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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. 2.
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Jan. 19, 2017
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 than 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.
Reminder of farewell celebrations for Bishop Dean and Ellen Wolfe
Saturday, Jan. 28, St. James’, 3750 East Douglas, Wichita (rescheduled from Jan. 14)
2 to 4 p.m.: a reception in the Guild Hall, with light refreshments
Sunday, Jan. 29, Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave., Topeka
10:30 a.m.: Diocesan service of farewell, with Bishop Wolfe preaching and presiding
Sunday, Jan. 29, St. David’s, 3916 SW 17th St., Topeka
2 to 4 p.m.: a reception in the Parish Hall, with light refreshments
Campus missioner now is available for consultations
The diocese’s new campus missioner, the Rev. Betty Glover, assumed her duties on Jan. 15 and is available to meet or talk with congregations about reaching out to college students in their communities.
She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (785) 224-8638.
Jan. 31 is deadline for applications for parish-based campus ministry grants
The Campus Ministry Council announces its twice-a-year call for parish partner campus ministry grants.
These grants are for programs with college students that are based in one of the parishes of the diocese. The maximum grant amount normally is $600. Funds can go to existing programs that are successful, as well as to help establish new programs.
You may download a copy of the application form from the Campus Ministry website at https://edokcampusministry.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/application-for-parish-spring-fall.pdf .
The deadline to submit applications is Jan. 31. Please send applications by email to Scott Howard, Campus Ministry Council Chair, at email@example.com . Once submitted, Scott will ensure that applications are complete before forwarding them to the Campus Ministry Council and Campus Missioner for review and action.
Howard also can answer questions about the application process. He can be reached at the email address above or at (417) 437-8810.
Additional information about the program is on the campus ministry website: https://edokcampusministry.wordpress.com/parish-partner-grants/ .
Miqra (new weekend) registrations are still accepted
Miqra (meek-rah) is a weekend retreat that focuses on the Bible and allows teens to discover what's in it, why we should care and how to read it. This year's educational focus will be on the History, Poetry, Wisdom and Prophets.
- When: Saturday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m., to Monday, Feb. 20, at 10:30 a.m. (President’s Day weekend; early check-outs are available)
- Where: St. Michael and All Angels, 6630 Nall Ave, Mission, KS 66202 (All ages will be at one location this year.)
- Who: Grades 6-12
- Fee: $60 (if this is someone's very first youth event, they pay only $20!)
- Priority Deadline: Friday, Feb. 10 (price increases by $15 after this date)
- Registration forms: Youth and adults can sign up for Miqra online at https://edok.formstack.com/forms/miqra2017
Volunteers still needed for Miqra reading
Adults, parents, college students, parishioners and church staff are invited to help us with the reading on Friday, Feb. 17, at St. Michael and All Angels, 6630 Nall Ave, Mission, KS 66202. Sign up for a time slot here: https://www.volunteersignup.org/EFETR .
If you signed up to read on Jan. 13, you need to sign-up again.
Youth music weekend now coincides with Miqra
- What : Time to learn and practice worship songs for youth events
- Who : High School students who are interested in playing at youth events (Junior High students with permission)
- When : Friday, Feb. 17, 4 p.m. to Saturday, Feb. 18, 1 p.m. NOTE: For those able to stay for Miqra, we will be providing all the music for the 8:45 a.m. Sunday worship service.
- Where : St. Michael and All Angels, 6630 Nall Ave, Mission
- Cost : $10 ($15 if you register after Feb. 10)
- Registration : https://edok.formstack.com/forms/musicweekend2017
Deadline to submit UTO grant applications is Feb. 10
Any church that wants to submit an application for a United Thank Offering grant must submit it to the diocesan office no later than Friday, Feb. 10. The completed grant application form and a proposed project budget are required.
The focus for the 2017 United Thank Offering grants is The Jesus Movement – evangelism, reconciliation and following Jesus' way of creating loving, liberating and life-giving relationships with God, each other and all creation.
From among applications submitted, the diocese will select one to forward to the United Thank Offering board for possible funding.
UTO will consider applications that are for start-up costs for a new ministry, but not for the continuation of an ongoing ministry, unless there is a definite new direction added to the existing program.
The form to apply for UTO grants, as well as other helpful information, is available online at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/utogrants.
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.
Other youth news
>> EYE applications now are available. EYE (Episcopal Youth Event) is the single greatest event the Episcopal Church does. It is about 1,000 people (high school students, adult mentors and bishops from around the church) who 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 during the current school year (a maximum of 24 students will be able to go)
- Cost : $475. The diocese will provide each youth participant with a $125 scholarship, so the cost to youth is $350. This includes travel, 11 meals, lodging, and all regularly scheduled workshops and plenary sessions during EYE.
- Priority deadline to sign up : Jan. 31 (applications will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled or EYE closes registrations)
- More information : https://edokyouth.wordpress.com/eye/
>> Summer youth ministry internship applications now are 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 https://edokyouth.wordpress.com/internship/.
>>Episcopal Summer Mega Camp registration now is 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: http://edokyouth.wordpress.com/camp/
>>Adult volunteers are 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. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided. BYOB. Overnight accommodations available. Friday, Feb. 24, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Upton Hall Conference Center in Topeka. Please RSVP online: https://edok.formstack.com/forms/recharge_2017
>>Leading Out of Drama “Conflict and You” workshop. Leading Out of Drama (LOD®) is a signature leadership training program for developing resilience to negative conflict drama and leading others with compassionate accountability. Leadership and conflict examples will be designed for those who work with children and youth in the diocese, but anyone is welcome to attend.
- When : Saturday, Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Upton Hall Conference Center in Topeka
- Fee : $30, includes assessment, workbook and lunch (pre-work is required)
- Registration deadline : Feb. 17
- Leader : Kenneth Friedel
- More information and a link to the online registration is available online at https://edokyouth.wordpress.com/recharge/
Presiding Bishop urges prayers for the new president
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry issued a statement on Jan. 12 urging prayers on behalf of our nation’s leaders.
Lenten resources now are available
Lent starts on March 1, so it’s never too early to look at parish resources.
- Episcopal Relief & Development offers a series of Lenten meditations, as well as other resources for use in Lent. See everything on their website, www.episcopalrelief.org/lent. The deadline to order for delivery before Ash Wednesday is Feb. 15.
- Forward Movement has a variety of resources, including items related to the popular Lent Madness: http://www.forwardmovement.org/AdvancedSearch/DefaultWFilter.aspx?SearchTerm=Lent
Bishop White Prayer Book Society provides books to eligible churches
Congregations that need Prayer Books, Hymnals or Hymnal supplements but cannot afford them are eligible to receive them free of charge, thanks to the Bishop White Prayer Book Society.
The Society was founded in 1834 by Bishop William White, the first (and later fourth) Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.
Churches interested in more information, or making application for free books, can learn more at the Society’s website, http://www.bishopwhiteprayerbooksociety.org/ .
The Rev. Rob Sanders, who was rector of St. Paul’s, Manhattan, from 1989 to 2001, died on Jan. 17 in Jacksonville, Fla., where he lived. He was 74. His funeral will take place in Gainesville, Fla., this Saturday. May he 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:
Jan. 21: The Rev. Robert Harris, Grace, Ottawa (11 years)
Jan. 22: The Rev. Andrew Grosso, non-parochial (12 years)
Jan. 23: The Rev. Jerry Rankin, St. John’s, Abilene (32 years)
Jan. 25: The Very Rev. Steve Lipscomb, Grace Cathedral, Topeka (25 years)
Feb. 2: Deacon Suzi Drury, St. Michael and All Angels, Mission (20 years)
Stay in touch via Facebook and Twitter
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