing the building with the temple congregation that meets in the morning.

Read more at http://www.kansascity.com/2010/09/24/2247886/church-reaches-out-to-kcs-growing.html#ixzz10rac3QrZ.

Southwestern offers new masters degree
Southwestern College Professional Studies is now offering a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies.

The program provides preparation for doctoral studies in theological disciplines; for service as a staff pastor of education in a church setting; for teaching at a Christian high school, Christian preparatory academy, a Bible institute or college, or as an adjunct at liberal arts colleges, universities or seminaries.

To learn more, go to www.southwesterncollege.org/ministry1.

Upcoming events at Saint Paul School of Theology, October

LEAD: What You Didn't Learn in Seminary, Oct. 8-9 at Oklahoma City University, http://www.okumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/Lead_NGJ7CEUK.pdf

Annual Pumpkinfest, Oct. 12 4-6 p.m. at Kansas City Campus, contact Jeff Jaekley, jeff.jaekley@spst.edu Student Body President

Laity School of Theology: You, the Church, and Youth Ministry, Oct. 16 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Kansas City Campus Holter Center, register online

Harrington Lecture and Community Book Discussion, Oct. 19 11 a.m. Kansas City Campus Kresge Chapel, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Lawrence Indian UMC Celebration and Dedication Services, Oct. 8-10
Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church invites you to the celebration and dedication Services of the renovation and fellowship hall addition Oct. 8-10 after a 17 year journey of planning, fundraising and other complications.

The schedule:

  • Friday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m., reception and thanksgiving
  • Saturday, Oct. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m., open house and gospel singing starting at 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m., Service of Dedication

Get more details at http://www.kansaseast.org/events/detail/3591.

Cat-Hawk Challenge, Oct. 9
The Cat-Hawk Challenge is an annual pep rally, dinner party and fundraiser for United Methodist campus ministries at KU and K-State.

The challenge will begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 9 at Grace UMC, 11485 Ridgeview Rd. in Olathe. A free dinner and free child care will be provided.

Find out more at http://cathawkchallenge.net.

Revised registration deadline for youth Holy Land study tour, Oct. 14
The registration and payment schedule has been revised for the CCYM youth study tour of the Holy Land March 18-26, 2011.

The new registration deadline with $300 deposit is Oct. 14. An $800 payment is due by Nov. 15, another payment is due by Dec. 15, and the final payment of 0f $788 is due by Jan. 15. Passport information is also required by Dec. 15.

Travelers will visit the Sea of Galilee; Beit Shean, Nazareth, Megiddo and Caesarea; Jericho, Masada and the Dead Sea; ancient Jerusalem; and Christian Jerusalem.

Get more information at http://kansaseast.org/pages/detail/1018.

Encounters with the Holy worship workshop, Oct. 30
A hands-on, worship-planning workshop, Encounters with the Holy: EmPOWRing Worship in your Congregation, will be Oct. 30 at Lowman UMC in Topeka.

The model—planning, ordering, worshipping, reflecting—has been tested in congregations, seminaries and campus ministries amid a wide range of denominational and cultural styles.

Find out more at http://www.kansaseast.org/events/detail/3489.

Make Your Church History Happen, Nov. 17
A workshop for church historians will be Nov. 17at Emporia: First UMC. The day will feature exhibits and presenters to share insights about bringing the past back to life for future generations. 

Included are some “how to” ideas for gathering, preserving and interpreting church records. The featured presenters will be Dr. Robert Williams, general secretary of the General Commission on Archives and History; Jen McCollough, archivist of the Kansas Area Archives; Stan Ingersol, archivist for the Church of the Nazarene; Kay Bradt, director of Library Services at Baker University; and Dr. Leonard Ortiz, author of “The Preservation of Native American Practices in The United Methodist Church.” 
The registration deadline is Oct. 29.

Get more information at http://www.kansaseast.org/events/detail/3458.

Is the connection fraying?
In his blog, “Church, Culture and Media,” Rev. Larry Hollon asks if United Methodists know how our connection works, what it is doing in the world or what it teaches.

When asked by United Methodist Communications researchers if their local church understands the concept of connectionalism, only 18 percent of pastors and 12 percent of laity strongly agree that they understand it. When clergy and laypersons are asked individually if they understand the church's structure, 38 percent of clergy and 17 percent of laity strongly affirm that they understand it.

Read the full blog post at http://churchcultureandmedia.blogspot.com/2010/09/is-connection-fraying.html?tr=y&auid=7014997.

World Communion Sunday helps students
When Dr. Dennis Marke graduated from Loma Linda (Calif.) University in 2009, he had new skills to take home to Sierra Leone to help young mothers and babies who die too often. Sierra Leone has the highest maternal and infant mortality rate in the world.

The special offerings United Methodists give on Oct. 3 during World Communion Sunday will provide the scholarships that Marke and hundreds of other students receive. The World Communion Sunday offerings support undergraduate and graduate racial- and ethnic-minority students from the United States and international students.

The United Methodist Board of Discipleship has worship resources for World Communion Sunday at http://www.gbod.org/site/apps/nlnet/content.aspx?c=nhLRJ2PMKsG&b=5609115&ct=8597463&tr=y&auid=7052296.

Bishop pens book for ‘Faithful Heart’
Minnesota Area Bishop Sally Dyck’s new book, “A Faithful Heart,” provides a day-by-day walk through eight weeks of study and reflection. Every week has a different theme and challenge. Each day has a Scripture reading and meditation. At week’s end, the reader may reflect by answering questions about his or her personal reading experiences.

Learn more at http://www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=5259669&ct=8710841&tr=y&auid=7053219.

Visit the conference Web site at http://www.kansaseast.org for more news and events.



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