Global mission experience: Global
Don't miss the "Global
Village" at the Global Mission Experience on Feb. 23 at the
Countryside UMC in Topeka. Booths featuring our missions
around the world will surround us as we eat in Countryside's
To make both the serving of lunch and the Global Village
experience less crowded, there will be a split lunch. Half of
those attending will have lunch and an opportunity to
experience "The Village," while the other half will
participate in a workshop. Then everyone will trade places. At
some of the villages you may find something to taste that is
native to that culture while at other villages you may find
arts and crafts for sale made by native people.
Please note the registration
deadline is Feb. 8. While morning "walk-ins" will be accepted,
the caterer will only prepare food for those registered by
To register for the Global
Mission Experience, go to http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0013YrjtuwyDQI16cpiiRfzQEy6YMGkMr4eunVtWZY0sgYejHMa_INx6S6EeDl_lVt2lXOFaTB5NJYPRQ_2vd3Wx4FaJ0UP0BnoAfnTW_z2NtWuAlWQKYSBFX2BX3DRsmtJbmfje_nXRbDU1OIjHlIZeXW0pDFtYeQBOIvJ42xilFtil82wdbYi921B9l2J68rA.
Local church energy
The 2007 Kansas East Annual
Conference voted that each local church and agency of the
Kansas East Conference complete an energy audit of their
buildings. Read the complete Conference Wide Energy Audit
petition online. Our thanks to Church and Society member
Marcia Toler of Bristol Hill UMC in Kansas City for her
research that discovered these.
The links below lead to audit materials that may be
helpful. The EPA to information that may be helpful toward
completing your energy audit.
Home Energy Saver: http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0013YrjtuwyDQIiiJKe69h3HkVpDBErLhGyctXPMHaNooVNusHWvLjG78xTTfQ4ba1aO_LzmETzQdrhb1hWxws2M_Zy8HAew6LRNhG1To07YTQ=
The Environmental Protection Agency of the US government
provides good manual with lots of information and checklists
at the back: http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0013YrjtuwyDQI6Z0NjJ47PrDCt1mDduyNVouuu34Skl4bJunnskBnCIskCofE2LipQiz5zzHiR3sw5IJlrN7vtkK3LmaedD2SofvDuDZIpsHAm-f7YWSDv2MvkgOf4aoas9eajgGm3aIOmtWmf7b33DLDmg2QuGN1JFdPds0E916fa9x80kfaFzg==
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (broader than just
energy usage) provides a much shorter manual but with a more
extensive checklist at the back: http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0013YrjtuwyDQJdHxU8ADRisZ2XILlxXgA90rs03J1MywWbnhasoimLvo8O9Q_uTDWPph9ffzEARgxAbixQk5Kct1Hpm3JUZV4EWv2MngAlVs2Jym5uePc2ahiE4qbsiTYxfZmVDOkObR4zjh8NOXNFcaGtDhgK5F-t
The Episcopal Diocese of Alabama's audit may be simplest in
approach and for some churches may be where they should start:
The Kansas East Conference Board
of Global Ministries announced that a portion of the funds
raised at the Bishop's Round-Up for Hunger is now being made
available to food pantries within the Kansas East Conference.
Apply for a grant at http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0013YrjtuwyDQLRGuh7riMKZY6lEKeY8-gKFG4piT8tF_pmIrjOBynyPvGYlf1TP-XtTmJlOME2MBA5EXPMKc8PScRaCwcyKoNBciALMr-TQVCgi1ABVi89kQ==.
Applications are due in the conference office by April
Each year, honors and awards are
presented at Annual Conference to people or churches for their
work in ministry. Torch Awards are presented for scouting.
Denman awards are presented to one lay person and one clergy
person who exemplify effectiveness in evangelism. Discipling
Church awards are presented to small, medium and large
congregations that meet standards of a breadth of ministry,
relative to their size, which creates disciples for Jesus
Go to http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0013YrjtuwyDQJnGIGgKMpA2I27PUjzW3UIwtcAlk5XKJlLy6Oj_IAqJ2BHtXK4Mt0ZymovC4CCOzf5on9sY9BBLRXD8gU3T52KM15yXDDYU1VLRlETta4WWYbzDS_-mUNNw3Lxv8V1nmAStbXgPtYiKg==
to read more about the awards and to download applications.
The United Methodist Health Ministry
Fund annually awards congregations that have ministries that
span three key dimensions of health: physical,
mental/emotional and social health.
Go to http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0013YrjtuwyDQILcDuAMpn5Qx6IoT5-udGXOk-XmxfVp58ucHRMlkqTnFJ1tDKPJ7B_maQnqF72DcxfB1PtsbgS5fqb2Z_IAIA07ZoclKyyta2ST-2NSuARyeuMaHQaocItzi4zQn-DqIs=
to read about the program and obtain application forms.
The application deadline is March
In the Kansas East Conference,
February is declared Youth Service Fund (YSF) month. Churches
are encouraged to help their youth raise money for this fund
that is run by youth and supports ministries of youth close at
home and around the world.
Go to http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0013YrjtuwyDQJO5tVTYWPZZcVjhJ_cq7ei4uEFbeStMWzxo-62Du0zE88oWSKZI6MzfqLo4aXnbHgTAcz0no4YXiYorMMA-41aFNlPjlv23w9Ot65FuUoVbUZfC-cbK5q3to7h8aWouDxfGib5elj5fA==
to read about the Youth Service Fund and download a brochure
that can be duplicated for distribution in your church and an
application that youth in your congregation may use to apply
for funds from the Youth Service Fund to support a ministry in
which they are participating.