Communique 270 - Jan. 28,
From Russ Hinshaw, Kansas East
local church’s 2008 Statistical Reports are due no by Saturday, Jan.
31. 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—three times in total.
have questions, please contact your district office or call the
Administrative Services office toll-free at
Special votes due next week for all members of Annual
All clergy and lay members of Annual
Conference should have received a mailing about a recommendation
from the Council on Finance and Administration (CFA) to cap
apportionments in 2009 back to the 2008 level—unless a church’s
apportionment went down in 2009, if so, it remains at that lower
level—and pay for that by using money from the Growth Grants fund of
In addition to that vote, the bishop also asked for a vote
indicating conference members willingness to decide this by a mail
ballot, rather than calling a special session of Annual Conference
on Feb. 14.
Remember that the deadline for this is either 1)
that a mailed postcard be postmarked by Feb. 2, or 2) that the
postcard be hand delivered into the conference office in Topeka by
4:30 p.m. Feb. 3 .
Votes on both issues will be tallied Feb. 4 after the mail has
been delivered that day. The result of balloting on both questions
sent out by e-mail to conference members on Feb. 4.
please return your ballot soon voting both on 1) the approval of the
mail ballot process itself and 2) on the question regarding the
capping of apportionments and the use of Growth Grant money to
support that and avoid even deeper cuts to our spending plan for
In Step with Bishop Jones: Goal for
Bishop Scott Jones shares his thoughts on
the appointment-making season at http://www.kansaseast.org/bishop_column_recent.asp
Conference scholarships available for upcoming
The Kansas East Conference Board of Church and
Society invites you to consider participation in several upcoming
events. To encourage this they are offering up to two scholarships
per event of up to half the cost of registration and lodging with a
maximum of $250 per scholarship. They challenge a person’s local
church to match what the board provides.
To apply for a scholarship, contact Gary Beach at firstname.lastname@example.org as
soon as possible.
The events include:
- Addiction - How Will the Church Respond?, Feb. 23-25.at Mount
Sequoyah Retreat Center in Fayetteville, Ark. Registration is $191
plus lodging. The deadline for registration for this event is Feb.
1. For more information or to register, go to www.mountsequoyah.org/www.mountsequoyah.org/Programs_%26_Events.html.
- Caring for Creation, March 27-29 at Mount Sequoyah Retreat
Center in Fayetteville, Ark. Registration is $60 prior to March 7
plus lodging. The registration deadline is March 13 or until full
capacity is reached. For more information or to register, go to www.mountsequoyah.org/www.mountsequoyah.org/Programs_%26_Events.html.
- The National Workshop on Christian Unity 2009, April 27-30 at
the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix, Ariz. Registration by March 16 is
$125, and lodging is $119 per night. For more information or to
register, to http://www.nwcu.org/.
TARP offers youth mission opportunities
response to the devastating damage in South Louisiana caused by
Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, First UMC in Baton Rouge, La., has
created Terrebonne Area Restoration Project (TARP), a youth mission
TARP invites you to the home of Cajun culture and the heart of
America's wetland, where homes and lives must now be rebuilt. TARP
provides an opportunity for teens age 14 and older to participate in
the home repair and restoration for one week. Youth volunteers will
work to repair roofs, floors, siding and more. Through their
efforts, multiple homes in the Terrebonne area will be restored this
TARP volunteers will be hosted in the Terrebonne area and will
work at one of several work sites recommended by Louisiana
Conference Disaster Response Inc. TARP will run for seven weeks this
summer, between June 14 and Aug. 1.
TARP is now accepting applications from interested youth groups.
For more information, visit http://www.thebluetarp.com/, or call 225-383-4777
New age definitions for young adults
Jan. 1, 2009, new age definitions for young adults have taken
effect. One of the outcomes of General Conference is that the age of
young adults now varies depending on where you look in the Book of
Here are some helpful places to find those
¶256.3 – Local Church age definition –
¶602.4 – District age definition – for
United States young adults – age 18-30, for Central Conference young
adults – age 18-35.
¶649.2 – Annual Conference Councils on
Young Adult Ministry (or equivalent structure) definition - The
membership of the council shall be young adults (as defined by the
¶705 – age upon election to General
Boards and Agencies – age 17-28
¶1207 – age to be a member of
the DMYP – 19-30
¶1210 – age to be elected to attend Global
Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly – age 19-30.
It isn’t necessary to check IDs at the door of every young-adult
event, but there are some young-adult groups that will want to
define their group by the official United Methodist definitions.
For more information, contact the young adult network at email@example.com.
Lilly offers clergy-renewal grants
Endowment Inc. has announced the details of its 2009 National Clergy
Renewal Program. This program provides renewal grants to allow
pastors to step away from the daily obligations of parish life and
pursue an intentional period of exploration and reflection. The
endowment plans to award as many as 120 grants of up to $50,000 each
to congregations to support renewal programs for their pastors. Up
to $15,000 of this amount may be used to help a congregation fulfill
pastoral duties during the pastor's absence.
Applications are available at http://www.lillyendowment.org/. Completed
applications must be submitted by May 14.
KC pastor Holland receives public service
Rev. Mark Holland, pastor Trinity UMC in Kansas
City, Kan., was given the Emanuel Cleaver II Public Service Award at
the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Worship Celebration Jan. 18. The
Methodist Ministers' Fellowship celebration was at St. James UMC in
Kansas City, Mo.
The fellowship includes African Methodist Episcopal, African
Methodist Episcopal Zion, Christian Methodist Episcopal and United
Methodist churches, as well as the Second Baptist Church, all
located in the Kansas City metro area.
Holland was quick to share the honor with his wife, Julie, and
said that she should be considered a co-recipient.
UMCOR responds to Gaza relief needs
tentative cease-fire holding between Israel and Hamas, humanitarian
organizations are stepping up their assistance to Palestinian
civilians in the Gaza Strip.
Action by Churches Together, representing more than 130
church-based relief agencies, including the United Methodist
Committee on Relief and Church World Service, has issued an appeal
for $4 million to provide immediate relief there.
ACT estimates that 50,000 people are homeless and 400,000 are
without running water. The coalition has targeted some 15,000
displaced people to receive food distribution and already has
gathered nutritional biscuits, water, milk, milk powder and
Read more at www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=2429867&ct=6648803&tr=y&auid=4448456.
The free Good $ense Budget Course for clergy and spouses helps
participants discover tools and develop skills that enable them to
control their finances, rather than allowing their finances to
Participants get practical help, including how to:
- Prioritize financial goals
- Develop a personalized spending plan
- Identify action steps to reduce expenses
- Reduce debt
It’s more than just a learning experience about budgets and
finances. The course enables participants to reflect on their
relationship to money and how it impacts their relationship to God
and experience the joy of becoming financially faithful as well as
Download a registration brochure at http://www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2681
or call the Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation toll-free at
The Craft of Discipleship, Feb. 21-22
21-22, Dr. Tex Sample, professor emeritus at Saint Paul School of
Theology in Kansas City, will give a series of presentations
entitled “The Craft of Discipleship.”
The presentations will be at St. Paul’s UMC, 7740 Lackman in
Lenexa. The cost is $25 if registered by Jan. 31 and includes meals
Get more information and download a flier at http://kesite.brickriver.com/event_detail.asp?TableName=oEvent_Calendar_EUXQLB&PrimaryKey=oEvent_Calendar_EUXQLB_ID&PKValue=2663.
Mentor training events
Policy adopted by the
Kansas East Conference Board of Ordained Ministry requires that
mentors be trained every four years. Mentors must be recommended by
their district superintendent and meet other requirements.
Because of changes in procedures and materials, new training has
been implemented. The Board of Ordained Ministry is encouraging all
current mentors participate in one of the new training events,
regardless of when previous training was received.
Four training events will be offered this spring for new and
- Feb. 23 at Topeka First UMC
- Feb. 24 at Emporia First UMC
- March 30 at Chanute Otterbein UMC
- March 31 at Olathe Grace UMC
Contact your district superintendent’s office for more
Funding Your Congregation's Vision conference, March
The Lewis Center will present 2009 Funding Your
Congregation's Vision March 21 in Burke, Va. The theme for the
conference is “Enhancing Resources for Ministry in Challenging
Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr., director of the Lewis Center, will be
the keynote speaker during the plenary session. Workshop topics
include preparing a spiritual foundation for giving, increasing
annual commitments from members, establishing endowments, expanding
the ways to give, monitoring giving in more realistic ways, and best
practices when church facilities are rented for income.
The event is intended for both lay and clergy leaders. The cost
for the conference is $30 per person.
For more information and registration, go to www.churchleadership.com/events/LCevent09.html, or