Communique 267 – Jan. 7,
From Russ Hinshaw, Kansas East
reminder to all local churches that your 2008 Statistical Reports
are due no later than Jan. 31, 2009. You can find the instructions
and forms at www.kansaseast.org/page.asp?PKValue=727.
When you are ready to enter your
2008 Statistical Tables, log in at https://umcdata.com/dataHome.cfm?confPass=KSE
and enter the appropriate amounts
in each table.
completing each table, remember to save and print a copy for your
records before submitting the table.
Once all of the fields
on a table are complete, you will then be able to submit the report.
You must click on the “Submit” button at the bottom of each table to
submit each table.
other words, you will need be clicking the submit button three times
for the report—once for each table.
If you have questions,
please contact your district office or call the Administrative
Services office toll-free at 877-972-9111.
Child care training workshops and grants offered to
Healthy Kansas Kids (HKK), a
Kansas project aimed at integrating more physical activity and
quality nutrition into child care programs is being made available
to child care programs provided by Kansas United Methodist churches
at no charge.
With grant support from the Health Fund, the Kansas Association
of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (KACCRRA) has agreed to
make its Excellent Care for Early Learning (EXCEL) training
available to church-based programs, which would then be eligible to
receive $500 grants for program improvements related to nutrition
If your church might be interested in participating, fill out an
online form at www.healthfund.org/newsletters/hfn_2008-12.php#hl2.
Legal training program for local churches
four-hour legal training program for church boards is available for
use. Contact the Kansas East Conference treasurer's office if you
would like to view them. The toll-free number is 877-972-9111.
Free worship and music planning calendar available from
The General Board of Discipleship has free
downloadable calendars for music and worship leaders. These planning
calendars for 2009 and 2010 contain the Revised Common Lectionary
citations for every Sunday and major day of the church year, as well
as United Methodist observances and special days and holidays from
the secular and civil calendars.
Give them to your pastors and musicians, worship leaders and
planners, choir directors and members, Sunday school teachers, and
2009 calendar: www.gbod.org/worship/2009cwrplanningcal.pdf
2010 calendar: www.gbod.org/worship/2010cwrplanningcal.pdf
New Healthy Congregations Covenant program aims to
support and grow health ministries
For 12 years, the
Health Fund has supported health ministries through Healthy
Congregations grants, annual retreats and a recognition program. A
new, simplified approach has been developed to make it easier and
more rewarding for churches to participate.
The Healthy Congregations Covenant program offers two
participation options, including $100 or $1,000 grants, to fit
churches at different stages of health ministry development and
Find out more at www.healthfund.org/newsletters/hfn_2008-12.php#hc1.
Tony Ikenberry, long-term
Volunteer In Mission serving in Bangladesh, sent two recent updates
about his work.
Christmas greeting: http://tinyurl.com/7vbyyt
2008 overview: http://tinyurl.com/7abylu
Terry and Muriel Henderson,
missionaries in Mexico, sent a Christmas greeting that can be viewed
and/or downloaded at http://ke.brickriver.com/files/oNewsletter_Archive_HP9B4E/GYTTEXmas08-revised_F8D7B3XX.pdf.
Check the archived e-newsletters any time for other issues at www.kansaseast.org/newsletter_find.asp.
Young Pastors Network receives grant
Young Pastors Network, developed in part by Kansas East Conference
pastor Rev. Adam Hamilton, has received a grant from The Foundation
for Evangelism. From 70 proposals, the foundation chose four grant
recipients whose initiatives address the foundation’s goal to
“develop leaders with a passion for evangelism who will have a
multiplying impact on the United Methodist Church.”
For more information on the Foundation for Evangelism’s 2009
grant recipients, go to http://tinyurl.com/743tdo.
To learn more about the Young Pastors Network, visit http://youngpastorsnetwork.org/.
UM churches offer hospitality and services for
United Methodist churches in and around
Washington D.C. are opening their doors to people coming to the
capital for the presidential inauguration in January. Floorspace
will be available for overnight stays, and churches will be open
during the day for prayer and reflection. Area churches are also
hosting workshops and presentations on the themes of change and
current social issues.
For more information, visit www.bwcumc.org/microsites/d/about.
Ethnic Young Adult Summer Internship deadline
The application deadline is Feb. 1 for the
Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) summer internships. The EYA program is for
young adults, ages 18-22, who have an interest in exploring issues
of public policy, social justice advocacy and social change.
For more information and to download the application form, go to
New Kansas Area Resource Center
Beginning Jan. 5, the hours for the Kansas Area
Resource Center are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The
resource center is located at 9440 E. Boston in Wichita.
Check out and request resources from the online catalog: http://www.karconline.org/.
Self-care workshop, Jan. 13
Methodist Health Ministry Fund is sponsoring a free workshop from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 13 at Grace UMC in Olathe for Kansas clergy
Find out more and register at www.healthfund.org/selfcare.php.
Human Relations Day, Jan. 18
Day, a United Methodist Special Sunday with offering, is Jan. 18.
The Human Relations Day offering helps church-based community
developers in racial- and ethnic-minority communities.
Learn more at www.umcgiving.org/site/c.qwL6KkNWLrH/b.3833821/k.47CA/Human_Relations_Day__Overview.htm.
For resources, visit www.umcgiving.org/site/c.qwL6KkNWLrH/b.3833823/k.150D/Human_Relations_Day__Support_Materials.htm.
Bridging the Gap, Jan. 22-24
Gap: Connecting Church and Academy, Jan. 22-24, will provide
opportunities to examine the history of Wesley and higher education,
development of student leadership, vocation and discernment,
resources through church relationships, and opportunities for UM
loans and scholarships.
One of goals of the events is to consider how to increase the
number of United Methodist students enrolled in United
Methodist-related schools, colleges and universities.
The event in Arlington, Texas, is for:
Conference youth coordinators,
ministers and volunteers
Church relations directors
Conference Connectional Ministries
Chairs of Higher Education and Area Chairs
superintendents and bishops
Find out more at http://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Invitation.aspx?i=c40c5c7a-94c6-485f-94ca-88237962e993.
Listening events on the reduction of episcopal areas,
Feb. 7 & 21
There are two opportunities to attend a
Kansas Area listening event on the reduction of episcopal areas:
Feb. 7 at Aldersgate UMC in Wichita http://www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2648
Feb. 21 at First UMC in Topeka http://www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2440
These events provide opportunities to give input about how the
College of Bishops should reduce the number of episcopal areas in
Mission Encounter Weeks scheduled at Red Bird Missionary
The Red Bird Missionary Conference is hosting
two Mission Encounter Weeks for youth who have completed 11th grade
and young adults through age 25. The Mission Encounter Weeks will be
July 19-25 and July 26 - Aug. 1 at Camp O’Cumberlands in
It is a chance to focus on the call to missions, rather than only
the project. Teams will spend the week working on a variety of
projects and seeing missions from many angles. Each day, team
members will spend time in intense worship with several Associate in
Missions (AIMS) pastors and staff.
Each week is limited to 25 individuals. The cost is $400, which
includes food, housing and team supplies. Each individual is
responsible for their own transportation to and from the camp.
Download an application form at www.redbirdconference.org/pdfs/Mission%20Encounter%20camp%20registration.pdf.
Learn more about the Red Bird Missionary Conference at http://www.redbirdconference.org/.