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Communique 220 - January 16, 2008 This newsletter was sent on: 1/16/2008

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News of the Kansas East Conference

#220 - January 16, 2008

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Dear Friends of the Kansas East Conference,  

This week, Gary Beach and I are out of the office attending the Kansas Area Professional Seminar. The speakers are Alyce McKenzie, Mary Scifres and Leonard Sweet.

Here's a few highlights from day one.
Leonard Sweet said a preacher's job is to make the familiar strange so the familiar can be new again. Sweet's presentation was full of such paradoxes. He shared 10 paradoxes that he believes will rule our world for the next 50 years:
1. Do little large. God did "little" large when God sent Jesus to the world, God incarnate.
2. To move up, move down. You need a success ethic, not an ethic focused on upward mobility.
3. Learn to fail so you can succeed. You cannot have a spirit of innovation if you penalize failure.
4. The only control is in being out of control. The only control you have over your life is knowing that you are not in control of it.
5. It's more important to know what you don't know. It's important to be able to acknowledge that you don't know everything.
6. The more you think out of the box, the more you need some boxes. You need to understand the boxes you have.
7. The graying and the greening of the planet requires action. In order for there to be a planet to grow old on, we have to take a more active role in preserving creation.
8. Become a "locavore."  You can't globalize without localizing. Eat what's produced locally.
9. When fast replaces vast, go slowly with the holy. Discipleship is about followership, not leadership.
10. Moore's Law makes Murphy's Law more relevant.  Moore's Law is that microprocessing power will double every 18 months and halve in price. This law was created by the president of Intel.
Watch for more from the Kansas Area Professional Ministry Seminar on the conference website later this week.

Lisa Elliott Diehl
Area Director of Marketing and Communications

General News


Global mission experience: Jeff Padgett and the McCurdy School  

At the Global Mission Experience Feb. 23 at Countryside UMC in Topeka, you will have a chance to attend a workshop led by Jeff Padgett, director of Church Relations of the McCurdy School in Espanola, N.M. 


McCurdy School, a project related to the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, is committed to providing quality education in a Christ-centered environment, respecting rich cultural diversity and empowering students to develop as whole persons to become lifelong learners and  responsible citizens in service to a changing world. 


Learn more about the school at  And be sure to attend the Global Mission Experience in Topeka.


To register for the Global Mission Experience, go to


When silence is betrayal
In his "Letter From a Birmingham Jail," Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, "There comes a time when silence is betrayal." What he wrote in 1963 to white clergy in segregated Alabama is still true today.


We need to recognize racism not as a black problem, but as a human problem. And at its root, it is a theological problem, because it is sin.




Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Jan. 18-25

"Pray Without Ceasing" is the theme of the 100th anniversary of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which United Methodists and others around the world will observe this month. The week will be observed Jan. 18-25, and its theme is taken from 1 Thessalonians 5:17.


The prayer of Jesus was that "we might become one," said Rev. W. Douglas Mills, an executive with the United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns. "We, as United Methodists, are genuinely interested in unity, because unity is a gift from God."


More information and downloadable resources for the week can be found at


Camp Chippewa's 2008 brochure mailed
Camp Chippewa has mailed their brochures for the 2008 summer camping season. The theme for the 2008 season is "God's World: Handle with Care."


Copies of the brochure and all other necessary materials are also available on their website at Limited scholarship funds are available. More information on the scholarships can be found on the Camp Chippewa website. Check with your local church for scholarship opportunities from your church.


The early bird registration deadline is April 1. Register online through Camp Chippewa. 



Legislative Alert e-newsletters resume
The governor will presented the State of the State  Jan. 14 to the Legislature and to the citizens of Kansas.  Now the serious business of the 2008 legislative session begins.


Some possible legislative items coming up during this session are energy, education, immigration, the budget, taxes and healthcare.


Read the latest Legislative Alert at


I Wonder... A Lenten devotions program
"I Wonder. . ." is the theme of this year's Lenten Devotions program from the Society of St. Andrew, a national nonprofit hunger-relief ministry and United Methodist Advance Special #801600.


The devotions booklet is divided into five sections and challenges readers to take seriously the scriptural injunctions to care for the poor.


A Good Friday Fast, written by Ken Horne, executive director of the Society of St. Andrew, is a separate booklet that complements the Lenten devotions or can be used as a stand alone activity for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. 

All materials are free and a sample packet can be ordered for review before placing a congregational order. 


Orders can be placed online at, by e-mail at or by phone at 800-333-4597. Orders for the devotional should be placed by Jan. 23 to ensure delivery before Ash Wednesday. 


More information about the society is available at


What hymns do you want in a new UM hymnal?
This coming April the General Conference of the UMC will consider the recommendation for a new hymnal. This is the first of several research questions from the General Board of Discipleship. We want to know which hymns or songs you would like to see included. This survey will allow you to suggest titles to be considered for inclusion:

  • Up to five titles from the current United Methodist Hymnal.
  • Up to five titles from The Faith We Sing.
  • Up to five titles not in either collection.

You may only complete the survey one time, so do not click the link below until you are ready to suggest titles. Once you have accessed the survey, you will not be allowed to return to it a second time, even if you did not complete it the first time or if you later wish to change your responses.

The final date to complete this survey is Jan. 31. 
Complete the survey at

Cokesbury store moves
The Cokesbury store in Kansas City has moved from the student center at Saint Paul School of Theology to 7431 W. 91st Street, Overland Park. The store is located in North Regency Park (next to Wholesale Foods). Store hours are now Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Contact the store at 877-690-8146.


ESL teacher needed
Old Mission UMC in Overland Park is looking for an English as a Second Language teacher to assist with the English reading program it will be offering to Mision Nueva Vida (St Mark's) congregation members starting the end of January.


Find out more at


GBOD releases

Still Time for Young Adults to Apply for
Short-term US-2 Mission Service 
There is still time for young adults between the age of 20 and 30 to apply for short term mission service in the US-2 program of The United Methodist Church starting in August, 2008.

The deadline for the 2008-2010 term is Feb. 1.


Martin Luther King Jr.'s Favorite Hymn
by Dean McIntyre (Music Musing #173),823



Finance Office News


2007 local church remitances
On Jan. 17, the finance office will mail out a final 2007 Church Statement. On Jan. 18, the finance office must remit the final 2007 receipts for General Church apportionments, offerings and other advance special gifts.


Local Church Statistical Tables 1, 2 & 3

The data entry website, is now available for use to enter 2007 Statistical Table information. You may also access this website by going to, click on "church login," then click on "UMCData Login."


At the login screen for, enter your seven digit GCFA church number as the login ID and your four digit KEC church number is the password.  If you do not remember these numbers, please contact your district office or the conference treasurer.


The deadline for submitting the Statistical Tables is Jan. 28.


Instructions for completing the Statistical Reports are available at by clicking on "Administration," then on "Year-end reports & Stats"
Please note:

  • The number one error last year was including capital improvement amounts as operating expense in line 72.  Please make sure that all capital improvement expense is included in line 74.

  • You may report the net expense of programs by subtracting any fee income.  For example,  Bible study group members pay the church a "fee" to offset the cost of class material.  You would report the gross amount for class material minus the fee income received.

Paper copies of the 2007 Statistical Reports are available at the conference office, including versions in Spanish and Korean.  To receive a paper copy, contact Jan Swift at 877-972-9111 or 785-272-9111.

2009 budget request deadlines
2009 budget requests from the following are due by Feb. 29:

  • Human Resource Council
  • Commission on New Church Development
  • Board of Global Ministries
  • Board of Church and Society
  • Board of Discipleship
  • Board of Trustees
  • Council on Finance and Administration
  • Committee on Communications

2009 budgets for all other boards, committees, councils and agencies are due no later than Jan. 29.

CFA's budget hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 11th.

Contact the conference treasurer toll-free at 877-972-9111 or 785-272-9111 for additional information.




New Upcoming Events


Faithfully Fit Forever leader training

Lenexa United Methodist Church, 9138 Caenen Lake Road, is hosting a Faithfully Fit Forever leader training from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 16 (alternate snow date Feb. 23).


Faithfully Fit Forever is a non-profit, cooperative community health program created by MeritCare Hospital Parish Nursing and Cardiac Rehab staff. This non-denominational faith-community-based excercise, devotion and health education program brings together physical, mental and social health.


Registration is $50 for training and materials, $10 per person for additional people sharing a set of materials. For more information, visit the Kansas East calendar item for this event.


youTheology youth worker gathering
A youth worker gathering will be Feb. 22-23 at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. The theme is "Abundant Living!"


The keynote speaker will be Mark Yaconelli, who has led and developed national retreats for pastors, youth pastors and youth for more than 10 denominations as well as the National Youth Worker's Convention and Zondervan's National Pastors Convention.


Find out more and register online at


United Methodist Social Principles workshop

The Kansas City District Board of Discipleship is sponsoring a United Methodist Social Principles (celebrating the 200th anniversary) workshop March 1 at Bonner Springs United Methodist Church, 425 W. Morse Ave., Bonner Springs.


The workshop begins with registration at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Registration is $15. Download a registration form from the Kansas East website. The Bonner Springs UMW will serve a lunch for $7 payable at the workshop.


Event Calendar



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


January 2008


Lay Speaking Seminar
Jan. 18-19


Human Relations Day
Jan. 20


Martin Luther King Holiday
Jan. 21
Conference office closed


CCYM Spiritual Life Retreat
Jan. 25-27


Safe and Sacred Spaces Worker Training
Jan. 26



February 2008


Safe and Sacred Spaces Worker Training

Feb. 4


Ash Wednesday

Feb. 6


Flint Hills District Leadership Event
Feb. 9


Parson, s District Event
Feb. 10


Topeka District Leadership Event

Feb. 11

First of Five conversations on The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations


United Methodist Women Legislative Event

Feb. 12 and


Safe and Sacred Spaces Worker Training

Feb. 13


Faithfully Fit Forever leader training
Feb. 16


'Signs of Life' retreat
Feb. 22-23


youTheology youth worker gathering
Feb. 22-23


Global Mission Experience

Feb. 23


Safe and Sacred Spaces Worker Training

Feb. 23



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Meet the Kansas Area Marketing and Communications staff






St. Paul grads

Lisa Elliott Diehl
Area Director

Susan Cooper
Associate Director

Beverly Fanestil

Britt Bradley
Electronic Media Specialist