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Oct. 9, 2014
Last minute reminders for Diocesan Convention
Diocesan Convention takes place Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25 in Topeka. Please keep all those involved in your prayers.
>> All are invited to the Convention Eucharist on Friday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. The service takes place at Grace Cathedral, Topeka, and everyone is welcome to attend. Bishop Dean Wolfe will be the celebrant and preacher.
>> Pre-convention “tailgate” party is set for Thursday, Oct. 23 . Those who are attending Diocesan Convention and are in Topeka the night before are invited to a special “tailgate” event at Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave.
A social hour starts at 6 p.m. in the cathedral’s newly renovated Entrance Hall, and dinner – hosted by the Men in Ministry Group of St. Michael and All Angels, Mission – follows at 6:30 p.m. After that, stay for Compline with the Cathedral Choir. There is no charge, and pre-registration isn't needed.
>> Bishop Waldo to give keynote address . Bishop Andrew Waldo of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina is this year’s keynote speaker, highlighting his diocese’s ministry in Haiti. All are invited to hear his address on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. in the Sunflower Ballroom of the Kansas Expocentre, 17th and Topeka Blvd. in Topeka.
>> Three workshops are set for Friday afternoon . Delegates and all others who are interested are invited to attend one of three workshops from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. in the Maner Conference Center of the Kansas Expocentre. Presenters will be
- Bishop Andrew Waldo;
- The Men’s Ministry group from St. Michael and All Angels in Mission; and
- Elizabeth Boe, Officer for Global Networking for The Episcopal Church.
>> Follow along on Twitter at #KsDioCon . Those at convention are invited to live tweet what’s happening, using the hashtag #KsDioCon. Search for that and you can follow along, too.
>> Exhibitors are still welcome to register . Do you represent a church or group that might want to have an exhibit at Diocesan Convention? If so, act now, because only a few spaces remain. Non-profit organizations can reserve a booth for $40 per table for the entire event; the rate is $60 for for-profit groups. Exhibitors also can purchase convention meals for an additional fee.
For more information contact convention coordinator Michele Moss at email@example.com, (785) 235-9255 or (800) 473-3563.
St. Paul’s, Coffeyville sponsors annual motorcycle run
The 8th Annual “Coats for Kids” Motorcycle Run, sponsored by St. Paul’s, Coffeyville and the local American Legion post, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18. A parade of riders will leave from the church parking lot at 12:30 p.m., and participants will return for lunch. The event, in memory of Ed Schille, raises money to provide coats for children in need.
Campus Ministry plans January retreat for college students
All college-aged Episcopalians, as well as others interested in exploring the Episcopal faith, are invited for “A Retreat to Reconnect,” a weekend retreat Jan. 2-4, 2015. It will take place at Camp Wood YMCA, southwest of Emporia, where participants will worship, relax and share meals together. There will be optional workshops, hikes, games, a talent show, yoga and more.
More information is on the campus ministry website at http://edokcampusministry.wordpress.com/retreat/.
New Beginnings registration now is open
For the first time, New Beginnings will be offered in the fall: Nov. 7-9, at Good Shepherd, Wichita . This weekend spiritual retreat is for students in grades 6-8 of the current school year, with high school youth serving on staff.
New Beginnings focuses on the two greatest commandments: loving God with all our heart, mind and strength, and loving our neighbors as ourselves.
The priority registration deadline is Thursday, Oct. 23 . There will be a staff planning day for high school students and adults on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 1:30 - 3:30 pm at St. Andrew’s, Emporia.
More information, registration forms and a poster are available on the youth website, http://edokyouth.wordpress.com/new-beginnings/ .
Calling all former students of the Kansas School for Ministry
A group of people are forming a Bishop Kemper School for Ministry Alumni group, and they are looking for the names of people who attended its precursor, the Kansas School for Ministry.
Did you graduate from KSM? Or did you ever take a class at the school? If so, be sure your name gets added to the list.
Please send your name, address, phone number, email address and the year you attended classes or graduated, to the current BSKM dean, the Rev. Don Compier, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gala dinner/dance planned for Nov. 7
“A Night to Remember” is the theme for a gala for all members of the diocese, featuring dinner and dancing on Friday, Nov. 7 from 7 – 11 p.m. It takes place at St. Thomas’, 12251 Antioch Rd., in Overland Park.
The cost is $65 per person, and the dress is black tie optional. Cocktails begin at 7 p.m., dinner is served at 8 p.m. and dancing is from 9-11 p.m.
Dinner will be provided by Culinary Cornerstones, a ministry of Episcopal Community Services. Dancing will be to the music of the acclaimed Michael Beers Band.
Tickets can be purchased either by check or credit card.
To reserve your seats by check, send the names of those attending, plus a check for $65 per person, to Comptroller Jay Currie, Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, 835 SW Polk St., Topeka. KS 66612. Make checks payable to “Episcopal Diocese of Kansas” with “Night to Remember” in the memo line.
If paying by credit card, go to the special online registration form at http://tinyurl.com/ANightToRemember2014.
Questions? Contact the event chair, Jerry Malone, at (316) 688-1590 or email@example.com.
Episcopal Church sponsors Oct. 22 forum on civil discourse
Political, interfaith and education leaders will offer insights and views during “ Civil Discourse in America: Finding Common Ground for the Greater Good,” a forum sponsored by The Episcopal Church.
The 90-minute webcast takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 22 beginning at 1 p.m. Central time. It originates from historic Christ Church in Philadelphia.
The forum will be moderated by well-known journalist and commentator Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, executive religion editor for the Huffington Post. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will present the keynote address.
There is no fee to view the live webcast, and registration is not required.
Additional information is online at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/civil-discourse-event.
Episcopal Preaching Foundation seeks new top leaders
The Episcopal Preaching Foundation is beginning the search for a new Executive Director and Program Director(s). Information about both positions is on the organization’s website, http://www.preachingfoundation.org/career.
The mission of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation is to improve, support and enhance preaching in the Episcopal Church. It was founded 27 years ago. The foundation’s signature program is an annual event for Episcopal seminarians, the “Preaching Excellence Program.”
Stay involved with the Episcopal Public Policy Network
How many times have you read an article in the paper or watched a news story and wished there was something you could do? With the Episcopal Public Policy Network, you can. Senators and Representatives care about what you, their constituent, think about a particular issue. Whether you feel passionately about environmental protection, HIV/AIDS funding or education, you can make your voice heard on Capitol Hill.
The Episcopal Public Policy Network is specifically focused (by General Convention) on federal advocacy, but the organization does have a number of state affiliates that work on state level legislation.
You can become a member and receive updates by registering online: http://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org/app/register?1&m=17166
Want to be involved with General Convention next year?
Volunteers for a variety of tasks are needed for next year’s 78th General Convention, which takes place in Salt Lake City June 25 to July 3. The every-three-years event draws more than 800 people from the 109 dioceses in 16 countries that make up The Episcopal Church.
Volunteer shifts range from 2 to 6 hours in a variety of areas throughout convention where help is needed.
Volunteers can sign up online at https://2015generalconvention.my-trs.com/
>> Does your group want to have an exhibit at General Convention? Exhibitor applications are now available for organizations and vendors interested in exhibiting at The Episcopal Church’s 78th General Convention. Exhibitor applications are available through the General Convention website, http://www.generalconvention.org/. The exhibit area serves as a marketplace and educational arena for attendees. General Convention attracts thousands of people of all ages for more than one week, which provides a desirable venue for exhibitors.
The Rev. Kevin Huddleston has accepted a call to become rector of St. Michael and All Angels, Mission, beginning Nov. 1. For the past seven years he has been Associate for Mission and Outreach at St. Michael and All Angels in Dallas, Texas. More information about him is on the church’s website, http://www.stmaa.net/?q=content%2Fst-michaels-8th-rector.
Anniversaries of ordinations
Congratulations go to these people as they celebrate the anniversaries of their ordination in the next two weeks:
Oct. 11: The Rev. Rita Stockton, Church of the Upper Room, Lakin, Diocese of Western Kansas (11 years)
Oct. 12: The Rev. Nicolette Papanek, non-parochial (12 years)
Oct. 13: The Rev. Barbara Bloxsom, retired (24 years); the Rev. Richard Brooks, retired, Diocese of Western Kansas (16 years)
Oct. 24: Deacon Harry Craig, St. David’s, Topeka (28 years); Deacon Deedee Evans, St. James’, Wichita (28 years)
Oct. 26: Deacon Kitty Shield, St. Jude’s, Wellington 24 years)
Oct. 27: The Rev. Gail Davis, retired (13 years); Deacon Carolyn Graham, retired (21 years)
Oct. 28: Deacon Tom Herlocker, Grace, Winfield and Trinity, Arkansas City (26 years)
Oct. 30: Deacon Lee Allen, St. Christopher’s, Wichita (27 years)
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