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Aug. 20, 2015
Do you know a student heading off to college this semester?
The diocesan campus ministry program strives to reach out to Episcopal students at the colleges and universities across our diocese – and we also do our best to connect students from this diocese who are attending college in another diocese with a correlating campus ministry program.
But we need your help to do this.
If you know such a student, please go to https://edokcampusministry.wordpress.com/connect-a-college-student/ and fill in their information. It will only take a moment.
The contact information you share is confidential and will only be used for ministry purposes.
Pre-convention meetings are planned in each convocation
Clergy and lay delegates to Diocesan Convention will gather in pre-convention convocation meetings set for Saturdays in September:
- Northeast Convocation: Saturday, Sept. 19, 9:30 a.m., Trinity Church, 1027 Vermont Street, Lawrence
- Northwest Convocation: Saturday, Sept. 19, 1 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave., Topeka
- Southeast Convocation: Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m., St. John’s Church, 1801 Corning, Parsons
- Southwest Convocation: Saturday, Sept. 26, 2 p.m., Trinity Church, 400 W. Ash, El Dorado
In early September lay delegates and clergy will receive by mail this year’s convention book, which includes information about nominees for elective office, as well as line item and narrative versions of the proposed mission plan for 2016.
After it is mailed, the convention book also will be available through the convention webpage, http://www.episcopal-ks.org/life/convention.php, both in a flip-book format for viewing or a PDF for download to tablets or smartphones.
Safeguarding God’s Children training offered this Saturday in Overland Park
St. Thomas’, Overland Park, is hosting a Safeguarding God’s Children training the morning of Saturday, Aug. 29, beginning at 9 a.m., at the church, 12251 Antioch Road.
This training is required for all clergy, church employees, and those who regularly minister with children and youth.
To register, or if you have questions, contact the Rev. Steven King at firstname.lastname@example.org or (913) 451-0512.
Fall Fun Fest for all youth is Sept. 12-13
Youth are encouraged to invite a friend to this awesome event. We’ll have sumo suits, Zorb Balls and the Radical Run obstacle course. We’ll also make new friends, hear some youth share thoughts on faith, watch a movie, and eat YUMMY food. Try out diocesan youth events and kick-off the school year with this great over-nighter.
- When: Saturday, September 12, 1 p.m. to Sunday, September 13, noon (parents are invited to join us for the 10:45 a.m. worship service)
- Wher : St. James Episcopal Church, 3750 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita
- Who: Youth currently in grades 6-12 (and their friends)
- Fee: $40 ($55 after August 28)
- Priority deadline: Friday, August 28 (fee increases $15 after this date)
- Registration form : https://edok.formstack.com/forms/fallfunfest2015
- Print and share the poster: https://edokyouth.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/fallfunfest2015.pdf
Ministry school sponsors event for KSM and BKSM alumni
The Bishop Kemper School for Ministry Alumni/ae Association invites all graduates of the Kansas School of Ministry, as well as those who have completed BKSM, to attend the group’s inaugural Fall Gathering, which takes place Sept. 12-13 in conjunction with the annual BKSM Convocation. This year's convocation speaker is Bishop Dean Wolfe.
Join friends old and new in lunch with current students, a little continuing education on stewardship, and an alumni/ae colloquium to share experiences about life in ministry.
The Gathering will be at Upton Hall Conference Center in Topeka, adjacent to the cathedral and the diocesan office.
The schedule and a link to register are on the BKSM website at http://www.bishopkemperschool.org/2015-alumniae-fall-gathering.html.
Kansas young adults seek financial support for their year of service
Naomi Cunningham and Tristan Holmberg, young adults from the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, are among 27 people selected for the Episcopal Church’s Young Adult Service Corps, during which they will devote a year of service to an Anglican Communion diocese.
But they are required to raise $10,000 of the $24,000 it takes to support them during this year – and you can help.
Forms to donate by credit card to either or both of them are available on the diocesan website at http://www.episcopal-ks.org/news/.
Naomi will serve in France, and Tristan in the Philippines. They begin their service in early September.
BKSM co-sponsors workshop on the Gospel of Luke in Lindsborg
The Bishop Kemper School for Ministry, the Bethany College Religion Department and the Bethany House of Studies are co-sponsoring a workshop entitled “Preaching the Gospel of Luke” on Thursday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., near McPherson.
Presenters will offer information and perspectives on the gospel of Luke that are intended to assist both those who deliver sermons and those who faithfully listen to and heed the gospel message.
Three of the presenters currently are faculty members at BKSM.
This workshop costs $30 per person. For more information or to register, go to http://www.bishopkemperschool.org/workshop-on-preaching-luke.html
Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Laurie Lewis is Sept. 2
A Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Laurie Lewis, who has been called to be rector of Trinity, Arkansas City and of Grace, Winfield, will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at Trinity, 224 North A Street in Arkansas City. A reception will follow the service.
Bishop Dean Wolfe will be the celebrant, and the preacher will be the Rev. Lauren Stanley, priest in charge on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota.
All members of the diocese are invited to attend. Clergy are invited to vest (alb and white stole) and process.
Jonathan Daniels pilgrimage marks 50th anniversary of his murder
The 50th anniversary of the murder of Episcopal seminarian and civil rights advocate Jonathan Daniels was marked last weekend with an event that included a roll call of the martyrs of the civil rights movement and a Eucharist at which a sermon was preached by Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry.
A story about the event, with photos and additional background materials, is reported by Mary Frances Schjonberg of Episcopal News Service at http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2015/08/18/jonathan-daniels-pilgrimage-remembers-the-past-looks-to-future/.
Presiding Bishop-elect Curry’s sermon, which runs 30 minutes, is online at https://vimeo.com/dioala/review/136530679/3319431efa.
List of actions at General Convention now is available
If you are interested in seeing a list of everything that was voted upon at this year’s General Convention, those resolutions have been compiled into one document by the General Convention and is available at https://extranet.generalconvention.org/staff/files/download/13873.pdf.
You can search by topic, or numerically by the status or submitted resolutions.
General Convention, the Episcopal Church’s triennial legislative body, met in late June and early July in Salt Lake City.
Latest edition of Vestry Papers looks at vision and planning in congregations
A series of articles exploring various aspects of planning that can and should take place in congregations of all sizes are in the latest edition of Vestry Papers, a free resource to help parish leadership exercise their ministry better.
Vestry Papers is a ministry of the Episcopal Church Foundation.
A PDF of the edition can be downloaded from the website, http://www.ecfvp.org/vestrypapers/.
The Rev. Ruth McAleer, former rector of Grace, Ottawa, died on Aug. 19; she was 84. A fuller report on her life and ministry will be available soon.
A funeral celebrating her life will take place this Saturday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Church, 6630 Nall Ave. in Mission, with Bishop Dean Wolfe celebrating.
The Rev. Lavonne Seifert has announced that she will conclude her time as priest in charge at St. Paul’s, Clay Center, on Oct. 11, and she and her husband Dave will move back to Massachusetts to be closer to grandchildren.
Anniversaries of ordinations
Congratulations go to these people as they celebrate the anniversaries of their ordination in the next two weeks:
Aug. 22: The Rev. Bede Thomas Mudge, OHC, non-parochial (51 years)
Aug. 24: The Rev. Lavonne Seifert, St. Paul’s, Clay Center (2 years)
Aug. 27: The Rev. Brain Viel, St. Mark’s, Lyons, Diocese of Western Kansas (6 years)
Sept. 1: Deacon Christine Lampe, Diocese of Western Kansas, (8 years)
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