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DioLog is the biweekly newsletter sent by e-mail (usually) 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. 16.
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Feb. 16, 2017
Presiding Bishop will lead revivals in May in West Missouri
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will lead two outdoor revivals in May in cities near the Kansas/Missouri border, and members of this diocese are invited to attend either or both of them.
On Saturday, May 5, from noon to 3 p.m., he will speak in Kansas City at the Power and Light District Stage at 420 West 14th Street.
On Sunday, May 6, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., he will speak in Springfield at Hammons Field, 955 East Trafficway Street.
The Missouri events are the second of six revivals planned during 2017 and 2018 to “ stir and renew hearts for Jesus, to equip Episcopalians as evangelists and to welcome people who aren’t part of a church to join the Jesus Movement,” according to a news release announcing the events.
The release says the revival events will feature worship and prayer services, dynamic preachers, music, personal testimony, storytelling and a call to action.
The first revival took place in early February in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Others will be in the Diocese of Georgia in September, the Diocese of San Joaquin in November, the Diocese of Honduras in April 2018, and a joint evangelism mission with the Church of England in July 2018.
More information about the series of revivals is online at http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2016/12/19/welcome-to-the-jesus-movement-episcopal-church-announces-2017-2018-revivals/.
Prayers requested for Miqra this weekend
Please keep in your prayers the 63 youth, 26 adults and 20 volunteers who will be at Miqra this weekend. Pray for safe travel for all those attending, as well as a fun, educational and spirit-filled weekend.
Participants will be at St. Michael and All Angels, Mission, from Saturday through Monday and will read the Bible out loud from cover-to-cover while learning more about it.
Youth and adults still can sign up for Miqra online at https://edok.formstack.com/forms/miqra2017 .
Episcopal Social Services plans Oscar-themed fundraiser
The Academy Awards again provide the theme for an annual fundraiser to benefit Episcopal Social Services in Wichita. “A Night on the Red Carpet” takes place on Sunday, Feb. 26 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Noah’s Event Venue, 1550 Lindberg Circle in Wichita.
The cost is $80 per person for individuals or $900 for a reserved table for 10 people.
Money that is raised supports the ministry of ESS to serve people who are seeking a better way of life, through employment, socialization and pre-vocational training. The agency serves people with issues that include isolation, poverty, mental illness and homelessness.
Tickets can be obtained through the ESS website, http://www.esswichita.org/ , or by calling (316) 269-4160, ext. 105.
Deadline is Feb. 17 for workshop on building resilience to negative drama
“Leading Out of Drama” is a signature leadership training program for developing resilience to negative conflict drama and leading others with compassionate accountability.
It will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Upton Hall Conference Center in Topeka.
Leadership and conflict examples will be designed for those who work with children and youth in the diocese, but anyone is welcome to attend.
The fee is $30, which includes assessment, workbook and lunch (pre-work is required). Registration is required by Feb. 17.
More information and a link to the online registration is available at https://edokyouth.wordpress.com/recharge/
Last notice – 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 thanWednesday, March 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. These 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.
Newton church offers Lenten prayer and icon retreat
All members of the diocese are invited to participate in a time of prayer, reflection and the creative process of writing an icon for personal devotion, offered by St Matthew’s, Newton. No prior art experience is required.
The three-day event is scheduled for Thursday, March 23 from 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday, March 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The instructor will be the Rev. Les Jackson, St. Matthew’s rector, who has studied iconography and has led several retreats on the subject.
The cost is $75, which covers the cost of all materials. The deadline to register is March 10. Send a check for $75, payable to St. Matthew’s with “Lenten Retreat” in the memo line, to the church, 2001 Windsor Dr., Newton, KS 67114.
>> EYE applications are now available. EYE is the Episcopal Youth Event and is the single greatest event the Episcopal Church does. It is about 1,000 people (high school students, their adult mentors and bishops from around the church) who all stay on a college campus in a great location and learn, laugh and serve.
- When: July 10-14
- Where: University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Okla.
- Who: students in grades 9-12 this school year (a maximum of 24 students will be able to go)
- Cost: $475. The diocese will give each youth participant a $125 scholarship, so the cost to youth is $350. This includes travel to Oklahoma City, 11 meals, lodging, all regularly scheduled workshops and plenary sessions during EYE.
- Priority deadline to sign up: March 15 or when dorm capacity is reached, whichever happens first. Please register ASAP.
- More information: https://edokyouth.wordpress.com/eye/
>> 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 due Feb. 28. Learn more about the program and how to apply at http://edokyouth.wordpress.com/internship/
>> Episcopal Summer Mega Camp registration now open. 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.
Cost is $430 for the week; register by May 12.
For registration forms and more information see http://edokyouth.wordpress.com/camp/
>> Adult volunteers invited to thank-you reception. New this year, we are offering a “Thank You” reception and networking opportunity for all adults who have volunteered for the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas Youth Ministry program in the last year.
Friday, Feb. 24, 6:39 to 9 p.m. at Upton Hall Conference Center in Topeka. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided. BYOB. Overnight accommodations available.
Please RSVP online: https://edok.formstack.com/forms/recharge_2017
Council of Trustees minutes are online
Minutes of the Jan. 25 and Feb. 1 meetings of the Council of Trustees have been posted online.
All minutes can be found on the diocesan website at http://www.episcopal-ks.org/news/Council-of-Trustees-minutes.php.
March 5 is Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday
Episcopalians are invited to mark Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on March 5, the first Sunday in Lent, with special prayers, bulletin inserts and a dedicated offering to support the organization’s mission of healing a hurting world.
An annual Lenten tradition in the Episcopal Church, Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday is an opportunity for congregations to focus on prayer and action to address global needs.
Worship resources and a special planning guide for Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday are available for download at episcopalrelief.org/Sunday.
Is your church involved in the stewardship of creation?
If so, the Council of Province 7 (of which the Diocese of Kansas is a part) wants your input. The Council is looking for congregations or individuals who are involved in this ministry who want to be involved at the province level.
The provincial committee, or network, being developed will serve the province to further engage ministry in this area, bring speakers to interested congregations, provide educational resources and reach out to other congregations.
The stewardship of creation has been identified as one of the three areas of discipleship to further the Jesus Movement.
Individuals or churches interested in serving on this new provincial Stewardship of Creation Network should contact Deacon Nancy Igo of the Diocese of Northwest Texas at firstname.lastname@example.org or (806) 763-1370.
Bishop Spencer Place joins Saint Luke’s Health System
Formalizing a 21-year affiliation, Bishop Spencer Place in Kansas City, Mo., is now officially part of Saint Luke’s Health System. The two organizations share a common heritage as ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of West Missouri and have worked closely together since Bishop Spencer Place opened its doors in 1995.
Bishop Spencer Place has offered retirement living to the Kansas City community for more than 20 years, providing residents with vibrant independent living and a full spectrum of on-site health care including assisted living, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and private caregiving services.
More information on Bishop Spencer Place is on its website, https://www.bishopspencerplace.org/.
Virginia Seminary offers Missional Voices national gathering
The 2017 Missional Voices event, set for April 21-22 at the seminary in Alexandria, Va., brings together church leaders, seminarians, church planters, entrepreneurs, artists and everyday innovators for a weekend of thinking, planning and dreaming about the future ministry in the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion
The cost to attend is $99, which includes meals. Current seminarians may attend at no cost.
Keynote speakers will be Bishop Andy Doyle of the Diocese of Texas and the Rev. Becca Stevens, founder of Thistle Farms.
More information is online at http://www.missionalvoices.com/. Registration is online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/missional-voices-2017-national-gathering-tickets-24364760655.
Conference on Anglicanism and the church to be offered in June
The Living Church Foundation and Nashotah House Theological Seminary are cosponsoring a conference on the identity and mission of the Christian church and the vocation of Anglicanism. It will take place June 6-9 at the seminary in Wisconsin.
The cost to attend is $125 per person and does not include lodging.
More information and registration is online at https://www.nashotah.edu/conference.
Tax guide for clergy is available
The 2017 “Tax Guide for Episcopal Ministers” now is available from the Church Pension Fund. The guide will assist clergy in filling out their 2016 federal tax return, which has a filing deadline of April 18, 2017.
The guide is offered as a searchable and downloadable PDF file at https://www.cpg.org/?LinkServID=306EF1DB-0F9A-44D6-BA29D5ECB3AB2B21
The Rev. Patrick Funston and his wife Michael are the proud parents of a baby boy, John York, born on Feb. 13. York weighed 8 lbs., 12 oz. and was 21.75 inches long. He joins big sister Eirn í n.
Marjorie McNeer, wife of former Kansas priest the Rev. Conrad McNeer,died on Feb. 7 at her home in Abingdon, Va. She was 80. Her funeral took place on Feb. 10 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 124 E. Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210. Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to the church. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, 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. 17: The Rev. Helen Hoch, Calvary, Yates Center (16 years)
Feb. 19: Archdeacon Charles Pearce, St. Paul’s, Manhattan (17 years)
Feb. 24: The Rev. Wayne Blakely, retired (27 years)
March : Deacon Pat Murphy, retired (14 years); the Rev. Robert Seaton, non-parochial, Diocese of Western Kansas (14 years)
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