Communique 252 – Sept. 3,
We have received the following
message from Debbie Vest, the South Central Jurisdiction Volunteers
In Mission director.
Methodist VIM conference coordinators in Louisiana and Mississippi
have asked UMVIM volunteers to please wait several more days before
calling them as to when they can start receiving disaster response
teams following Hurricane Gustav.
assessments are still taking place. Many people still don't have
phone or electrical power.
Hurricane Gustav weakened before hitting land, there is still a
great deal of damage.
remember flood buckets are invaluable at a time like this as well as
giving to the UMCOR Advance 3019695 Hurricanes 2008.
direct your questions to me at 913-568-8826 or firstname.lastname@example.org at the South Central Jurisdictional office
in Austin, Texas.
'Bridges to the Future' campaign office
As we celebrate the success of the “Bridges to the Future”
capital campaign, the campaign office is being reconfigured into a
To keep expenses down, the campaign office phone number will be
discontinued. To reach the campaign director, Laura Murphy, e-mail
or call the conference office at 877-972-9111 or 785-272-9111 or her
cell phone at 913-908-6379.
Watch for updates in the “Communiqué” and at www.kansaseast.org/bridgestothefuture
about wonderful things that are happening with new church starts,
revitalizing churches, Camp Chippewa and Campus Ministry because of
your commitment to “Bridges to the Future.”
All pledge payments are to be sent to the conference office at PO
Box 4187; Topeka, KS; 66604-0187. Be sure to mark “Bridges to the
Future” on the memo line of your check.
Murphy is still available for questions, comments and help with
fund-raising for the Bridges campaign.
Conference Growth Grants application deadline
The deadline to apply for the Kansas East
Conference Growth Grants is Sept. 30. The program provides funds to
support the expansion and enhancement of ministry in local United
Methodist churches. As the KEC engages in new initiatives to promote
the expansion of ministry through the local churches, funds will be
available to stimulate and support local church efforts.
To read the guidelines or download an application form, visit http://kesite.brickriver.com/page.asp?PKValue=1042.
UMCOR responds to Gustav
After a weekend of
preparations and evacuations, communities throughout Louisiana and
in parts of Mississippi and Florida took a direct hit from Hurricane
Gustav and have experienced extensive damage. The United Methodist
Committee on Relief (UMCOR) continues to be in contact with those
conferences, each of which is well prepared and assessing the
Read about UMCOR’s efforts at http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/newsroom/releases/archives08/respondtogustav.
To help UMCOR respond to people affected by Hurricane Gustav, you
can donate to UMCOR Advance #3019695 Hurricanes 2008, which will
help provide immediate on-the-ground support to volunteers, annual
conferences and interfaith response efforts. To donate online, go to
Katrina’s lessons helped Louisiana, UM church leader
Louisiana residents spent Labor Day nervously
watching trees and power lines fall as Hurricane Gustav lashed the
state with high winds and rain.
The day after the storm, United Methodists in the church’s
Louisiana Conference are assessing damage and preparing to make a
tour of the state as soon as they get clearance from law enforcement
“We were prepared. We contacted all our pastors and encouraged
them to evacuate,” said Rev. Don Cottrill, director of connectional
ministries for the Louisiana Conference.
Get the whole story at
Eudora UMC marks 150 years
The Eudora UMC
congregation celebrated the church’s 150th anniversary Sunday, Aug.
Watch a video clip about the special anniversary at http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2008/aug/28/clearfields_150th_celebration/.
A short advertisement precedes the video.
‘Grandma and Grandpa’s House’ ministry
children who cannot enjoy the smell of freshly baked cookies at
their own grandparents' home, Pat Frost and a band of silver-haired
volunteers in Florida offer the next best thing.
G.G.'s House is a place where children from underserved areas can
learn to bake, play games and, most importantly, find comfort and
attention. G.G’s stands for "Grandma's and Grandpa's."
Inspired by a sermon at her church, Ocklawaha (Fla.) United
Methodist, Frost set out to create a special place where at-risk
children can feel special. Frost and other volunteers renovated a
rundown house owned by the church and opened the doors to
neighborhood kids last October. They estimate that more than 1,000
children and family members have visited the center since.
Find out more about this inspiring ministry at http://ggshouse.org/.
Best projection practices
More and more
churches are adding screens in worship to project hymns, liturgy,
sermon points, and announcements. Members of the Methodist Musicians
Listserv recently discussed what someone called “best projection
practices,” with many offering helps and suggestions for making
See 30 suggestions they offered at www.gbod.org/worship/default.asp?act=reader&item_id=46669&loc_id=17,823.
Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 – Oct.
There are many sources and resources to use in the
celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. For non-Hispanic and Latino
congregations and for those who do not normally speak Spanish, the
General Board of Discipleship has an abundance of prayers, hymns,
songs, services, articles, books and free downloads on their website
International Day of Prayer for Peace, Sept.
United Methodist churches worldwide are invited to
pray for peace on Sept. 21. The International Day of Prayer for
Peace offers an opportunity for church communities in all places to
pray and act together to nurture lasting peace in the hearts of
people, their families, communities and societies.
The idea was proposed in 2004 during a meeting between World
Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Samuel Kobia and U.N.
Secretary General Kofi Annan and coincides with the United Nations
International Day of Peace.
The Day of Prayer is one of the initiatives of the WCC's Decade
to Overcome Violence. Congregations worldwide are invited to pray
for peace in all participating churches on Sept. 21.
Camp Chippewa to celebrate 50 years
Chippewa, a United Methodist camp and retreat center near Ottawa,
will mark its 50th anniversary with a special celebration Sept. 27
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Food, fun and fellowship will be offered as well as a worship
service led by Bishop Scott Jones.
For more information, go to www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=1763
or call the camp at 785-242-6797.
Visit the conference calendar at www.kansaseast.org/calendar.asp
for more upcoming events.