In April, the Kansas East Conference celebrates Rural Life
Sunday. This year's offering will support the Kansas Area United
Methodist Rural Fellowship. This offering, and future offerings,
will be used for a new grant program to stimulate emerging
ministries in Town and Country congregations in the conference.
Kansas East congregations are encouraged to receive the offering
on Rural Life Sunday. The suggested date is April 27.
Questions about this program should be addressed to KAUMRF
executive director, Ronald Williams, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about United Methodist Rural Fellowship online at http://www.umrf.org/. The General
Board of Global Ministries is developing new resources for 2008
under the theme "Born Again in Every Place: Seeds of Hope." The
theme will be used April 26 at the Town and Country Celebration at
General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
Rev. Gary Beach
Director of Connectional
Just Go! Register!
Yes, that's right you can
now register for the 2008 Annual Conference.
News, including registration forms, has been mailed to members of
the annual conference to be returned by May 15.
prefer to register online we suggest that you visit the annual
conference page at http://www.kansaseast.org/page.asp?PKValue=32
for more information.
To go directly to Annual Conference
registration go to www.kansaseast.org/acregistration.
NOTE: Online registration does require
payment with a credit card or by PayPal.
Sign up today for General Conference
Receive the latest news and information on the 2008
General Conference Session right in your e-mail inbox.
The 2008 General Conference, which will meet April 23 - May 2 in
Fort Worth, Texas, is an important meeting in the life of our United
Methodist denomination. Stay up-to-date with the latest on General
Conference through a free, daily e-mail offered to you by the Kansas
Area Marketing and Communications office.
This free daily e-mail will feature:
- Breaking news relevant to the Kansas East Conference
- Ability to track the progress of proposed legislation
- News of the day
- Interviews and reflections from Kansas East Conference
To receive this free e-mail in your inbox each day during General
Conference (April 23 - May 2), sign up at www.kansaseast.org/stay_connected.asp.
Only those who have subscribed will receive the e-mails.
To learn more about the United Methodist General Conference
Session, visit www.kansaseast.org/gc2008.
NOTE: On the sign-up page, you will see the
following boxes in which to enter your information: First Name, Last
Name, E-mail address and Security Code. The Security Code appears in
a colored box above the box where you are to type the security code.
If you are unable to read the code, click the link for a new one. If
you are still having problems, please contact Beverly Fanestil in
the Communications Office at Bfanestil@kswestumc.org
Check out Classifieds on the Conference
Local church staff openings are regularly posted
on the conference website under "Classifieds." Check out current
openings at: http://www.kansaseast.org/classifieds_find.asp.
If your church has an opening to advertise, log in to the Church
Dashboard and post it. If you need help with your username and
password, contact JoEllen in the conference office at email@example.com.
Wesley KU e-newsletter
Wesley KU regularly
distributes an e-mail newsletter to keep constituents informed of
the activities at the campus ministry. The latest issue features
information about their new space, both at Lawrence First and in the
Student Involvement and Leadership Center on campus. To subscribe,
contact Creighton Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BeADisciple.com offers online workshops
Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College offers a number
of online courses.
- How to Provide Your Workshop Online
- Crowning "Prince Caspian": An Evangelism and Discipleship
- Storytelling Beyond the Sermon
- Effective Communication with Little or No Money
The new BeADisciple website was recently launched. Visit http://www.beadisciple.com/
for more information on the Institute for Discipleship or the online
General Conference presentations enter 21st
General Conference is just around the corner,
and several important presentations are planned for the first few
days. Among those are the Young People's address and the Episcopal
Address. Learn more about these two important messages at http://www.kansaseast.org/ in
"News" on the homepage or the "News & Events" section.
Ground Broken for Plaza at Mount
Ground was broken at Mount Sequoyah, the
official conference and retreat center of the South Central
Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church, for a new facility to
be known as Louisiana Friendship Plaza. The plaza comes to the
Fayetteville, Arkansas located historic institution as a "thank you"
gift from the Louisiana Conference of the UMC to the South Central
Jurisdiction for the many disaster relief teams and hundreds of
volunteers that have traveled to Louisiana to help with relief
efforts since hurricanes Rita and Katrina just over two and one half
Read the full story online at http://www.kansaseast.org/.
Online game offers new opportunity to send nets, save
NASHVILLE - World Malaria Day is April 25. Now and
throughout April, there's an easy new way to help eliminate malaria
deaths in Africa and raise more money for nets through the Nothing
But Nets malaria prevention campaign. Malaria is a serious and often
fatal disease transmitted by mosquitoes. The World Health
Organization estimates that 300-500 million cases of malaria occur
Nothing But Nets has just launched a new online interactive game
called "Deliver the Net" that makes it possible to send a net and
save a life right from your keyboard. The game teaches users about
bed net distribution and challenges individuals to deliver as many
virtual nets as possible before the sun goes down and
malaria-carrying mosquitoes come out to bite. From now until the end
of the month, each time someone plays the game and signs up at http://www.nothingbutnets.net/,
generous sponsors will donate $10 for a lifesaving
To play the game and deliver a net, go to http://www.nothingbutnets.net/.
Read the full story on the Kansas East website, http://www.kansaseast.org/.
GBOD shares hymnal research responses
to all who participated in GBOD's recent hymnal and music surveys -
all 19,091 of you! The results are available at www.gbod.org/hymnal.
has reported ALL of the data from the surveys in sections that will
allow you to read and consider this huge amount of information by
subject area and interest. It is organized it as follows:
- What are the favorite hymns of UMs? The responses are
organized by hymnal and The Faith We Sing, by age group (under 30,
30-50, 51-70, over 70), and by role in the church (pastor,
musician, congregational singer, choir member, laity/clergy,
- What hymns do you want included or removed from the hymnal and
The Faith We Sing? What hymns and songs not in either book do you
want to include in a new hymnal?
- What hymns and songs has your congregation sung over the last
three years, and how often? We asked this question of only pastors
and chief musicians.
- We asked pastors and chief musicians a number of questions
about the hymnal's Psalter.
- We asked pastors and chief musicians a number of questions
about worship resources, liturgy, and ritual in the hymnal.
- We invited ALL United Methodists to respond to about 35
wide-ranging statements about United Methodist worship,
congregational singing, and our hymnal. Responses are available in
total as well as broken down into age groups.
Find more Upcoming Events on the Conference
SOULfeast early bird deadline April 30
or your leaders ever need a time of renewal and inspiration? If so,
think about attending SOULfeast, the Upper Room's signature
spiritual formation event, which is set for this July 20-24 at Lake
Junaluska, NC. Directors of Connectional Ministries will receive
information packets and DVDs about the event in the near future.
More information is available at http://www.upperroom.org/soulfeast/2008/index.htm
Institute registration online
registration form for this summer's Institute are online at www.kansaseast.org/institute.
Institute is June 16th - 21st and July 21st - 26th. The 2008 theme
In addition, applications for Care Group Leader and Hug Group
Leader are going out this week. Watch for these forms in the mail
and online. Watch the www.kansaseast.org/institute