Communique 284 - May 6,
From Rev. Ronald Williams:
Food banks are being stressed
because of the economic conditions. If you have even one extra can
of food, please bring it to the Kansas East Annual Conference “Food
I’ve heard people say things
like, "I am going to support the food bank close to home." Of
course, do that! But, if you are going to Annual Conference anyway,
the agencies are going to be there to pick up food. So please bring
a few cans of food along for the “Food Shower.”
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Swine Flu, hygiene and Holy Communion
The high profile of the Swine Flu outbreak has
provoked new concerns about contact with people in public settings.
There are a number of people who already have concerns about
communicable disease and Holy Communion.
United Methodist bishops are urging church members not to panic
and to avoid stereotyping people or countries to prevent any
backlash against immigrant populations.
The General Board of Discipleship has assembled resources on
handling concerns about the spread of Swine Flu in worship
The list of resources is available at www.gbod.org/worship/default.asp?act=reader&item_id=7908.
Page correction for Annual Conference venue proposal
There is an error in the pre-conference workbook in
Section D – Items for Action, page 10, which is part of the Venue
Proposal. The online workbook has been corrected, and this single
page is available for those who have already printed their
workbooks. This page also will be available in the registration
packet at Annual Conference.
Download the the corrected
Correction to ordination list
Justice should be added to the list of members who will be ordained
this year during Annual Conference.
Join the Annual Conference Choir
invited to join the Annual Conference Choir, which will sing at the
ordination service Friday evening, June 5, at 7 p.m. in Collins
Center on the Baker University Campus.
This year’s choir director is Dr. John Buehler, and the
accompanist is Dr. Susan Buehler. They have been active in the
conference and will be retiring from their long-held positions as
music professors at Baker University at the end of the spring
The anthem will be “A Covenant Prayer” by Allen Pote. (Hope
Publishing, # AP645). The choir will also sing a benediction
response, # 902 in the UM Hymnal.
A rehearsal will be at 6
p.m. June 5 at Collins Center.
To join the choir or for more information, contact Sara Wentz at
785-841-7500 or email@example.com.
Torch Award nominations due May 10
the annual conference presents a special award called the Torch
Award to a deserving adult who is in ministry to young people the
United Methodist Church and one or more youth agencies such as Boy
Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire or 4-H. The person must be a member
of a United Methodist church and have been serving an agency for a
minimum of 10 years.
Download an application.
Completed applications should be sent by May 10 to Garry Scott, 4140
S.E. Dyre Drive, Tecumseh, KS 66542-9738.
For more information, contact Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UM youth invited to create logo YSF
A team of
United Methodists working in an office in Nashville is looking to
youth for some divine inspiration.
United Methodist students, grades 6-12, are invited to design a
new logo for the Youth Service Fund administered by The United
Methodist Division on Ministries with Young People. The contest is
open from May 1 to July 31.
Find out more at www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=2429867&ct=6958215&tr=y&auid=4800903.
‘Transform, Rejoice, Experience & Know God’ with
Society of St. Andrew’s VBS mission project
during Vacation Bible School, students can be “sent” on a mission
adventure with the Society of St. Andrew’s new VBS mission project,
“TREK.” The adventures put them on the front line of learning the
importance of eating healthy, sharing with others, and using their
hands to help God’s hungry children.
“TREK Mission Adventure”
is offered at no cost by the Society of St. Andrew and is designed
to supplement VBS programs.
This year’s program features
daily “Go Green” facts. Daily activity sheets for all ages also
contain short scripturally based stories, facts about hunger and
SoSA’s hunger-relief ministry, potato trivia and pencil activities.
To order a sample kit, go to www.endhunger.org/vbs.htm or call Rev. Moore at
Native American ministries update
Julienne Judd has an update on the exciting happenings and continued
needs of Native American congregations within the bounds of the
Kansas East Conference.
Download a ministry
UMCom offers 'What is Web Ministry?' online
United Methodist Communications offers a free,
self-directed online course, "What is Web Ministry?" that provides
foundational information and the biblical and theological basis for
creating and maintaining a Web ministry for local churches and
Find out more from What is Web Ministry?
Facebook safety resource available
General Board of Discipleship, Effective Practices in Youth Ministry
director, has created a resource for safety and protection tips
while using Facebook.
The resource is available on the Safe & Sacred Spaces Forms
and Resources Web page at www.kansaseast.org/SafeandSacred#FacebookSafety.
Join Facebook discussion on new UM
United Methodists are encouraged to join an
online discussion of the new United Methodist hymnal project that’s
taking place on Facebook. The discussion is dynamic, active,
informative, interesting and lively.
To access the group
discussion, you must first join Facebook. Go to http://www.facebook.com/ and follow the simple
To find the group, enter New United Methodist Hymnal
(only those four words, no quotes) into the search box in the upper
right corner of your Facebook home page and click the little
magnifying glass icon next to the Search box. On the group page,
click Join Group.
Methodist Review launches as online
“Methodist Review: A Journal of Wesleyan and
Methodist Studies” was launched May 1 as an open access,
peer-reviewed electronic academic journal. Methodist Review
publishes scholarly articles in all areas and eras of Wesleyan and
Methodist studies, including biblical, theological, ethical,
philosophical, practical, historical, biographical and
social-scientific topics and methodologies.
The journal is partly a successor to and partly a transformation
of “Quarterly Review: A Journal of Theological Resources for
Ministry (QR), which was published jointly by the United Methodist
Board of Higher Education and Ministry and The United Methodist
Publishing House from 1980 to 2005.
Read the Methodist Review at http://www.methodistreview.org/.
‘Prayers for Hard Times’ booklet available from Upper
“Prayers for Hard Times: Words of Faith in a
Financial Crisis,” a booklet addressing financial hardship and
crisis, is a collection of scripture, prayers and meditations about
finding hope and discovering God's presence in the face of fear,
worry and distress.
A package of 20 booklets are available for $10 through the Upper
Room at www.upperroom.org/bookstore/description.asp?item_id=626762.
‘A Blueprint for Discipleship’ builds on ‘Three Simple
“A Blueprint for Discipleship: Wesley’s General
Rules as a Guide for Christian Living” by Kevin M. Watson provides a
clear, attractive, readable guide for contemporary Christians to
understand and follow the three simple rules today. It is a resource
for both individual reading and group study with discussion
questions at the end of each chapter.
For more information or to order, go to www.upperroom.org/bookstore/description.asp?item_id=638558
or call 800-972-0433.
Edgertons’ latest Haiti newsletter
and Shirley Edgertons’ newsletter at from the newsletter archives at
Resurrection member sworn in as Kansas
Mark Parkinson is the new governor in the State
of Kansas. Governor Parkinson, his wife, Stacy, and their children
have been members of The Church of the Resurrection since for many
years. Most recently, they have been a part of the Resurrection West
Resurrection’s senior pastor, Rev. Adam Hamilton, asks United
Methodists to take a moment to pray for the Parkinsons as Mark
assumes the mantle of leadership for our state.
Topeka Center for Peace and Justice to receive Peace with
The Topeka Center for Peace and Justice
Peace Camp will receive a $500 grant from the United Methodist
General Board of Church and Society. The Peace Camp, now in its 16th
year, teaches conflict-resolution skills and multi-cultural
appreciation for children ages six to 12 in the Topeka area.
Peace with Justice Sunday is June 7 this year. Half of the
Special Sunday offering is retained in the annual conference to fund
local peace with justice programs. Half of the offering is remitted
to the General Board of Church & Society to help fund U.S. and
global work in social action, public-policy education and
Learn more about Peace with Justice Sunday at www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2571.
Forest Park reception for retiring managers, May
A reception honoring Buddy and Chris McCall, the
retiring resident managers at Forest Park Conference and Retreat
Center, will be May 9 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Forest Park Dining
Hall. All are invited to attend. The retreat center address is 3158
SE 10th, Topeka.
‘Ministry 2.0’ workshop, May 30
2.0,” a hands-on workshop and live event designed for church leaders
and volunteers interested in enhancing their ministry using the
latest in Web technology, will be May 30 at Indian Creek Community
Church, 12480 S. Blackbob Road in Olathe.
A 10 percent discount can be redeemed through the online
registration by using the code COUP0540. Early-bird registration
ends May 9.
Get more information, rates and registration, go to www.ministry2.org/kansascity.
Christian Educators Fellowship luncheon, June
The Christian Educators Fellowship will host a
luncheon during Annual Conference June 4 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at
Baker University. Boxed lunches will be $8.50.
The guest speaker will be Dr. Sondra Matthaei from Saint Paul
School of Theology, and her topic will be “Formation in Faith.”
Christian Educator’s Fellowship is open to anyone that is
involved in Christian education.
To attend the luncheon, contact Karen Nyhart by May 15 at email@example.com.
More information is available at www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2823.
Faithfully Fit Forever leader training, June
A Faithfully Fit Forever leaders’ training session
will be June 13 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Old Mission UMC, 5519 State
Park Road in Fairway. Faithfully Fit Forever is a non-denominational
faith community-based exercise, devotion and health education
program that focuses on the body, mind and spirit connection.
People who want to start or lead this program at their church are
encouraged to attend.
The training and materials are $50 and $10
for each additional person sharing materials.
Get more information and a registration flier from the event
description, or contact Susan Harvey at 316-775-6324 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fundraiser for Tallgrass Spiritual Retreat Center, June
College Hill UMC in Wichita will host a fundraiser
for Tallgrass Spiritual Retreat Center June 13. The event,
“Tallgrass Treasures and Tennessee Tunes,” will be a combination
silent auction, which will begin at 6 p.m., and concert, which will
start at 7 p.m.
The “tunes” will be performed by Celia Whitler, a singer,
songwriter and author from Tennessee who communicates with a
powerful and unique voice. “Treasures” will be the silent auction
Tickets are $25, of which $20 is tax-deductible.
For more information, visit www.tallgrassretreats.com/TallgrassTreasures-TennesseeTunes.html
or call Rev. Billie Blair at 620-753-3465.
KC Royals UM Family Day, July 17
annual United Methodist Family Day at the “K” hosted by Kansas and
Missouri United Methodist Men will be July 17 for the Kansas City
Royals versus Tampa Bay game, the grand opening of the Royals Hall
of Fame and the Hall of Fame Classic exhibition game.
The Classic will feature Royal greats in an exhibition game
against former MLB stars at 5 p.m. Gates will open early for the
event giving fans an opportunity to tour the Royals Hall of Fame and
watch batting practice prior to the Classic. The Royals game will
begin at 7:10 p.m., and fireworks will follow the game.
Tickets are $14 each.
The order deadline is July 6, but there is high demand for
tickets for this event. As a result, tickets sales will not be held
open indefinitely. People who are interested in attending are
encouraged to order their tickets soon.
Order tickets through your church’s UMM. Churches that don’t have
an organized unit of UMM are still urged to advertise the event and
collect orders through their church office.
For more information, contact John Reimer at 785-379-9828 or
785-383-1670 (cell) or Warren Livingston at 913-631-6818. Make
checks payable to: Kansas East UMM.
A ticket order form may be downloaded at www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2699.
Visit the conference calendar at www.kansaseast.org/calendar.asp
for additional events.