#228 - March 12, 2008
This Sunday is Palm Sunday. Despite the tragedy and trouble
that life sometimes brings, Bishop Scott Jones sends a message about
the hope that is inherent in the Easter season in a video now
available on the conference website, www.kansaseast.org/video_find.asp.
We?re now offering videos in QuickTime as well as Windows
Media and a high-quality mpeg format.
Please note, when you click on a link for an mpeg
file, you should be prompted to download it rather
than to view it online. If you are not prompted to download
it, please right click and ?save target as? or ?save link as? to
download the file.
Lisa Elliott Diehl
Kansas Area Marketing and
Bridges to the Future update
Pledges are now
at $2,802,751, which means the conference has reached and now
surpassed the halfway mark toward the $5.3 million dollars for the
Bridges to the Future Campaign! This is cause for excitement! Last
week, pledges were received from Olathe Grace, Pittsburg First,
Lawrence First, Wetmore, Emmett, Weir and Cottonwood Falls. Each of
these churches gave their suggested tithe pledge or higher and have
put the total over the halfway mark. Pledge cards continue to come
into the campaign office on a daily basis.
Time line for the Bridges campaign for churches:
- Presentations completed by March 30
- Pledge cards returned to the campaign office by April
If you have concerns about your church fitting into this
timeline, please call the campaign office at 913-393-4201 or e-mail
Devotional guide for General
United Methodists are invited and encouraged
to be in prayer for the nearly 1,000 delegates who will be attending
General Conference April 23 - May 2 in Fort Worth, Texas. A free
devotional guide, ?A Future with Hope,? is available for download
Merit scholarship deadline
Conference merit scholarship applications for United Methodist
students attending a United Methodist-related college or university
must be received at the conference office by April 1.
The nomination form is available to download at www.kansaseast.org/form_detail.asp?TableName=oForms_YJ7JB6&PKValue=255.
The application form can be downloaded at www.kansaseast.org/form_detail.asp?TableName=oForms_YJ7JB6&PKValue=256.
?Give Ye Them to Eat? sends thanks
of the cash received at the Bishop's Round-Up for Hunger last
November was sent to support the mission in Mexico, "Give Ye Them to
Eat." This ministry sent a thank you to the conference for its gift.
The missionaries, Terry and Muriel Henderson, took part in
February?s Global Mission Experience.
Check out the GME 2008 video at www.kansaseast.org/video_find.asp.
Learn more about the ministry at http://www.gytte.org/.
The 2008 Bishop?s Round-up for Hunger will be Nov. 15 at the
Douglas County Fairgrounds.
Free media tools
Eight packages of media
resources from Igniting Ministry are available free from the Kansas
East Conference Office. The packages - Prayer, The Journey, Faith
and The Gift - feature the four commercials used in the 2005-2008
quadrennium for Igniting Ministry advertising with small group
activities and materials that can be used to bring the ministries of
hospitality and invitation to small groups within the church for
study and prayer. The kits are free on a first come, first serve
For more information on the kit contents, visit http://mediawarehouse.ignitingministry.org/.
Get $5 sent to your favorite Kansas UM agency or
The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund is
interested in your opinion of current Healthy Congregations programs
sponsored by the Health Ministry Fund and is willing to pay for it.
In appreciation for completing a short survey, the Health Fund
will make a $5 donation to a Kansas United Methodist agency you
select from the list at the end of the survey. The brief, online
survey is available at www.healthfund.org/hc/survey/start.php.
Free financial planning available
financial planning from Ernst & Young Financial Planning
Services is available to eligible General Board of Pension plan
participants. The service is offered to active pension plan
participants, surviving spouses and terminated and retired
participants with an account balance of at least $10,000.
Eligible participants now have unlimited phone time with Ernst
& Young consultants and are encouraged to access this, which may
be terminated if enough participants do not utilize it.
Ernst & Young?s service can help eligible participants
determine how to minimize their tax liabilities, whether to pay off
debt, how to save for retirement and whether it?s better to rent or
buy a home. Clergy may find out if they should pay off a mortgage or
if the housing tax exclusion makes other options attractive for
Participants may call Ernst & Young at 800-360-2539 between 8
a.m. and 7 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday.
Thinking about a new hymnal - What do we
The General Board of Discipleship has recommended
to General Conference a new official hymnal for United Methodists in
the USA following the completion of a four-year music and worship
study. The full report is available at www.gbod.org/worship/musicstudy. General Conference
will consider the proposal when it meets April 23-May 2 in Fort
Dean McIntyre reflects on this process in his latest Music
Musings available at www.gbod.org/worship/default.asp?act=reader&item_id=46110&loc_id=17,823.
This article is the first of a series on this topic.
Sermon planning retreat
Kansas East clergy
are invited to attend a self-directed, sermon-planning session March
26-28 at Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison. There will be
opportunities to share ideas, pray and relax together and to discern
future preaching texts.
Get more information at http://kesite.brickriver.com/event_detail.asp?TableName=oEvent_Calendar_EUXQLB&PrimaryKey=oEvent_Calendar_EUXQLB_ID&PKValue=2233.
Spiritual Spendover registration deadline
Spiritual Spendover is an overnight opportunity
for mid-high youth from all over the Kansas East Conference to join
together for spiritual learning and fun. This year?s event is April
4-5 at First UMC in Manhattan.
The registration deadline has been extended to March 17.
For a registration form and Health Waiver, go to http://kesite.brickriver.com/page.asp?PKValue=530.
United Methodist Men spiritual
Registrations are due April 5 for the Kansas
East-West and Missouri United Methodist Men Spiritual Rally, which
will be April 19 in Lawrence. Joe Kelley, president of the South
Central Jurisdiction United Methodist men, will be the speaker, and
David Lomond?s Gospel Show from Branson, Mo., will perform.
For more information, visit www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2142.
Learn more about David Lomond?s Gospel Show at http://www.davidlomond.com/.
Native American Ministries Sunday
April 6 is
Native American Ministries Sunday. Money collected for this special
offering is used to provide scholarships to Native American students
attending college and to support ministries with Native Americans.
For more information, visit www.umcgiving.org/content/sundays/NAMS_nav/native.asp.
K-State Wesley Open House
Join K-State Wesley
campus ministry for their version of K-State?s Open House. Potential
students and their parents, alumni and football fans in town for the
spring football game are invited to stop by the K-State Wesley House
April 19 to hear about the ministry, and share a cup of coffee.
Breakfast will be provided from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., and beverages
and snacks will be available during the rest of the day. K-State
Wesley will also have a table set up in the Student Union as a part
of K-State?s organization fair.
For more information, go to www.k-state.edu/umcm/K-State%20Wesley/Future%20Events.html
?Create Your Future Today? clergy retirement
The Conference Board of Pension and Health
Benefits is sponsoring a seminar focusing on financial planning for
clergy from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 13 at Lowman United Methodist
Church, 4000 Drury Lane (15th and Gage) in Topeka. A representative
from GBOPHB will be present to answer questions about health
benefits and pension plans. Someone also will be present to answer
questions about Social Security benefits, financial planning and
A registration form is available at www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2234.
Student Forum 2008
The United Methodist
Student Movement?s annual Student Forum 2008 will be May 22-25 at
American University, a United Methodist-related university in
Washington, D.C. The theme is ?Be the Change: The Fruit of Love.?
The registration deadline is April 18.
To register for the event, go to www.umsm.org/studentforum.
Visit the Conference Calendar for additional information and
events not listed below.
VIM team leader training/disaster response
Work Day at Camp Chippewa
Safe and Sacred Spaces Training - Council Grove
Christian Educators Family Reunion
Lay speaking seminar
Safe and Sacred Spaces Worker Training -
Passing on the Faith: Dwelling Together as Strangers,
Hosts and Guests
Dinner theater evening
Native American Ministries Sunday with
The Emergent Church for the Existing Church
Healthy Congregations Retreat
Faithfully Fit Forever leader training
Local church historians' workshop
Safe and Sacred Spaces Worker Training -
Sexual Ethics Quadrennial Update