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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 Thursday, March 12
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Feb. 26 , 2015
Please vote for Jackson Kemper on March 4 in Lent Madness
Next Wednesday, March 4, sees the first appearance of Bishop Jackson Kemper in Lent Madness, http://www.lentmadness.org/, a fun way to learn about ancient and modern saints of the church by reading about them and then voting in a sports-type bracket of 32 people.
Bishop Kemper was the first missionary bishop selected by the Episcopal Church in 1835, to help bring the church to what then was known as “the Northwest” – the states of Kansas, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, a territory of more than 450,000 square miles.
He presided at the convention in August 1859 that formed the Diocese of Kansas. His efforts, in fact, led to the creation of six dioceses.
He traveled 300,000 miles – more than the Apostle Paul – in which he ordained more than 200 priests and deacons, and confirmed about 10,000 people.
Supporters of Bishop Kemper have created a Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ActionJacksonKemper, to provide a sometimes lighthearted look at his decades of service on behalf of God’s mission in the frontier states.
Next Wednesday, please log into the Lent Madness link above and cast your vote for Jackson Kemper.
You also can follow efforts on the bishop’s behalf on the diocesan Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/EpiscopalDioceseofKansas.
Reminder: Parochial reports are due March 2
Parish clergy and treasurers are reminded that they have until March 2 to submit the annual Parochial Report that is required by Episcopal Church canons.
The official deadline is March 1, but because that falls on a Sunday, parishes have until the end of Monday, March 2 to submit their reports.
Please note that the Parochial Report itself can be filed online, but the signature page must be sent by hard copy to the diocesan office.
There also were additional items sent out in January in the packet with the Parochial Report. Those items also are due back on March 2.
If you have any questions, please contact diocesan Comptroller Jay Currie at firstname.lastname@example.org, (785) 235-9255 or (800) 473-3563.
Also, if your report will be submitted after the March 2 deadline, please let Currie know when you expect to have it completed.
Diocesan Campus Ministry program seeks applicants for intern position
Are you, or do you know, a graduating college student passionate about a life of faith and looking to engage in a year of service, offering ministry to others and gaining leadership skills, before embarking on the next chapter of life?
If so, consider applying, or encouraging others to apply, to become a campus intern for the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas.
This service year begins Aug. 1, 2015, and has the potential to be a two-year internship.
Compensation includes a monthly stipend and lodging.
The internship offers the ministry opportunity to deepen one’s own faith and share formation, leadership and pastoral skills at the Canterbury House at the University of Kansas, working with local peer ministers. It also offers the participant space to explore more deeply their vocational discernment.
For more information regarding this opportunity please visit the Campus Ministry website, https://edokcampusministry.wordpress.com/campus-intern-application/, or contact Campus Missioner the Rev. Stephanie Jenkins at email@example.com or (785) 766-7435.
Bishop Kemper School offers summer classes for Christian educators and youth leaders
This summer Bishop Kemper School for Ministry will offer two special courses designed for current and potential Christian educators and youth leaders.
- June 14-15: Mini 340: Christian Education Leadership Survey
Participants will learn about “big picture” issues in leading Christian education programs including engaging clergy and vestry support; developing mission, vision, goal and objectives; budgeting; safety guidelines; gift discernment; recruiting, training, supporting and appreciating volunteers; exploring cultural issues; and self-soul care. Deadline to register is May 14.
- July 18-19: Mini 350: Christian Education Children & Youth Teaching Survey
Participants will learn teaching logistics and best practices including human growth and development; welcoming and hospitality; effective teaching and behavior management; curriculum evaluation and selection; designing, adapting and implementing lessons; and relational ministry with children and youth. Deadline to register is June 18.
The June class is a prerequisite for the July class.
Classes will take place at Upton Hall Conference Center in Topeka (just south of Grace Cathedral).
The cost is $125 per person for each weekend, which includes meals and lodging at Upton Hall.
Both classes will be taught by diocesan Youth Missioner Karen Schlabach, M.S. in Student Counseling and Personnel Services; and Sue Crew, M.S. in Adult and Continuing Education and Director of Christian Formation at St. Michael and all Angels, Mission.
If interested in registering, please contact BKSM’s dean, the Very Rev. Don H. Compier, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
>> Watch the 2015 Episcopal Summer MegaCamp Commercial Contest entries! Check out all the entries from the camp commercial contest on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIr5V_EJuAejnNymKDyViAbf2rqkKucle .
Six students entered the competition. The winner was Kirsten Lee, 10th grader from St. Michael and All Angels, Mission, but all the videos are great. All the students who submitted a video will receive some money towards the camp registration fee, thanks to an anonymous donor.
>> Happening #89 registrations continue to be accepted. Happening is a Christian experience led by high school youth for their peers. The youth rector for Happening #89 is Helena Howell from Grace Cathedral, Topeka.
Students in grades 9-12 are invited to attend or be on staff. Cost is now $65.
See http://edokyouth.wordpress.com/happening/ for registration forms and more information.
>> Episcopal Summer MegaCamp registration is open! Camp is May 31-June 6 at Camp Wood YMCA. The volunteer Episcopal staff provides solid Christian education, featuring worship, music, small group discussions and prayer. 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.
Camp is open to those currently in grades 3-12, and their friends.
Cost is $420 for the week; register by May 8.
For registration forms and more information see http://edokyouth.wordpress.com/camp/
Campus ministry seeks peer ministers
Are you or do you know a full-time college student passionate about a life of faith with demonstrated ministry leadership experience – and seek more of it?
Are you passionate about deepening your own spiritual journey and serving others by sharing the love of Christ with those you meet?
Then serving as a college peer minister with the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas might be a fit for you.
As a peer minister, you would work collaboratively with parish leaders as well as the Campus Missioner and interns to design and lead program opportunities that highlight faith formation, Christian community, discernment, and leadership development in your campus community. At K-State and KU, there is the opportunity to live in-residence at one of our Canterbury Houses.
More information regarding this opportunity, and an application, is on the Campus Ministry website, https://edokcampusministry.wordpress.com/about-2/peer-ministry/
For more information or if you have questions, please contact Campus Missioner the Rev. Stephanie Jenkins at (78)766-7435 or email@example.com .
Daughters of the King plan Spring Assembly
Members of the Order of the Daughters of the King across the diocese are invited to attend the Spring Assembly on Saturday, April 18 at St. Paul’s, 1300 N. 18th Street in Kansas City, Kan.
The event will include lunch and a program. Tentative times are 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., although Daughters may arrive at 9 a.m. to help serve at the St. Paul’s breakfast program that morning.
The cost is $15 per person. Checks should be made payable to “Daughters of the King” and mailed to Lisa Adams, 14356 W. 81st Pl., Lenexa, KS 666215. Please mark “Spring Assembly” in the memo line.
Chapters also are invited to bring their banners and share the story behind their banner or chapter name.
The deadline for early bird registration is April 1.
Are you interested in a trip to Scotland in August?
If so, Deacon David Butler would like to know. He’s planning a trip for late summer that would include stops at some of Scotland’s most famous landmarks, and he’d like to open the trip to anyone in the diocese who is interested.
Exact dates and costs are still being planned, but to get on his list, contact Deacon Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org or (620) 429-7460.
Episcopal Church Building Fund offers annual conference April 13-15
The Episcopal Church Building Fund offers its annual “Buildings for a New Tomorrow” conference April 13-15 in Raleigh, N.C.
It is designed to change the way church leaders use their church and grounds.
The cost is $625 per person which includes tuition, lodging, conference materials and meals.
Information about the program, plus a link to register is online at http://www.ecbf.org/bfnt/.
Anniversaries of ordinations
Congratulations go to these people as they celebrate the anniversaries of their ordination in the next two weeks:
March 1: Deacon Pat Murphy, retired (11 years); the Rev. Robert Seaton, non-parochial, Diocese of Western Kansas (12 years)
March 3: Deacon Max Murrison, Christ Cathedral, Salina, Diocese of Western Kansas (15 years)
March 4: Deacon Joe Withrow, Grace, Hutchinson, Diocese of Western Kansas (26 years)
March 7: The Rev. Ray Hartjen, retired (25 years)
March 10: The Rev. Larry Carver, Grace, Hutchinson, Diocese of Western Kansas (42 years)
Don’t forget – Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 8
It soon will be time again to “spring forward” into Daylight Saving Time by setting clocks ahead one hour before bed on March 7, so you can be on time to church the next morning.
Stay in touch via Facebook and Twitter
You can find news, features and updates from the diocese on social media. We’re on Facebook – EpiscopalDioceseofKansas (https://www.facebook.com/EpiscopalDioceseofKansas) – and Twitter – @EpiscoKs.
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