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Communique 218 - Dec. 19, 2007 This newsletter was sent on: 12/19/2007


The Communique

News of the Kansas East Conference

#218 - December 19, 2007

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Dear Friends of the Kansas East Conference,  

The Kansas East Conference office will be closed Dec. 24-25 for the celebration of Christmas and Dec. 31 - Jan. 1 for the observance of the New Year holiday.

While the office will be open Dec. 26-28, only minimal staff will be present on those days. Other than for special needs, please try to reach conference staff on or before Dec. 21 or on or after Jan. 2. Thanks for your help and understanding!

The "Communique" will not be published again until Jan. 9.

Your conference staff wishes each of you a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!

Gary Beach
Director of Connectional Ministries

General News


Global mission experience:  Polish VIM director

One of the workshops you may choose to attend at the Global Mission Experience scheduled for Feb. 23 at Countryside UMC in Topeka will be led by Wojciech Ostrowski, the Volunteers In Mission director for the Methodist Church in Poland.


Our conference has had a special relationship with the UMC in Poland for many years, with a number of our congregations partnering a sister church in Poland.

Hear about the work of the UMC in Poland and discover ways you and/or your congregation can participate in the development of the UMC in a nation once behind the "Iron Curtain."


To read more about the UMC in Poland go to
To register for the Global Mission Experience, go to

Year-end deadlines for giving
IRS regulations permit a person to take a charitable gift deduction for any gift:

  • Post marked by Dec. 31, 2007
  • Charged to credit or debit card dated by Dec. 31, 2007
  • Gifts of stock/material, etc. received by the church by Dec. 31, 2007

Therefore, the church should be prepared to acknowledge or include these gifts on a member's 2007 gift statement. Churches then have five business days in January to remit apportionment or other gifts to the annual conference to receive credit for giving in the year 2007.

Such payments must be received at PO Box 1831 no later than Jan. 8 to be recorded in 2007 statements.

The local church may also make an electronic transfer of funds no later than Jan. 8. Call Jan Swift toll-free at 877-972-9111 to receive instructions.


I-Safe e-mail information
People who attended the sexual ethics training at First UMC in Topeka may have received an e-mail from I-Safe, a program that was introduced at the training. Following the instructions in the e-mail will enable them to access materials on the I-Safe website. This is not spam.


'Spirit of Faith Come Down' deadline is Friday
The deadline for applying for scholarships to attend the "2008 Congress on Evangelism: Spirit of Faith Come Down" Jan. 2-5 in Savannah, Ga., is Friday, Dec. 21. The conference Board of Discipleship has authorized $1,000 to be divided equally between applicants.


All requests for scholarships should be directed to:
Rev. Charlotte Coates, chairperson of KEC Board of Discipleship, at or call 620-378-2764.


Get the event details at


2000 Member Club deadline approaches
The deadline for existing churches to apply for 2008 building grants from the 2000 Member Club is Jan. 15.


Each year, a spring and fall "call" is issued to people who have accepted the challenge to be regular ($10) or sustaining ($25) members of the club. These small gifts translate into building grants of about $18,000 with each "call."


Go to to download guidelines and an application form.


If you would like to join the "2000 Member Club," contact Kay Inman at


Creating a plan for "Bridges to the Future" in local churches
Has your church been contacted to hear the "Bridges to the Future" story? In each district, a steering committee with trained pastors and lay people will be making a presentation in each church.


The goal is that all presentations be scheduled by Jan. 15, with presentations made and completed by March 15, and pledges received by April 30 to be ready for a wonderful campaign celebration at Annual Conference on June 4.




Effingham church serving as shelter
The Effingham Union Church is the shelter for the Effingham community. They have served approximately 1,200 meals.


The Kansas East Conference disaster relief team sent a generator for use while the power was out at the church. The church now has electricity, but many rural homes and farms are without power.


The church is now serving the linemen crews, which can number about 60 people who would otherwise have to travel 17 miles or more to find a warm meal.


Frank Scholarship at Candler School of Theology
Candler School of Theology hopes to ease the transition for members of the Kansas East, Kansas West and Missouri conferences interested in ordained ministry. Students from these conferences who demonstrate promise for ministry, academic ability and commitment to the pastorate of local congregations are eligible to receive the full-tuition Frank Scholarship.


Get more information about scholarships and download a scholarship brochure, which includes information on the Frank Scholarship, at


The application for the Frank Scholarship is March 1, 2008.


'Thank you' to Kansas East
Marc Jasperson, of Aldersgate Village, sent the following letter:


Dear Kansas East Conference Members,
You have generously supported the Aldersgate Village Good Samaritan Fund during the last year. As of December 1st, churches in the Conference have contributed $29,053 to help people who have exhausted their financial resources meet their basic human needs.


Year to date, 190 residents have been assisted at an expense of $651,183. Total contributions from all sources are $93,784. Your gifts have made a significant difference in the quality of life of our residents and are greatly appreciated.


The residents and staff of Aldersgate Village extend sincere thanks for your generous support. May peace, joy, hope and happiness be with you now and throughout the New Year!


Marc Jasperson
Aldersgate Village
Director of Development


UM college stars on the silver screen and in real life
little-known "David and Goliath" story is coming to life on the silver screen in the Christmas 2007-release "The Great Debaters."


Denzel Washington portrays Melvin B. Tolson, a Wiley College professor who in 1935 inspired students to form the school's first debate team and challenge the University of Southern California (shown as Harvard in the film) in a national championship.

Despite incredible odds, Wiley beat Southern California-and a score of other oratorical powerhouses.


Wiley College, located in Marshall, Texas, is one of the United Methodist denomination's 11 historically black colleges and universities, which graduate about a fourth of all African-American college students. For more than a century, these institutions have enriched minds and led the way in education, medicine, politics, religion and science.


Find out more about "The Great Debaters" and learn more about Wiley and other institutions supported by the Black College Fund at


Upper Room launches podcasts
Ever wonder about the story behind a writer's ideas and words? What led them to write about a topic? Does writing influence their spiritual life?


The Upper Room's new, free podcast, "Continuum," is a great way to stay current with new titles from favorite authors and from Upper Room Books.

Hear the firsthand stories from Upper Room authors by tuning in each month to "Continuum" at


GBOD releases

Activities for Christmas gatherings are featured on the General Board of Discipleship website.

Christmas Music Quiz,612,45


Christmas Carol Quiz,823



New Upcoming Events


Mount Sequoyah retreats
Get information about upcoming retreats at Mount Sequoyah Conference and Retreat Center in Fayetteville, Ark., at


Kansas Area Professional Seminar
Dr. Alyce McKenzie and Dr. Leonard Sweet will be the featured speakers at the 2008 Kansas Area Professional Seminar Jan. 15-18 at the Grand Prairie Hotel in Hutchinson. The theme will be "Ancient Insight in HD: Glimpsing wisdom in scripture and culture." CEUs will be available. 


Download a registration brochure from the event description on the conference calendar at

'Faithfully Fit Forever'
A "Faithfully Fit Forever" leader training session will be Feb. 16 at Lenexa UMC. People who want to start or lead this program at their local church are encouraged to attend.
Get more information and download an event flier at


'Source for Adult Workers with Young People' conference
The "Source for Adult Workers with Young People" will be Feb. 9 in Oklahoma City or March 1 in Des Moines, Iowa.


For more information, go to

Scholarships are available from the Kansas East Conference through the Christian Education Sunday offerings. A grant application is available at


Children's Ministry Forum
Looking for a fresh perspective, new ideas and skills for children's ministry? Are you longing to know more about how children grow as disciples? Are you new or have new staff for children's ministry in your church?


The 2008 Children's Ministry Forum, "But Now I See!," will be Feb. 26-28 in Richardson, Texas, will feature six sessions of workshops, intensive pre-conference seminars, inspirational worship and conversations with other leaders.


For more information, go to





Event Calendar



Visit the Conference Calendar for additional information and events not listed below.


December 2007


Christmas holiday

Dec. 24-25

Conference office closed


New Year's Eve

Dec. 31

Conference office closed


January 2008


New Year's Day

Jan. 1

Conference office closed


'Spirit of Faith Come Down'
Jan. 2-5, Savannah, Georgia


Racial/Ethnic Clergywomen's Consultation

Jan. 3-5

Airport Radisson Hotel, Los Angeles, Calif.


Perkins School of Youth Ministry
Jan. 7-10, Dallas, Texas


Kansas Area Professional Seminar
Jan. 15-17

Grand Prairie Hotel in Hutchinson

Amy Lippoldt,


Christian Educators Family Reunion
Jan. 17-18


Human Relations Day
Jan. 20


Martin Luther King Holiday
Jan. 21
Conference office closed


CCYM Spiritual Life Retreat
Jan. 25-27





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