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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, July 22.
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July 7, 2016
Alleluia Grants launched to enhance local outreach ministries
The Mission and Outreach Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas invites congregations within the diocese to participate in a matching-fund grant pilot project – the Alleluia Grant. Funding for this grant comes from money designated for mission and outreach through the diocesan Crossroads Campaign.
Churches with a project that supports the mission of enabling parishioners to fulfill their baptismal covenant to serve as Christ’s hands and feet in the world are eligible to apply for a grant.
Grants will be considered for one-time projects, with a maximum of $3,000 to be awarded per grant. Please note that these are matching grants, with applying congregations providing an equal or greater amount.
The Alleluia Grant application form, which includes additional information, may be downloaded as a Word document from the diocesan website, http://www.episcopal-ks.org/life/Mission-and-Outreach.php
Applicants must submit a written application form, along with a narrative summary of the proposed project of no more than 500 words, along with a detailed project budget (preferably in Excel format).
The deadline to apply for a grant for 2016 is Sept. 1.
All applications will be reviewed by the Alleluia Grant Task Force. Upon evaluation, the Task Force will provide award recommendations to the Diocesan Council of Trustees for final approval.
Alleluia Grants will be awarded during Diocesan Convention.
Deadline is July 31 to apply 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.
The application form is online at https://edokcampusministry.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/application-for-parish-spring-fall-20162.pdf .
The deadline to submit applications is July 31 . Please send by email to email@example.com.
Once submitted, Campus Intern Ryan Zavacky will make certain applications are complete before sending them to the Campus Ministry Council for action.
Ryan Zavacky can answer questions about the application process; he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269) 757-4552.
Additional information about the program is on the campus ministry website, https://edokcampusministry.wordpress.com/parish-partner-grants/.
Saint Francis Community Services receives UTO grant
Saint Francis Community Services’ Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility in Salina is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church. It was one of 32 UTO grants approved in June.
This award will help expand the agency’s Peace Garden Project. The project offers a holistic approach to healing by training young people in the areas of creation care, sustainability, gardening and nutrition.
Saint Francis Community Services, founded in Ellsworth in 1945 as Saint Francis Boys’ Home, is an Episcopal organization committed to the needs of children and youth. It currently has programs in four states. In addition to the psychiatric residential treatment program that will benefit from the UTO grant, the agency also provides foster care, counseling services, drug and alcohol counselling and other services.
The United Thank Offering award funds are derived from the Ingatherings/funds/contributions received through offerings from the well-known and easily recognizable UTO Blue Box.
Aug. 5 is deadline for Diocesan Convention actions
Aug. 5 has been set as the deadline by which people must submit nominations, proposed debatable resolutions, or amendments to the diocesan constitution and canons, to come before this fall’s Diocesan Convention.
Full information, including committee contact details, is on the convention page of the diocesan website, http://www.episcopal-ks.org/life/convention.php.
Materials should be sent to the chair of the committee dealing with each action, as outlined on the website.
The following offices are up for election at the convention, which takes place Oct. 27-29 at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel at the Airport in Wichita:
- One at-large member of the Council of Trustees, lay person (3-year term)
- One at-large member of the Council of Trustees, clergy person (3-year term)
- Four lay deputies and four clergy deputies to General Convention/Provincial Synod, which meet in 2018 (3-year term)
- Four lay alternates and four clergy alternates to General Convention/Provincial Synod, which meet in 2018 (3-year term)
NOTE about convocation representatives to the Council of Trustees: At their meetings inSeptember, each of the four convocations will elect a lay person as the convocation’s representative to the Council of Trustees, to serve a four-year term. Those elections then will be ratified by the convention.
Planned giving/endowment workshop set for Aug. 13 in Wichita
Representatives from the Episcopal Church Foundation will offer a special workshop on church endowments and planned giving on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at St. James’s, 3750 East Douglas in Wichita. Lunch will be provided.
All members of the diocese are invited, whether their church already has an endowment or wants to begin one. There is no charge to attend.
This is designed to be an initial exploration about planned giving, to equip those who attend so they can return to their parishes able to talk more about the topic. Additional workshops will be offered in the future.
After lunch on Aug. 13, there also is the opportunity to attend an optional session on endowment structure and legacy societies, from 12:45 – 2 p.m.
To sign up for this event, contact the Very Rev. Tom Wilson at email@example.com or (316) 648-5870.
>> Guys Only Weekend registrations continue to be accepted until July 12. A weekend retreat to provide young men with tools to navigate today’s changing society as people of faith. Join us for this inaugural weekend!
- When: July 15-17
- Where: St. Thomas the Apostle, 12251 Antioch Rd., Overland Park
- Who: Youth males in grades 9-12 (for the 2015-16 school year)
- Fee: $65
Registration forms and more information: https://edokyouth.wordpress.com/guys-only-weekend/
>> Register now for Happening #91. Happening is a Christian experience by youth for youth. It’s a weekend retreat, focusing on Jesus and what he taught.
There are games, music, great food and a chance to talk with peers about things that really matter. High school graduate Jeremiah Shipman from Grace Cathedral, Topeka, will be the youth rector for this Happening.
- When: Happening #91 will be July 29-31
- Where: St. John’s, 402 N. Topeka St., Wichita
- Who: Youth in grades 9-12 (of the 2016-17 school year)
- Fee: $55 ($70 after July 20)
- Priority deadline: Wednesday, July 20
Registration forms and more information: https://edokyouth.wordpress.com/happening/
>> Mark your calendars for Fall youth events
- Fall Fun Fest, September 17-18 @ St. Margaret’s, Lawrence
- Official Youth Presence at Diocesan Convention, October 27-29 @ Good Shepherd, Wichita
- YouthTide!, November 11-13 @ TBA
St. Stephen’s, Wichita seeks part-time Director of Faith Formation for youth
St. Stephen’s, 7404 E. Killarney Place in Wichita, is seeking a person to serve part-time as the church’s Director of Faith Formation for youth.
Here is the general position description:
A part time position, 16 hours per week, $12,000 annually, plus mileage reimbursement for diocesan events. Responsible for the development and implementation of all programs, activities, and educational and pastoral care aspects related to faith formation of youth in junior and senior youth groups.
- Model in his/her own life a mature, personal walk with Christ for students to observe and emulate.
- Possess a Bachelor’s degree and a current, valid Kansas driver’s license.
- Pass a routine background check and participate in required Safe Church training.
- Have experience in leading a youth ministry, either paid or in a volunteer position.
- Demonstrate a competency with basic Biblical scriptures.
If interested in applying for the position, contact St. Stephen’s at firstname.lastname@example.org or ( 316) 634-2513.
Registration now is open for Episcopal Church evangelism conference
Forward Movement and the Office of the Presiding Bishop are sponsoring “Evangelism Matters,” a conference on evangelism set for Nov. 18-19 in Dallas, Texas. It is for anyone who wants to learn more about evangelism and resources that are available to share one’s faith.
The cost to attend is $100 per person ($125 after Aug. 31), with a deadline to register of Oct. 15. The cost does NOT include lodging or transportation.
Planned activities include a keynote address by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, as well as plenary sessions and workshops by evangelism leaders.
More information, with a link to register, is available at http://www.forwardmovement.org/Pages/About/Events.aspx
Make your voice count
The Task Force on the Study of Marriage, created at last year’s General Convention, is seeking responses from individuals, congregations and dioceses to a survey to gauge the use of the “Dearly Beloved” toolkit, a resource on marriage created in 2014.
The survey is at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6LNQP95 .
Please feel free to share the link with others who may wish to complete the survey. The deadline to submit responses is Aug. 1.
Council of Trustees minutes have been posted
Minutes of the May 17 meeting of the Council of Trustees have been posted on the diocesan website at http://www.episcopal-ks.org/news/Council-of-Trustees-minutes.php.
Minutes of prior meetings also can be accessed from that page.
The Rev. George Wiley and his wife, Kay Bradt, now are serving as co-chaplains to the retired clergy and surviving spouses in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. While they cannot respond to every pastoral situation, do they do want to be as helpful as possible in times of emergencies. Contact Wiley at email@example.com or (785) 813-3149.
Anniversaries of ordinations
Congratulations go to these people as they celebrate the anniversaries of their ordination in the next two weeks:
July 10: The Rev. George Wiley, diocesan canon pastor (39 years)
July 18: The Rev. Kevin Huddleston, St. Michael and All Angels, Mission (28 years)
July 22: The Rev. Donald Martin, Ascension-on-the-Prairie, Colby; St. Francis, Russell Springs; St. Luke’s, Scott City; and St. Paul’s, Goodland; Diocese of Western Kansas (24 years)
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