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
Application forms have been mailed out to all of the pastors and
also are available on the conference website, http://www.kansaseast.org/. If
you are interested in making an application for funds, please talk
with your pastor. If you have questions, please contact Bob Harder
Bob says they haven't received many applications this year, so
it's a good time to apply.
Director of Connectional Ministries
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 http://www.kansaseast.org/news_detail.asp?pkvalue=454.
Pre-conference workbook now online
Pre-Annual Conference Workbook is now available on the conference
website as PDF files. Go to http://www.kansaseast.org/acworkbook.
Don't forget to sign up for General Conference
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 http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/emailverifySubmit?feedId=1899448&loc=en_US.
Resource Package Now Available from 2008 Funding
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
- PowerPoint presentation with narration notes on "Theology of
- 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
- assessing new sources of revenue
- understanding the implications of the "giving pyramid" in a
- 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 http://www.surveymk.com/s.aspx?sm=cALe30KZ1pZVlcNJffD8ZQ_3d_3d
Two Hymns for Mother's Day (May 11)
General Board of Discipleship offers the two songs listed below as
resources for Mother's Day.
"God, We Praise You for the
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
"Arise All Mighty Women"
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.
Find more Upcoming Events on the conference
Tallgrass Retreat Center
Retreat Center near Matfield Green offers a variety of retreat
experiences. Visit http://www.tallgrassretreats.com/
for more information.
2008 Kansas Conference on Poverty
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,
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, http://www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2193
. This event benefits "Meals for Millions."
Bishop's Week June 18-21 to feature Rev. Cecil
"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
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 http://www.mountsequoyah.org/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
contact Ken and Jeanette Grenz, 9763 W 121st St, Overland Park, KS