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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, Nov. 21.
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Dec. 5 , 2013
Please pray this weekend for ADVENTure
ADVENTure, a special youth event to celebrate the season of Advent, takes place this Saturday and Sunday at St. Andrew’s, Emporia, and your prayers are asked for those who are attending and those who serve as event staff.
ADVENTure is designed for youth in grades 6-12. Participants will have an hour of silent prayer time, hear a talk on what it’s like to be Episcopalian in a non-Episcopal world, prepare Advent skits, make gingerbread houses, watch a seasonal movie, and learn about the tradition of Advent wreaths and make their own to take home.
Jan. 3 is deadline for scholarship aid requests from clergy children
Jan. 3 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. 3; for the fall term, no later than Aug. 1.
- 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.
Campus Ministry Council invites parishes to apply for grants
The Campus Ministry Council invites congregations looking to engage or already engaged in ministry with students in local campuses to apply for supplemental grants to further support their ministry.
The grant deadline application is Dec. 16 for the spring semester.
If you have questions regard the application, please contact the Rev. Stephanie Jenkins, Campus Missioner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (785) 766-7435.
Celebration of New Ministry set for Sedan rector
The Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Foster Mays, rector of Epiphany, Sedan, will take place on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 5 p.m. at the church, 309 West Elm in Sedan.
Clergy are invited to vest (white stole) and participate in the festivities.
Miqra registrations now are available. Jan. 18-20 at Grace Cathedral and St. David’s 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 New Testament. Registrations are due Monday, Jan. 6 and are available online at http://edokyouth.wordpress.com/events-programs/miqra/
Workshops for Miqra needed. Do you have a passion about the New Testament that you would like to share with our youth? We need eight educational (and fun!) workshops for senior high students and eight for junior high students during Miqra. Contact Karen Schlabach if you’re interested – email@example.com or (913) 708-5927.
New Beginnings rector applications now are available . Do you know a junior or senior in high school who loved going to New Beginnings as a middle schooler? We're looking for applicants to be rectors of the next New Beginnings on March 28-30.The application is online at http://edokyouth.wordpress.com/events-programs/new-beginnings/ . Applications are due to Teresa Rogers while at Miqra or by Jan. 17. If you have more questions, contact Teresa using the information on the application.
Summer youth ministry internship applications now are 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/leadership-training/internship/
Upcoming classes offered at the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry
The Bishop Kemper School for Ministry, the joint school operated by the Dioceses of Kansas, West Missouri, Nebraska and Western Kansas, offers a variety of classes in the coming months.
If you are interested in attending any of these for personal enrichment, contact the dean, the Very Rev. Andrew Grosso, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (913) 367-3171.
Dec . 14-15: MINI 080: Diakonia (The Ven. Dr. Charles Pearce); MINI 090: Presbyterate (The Very Rev. Dr. Benjamin Thomas); THEO 300: Doctrine of the Incarnation (The Rev. Dr. Andrew Grosso)
Jan. 11-12: ETHC 100: Christian Ethics Survey (The Rev. Andrew O’Connor); MINI 800: Missional Ecclesiology (The Very Rev. Craig Loya); THEO 200: Doctrine of God (Dr. Steven Crain)
Feb. 8-9: ETHC 200: Contemporary Ethics (Dr. Don Compier); MINI 200: Homiletics (The Rev. George Pejakovich); HIST 400: Modernity & After (The Rev. Dr. George Wiley)
March 8-9: BIBL 200: New Testament Survey (Dr. Jim Lewis); HIST 100: Church History Survey (The Rev. Dr. George Wiley); THEO 400: Doctrine of Salvation (Dr. Bill Stancil)
April 5-6: BIBL 210: Gospel Traditions (Dr. David May); THEO 100: Church Dogmatics Survey (The Rev. Ben Varnum); THEO 500: Ecclesiology (Dr. Don Compier)
May 10-11: ETHC 100: Christian Ethics Survey (The Rev. Andrew O’Connor); BIBL 220: Pauline Epistles (The Rev. Dr. Richard McCandless); MINI 600: Parish Administration (The Rev. Gar Demo)
Gifts of stock might benefit church and donors
From the Episcopal Church Foundation: Parishioners who pay pledges – or who want to make additional gifts – by stock transfer are likely to have seen significant gains in 2013. By donating stock to the church, they can offset those gains with a tax credit based on the appreciated value. Here are some helpful tips:
- Make sure your parish treasurer is ready to accept stock transfers in 2013 for pledges either this year or next year.
- Many planned giving instruments, such as charitable gift annuities, can be funded with appreciated securities. These offer the tax advantage of a charitable gift, and some also create income for the donor.
- Donors should check with their own legal or financial advisors before making a final decision about a stock transfer.
Some basic questions about stock transfers are answered at http://stock.aboutgiving.net/pp/questions-about-giving-securities/2551.
For additional information, contact the Episcopal Church Foundation at (800) 697-2858 before Dec. 11, to help provide assistance before the end of the year.
Applications now available for Young Adult Service Corps
Episcopalians between the ages of 21 and 30 are invited to apply for the Young Adult Service Corps to serve somewhere in the Anglican Communion for a year.
Placements for 2014-2015 include Brazil, Burundi, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Panama, the Philippines, South Africa and Taiwan.
The deadline to apply is Jan. 3, and the application can be downloaded at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/young-adult-service-corps.
For more information, contact Grace Flint at email@example.com.
April 2014 conference will challenge the epidemic of violence
The Episcopal Church is sponsoring a conference in Oklahoma City in April to renew a commitment to the gospel call to make peace in a world of violence.
Entitled “Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal Gathering to Challenge the Epidemic of Violence,” the event will take place April 9 – 11 at the Reed Center and Sheraton Hotel in Oklahoma City.
The cost to register is $205 per person for registrations sent until Feb. 14; and $245 for registrations from Feb. 15 – March 15.
The cost of hotel accommodations is extra.
The conference will focus on four pillars: advocacy, education, liturgy and pastoral care. They will be part of all aspects of the conference, including plenaries, workshops, small group conversations and worship.
More information is available from the Diocese of Oklahoma at http://epiok.org/reclaiming-the-gospel-info.html.
Dec. 31 is deadline for survey about use of same-sex blessings
The Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music has issued a reminder to submit feedback through a survey about the new resources for blessing same-sex relationships.
The survey is online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SCLMSame-SexResourceFeedback
The deadline to submit responses is Dec. 31.
The survey asks about two resources approved by General Convention in 2012: “Liturgical Resources 1: I Will Bless You and You Will Be A Blessing” for study and use in congregation and dioceses, and the liturgical resource approved for provisional use, “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant.”
Anniversaries of ordinations
Congratulations go to these people as they celebrate the anniversaries of their ordination in the next two weeks:
Dec. 6: The Rev. Gar Demo, St. Thomas’, Overland Park (16 years); the Rev. Kelly Demo, St. Thomas’, Overland Park (16 years); the Rev. Philip Hubbard, St. Clare’s, Spring Hill (5 years); the Rev. Laurie Lewis, Trinity, Arkansas City and Grace, Winfield (5 years)
Dec. 7: The Rev. Mary Siegmund, St. Matthew’s, Newton (15 years); the Rev. Steve Mues, retired (40 years); the Very. Rev. Jerry Jones, retired, Diocese of Western Kansas (48 years)
Dec. 8: The Rev. Dennis Gilhousen, St. Michael and All Angels, Mission (34 years)
Dec. 11: The Rev. William Wood, retired (46 years); Deacon John Roper, St. Andrew’s, Derby (32 years); Deacon Keith Akins, retired (20 years)
Dec. 13: The Rev. Herman Page, St. David’s, Topeka (61 years); Deacon John Coleton, retired (45 years); the Rev. Phyllis Flory, St. John’s, Great Bend and Holy Apostles, Ellsworth, Diocese of Western Kansas (5 years); the Rev. Mary Hixson, Grace, Anthony, Diocese of Western Kansas (11 years)
Dec. 14: The Rev. Matt Zimmermann, St. Margaret’s, Lawrence (17 years); the Rev. Neil Macintosh, retired (51 years)
Dec. 16: The Rev. Jim D’Wolf, retired (58 years)
Dec. 18: The Rev. Ruth McAleer, retired (21 years); the Rev. Canon Phillip Rapp, retired, Diocese of Western Kansas (52 years)
Dec. 19: Deacon Suzanne Layne, retired (20 years)
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