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Communique 275 – March 4, 2009

From Kay Inman, administrative assistant for the Kansas East Conference:

Rev. Julienne Judd, a mentor in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC) is requesting help. An OIMC pastor whom she mentors needs two books for the Course of Study at Southern Methodist University that are no longer in print:

"Spiritual Wholeness for Clergy," by Donald Hands and Wayne Fehr
"The Shelter of Each Other: Rebuilding Our Families," by Mary Pither

Although the books may be available through a specialty book seller, she would like to avoid that since her funds are very limited.

If anyone has either or both books be would be willing to loan them to Rev. Judd, please contact her right away at


United Methodists clean up after Oklahoma tornados
United Methodists are continuing to assist cleanup and salvage operations following the tornados that struck Oklahoma on Feb. 10-11. Particularly hard hit was the Lone Grove community, just west of Ardmore in southern Oklahoma, where a tornado killed eight people, demolished 118 homes and damaged an additional 50 homes. The Lone Grove tornado passed about 400 yards east of the local United Methodist church, which was undamaged. The United Methodist Committee on Relief sent an initial $10,000 emergency grant to the denomination’s Oklahoma Annual Conference.


Starvation affects millions in Kenya
As many as 10 million Kenyans, a majority of them children, are dying due to pervasive drought and famine. The Kenyan newspaper, The Daily Nation, projected that next October will be the first opportunity for a substantial rainfall. Jerri Savuto, a nurse and one of six missionaries serving in Kenya through the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, worries that many in Kenya will not live to see that next big rain.

Learn more and find out how to help at

Human stories guide UMCOR’s Hazelwood
For more than a decade, the Rev. Tom Hazelwood, has led the domestic disaster relief response for the United Methodist Committee on Relief. The work of Hazelwood and other UMCOR staff is supported each year by the “One Great Hour of Sharing” offering. This year’s offering, which underwrites the agency’s “costs of doing business,” will be collected in local churches on March 22.


Featured Events

CFA budget consultation, March 7
The Conference Council on Finance and Administration invites all board and agency chairpersons and finance secretaries, as well as all with interest in the conference budget, to attend a budget consultation meeting March 7 at Lowman UMC, 4000 S.W. Drury Lane (15th and Gage) in Topeka. The meeting will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. or until all have been heard. Lunch and refreshments will be served.

Please contact the conference office staff at 877-972-9111 to indicate attendance at the event.

View the event on the conference calendar at

Worship Workshop Live! with Marcia McFee, March 7
On Saturday, March 7, Dr. Marcia McFee will lead the Worship Workshop Live! workshop on the Saint Paul School of Theology Kansas City campus from 8:30-4:00 p.m. The workshop is being offered as a way to energize staff and congregations and enhance worship with new ideas. Attendees will learn about worship trends, tradition and the politics of change, why sensory-rich worship experiences are needed and how to do them, and how to get more people involved in seasonal worship design teams. 0.5 CEU credit is available.

To register on-line go to or contact Leigh Precise at or 816-245-4819.

College Fair at Church of the Resurrection, March 8

The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas (13720 Roe Ave) will host a college fair on Sunday, March 8th. Regional colleges, universities and seminaries with United Methodist affiliation have been invited to represent their schools.

The schools will have a table in the Narthex in the West Building during all Sunday worship services, but area United Methodist students, families, and youth groups are specifically encouraged to attend the college fair that afternoon from 4- 5pm prior to the evening contemporary worship service.

Questions, comments, or requests for more information may be directed to Amy Otto, Administrative Assistant, at 913-544-0262 or

View the event on the conference calendar at

Laity School of Theology Seminar Saturday, March 14
The next Laity School of Theology at Saint Paul School of Theology is scheduled for Saturday, March 14. Dr. Harold Washington, Professor of Hebrew Bible, will give a seminar on The Bible, War and Peace, and the Church.

For more information or to register online go to

UMM Potato Drop, March 21
The United Methodist Men’s Spring Potato Drop will be from 8 to 11 a.m. March 21 at St. Mark’s UMC, 6422 Santa Fe Dr. in Overland Park. Volunteers and sponsors are needed for this event.

A large truckload of potatoes will be delivered, and volunteers will re-bag them into smaller bags to be distributed to local hunger relief ministries.

Get more information at, or contact David Toler at 913-481-9034 or

Church leadership & effective management conference, March 24-27
The registration cost has been lowered for the Leadership & Effective Management conference, which will be March 24-27 at First United Methodist Church in Arlington, TX. This 4-day conference is meant to help pastors and church leaders to increase the management and leadership skills they need to solve problems and make their ministries more effective for Christ and attendees will earn 2.6 CEU credits.

For more information, visit

Healthy Congregations Retreat, May 1-2
The 8th annual Healthy Congregations Retreat will be May 1-2 at Rock Springs 4-H Center near Junction City. Rev. Fred D. Smith, Ph. D., associate professor of Urban Ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C., is one of the scheduled keynote speakers.

The retreat is offered at no charge; a $25 refundable registration deposit will be returned during check-in.

Get more information and a link to online registration and view video messages from previous participants at, or call 620-662-8586.

For more events, visit the conference calendar at

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