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April 6, 2017
Nominations now accepted for Search and Transition Committees
The Council of Trustees has announced that the first step in the search for the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Kansas is to seek names of people from across the diocese to serve on the Search and Transition Committees.
You may nominate yourself, or another person with his/her permission, by completing this online form: https://goo.gl/forms/H8RuhemHpG1cxagr2 . The deadline for submission is April 18. The Council feels this will provide the widest possible range of nominees from across the entire spectrum of the diocese.
The Council expects to announce the membership of the Search and Transition Committees on May 1. All those selected must attend a training session in Topeka on Saturday, May 20.
The Council asks that this information be shared as widely as possible throughout the diocese.
Bishop Michael Milliken is announced as assisting bishop
The Council of Trustees announced on April 4 that the Rt. Rev. Michael P. Milliken has accepted the call to serve as the Assisting Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. They expressed their gratitude to our sisters and brothers in Christ in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas for sharing their bishop during this time of transition.
Bishop Milliken’s first service will be the Chrism Mass on Tuesday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m. at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 3916 SW 17th Street, in Topeka. All are invited to attend.
Regional confirmation services are set
Four area confirmation services have been scheduled in the coming months. Clergy may bring confirmands to any of these services.
NOTE: Sign-up forms for these services will be available after Easter.
- June 17, 2 p.m., Grace Cathedral , 701 SW 8th Ave., Topeka (Bishop Wayne Smith of the Diocese of Missouri presiding).
NOTE: This follows the ordination service that begins at 10:30 a.m.
- Oct. 7, 10:30 a.m., Good ShepherdEpiscopal Church, 8021 West 21st St. North, Wichita (Bishop Michael Milliken presiding)
- Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m., St. Thomas the Apostle Church , 12251 Antioch Rd., Overland Park (Bishop Milliken presiding)
- Dec. 2, 10:30 a.m., St. John's Episcopal Church , 1801 Corning Ave., Parsons (Bishop Milliken presiding)
Annual Chrism Mass takes place on April 11
The annual Chrism Mass – a service in which oil of chrism is blessed and clergy of the diocese renew their ordination vows – takes place on April 11, the Tuesday in Holy Week, at 10:30 a.m. at St. David’s, 3916 SW 17th Street in Topeka. Please note the change in location, because of construction at the cathedral.
Presiding at the service will be Bishop Michael Milliken of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas.
Lunch will follow the service.
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 at the church no later than 10 a.m.
Kansas City dinner will benefit Kansas to Kenya
A fundraising dinner to benefit the Kansas to Kenya ministry will take place on Saturday, April 22 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at St. Thomas’, 12251 Antioch Road in Overland Park.
The cost to attend is $75 per person, of which $50 is tax deductible.
Tickets may be purchased online at https://edok.formstack.com/forms/k2k2017. Payment may be made by credit card, via PayPal, or a check can be sent later.
>> New Beginnings registrations due April 13. New Beginnings is a weekend retreat focusing on the two greatest commandments: loving God with all of our heart, mind and strength, and loving our neighbors as ourselves. Youth lay rectors for the weekend are Jocilyn Schmidt from St. Thomas’, Overland Park, and Eliana Seidner from Trinity, Lawrence.
- When : Friday, April 28, 7 p.m., to Sunday, April 30, 3 p.m.
- Where : Good Shepherd, Wichita
- Who : Students in grades 6-8 of the current school year. Students in grades 9-12 can participate as staff and gain ministry and leadership experience.
- Fee : $50
- Priority deadline : Thursday, April 13 (fee increases $15 after this date)
- Registration forms : https://edok.formstack.com/forms/newbeginnings2017
>> Register for Mega Camp now. Camp is June 4-10 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. The cost is $430 for the week; register by May 12. For registration forms and more information see: http://edokyouth.wordpress.com/camp/
>> Support camp scholarships. From Youth Missioner Karen Schlabach:We have many campers who will be unable to attend unless they receive financial support to help pay for their registrations. I have no doubt that together we can make camp possible for anyone who wants to attend.
We're trying to raise $5,400 to support camp scholarships and multi-family discounts this year. So far, we've raised $2,800. Would you be willing to help out? Every little bit helps. Donate here: https://edok.formstack.com/forms/camp_scholarship
Important information about the visit of the Presiding Bishop to West Missouri on May 6-7
>> Those attending are asked to register in advance: If you are planning to attend the “Awakening the Spirit” events with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, either in Kansas City on Saturday, May 6, or in Springfield on May 7, the Diocese of West Missouri asks people to register in advance via their Facebook events:
- Kansas City: https://www.facebook.com/events/394065057621107/
- Springfield: https://www.facebook.com/events/1858992914312526/
Note: Anyone bringing a bus must make arrangements in advance, so adequate parking is available.
>> A flyer promoting the events in both locations is available for download online at https://www.dropbox.com/s/xco78cj4x33rpn2/awakening-flyer.pdf?dl=0
>> Complete information on the events is on the Diocese of West Missouri website, http://www.diowestmo.org/awakeningthespirit/index.html.
>> St. Stephen’s, Wichitais chartering a bus to attend the Kansas City event, and they welcome riders from other churches. The cost will be $30 per person if the 56-passenger bus is filled. The bus will leave Wichita at 8 a.m. and return after the event ends. To reserve a spot on this bus, please contact St. Stephen’s at (316) 634-2513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
News from Bishop Kemper School for Ministry
>> May classes; registration deadline of April 10. BKSM is offering four classes during its May session, which meets May 13-14 in Topeka:
- Anglican Identity
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Parish Administration; and
- Introduction to the New Testament (Saturday only class).
Tuition begins at $100, which includes meals and overnight accommodations at Upton Hall. You can find complete course details and register here: http://www.bishopkemperschool.org/may-2017-courses.html .
>> Summer classes. During the summer, BKSM offers classes that are not part of the regular curricula and are ideal for continuing education as well as personal enrichment. Classes this summer will be:
- Preaching Difficult Texts: June 15-16
- Transforming Church and World: The Ministry of Deacons, Today and Tomorrow: June 24. The fee for this day-long workshop is $50 per person, which includes meals. If you wish to spend the night at Upton Hall, there is an addition $40 charge. Registration deadline is June 16. Registration and details are online at http://www.bishopkemperschool.org/deacon-workshop-agenda.html.
- Introduction to Islam: Tuesday, July 18
You can find complete course details and register here: http://www.bishopkemperschool.org/summer-school-2017.html
The Episcopal Church seeks photos from Holy Week and Easter
The Episcopal Church Communications Office is seeking photos from Holy Week and Easter to share around the church to highlight the beautiful, diverse and interesting ways congregations mark these days.
Submit your photos online at http://iam.ec/2p19k7x.
Nominations now accepted for Episcopal Church positions, committees and boards
The Joint Standing Committee on Nominations for General Convention is seeking applications from persons willing to be nominated for five elections that will take place at the 79th General Convention taking place July 5-13, 2018 in Austin, Texas. Applicants need not be a deputy to apply.
The application is online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nominee-application-GC2018. Applicationsmust be received on or before May 10, 2017.
Positions available, with a link to a description of the group’s work, are:
- Trustee, The Church Pension Fund: https://extranet.generalconvention.org/staff/files/download/17332
- Member of Executive Council : https://extranet.generalconvention.org/staff/files/download/17333
- Member of General Board of Examining Chaplains: https://extranet.generalconvention.org/staff/files/download/17334
- Trustee, General Theological Seminary: https://extranet.generalconvention.org/staff/files/download/17335
- Member of Disciplinary Board for Bishops: https://extranet.generalconvention.org/staff/files/download/17331
In the unusual circumstance in which an individual feels called to serve through more than one ministry, please:
- Indicate the area of your greatest strength.
- Submit separate applications for each ministry category
- Supply different references that are relevant to each ministry
Condolences go to the Rev. Gerald Eytcheson on the death of his mother, Rose Ellen Eytcheson, on March 17. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
Anniversaries of ordinations
We apologize for missing these ordination anniversaries this week:
April 1: The Rev. Joseph Alford, St. Martin’s, Edwardsville (38 years)
April 5: The Rev. Jerry Adinolfi, retired (20 years)
Congratulations go to these people as they celebrate the anniversaries of their ordination in the next three weeks:
April 7: The Rev. Christine Gilson, Trinity, El Dorado (14 years)
April 13: The Rev. Evan Ash, non-parochial (40 years)
April 17: The Rev. Charles Schneider, retired, Diocese of Western Kansas (18 years)
April 25: The Rev. Avelino Baguyos, retired (51 years)
Diocesan office will be closed on Good Friday
The diocesan office in Topeka will be closed on April 14 to observe Good Friday. The office will reopen on Monday, April 17 with regular hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Stay in touch via Facebook and Twitter
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