Communique 257 - Oct. 8,
Camp Chippewa marks 50th anniversary
Chippewa celebrated 50 years of camping ministry Sept. 27 with food
and fellowship, fun and worship. The celebration gave people a
chance to share how Camp Chippewa impacted their lives.
Share the fun at www.kansaseast.org/news_detail.asp?PKValue=485.
Aldersgate Village looks to the
Aldersgate Village, a ministry of the Kansas East
Conference, is positioning itself to care for a new generation of
older adults through planning and strengthening connections with the
Kansas East Conference.
Find out more at www.kansaseast.org/news_detail.asp?PKValue=484.
‘After the Storm’
The national United
Methodist Church website, http://www.umc.org/, has a slideshow of photos
documenting the damage caused by Hurricane Ike. You can view the
slideshow at http://media.umcom.org/umns/20081002_ike_slideshow/.
Lack of donations challenges Ike relief
though the Sept. 13 storm left behind miles of demolished homes,
businesses and churches along the Texas Gulf Coast, the Wall Street
debacle and presidential debates stole its thunder in the national
Hurricane Ike damaged more than 200 United Methodist structures
in the Texas Annual Conference, making it the biggest disaster the
conference has faced to date.
“For communities recovering from Hurricane Rita just three years
ago, Ike’s blow threatens to overwhelm their sense of confidence in
the future,” said Bishop Janice Riggle Huie. “In addition, the
economic uncertainty in our nation and world is eliciting anxiety in
“It is still too early to have a good number, but I fully expect
our donations will be down,” Huie said. “Folk outside of
Houston/Galveston/Beaumont are wondering, ‘What hurricane?’ I’m
preparing for the worst, working for the best and hoping for at
least somewhere in between.”
Read more at http://tinyurl.com/4hqbdu.
‘Knowing Your Community, Defining Your
According to Joy Skjegstad, getting to know the
community that your congregation will focus on is a critical step in
defining your mission. To start, work on getting answers to several
key questions: What are the primary issues in your community? How do
the people in the community want the church to respond to those
issues? And probably most important: do the people in your community
actually want the ministry you are proposing? Your congregation will
be most successful if you can answer yes to this question.
Read the entire article at www.alban.org/conversation.aspx?id=6484.
KEC disaster response update
disaster response e-newsletter has been posted. Julie Pohl,
conference disaster response coordinator, has issued a request for
volunteer teams for several areas in the United Sates following the
summer flooding, hurricanes and tornadoes. There is truly an
opportunity for service for everyone.
Get more information in the “Disaster Response Update” at www.kansaseast.org/newsletter_detail.asp?TableName=oNewsletter_Archive_HP9B4E&PKValue=387.
D. Min. cohort at Saint Paul School of
Saint Paul School of Theology is offering a D.
Min. degree with a Wesleyan Spirituality, Leadership and
Congregational Renewal track. Beginning in January, the cohort group
will focus on spiritual growth and vibrant community, the insights
of John and Charles Wesley as historical and contemporary Wesleyan
practitioners, and congregational social outreach and
Leaders include Dr. Henry H. Knight III, Donald and Pearl Wright
Professor of Wesleyan Studies and Dr. Robert Martin, Lovett H.
Weems, Jr. Associate Professor of Church Leadership and Practical
Theology. Learn more by visiting http://www.spst.edu/ or calling 800-825-0378.
The application deadline has been extended to Nov. 1.
Laity Sunday resources
Resources for Laity
Sunday, Oct. 19, are available online at www.gbod.org/worship/default.asp?act=reader&item_id=3063.
Classified ads online
Classified ads are
posted on the conference website, including:
Executive Registrar for Board of
See all the current classifieds in the News & Events section
Emergency Preparedness Fair, Oct. 11
of the Resurrection will host the Emergency Preparedness Fair Oct.
11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Classes are free and will cover a wide range of topics designed
to prepare both clergy and laity for disasters at the community
level as well as the personal level. Classes will include basic and
early disaster response, first aid and CPR, chainsaw safety,
preparedness for seniors and the disabled, and how to write a plan
for your church to survive disaster.
Find out more at www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2407.
Good $ense training, Oct. 17-18
Area United Methodist Foundation with the Kansas East and West
conferences’ boards of discipleship will present Good $ense: The
Leader/Teacher Budget Course Training Oct. 17-18 at the Candlewood
Suites in Emporia.
The Good $ense ministry provides practical tools to address the
challenging topic of finances in a grace-filled, life-giving way.
The hands-on course teaches how to honor God by becoming a diligent
earner, generous giver, wise saver, cautious debtor and prudent
The registration fee is $75 for first registrant and $25 for each
additional person from the same church.
Find out more and download a registration brochure at www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2457.
The registration deadline is Oct. 13.
Lunch with Linda Mercadante, Oct. 20
wonder why people don’t come to church, but say they believe in
Are you concerned about how to meet the religious needs of the
In what ways does the church need to change, or not change, to be
a beacon for the young people in our communities?
What can a church the size of the one I serve do to compete with
all the other activities that interest people?
Rev. Dr. Linda Mercadante, Methodist Theological School in Ohio
Professor of Theology, will speak Oct. 20 at Kansas Wesleyan
University in Salina about the phenomena concerning people who
consider themselves “spiritual but not religious” affects
The cost is $10, which includes lunch.
For more information, go to http://tinyurl.com/5xofbe.
Preaching from the Center, Oct. 24-27
General Board of Discipleship will present Preaching from the Center
Oct. 24-27 in Albuquerque, N.M., in conjunction with the 40th
anniversary convocation of Christian Educators
There is still time to register. Speakers include
Ronald Allen, Marjorie Suchocki, Marjorie Thompson, Osvaldo Vena and
environmentalist Bill McKibben.
For more information, go to
or contact Jeannie Musterman toll free at 877-899-2780 ext.
Spiritual directors retreat, Oct. 27-30
Fellowship of United Methodist Spiritual Directors & Retreat
Leaders will host a retreat Oct. 27-30 in Alexandria, La.
The retreat is focused on spirituality and transition: personal
transitions, transitions within the local and greater church, and
spiritual direction as a ministry from which to tend and lead
through those transitions—personal, congregational and communal.
For more information, go to www.fumsdrl.org/Future%20Gatherings.htm.
Certified Lay Minister Course, Nov. 14-15
Center for the Small Membership Church is offering classes for
people who are want to learn more about pastoring a church.
The November class schedule includes:
United Methodist Theology and Doctrine, Camp Chippewa near
Ottawa, Nov. 14-15. The class will explore the theology and doctrine
of the Christian church and the contributions of the United
Methodist Church. The instructor will be Rev. Jim Darby.
For more information, go to www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2464.
Visit the conference calendar at www.kansaseast.org/calendar.asp
for more upcoming events.