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Communique 265 – Dec. 10, 2008


Camp Chippewa staff expresses thanks

The Camp Chippewa Director, Site Director, staff and Camping Ministry Area Team have written a note of appreciation for the support of Camp Chippewa through the Bridges to the Future campaign. Funding for the Frogge Shelter House was approved by the Leadership Team in October, and a request for funding for the Swan Creek North Cabin will be made when the funding need is determined by the bids.

“On behalf of Camp Chippewa we wish convey our most sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Bridges to the Future capital campaign. Our Camping Ministry Area Team met in November and approved plans presented by our Site Director, Clancy Moore, to start with (Swan Creek) North Cabin as the first of the five existing cabins scheduled for renovation and refurbishing. We are currently awaiting bids, building permits, and final planning stages to take shape so we can begin as soon as possible. We are on schedule to start on the ‘Frogge’ Shelter house in January, which is located near the swimming pool and bathhouse area.

“In 2009 we will be visioning the future, setting strategic directions and analyzing Camp Chippewa’s current status and conditions in a world of constantly changing expectations and requirements. We prayerfully hope that the improvements we make will have a lasting, positive effect on everyone who comes to visit our site and facilities. Thanks again from the depth of our hearts!”


K-State Wesley new building article
Thanks to the Bridges to the Future capital campaign, Kansas State University United Methodist campus ministry has purchased a new building at 1001 Sunset Ave., on the northwest corner of Sunset Ave. and College in Manhattan. The purchase of this building will help the campus ministry ignite more ministry on the KSU campus as it reaches more students with its new location, space and facilities.

“A building of this size and in this kind of location lets students know that something is happening, that the United Methodist Church is making an investment in K-State campus ministry, and that we are here to stay,” said campus minister Rev. Matt Stone.

To read more about the new building and how the Kansas State campus ministry plans to use it, visit

United Methodist Council of Bishops signs letter calling for Holy Land peace
The United Methodist Council of Bishops is among a broad spectrum of U.S. Christian leaders who have appealed to President-elect Barack Obama to make Israeli-Palestinian peace an immediate priority during his first year in office. The spectrum of American Christian leaders ranges from Catholic and Orthodox traditions to mainline Protestant, Evangelical and historic African-American churches and institutions.

In a Dec. 1 letter sent to President-elect Obama as well as key members of his transition team and newly unveiled national security team, the leaders urged the incoming administration to “provide sustained, high-level diplomatic leadership toward the clear goal of a final status agreement” that will establish a viable Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel.

To read more about the letter, view the full article at

Ozawkie church provides food and clothes through Heaven’s Closet ministry
Members of Way of The Cross United Methodist Church in Ozawkie have created a food pantry and clothes closet at their church building in Jefferson County. The ministry was started by Molly Bostick, a student at Kansas State University who grew up in the church. In one year, Heaven’s Closet distributed 2300 pounds of food and served 543 local families, and operates completely independently of the church’s budget.

To read the entire article about Heaven’s Closet, download the PDF file at

United Methodist churches offer hospitality and services for inauguration
United Methodist churches in and around Washington D.C. are opening their doors to those coming to the capital for the Presidential inauguration in January. Floorspace will be available for overnight stays, and churches will be open during the day for prayer and reflection. Area churches are also hosting workshops and presentations on the themes of change and current social issues.

For more information on the options available, visit

Submit your Interpreter subscription list by Dec. 16
The deadline is drawing near for churches to assure that their new and continuing leaders receive the January-February 2009 issue of Interpreter magazine. Lists of subscribers received by Tuesday, Dec. 16, will be virtually guaranteed to receive the January-February issue. Forms submitted after the deadline will result in a delay in the starting of those subscriptions.

Subscription forms are to be submitted directly to United Methodist Communications rather than to the district office. If Interpreter forms were submitted through district superintendents, please check to see that it has been entered.

United Methodist congregations are each entitled to ten World Service Fund-paid subscriptions to Interpreter magazine (five print copies delivered to the recipients’ mailbox, five delivered digitally via e-mail). Additional subscriptions are available for $8 each. Lists of leaders now receiving the magazine, help with on-line enrollment, and GCFA numbers and passwords are available through Customer Service at United Methodist Communications, (888) 346-3862, or

Gift-givers asked to expand Fair Trade market this Christmas
The Global Exchange Fair Trade Campaign is calling on consumers to pledge to buy some or all holiday gifts with the Fair Trade Certified label this Christmas. Fair Trade Certified gifts and commodities ensure that farmers and artisan cooperatives are paid prices adequate to live in dignity, access health care and education, and work toward escaping poverty.

"Every time you give a Fair Trade gift, you are sharing information about Fair Trade with someone who might have never heard of Fair Trade products, encouraging them to start buying Fair Trade, too," said Adrienne Fitch-Frankel, campaign director.

Fair Trade retailers are listed at TransFair USA at and the Fair Trade Federation at
To review Global Exchange's Fair Trade holiday gift offerings, visit

Child advocacy blog available on GBOD website
The General Board of Discipleship hosts several blogs on a variety of topics related to the development of Christ-like attitudes. One such blog writes on ministry with young children. The December posting in this blog mentions a book by Diane C. Olson and Laura Dean F. Friedrich, Weaving A Just Future for Children, that touches on issues critical to caring for children and practical ways of advocating for children. Weaving A Just Future for Children includes a study guide, thought provoking questions, and dozens of resources to support those advocating on behalf of children.

To view this blog, visit

Free Contemporary Worship Music Downloads from GBOD
The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) offers the following songs and music in contemporary worship style as free downloads. These contemporary worship songs are provided by practicing musicians in local churches from a number of countries.

View a listing of these hymns at,897,1190&act=nav_loc.

To view a list of traditional hymns that can be used for blended & contemporary worship, visit,897,899&act=nav_loc.


Bell tower contractor for Saffordville UMC
Saffordville UMC is beginning a restoration project for their church building and is seeking a contractor who is knowledgeable about bell towers. If anyone has information about persons or companies who have expertise in bell tower repair and restoration, please contact Pastor Lori Schwilling at 620.273.6832 or email

View the complete classifieds listing on the conference website at

For more conference classifieds, visit

Featured Events

Seminars available for Lay Speakers
Several seminar courses for lay speakers will be offered at University UMC in Topeka January 16-17. Courses include Basic certified lay speaker training, Evangelism & Witness, Pastoral &Congregational Care, and Stewardship.

For registration application and more information on the seminars, view the brochure at

Bridging the Gap, Jan. 22-24 in Arlington, Texas
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry will present an event in the South Central Jurisdiction to examine the history of Wesley and higher education, development of student leadership, vocation and discernment, resources through church relationships, and opportunities for UM loans and scholarships. Breakout groups will include sessions on vocation and discernment, church relations, student leadership, loans and scholarships, and John Wesley and higher education. One of goals of the events is to consider how to increase the number of United Methodist students enrolled in United Methodist-related schools, colleges and universities.

Get more information and register at

Legislative Event for Advocacy in Faith
Those interested in justice-related issues facing the Kansas Legislature, including immigration, homelessness, economic justice and health reform, are invited to attend the Legislative Event for Advocacy in Faith.
Scholarships are available for youth and young adults aged 15-21 who are interested in making changes in the political world through faith advocacy. More information on the scholarships can be found at

View the event schedule and registration form in the brochure at

Visit the conference calendar at for more upcoming events.

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