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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, Nov. 13.
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Oct. 30, 2014
Diocesan Convention wrap-up
Thank you to all who attended Diocesan Convention last weekend. We appreciate your commitment and dedication!
Here are some wrap-up items:
>> Survey: Those who attended are invited to provide feedback about the event through an online survey. The deadline to send your thoughts is 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31. The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KsDioCon2014.
>> Photos: Deacon Bob Hirst took some great photos from convention events, and you can see them at https://www.flickr.com/photos/lovesymphony47/sets/72157648535503779/ and https://www.flickr.com/photos/lovesymphony47/sets/72157648891440636.
Videos of the various ministry group presentations also will be online in the coming days. They will be listed on the Convention page on the diocesan website, http://www.episcopal-ks.org/life/convention.php.
Make your reservation now for “A Night to Remember”
“A Night to Remember” is a gala evening celebrating the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, featuring dinner by Culinary Cornerstones, a ministry of Episcopal Community Services, and live music by the acclaimed Michael Beers Band.
It is set for Friday, Nov. 7 from 7 – 11 p.m. at St. Thomas’ Church, 12251 Antioch Rd. in Overland Park .
The cost is $65 per person, and attire is black tie optional.
Tickets may be purchased by check or credit card. Make checks payable to The Episcopal Diocese of Kansas and mail to Jay Currie, 835 SW Polk Street, Topeka, KS 66612.
Online reservations and payment by credit card can be made at http://tinyurl.com/mkx34af
Are you coming from a distance? You can receive a discounted hotel rate at the Hampton Inn, 10591 Metcalf Frontage Road in Overland Park, by calling (913) 341-1551.The room rate is $89 plus tax, and it includes breakfast.
Health insurance open enrollment starts Oct. 31
Open enrollment for clergy and employees in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas who are covered through the Medical Trust begins on Oct. 31 and runs through Nov. 21.
All those currently covered soon should be receiving enrollment forms by mail, along with a PIN for online enrollment.
If you are satisfied with your current coverage, you do not need to do anything, as your current coverage automatically will renew.
Please note that coverage in the coming year will be provided by Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, which recently purchased Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the diocese’s previous provider.
Additional information, including rates for medical and dental coverage, will be available on the diocesan website within the next week.
If you have questions, please contact diocesan Comptroller Jay Currie at email@example.com , (785) 235-9255 or (800) 473-3563.
Campus Ministry plans January retreat for college students
All college-aged Episcopalians, as well as others interested in exploring the Episcopal faith, are invited for “A Retreat to Reconnect,” a weekend retreat Jan. 2-4, 2015. It will take place at Camp Wood YMCA, southwest of Emporia, where participants will worship, relax and share meals together. There will be optional workshops, hikes, games, a talent show, yoga and more.
More information is on the campus ministry website at http://edokcampusministry.wordpress.com/retreat/.
Celebration of New Ministry set for the rector of St. Michael’s, Mission on Nov. 16
A Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Dr. Kevin Huddleston as the eighth rector of St. Michael and All Angels in Mission is set for Sunday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. at the church, 6630 Nall Ave. A reception will follow the service.
Everyone in the diocese is invited to attend.
Priests to gather in Wichita Nov. 11-13
Any priests who have not yet done so should make their reservations right away for the annual Gathering of Presbyters, set for Nov. 11-13 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. The event begins with lunch on Tuesday and ends at noon on Thursday.
The deadline for reservations is Monday, Nov. 3.
To register, go to https://edok.formstack.com/forms/2014_gop. Participants can pay there by credit card or indicate they will mail a check in advance of the event.
The event’s speaker and facilitator will be Brother Curtis Almquist, SSJE. Br. Curtis has been a member of the Society of St. John the Evangelist for more than 25 years, and before that he was a parish priest.
The Gathering of Presbyters is an annual event that every priest active in ministry in this diocese is obligated to attend.
If you have questions, please contact Jeanne Atha, Bishop Wolfe’s Executive Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org, (785) 235-9255 or (800) 473-3563.
Noted author Anne Lamott to speak in the area
A book tour by noted author Anne Lamott will bring her to Wichita and Kansas City in November.
Lamott will be speaking about and signing copies of her newest book, Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace.
She will be in Wichita on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m., appearing at Grace Presbyterian Church, 5002 E. Douglas Ave. , under the sponsorship of Watermark Books. Tickets, which are $23.95 plus tax and include a copy of the book, can be reserved online at http://www.watermarkbooks.com/event/anne-lamott
She will speak in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. at Community ChristianChurch, 4601 Main St., under the sponsorship of Rainy Day Books. Tickets for this event are $22.95 plus tax and also include a copy of the book. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.rainydaybooks.com/AnneLamott
Lamott writes about faith, family and community in essays that are both wise and irreverent. Among her best-known works are Traveling Mercies and Help. Thanks. Wow.
Want to be involved with General Convention next year?
Volunteers for a variety of tasks are needed for next year’s 78th General Convention, which takes place in Salt Lake City June 25 to July 3. The every-three-years event draws more than 800 people from the 109 dioceses in 16 countries that make up The Episcopal Church.
Volunteer shifts range from 2 to 6 hours in a variety of areas throughout convention where help is needed.
Volunteers can sign up online at https://2015generalconvention.my-trs.com/
>> Does your group want to have an exhibit at General Convention? Exhibitor applications are now available for organizations and vendors interested in exhibiting at The Episcopal Church’s 78th General Convention. Exhibitor applications are available through the General Convention website, http://www.generalconvention.org/. The exhibit area serves as a marketplace and educational arena for attendees. General Convention attracts thousands of people of all ages for more than one week, which provides a desirable venue for exhibitors.
The Rev. John Nixon has announced his retirement on Nov. 24 as the supply priest at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Overland Park, where he has served for the past 10 years. He was ordained in the Church of England and serves as licensed clergy in the Diocese of Kansas.
Anniversaries of ordinations
Congratulations go to these people as they celebrate the anniversaries of their ordination in the next two weeks:
Oct. 30: Deacon Lee Allen, St. Christopher’s, Wichita (27 years)
Nov. 1: The Rev. Sam Criss, retired (56 years)
Nov. 3: The Rev. Charles Pedersen, retired (62 years)
Nov. 8: Bishop Dean E. Wolfe, to the episcopacy (11 years)
Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday
Please remember – and remind your parishioners – that Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2.
Set your clocks back an hour before going to bed on Saturday night so you won’t be an hour early to church on Sunday morning.
Stay in touch via Facebook and Twitter
You can find news, features and updates from the diocese on social media. We’re on Facebook – EpiscopalDioceseofKansas (https://www.facebook.com/EpiscopalDioceseofKansas) – and Twitter – @EpiscoKs.
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