Communique 264 – Dec. 3,
Ron Williams, statistician for
Bishop’s Roundup, reported to me that the response for this year’s
Roundup was excellent and that food donations increased by 30% from
2007, bringing the level of donations back up to that of 2006. On
behalf of the entire committee for Bishop’s Roundup, he gives thanks
to the local churches, members and conference staff that
participated in this year’s Roundup.
Eudora UMC damaged by
A fire at Eudora UMC caused damage in the
sanctuary and smoke damage throughout the building. The fire started
around 2:15 p.m. Nov. 24. There were no reported injuries. The
congregation had consecrated the new church building just a few
The "Lawrence Journal-World" has a
news story on the fire at www2.ljworld.com/news/2008/nov/24/firefighters-respond-fire-eudora-methodist-church/.
Last day to receive
2008 Mission and Ministry apportionment payments
churches and church treasurers should note that January 8, 2009, is
the last day that the Conference will receive and process payments
for 2008 Mission and Ministry apportionments. Under Conference
policies, payment must be received at the Post Office Box 1831 or at
the Conference Center, 4201 SW 15th Street, Topeka by close of
business January 8, 2009. If a payment is received after that date,
it will be processed as a 2009 receipt.
All questions should
be directed to the Conference Treasurer’s Office at 877-972-9111 or
2009 IRS mileage
reimbursement rates changing
Beginning January 1,
2009, the standard mileage rates for the use of a vehicle will
• 55 cents per mile for business miles driven
cents per mile for medical or moving purposes
• 14 cents per mile
driven in service of charitable organizations
Kansas Area receives $1.1
million leadership grant
The Kansas Area United Methodist
Church has received a $1.1 million grant from the Kansas Health
Foundation to fund the Faith and Leadership Initiative, a
multi-program initiative designed to provide leadership
opportunities for members and leaders within the church and enhance
the church’s commitment to social justice and public
The initiative was designed through
a joint effort by the church, the Foundation and the Kansas
Leadership Center (KLC).
“Through this grant we see a
significant opportunity to engage and revitalize the church through
leadership training and public health issues,” Bishop Scott Jones
said. “This is a unique partnership, and the Kansas Area United
Methodist Church looks forward to continuing to work with the
Foundation and KLC to ensure its success. We anticipate our leaders
and members improving their ability to become even more engaged in
the important local and health issues facing their
To read the rest of the news
release, visit www.kansaseast.org/news_detail.asp?pkvalue=492.
New Scholarship Event
Offered by Emory's Candler School of Theology
Emory University's Candler School
of Theology has created a new scholarship event called Leadership
Candler that will bring together prospective master of divinity
students from across the country and the world. They will be
considered for the school's most prestigious scholarships, including
the Robert W. Woodruff Fellowships in Theology and Ministry and the
Margaret A. Pitts Scholarships.
Thirty-five applicants will be
invited to visit campus the weekend of March 1-3, 2009, with all
expenses paid to experience Candler firsthand, says Shonda Jones,
Candler's assistant dean of admissions and financial aid.
While on campus, applicants will
participate in activities designed to help them "discern their
vocations more clearly, offer insights on how to deepen their
education, and develop practical skills for creative and faithful
leadership," says Jones. The weekend will include visits to classes,
conversations with faculty, a campus tour, interaction with current
students and staff, group discussions, interviews with scholarship
committees and opportunities to spend time with future
To read the whole article and for
more information about the scholarship, visit: www.emory.edu/home/news/releases/2008/11/new-scholarship-event-at-theology-school.html
For more information about the
Candler School of Theology, visit:
Team members sought for
mission trip to Tanzania
Old Mission UMC invites Kansas Area
United Methodists for a mission trip to Tanzania. The team will
travel to Tanzania with Lifetree Adventures Group Work Camp July
6-18, 2009, to work in Oldeani building a school and clearing an
unused coffee plantation to make sport fields. Participants 16 years
or older are welcome.
The trip will also include a visits
to a game park, Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge, which contains
some of the oldest fossils found in the world.
The approximate cost of the trip
will be $7,000, the majority of which is tax-deductible. The cost of
the trip helps provide building materials for the site and includes
airfare, flights in Africa, meals and accommodations.
To register for the trip or for
more information, contact Rev. Pam Harris at 913-677-4925 or
email@example.com by Jan. 31.
NCC presents Christmas
The “Voices of Christmas,”
presented by the National Council of Churches, will air at 11:35
p.m. on Christmas Eve on the CBS television network. This colorful
holiday special features music and testimonies from a wide variety
of faith groups related to the National Council of Churches—from
Baptist, Lutheran, and Presbyterian to Brethren, Methodist and
Orthodox—in celebration of 100 years of Christian ecumenism in the
United States. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, new general secretary of the
Council, will be the host.
Find out more about this and other
NCC holiday specials at www.ncccusa.org/news/081124nccholidayspecials.html.
Dean McIntyre has posted a song, “A Christmas
Lament,” the lyrics born from a sense of personal loss and
exhaustion during the holiday season, at www.gbod.org/worship/default.asp?act=reader&item_id=47057&loc_id=17,823.
Classified ads are posted on the
conference website, including:
Associate pastor in Christian
education, Asbury UMC in Prairie Village
See all the current classifieds in
the News & Events section at www.kansaseast.org/classifieds_find.asp.
Alternative Gift Ideas from
"Give Ye Them To Eat"
"Give Ye Them To Eat" (Advance
Special # 07629A) is an Integrated Development Program led by Terry
and Muriel Henderson that has served vulnerable families in need in
the rural sector of Mexico for more than 30 years. Through GYTTE,
villagers and students are offered training in health, community,
agricultural and livestock development as well as church and faith
GYTTE is an important mission that
has been supported by the Kansas East Conference for many years.
This Christmas, churches and members of the conference can continue
to support the mission through alternative gifts. A few of the
alternative gifts that would support this mission include
scholarships to teacher training workshops ($20), agricultural
workshops ($80), First Aid supplies ($50), and Advent and Christmas
materials for one church ($10).
For more information on alternative
gifts that would benefit the Give Ye Them To Eat mission, download
the PDF document at http://ke.brickriver.com/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/giftmarket08
conference for workers in children’s ministry
bird registration for the FOCUS conference ends December 31. FOCUS
is the quadrennial conference for those in ministry for children.
The 2009 conference is based on the scripture "fearfully and
wonderfully made" from Psalm 139. The conference is July 21-24,
2009, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and includes innovative workshops,
unique worship experiences, inspiring preachers, dynamic speakers,
relevant resources, and networking opportunities that will support
the creation, renewal and revitalization ministries locally and
The primary audience for FOCUS is
local church staff and laity involved with children’s ministries,
including children’s ministers, pastors, music ministers, weekday
preschool directors and teachers, seminarians, and conference staff.
For more information regarding
FOCUS 2009, please visit www.gbod.org/focus2009.
Visit the conference
calendar at www.kansaseast.org/calendar.asp for more upcoming