#229 - March 19, 2008
In this issue
Journey to Topeka
Celebrating Bridges to the Future pledges
Paying Bridges pledges
Church of the Resurrection excellence awards
Caring for Creation
Thinking about a new hymnal, second
Dear Friends of the Kansas East
Ron Williams, vice chairperson of the Bishop?s
Round-up for Hunger Committee, sent the following message in
appreciation for the Round-up:
One of the stories from the Bishop?s Round-up for
Hunger products that has always tugged at my heart was the flood a
few years ago around Cottonwood Falls. Rev. Ellie Foster was doing
the managing of the church?s response to the flood victims. A
woman came in to sign up for help for her family, and they had
lost everything! As the woman began to leave, she noticed the
health kits, and asked Ellie how much they cost. Ellie said
"...nothing, take one for each member of your family." The woman
was shocked that they were available without cost. At that time a
little shampoo, soap, a towel and wash cloth meant the world to
them. There was a bit of a tear in her eyes. Friends, those health
kits came from Round-up.
Remember Roundup for Hunger will be at the
fairgrounds in Lawrence Nov. 15. Come and bring food and other
things like the health kit described above.
For a complete list of items needed at the
Round-Up and for the contents of the kits--including health kits--go
Director of Connectional
Step by Step Journey to Topeka
walk from Pittsburg to Topeka to call attention to the uninsured and
underinsured will be April 23. The walk will be led by Lori and Ken
Butts, who have worked for justice for more than 40 years. Ken is a
retired Kansas East Conference pastor, currently serving at College
Heights UMC in Pittsburg in retirement.
Download a schedule and introductory letter at http://ke.brickriver.com/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/Step_by_Step_GSXMECUN.pdf.
Learn more about the Journey to Topeka at http://www.journeytotopeka.org/.
Bridges to the Future: Celebrating
There is great appreciation for the pledges from
churches in the Kansas East Conference. A list of churches with
pledge amounts and notations of those churches meeting and exceeding
tithes goals will be published in a newsletter at our campaign
celebration at Annual Conference in June. The names of individual
participants and their church affiliations also will be published in
the newsletter, without individual gift amounts.
The Area Steering Committee of the Bridges to the
Future campaign, the cabinet and leadership team have developed
policies to guide the campaign, including expressions of
appreciation toward participating churches and individuals.
Paying a Bridges to the Future
When your church pays their pledge, please be
sure to mark in the memo of the check ?Bridges to the Future? and
enclose the Pledge Remittance Form, available at www.kansaseast.org/page.asp?PKValue=1021.
All pledges are sent to the Kansas East Conference
office in Topeka. Please do not include them in your church?s
remittance. Make sure it is clear that this is a separate Bridges
COR Leadership Institute invites applications
for awards of excellence
Last year, the United Methodist
Church of the Resurrection awarded three extraordinary churches with
the Award for Excellence. The churches' stories and noteworthy work
of their leaders were recognized at the Leadership Institute last
fall. Each of these churches had applied leadership principles and
ideas and experienced significant growth in both the width and depth
of their ministries.
Awards will be given to three additional churches at
the 2008 Leadership Institute in October.
These churches will be chosen in the early summer,
based upon applications received this spring. The award consists of
a $1,000 prize and five complimentary registrations for the 2008
Pastors, lay persons and conference officials are
encouraged to nominate churches for this award up to May 16.
For eligibility requirements and an application form,
Caring for Creation impacts
?I never before realized that it takes five
bottles of water to produce one bottle of bottled water,? exclaimed
Rev. Michael Mattox, senior pastor at First United Methodist Church
in Little Rock, at the end of a Caring for Creation Conference,
March 7-9, at Mount Sequoyah Retreat Center in Fayetteville. More
than 120 participants from Arkansas and surrounding states learned
about U.S. consumption, starting a green team at church, rain
gardens, compost, ecological footprints, recycling, community food
initiatives, political advocacy and biblical basis for creation
Among other statistics, they learned that products
purchased by consumers can require 30 times their weight and value
in raw materials, manufacturing, processing, packaging, shipping and
Read more at www.kansaseast.org/news_detail.asp?pkvalue=447.
New GBOD hymnal survey now available
The General Board of Discipleship wants to know what you think
about our current hymnal, ?The United Methodist Hymnal,? 1989, and
some common practices related to congregational worship and singing.
Participate in a survey open to all United
Methodists--pastors, musicians, laity, children, youth and adults,
and the responses will be used in planning future resources in the
areas of congregational worship and music.
The survey consists of approximately 35 simple
statements related to the hymnal, worship and congregational
singing. You will be asked to register your agreement or
disagreement with each statement by clicking on a button. The entire
survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.
you begin the survey, you must complete it in one session. You're
not allowed to save the survey and return later. In order to
maintain the integrity of the survey, only one response per computer
will be accepted.
The survey will be available until March
To take the survey, go to www.gbod.org/hymnal.
Thinking About a New Hymnal #2
is obvious that the day when a single official denominational hymnal
could meet the needs of the UMC is long past. Our church is so
large, so diverse in so many ways--language, culture, heritage,
worship practice, liturgy, geography, and not least of all, musical
style--that a single hymnal simply cannot serve us all. Today, we
have three official UMC hymnals and numerous supplemental songbooks.
Find out more at www.gbod.org/worship/default.asp?act=reader&item_id=46123&loc_id=17,823.
Dance theater to perform at
City in Motion Dance Theater will perform March 26
at Rice Auditorium as part of Baker University?s Artist and Lecture
Series. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for youths.
Get the details at www.bakeru.edu/index.php?module=articles&func=display&aid=2610.
Register now for SCJ Volunteer Work Week
The SCJ Volunteer Work Week will be March 31-April 4 at
Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville, Ark.
Lodging is provided at no cost in appreciation of your
work at Mount Sequoyah. There is a per person charge of $89 to cover
the cost of meals. It will be a great week of faith in action.
Donations will be accepted for materials and supplies.
will be spent repairing buildings, cleaning windows, sealing decks
and making the grounds beautiful. Landscaping, carpentry, drywall,
maintenance, cleaning and painting skills will be put to good use.
This year, there is a special need for sewing machines and sewers.
For more information, click on the ?SCJ Work Week?
link at www.mountsequoyah.org/Registration1.htm.
Native American Ministries Sunday
Native American Ministries Sunday is one of Six Special Sundays
designated by the General Church. This year the date designated is
Last year, 118 Kansas East Conference churches
celebrated and honored Native Americans Ministries by giving $11,
871.79 to this offering. Fifty percent of that amount went to the
General Church providing scholarships for Native American
seminarians and 50 percent stayed in the Kansas East Conference to
nurture and support Native American Ministries.
Conference Committee on Native American Ministries is elected by the
Annual Conference and is responsible for the distribution of the
Native American Ministries Sunday offering, coordinating the
promotion of Native American Ministries Sunday and monitoring Native
American ministries within the conference.
who gave to this offering in the year 2007:
Supported Native American Ministries in Kansas
East by enriching, encouraging and nurturing Native students
attending Haskell Indian Nations University
Provided an ongoing food bank utilized by 80
percent native persons
Strengthened the unity and fellowship on the
Kickapoo reservation by the funding of its Adult Bible Studies
Assisted in supporting native leadership to the
Faith Indian Fellowship, a Native American urban
Celebrating Native American Ministries Sunday does not
have to be on the designated date, but can be celebrated at a time
For more information, go to www.kansaseast.org/page.asp?PKValue=834
or contact Rev. Don Anderson at revdona@yahoo,com or Rev.
Julienne Judd at email@example.com.
Bishops' Week 2008
will host Bishops? Week 2008: Ministry in Hard Places June 18-21.
Keynote speakers will include Rev. Cecil Williams, founder and
minister of Liberation of Glide Memorial UMC in San Francisco, and
Rev. Rudy Rasmus, senior pastor of St. Johns UMC in Houston.
For more information, click on the ?Bishops? Week?
link at www.mountsequoyah.org/Registration1.htm.
Visit the Conference
Calendar for additional information and events not listed below.
Safe and Sacred Spaces Training - Council
Christian Educators Family
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
Faithfully Fit Forever leader
Local church historians'
Safe and Sacred Spaces Worker Training -
Sexual Ethics Quadrennial