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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, Jan. 2.
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Dec. 19, 2014
Diocese to sponsor broadcast of “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols”
For the first time ever, the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas will sponsor the annual broadcast of “A Festive of Nine Lessons and Carols” on Kansas Public Radio.
It will air on Christmas Eve at 9 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. The program originates live from Kings College Chapel in Cambridge, England.
People who are outside the KPR listening area or who aren’t near a radio can listen online at www.kansaspublicradio.org.
The broadcast will be available via the radio on the six stations of Kansas Public Radio:
91.5 FM, KANU: Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City
89.7 FM, KANH: Emporia
99.5 FM, K258BT: Manhattan
91.3 FM, KANV: Junction City, Olsburg
89.9 FM, K210CR: Atchison
90.3 FM, KANQ: Chanute
Listeners will hear promotions for the broadcast, with the diocese’s name, at various times daily until right before it airs on Christmas Eve morning.
If you’ve never listened to this broadcast before, we invite you to enjoy 90 minutes of beautiful English choral music and lessons of the Christmas season. Please tell your friends to join you!
Bishop Wolfe applauds selection of the Church of England’s first woman bishop
Today Bishop Dean Wolfe issued a statement in which he said he is thrilled that the Church of England has appointed its first woman bishop, the Rev. Libby Lane, who will become the bishop of Stockport.
He said, “ I am aware of the quality and faithfulness of the women of the Church of England through my work with the Church of England, and I am glad these sisters in Christ will now be called to serve at every level of the Church. The Church is enhanced when the diversity of our leadership matches the diversity of our membership, and we are diminished when we prevent any faithful category of people in our body from exercising their spiritual gifts to the fullest degree.”
Further in his statement he writes, “ Bishop Libby, welcome to the episcopacy. It’s a wonderful privilege and a profound honor to serve the people of God in this office. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as your ordination draws near, and I give profound thanks for your willingness to be a pioneer, which is not the easiest role in the world, for the sake of Christ and the Church.”
You can read the entire statement online at http://www.episcopal-ks.org/bishop/Lane-bishop-Stockport.php.
Report issued by the Task Force for Reimaging the Episcopal Church
The Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church (TREC) has presented its final report to the 78th General Convention and to the Church, and for inclusion in Reports to General Convention.
TREC was formed as a result of a resolution on restructuring passed by General Convention in 2012. The group’s work has been widely anticipated and closely followed by many across the Episcopal Church.
The report, a 73-page PDF, can be viewed and downloaded online at https://extranet.generalconvention.org/staff/files/download/12219.pdf.
Checks to the diocese must be in by Dec. 26
From diocesan Comptroller Jay Currie: Any checks to the diocese for things such as parish apportionment or other payments for the calendar year 2014 must be in the diocesan office no later than Friday, Dec. 26 to be credited to this year.
Address checks to:
Episcopal Diocese of Kansas
835 SW Polk St.
Topeka, KS 66612
Anyone with questions about this may contact Currie at firstname.lastname@example.org or (785) 235-9255 of (800) 473-3563.
Clergy housing allowance resolutions are required soon
The Church Pension Group reminds parishes of the need to have clergy housing allowances for 2015 finalized by Vestry resolution before a January paycheck is issued.
You can give the gift of attendance at a diocesan youth event
Do you still need a meaningful gift for a teen or tween in your life? Consider a gift certificate to a future diocesan youth event.
Gift certificates are good for any of our weekend retreats (typically $50) or summer camp.
More information about this opportunity, along with a link to make your online purchase, is at https://edokyouth.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/gift-certificates-available/
Three to be ordained priests on Jan. 10
Bishop Dean Wolfe will ordain three people – Don Compier, Steven King and Vivian Orndorff – to the Sacred Order of Priests during a diocesan ordination service set for 10:30 a.m. at Saturday, Jan. 10 at Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave. in Topeka.
All members of the diocese are invited to attend. A reception will follow the service.
Clergy are invited to vest (red stoles) and walk in procession. Please be in the cathedral’s lower level parish hall by 10 a.m.
Jan. 5 is deadline for scholarship aid requests from clergy children
Jan. 5 is the deadline for clergy children to apply for a Father Young Fund grant for the spring semester. All students interested in receiving an award from the Father Young Fund should send a letter addressed to Bishop Wolfe stating:
- Who they are (their relationship to a clergy person in the diocese);
- Where they are attending school;
- Their year in school; and
- What they plan to study.
Awards from the Father Young Fund are sent directly to the student at their home address in the third week of January.
Guidelines for applying for assistance from the Father Young Fund:
- Assistance will be provided for eight semesters of undergraduate work only.
- Assistance is normally reserved for students attending Kansas colleges or universities.
- Application for the spring academic term is to be made no later than Jan. 5; for the fall term, no later than Aug. 3.
- According to the conditions of the original gift, this fund can only be used for children of clergy canonically resident in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas.
- Once enrolled in college, a student becomes eligible to apply for assistance from the Father Young Fund. Assistance has averaged $750 - $1,000 each semester and is based on the number applying and the amount of interest earned on the fund.
To apply, each semester the student should send a letter to the bishop before the closing date. As soon as all applications have been received from the students, the amount of financial assistance will be determined, and a check will be sent to the student.
If you have any questions, please contact Jeanne Atha at email@example.com or (785) 235-9255 or (800) 473-3563.
>> Register for Miqra now! Jan. 17-19 at Grace Cathedral in Topeka. For youth in grades 6-12. Miqra (meek-rah) is a weekend retreat that focuses on the Bible and allows teens to discover what’s in it, why they should care and how to read it. This year’s educational focus will be on the Pentateuch.
Registrations are due Thursday, Jan. 1 and are available online at http://edokyouth.wordpress.com/miqra/
Parents, clergy and friends are invited to help us complete this awe-some feat! There are online sign-ups for reading from 9 a.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Saturday, before youth participants arrive. We also need parents to help supervise the reading overnight (so our on-site volunteers can get some sleep!). Sign-up online to read or supervise at https://www.volunteersignup.org/PH7RM
>> Youth Peer Ministry applications now are being accepted . The diocesan youth peer ministry program is accepting applications to join the 13 current Peer Ministers. The peer ministry program seeks to provide an opportunity for high school students in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas to grow in their faith, receive training in ministry and life skills, assume roles of liturgical leadership, welcome other students into the body of Christ, and develop other young leaders. If you know a youth in your parish who would fit this position or would be interested in this position, invite them to apply to be a peer minister . Applications are due by Feb. 1 and are available on the youth website at http://edokyouth.wordpress.com/peer-ministry/.
If you have questions about the peer ministry program, contact Peer Ministry Coordinator Michael Funston at firstname.lastname@example.org or diocesan Youth Missioner Karen Schlabach at email@example.com.
>> Summer youth ministry internship applications now available . Do you know a college student interested in pursuing a vocation in ministry? If so, ask them if they are interested in applying for the Summer Youth Ministry Internship. Applications are due Feb. 28. Learn more about the program and how to apply at http://edokyouth.wordpress.com/internship/
Portion of the value of clergy life insurance may be taxable
The value of clergy group term life insurance provided by employers is considered taxable income in the current year to the extent the coverage exceeds $50,000.
The Church Pension Fund provides coverage to all eligible clergy in the Clergy Pension Fund. For active clergy, that is four times the total compensation, up to a maximum of $100,000. For retired clergy, it is four times the highest average compensation, to a maximum of $50,000.
Any clergyperson, active or retired, who receives additional group term life insurance from any employer, may have additional income tax liability.
To calculate the value of your insurance benefit for income tax purposes, the IRS uses the following numbers for the cost per $1,000 of ALL group life insurance coverage per month exceeding the $50,000 exclusion:
- Under 25, monthly cost is 5 cents
- 25-29, monthly cost is 6 cents
- 30-34, monthly cost is 8 cents
- 35-39, monthly cost is 9 cents
- 40-44, monthly cost is 10 cents
- 45-49, monthly cost is 15 cents
- 50-54, monthly cost is 23 cents
- 55-59, monthly cost is 43 cents
- 60-64, monthly cost is 66 cents
- 65-69, monthly cost is $1.27
- Over 70, monthly cost is $2.06
Anyone with questions about this may contact diocesan Comptroller Jay Currie at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 473-3563.
Need a last-minute Christmas gift? Consider Episcopal Relief & Development.
Still wondering what to get for that hard-to-buy-for person? How about a gift that can help change the life of someone in need through Episcopal Relief & Development.
You can give, in the name of a loved one, health through malaria nets, clean drinking water, livestock for food and income or microloans to help someone start a business.
Gifts at all price ranges are available online at https://www.episcopalrelief.org/what-you-can-do/gifts-for-life/all-gifts/?ID=GM14-16B#chooseyourgift
Statements on Cuba
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on Dec. 18 issued a statement on the prisoner exchange between the United States and Cuba. It is online at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/notice/presiding-bishop%E2%80%99s-statement-release-prisoners-cuba.
The leadership of the Episcopal Church of Cuba also released a statement thanking God for the repatriation of prisoners to both countries and thanking the churches in the United States for the “bridges of hope” they affirmed during the decades of separation. More on their statement is online at http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/bishop-of-cuba-thankful-for-bridges-of-hope
Episcopal Migration Ministries offers Epiphany resources for congregations and individuals
Episcopal Migration Ministry, celebrating its 75th anniversary, is offering a four-week video-based Epiphany curriculum and a bulletin insert for faith formation to raise awareness about refugees.
Deborah Stein, director of Episcopal Migration Ministries, said, “With more than 50 million people displaced from their homes, we are right now facing the largest refugee crisis the world has known since World War II. As conflicts continue in Syria, Iraq and parts of Africa, we will see these numbers continue to swell, making the ongoing resettlement work of the Episcopal Church more vital than ever.”
The materials are ideal for adult forums, Sunday Schools, youth groups and faith-formation gatherings for all ages.
More information, with a link to the resources, is online at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/notice/epiphany-resources-congregational-individual-use-presented-episcopal-migration-ministries.
January webinars announced by Episcopal Church Foundation
The Episcopal Church Foundation is offering a series of helpful webinars in January. There is no cost to participate in these webinars, and all lay and clergy leaders are welcome.
Topics for January are online resources, vestries, capital campaigns, endowments and more.
A list of webinars in January (and upcoming months) is online at http://www.episcopalfoundation.org/about/news/24/ecf-webinars-winter-2015. There you also will find links to register.
‘Come and see’ weekend at the School of Theology at Sewanee
The School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., is hosting a Visitation Weekend Feb. 19-21, 2015, for those who want to learn more about the seminary.
Participants can worship with students, attend classes, talk with faculty, explore the campus and discuss financial aid. All on-site expenses will be covered.
More information is on the school’s website, http://theology.sewanee.edu/admissions/come-see. Questions also can be sent to Roz Weaver of the Office of recruitment and Admissions at email@example.com.
United Thank Offering grant application due to the diocese by Jan. 9
Application forms for the 2015 United Thank Offering must be submitted to the diocesan office no later than Friday, Jan. 9.
Because each diocese can submit only one application, those considering applying are asked to read the application information on the website listed above and then contact Canon Pastor George Wiley before proceeding. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (785) 813-3149.
Application grants are available online at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/uto-grants. There applicants also will find helpful information about the application process and grant criteria.
Grants must focus on the fourth of the Five Marks of Mission established by the Anglican Communion: To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind, and to pursue peace and reconciliation.
Applications also must be for start-up costs for a new ministry, not for the continuation of an ongoing ministry unless there is a definite new direction added to the existing program.
Episcopal Relief & Development matching grant ends Dec. 31
In honor of Episcopal Relief & Development’s 75th Anniversary Celebration, a group of generous donors has pledged $750,000 in matching funds for the organization’s 2014 Matching Gift Challenge.
Any donation to the organization received before Dec. 31 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to the total match amount. This includes contributions through “ Gifts for Life ,” Episcopal Relief & Development’s alternative giving catalog, and monthly donations scheduled during the Challenge period.
The matching amount for all donations will go to the 75th Anniversary Fund, which enables the organization to respond to needs where they are greatest. The overall fundraising goal of the 75-week-long celebration is to secure $7.5 million to support programs that touch the lives of more than 3 million people in nearly 40 countries.
More information is on the agency’s website, https://www.episcopalrelief.org/press-and-resources/press-releases/2014-press-releases/episcopal-relief-and-development-launches-special-75th-anniversary-matching-gift-challenge
The Rev. Allan Madden, a priest of the Diocese of Western Kansas who has been living recently in Lawrence, died on Dec. 17. He was 88.
His funeral will take place on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Church, 1011 Vermont St. in Lawrence. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS 66044.
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 two weeks:
Dec. 19: The Rev. Frank Cohoon, retired (60 years); Deacon Suzanne Layne, retired (21 years)
Dec. 20: The Rev. Chris Arnold, St. Andrew’s, Emporia (4 years)
Dec. 21: The Rev. Richard McCandless, retired (52 years); the Rev. James Mitchell, retired (51 years); the Rev. Robert Terrill, retired (53 years); the Rev. Gary Gooch, retired (40 years); the Rev. Randall McQuin, non-parochial (35 years); the Rev. George Spratt, retired (59 years); the Rev. Frederick Robertson, retired (38 years); the Rev. Tom Miles, retired (38 years); the Rev. Larry Steadman, non-parochial, the Diocese of Western Kansas (12 years)
Dec. 22: The Rev. Hal Emery, retired, Diocese of Western Kansas (54 years)
Diocesan office to be closed for Christmas and New Year’s holidays
The diocesan office will be closed from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1. The office will reopen on Friday, Jan. 2 with regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
We wish everyone a most blessed Christmas and a joyous New Year!
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