General Conference, the international gathering of United
Methodists that happens every four years, is just around the corner.
And this time, it's practically in our backyards as Fort Worth plays
host to this important meeting for our denomination. Your delegation
has been working hard preparing to attend this event, meeting about
monthly to discuss the issues coming before the nearly 1,000
delegates from around the world. You can learn more about General
Conference at www.gc2008.umc.org.
Many of you may be planning a trip south to take in the
adventure that is General Conference. As your Kansas Area director
of communication, I will be coordinating daily General Conference
e-mail newsletters. If you want to receive these daily General
Conference bulletins, follow the sign-up information found in this
edition of the Communique.
If you're planning to attend General Conference and would
like to share your impressions with the Kansas East Conference,
please e-mail me at Ldiehl@kswestumc.org.
Lisa Elliott Diehl
Kansas Area Marketing and
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The 2008 General Conference, which will meet April 23 - May 2 in
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Session, visit www.kansaseast.org/gc2008.
General Conference to consider new, singable Social
A proposed new Social Creed will be presented to
the United Methodist Church General Conference during its meeting
April 23-May 2 in Fort Worth, Texas. This new creed, if adopted,
will be the third Social Creed in the denomination's history. The
current creed was adopted in 1972 following the 1968 union of the
Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church.
The proposed new creed reflects more current use of language and
is more liturgical and poetic in its presentation than its
predecessors, according to its drafters. It can be spoken and sung
as a proclamation.
Find out more at www.umc-gbcs.org/site/apps/nlnet/content.aspx?c=frLJK2PKLqF&b=3986263&ct=5142755&tr=y&auid=3516555.
?Bridges to the Future' pledges top $3
The "Bridges to the Future" capital campaign has
surpassed the $3 million mark in pledges, reaching $3,122,950 as of
March 31. Thirty-eight percent of churches in the Kansas East
Conference have made pledges. The remaining churches in the
conference, individuals and foundations will combine to help reach
the campaign goal of $5.3 million.
Churches and individuals are encouraged to send in all church
pledge cards by April 30 to the campaign office so pledges can be
tallied and listed for publication at the campaign celebration at
Annual Conference. If you have concerns about being able to send in
a pledge card by April 30, contact the campaign director, Laura
Murphy, at LMurphy@kansaseast.org or
Thank you to all the churches that have sent in pledge cards.
Many of the congregations also have remarkable stories of how they
have decided to give. Contact the campaign office if your
congregation would like to share a story about raising pledges. The
campaign staff enjoys sharing those stories with others to help make
the campaign a success.
for ideas on raising money for pledges.
Health Ministry Fund survey ends April 7
moment of your time can mean $5 for your favorite Kansas United
Methodist agency or institution by giving your opinion of current
Healthy Congregations programs sponsored by the Health Ministry
Fund. In appreciation for completing a short survey, the Health Fund
will make a $5 donation to a Kansas United Methodist agency you
select from the list at the end of the survey.
The brief online survey can be reached at www.healthfund.org/hc/survey/start.php. The survey
should be completed before April 7.
Innovation Funding Grants letters of intent due April
The Health Fund has authorized a special allocation of
$500,000 for Innovation Funding grants in 2008. The funding is
designed to attract and support new approaches to oral health,
access to healthcare and healthy lifestyles in
Applying for an Innovation Funding grant is a
two-step process. An initial letter of intent must be submitted to
the Health Fund by April 7. Those subsequently invited to submit a
full proposal will be notified by May 26. The invited proposals are
due by July 7.
Full details of the Innovation Funding Grants
Request for Letters of Intent and the online Letter of Intent form
are available on the Health Fund website, http://www.healthfund.org/.
If you have questions concerning a project or this funding
opportunity, call Virginia Elliott or Kim Moore at 800-369-7191.
Leavenworth Trinity to celebrate 150
The congregation of Trinity UMC in Leavenworth
will celebrate their 150 anniversary April 20 at 3 p.m. on Sunday,
April 20, with a performance of "Testament of Praise, A Celebration
of Faith." The Trinity choir will be joined by Leavenworth First UMC
and Southern Heights UMC choirs for this cantata of Joseph M.
Martin's musical arrangements of Charles Wesley songs to be
performed in Trinity's sanctuary.
Trinity UMC will have special activities and services throughout
2008. For more information, contact Pastor Don Almond at
913-682-8555 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit http://www.trinityumcleavenworth.com/.
Project Transformation - KC
Transformation - KC is close to filling 15 intern positions. The
program is expanding to three site churches in Kansas City. These
Kansas City area churches are partnering with the program in 2008 by
providing intern stipends, volunteers, meals and/or children's
- Central United Methodist Church
- FirstLight UMC
- First Lawrence United Methodist Church
- First Manhattan United Methodist Church
- Heritage UMC
- Lenexa UMC
- Monticello UMC
- Napoleon UMC
- One Spirit UMC
- St. Luke's United Methodist Church
- Trinity UMC
To schedule a presentation about Project Transformation with your
congregation, contact Katie Trinter, program director, at
785-550-1152 or email@example.com.
To learn more about Project Transformation, visit http://www.projecttransformationkc.org/.
Watch Project Transformation's promotional video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dupbs8uBdRU.
Alban Institute's e-Newsletter, ?The Alban
Alban Institute has a free, weekly electronic
newsletter to click through to timely information and to find Alban
books, seminars and other resources in a concise format.
The most recent issue featured "Vital Worship, Healthy
Congregations." An excerpt: "As living organisms, congregations are
by definition in a constant state of change. Whether the changes are
in membership, pastoral leadership, lay leadership, the needs of the
community, or the broader culture, a crucial mark of healthy
congregations is their ability to deal creatively and positively
with change. The fast pace of change in contemporary culture, with
its bias toward, not against, change only makes the challenge of
negotiating change all the more pressing for congregations."
The entire article can be read online at www.alban.org/conversation.aspx?id=5894.
Sign up to receive the e-newsletter at www.alban.org/albanweeklysignup.asp.
Baker School of Nursing receives Certificate of
Baker University's School of Nursing has
received a Certificate of Excellence from the Kansas Board of
Nursing for its 97.3 percent pass rate.
Read the full press release at www.bakeru.edu/index.php?module=articles&func=display&aid=2628.
?Simply Enough' DVD features Tony
Tony Campolo, educator, author, humanitarian and
speaker, has teamed up with Shane Claiborne, author, speaker,
activist and co-founder of The Simple Way community, on the new DVD,
"SIMPLY ENOUGH: Straight Talk from Tony & Shane About Simple,
Just Living." The DVD has six 12-minute segments of heartfelt and
hopeful dialog. Topics include basics like Lifestyle, Money, Stuff,
Food, Justice and Celebrations, including weddings. The DVD provides
solutions to the self-indulgent consumerism rampant in today's
The DVD may be used for free public showings, for libraries and
resource centers, for classroom use and for broadcast.
To learn more or order the DVD, visit www.simpleliving.org/indexoth.php?place=SimplyEnough.php.
Gospel Colors website gets make-over
Colors, the company that does the decorations for the Kansas East
Annual Conference, have relaunched their website. The Kansas City
company supplies stoles, banners, paraments, etc. The company's
website is http://www.gospelcolors.com/.
Thinking about a New Hymnal #4
significant political, cultural, ecumenical, theological and
liturgical changes during the life of the 1966 Methodist Hymnal, and
these were all considered in putting together the 1989 United
Methodist Hymnal. There have been fewer of these types of changes in
the church during the life of the 1989 hymnal, but there have been
many other significant changes in liturgy, worship style, musical
style and technology. Many of these are behind the proposal to
General Conference to approve a new hymnal for the UMC in the USA.
The fourth article in the series discusses those changes and
Read the article at www.gbod.org/worship/default.asp?act=reader&item_id=46133&loc_id=17,823.
Passing on the Faith
2008 April 5
Recharging faith is a must for Christian
leaders and educators. Workshops designed to impact lives, build
relationships, gain skills and deepen spirituality will be offered
at "Passing On the Faith: Dwelling Together as Stranger, Host and
Guest" April 5 at Calvary UMC in Wichita.
Workshop topics will include "Boys and Girls Learn Differently,"
"Labyrinth: A Path to Transformation," "What Every Teacher Needs to
Know," "Social Networking" and "Helping People in Uncertain Times."
Walk-up registrations are welcome. The cost will be $50.
Find out more and download a registration flier at www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2178.
Native American Ministries Sunday
April 6 is
Native American Ministries Sunday. Money collected for this special
offering is used to provide scholarships to Native American students
attending college and to support ministries with Native Americans.
For more information, visit www.umcgiving.org/content/sundays/NAMS_nav/native.asp.
Church historians event registration deadline April
"Tracing and Nurturing Our Roots," an event for local
church historians and archivists, will be April 12 at First UMC in
Hutchinson. The event will feature workshops and displays on knowing
what to keep, documenting significant events and using church
records to learn personal histories.
Registration is $25 person, which includes lunch.
Registrations must be received by April 7.
Download a registration form at www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2165.