Communique 256 - Oct. 1,
From Rev. Ronald Williams, vice
chairperson of the Bishop's Round Up for Hunger
be difficult to run helping agencies and food banks these days. Last
year, we had a 25 percent short fall in food at the Bishop’s
Round-up for Hunger, which created problems for the Kansas East
year, Elie Foster at Pittsburg Wesley House tells me that their food
demand has doubled from last summer, and Governor Mays says that the
food demand at Ogden Friendship House has "significantly increased."
need to keep these food needs in mind as we prepare for the Bishop’s
Round-up for Hunger. Other items are important, but the food is
to the Round-up in Lawrence and bring food. Please pray for the
success of the Round-up this year.
Bishop's Message: Aid needed for Hurricane Ike
With widespread damage in Texas caused by
Hurricane Ike, Bishop Scott Jones asks churches in Kansas to respond
with donations and volunteer teams.
Download a short video that can be played in worship services
from the Video Archives page at www.kansaseast.org/video_find.asp.
Election guide compares Democratic and Republican
platforms with UMC positions
A 2008 election guide that
compares the platforms of the Democratic and Republican parties with
the United Methodist “Social Principles” and Book of Resolutions is
now available. The guide was prepared by the Washington, D.C.-based
General Board of Church & Society, one of the denomination’s
four international program agencies.
It is available in a comprehensive 14-page version and six
bulletin inserts that address specific subject areas:
- Economic and Environmental Justice
- Civil and Human Rights
- Health and Wholeness
- Peace with Justice
- Women and Children
- United Nations and International Affairs
The guide can be downloaded at www.umc-gbcs.org/site/apps/nlnet/content.aspx?c=frLJK2PKLqF&b=4568611&ct=6017723.
UM agency calls for financial crisis legislation that
embraces whole society
The United Methodist General
Board of Church & Society called on the U.S. Congress and the
Bush Administration to “devise legislation that embraces our whole
society” as it copes with the current financial crisis. The agency,
one of four international program boards of the denomination, issued
its statement after the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass
a $780 billion bailout plan proposed by the administration and
The GBCS statement quotes from the United Methodist Social
Principles (¶163 IV. The Economic Community) that says all economic
systems “should be under the judgment of God … and recognizes the
responsibility of governments to develop and implement sound fiscal
and monetary policies that provide for the economic life of
individuals and corporate entities, and that ensure full employment
and adequate incomes.”
The statement concludes with a call to prayer that U.S. officials
will act with wisdom in this crisis. It also urges contacting your
members of Congress to insist they devise a just and equitable
response to the financial crisis.
Read the statement at http://tinyurl.com/4drlyn.
Scholarships, loans given to Kansas East
In 2007, the Kansas East Conference received
$21,049 in Student Day and World Communion offerings from local
churches. This money was sent on to the General Church. That same
year, Kansas East students received $25,000 in loans to six students
and $51,174 in scholarships to 38 students.
So far in 2008,
the following Kansas East students have been granted loans and
scholarships from these same programs:
Jonathan Born from the Lebo UMC
attending Kansas State University
Michael Brown from Emporia
First UMC attending Emporia State University
Erin Bryan from the
Lenexa UMC attending the University of Kansas
Elyse Byram from
Leawood Church of the Resurrection attending Southwestern
Ashley Fischer from the Robinson Zion UMC attending Baker
Carolyn Freeman from the Lenexa UMC attending Kansas
Justine Greve from the Topeka Highland Park UMC
attending Baker University
Grant Johannes from the Manhattan
First UMC attending the University of Indianapolis
from the Lenexa UMC attending the University of Kansas
Love from the Topeka Countryside UMC attending Manhattan Christian
Joseph McColligan from the Leawood Church of the
Resurrection attending Saint Paul School of Theology
from the Overbrook UMC attending Baker University
from the Overbrook UMC attending Baker University
from the Leawood Church of the Resurrection attending Saint Paul
School of Theology
Ashley Snedeger from the Baldwin City First
UMC attending Baker University
Kristina Stock from the Olathe
Aldersgate UMC attending Kansas State University
from the Osage City UMC attending the University of Missouri –
Luke Wetzel from the Olathe Aldersgate UMC attending Emory
For more information about UM loans and scholarships go to http://tinyurl.com/46k6h4.
You can provide more support to students by giving to the
World Communion offering this Sunday, Oct. 5.
Kansas East seminarians part of national gathering
Young seminarians from the Kansas East
Conference are giving significant leadership in the United Methodist
connection. The Standing Committee of the Young Adult Seminarians
Network of the United Methodist Church will meet Oct. 2-4 in
Nashville, Tenn., to discuss issues affecting YASN chapters and plan
for the 2009 National Gathering.
This 19-member committee includes three members from the Kansas
East Conference. Tiffany Baker of Olathe represents Illiff School of
Theology in Denver, Colo.; Andrew Mitchell, pastor of Stull UMC,
represents Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo.; and
Cindy Heilman of Council Grove represents Wesley Theological
Seminary in Washington, D.C.
YASN is a network of United
Methodist seminarians 35 and younger and those concerned with the
issues of young seminarians.
Learn more about YASN at www.gbhem.org/site/c.lsKSL3POLvF/b.3748555/k.B930/YASN.htm.
‘Who is Visiting Small Churches These
When small church lay and clergy leaders gather,
the first comments often reflect an understandable anger,
defensiveness and dread of an imminent future. This is
understandable given the challenges they face.
But if you listen long enough, you begin to pick up signs of
hope—hope consistent with the empirical data showing that
approximately 35 percent of small membership churches are indeed
growing each year and hope consistent with the church’s own
theological metrics for measuring the viability and vitality of a
So who needs a small church these days?
Lewis A. Parks believes there are five types of people who keep
showing up as visitors to small churches, whether in cities, towns
or rural settings.
Read Parks' entire article on small churches at www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas/leaddocs/2008/240908_article.html.
Baker enrollment surpasses 4,000 for first
Baker University’s overall enrollment has surpassed
4,000 for the first time in the school’s 150-year history.
The university is reporting a record-high enrollment of 4,112
students with increased numbers at all four of its schools—College
of Arts and Sciences, School of Professional and Graduate Studies,
School of Nursing and School of Education.
Find out more at www.bakeru.edu/index.php?module=articles&func=display&aid=2855.
High school visitation at Baker
University has scheduled some days/events for High School seniors to
visit for recruitment purposes. Visitation Information is available
A Prayer for Domestic Violence Prevention Month:
This prayer and hymn may be used for Domestic
Violence Prevention Month anytime during October: www.gbod.org/worship/default.asp?act=reader&item_id=45410.
Emergency Preparedness Fair
Church of the
Resurrection will host the Emergency Preparedness Fair Oct. 11 from
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The classes are free and will include:
- Basic Disaster Response for clergy and church staff
- Early Response Team Training Overview: How to establish the
presence of the church after a disaster
- Hosting and Conducting a Volunteer Reception Center
- How to Write Your Local Church Disaster Response Plan
- Keep Your Church Operational After a Disaster
- Preparing Your Congregation for Disaster
- Chainsaw Safety and Use
- CPR and AED Training
- First Aid Training
- Selecting and Equipping a Disaster Relief Trailer
There also will be booths and displays, with lunch available for
Get more information and download a flier at www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2407.
The 2008 Cat-Hawk
Challenge will be Oct. 18 at the Marriott Hotel in Overland
The event features a competition to benefit United Methodist
campus ministries at Kansas University and Kansas State
Tailgating and dinner will begin at 6 p.m., and the “game” will
be from 7 to 9 p.m. Mary Lou Reece will coach the Jayhawks team, and
Rev. Jim Reed will coach the Wildcats team. Cheerleaders and the
band, A House Divided, will provide spirited atmosphere. Join the
fun for a good cause.
To learn more and sign up for the challenge, visit http://www.cathawkchallenge.com/.
Gathering of Tents of Hope, Nov.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Gathering of the Tents at the
National Mall here on Nov. 7-9 is a call to compassion and action.
The tents will create an extraordinary refugee camp in the U.S.
capital to express solidarity with the people of Darfur.
On the same weekend as the Gathering of the Tents, hundreds of
communities across the country will hold local events as part of the
“Interfaith Weekend of Prayer and Action for Sudan.” For more
information about worship and advocacy materials related to the
Interfaith Weekend of Prayer, contact Rabbi Or Rose at ORose@hebrewcollege.edu.
Sponsors of the Gathering of Tents ask you to come to Washington,
D.C., or organize an event on Nov. 7-9 in your community so the
message will be heard loud and clear by the president-elect and new
The program for the Gathering of the Tents is posted at http://www.tentsofhope.org/. Nonn said it will be
updated regularly as additional speakers, performers and events are
Visit the conference calendar at www.kansaseast.org/calendar.asp
for more upcoming events.