If your youth group will be
attending the JYMO event (South Central Jurisdiction Youth Ministry
Organization Convocation 2008) next week in Abilene, Texas, the
Communications Office is looking for photos from the event to
include in a conference video planned for release in early 2009.
Please send unaltered, high-resolution digital photos to
Lisa Elliott Diehl
and Communications director
New mileage reimbursement rate
The IRS has
set new mileage reimbursement rates, effective July 1.
The rates are as follows:
- Business Travel 58.5 cents per mile
- Move / Medical 27 cents per mile
- Charitable volunteer 14 cents per mile
Additional information on mileage can be found at www.kansaseast.org/gridpage.asp?pkvalue=109.
Healthy Congregations grants available to Kansas UM
The Healthy Congregations Grants RFP makes
one-time grants of up to $5,000 available to Kansas United Methodist
churches to stimulate the development of comprehensive ministries of
health and wellness. Projects funded will emphasize wellness,
prevention, volunteer care-giving, social support, and
congregational health education and awareness. Examples of such
ministries include parish nursing and health promotion projects.
Grant funding is not intended for projects focused on a single
disease, disability or health issue.
The Health Fund hopes that these one-time grants, added to local
church resources, will mobilize strong volunteer efforts to address
many facets of health, healing and wholeness in congregations and
communities throughout Kansas.
Learn more at www.healthfund.org/hcgrants.php.
Volunteer counselors needed at Camp
Counselors for camps are needed at Camp
Chippewa during July, specifically July 14-18 and July 21-25.
There are many children going to camp for the first time in July,
which will necessitate more volunteers to help those two weeks.
Contact Brenda Davids at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information or to volunteer.
Transforming power for leaders
For those who
long for transformation and change in churches and organizations,
the book, “Transforming Power: Stories from Transformational Leaders
for Encouragement and Inspiration,” offers a collection of stories
from leaders who have lived through personal or institutional
upheavals and survived.
Author Hugh Ballou writes, "In the best sense, transformational
leaders equip and create community. …They share responsibility,
promote creativity, define goals, delegate effectively, coach,
celebrate accomplishments, provide knowledge, value individuals and
model leadership. …God has inspired leaders with a unique
Find out more at www.upperroom.org/bookstore/description.asp?item_id=533825&ep_id=100.
Tony Ikenberry update
Ikenberry sent a newsletter update about his ministry in
Slavery doesn’t always require chains
hallmark of globalization is the idolatry of competition that can
motivate, innovate and stimulate the production of goods and
services to meet human needs but also breeds captives and keepers,
according to Neal Christie of the General Board of Church &
Society. Globalization succeeds in large part because of its ability
to blind us to the relationship between slave and free.
Read more www.umc-gbcs.org/site/apps/nlnet/content.aspx?c=frLJK2PKLqF&b=4311897&ct=5636245&tr=y&auid=3786495.
Sermon Planning Retreat
Mount St. Scholastica
monastery in Atchison is hosting a sermon planning retreat Aug.
24-27. This will be a self-directed planning session with
opportunities to share ideas, pray and relax together, and to
discern future preaching texts.
For costs and more information,
go to http://kesite.brickriver.com/event_detail.asp?TableName=oEvent_Calendar_EUXQLB&PrimaryKey=oEvent_Calendar_EUXQLB_ID&PKValue=2326.
Large Church Initiative Senior Pastor's
The 2008 “Large Church Initiative Senior
Pastor's Retreat” will be Sept. 14-19 in Nathrop, Colo. Jim Powell
and Don Cummings invite you to Colorado in September for a unique
and powerful week of retreat and renewal co-sponsored by the Large
Church Initiative and the General Board of Discipleship.
Download a flier at www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2318.
Leadership Institute 2008
Institute will be Oct. 2-3 at the United Methodist Church of the
Resurrection in Leawood. Now in its 10th year, the Institute is a
powerful source of creative ideas, hope and renewal for mainline
church leaders from around the country.
Institute participants will hear leadership defined in all-new
sessions by Resurrection senior pastor Rev. Adam Hamilton and Jim
Wallis, Sojourners CEO and author.
More than 80 workshops about specific areas of church life
will be offered.
For more information, an event schedule and a registration
form, go to www.cor.org/catalyst/leadership-institute.
SCJ Congress of the Deaf
The United Methodist
Congress of the Deaf – South Central Jurisdiction Conference will be
Oct. 3-5 in San Antonio, Texas. For more information and
registration forms, go to www.umcd.org/SCJ2008.htm.