Communique 274 – February 25,
In Step with Bishop Jones: Methodists pray the
Hearing music sung in worship can be a moving
experience, but it also can be a form of prayer. A quote attributed
to St. Augustine says, “He who sings prays twice.”
Read more at www.kansaseast.org/bishop_column_recent.asp.
Read other recent postings from the bishop, including “Good $ense
makes sense” and “Christian life is counter-cultural,” at www.kansaseast.org/bishop_column_find.asp.
Appointment announcements for Kansas Area clergy posted
Announcements of clergy appointments as released
by the dean of the Kansas Area Appointive Cabinet are posted in the
News & Events section of the conference website at www.kansaseast.org/appointment_changes.asp?sortorder=-5.
Appointments may be sorted by name, date of move or date of
KAUMRF banquet, grant information
The speaker at both 2009 Kansas Area United
Methodist Rural Fellowship banquets will be Paul Johnson,
legislative liaison for the Catholic Church at the Kansas
Legislature. He also is a Kansas Truck Farmer.
will be presenting a $250 grant for emerging ministries at the
banquet this year. Funds are provided from the Rural Life Sunday
offerings taken by individual local churches of the Kansas East
Conference. Designed to encourage small-membership (fewer than 100
average attendance) and rural churches within the conference, grants
help develop new or emerging ministries that respond to specific
needs of local church communities.
Applications for the KAUMRF grant are due April 1, and the forms
can be found on the Kansas East website at www.kansaseast.org/page.asp?pkvalue=843.
The Rural Life Sunday offering for Kansas East Conference in 2009
will be dedicated to grants given to small churches for emerging
ministries in 2010.
Childcare training workshops and grants offered to
Healthy Kansas Kids (HKK), a
promising Kansas project aimed at integrating more physical activity
and quality nutrition into childcare programs is being made
available to childcare programs provided by Kansas United Methodist
churches at no charge.
With grant support from the United Methodist Health Ministry
Fund, the Kansas Association of Child Care Resource and Referral
Agencies has agreed to make its Excellent Care for Early Learning
training available to church-based programs, which would then be
eligible to receive $500 grants for program improvements related to
nutrition and activity. HKK was developed with the support of Health
Fund grant funding.
Find out more about the grants at www.healthfund.org/newsletters/hfn_2009-02.php#hl2.
Uplifting video program available for checkout
“Celebrate What’s Right with the World,” with National
Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones, encourages us to celebrate the
things that are right with the world and recognize the many
possibilities before us.
Nonprofit organizations may borrow the video free of charge by
contacting the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund at firstname.lastname@example.org,
620-662-8586 or 800-369-7191.
Health through Faith and Community study curriculum and
resource website available
The curriculum, “Health
Through Faith and Community: A Study Resource for Christian Faith
Communities to Promote Personal and Social Well-Being,” produced
through a Health Fund grant and written by a team led by KU social
work professor Ed Canda, Ph.D., consists of eight study sessions
which can be used individually or together as a whole. The book
provides information and learning activities on the many
interrelated aspects of overall health from an ecumenical Christian
perspective. Supplemental materials and electronic versions of the
handouts and overheads are available at http://www.healthfaithstudy.info/.
‘A call for courage and repentance,’ a UMNS
“We must learn and come to grips with the
prevalence and pain of insulting racist stereotypes and
denigrations, whether they present blacks being likened to chimps
and apes or Native Americans being denigrated through sports team
names and mascots,” writes John Coleman. His commentary responds to
the Feb. 18 cartoon in the "New York Post" that shows police
officers shooting and linking a chimp to the stimulus bill signed by
Read more of Coleman’s commentary at www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=2429867&ct=6776217&tr=y&auid=4537594.
Festival of Living Faith, Feb. 28
‘Festival of Living Faith,’ February 28 at Lowman UMC in Topeka, is
about how 21st-century Christians share faith in meaningful ways in
The event is designed to help us confront our reluctance to share
our faith with others, to awaken within us the desire and
possibility of sharing our faith and giving us some tools and
methods for actually doing it. Until we are able to share what
Christ's living presence in our lives means to us and what it can
mean to others, we are not fulfilling our mission.”
Each church or pastoral charge is asked to send a team of three
to four people, including youth, evangelism members, pastor and key
The cost is $20, which includes lunch and supplies. Childcare is
available at a cost of $5 per child, but they will need to bring a
The registration deadline has been extended to Feb. 26.
Get more information from the conference calendar at www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2294.
Tallgrass Retreat Center March offerings
following retreats will be offered during March at the Tallgrass
Retreat Center near Matfield Green:
- Quiet Day Away, March 2, $12, includes lunch
- Lenten Day Away I: Collage from the Soul, March 3, $40,
- Healing Touch, March 6-7, $75
- Lenten Day Away II: Prayer Flags, March 10, $40, includes
- Soul Strings, March 13-15, $120
- Quiet Day Away, March 16, $12, includes lunch
- Lenten Day Away III: Collage from the Soul, March 17, $40,
- Lenten Day Away IV: Letters from the Soul, March 25, $40,
- Dance of the Prairie Chickens, March 27, $50, morning only
- Dance of the Prairie Chickens, March 27-28 and 28-29, $78,
- Lenten Day Away V: Collage from the Soul, March 31, $40,
More information is available at http://www.tallgrassretreats.com/, or contact the
center at 620-753-3465.
Clergy Conversation: Workers’ Right to Organize, March
Bishop-in-Residence Fritz Mutti will host a Clergy
Conversation, Workers' Right to Organize, March 3 from 1:30-2:30
p.m. at the Saint Paul School of Theology Kansas City Holter
Representatives will discuss the following topics:
- Bishop Fritz Mutti--United Methodist Social Principles
- Registered Nurses from Centerpoint Medical Center--Local Case
- AFL-CIO representatives--The Employee Free Choice Act
The conversation is free and open to all.
Rising Lecture: Bishop Richard Wills, March
The First UMC in Pittsburg will host the 2009 edition
of the Rising Lecture Series. This year’s Rising Lecture will be
March 8 at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary. Giving the lecture will be
Bishop Richard Wills of the Tennessee Conference of the United
The Rising Lectures are made possible through gifts in honor of
the Rev. Lloyd Rising, pastor of First United Methodist Church from
1950 thru 1967. Their intent is to bring lecturers of note to
southeast Kansas to address theological issues in the daily life of
the church. Bishop Wills will be speaking on the theology of
spiritual leadership and church renewal.
Expand Your Ministry with Social Networking, March 24,
Kansas area pastors are invited to attend a workshop
on the use of online social networks, such as Facebook, as a tool
for ministry. The Pew Internet and American Life Project recently
reported that the number of adults using online social networks such
as Facebook has quadrupled in the past four years and that more than
half the adults in the 25-34 age group have a profile on a social
Expand Your Ministry with Social Networking will be offered March
24 at Lawrence First UMC and on March 26 at Emporia First UMC.
Dr. Daniel Roland, assistant professor at the School of Library
and Information Science, Kent State University, and a member of the
Kansas East Annual Conference, will lead the workshop, which will
cover the essentials of social networking including:
- Using social networking sites such as Facebook to enhance
communication within congregations
- Using social networking sites to expand outreach into the
- Creating a private social network for a congregation that
focuses on mission, ministry and community
- How to start and use a blog
- How and why ministers should use Twitter
The workshop is $40 if paid before the event and $50 at the
More information and online registration is available at http://standingrockpartners.com/content/expand-your-ministry-social-networking.