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DioLog is the biweekly newsletter sent by e-mail every other week to more than 500 clergy and lay leaders across the diocese and elsewhere. The next edition of DioLog will be sent to subscribers on Thursday, April 2
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March 12, 2015
Bishop Wolfe urges participation in Good Friday Offering
At a time when ongoing strife in the Middle East fills our airwaves, we have the chance to do something positive for Christians living in the region that Jesus called home.
Since 1922, the Episcopal Church has collected a Good Friday Offering to support the ministries of the four Anglican dioceses of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.
Pastoral care, education and health care continue to be primary ministries through which churches in the region offer the reconciling spirit of the Christian faith to all in need.
As Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has said, through this Offering, “refugees are cared for, the sick and injured are healed, the dead are buried, children are educated, women are empowered by these ministries – and all are welcomed with open arms.”
A variety of resources to help you in making this appeal in your parish is on the Episcopal Church website, http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/good-friday-offering-resources .
I strongly urge everyone in the diocese to be generous in contributing to this important show of solidarity and compassion to our sisters and brothers who suffer so much, and minster so bravely, in a troubled land.
Jackson Kemper advances to March 20 match-up in Lent Madness
Jackson Kemper emerged from the first-round match-up and now moves on to the round of the Saintly 16 in in Lent Madness, http://www.lentmadness.org/, a fun way to learn about ancient and modern saints of the church by reading about them and then voting in a sports-type bracket.
He next faces off on March 20 against Bernard Mizeki, a 19th century South African missionary and martyr.
Bishop Kemper was the first missionary bishop selected by the Episcopal Church in 1835, to help bring the church to what then was known as “the Northwest” – the states of Kansas, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, a territory of more than 450,000 square miles.
He also is the namesake of the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry, of which the Diocese of Kansas is a member.
In order to share more widely the story of the emergence of the Episcopal Church in the Midwest, we urge all Kansas Episcopalians to vote for Bishop Kemper on March 20. Voters do not need to have voted in any other Lent Madness match-up; in fact, you don’t even have to be Episcopalian!
A link to vote that day will be sent by email to all DioLog subscribers and also will be posted on the dioceses social media platforms, Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EpiscopalDioceseofKansas ) and Twitter (@EpiscoKs).
Supporters of Bishop Kemper also have created a Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ActionJacksonKemper, to provide a sometimes lighthearted look at his decades of service on behalf of God’s mission in the frontier states.
Annual Chrism Mass takes place on March 31
The annual Chrism Mass – a service in which oil of chrism is blessed by Bishop Wolfe and clergy of the diocese renew their ordination vows – takes place on March 31, the Tuesday in Holy Week, at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Cathedral, Topeka.
All who are interested are encouraged to attend the service.
Clergy are reminded that they will vest (alb and red stole) and walk in procession. They should be present in the cathedral’s lower-level parish hall no later than 10 a.m.
Clergy who plan to stay for lunch need to make sure to give their RSVP to the diocesan office no later than March 24. At that time, a count of parishioners who will be eating lunch also needs to be turned in.
To reply on attendance or if there are questions, contact Jeanne Atha, Bishop Wolfe’s assistant, at email@example.com, (785) 235-9255 or (800) 473-3563.
Fundraiser for K2K planned for April 18
A special medieval dinner styled after a “Feast of Santiago, 1350 A.D.” will raise funds for the Agatha Amani Safe House for women in Kenya and for college students traveling to the east Africa country this summer through the diocese’s Kansas to Kenya ministry.
The event is set for Saturday, April 18 at 6 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels, 6630 Nall Avenue in Mission.
The cost to attend the five-course meal is $50 per person, and seating is limited to 80 people.
Tickets are available from St. Michael’s by calling (913) 236-8600, from St. Thomas Episcopal Church by calling (913) 451-0512, or from the diocesan office by calling (785) 235-9255.
Western Kansas ECW invites all women to an event with Lauren Winner
The Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Western Kansas invites all women to an event with author and historian Lauren Winner on Saturday, April 25 at Grace Episcopal Church in Hutchinson.
Winner is assistant professor of Christian spirituality at Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C.
The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. with registration and ends after a Eucharist that begins at 2:15 p.m.
Registration is $35 per person before April 4 and includes lunch. After that date, it is $45.
More information, including a downloadable registration form, is online at http://www.diowks.org/ministries/episcopal-church-women.html.
Episcopal Summer MegaCamp registration is open
Camp is May 31-June 6 at Camp Wood YMCA. Camp is open to those currently in grades 3-12, and their friends.
Cost is $420 for the week; register by May 8.
The volunteer Episcopal staff provides solid Christian education, featuring worship, music, small group discussions and prayer. Camp Wood features a variety of activities such as horseback riding, archery, climbing tower, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, water slide, mud slide, arts and crafts, and sports.
For registration forms and more information see http://edokyouth.wordpress.com/camp/
Diocesan Campus Ministry program seeks applicants for intern position
Are you, or do you know, a graduating college student passionate about a life of faith and looking to engage in a year of service, offering ministry to others and gaining leadership skills, before embarking on the next chapter of life?
If so, consider applying, or encouraging others to apply, to become a campus intern for the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas.
This service year begins Aug. 1, 2015, and has the potential to be a two-year internship.
Compensation includes a monthly stipend and lodging.
The internship offers the ministry opportunity to deepen one’s own faith and share formation, leadership and pastoral skills at the Canterbury House at the University of Kansas, working with local peer ministers. It also offers the participant space to explore more deeply their vocational discernment.
For more information regarding this opportunity please visit the Campus Ministry website, https://edokcampusministry.wordpress.com/campus-intern-application/ , or contact Campus Missioner the Rev. Stephanie Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or (785) 766-7435.
Special concert of Welsh music planned for June 21
A performance of works by Welsh composer Paul Mealor – known worldwide for special music composed for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton – will be performed at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 21 at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 West 13th Street in Kansas City, Mo.
The concert, ”Sounds of a Sacred Land,” will be performed by the Te Deum Chamber Choir, a group dedicated to performing a diverse sacred choral repertoire .
The cost to attend is $10 per person, and tickets are available online at http://paulmealorconcert.brownpapertickets.com/
The concert is sponsored by t he St. David Welsh Society of Greater Kansas City, which will host a light tea reception after the performance.
The Rev. Evan Ash, locum tenens at Trinity, Atchison, is serving as producer for the event. For more information, email him at email@example.com.
>> Share the 2015 Episcopal Summer MegaCamp Commercial Contest entries! Check out all the entries from the camp commercial contest on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIr5V_EJuAejnNymKDyViAbf2rqkKucle .
Six students entered the competition. The winner was Kirsten Lee, 10th grader from St. Michael and All Angels, Mission, but all the videos are great. All the students who submitted a video will receive some money towards the camp registration fee, thanks to an anonymous donor.
>> Sign-up for YouthTide now. Learn more about the Episcopal Church as we spend one weekend experiencing Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter and Pentecost. We will spend time experiencing silence, serving God, singing, worshiping, eating lots of yummy meals and hanging out with your diocesan youth friends!
April 17-19 at Grace Cathedral in Topeka, open to grades 6-12. The cost is $50. More info and registration is online at: https://edokyouth.wordpress.com/adventure/
Consider living at a Canterbury House while a college student
Are you or do you know a full-time college student passionate about a life of faith with demonstrated ministry leadership experience – and seek more of it?
Are you passionate about deepening your own spiritual journey and serving others by sharing the love of Christ with those you meet?
Then serving as a college peer minister with the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas might be a fit for you.
As a peer minister, you would work collaboratively with parish leaders as well as the Campus Missioner and interns to design and lead program opportunities that highlight faith formation, Christian community, discernment, and leadership development in your campus community.
At K-State and KU, there is the opportunity to live in-residence at one of the Canterbury Houses in exchange for the ministry you offer as a peer minister.
More information regarding this opportunity, and an application, is on the Campus Ministry website, https://edokcampusministry.wordpress.com/about-2/peer-ministry/
For more information or if you have questions, please contact Campus Missioner the Rev. Stephanie Jenkins at (78)766-7435 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bishop Kemper School offers summer classes for Christian educators and youth leaders
This summer Bishop Kemper School for Ministry will offer two special courses designed for current and potential Christian educators and youth leaders.
- June 14-15: Mini 340: Christian Education Leadership Survey
Participants will learn about “big picture” issues in leading Christian education programs, including engaging clergy and vestry support; developing mission, vision, goal and objectives; budgeting; safety guidelines; gift discernment; recruiting, training, supporting and appreciating volunteers; exploring cultural issues; and self-soul care. Deadline to register is May 14.
- July 18-19: Mini 350: Christian Education Children & Youth Teaching Survey
Participants will learn teaching logistics and best practices, including human growth and development; welcoming and hospitality; effective teaching and behavior management; curriculum evaluation and selection; designing, adapting and implementing lessons; and relational ministry with children and youth. Deadline to register is June 18.
The June class is a prerequisite for the July class.
Classes will take place at Upton Hall Conference Center in Topeka (just south of Grace Cathedral).
The cost is $125 per person for each weekend, which includes meals and lodging at Upton Hall.
Both classes will be taught by diocesan Youth Missioner Karen Schlabach, M.S. in Student Counseling and Personnel Services; and Sue Crew, M.S. in Adult and Continuing Education and Director of Christian Formation at St. Michael and all Angels, Mission.
If interested in registering, please contact BKSM’s dean, the Very Rev. Don H. Compier, at email@example.com.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Across the country April is designated as a time to make people aware of how to prevent child abuse. In Kansas, Kansas Children’s Service League (KCSL) is the organization that heads this important effort.
The symbol of the effort is a blue-and-white pinwheel, and some of them may be seen in cities across the state as a reminder.
KCSL also has designated April 10 as Wear Blue Day.
If your church wants to lean how it can add child abuse prevention awareness to its care for children, more resources are online at https://www.kcsl.org/cap_month.aspx.
Survey looks at dynamics of church growth and decline
The 2014 Survey of Episcopal Congregations, which looks at the dynamics of growth and decline in Episcopal congregations, has been produced by The Episcopal Church in conjunction with the Faith Communities Today ecumenical/interfaith survey project.
The 20-page document is posted online as a PDF at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/files/FACTs_on_Episcopal_Church_Growth%281%29.pdf
According to C. Kirk Hadaway, the Episcopal Church’s Officer for Congregational Research, the findings are based on 2013 parochial report data and the 2014 Survey of Episcopal Congregations, “which was completed by 762 congregations of an initial sample of 1,100. Churches were weighted by size, as measured in 2009, and represent the size distribution of all Episcopal churches in the U.S.”
With growth measured by change in Average Sunday Attendance from 2009 to 2013, New Facts on Episcopal Church Growth and Decline examines factors associated with growth and decline, such as what makes a congregation thrive or experience loss. Among the many sources of congregational growth and decline, Hadaway said, are the location and demographics of a congregation, the congregation’s identity, the congregation’s worship style and number of services, the congregation’s programs and activities, and the leadership of the congregation.
This new survey is an update of one that previously was taken in 2005.
Anniversaries of ordinations
Congratulations go to these people as they celebrate the anniversaries of their ordination in the next three weeks:
March 15: The Rev. Charles Kerschen, Christ Church, Kingman, Diocese of Western Kansas (7 years)
March 25: Deacon Barbara Adam, St. Thomas, Overland Park (22 years)
March 27: The Rev. Karen Lemon, St. Mark’s, Medicine Lodge and All saints, Pratt, Diocese of Western Kansas (16 years)
March 30: The Rev. Amanda Eiman, non-parochial (6 years); the Rev. Konrad Rock, retired, Diocese of Western Kansas (19 years)
April : The Rev. Joe Alford, St. Martin’s, Edwardsville (36 years)
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