Communiqué 352 – Sept. 22, 2010
Simple, radical hospitality opens door to sharing faith
The most important part of radical hospitality is the adjective “radical.” Many people will have their own interpretation of how best to be radical, but my view is that radical means loving unchurched people very well.
When you add the word “simple” in front of it, I begin to think of ways any individual Christian can participate in this important practice of fruitful congregations. I want to ask each United Methodist this question, “How do you love well someone who doesn’t go to church?”
Read more from Bishop Scott Jones at http://www.kansaseast.org/blogs/detail/211.
Safe and Sacred Space trainings, October
There will be several Safe and Sacred Space training opportunities during October:
- Oct. 3 at Olathe Grace UMC
- Oct. 13 instructor training at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood
- Oct. 18 at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood
For more information, see the event descriptions on the conference calendar at http://www.kansaseast.org/events/calendar?month=10&year=2010.
World Communion Sunday, Oct. 3
The World Communion offering provides scholarships for racial- and ethnic- minority U.S. and international students of mission partner institutions in advanced studies. Priority areas of mission include elimination of poverty, expansion of global health, leadership and congregational development.
Get resources for observing World Communion Sunday and links to stories of students who have received scholarship help through this effort at http://www.kansaseast.org/events/detail/3156.
Registration deadline for youth Holy Land study tour, Oct. 10
The deadline for the Holy Land Study Tour registration with $300 deposit is Oct. 10. Full payment is due by Dec. 3. Passport information is also required by Dec. 3.
Travelers will visit the Sea of Galilee; Beit Shean, Nazareth, Megiddo and Caesarea; Jericho, Masada and the Dead Sea; ancient Jerusalem; and Christian Jerusalem.
Get more information at http://kansaseast.org/pages/detail/1018.
Lay speaking courses, Oct. 15-16
Are you experiencing a call to proclaim God’s power? Is God calling you to serve in a specific way?
Consider exploring the unlimited possibilities to be equipped for lay ministry and to build up the body of Christ as Ephesians 4:12 encourages. Contact your district director of lay speaking ministries and begin this exciting discernment process.
Training courses for lay speaker candidates will be Oct. 15-16 at Valley View UMC in Overland Park. Find the seminar details and district director contacts are listed in the current newsletter, posted at http://kansaseast.org/pages/detail/992.
More information about lay ministry is available at http://kansaseast.org/pages/detail/78.
New Rethink Church Web site
Rethink Church congregational resources have moved to www.UMCom.org/RethinkChurch.
Five Practices of Fruitful Living: A conversation with Bishop Robert Schnase
United Methodist Bishop Robert Schnase, author of the best-selling “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations,” has a new book on a similar theme, “Five Practices of Fruitful Living.”
In a recent Leading Ideas conversation with Bishop Schnase, he was asked, “What made the original Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations so successful, with over 100,000 copies sold and now available in multiple languages?”
Schnase replied, “Five Practices seems to have struck a resonant chord by drawing our attention to the essential activities and ministries that help a congregation fulfill its mission.”
Read more or listen to the interview at http://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas/leaddocs/2010/100915_article.html.
Participate in Reverse Trick-or-Treating
The United Methodist General Board of Church and Society encourages participating in Reverse Trick-or-Treating, giving children, youth and adults an opportunity to treat neighbors with Fair Trade chocolate while educating their communities about how they can help:
- End poverty,
- Promote human rights,
- End child labor and human trafficking
- Bring awareness to the environmental abuses in the cocoa industry.
The Fair Trade chocolate is attached to a card with information unmasking social and environmental problems in the cocoa industry, and how buying Fair Trade certified chocolate provides a solution.
Reverse Trick-or-Treating kits are distributed free to individuals and at a discounted wholesale price to organizations.
Dates to request kits:
- Individuals (one group of trick-or-treaters) Sept. 1 – Oct. 8, while supplies last; price: free + shipping costs; kit includes 15 cards/chocolates.
- Organizations (schools, congregations, youth groups, etc., organizing multiple groups of trick-or-treaters) Oct. 1 - Oct. 8, while supplies last; price: $24 per box of 150 cards/chocolates with a maximum of two boxes per organization + shipping costs.
Get more information at www.reversetrickortreating.org.
Free worship-planning calendar for 2011 available from GBOD
The General Board of Discipleship has produced a free worship- and music-planning calendar for 2011. The planning calendar is useful for pastors, teachers, music directors, choir members, committee members and church officials. It includes lectionary citations, holidays and occasions from both the church and civil calendars.
Download the calendar at http://tinyurl.com/2vgrsgm.
Mosquito Bytes e-newsletter
Imagine No Malaria, a ministry of the United Methodist Church Global Health Initiative, produces a monthly e-newsletter, Mosquito Bytes.
To subscribe, go to http://www.imaginenomalaria.org.
Current and past issues are posted on the Imagine No Malaria Web site at http://www.imaginenomalaria.org/site/c.4dIBILOnGaIQE/b.5940233/k.ED7C/Resources.htm#mBN.
What to do when there is no accompanist for hymns
Cokesbury has CDs of instrumental accompaniment when a pianist or organist is not available:
UM Hymnal Accompaniment CD Sampler
Selected Hymns from the UM Hymnal Midi Disk
UM Hymnal Accompaniment on CDs: piano/organ accompaniments to all hymns, baptism, communion responses, Psalter
The Faith We Sing CD Accompaniment edition
The Faith We Sing MIDI Edition
Scholarships available for Youth Worker Summit, Dec. 1-4
The General Board of Discipleship has 30 scholarships left for the Youth Worker Summit Dec. 1-4 in Orlando, Fla. The scholarships are $100 each and go towards the registration fee.
Contact Hank Hilliard at firstname.lastname@example.org for the details on how to get a scholarship.
Information about the event is available at http://www.youthworkersummit.org.
Visit the conference Web site at http://www.kansaseast.org for more news and events.