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DioLog is the biweekly newsletter sent by e-mail 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 Friday, Sept. 30.
If you have items to submit, contact Melodie Woerman, director of communications, at (785) 235-9255, (800) 473-3563 or by email.
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Sept. 15, 2016
Deadline to register for Diocesan Convention is Sept. 30
>> Registrations. The deadline to register for convention is Friday, Sept. 30. The online registration form is available at https://edok.formstack.com/forms/diocesanconvention16.
>> Hotel reservations . The deadline to reserve your room at the Hilton’s Double Tree at the Airport in Wichita, at the diocese’s group rate, is Monday, Oct. 10. Please make reservations soon to be certain to get the discounted rate. Use group code EDK and note that you are with the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. The online registration is at http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/I/ICTARDT-EDK-20161026/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG.
>> Convention book. The book includes information on nominees for election, the proposed mission plan and apportionment schedule for 2017, the bishop’s nominations and appointments, and proposed courtesy resolutions. It has been mailed to all lay delegates and clergy and also is posted on the convention website, both as a viewable flipbook and a downloadable PDF (save to your phone or tablet) at http://www.episcopal-ks.org/life/convention.php.
>> Convection web page. The proposed agenda and information to sign up for a booth in the exhibition hall also are on the convention page, http://www.episcopal-ks.org/life/convention.php.
>> Questions? Contact diocesan Convention Coordinator Michele Moss, email@example.com, (785) 235-9255 or (800) 473-3563.
Parishes: bring your banner to Diocesan Convention
Bishop Dean Wolfe is asking all congregations in the diocese to bring their parish banner, witha stand, to Diocesan Convention in Wichita to surround the meeting room in which Convention will take place.
Bring them to the Emerald Ballroom of the Hilton’s DoubleTree Hotel at the Airport in Wichita no later than 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. They may be placed in the ballroom on Thursday evening, for delegates and clergy arriving then.
Questions? Contact diocesan Convention Coordinator Michele Moss, firstname.lastname@example.org, (785) 235-9255 or (800) 473-3563.
Prayers requested for Fall Fun Fest this weekend
This weekend, 48 youth and 10 adults will gather at St. Margaret’s in Lawrence for the annual Fall Fun Fest. Youth will play on fun inflatables, learn about their faith and converse with their peers about things that matter.
Please pray for safe travel and a spirit-filled weekend for our youth.
ECW Annual Gathering Oct. 8 will address issues of human trafficking
“Sharing the Spirit,” the 2016 Annual Gathering of Episcopal Church Women of the diocese, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle, 12251 Antioch Road in Overland Park.
The event will continue ECW’s emphasis on learning more about human trafficking that began with last year’s Gathering and continued at the Women’s Summit in April.
All women of the diocese are invited to attend; online registration will be available next week.
There also will be a short ECW board meeting following the event, to which all participants who are interested are welcome to attend.
ECS sponsors ‘Dining with Dignity’ fundraiser Oct. 13
Episcopal Community Services of Kansas City is hosting its major annual fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.
The event, “Dining with Dignity,” will take place at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 W. 13th Street in Kansas City, Mo., and will feature dinner, wine, passed appetizers, and a silent and live auction.
Bishop Dean Wolfe and West Missouri’s Bishop Martin Field are honorary chairs for this event. ECS is a joint ministry of the two dioceses, serving those in need in the greater Kansas City area.
Funds raised will support ECS’s food ministries, including the Kansas City Community Kitchen, the BackSnack program for elementary-school children, and more.
The cost to attend is $125 per person or $1,000 for a table of eight, and tickets are going fast. They can be purchased online at http://episcopalcommunity.org/DiningForDignity.
Those with questions may contact ECS board member the Rev. Steven King, assistant rector at St. Thomas’, Overland Park, at email@example.com or (913) 451-0512.
Safeguarding God’s Children training set for Parsons
The Rev. Sharon Billman will offer Safeguarding God’s Children training on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon at St. John’s, 1801 Corning in Parsons.
This training is required for all clergy, church employees, and those who regularly minister with children and youth.
To sign up for the event, contact Billman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
>> Youth can sign-up to be a part of the Official Youth Presence at Diocesan Convention. Youth in grades 8-12 are invited to help out at Diocesan Convention as acolytes, pages and worship leaders. It’s an excellent way to learn more about the Episcopal Church and meet lots of people from around the diocese.
Youth participation is paid for by the diocese. Oct. 27-29 in Wichita; see https://edokyouth.wordpress.com/diocesan-convention/ for all the information and registration form.
>> YouthTide! registration is now open. YouthTide! Is an event where participants learn more about the entire Episcopal Church calendar. Come ADVENTure with us through all the seasons of the Episcopal Church year. It’s one weekend filled with Advent wreaths, gingerbread nativities, king’s cake, spiritual gifts, silent prayer, the Last Supper, an Easter egg hunt and much more.
Christian poets say that the liturgical year is a wedding ring we wear to remember our covenant with the Christ-like God.
- When: Nov. 11-13
- Where: St. Andrew’s, Emporia
- Who: Youth currently in grades 6-12
- Fee: $50 (fee increases by $15 after Oct. 27)
- Priority deadline: Oct. 27
- Registration forms : https://edok.formstack.com/forms/youthtide16
>> Mark your calendars for youth events in 2017
- Miqra, Jan. 14-16 @ St. Michael and All Angels, Mission
- Music Weekend, Feb. 10-13
- Happening, March 24-26 @ St. David’s, Topeka
- New Beginnings, April 28-30 @ Good Shepherd, Wichita
- Episcopal Summer Mega Camp, June 4-10 @ Camp Wood, Elmdale
- Girls’ and Guys’ only weekends, June 30-July 2
- Episcopal Youth Event, July 10-14 @ University of Central Oklahoma, near Oklahoma City
- MissionWichita, July 26-30
Social Media Sunday is Sept. 25
Mobile devices will be the means of evangelism on Social Media Sunday, Sept. 25, in response to Jesus’s call to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” ( Mark 15:16)
Social Media Sunday is the day set aside for Christians everywhere to use digital devices intentionally to share their life of faith with the world. Started at Trinity Episcopal Church in Tariffville, Conn., in 2013, Social Media Sunday has grown since then to include people of faith everywhere.
What can people do on Social Media Sunday to share their faith (just be sure your phone is set not to ring)?
- Facebook: check-in and update your status to let your friends know you are at church, or share a short video
- Twitter: tweet parts of the sermon
- Instagram: share a photo or selfie from your church
- Snapchat: snap a story from the service
- YouTube: video a snippet of the service – maybe of the choir – on your phone and upload it
- Pinterest: make a Pinboard of your church and share something from your church’s website
- Hashtag: be certain to use #SMS16 on everything you post
A bulletin insert to share more information about Social Media Sunday can be downloaded at http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/stw/2016/08/30/bulletin-insert-nineteenth-sunday-after-pentecost-c/.
Questions? Contact diocesan Director of Communications Melodie Woerman at email@example.com, (785) 235-9255 or (800) 473-3563.
Grace, Winfield, seeks golfers for unique tournament Oct. 1
Grace, Winfield, is seeking golfers for its “Holes-Fore-Hope” golf-a-thon Oct. 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Winfield Country Club. Proceeds from the event will help fund renovations of church-owned space that will be used for outreach efforts and to assist community groups.
There is no fee to enter, but golfers are asked to secure pledges of $1 per hole as they play as many holes as they can during the 12-hour event. Players are encouraged to get 25 pledges per hole.
There are slots for 40 golfers, and 14 of them already have been taken by members of the Southwestern College golf team. By NCAA rules they cannot ask for donations themselves, so pledges from others to support their play are welcome.
This is the first such event for Winfield and, in fact, for the state of Kansas, according to the rector, the Rev. Laurie Lewis. She added that parishioners are willing to house out-of-town golfers in their homes, to make the event more affordable.
For more information, see the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/505769692965007/ or contact the church office, (620) 221-4252.
Is your church hosting a “Blessing of the Animals” in early October?
Many Episcopal churches mark the Feast of St. Francis on Oct. 4 by offering special “Blessing of the Animals” events.
If you do, be sure to let your local media know. Newspapers and television stations especially like to include these because of the high level of visual interest. Diocesan Director of Communications Melodie Woerman is available to help. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need ideas for your pet blessing? Episcopal Church Foundation “Vital Practices’ website has several: http://www.ecfvp.org/yourturn/pet-blessings-resources/ and http://www.ecfvp.org/tools/pet-blessings/.
Forward Movement also has a comprehensive brochure that includes prayers of thanksgiving, prayers on the adoption of a pet, prayers for sickness, missing pet, death, etc. It can be purchased at http://www.forwardmovement.org/Products/2347.1/blessings-with-our-animal-companions.aspx
Food pantry at St. Paul’s, K.C, needs items
If you are in the greater Kansas City area, can you help restock the shelves of the food pantry housed at St. Paul’s, Kansas City?
The number of people seeking help has increased in recent weeks, and the pantry can use a variety of items:
- canned meat (tuna, ham, Spam)
- canned corn
- canned pork and beans or baked beans
- chicken noodle soup
- fruit cocktail
- dry pasta
- saltine crackers
- pasta and potato side dishes.
Food items can be dropped off at the church, 1300 North 18th St in Kansas City, Kan.
News from Bishop Kemper School for Ministry
>> Learn biblical Greek. The Bishop Kemper School for Ministry is launching a new 10-month course that provides you the equivalency of two semesters of biblical Greek. Students will have face-to-face instruction the second Saturday of every month in Topeka as well as participate in a weekly video conference session.
This course begins mid-September, with the first face-to-face session on Saturday, Oct. 9. This course costs $1,000, which includes meals during the Saturday sessions. It may be possible to take this class even if you cannot attend every face-to-face session.
Learn more at: http://www.bishopkemperschool.org/biblical-greek-course.html
>> October classes. BKSM still is accepting enrollments for October classes, which began Sept. 12 and will meet in Topeka on Oct. 9-10. Classes include: Old Testament I, Social Witness of the New Testament, Adult Catechesis and Formation, and Anglican History.
Courses cost $100 to audit, $180 for credit. Tuition includes overnight accommodations and meals.
>> November classes . BKSM invites you to explore one of three course topics offered this November: Contemporary Mission with the Very Rev. Craig Loya, History of the Episcopal Church with the Rev. Dr. Charles Peek, or Theology of Education Ministry with the Rev. Dr. Bill Fasel.
Classes begin Oct. 10 and meet in Topeka on Nov. 12-13. Course instruction in Topeka starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday and wraps up at 12:15 p.m. Sunday.
Auditing a class costs $100; for-credit costs $180. Both rates include all meals and lodging at Upton Hall.
Lay scholarships are available (application deadline is Oct. 1). Learn more at http://www.bishopkemperschool.org/november-2016-courses.html
Reminder to priests: The annual Gathering of Presbyters is set for Dec. 13-15 at the Spiritual Life Center, 7100 E 45th St. North in Bel Aire, near Wichita. The event begins with lunch on Tuesday and ends before lunch on Thursday. Details will be sent out before the event.
Anniversaries of ordinations
Congratulations go to these people as they celebrate the anniversaries of their ordination in the next two weeks:
Sept. 16: The Rev. Ron Reed, retired (44 years)
Sept. 21: The Rev. David Kent, St. Timothy’s, Iola (53 years)
Sept. 26: Deacon Don Chubb, Grace Cathedral, Topeka (40 years)
Sept. 27: Deacon Patty Minx, non-parochial (13 years)
Sept. 28: The Rev. Don Moses, retired (48 years)
Sept. 29: The Rev. Marc Lee, non-parochial (36 years)
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