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Communique #233 April 16, 2008

Dear Friends of the Kansas East Conference,

Bob Harder has sent me a reminder that it's time to apply for grant funding for local church ministries with children and families living in poverty. The request for funds needs to be geared to some type of program which will be beneficial to low income children and families in your community. The Bishop's Committee on Children and Families in Poverty makes grants from $250 to $1,500 for these ministries.

Application forms have been mailed out to all of the pastors and also are available on the conference website, If you are interested in making an application for funds, please talk with your pastor. If you have questions, please contact Bob Harder at

Bob says they haven't received many applications this year, so it's a good time to apply.

Gary Beach
Director of Connectional Ministries

Annual Conference News

McCoy to be plenary speaker
Dr. Myron McCoy, president of Saint Paul School of Theology, will be the featured speaker at the 2008 Kansas East Annual Conference. Learn more about Dr. McCoy at

Pre-conference workbook now online
The Pre-Annual Conference Workbook is now available on the conference website as PDF files. Go to

General News

Don't forget to sign up for General Conference News
Don't forget to sign up to receive General Conference News beginning April 23. General Conference meets in Fort Worth from April 23 through May 2. Daily e-mails will be sent to those who sign up to receive information about General Conference at

At least one member of the delegation will be blogging daily and invites people to subscribe to it via e-mail. Sign up to receive Rev. Mark Holland's blog via e-mail

Resource Package Now Available from 2008 Funding Conferences
Persons unable to attend either of the two recent Lewis Center workshops on Funding Your Congregation's Ministry may purchase materials from the events. A compact disc is available that contains:

  • Audio recording of Lovett Weems on the subject "Leadership for Giving"
  • PowerPoint presentation with narration notes on "Theology of Stewardship"
  • PowerPoint presentation on "Encouraging Faithful Giving" plus a tip sheet on "50
  • Ways to Encourage Faithful Giving"
  • Worksheets and handouts on three topics to help congregations in
    • assessing new sources of revenue
    • understanding the implications of the "giving pyramid" in a congregation
    • using three types of budgets - operating, capital, and endowment - to maximize ministry

The cost is $30. The CD will be mailed within two weeks. Orders will be accepted until May 31, 2008. To order, visit

Two Hymns for Mother's Day (May 11)
The General Board of Discipleship offers the two songs listed below as resources for Mother's Day.

"God, We Praise You for the Women",823
Dan Damon is a United Methodist pastor in Richmond, California, and a gifted musician, piano player, composer, arranger, and hymn writer. In this hymn he has put his gifts to the task of writing a Mother's Day hymn that celebrates mothers, their roles and gifts, reflecting the demands placed upon them and the strength they often exhibit.

"Arise All Mighty Women",1151,54
This text by Lisa Quoresimo is based on Julia Ward Howe's original "Mother's Day Proclamation," which led to the creation of Mothers Day as we know. It uses the music of another hymn text by Howe, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" (UM Hymnal no. 717). Lisa Quoresimo is the Music Director at Temple UMC in San Francisco.

Featured Events

Find more Upcoming Events on the conference calendar.

Tallgrass Retreat Center
The Tallgrass Retreat Center near Matfield Green offers a variety of retreat experiences. Visit for more information.

2008 Kansas Conference on Poverty
"Electing to End Poverty: Why it Affects Us All" is the theme for the 2008 Kansas Conference on Poverty, May 13-14 at the Capital Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, Topeka. For more information and to register, visit

Men's Golf Scramble
The Kansas East United Methodist Men's golf scramble is May 16. Deadline to enter is May 2. See the website calendar and the form attached to enter, . This event benefits "Meals for Millions."

Bishop's Week June 18-21 to feature Rev. Cecil Williams
"Ministry in Hard Places" is the theme for the 2008 Bishop's Week at Mount Sequoyah. Rev. Cecil Williams is the keynote speaker. Williams has been pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco for 40 years. During that time, he has created a church that practices diversity, spirituality and compassion.

As a minister, community leader, author, lecturer and spokesperson for the poor and marginalized, he is respected and recognized as a national leader on the forefront of social change. His vision for a truly inclusive church has attracted more than 10,000 members to his congregation, an extended family, who reflects the diversity of the world - all races, ages, genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and religions.

Learn more about Bishop's Week online at Registration deadline is May 15.

Westmar alumni reunion
A group of Westmar College Alumni and friends is holding a reunion May 22 (evening) through Friday May 23 in Topeka. Anyone interested in receiving more information can email or contact Ken and Jeanette Grenz, 9763 W 121st St, Overland Park, KS 66213, 913-239-0679.

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