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Communique 217 - Dec. 12, 2007 This newsletter was sent on: 12/12/2007

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News of the Kansas East Conference

#217 - December 12, 2007

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Dear Friends of the Kansas East Conference,  


When we think about disasters in Kansas, we usually think of tornados or floods, and we have certainly had our share of those this past year. But now comes ice!


Many parts of our conference have already experienced significant icing over the last week, and a number of our congregations cancelled services this past Sunday with others experiencing much smaller crowds than normal.


And now as I write this, the weather service predicts an ice storm far more severe than any we have experienced to date.

Be aware of people who live around you that may be especially vulnerable if travel becomes impossible or power is lost.

Your conference VIM/disaster response team is gearing up to respond yet again in this time of need.


If you or others in your congregation want to volunteer to help following the storm, please contact Julie Pohl at or 816-390-0324 or Steve Burnett at


Gary Beach
Director of Connectional Ministries 

General News


Global mission experience: children welcome

There is a place for children and youth at the Global Mission Experience scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23 at Countryside United Methodist Church in Topeka. Children pre-school age and younger will have childcare provided all day at no cost to parents. Parents and guardians are asked to provide an appropriate lunch that can be served to each child they are bringing.

Children from kindergarten through 6th grade will have a workshop designed especially for them, led by Sheryl Crooks. This will span both workshop time blocks. The fee for children this age is $10, which includes their lunch.

Youth 7th grade and older are invited to choose any other workshops on the list and participate with the adults. Their fee is $15, the same as adults.

To prepare adequately, it is important to register all children in advance, so their needs can appropriately be met.


To register for the Global Mission Experience, go to


Healthy Congregations retreat registration now open
Discover ways congregations can advance health, healing and wholeness at the seventh annual Healthy Congregations Annual Retreat. The retreat will be April 11-12 at Rock Springs 4-H Center. The event brings together United Methodists with shared interests in congregational health ministries and the promotion of holistic health and healthy lifestyles. The annual retreat features a variety of sessions covering the spiritual, mental, physical, and social components of health.


Registration for the retreat is now open. Get more information and register online at


Bristol Hill UMC Preschool receives grant
The Bristol Hill United Methodist Church Preschool in Kansas City recently received a Kansas Health Foundation grant. This recognition grant of $2,215 will be used to provide early childhood health education to the children in the preschool. Currently, 43 children are enrolled in preschool.


The Bristol Hill Preschool competes with free preschool in the Turner School District and is the only church-related preschool remaining in the district. The preschool has been in existence for 36 years. Rose Miller, preschool director, was instrumental in obtaining this grant. Forty-four grants throughout the state of Kansas were given.


Bristol Hill was one of only three grants given to recipients in Wyandotte County.


Lay speaking news
The December issue of the lay speaking ministries newsletter can be downloaded at


Young adults seek to put faith into action, leader says
Young adults today want to be involved in mission and service, and they represent "a passionate movement" in the church, according to Bill Lizor, director of Young Adult and Single Adult Ministries at the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.

"This isn't a generation of people wanting to sit in the pews and consume worship," Lizor said. "Today's young adults want to be out in the fields, active in mission and service, taking the faith they were handed down as children and adding their own hands and feet."




Three simple rules
Do no harm; do good; stay in love with God. Established by John Wesley, these are the General Rules of our Church. They have been expressed in new ways by Bishop Reuben Job in his book, "Three Simple Rules That Will Change Your World: A Wesleyan Way Of Living."
This book was given to all those who attended the bishops and extended cabinets convocation Nov. 9-11 in Lake Junaluska, N.C.


The book is available online at


Grant deadlines approaching
Deadlines to apply for General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) grants are approaching. Jan. 10 is the deadline to apply for an Ethnic Local Church Grant and Feb. 28 is the deadline for Peace with Justice grants.


Get more information at


Mutti to be interim leader after Pickens dismissed
Rev. Larry Pickens has been dismissed as the chief executive of the United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns. The action by commission members came Dec. 5 in Birmingham, Ala., upon recommendation of the personnel committee, after several hours of discussion.


Retired Kansas Area Bishop Albert F. "Fritz" Mutti, the commission's president from 2000-2004, was elected as its interim leader.


Find out more at


GBOD releases

Why you might not want to go caroling for shut-ins,823



New Upcoming Events


Kansas Area Professional Seminar
Dr. Alyce McKenzie and Dr. Leonard Sweet will be the featured speakers at the 2008 Kansas Area Professional Seminar Jan. 15-18 at the Grand Prairie Hotel in Hutchinson. The theme will be "Ancient Insight in HD: Glimpsing wisdom in scripture and culture." CEUs will be available. 


Download a registration brochure from the event description on the conference calendar at




Event Calendar


Visit the Conference Calendar for additional information and events not listed below.


December 2007


Christmas holiday

Dec. 24-25

Conference office closed


New Year's Eve

Dec. 31

Conference office closed


January 2008


New Year's Day

Jan. 1

Conference office closed


'Spirit of Faith Come Down'
Jan. 2-5, Savannah, Georgia


Racial/Ethnic Clergywomen's Consultation

Jan. 3-5

Airport Radisson Hotel, Los Angeles, Calif.


Perkins School of Youth Ministry
Jan. 7-10, Dallas, Texas


Kansas Area Professional Seminar
Jan. 15-17

Grand Prairie Hotel in Hutchinson

Amy Lippoldt,


Christian Educators Family Reunion
Jan. 17-18


Human Relations Day
Jan. 20


Martin Luther King Holiday
Jan. 21
Conference office closed


CCYM Spiritual Life Retreat
Jan. 25-27





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