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June 11, 2015
Deacon ordinations are this Saturday
On Saturday, June 13 at 10:30 a.m., four people will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons at a service in Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave., Topeka.
All members of the diocese are invited to attend. A reception will follow the service.
Those being ordained are Stevie Carter, St. Michael and All Angels, Mission; Doreen Rice, St. Aidan’s, Olathe; Rob Schwaller, Trinity, Lawrence; and Arland Wallace, St. John’s, Wichita.
Carter, Schwaller and Wallace are called to the diaconate as their vocation. Rice will serve as a transitional deacon before her planned ordination as a priest.
Clergy are asked to vest (red stole) and walk in procession. Please be in the cathedral’s lower level parish hall by 10 a.m.
Canon to be installed. During this service, Canon to the Ordinary Torey Lightcap also will be installed to mark his new ministry.
General Convention starts on June 24
The 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church meets in Salt Lake City June 24 to July 3.
On the agenda are the election of the next Presiding Bishop, as well as debate on resolutions on church structure and same-sex marriage, to name a few.
While there, Kansas lay and clergy deputies, as well as Bishop Dean Wolfe, will offer reflections that will be posted to a special website set up to highlight Kansans at General Convention: http://ksgc2015.weebly.com/
A link to that page, along with other helpful sites, is on the General Convention page of the diocesan website, http://www.episcopal-ks.org/news/GenConv.php
#GC78. If you are on social media and want to follow what people are saying about General Convention, check the hashtag #GC78.
Prayers are invited for use during General Convention
Thanks to the efforts of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, anyone can add prayers and images that will be used during the Prayers of the People at the Episcopal Church’s 78th General Convention, which takes place June 24 through July 3.
Each day during the Convention will have a theme, and prayers or images should reflect on that in some way.
Prayers in words or images may be submitted via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The hashtag for this effort is #prayersof.
Full information is on the project’s website, http://prayersofthepeople.org/.
Deadlines announced for Diocesan Convention actions
The office of the bishop has announced that the deadline for actions to come before Diocesan Convention is Friday, Aug. 7.
This includes nominations for offices elected at the Convention, proposed debatable resolutions, and proposed amendments to the diocesan constitution and canons.
Elections will fill slots on the Council of Trustees and the Disciplinary Board.
The Council of Trustees is the governing body of the diocese between conventions. Seats on this body to be filled at this convention are:
- At-large lay representative (three-year term). The incumbent, Bob Skaggs, is not eligible for re-election.
- At-large clergy representative (three-year-term). The incumbent, the Rev. Patrick Funston, is eligible or re-election.
The Disciplinary Board hears some complaints about clergy misconduct and makes recommendations to the bishop about possible action. It consists of four clergy and three lay members who serve for three-year terms.
All incumbents are eligible for re-election. They are Janine Cox, Sarah Bousfield, Philip Davidson, the Rev. Dawn Frankfurt, Deacon Bob Hirst, the Rev. Laurie Lewis and the Very Rev. Steve Lipscomb.
To submit nominations
All nominations must be made on the nomination form, available on the Diocesan Convention webpage, http://www.episcopal-ks.org/life/convention.php.
The form must be accompanied by a head-and-shoulder photograph of the nominee, at least 300 dots-per-inch and 2-by-2 inches in size.
The deadline for nominations to be submitted to the chair of the committee is Aug. 7. Send materials to:
1858 Claflin Rd., Apt. 10
Manhattan, KS 66502
>> Debatable resolutions
Proposed debatable resolutions must be submitted to the chair of the committee no later than Aug. 7. Send proposed resolutions to:
1329 Grand Ave.
Parsons, KS 67357-4256
>> Amendments to the diocesan constitution or canons
Proposed amendments to the diocesan constitution or canons must be submitted to the chair of the committee no later than Aug. 7. Send proposed amendments to:
P.O. Box 550
Olathe, KS 66051-0550
Do you know a student heading off to college this fall? Please let us know.
The diocesan campus ministry program strives to reach out to Episcopal college 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.
High schoolers can register for the Girls Only Weekend now
The Rev. Susan Terry from Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence has been meeting with high school women over the last year to determine what they would like and need in an event especially for them.
This retreat will be a laid-back weekend talking about self-image, identity and women in the church.
- When: Friday, July 10, 6:30 p.m. – Sunday, July 12, 11:30 a.m.
- Where: Trinity, Lawrence
- Who: Youth females currently in grades 9-12 (for the 2014-15 school year)
- Fee: $50
- Priority deadline: Tuesday, June 30 (fee increases $15 after this date)
- Registration: https://edok.formstack.com/forms/girlsonly2015
- Note: We will be going SWIMMING, so bring a swim suit and a towel
College students – consider serving as a campus ministry peer minister
Are you (or do you know) a full-time college student passionate about the life of faith, with demonstrated ministry leadership experience and seeking 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 good fit for you.
As a peer minister, you will 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 the Canterbury House in exchange for the ministry you offer as a peer minister.
More information and an application are on the campus ministry website, https://edokcampusministry.wordpress.com/about-2/peer-ministry/
You also may contact Campus Missioner the Rev. Stephanie Jenkins at (785) 766-7435 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bigger Bible School is planned by Mission church
St. Michael and All Angels in Mission invites all those who are interested to join them for their Bigger Bible School, Sunday, July 12 through Wednesday, July 15, at the church, 6630 Nall Ave.
This year’s guest speaker will be the Rev. Fred Schmidt, whose book, The Dave Test, will be the basis for the program. Schmidt also will preach during worship services on July 12.
Children will enjoy Cokesbury’s “G-Force Adventure Park” during their Bigger Bible School sessions.
The cost to attend all sessions is $50 per adult, $75 per couple and $20 per child.
More information is on the St. Michael’s website at http://www.stmaa.net/?q=content/bigger-bible-school-2015, or contact the church office at (913) 236-8600.
Online registration is available at https://stmaa.formstack.com/forms/stmaa_bbs.
Does your church know what it needs to meet copyright laws?
Do you show movies at a special church event, or at youth group? Do you play CDs during events? Do you reprint hymns in your bulletin?
If so, you need to be sure you have licenses to use these materials in these settings, if needed
Episcopal Church Vital Practices has information on its website that includes links on what activities require a license, and how to obtain one.
Be sure to see what they offer: http://www.ecfvp.org/tools/copyright-guidelines-for-churches/
Not following copyright laws not isn’t fair to those who created the items, it also can result in significant fines to those not in compliance.
World Refugee Day is June 20
Each year The Episcopal Church joins organizations and individuals across the world in celebrating World Refugee Day. Presiding Bishop. Katharine Jefferts Schori calls this an "annual opportunity to examine the dire global and regional conflicts and persecutions that create refugees, and to celebrate the resilience and success of the former refugees who bless communities in our midst with the riches of their earned wisdom, energy and spirit."
The Episcopal Migration Ministries' World Refugee Day 2015 website has resources to engage in World Refugee Day. http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/world-refugee-day
- worship resources: bulletin inserts in English and Spanish; sermon starters; prayers of the people;
- an interactive map of World Refugee Day events across the country; and
- updates from the Share the Journey Pilgrimage.
A World Refugee Twitterchat will take place on Thursday, June 18, starting at 2 p.m. Central time. Use the hashtag #RefugeeChat to participate. You also can follow Episcopal Migration Ministries, @EMMRefugees.
Mediation skills conference offered in Oklahoma City in August
The Oklahoma Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders Aug. 24-28 at Church of the Servant, 14343 N. MacArthur Blvd., Oklahoma City, Okla.
It is open to church leaders of all denominations. This training is for church leaders in all areas of ministry, both in dealing with current conflict and in learning to be proactive so that conflict can be transformative.
Tuition is $695 when paid by July 24and $795 after that date.
A link to register, as well as more information, is online at http://www.okumc.org/mediation.
Episcopal Church Foundation provides series of webinars
A series of financial webinars for congregational leaders can be accessed online this summer, thanks to the Episcopal Church Foundation.
- Investing Your Endowment . July 22, 6 p.m. Central time. Learn how a well-written Investment Policy Statement, prudent spending rule and a well-reasoned asset allocation will avoid investment disasters and achieve your long-term goal: to maintain the spending power of the fund.
- Using the Tools of ECF’s Planned Giving on Demand . Sept. 2, 6 p.m. Central time. This is a review of some the main tools of Planned Giving on Demand, including sample articles, booklets and brochures, as well as the best webinars and other tools to use for potential donors and for training new leaders.
- Basics of a Capital Campaign . Sept. 23, 6 p.m. Central time. This webinar will provide a step-by-step understanding of the methodology that has led hundreds of Episcopal parishes to success using a flexible three phase process: discernment, feasibility study and gifting.
More information, and links to register, are online at http://www.episcopalfoundation.org/about/news/48/ecf-webinars-summer-2015.
Seminary of the Southwest hosts Nuevos Horizontes Conference
Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, in collaboration with the Episcopal Church Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries, is sponsoring the Nuevos Horizontes Conference, an Episcopal conference in Austin. Nuevos Horizontes takes place in alternating years from Nuevo Amanecer, which occurs every two years in Kanuga, N.C.
Nuevos Horizontes is designed for:
- clergy and lay leaders who are confronting rapid changes in the Latino/Hispanic ministries;
- church leaders who are having to adjust their Latino ministry in their congregation or dioceses, which now must take into account the various generations of Latinos born and acculturated in the United States; and
- congregational leaders who must adjust to the linguistic and cultural shifts taking place in the adolescent and young adult members of Spanish-speaking congregations.
The conference will explore how the church can be in sync with these cultural, demographic and generational realities of American Latinos. The conference will offer “how-to” tools to the conference participant and those called to minister in a multi-cultural environment.
The cost is $160 per person, which includes meals. Lodging is extra.
Additional information is online at http://www.ssw.edu/nuevos-horizontes-conference.
KC church to offer trip in the footsteps of St. Paul
St. Paul’s, Kansas City, Mo., and its rector, the Rev. Stan Runnels, are sponsoring a 14-day trip to Greece and Turkey next April.
The trip will follow landmarks and artifacts that remain from a mission voyage that the Apostle Paul began in 49 A.D.
The trip will be aboard the cruise ship Aegean Odyssey and will include guest speakers who can help bring alive the history and areas travelers will experience. For this trip they will be the retired dean of Guilford, in the Church of England, and a history professor from King’s College in Cambridge.
Robert Thompson, Jr., father of diocesan staff member Michele Moss, died on June 6. He was 72. His obituary is online at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/cjonline/obituary.aspx?pid=175056336.
Michele serves as assistant to the canon to the ordinary, Diocesan Convention coordinator and administrator of the Commission on Ministry.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, 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 four weeks:
June 12: The Rev. Mark Cowell, Sts. Mary and Martha of Bethany, Larned, Diocese of Western Kansas (11 years)
June 17: The Rev. Timothy Kline, non-parochial, Diocese of Western Kansas (23 years)
June 20: The Rev. Liz Gomes, retired (24 years); Deacon Carmen Anderson, retired (28 years)
June 21: The Rev. David Mouille, retired (47 years)
June 22: The Rev. Sharon Billman, St. John’s, Parsons (12 years)
June 23: The Rev. Gerald Eytcheson, Epiphany, Independence and Ascension, Neodesha (22 years)
June 30: The Rev. Foster Mays, Epiphany, Sedan (2 years)
Stay in touch via Facebook and Twitter
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