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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 Thursday, July 31.
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July 17, 2014
Prayers asked for MissionPalooza
Please keep in your prayers in the coming days the 83 students and 36 adults from the Dioceses of Kansas and West Missouri who are registered for next MissionPalooza July 21-27.
MissionPalooza is an annual urban mission experience for high school youth that takes place in the Kansas City area.
Students will tackle hands-on ministry in a variety of settings from which they have picked, and they engage in reflections about their experiences. There also is time built in for fun.
More information about MissionPalooza is on the youth website, http://edokyouth.wordpress.com/missionpalooza/
Aug. 1 is deadline for scholarship aid requests from clergy children
Aug. 1 is the deadline for clergy children to apply for a Father Young Fund grant for the fall semester. All students interested in receiving an award from the Father Young Fund should send a letter addressed to Bishop Wolfe stating:
1. Who they are (their relationship to a clergy person in the diocese);
2. Where they are attending school;
3. Their year in school; and
4. 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 August.
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 fall academic term is to be made no later than Aug. 1; for the spring term no later than Jan. 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 ranged from $500 - $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 firstname.lastname@example.org , (785) 235-9255 or (800) 473-3563.
Deadline for Diocesan Convention actions is Aug. 8
Aug. 8 has been set as the deadline to submit a variety of items for action by this year’s Diocesan Convention, Oct. 24-25 in Topeka.
This information also is on the diocesan website’s convention page, http://www.episcopal-ks.org/life/convention.php.
Elections will fill several positions on the Council of Trustees, the diocese’s governing body between conventions:
- One at-large member of the Council of Trustees, lay person (three-year term) Note: The incumbent is Margaret LaRue, and she is eligible for reelection.
- One at-large member of the Council of Trustees, clergy person (three-year term)Note: The incumbent is the Rev. Laurie Lewis, and she is eligible for reelection.
Nominations should be sent to the chair of the Nominating Committee, Ashley Petty, 654 S. Poplar Wichita, KS 6721; or email@example.com.
A form required from all nominees is posted on the convention page of the diocesan website. It, plus a high-resolution digital photo, should be sent to Petty by the Aug. 8 deadline.
In addition, Convention will ratify the election by convocation boards in September of one clergy member from each convocation to serve on the Council of Trustees.
>> Debatable resolutions
Any proposed debatable resolutions should be sent before the deadline to the chair of the Resolutions Committee, the Rev. Jan Chubb, 1329 Grand Ave., Parsons, KS 67357-4256; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
>> Amendments to the canons or constitution
Any proposed changes to the diocesan constitution or canons should be directed to the chair of the Constitution and Canons Committee, Frank Taylor, P.O. Box 550, Olathe, KS 66051; email@example.com.
Episcopal Church Women plan special day in Topeka
The board of the Episcopal Church Women of the diocese invites women in every church to attend “A Day at the Cathedral” on Saturday, Sept. 26, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
The event will include a worship service, tour of the cathedral, organ presentation and a tour of the Bethany Place property. Lunch will be included.
More information will be available soon, but mark your calendars now!
Youth Peer Ministry applications are due by Aug. 1
The diocesan youth peer ministry program currently is accepting applications to join the eight current peer ministers.
The peer ministry program seeks to provide an opportunity for high school students in the 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 youth in your parish who would fit this position or be interested in this position, invite them to apply to be a peer minister.
Applications are due by Aug. 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.
Aug. 7 is deadline for campus ministry parish-partner grants
The Campus Ministry Council now is accepting applications for its biannual grants for parish partners. The maximum amount given is set each semester based on available resources and the way previous grants have been utilized.
The council wants to distribute grants among a broad range of campus ministry programs, both to help start new or novel programs, as well as to offer support for existing successful programs.
Applicants should begin the process by submitting a draft proposal to Campus Missioner the Rev. Stephanie Jenkins, who then will assist in creating a final application before the July 25 deadline.
Grant awards will be announced on Aug. 7.
The application form is online at http://edokcampusministry.wordpress.com/parish-partner-grants/.
For application assistance, or if you have questions, you may contact Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or (785) 766.7435.
Campus ministry still is accepting names for fall intern positions
Are you – or do you know – a graduating college student passionate about the life of faith and looking to engage in a year of service offering ministry to others, while gaining leadership skills before embarking on their next chapter of life? If so, consider applying or encouraging this person to apply to become a Campus Intern and staff member of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas.
This position offers the ministry opportunity to deepen one’s own faith and share formation, leadership and pastoral skills at one of the diocese’s two Canterbury Houses by working with college-aged peer ministers. It also offers the space to explore more deeply the intern’s own vocational discernment.
This service year begins August 1, 2014 and has the potential to be a two-year internship. Compensation includes a monthly stipend and lodging.
For more information regarding this opportunity please see the job description online at www.edokcampusministry.wordpress.com/campus-intern-application/ , or contact Campus Missioner the Rev. Stephanie Jenkins at (785) 766-7435 or email@example.com.
Cursillo weekend to take place in August
The Heartland Episcopal Cursillo of the Diocese of Kansas and West Missouri will be holding an Episcopal Cursillo three-day weekend Aug. 7-10. It will take place at the Heartland Presbyterian Retreat Center, 16965 MO Hwy 45, in Parkville, Mo. It is easily reached from I-435 or I-70.
Applications for attendees and sponsors may be found online at http://stmaa.net/?q=content/growing-spiritually/formation/cursillo
For more information about the weekend, contact the Rev. Tom Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sandy Ackerson at email@example.com. More information about Cursillo and the contents of the weekend can also be found at nationalepiscopalcursillo.com.
The Rev. Philip Hubbard , who served at St. Clare’s, Spring Hill, until it closed on May 25, has been called as rector of the Episcopal Church of St. Mary in Hampton Bays, N.Y. in the Diocese of Long Island. His new ministry there begins on Aug. 1.
The Rev. J. Ted Blakley has been named the full-time curate at St. John’s, Wichita, beginning Aug. 1. He most recently has been the part-time curate at the parish.
The Rev. John Nixon , supply priest at St. Francis, Stilwell, has a new street address: 108 Concord St., Lawrence, KS 66049.
Anniversaries of ordinations
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 (22 years)
July 26: The Rev. Eli Montes, Saint Francis Community Services, Wichita (9 years)
July 31: The Rev. Stephanie Jenkins, Campus Missioner (4 years)
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