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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, Feb. 18.
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Feb. 4 , 2016
Resources for Lent
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10. If your church still is looking for resources for use during Lent, here are a few:
- A free video about Ash Wednesday from the Acts 8 movement. It can be customized to include your church name: http://www.acts8movement.org/create-your-own-ash-wednesday-invitation-video/
- Repairing the Breach:Discipleship in a Global Economy from the House of Bishops Theology Committee. It offers prayerful self-reflection on our economic life through daily meditations and videos. http://repairingthebreach.forwardmovement.org/
- “Growing a Rule of Life” from the Society of Saint John the Evangelist: http://ssje.org/ssje/growrule/
- Forward Movement: http://www.forwardmovement.org/Products/CategoryCenter/FMEAS/Lent--Easter.aspx
- Church Publishing: https://www.churchpublishing.org/search/?keyword=lent+2016
- Lent Madness: http://www.lentmadness.org/
- Episcopal Relief & Development: http://www.episcopalrelief.org/church-in-action/church-campaigns/lent
- Archbishop of Canterbury’s book for Lent: http://www.lentbook2016.com/
These and other Lenten resources are listed:
- Episcopal News Service: http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2016/02/02/resources-for-exploring-a-holy-lent/
- ECF Vital Practices: http://www.ecfvp.org/tools/lenten-resources/
Parochial reports are due March 1
Clergy and wardens are reminded that their church’s annual Parochial Report must be completed and returned to the diocesan office no later thanMarch 1. Paper copies of the report were sent to all churches of the diocese in early January.
The report may be completed online, but additional materials still must be sent to the diocese. And new this year – those extra pages also are online! They include:
- supplement to the Parochial Report
- church list of lay delegates to Diocesan Convention
- updated information for the diocesan Directory
- report on clergy continuing education
Links to the online version of these extra forms are on the diocesan website “Forms” page: http://www.episcopal-ks.org/resources/forms.php
Anyone with questions about completing the Parochial Report should contact Comptroller Jay Currie at firstname.lastname@example.org, (785) 235-9255 or (800) 473-3563.
Anyone with questions about the additional online forms should contact Michele Moss at email@example.com, (785) 235-9255 or (800) 473-3563.
Epiphany, Independence, plans DC trip in April; all are invited
Members of Epiphany, Independence invite other members of the diocese to join them for a trip to Washington, D.C. April 6-10. It will include a visit to Washington National Cathedral and is scheduled during the Cherry Blossom Festival.
The cost is $886 for double occupancy or $1,386 for single occupancy, and includes airfare to Washington from Wichita, plus hotel accommodations.
If interested, contact Deacon David Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org. Heneeds a non-refundable deposit of $50, plus name and birthdate,by Feb. 9.
Campus ministry intern position open at K-State for next school year
Do you know a recent college graduate who has a passion for working with college students, while furthering their own vocational discernment? If so, serving as a campus intern for the diocesan campus ministry program may be right for them.
The diocese has an opening at Kansas State University for the 2016-2017 academic year, working from Aug. 1 through mid-May. The position offers a stipend of $9,500, with housing provided at the Canterbury House at K-State. There is the potential that this could become a two-year commitment, if desired.
Applicants must have a mature faith, have graduated from college, have excellent interpersonal skills and possess a desire to work with college students and others in the diocese to further the ministry goals of the campus ministry program.
More information is online at https://edokcampusministry.wordpress.com/campus-intern-application/. The application is online at https://edokcampusministry.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/intern-application-2016-17.pdf.
For more information, contact Marian Fuller, chair of the KSU Bishop’s Committee, at email@example.com.
Reminder: United Thank Offering grant applications are due Feb. 12
If you want to apply for a grant from the United Thank Offering, it must be submitted to the diocesan office no later than Feb. 12. The completed grant application form and a proposed project budget are required.
The application form is online at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/uto-grants.
The focus for this year’s UTO grants is the Fifth Mark of Mission: To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
UTO will consider applications that are for start-up costs for a new ministry, not for the continuation of an ongoing ministry, unless there is a definite new direction added to the existing program; and for seed money for start-up positions, either full- or part-time, for a new ministry.
From among applications submitted, Bishop Wolfe will select one to forward to the United Thank Offering board for possible funding
Additional information and worksheets, along with sample budgets, are on the UTO grant webpage, http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/uto-grants.
Questions about the process should be referred to Canon to the Ordinary the Rev. Torey Lightcap at firstname.lastname@example.org or (785) 235-9255 or (800) 473-3563.
>> Deadline is today for music weekend for high school students
- What: Leadership games, hang-out time, and most importantly, time to practice worship songs and maybe even record a few.
- Who: High school students who are interested in playing at youth events
- When: Friday, Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m. – Sunday, Feb. 21, 11:30 a.m.
- Where: Upton Hall (behind Grace Cathedral, Topeka)
- Cost: $20
- Registration: https://edok.formstack.com/forms/music_weekend Please sign-up by Thursday, Feb. 4 to help us plan.
>> Summer youth ministry internship applications now available
Do you know a college student interested in pursuing a vocation in ministry? If so, ask them if they are interested in applying for the Summer Youth Ministry Internship. Applications are dueFeb. 28. Learn more about the program and how to apply at http://edokyouth.wordpress.com/internship/
>>Adult volunteers and youth ministers can register for Recharge now
Recharge is a one-night retreat for youth ministers and volunteers in the diocese. This year we will focus on Sustainable Youth Ministry based on the book of the same time by Mark DeVries. There will be several educational sessions, and we also will have a resource-sharing and problem-solving time.
March 4-5 at Upton Hall, Topeka; cost is just $15. Get more information or sign up online at https://edokyouth.wordpress.com/recharge/
>> New Beginnings registration is now open
This weekend spiritual retreat is for students in grades 6-8 of the current school year, with high school youth serving on staff. New Beginnings focuses on the two greatest commandments: loving God with all our heart, mind and strength, and loving our neighbors as ourselves. The priority registration deadline is Thursday, March 31.
There will be a staff planning day for high school students and adults on Saturday, April 9, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. More information, registration forms and a poster are available at: http://edokyouth.wordpress.com/new-beginnings/ .
>> Episcopal Summer Mega Camp registration is now open
Camp is June 5-11 at Camp Wood YMCA. 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. The volunteer Episcopal staff provides solid Christian education, featuring worship, music, small group discussions and prayer. Camp is open to those currently in grades 3-12 and their friends.
Cost is $420 for the week; register by May 6. For registration forms and more information see http://edokyouth.wordpress.com/camp/
>> Check out the 2016 youth camp commercials
Learn more about camp and help spread the word. Our goal is to make sure every child and youth in grades 3-12 is invited to attend Episcopal camp. There were five commercials entered in the camp commercial contest, and you can view them all on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIr5V_EJuAejnNymKDyViAbf2rqkKucle
Four different students entered the competition. The winner was Olivia Rimmer, 8th grader from St. Thomas the Apostle, Overland Park, but all the videos are great.
Applications now accepted for AmeriCorps position at EMM-Wichita
Episcopal Migration Ministries-Wichita will receive a one-year AmeriCorps staff member through a special arrangement involving Episcopal Migration Ministries.
EMM-Wichita (formerly known as Episcopal Wichita Area Refugee Ministry, or EWARM)is one of 10 EMM affiliates that will receive a staffer through the program, which is a partnership between the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Recent college graduates or other young adults are invited to apply for the position that will help EMM-Wichita build a volunteer program to assist in their ministry.
More information and online application are available at https://rew31.ultipro.com/EPI1003/JobBoard/JobDetails.aspx?__ID=*900EC44F4F22B79F.
Council of Trustees December meeting minutes are online
The minutes of the Dec. 15 meeting of the Council of Trustees, along with minutes of prior meetings, have been posted on the COT minutes page of the diocesan website, http://www.episcopal-ks.org/news/Council-of-Trustees-minutes.php.
Deadline is Feb. 28 to apply for K2K teams
Applications are being accepted for those wanting to be part of one of the teams headed to Kenya next summer for a variety of mission efforts.
The teams are:
- Community Team, June 16-29 (cost: $3,800)
- Medical/Dental Team, June 23 - July 4 (cost: $4,000)
Those interested in being part of either trip must submit an application, which is available on the diocesan website at http://www.episcopal-ks.org/life/documents/K2K-2016-team-application.pdf. Applications must be accompanied by a check for the $400 deposit.
The deadline to apply for either team is Feb. 28.
Completed applications plus checks should be sent to: K2K Teams, The Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, 835 SW Polk St., Topeka, KS 66612.
Questions can be sent to K2K director Deacon Steve Segebrecht at email@example.com.
March classes at BKSM: New Testament and Sacramental Theology
Whether you wish to explore the church’s rich sacramental theology or delve into the four Gospels, March classes at the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry have much to offer.
These classes will be taught by the Very Rev. Dr. Benjamin Thomas, dean of Christ Cathedral, Salina, and the Rev. Dr. Ted Blakley, rector of Grace Church, Hutchinson. This month’s praxis session, led by third-year presbyteral studies student Charles Everson, offers a primer on vestments and clerical attire in the Episcopal and Lutheran traditions.
Classes begin Feb. 15 and meet March 12-13. Learn more on the BKSM website, http://www.bishopkemperschool.org/march-2016-courses.html
Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday is Feb. 14
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites all Episcopalians to join in observing Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on Feb. 14, the First Sunday in Lent.
He said, “As the season of Lent calls us to re-examine our priorities, let’s unite in truly seeking and serving Christ in all persons, through the important work of Episcopal Relief & Development.”
More information is on their website, http://www.episcopalrelief.org/press-and-resources/press-releases/2016-press-releases/presiding-bishop-michael-curry-invites-church-wide-observance-of-episcopal-relief-and-development-sunday-february-14.
Applications now are accepted for Episcopal Church Foundation Fellows
If you are interested in applying for a fellowship from the Episcopal Church Foundation in either its academic track or its ministry track, the deadline to apply isFriday, March 11.
The purpose of the ECF Fellowship program is to foster research and ministry that will strengthen leadership in the Episcopal Church.
Fellowships awards are for up to $15,000 and can be renewed for up to three years, although amounts awarded in years two and three usually are capped at $10,000. Typically, three or four fellowships are awarded annually.
More information is online at http://www.episcopalfoundation.org/programs/fellowship-partner-program/how-to-apply.
Episcopal Church Foundation office has moved
The Episcopal Church Foundation office now is located at 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 750, New York, NY 10115.
They can be reached by phone at (800) 697-2858.
ECF creates partnerships with congregations, dioceses and other Episcopal faith communities, empowering them to engage in visioning and planning, develop effective lay-clergy leadership teams, and raise financial and other resources for ministry.
Condolences go to the Very Rev. Don Compier, dean of the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry, on the death of his mother, Phyllis Jean Compier Key, on Jan. 28. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
Anniversaries of ordinations
Congratulations go to these people as they celebrate the anniversaries of their ordination in the next two weeks:
Feb. 12: The Rev. Elborn Mendenhall, retired (56 years); Deacon Anne Flynn, Grace Cathedral, Topeka (11 years)
Feb. 14: The Rev. Kelley Lackey, non-parochial (12 years); the Rev. Randy McIntosh, Church of the Incarnation, Salina, Diocese of Western Kansas (7 years)
Feb. 15: The Rev. Gary Kennedy, St. Mary’s, Galena (16 years)
Feb. 17: The Rev. Helen Hoch, Calvary, Yates Center (15 years)
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