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Communiqué 354 – Oct. 6, 2010

Lawrence Indian UMC Celebration and Dedication Services, Oct. 8-10
Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church invites you to the celebration and dedication Services of the renovation and fellowship hall addition Oct. 8-10.

The schedule:

Friday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m., reception and thanksgiving
Saturday, Oct. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m., open house and gospel singing starting at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m., Service of Dedication

Get more details at http://www.kansaseast.org/events/detail/3591.

Children's Sabbath 2010, Oct. 8-11
This year, the United Methodist Church will honor Children's Sabbath, October 8-11, 2010. The theme for this year is “Blessed to Be a Blessing: Lifting Up the Next Generation.”

Through worship, prayer and actions, faith communities will affirm children as the primary blessing God has given us and will commit together to working to end child poverty.

Resources are available at from the General Board of Disciplship Web site.

Cat-Hawk Challenge, Oct. 9
The Cat-Hawk Challenge is an annual pep rally, dinner party and fundraiser for United Methodist campus ministries at KU and K-State.

The challenge will begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 9 at Grace UMC, 11485 Ridgeview Rd. in Olathe. A free dinner and free child care will be provided.

Find out more at http://cathawkchallenge.net.

The Song of Silence retreat, Oct. 12-14
The inaugural monastic/spiritual experience for laity and clergy, The Song of Silence, will be Oct. 12-14 at Camp Chippewa. The retreat will feature the gentle rhythms of worship, solitude, work, prayer, sacred reading, prayer yoga, silence, guided imagery and journaling. The leaders will be Lee Domann, Paul Wolf, Mitch Todd, Dale Lewis and Morgan Whitaker Smith.

Registration is $145. Clergy will be able to earn 2.0 CEUs and fulfill the spiritual formation requirement of the Kansas East Conference.

For more information, go to http://www.kansaseast.org/events/detail/3541.

Laity School of Theology, Oct. 16
Saint Paul School of Theology’s Laity School of Theology will present You, the Church and Youth Ministry from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Kansas City.

This session for people who want to support youth, youth workers and youth ministry in their churches, as well as for people who work with youth. Get some practical tips that will breathe new life into your interactions. 

Registration is $50, which includes lunch. Register online.

Humana insurance enrollment meetings, Oct. 18-22
All participants in the Kansas East Conference health insurance plan through Humana are encouraged to attend one of the meetings in October for 2011 benefits.
There will be three different health plans offered for 2011, so it’s important to make an informed decision on coverage selection.

A meeting for active participants will be held in each district. Three meeting for retirees will be offered.

The meetings will be:

Oct. 18, 10 a.m. – noon, for active participants at Lenexa St. Paul’s UMC
Oct. 18, 1:30-2:30 p.m., for retirees only at Lenexa St. Paul’s UMC
Oct. 19, 10 a.m. – noon, for active participants at Garnett UMC
Oct. 19, 1:30-2:30 p.m., for retirees only at Chanute First UMC
Oct. 20, 10 a.m. – noon, for active participants at Parsons Wesley UMC
Oct. 21, 10 a.m. – noon, for active participants at Manhattan College Avenue UMC
Oct. 22, 10 a.m. – noon, for active participants at Topeka Highland Park UMC
Oct. 22, 1:30-2:30 p.m., for retirees only at Topeka Highland Park UMC

Get more information from the conference calendar at http://www.kansaseast.org/events/calendar?area=All&month=10&year=2010.

CARE team and leader training, Oct. 29-30
Caregivers Actively Responding in Emergencies (CARE) teams are part of the Kansas East Conference disaster-response ministry. The teams are composed of volunteers who have a gift for listening and who can show victims that the United Methodist Church cares about them.

A training session for new CARE team members and team leaders will be Oct. 29-30 at Emporia Grace UMC.

Get the prerequisites and other information at http://www.kansaseast.org/events/detail/3491.

Make Your Church History Happen, Nov. 13
A workshop for church historians will be Saturday, Nov. 13, at Emporia: First UMC. The day will feature exhibits and presenters to share insights about bringing the past back to life for future generations. 

Breakout sessions include:

  • Writing your church history
  • How to begin a local church archives
  • What to do in case of or to prevent a disaster with historic documents
  • Record retention at the local church
  • Archives 101
  • Photo and AV materials - how to preserve

The registration deadline is Oct. 29.

Get more information at http://www.kansaseast.org/events/detail/3458

Live Internet events to launch ‘10-Fold’ Oct. 10
10-Fold launches Oct. 10 and is all about multiplying ministry. The 10-day series of live Internet events will report on the United Methodist Church’s work to combat poverty, disease and social injustice around the world.

The goal of 10-Fold is to gain the support of 10,000 people for each of 10 projects supported through The Advance, the designated giving arm of the United Methodist Church.

Every day will focus on a different project with a variety of Internet events - Webcasts, streaming video, online chats and discussions.

Through these events, church members, groups and congregations will have immediate access to missionaries, volunteers and churches in Haiti, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States.

An updated schedule and toolkit for 10-Fold, as well as downloadable resource packets for adults and children, are available at www.10-fold.org.

October is the month to talk about domestic violence
October is domestic violence awareness month. A new, downloadable resource, “Breaking the Silence,” can equip United Methodists to speak up and speak out about domestic violence. The 23-page study, for use in local congregations, focuses on the need for communities of faith to address systems that cause victims to remain silent and enable perpetrators to continue.

The new resource is available from the “Resource Tools” tab at http://www.umc-gbcs.org/site/apps/nl/content3.asp?c=frLJK2PKLqF&b=3631781&ct=3955961.

Church makes pledge to Global Fund
In a spirit of hope and partnership, Thomas Kemper has announced that The United Methodist Church will contribute up to $28 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, based on a successful $75 million Imagine No Malaria campaign.

Kemper, who heads the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, spoke on behalf of the executive committee of the United Methodist Global Health Initiative, of which Imagine No Malaria is a part. Imagine No Malaria is an initiative of the people of The United Methodist Church to raise funds to help eliminate malaria deaths in Africa by 2015.

Read more at http://www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=5259669&ct=8739529.

Two schools lose United Methodist status
Two Pennsylvania seminaries have been removed from a list of schools approved to train United Methodist clergy, following a June ruling by a denominational sanctioning body.

Evangelical Theological Seminary in Myerstown and Palmer Theological School in Wynnewood received letters from the University Senate—the sanctioning body that determines which schools meet the criteria for listing as institutions affiliated with the denomination—informing them of the decision, but offering little information as to what led to it.

Find out more at http://www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=5723451&ct=8736207¬oc=1.
New e-newsletters
New issues of the following e-newsletter have been posted:

  • MissionInsite, the Kansas East Conference’s demographic information service
  • Horizons stewardship e-newsletter, by Clif Christopher

To read the newsletters, go to the e-newsletter archives at http://www.kansaseast.org/enewsletterarchives.



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