Communique 242 – June 25,
|In a special e-mail, Board
of Church and Society General Secretary Jim Winkler has issued
the following plea for the people of Zimbabwe:
||We have all seen the tragic
events unfolding in Zimbabwe recently. The elections for
control of the country are to take place this Friday, and, in
fear for his life, the opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai,
has hidden himself in the Dutch embassy. President Mugabe
intends to go ahead with the elections and violence has been
perpetrated against the Zimbabwean people, many of whom are
fellow United Methodists.
||Our hearts go out to the
people of Zimbabwe who have endured so much and so I encourage
you and your church to join us as we pray for peace and
justice for the people of Zimbabwe.
|You can pledge to pray for
Zimbabwe at http://tinyurl.com/64u839.
Director of Marketing and
Society of St. Andrew opens western headquarters in
The Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) has opened
its Western Headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. Its goal: to fight
hunger by salvaging excess produce grown west of the Mississippi and
getting it to those in need.
The Society of St. Andrew (Advance
#801600) salvages wholesome,
nutritious produce that is destined to be wasted and transports it
to food banks and agencies that feed people in need. SoSA
works with farmers, growers and produce packing plants at two
crucial points—in fields and orchards after the harvest and during
the produce grading process—to salvage nutritious, edible fruits and
vegetables that don’t meet the aesthetic standards of many produce
Though the Society of St. Andrew sends produce to
all of the 48 contiguous states, the bulk of its work has been
concentrated east of the Mississippi River. SoSA West in Kansas City
is its gateway to the West.
Read the entire press release at www.endhunger.org/press/pr_sosa_west.pdf.
Subscribe to SoSA’s e-newsletter at www.endhunger.org/news.htm to learn more about how
you can help.
Open House Month resources available
September is “Open House Month,” an observance that
focuses on welcoming strangers into our churches. This year’s theme
is "Share Your Gifts."
A handbook, "Basic Welcoming," provides tools to help assess
where your welcoming efforts are today and where you may want to
make changes. Download the free handbook at www.ignitingministry.org/pdfs/handbook4_welc.pdf.
Free downloads for new door hangers are available at http://mediawarehouse.ignitingministry.org/search.aspx?act=start&searchtxt=twine.
Free downloads for the matching worship graphics and bulletin
covers are available at http://mediawarehouse.ignitingministry.org/search.aspx?act=start&searchtxt=gift1.
The bulletin covers may be produced on a regular printer, or the
files may be sent to a professional printing service.
Young Adult Network
Transition can be
difficult at best, unmanageable at worst. For those times when young
people are experiencing transition in all facets of their lives, the
church is faced with two options. Take advantage of the opportunity
to step up and be an amazing constant presence in the lives of young
people or be an unobserving, unnoticing, self-absorbed fixture that
allows key moments to pass by.
Graduation from youth group is often the beginning of a long
absence of young adults from the life of the church.
Adult Network keeps young adults connected to each other and to the
church through forums, e-newsletters and online resources.
Find out more at http://www.yanetwork.org/.
Older adult ministries request
The Task Force
on Older Adult Ministries of the Kansas East Conference is creating
a resource list of successful Older Adult ministry programs for the
Conference Adult Ministries web page.
If your church has a ministry serving seniors that you would like
to share, please send a short article about the ministry to Michael
Maroon at firstname.lastname@example.org. For
questions, call Michael at 913-544-0215.
‘Choosing Between Gas and Choir’
American drivers are reeling
from gasoline price increases. The church is also affected by the
gasoline prices its members must pay.
Read Dean McIntyre’s article at www.gbod.org/worship/default.asp?act=reader&item_id=46461&loc_id=17,823.
Announcement: New baby
Shelly Petz gave birth
to a new baby girl June 17 at Olathe Medical Center. Shaylin Grace
weighed 7 lbs. 15.3 oz. and was 20.5 inches long.
Shelly and her husband, Dustin, are associate pastors at Grace
UMC in Olathe.
Workshop for caregivers of aging parents
Berit, author and educator, helps baby boomers who are caring for
aging parents develop creative dialogues on difficult, emotion-laden
topics. She will give a workshop July 19 at the North Central-Flint
Hills Area Agency on Aging. She encourages caregivers and parents to
The cost is $30 for the first person and $15 for each additional
registration submitted in the same envelope.
Get more information at www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2324.
Jurisdictional Conference breakfast
Those attending Jurisdictional Conference are
invited to attend a breakfast reception to welcome back Bishop Scott
Jones or welcome a new bishop if Jones is assigned to another area.
The breakfast will be hosted by the Kansas Area General Conference
delegations. The breakfast will be at the Hilton Anatole hotel in
the Batik A room at 7 a.m. July 19. The cost is approximately
RSVP to Rev. David Livingston by July 8 at email@example.com.
For more events, check the conference calendar at www.kansaseast.org/calendar.asp.
Praise and worship dance camp
A praise and
worship dance camp for children in first through sixth grades will
be July 21-25 at Countryside UMC in Topeka. Participants can get a
taste of different worship dance styles and see dances by Topeka
worship dance groups.
Early enrollment (by July 9) is $20; late enrollment (due by July
16) will be $25.
Get more information and download a registration form at www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2325