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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 Wednesday, Nov. 26.
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Nov. 13, 2014
Resources are available for Advent, which starts Nov. 30
A comprehensive list of resources available to help mark the season of Advent now is on the website of Vital Practices, a ministry of the Episcopal Church Foundation: http://www.ecfvp.org/tools/advent-resources/.
It includes material from a variety of sources across the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, including a brand-new initiative between the monks of the Society of St. John the Evangelist and the Anglican Communion Office.
It seeks to create a worldwide Advent photo calendar on the photo-sharing platform Instagram based on the word-of-the-day of the SSJE monks’ “Brother, Give Us a Word.”
Information about this unique offering is online at http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2014/11/invitation-to-the-anglican-communion-celebrate-advent-using-your-camera-phones.aspx.
Health insurance open enrollment ends on Nov. 21
Open enrollment for clergy and employees in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas who are covered through the Medical Trust began on Oct. 31 and runs through Nov. 21.
All those currently covered should have received enrollment forms by mail, along with a PIN for online enrollment.
If you are satisfied with your current coverage, you do not need to do anything, as your current coverage automatically will renew.
Please note that coverage in the coming year will be provided by Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, which recently purchased Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the diocese’s previous provider.
Additional information, including rates for medical and dental coverage, are available on the diocesan website, http://www.episcopal-ks.org/resources/health-insurance.php.
If you have questions, please contact diocesan Comptroller Jay Currie at firstname.lastname@example.org , (785) 235-9255 or (800) 473-3563.
Celebration of New Ministry for the rector of St. Michael’s, Mission is Nov. 16
A Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Dr. Kevin Huddleston as the eighth rector of St. Michael and All Angels in Mission is set for Sunday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. at the church, 6630 Nall Ave. A reception will follow the service.
Everyone in the diocese is invited to attend. Clergy who attend are invited to vest (alb and white stole) and walk in procession.
Item found at Diocesan Convention
Someone found key to a safety deposit box on the floor of the convention center and turned it in to the diocesan staff. So far it has not been claimed. If you know to whom this may belong, please contact Michele Moss at email@example.com, (800) 473-3563 or (785) 235-9255.
Help the people of Navajoland on #GivingTuesday
The Episcopal Church for the first time is participating in #GivingTuesday on Dec. 2, a day dedicated to celebrating generosity and to giving.
The recipient of the church’s efforts is the Navajoland Area Mission, where the church seeks to build six new hogans, a traditional Navajo dwelling that provides space for religious ceremonies. Two hogans will be built in the three states that Navajoland touches: Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
It is estimated that each 800 square-foot structure will cost about $40,000.
Online donations on Dec. 2, or at any other time, can be made at http://navajoland.org/build-a-hogan.html.
Episcopal Relief & Development announces matching grant challenge
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 between Oct. 30 and 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
New overview of The Episcopal Church is available
An overview of the Episcopal Church’s congregations, programs and practices has been compiled from data received from a comprehensive survey of churches. It is available online at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/sites/default/files/downloads/episcopal_congregations_overview_2014.pdf
The Episcopal Church Office of Research examines local trends and demographics, which can help Episcopal congregations grow and better respond to the needs of their communities. They offer additional resource on their website: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/research-and-statistics
Episcopal Church Foundation to provide free webinar on faith formation
The Episcopal Church Foundation is hosting a free webinar on Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. Central time to help parish leaders explore the concept of “hybrid faith formation,” an alternative to adult Sunday school that brings participants together for periodic or seasonal in-person gatherings and supplement s those with leader-facilitated small group learning vi a connection to a social media hub.
This model developed from the changing pattern of Sunday at tendance, weekday availability and new member religious background that many churches now experience.
The material will be presented by the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary , which has been coaching church leaders in implementing this new style of faith formation.
There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required. Sign up online at https://ecf.episcopalfoundation.org/pages/ll-web-2014-19-hybrid-faith-formation.
Interfaith Power & Light offers $1,000 Cool Congregations Challenge
Every year, Interfaith Power & Light hosts the Cool Congregations Challenge to recognize faith communities that are responding to global warming through hands-on improvements to their buildings and grounds that reduce energy consumption and carbon pollution.
Congregations that have undertaken a variety of energy-conserving efforts in the previous year are invited to apply for a $1,000 grant in one of five areas:
- Cool Congregations Planner
- Energy Saver
- Renewable Role Model
- Sacred Grounds Steward
- Community Inspiration
More information is online at http://www.coolcongregations.org/.
The mission of Interfaith Power & Light is to be faithful stewards of God’s creation by responding to global warming through the promotion with communities of faith of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.
Anniversaries of ordinations
Congratulations go to these people as they celebrate the anniversaries of their ordination in the next two weeks:
Nov. 19: The Rev. J.W. Stephenson, St. Mary’s, Galena (26 years)
Nov. 24: The Rev. Frank Holtz, retired (18 years)
Nov. 25: The Rev. Laird MacGregor, St. Anne’s, McPherson, Diocese of Western Kansas (8 years)
Nov. 26: The Rev. Bob Hutchinson , retired (54 years)
Diocesan office to be closed for ThanksgivingThe diocesan office will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28. Staff will return on Dec. 1 with regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
Stay in touch via Facebook and Twitter
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