Communique 283 - April 29,
2009 Annual Conference registration
online for the 2009 Kansas East Annual Conference at https://umcdata.com/dataHome.cfm?confpass=KSE&webCatPass=7
or download the forms for registration at www.kansaseast.org/acregistration.
Early-bird registration for Annual Conference ends May 15.
Annual Conference workbook available
preparation for pre-conference briefing and Annual Conference, order
or download the workbook and read through it in advance. Business
sessions can move quickly, and there may not be enough time to
digest the information on the spot.
This will be even more relevant this year because there will not
be legislative committees due to the limited number of items
requiring a vote. Everything will be addressed on the floor of the
The Annual Conference Workbook is available for purchase as a
hard copy with your registration and also is available to download
There will be a limited number of workbooks available for
purchase ($9) at the pre-conference briefings if you did not order
one with your registration or if you were unable to print it from
Child care registration for Annual Conference
Child care will be offered at the 2009 Annual
Conference for children up to age 12 and will be provided only for
those who pre-register by May 15.
Registration for child care is available by downloading the form
other information or to have the form mailed to you, contact Marve
Ralston at 785-760-3254 or email@example.com.
Deadline reminders for Annual Conference
presentations and/or promotional information for upcoming
events to be shown on the screen during Annual Conference must be
sent to Dave Pullin at firstname.lastname@example.org by May
Download presentation guidelines HERE.
Printed materials to promote upcoming events or
other materials for the registration packet must be sent by May 15
to Kay Inman at the conference office, P.O. Box 4187, Topeka, KS
Sign up for Health Walk
Sign up for the
second annual Kansas East Conference “Bishop’s Body-Mind-Spirit
Walk” when registering for Annual Conference.
Participants will gather with the bishop on Thursday morning,
June 4, for devotions at 6 a.m. at the arbor south of Harter Dining
Hall. The walk will begin at 6:15.
There is a $5 fee for the walk.
Food donation collection at Annual
Each church is invited to collect
non-perishable food items throughout the month of May to send to
Annual Conference with their pastor or lay member to annual
conference. This special collection is being sponsored by the Kansas
Area United Methodist Rural Fellowship (KAUMRF) as a way to help the
many who continue to be affected by the difficult financial times.
Collection will occur only on Wednesday in the parking lot
across from Collins, and only food items will be accepted.
To complete a form with the church and district name, church
phone number and approximate value of the food, download the form HERE.
Agencies benefiting from the donations will be Amistad y Fe in
Topeka, Ogden Friendship House and Wesley House in Pittsburg.
For additional information, contact Rev. Ronald Williams at
785-587-4122 or at email@example.com.
Protecting local church’s exemption from property
State law provides property tax exemption to
church property (buildings, grounds and vehicles) provided such
property is used exclusively for the exempt religious purposes.
To qualify for property tax exemption your church property must
meet both of these requirements:
1. the property must be actively used;
2. such use must be exclusively for religious purposes.
If a church has purchased land for eventual church expansion, and
the land is allowed to set idle and is not used by the church, then
that land is not exempt from property taxes. The land must be
“actively and exclusively used” for the exempt religious purposes.
However, if the church lays out sports fields, picnic areas, etc.
that are used by the church in its on-going religious programs and
activities, then the land is exempt from property taxes.
church parsonage is exempt from property taxes so long as it is used
to provide housing to the clergy or church staff. However, should
the church rent the parsonage to the general public, the parsonage
is no longer exempt from property taxes. Or, if the current pastor
does not live in the parsonage, and the church does not otherwise
use the parsonage in its programs and ministry, then the parsonage
is no longer exempt from property taxes.
The same applies to
the church when space is rented out for use by for-profit groups or
non-religious groups. For example, a church rents out an activities
room to a for-profit business that holds exercise or dance classes.
The church building is not being used “exclusively” for its
religious purposes and might lose its property-tax exemption on the
The church might provide a vehicle to their
clergy. If the clergy are permitted to drive the vehicle for
personal trips, then the vehicle is not exempt from property taxes.
This is true even if the church requires the clergy to “reimburse”
the church the cost of such personal use. Because the vehicle is not
“exclusively” used for the church’s religious purposes, the vehicles
are not exempt from property taxes.
PSU campus ministry gets kitchen make-over with Bridges
The United Methodist campus ministry house at
Pittsburg State University has received a kitchen make-over from
Bridges to the Future funds. The 1960s-era building has been well
used with limited maintenance and no updates. Students and
volunteers to the program have contended with declining conditions
in the kitchen that included collapsing cabinets and counters, a
sink that was propped up by a makeshift brace, a worn out floor and
limited work space.
Read more at www.kansaseast.org/news_detail.asp?pkvalue=508.
Court OKs lease for Bush library
Methodist Church’s top court has ruled Southern Methodist University
can lease campus property for the George W. Bush presidential
library, museum and public policy institute.
The Judicial Council in its spring meeting said the agreement
between the United Methodist-related school and the George W. Bush
Foundation does not violate church law. Critics opposed to many
policies of the Bush administration, including the war in Iraq,
argued placing the institute on SMU property would be inconsistent
with church teaching.
Rev. Jeannie Trevino-Teddlie, director of the Mexican-American
program at SMU's Perkins School of Theology, made the original
request for a legal decision, contending the lease would subsidize
“a specific political and ideological point of view.”
Learn more at www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=2429867&ct=6941511&tr=y&auid=4795404.
Don’t fuel genocide in Darfur
realize that when they invest in mutual funds, many times those
funds are in turn investing their savings in the companies that are
helping to fund the genocide in Darfur. When they realize this, they
are usually upset and anxious to take action.
Investors Against Genocide was formed to provide an opportunity
for individual investors to collectively take significant action
through shareholder proposals. These are free, easy, confidential
and have tremendous leverage.
Find out more at www.umc-gbcs.org/site/apps/nlnet/content.aspx?c=frLJK2PKLqF&b=5119581&ct=6941623&tr=y&auid=4795149.
DVD, new books provide help with ordained
A new DVD provides moving accounts by elders,
deacons, chaplains and pastoral counselors about what it means to be
called to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church.
“Ordained Ministry in The United Methodist Church,” a DVD and
accompanying brochure, is one of several new and revised resources
available from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
New and revised books are “The Christian as Minister,” updated for
the 2009-2012 quadrennium; “Understanding God’s Call: A Ministry
Inquiry Process;” and “Fulfilling God’s Call: Guidelines for
Candidacy.” A booklet, “Preparing for God’s Call: United Methodist
Schools of Theology,” provides descriptions of the 13 United
Methodist schools of theology and their programs.
Find out more at www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=2433457&ct=6929297.
Resources available for congregations in challenging
The Lewis Center for Church Leadership has a new
set of resources to help congregations with ministry in challenging
times. The 2009 “Funding Your Congregations' Vision Resource
Package” covers topics from moving from a “pay the bills” to a “live
the vision” mentality to preparing a spiritual foundation for
giving. The package also includes presentations by Lewis Center
Director Lovett H. Weems, Jr. and Wesley Seminary President David
McAllister-Wilson, as well as a series of PowerPoint presentations,
templates, handouts and other resources useful in congregational
settings. The presentations are available in audio or video format,
with other documents on a CD.
Ordering information is available www.churchleadership.com/resources/bookstore.html.
Featured resources from Abingdon Press
“Upside Living in a Downside Economy,” pastor and
author Mike Slaughter offers insight into seeking God's perspective
in our daily money concerns. With clarity and a servant's heart,
Slaughter addresses vital topics such as financial and spiritual
investments, personal motivation and God's will, money and marriage,
and determining priorities.
In “The Balancing Act,” a collection of thirty
short and insightful devotional readings originally written for his
blog at http://www.fivepractices.org/, Bishop Robert
Schnase invites readers to take a daily look at how to watch for and
include God in their lives. Topics include spiritual attentiveness,
life goals and prayer. Readings will be grouped under weekly themes
and include group discussion questions with each of the 30
The “Enough Stewardship Program Guide,” based on
"Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity" by Rev.
Adam Hamilton, is designed for church-wide and small-group studies.
Leaders will be equipped with a campaign timeline, sample
communication pieces, sermon series notes and artwork for PowerPoint
Get prices and order at http://www.abingdonpress.com/.
Classified ads online
Classified ads are
posted on the conference website, including:
- Accompanist, Bristol Hill UMC in Kansas City
See all the current classifieds in the News & Events section
‘Songwriters Showcase,’ May 1
Domann and friends will perform May 1 at 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s UMC,
6422 Santa Fe Drive in Overland Park. There will be a free-will
Clergy, lay members
and alternate lay members to Annual Conference are invited and
encouraged to attend a pre-conference briefing. The briefings are an
opportunity to discuss legislative items, ask questions and share
different perspectives on issues that affect the Kansas East
Five Rivers District: May 2, 10
a.m.-noon, First UMC, 203 East 4th, Ottawa
Flint Hills District: May 2, 1-4 p.m.,
Council Grove UMC, 21 N. Mission, Council Grove
Kansas City District: May 17, 3 p.m.,
Monticello UMC, 23860 W. 75th St., Shawnee
Parsons District: May 3, 2 p.m., Faith
UMC, 3035 Crawford, Parsons
Topeka District: May 17, 3 p.m.,
Evangel UMC, 227 Pennsylvania, Holton
‘Smart Marriages’ conference, July 8-11
“Smart Marriages” conference will be July 8-11 in Orlando, Fla. The
early-bird deadline is May 15.
Information about the event is available at www.smartmarriages.com/conferencedetails.html.
Visit the conference calendar at www.kansaseast.org/calendar.asp
for additional events.