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Communique #237 - May 14, 2008

Annual Conference News

Special recognition planned at annual conference
The following people will be remembered during the Memorial Service on Wednesday, June 4 at 7 p.m.

Rev. Calvin H. Dickinson 7-29-07
Rev. Robert B. Kendall 1-23-08
Rev. Philip Eugene Riley 1-15-08
Rev. Harry Winfield Sims 12-13-07
Rev. Ira Samuel Wiley 2-10-08
Donald W. Frogge 2-2-08
Glen L. Amend 3-9-08
Frederick Ackman 4-24-08

Alice Evans 11-04-04
Mary Heidrick 7-17-07
Ligeia Lamberty 7-09-07
Marian R. Kendall 1-27-08
Roger Eakins 2-29-08
Caroline Nabors 7-04-07
Jean Life 2-27-08
Martha Ann Jones 4-19-08

Rev. John F. Vaughan 4-21-08

Retirement Service honorees
The following clergy will be recognized at the Retirement Service on Thursday, June 5 at 2:30 p.m.

Rev. Harriett A. Bechtle
Pastor Edward E. English
Rev. Patricia S. Flowers
Rev. Margaret A. Gunselman
Rev. Theodore A. Inman
Rev. S. DeeAnn Mezger
Pastor Karen Miller
Rev. Larry A. Parrish
Rev. Edward Stevenson

List of clergy to be ordained at Annual Conference

The following are being recommended by the Board of Ordained Ministry, and, if they are approved at the Clergy Session June 4, they will be commissioned/ordained on Friday, June 6 at 8 p.m.

For ordination as a full elder:
Young-Gil Bahng
Steven R. Blair
G. Russell Brown
Moon-Hee Chung
Trudy K. Kenyon Anderson
Nancy R. Pauls

For ordination as a deacon:
Kurt J. Cooper

For probationary membership, commissioning, elder track:
Thomas G. Bailey
Kimberly D. Dominic
Regina L. Gile
Joshua R. Gooding
Melody C. Kimbrel
Morgan E. Whitaker

Annual Conference awards
The following awards will be presented during the Celebration Service on Thursday, June 5 at 7 p.m.:
Bishop's Committee on Children and Families in Poverty Grants
Communication Awards
Denman Awards
Kansas Area Disaster Response
Churches Celebrating 150 Years of Ministry
Doc Wollen Camping Awards
Healthy Congregations
Scouting Awards
Bishops Award of Excellence
Torch Award
Campus Ministry Awards
Conference Merit Scholarship
Frances Asbury Award
Project Transformation interns and lay speakers also will be commissioned during the Celebration Service. Those being recognized during the Celebration Service should check in with the conference registrar so they can be seated in the reserved section.

New Church Development offers special tool at Annual Conference
The Commission on New Church Development (CNCD) will introduce an additional tool to help churches understand the communities in which they serve. MissionInsite is a new user-friendly, web-based demographics resource. It features additional data not available from Percept. A representative from MissionInsite, Peter Wernett, will be available at the CNCD booth to demonstrate MissionInsite and answer questions from Wednesday through Friday evening.

Food collection
Food donations that are brought to Annual Conference should be boxed in reasonably sized boxes like those used for Round Up. Donations do not need to be specially marked or labeled. Items can be left at the south end of the large parking lot south of Collins during registration until 6:45 p.m. If the donating congregation would like credit for this donation, they will need to keep a record of the pounds of food brought and record it in November on the Round-Up form. The following agencies will work together to divide the items based on their current needs: Amistad y Fe, Ogden Friendship House and Wesley House.

For more news and information on this year's Annual Conference, visit


Institute deadline has changed
The early bird deadline for Institute has been changed to June 4. Institute is a week-long session that focuses on deepening personal relationships with God and others through spiritual growth. Institute is for middle and high school youth and takes place every summer at Baker University in Baldwin.
Youth can register for Institute on the conference website at

Tax form information for church-run schools

Churches that are operating private schools, including pre-schools, but excluding before- and after-school programs, should be aware that they might need to file an extra tax form.
If the program teaches secular subjects and generally complies with state law requirements for public education, Form 5578 must be filed for the church if Federal Form 990 it is not already being filed.
Form 5578 is the federal form for Annual Certification of Racial Nondiscrimination for a Private School Exempt From Federal Income Tax.

The form can be found online at

Recommend campus ministries to high school seniors

As churches honor high school graduates, it is a good time to call attention to United Methodist campus ministries. Ten colleges and universities in Kansas have United Methodist campus ministries available.

Links to campus ministries pages can be found at

The conference website offers a way for students to connect with campus ministers through e-mail before moving to campus later this summer.

Use the form at

Featured Events

Blue Rapids UMC Open House for 2000 Member Club
Blue Rapids UMC invites the 2000 Member Club members to attend an open house 2-4 p.m. June 22 celebrate the completion of their building project.

For more information, visit

SCJ archivists' convocation

The Texas Conference's Commission on Archives and History is sponsoring the South Central Jurisdiction Convocation of Archivists July 11-12 in Jacksonville, Texas.
Local church historians will be able to learn what to keep, what to eliminate and basic archiving tasks such as selecting appropriate equipment and materials, determining appropriate storage locations and more.

Download a registration flier with more information at

‘Summer Assembly' camp

The "Summer Assembly" will be July 21-27 at Forest Park in Topeka. This is a non-denominational camp for all ages. The early-bird registration deadline June 1.

Get more information at

Worship! 2008

Worship! 2008 will be July 30 - Aug. 2 at Grand Rapids, MI. The "early bird" deadline for registration is May 30. The cut-off date for reserving hotel rooms is June 20 at Grand Rapids.

For more information, visit .

School of Congregational Development

The School of Congregational Development will be July 31 - Aug. 5 in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Orlando, Fla. The early-bird registration deadline June 1.

Get more information at

Human Trafficking seminar
The United Methodist Women of Bristol Hill United Methodist Church are hosting a lecture on human trafficking on July 10 at 7 p.m. The keynote speakers will be Carrie Buchmann, Human Trafficking case manager from Hope House, and Det. Jason Young and Det. Matt Fowler of the Independence Missouri Police Department Intelligence Unit. Together they spearhead the Human Trafficking Rescue Project. The registration deadline is July 3.

Get more information should visit the event listing at

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