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Aug. 14 , 2014
Diocesan Convention information
>> Upcoming convocation meetings . Each of the four convocations will meet in September to review the proposed diocesan mission plan, hear from diocesan staff and elect convocation clergy representatives to the Council of Trustees. The schedule of meetings is:
Saturday, Sept. 6
10 a.m. – Southeast Convocation, St. John’s, 1801 Corning, Parsons
2 p.m. – Southwest Convocation, Trinity, 400 West Ash, El Dorado
Saturday, Sept. 13
9 a.m. – Northeast Convocation, St. Margaret’s, 5700 W. 6th St., Lawrence
1 p.m. – Northwest Convocation, Grace Cathedral, 7801 SW 8th Ave., Topeka
>> Convention books . The books that include information about nominees, the proposed mission plan and other information will be mailed to all lay delegates and clergy the last week of August. It also will be posted on the diocesan website’s convention page: http://www.episcopal-ks.org/life/convention.php.
>> New this year – online registration! No more handwriting delegate information onto paper registration forms. All who will attend Diocesan Convention now will register through our online form: http://tinyurl.com/ku8lrlb. Each person is asked to complete his or her own form; there is no provision for bulk online registrations.
The deadline for all convention registrations is Friday, Sept. 26.
>> Payment will still be by check , so after registering, be sure to send in your payment! Please make your check payable to "Episcopal Diocese of Kansas" with "Diocesan Convention" in the memo line, and mail to Michele Moss, Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, 835 SW Polk St., Topeka, KS 66612
>> A note about hotel reservations : If you want to reserve rooms at the Capitol Plaza Hotel at the convention rate, we now have a link that takes you directly to the diocesan group reservation page: https://reservations.ihotelier.com/crs/g_reservation.cfm?groupID=750187&hotelID=13576. This uses our online group code DIOCESE.
If making hotel reservations by phone, call (800) 579-7937 and indicate you are with group EDOK, which is the phone group code.
Presiding Bishop urges prayers this Sunday for the situation in Iraq
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has urged Episcopalians to observe this Sunday, Aug. 17, as a day of prayer for those in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East living in fear of their lives, livelihoods, and ways of living and believing.
Her call for prayer is in response to violence in Iraq that has included the slaying of Christians, Yazidis and other Iraqi religious minorities; the destruction and looting of churches, homes and places of business; and the displacement of thousands under the threat of death.
The following collect, which may be used as part of the Prayers of the People or elsewhere in the liturgy, appears on page 815 of the Book of Common Prayer:
Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, That all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and forever. Amen.
Questions about how best to support the Christian community of Iraq may be directed to the Rev. Canon Robert Edmunds, Middle East Partnership Officer for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, at email@example.com.
Bishop reports on the search for a canon to the ordinary
On Aug. 9 Bishop Dean Wolfe sent an email message Aug. 9 with information about the search for a canon to the ordinary, which has begun. He said he hopes to have a person on staff before Jan. 1, 2015.
He said that in the interim, he has asked several members of the diocese to assume special roles:
- Dave Seifert, missioner for transitions, will take on an expanded role that includes the coordination of all transition-related activities for the diocese. He is also directly assisting the bishop in coordinating the work of the diocesan staff. He will be working from the diocesan office most Tuesdays and Wednesdays and will work remotely from Clay Center at other times.
- A Canon Search Advisory Committee composed of lay leaders and clergy from around the diocese is working with the bishop and Seifert to develop a detailed job description. Robert Skaggs, President of the Council of Trustees, is chair of the committee. The group had its first meeting on Aug. 8 to begin developing a position description.
- The Rev. George Wiley, who recently retired as the head of the Philosophy Department at Baker University, has been appointed by the bishop as Canon Pastor to provide counsel and assistance to clergy and parishes around the diocese, under the bishop’s direction. He will work some days from the diocesan office, as well as from his home in Lawrence.
Campus ministry makes parish partner grants
The Campus Ministry Council is pleased to announce that the following parishes and groups are recipients of a parish-partner campus ministry grant:
- St. Andrew’s, Emporia;
- Episcopal Campus Ministry of Wichita;
- Grace, Chanute;
- St. John’s, Parsons; and
- St. Peter’s, Pittsburg.
About the grant recipients, Campus Ministry Council chair Scott Howard said, “We seek to distribute funds among a broad range of campus ministry programs, both to help start up new and novel programs as well as to offer supplemental support to successful existing programs. The awardees this semester are all successful and existing programs that have adapted their ministry efforts to meet the community’s needs they serve.”
The next grant application process begins in early November with the submission of a draft proposal to the campus missioner, who helps finalize the application and guides the application through a timely review process.
For questions, please contact Campus Missioner the Rev. Stephanie Jenkins, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (785) 766-7435.
Hospitality guide written by diocesan transition missioner
Dave Seifert, missioner for transitions for the Diocese of Kansas, has written a booklet that is a guide to church hospitality. “Seeing Christ in Our Guests” provides practical tools and ideas for how to establish and grow a welcoming community. It also offers suggestions for how church communities in the 21st century can embrace hospitality as a faithful response to scripture.
Individual copies of the booklet are $4 each. Bulk prices are $3 for 10 or more copies, and $2 for 25 or more copies.
It is published by Forward Movement and can be ordered from them online at http://www.forwardmovement.org/Products/2225/seeing-christ-in-our-guests.aspx.
>> Register for Fall Fun Fest now. Sept. 20-21 at St. Thomas in Overland Park. For youth in grades 6-12. Start the year off right with the first diocesan youth event of the school year. There will be music and games, including an inflatable obstacle course, human hamster ball races and sumo wrestling. There are opportunities to make friends with youth from all over the diocese and learn about Christian spirituality. All youth are encouraged to invite a friend to this welcoming event. Cost is $40 with some scholarship assistance available. Registration forms are available online at http://edokyouth.wordpress.com/fall-fun-fest/ .
>> Youth can be pages and acolytes at Diocesan Convention. Oct. 24-25 in Topeka. Youth in grades 8-12 are invited to be pages at Diocesan Convention. Pages pass out ballots or other handouts during the business sessions. Youth are also needed to serve as acolytes and assist with a Taizé-style Compline service on Friday night. Interested youth should register by Sept. 22. There is no cost to attend, and forms can be printed on the Diocesan Youth web site http://edokyouth.wordpress.com/diocesan-convention/ on the forms page.
Prayers requested for campus and youth meetings
Please keep in your prayers two diocesan meetings this Friday and Saturday:
Campus Ministry Council retrea t at Upton Hall in Topeka. 13 people will be there to plan for the coming school year.
Youth Commission meeting and retreat , St. Andrew’s, Emporia. There are 13 peer ministers and 17 students on the commission, who will be making plans for the coming year.
Episcopal Church Women plan special day in Topeka
The board of the Episcopal Church Women of the diocese invites women in every church to attend “A Day at the Cathedral” on Saturday, Sept. 27, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Registration will begin at 10 a.m.
The event will include a worship service, tour of the cathedral, organ presentation and a tour of the Bethany Place property. Lunch will be included.
The cost will be $15 per person. Checks to reserve your spot should be sent no later than Sept. 15 to ECW Treasurer Sharon Atherton at 10206 West 20th Street North, Wichita, KS 67212. Please include your name, address, phone number, email address, and your church’s name and city.
Anniversaries of ordinations
Our apologies go to the Rev. Jan. Chubb, St. Timothy’s, Iola, whose ordination anniversary of Aug. 9 was inadvertently omitted in the DioLog of July 31. We send belated 17th anniversary greetings!
Congratulations go to these people as they celebrate the anniversaries of their ordination in the next two weeks:
Aug. 15: Deacon Robert Hirst, Good Shepherd, Wichita (15 years)
Aug. 19: The Rev. Dan Northway, retired (25 years)
Aug. 22: The Rev. Bede Thomas Mudge, OHC (50 years)
Aug. 24: The Rev. Lavonne Seifert, St. Paul’s, Clay Center (1 year)
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