Communique 260 – Oct. 29,
Davids, Youth Ministries director:
We need the youth of the Kansas
East Conference! In March 2009, we are visiting the new president on
his turf in Washington DC. We have great accommodations lined up,
and we will be seeing all kinds of sites in the Washington DC area.
The United Methodist Church is the
only denomination with a building so close to our government. We
will be able to see our government in action and see how we as
United Methodists can influence our country and our world!
Join us for a transforming trip of
a lifetime. Check out testimonies of previous participants on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=27587838709&ref=ts. This trip
will change the way you view politics and government. Come with
More information about the trip is
available at http://kesite.brickriver.com/page.asp?pkvalue=1018.
Applications are due Nov.
Tents for Darfur at Emporia First UMC
22, children took turns standing around the perimeter of a tent at
First UMC in Emporia, while adults traced their outlines and showed
their linked hands in a symbolic “around-the-world” theme.
The effort is a project that evolved from a recently formed joint
study group of members of the church and Kansas East Conference
The group had decided to study a book, “Not on Our Watch,” by Don
Cheadle and John Prendergast. It details the genocide and suffering
currently happening in Darfur in western Sudan.
Coincidentally—or perhaps not coincidentally—an e-mail was sent
out a few weeks ago, alerting churches to the crisis situation in
Darfur and some ways in which church members could help by
contributing through the “Tents of Hope” organization.
The local group chose to purchase large tents that can be used as
classrooms, meeting rooms, or, if needed, as housing for the
displaced families in Darfur.
Read more at www.emporiagazette.com/news/2008/oct/23/tents_darfur/.
Bishops seek feedback on episcopal-area
An online survey is available for clergy and
laity of the South Central Jurisdiction to give feedback to the SCJ
College of Bishops as they plan for new episcopal area boundaries in
2012 due to a reduction in the number of bishops by one.
To participate in the survey, go to www.churchleadership.com/scj.html.
Women older than 35
who have received a bachelor of arts or equivalent degree, are
enrolled full time in a University Senate-accredited school of
theology in the master of divinity degree program, and who are
currently certified as candidates for ordained ministry as an elder
in the United Methodist Church are encouraged to apply for a $5,000
Georgia Harkness Scholars award. This funding can be applied to
tuition, fees, and room and board for the basic seminary degree
leading to elder’s ordination.
Applications and required documents must be received by March 1,
2009. The award is not available for undergraduate, D. Min., or
Find out more at www.gbhem.org/site/c.lsKSL3POLvF/b.3876391/.
KU wins second Cat-Hawk Challenge
University of Kansas team won the second Cat-Hawk Challenge by
raising $14,255. The Kansas State University team raised $12,970,
producing a total of $27,225 for United Methodist campus ministries
at both schools.
The fund-raiser was Oct. 18 at the Marriott Hotel in Overland
The KU team was coached by Mary Lou Reece, and Rev. Jim Reed
coached the K-State team.
See photos from the event at www.kansaseast.org/photo_page.asp?TableName=oPictures_Pages_HSBCSF&PKValue=35.
Meditations for lighting
the Advent wreath candles are available on the GBOD worship site
New witness liturgies
The 2008 General
Conference added "witness" to the United Methodist membership vows.
Kwasi Kena of the GBOD staff has written a litany around witnessing,
We Will Witness: Liturgies for New United Methodist Church
‘Church Music: Vocation or
American poet Robert Frost wrote that a
worthy reason for living is to unite our vocation with our
avocation. This article discusses what that might mean for church
Read the article at www.gbod.org/worship/default.asp?act=reader&item_id=46881&loc_id=17,1003.
General Council on Finance & Administration
The General Council on Finance and Administration
is currently conducting a survey on the usage of their website. The
survey is available online through Oct. 31. To participate, go to http://www.gcfa.org/.
Military chaplains extend church’s global outreach
Military commanders stationed in countries along the
Pacific Rim say they would not think of going into war without the
chaplains who serve as their treasured "battle buddies."
"I need chaplains to take care of the soldiers so I can take care
of their training," said Col. Jeffery K. Ludwig, deputy commanding
officer of the U.S. Army's 19th Sustainment Command in Deaju,
Chaplaincy is the Army's second oldest division behind the
infantry. These unique officers guarantee religious freedom for U.S.
troops while providing spiritual care through a diversity of
Read more at www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=2072519&ct=6242405.
Self-care workshop, Nov. 5
Methodist Health Ministry Fund is sponsoring a free workshop Nov. 5
at Wesley UMC in Parsons for Kansas clergy. The workshop will help
individuals examine their current choices within the areas of
mental/emotional, physical, social and spiritual health.
For more information and to register online, go to www.healthfund.org/selfcare.php or contact the
Health Ministry Fund office at 620-662-8586.
United Methodist Student Day, Nov. 30
in the future of the United Methodist Church through the Student Day
offering Nov. 30 to help students unite faith with knowledge.
For many students, this financial assistance is critical to
attaining higher education. Each year the number of applicants
continues to rise – furthering the need for more financial
assistance. Imagine being able to provide assistance for everyone.
That is the goal of United Methodist Student Day.
Each year, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
awards scholarships and loans to students attending United Methodist
and other accredited colleges and universities through the United
Methodist Student Day offering. In addition, a portion of the United
Methodist Student Day offering is returned to annual conferences for
merit scholarship awards to students of their choosing.
Kansas East Conference student Luke Wetzel has received the Rev.
Dr. Karen Layman Gift of Hope scholarship.
Find out more about Student Day and get downloadable resources
Visit the conference calendar at www.kansaseast.org/calendar.asp
for more upcoming events.