Communique 266 – Dec. 17,
The “Communique” will be
on holiday break until Jan. 7. Have a blessed Christmas and a
wonderful New Year.
Bishop’s Christmas video message now
A 4 ½ minute video with Kansas Area Bishop
Scott Jones’ Christmas message is available to view and download for
use in worship from the Video Archives page in the Resources section
of the conference website at www.kansaseast.org/video_find.asp.
Conference-wide spending freeze deemed
In a recent meeting of Council on Finance and
Administration (CFA), it was decided that 2009 Conference Spending
Plan will be based on the 2008 levels until the CFA and the Annual
Conference can act on a revised 2009 Budget and Spending Plan.
This action was taken in an effort to respond to sharp reductions
in receipts projected for the end of 2008. CFA reports a shortfall
of approximately 10 percent for 2008.
This will require approximately $350,000 reduction to the 2009
spending plan. A budget consultation meeting with all conference
board and agency chairs is anticipated for January 24 to corporately
adjust the budget to anticipated receipt levels. It is important to
note that many of the planned reductions will be temporary, in an
effort to operate until the economic recession subsides.
The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) Economic
Advisory Committee estimates that the recession should end sometime
during the second half of 2009.
CFA is asking for conference-wide prayer, understanding, support
and cooperation during this difficult period.
For more information, contact Russ Hinshaw, conference treasurer,
at 877-972-9111 (toll free) or email@example.com or
Dr. F. D. Burrows Sr., CFA president, at 785.242.1420 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New membership vows and ritual now available
The new baptismal and professing membership vows of the
United Methodist Church adopted by delegates to the 2008 General
Conference will take effect Jan. 1, 2009.
The new membership
vows and ritual are available at www.gbod.org/worship/default.asp?act=reader&item_id=46866&loc_id=9,824.
Ten steps for local churches to take in an economic
An economic downturn changes the ministry
landscape. There is a need for certain kinds of programming and a
greater openness to it.
The local church needs to take steps to assist both its
congregation and its community deal with the impact of the changing
This is the time to invest in certain ministries and exercise
Read Dr. Don Nation’s article with 10 specific steps to help at
Evangel UMC organizes new Holton community
Evangel UMC has organized a new community center
in Holton for the Latino community. The center’s open house was
attended by more than 200 people, of who 80 percent were
The story was featured on the Topeka television station KSNT news
Sunday. Find out more and watch the news video at www.ksnt.com/news/local/36146904.html.
Peace with Justice grants
Feb. 15 is the
deadline to apply for a Peace with Justice grant from the United
Methodist General Board of Church & Society. Peace with Justice
grants are awarded annually.
Grant applicants must be either a United Methodist or other
affiliated organization, or an ecumenical group working with and
through at least one United Methodist agency or organization.
Applicants must work toward achieving at least one of the
- Assist United Methodists in understanding and responding to
violence and militarism, and in moving and leading nations and
peoples to reconciliation, transformation and redemption;
- Involve and develop principal leaders among United Methodists
and enjoin the general public in efforts to end conflicts, human
rights violations and violent aggression around the world;
- Promote just national and international policies and actions
(governmental and non-governmental) seeking to address poverty and
restore communities; or
- Support policies that promote systematic economic justice and
the self-development of peoples, in particular to respond to the
disproportionate effect of injustices on racial, indigenous and
Find out more at www.umc-gbcs.org/site/apps/nlnet/content.aspx?c=frLJK2PKLqF&b=4813157&ct=6432379&tr=y&auid=4304312.
Classified ads online
Classified ads are
posted on the conference website, including:
- Executive Registrar for Board of Ordained Ministry,
application deadline is Dec. 19
- Free items: Two large advent wreaths and wooden baptismal,
Topeka First UMC
See all the current classifieds in the News & Events section
Holiday schedule at the Kansas East Conference
The Kansas East Conference office in Topeka will
be close at noon Dec. 24 and be closed Dec. 25-26 for the Christmas
The office will close at noon Dec. 31 and be closed Jan. 1 for
the New Year holiday.
Discover Saint Paul, Jan. 8 & 9 and Feb.
Touring the Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas
City helps visitors explore calls to ministry and discover the
possibilities of theological education.
Discover Saint Paul
Days and individual visits are an opportunity to attend classes,
visit with Saint Paul faculty and students, worship, learn about
Contextual Education/Ministry Settings, explore our degrees, find
out about financial aid options and tour the campus.
register for a Discover Saint Paul Day or an individual campus
visit, go to www.spst.edu/site/admissions/admissions_office/visiting_campus/visit_campus_form.php.
Professional ministry seminar, Jan. 13-15
The 2009 Area Seminar on Professional Ministry will be
Jan. 13-15 in Wichita. The theme of the seminar will be “The
Methodist Movement: Revival not Survival.”
Dr. Randy Maddox, associate dean for faculty development and
professor of theology and Wesleyan studies at Duke Divinity School,
and Kansas Area Bishop Scott Jones will be the featured speakers.
Registration is $125 per person.
A registration flier is available at www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2348
or contact Rev. Amy Lippoldt at 316-265-6669 or email@example.com.