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April 28, 2016
A statement from Bishop Dean Wolfe about refugee resettlement in Kansas
I am deeply disappointed that the governor of Kansas has taken action to remove our state from assisting in resettling refugees in our midst. It sends the message that Kansans do not welcome the chance to offer a new home to people who have endured years of violence and persecution. This not only is wrong, it does not reflect fundamental Christian teachings about hospitality:
Deuteronomy 10:19: Love the stranger because you yourself were a stranger.
Leviticus 19:34: The foreigner among you must be treated as a native.
Matthew 2:13: Jesus was a refugee.
James 1:27: Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress.
I want you to know that this action in no way will stop the work of Episcopal Migration Ministries-Wichita (formerly EWARM) in its ministry of helping refugees. While the state will be removed from the necessary administrative assistance provided to refugee resettlement agencies, the U.S. government has said it will work with another entity to provide this assistance. Refugee resettlement in Kansas will continue.
As Marla Schmidt, Director of EMM-Wichita has said, “Faith-based entities have been resettling refugees long before the government became involved in this ministry. We will continue to respond in every way possible in offering humanitarian aid to refugees in great need.”
In the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas we will continue to be an advocate for those who have no voice. With the exception of indigenous peoples, we are all immigrants to this great land. May the Lord continue to bless refugees everywhere, as well as those who help them to find new, peaceful homes in the communities of our state.
(Note: This statement also is posted on the diocesan website at http://www.episcopal-ks.org/bishop/Refugee-resettlement-statement.php)
Episcopal Summer Mega Camp priority registration is next week
The priorityregistration deadline for this summer’s Mega Camp is Friday,May 6.
Camp takes place June 5-11 at Camp Wood YMCA. Camp is open to those currently in grades 3-12 and their friends. The cost is $420 for the week.
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.
For registration forms and more information see http://edokyouth.wordpress.com/camp/
Five to be ordained on June 11
Five people in the diocese will be ordained on Saturday, June 11 at Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave. in Topeka. The service begins at 10:30 a.m., and a reception will follow.
The Rev. Doreen Rice will be ordained as a priest, and Mary Becker, Jim Cummins, Greg Doll and Charles Everson will be ordained deacons. Doll and Everson will serve as transitional deacons, on their way toward ordination as priests. Rice was ordained a transitional deacon last June.
Clergy are invited to attend (alb and red stole) and walk in procession. Please be in the lower level parish hall by 10 a.m. to vest and line up.
Celebration of New Ministry set in Edwardsville
The Rev. Joe Alford has been called as rector of St. Martin’s, Edwardsville, after having served as the congregation’s priest in charge.
A Celebration of New Ministry for Alford will take place on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. Bishop Dean Wolfe will be the celebrant.
Clergy who attend are invited to vest (white stole) and walk in procession.
Fiesta on Saturday will benefit Latino ministry in Wichita
St. John’s/San Juan in Wichita is hosting a spring Fiesta this Saturday, April 30, from 3-7 p.m. at the church, 402 N. Topeka in Wichita.
Proceeds will benefit the church’s Hispanic/Latino ministry.
The menu offers an authentic flauta and enchilada plate, with refried beans and Mexican rice, for $10. Meals may be enjoyed at the church or packed for carry-out.
From 5-7 p.m., those attending can enjoy Latin music provided by Banda Hispanica from Wichita State University.
If planning to attend and eat, please RSVP to the church office, (316) 262-0897.
Priests, take note
The dates have been set for this year’s Gathering of Presbyters, and all priests are asked to block these dates on their calendar now.
The event will take place Dec. 13-15 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
More information will be sent out closer to the event.
All are invited to Camp Wood YMCA’s 100th anniversary celebration. Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with lunch provided. This is a free, family-friendly open house celebrating Camp Wood YMCA's 100th summer.
Everyone is welcome to attend, including alumni, staff, supporters and community members. In addition, they are inviting new campers and families who would like to visit camp and learn more about Camp Wood. Camp Wood YMCA is the site of the diocese’s Summer Mega Camp.
Though this event is free, they strongly encourage all those attending to RSVP online ahead of time: http://www.campwood.org/centennial-celebration .
Help publicize Camp. Please help with this year’s goal to make sure every child and youth currently in grades 3-12 is invited to Episcopal Summer Mega Camp. Here’s how you can help:
- Make an announcement about camp during your worship service(s).
- Put information about camp in your parish newsletter. (Feel free to use the announcement above.)
- Pass out a bulletin insert, either during worship or during Sunday School. (These are intended to be printed front/back on 8.5-by-11-inch paper, then cut in half)
Black and White : https://edokyouth.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/bulletininsertbw1.pdf
- Share the camp Facebook event on your parish Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/182811322070633/
Council of Trustees minutes have been posted
Minutes of the March 29 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.
Diocese continues its search for a Campus Missioner
The announcement that the diocese is searching for a Campus Missioner has been posted as a PDF on the diocesan website at http://www.episcopal-ks.org/life/documents/Campus-Missioner-Position-Announcement-2016.pdf.
This full-time position for an ordained priest will oversee the diocesan campus ministry program.
Those interested in applying are invited to contact Canon to the Ordinary the Rev. Torey Lightcap at email@example.com, as well as the Office of Transition Ministry website, for more information.
Bishop Kemper School offers June classes
The Bishop Kemper School for Ministry usually doesn’t offer classes in June, but this year the school is making available two classes that will be of interest to many.
Both will meet June 11-12 in Topeka, beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday and ending at 12:15 p.m. Sunday.
Classes are the always-popular Contemporary Mission, taught by the Very Rev. Craig Loya; and a new elective, Theology and Science: Much More than Conflict , taught by Dr. Adam Pryor.
Both instructors bring a deep knowledge of and passion for their topics to the classroom and will leave participants informed, inspired and strengthened.
The cost to attend is $180 for those in the ordination track, and $100 for those auditing the course. The cost includes meals and overnight accommodations at Upton Hall on Friday and Saturday night (on a space-available basis).
To learn more and register: www.bishopkemperschool.org/june-2016-courses.html
Lay people are eligible for a scholarship through the new Jim Upton Scholarship Fund. The priority deadline to apply for funds for June classes is May 1.
An application for scholarship funds is available at www.bishopkemperschool.org/scholarships.html
Topeka march will call for reducing gun violence May 8
A variety of groups are sponsoring a Mother’s Day “March for Reducing Gun Violence” in Topeka, set for Sunday, May 8 starting at 2:30 p.m.
The march will originate at Temple Beth Shalom, 4200 SW Munson, and will end about 30 minutes later at the Gage Park amphitheater. There victims of gun homicides during the past year will be remembered.
For more information about the event, contact the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice at (785) 232-4388.
Wilma Don McGinnis, a long-time member of Trinity, El Dorado and well-known in the Cursillo community, died on April 26 in Atlanta.
For many years she also had a booth at Diocesan Convention selling James Avery jewelry.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace and rise in glory.
Melodie Woerman, diocesan director of communications, has been elected president-elect of Episcopal Communicators, an association of communication professional across the Episcopal Church. The election took place during the group’s annual conference in Portland, Ore., last week.
She also received three Polly Bond Awards for work produced during 2015: first place in news writing, for a story about the service of racial repentance at St. Paul’s, Clay Center; second place for a photo taken during a march against gun violence during General Convention last summer; and third place in feature writing for a story about Jolie, a refugee who has started a new life in Wichita through the ministry of Episcopal Migration Ministries-Wichita.
Anniversaries of ordinations
Congratulations go to these people as they celebrate the anniversaries of their ordination in the next two weeks:
April 30: The Rev. Ron Peak , retired (36 years); Deacon Jim John, retired (34 years)
May 1: The Rev. Dale Lumley, St. John’s, Ulysses, Diocese of Western Kansas (24 years)
May 4: The Rev. Don Davidson, non-parochial (31 years)
May 5: The Rev. Dawn Frankfurt, St. James’, Wichita (11 years); the Rev. Grant Clowers, non-parochial (32 years)
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