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Nov. 25, 2015
Statements from Bishop Wolfe on recent events
Bishop Dean Wolfe has issued statements recently about the terror attacks in Paris and the call for a moratorium on resettlement of refugees from Syria in the United States.
Both were posted on his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BishopDeanWolfe/), and the latter statement also was sent out to the diocese. Both also are posted on the diocesan website.
The Paris statement is available at http://www.episcopal-ks.org/bishop/Paris_attacks_response.php.
The refugee statement is available at http://www.episcopal-ks.org/bishop/Refugee_response.php.
Seeking a new home for the organ from St. Christopher’s
The pipe organ that served St. Christopher’s in Wichita before it closed as an active parish in September is available to any congregation that can use it.
The organ was inspected by Steve Burk, organist and Grace Cathedral, Topeka, who offers this synopsis of it:
- It consists of 18 ranks with preparations for five additional stops that were never installed.
- It has a typical “American Classic” sound.
- The wind chests, bellows and blowers seem to be in excellent condition.
- The mechanical system should be replaced with a solid-state system.
- The pedal board needs to be rebuilt.
- It might require a new blower.
- Several of the larger pipes need to be replaced because of soft zinc used to manufacture them.
Burk estimates that it would cost in the neighborhood of $100,000 to make repairs, move the organ to a new location and tune it. An organ of its size, if new, would be more than $300,000.
Canon to the Ordinary the Rev. Torey Lightcap has photos of the organ, as well as additional specifications. He said that the preference is that the organ be placed in a church that can use it in its ministry.
If interested or for more information, please contact Lightcap no later than Dec. 15. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Daughters of the King prayer retreat planned for February in Olathe
All members of chapters of the Daughters of the King in the diocese are invited to a prayer retreat on Saturday, Feb. 6 at St. Aidan’s, 14301 South Black Bob Road in Olathe. The event is sponsored by the church’s St. Bridget’s Chapter.
The day of prayer and fellowship will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m.
Further details will be available soon, but save the date now.
More information can be obtained from Marcia Streepy, St. Bridget’s co-president, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
>> Spring parish packets are in the mail. Watch for an envelope from Episcopal Diocese of Kansas Youth Ministries, with posters for all of our spring events, including camp. Please post these in your church where youth will see them.
>> Miqra registration is now open! MIQRA (meek-rah) is a weekend retreat that focuses on the Bible and allows teens to discover what's in it, why they should care and how to read it. This year's educational focus will be on the Gospels and Acts.
When: Saturday, Jan. 16, 1 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 18, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave., Topeka (senior high) and St. David's Church in Topeka (junior high students will be bussed there and back for the weekend)
Who: Grades 6-12
Fee: $60 (if this is someone’s very first youth event, they pay only $15!)
Priority deadline: Thursday, Dec. 31 (price increases by $15 after this date)
Registration forms: Youth and adults can sign-up for Miqra here: https://edok.formstack.com/forms/miqra_2016
>> Youth: make a MegaCamp commercial and maybe win a camp scholarship. We're looking for a video that will promote camp to the parishes of the diocese. We are seeking videos with a clear message that will appeal to youth, parents and clergy.
Create a video that answers one of these questions:
- Why do YOU love camp?
- What is your favorite thing about camp?
- What is your favorite memory from camp?
- Why should other people go?
- What is Episcopal Summer MegaCamp like?
Must also include:
- The official name for camp: Episcopal Summer "Mega"Camp
- The dates for camp: June 5-11, 2016
- The grades of those who can come to camp: those who have finished Grades 3-12
If you have the ability to add text to your video, please put the website on it: https://edokyouth.wordpress.com/camp
Should be no longer than 2 minutes, 15 seconds (shorter is OK)
Due by January 1, 2016
Photos of last summer’s camps are available on Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHsketzWbt
Post to YouTube, tag #MegaCamp2016 and e-mail or Facebook message the link to Karen Schlabach, email@example.com.
Entries will be judged by a team of youth workers. At least one person will be selected to win a $140 scholarship to camp!
United Thank Offering gives challenge grant for refugee resettlement
The board of United Thank Offering has given a grant of $30,000 to support the work of Episcopal Migration Ministries in providing new lives in the United States to refugees, who are people fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries.
UTO also has challenged Episcopalians to match that amount during Advent through their own donations to the work of EMM.
Sandra Squires, president of the UTO board, said, “We invite you to think about your home, your safety and your family, and give a thank offering during Advent to match this grant to EMM.”
Checks, with EMM-UTO in the memo line, may be sent to
United Thank Offering
DFMS – Protestant Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 958983
St. Louis, MO 63195-8983
Online donations can be made at https://episcopalchurch.thankyou4caring.org/
More information about the work of Episcopal Migration Ministries is on their website, http://www.episcopalmigrationministries.org/.
Reminder: Prayers requested this Sunday for ‘the peace of Jerusalem’
The Diocese of Jerusalem, part of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East, has asked that churches across the globe offer special prayers on Nov. 29, the first Sunday of Advent, for peace from the violence and fear that has swept the city of Jerusalem and the surrounding region in recent weeks.
They have suggested use of a Litany for Peace that was developed at the Cathedral Church of St. George-the-Martyr in Jerusalem. It has been posted on the diocesan website under the Resources tab, http://www.episcopal-ks.org/resources/.
Need to buy a gift? ‘Gifts for Life’ helps people in need.
If you’re in search of a gift for someone who doesn’t need another “thing,” why not consider something from Episcopal Relief & Development’s Gifts for Life catalog? This program allows givers to purchase livestock, clean water, mosquito nets, vocational training and other necessities of life on behalf of people in need around the world.
And, ER&D’s matching gift challenge (see article below) means money spent on Gifts for Life purchases will be matched, up to the $750,000 total limit.
Read more online at http://www.episcopalrelief.org/what-you-can-do/gifts-for-life.
Episcopal Relief & Development announces matching gift challenge
Episcopal Relief & Development supporters have the opportunity to double their impact and unlock $750,000 in matching funds to help the organization reach its 75th Anniversary fundraising goal and expand its programs worldwide.
With matching funds provided by a group of dedicated Episcopal Relief & Development donors, any contribution made during the 2015 Matching Gift Challenge will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to a total match amount of $750,000.
This includes contributions through Gifts for Life, Episcopal Relief & Development’s alternative giving catalog and monthly donations scheduled during the challenge period.
To have a gift matched, simply make a donation between now and Dec. 31. Donate online at http://www.episcopalrelief.org/matching-gift, or call (855) 312-HEAL (4325). Gifts also can be mailed to Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.
Bishop search processes are receiving names
Two dioceses have announced that they are receiving names in their search for a bishop.
The Diocese of Central New York has more information online at http://www.bishopcny.org/, including a nomination form and a copy of the profile. Names must be received by Dec. 31.
The Diocese of Los Angeles has its information online at http://www.ladiocese.org/coadjutorsearch.html. They will receive names until Jan. 15, 2016.
Deacon Deedee Evans has been assigned on an interim basis to St. John’s, Wichita, beginning Nov. 22. She has served St. James’, Wichita, throughout her 29 years of ordained ministry.
Anniversaries of ordinations
Congratulations go to these people as they celebrate the anniversaries of their ordination in the next two weeks:
Nov. 25: The Rev. Laird MacGregor, St. Anne’s, McPherson, Diocese of Western Kansas (9 years)
Nov. 29: Deacon Georgia Decker, Grace, Hutchinson, Diocese of Western Kansas (12 years)
Nov. 30: The Rev. Joe Bayles, retired (48 years); the Rev. James Cox, retired, Diocese of Western Kansas (25 years); the Rev. Bruce LeBarron, Diocese of Western Kansas (42 years)
Dec. 1: The Rev. David Cox, St. Michael and All Angels, Mission (3 years); the Rev. Merrill Broach, retired (43 years); the Rev. Jerry Jones, retired, Diocese of Western Kansas (50 years)
Dec. 6: The Rev. Gar Demo, St. Thomas, Overland Park (18 years); the Rev. Kelly Demo, St. Thomas, Overland Park (18 years); the Rev. Laurie Lewis, Trinity, Arkansas City and Grace, Winfield (7 years)
Dec. 7: The Rev. Mary Siegmund, St. Luke’s, Shawnee (17 years); the Rev. Steve Mues, retired (42 years)
Dec. 8: The Rev. Dennis Gilhousen, non-parochial (36 years); the Very Rev. Benjamin Thomas, Christ Cathedral, Salina, Diocese of Western Kansas (8 years)
Diocesan office to observe the Thanksgiving holiday
The diocesan office will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27 in observance of Thanksgiving.
The office will reopen on Monday, Nov. 30 with regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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