This newsletter was sent on: 6/18/2008

Communique #241 – June 18, 2008

Greeting

Following the tornados that hit northeastern Kansas last week, Bishop Scott Jones has issued an appeal for the Kansas Area Disaster Fund, which is used to provide services and relief to storm survivors, and the Rebuilding Kansas Churches Fund, which is used to assist churches whose ministries have been significantly disrupted by a disaster.

“We in Kansas know that storm disasters can happen anywhere. The beauty of our United Methodist connectional way of following Christ is that when one church or community suffers, we can all respond,” Jones said. “You can be part of our loving response by praying, by sending volunteers and by contributing to the Kansas Area Disaster Fund or the Rebuilding Kansas Churches fund.”

A video featuring Bishop Jones is available for download to show in worship on the conference website at http://www.kansaseast.org/video_find.asp.

Watch for updates on the situation on the conference website, http://www.kansaseast.org/.

Lisa Elliott Diehl
Marketing and Communications Director


News

Kansas East Conference office phone service, e-mail issues
Following the storms in Topeka and northeast Kansas recently, the Kansas East Conference office’s phone service has been disrupted. The office has received complaints that calls to the conference office have not been answered and/or phone calls have been disconnected.

The phone service provider’s equipment has been damaged, and the company is seeking a repair solution. They hope to have the situation rectified as soon as possible.

In addition, but unrelated to the phone service problems, kansaseast.org e-mails are being blacklisted for AT&T Internet service customers and other people whose service providers use AT&T hubs to route their e-mails. The conference office’s technical support company is working on getting the kansaseast.org address removed from blacklists.

Conference office staff thanks you for your patience and apologizes for any inconveniences these issues have caused. It is hoped that both situations will be resolved quickly.


Young adult ministry grants
Young adults are the future of the United Methodist Church. The Kansas East Conference Young Adult Ministry Team offers grants as a source for beginning ministry for young adults within local churches. The deadline for grant application for is Sept. 1.

Get more information and download a grant application at www.kansaseast.org/page.asp?PKValue=524.


UM campers needed
The National United Methodist Campers would like to start a chapter in Kansas. The organization currently has 16 chapters in 10 states.

Five Christian RV units are needed to start a chapter.

The organization has an annual national rally, and the 2009 rally will be April 30 – May 3 in Clermont, Fla.

For more information, visit their website, http://www.umcampers.org/.
An informational flier can be downloaded at http://kwc.brickriver.com/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/
UMCampers_PUXN83JY.pdf


Family and friends continue to support pastor’s cause
Rev. Don Frogge, who died this past year and was remembered in the KE memorial service, was instrumental in establishing the Pioneer Fund in the early 1980s,.  He challenged the conference to raise one million dollars in an endowment for new church development.  Interest from the principal would be used to pay some of the expenses of new church starts.

Rev. Frogge’s family has designated $2,500 of Don’s memorial to the Pioneer Fund in memory of Don and his late wife, Louise. 


Hallelujah Moments from GBGM
The General Board of Global Ministries posts mission stories on its website.  The most recent Hallelujah Moment is from Rev. Rhett Thompson in Panama. 

To read Rev. Thompson’s story and view pictures of his mission there, go to http://list.gbgm-umc.org/t/1118452/56803/229/0/?u=aHR0cDovL2diZ20tdW1jLm9yZy9nbG9iYWxfbmV3cy
9mdWxsX2FydGljbGUuY2ZtP2FydGljbGVpZD01MDI4&x=a0769ebd


Successful churches wanted for UMCom story

Kathy Noble, editor of UMCom’s Interpreter Magazine, is looking for churches that have increasing adult Sunday School attendance for an upcoming story on Christian education.  She would like to know about churches that are having success in one of the following areas:

Suggestions for successful churches may be sent to Britt Bradley at bbradley@kswestumc.org, who will compile suggestions and forward them on to Kathy Noble.


Summer reading for musicians and pastors
A suggested reading list has been posted on the General Board of Discipleship website.

To view the list, go to http://www.gbod.org/worship/default.asp?act=reader&item_id=46426&loc_id=17,823.


Society of St. Andrew web store opens
The Society of St. Andrew is excited to announce the opening of their Web Store. The store features name-brand items with an embroidered SoSA shield. Every  purchase made in the SoSA store goes to help feed hungry people.

Visit the store online at http://endhunger.webstore.us.com/.


Leadership Nexus newsletter
Leadership Nexus, lead by United Methodist pastor Bob Pierson, has put out a new newsletter.  Among the items covered is information covering several development conferences (Leadership and Effective Management conference in Shreveport, LA; 2008 Large Church Initiative Senior Pastor's Retreat in Colorado; Traditional Worship conference in Houston; Creativity and the Church conference in Orlando) in the coming months.

To read the newsletter, visit http://www.leadershipnexus.net/newsletter.html.

 

Featured events

Human Trafficking seminar
The United Methodist Women of Bristol Hill UMC are hosting a lecture on human trafficking on July 10 at 7 p.m. The keynote speakers will be Carrie Buchmann, Human Trafficking case manager from Hope House, and Det. Jason Young and Det. Matt Fowler of the Independence Missouri Police Department Intelligence Unit. Together they spearhead the Human Trafficking Rescue Project. The registration deadline is July 3.

Get more information by visiting the event listing at www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2286.


School of Christian Mission – July 10-12
The Kansas East United Methodist Women are hosting a School of Christian Mission July 10-12 at Washburn University. Topics covered will include studies on Israel and Palestine, faith in Jesus, and indigenous peoples.

To view a brochure for the event and to register, visit http://www.kecumw.org/index_files/Page665.htm.


Project Transformation celebration dinner
At Conference, Creighton Alexander handed out invitations to the Celebration Dinner to be held at the end of this summer’s Project Transformation.  The dinner will be held on July 31, at Central UMC, 5144 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

Those interested in attending can RSVP to Katie Trinter, Director, at either projecttransformationkc@gmail.com or 785-550-1152.


D.C. Tour registration approaching
The DC Tour is spring break trip to Washingon, DC that is open to high school freshmen through seniors.  The cost is $1,000 per person, plus approximately $250 for additional spending money. Application due by August 1, and a required orientation will be held in January, 2009. 

For more information, visit www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2317.


South Central Jurisdiction immigration workshop
Bishop Minerva Carcaño of the Desert Southwest Conference will be a featured speaker at “Welcoming the Sojourner - Finding the Church’s Voice on Immigration” Sept. 11-13 in Conway, Arkansas.

Carcaño is chairperson of the United Methodist Council of Bishops committee on immigration. She also heads an interagency task force of the denomination that targets reform of U.S. immigration laws. 

The registration fee is $50. A Continuing Education Credit will be awarded for the event.

Get more information and register online at www.umc-gbcs.org/site/apps/nlnet/content.aspx?c=frLJK2PKLqF&b=3079307&content_id={3280FB37-09FA-41B7-9B69-8DD50FD040E1}&notoc=1.


GBPHB Empowering Ministries of Health event
The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits is hosting their Empowering Ministries of Health event September 21-24. The Kansas East Conference will send the two conference Benefits officers, the new chairperson of the Kansas Area Health and Wellness Committee on scholarship to the event.  

More information and registration for the event can be found at http://www.gbophb.org/events_education/events/
EmpoweringMinistriesofHealth.asp