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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, Aug. 6.
If you have items to submit, contact Melodie Woerman, director of communications, at (785) 235-9255, (800) 473-3563 or by email.
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July 23, 2015
Aug. 7 is deadline for convention nominations, resolutions and amendments
Those who want to run for office at this October’s Diocesan Convention, or submit a proposed debatable resolution or amendment to the constitution or canons, have until Friday, Aug. 7 to do so.
Elections will fill slots on the Council of Trustees and the Disciplinary Board.
The Council of Trustees is the governing body of the diocese between conventions. Seats on this body to be filled at this convention are:
- At-large lay representative (three-year term). The incumbent, Bob Skaggs, is not eligible for re-election; he has served two consecutive three-year terms.
- At-large clergy representative (three-year-term). The incumbent, the Rev. Patrick Funston, is eligible for re-election.
The Disciplinary Board hears some complaints about clergy misconduct and makes recommendations to the bishop about possible action. It consists of four clergy and three lay members who serve for three-year terms.
All incumbents are eligible for re-election. They are Janine Cox, Sarah Bousfield, Philip Davidson, the Rev. Dawn Frankfurt, Deacon Bob Hirst, the Rev. Laurie Lewis and the Very Rev. Steve Lipscomb.
To submit nominations
All nominations must be made on the nomination form, available on the Diocesan Convention webpage, http://www.episcopal-ks.org/life/convention.php.
The form must be accompanied by a head-and-shoulder photograph of the nominee, at least 300 dots-per-inch and 2-by-2 inches in size.
Send materials to: Ashley Petty, 1858 Claflin Rd., Apt. 10, Manhattan, KS 66502; or firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Debatable resolutions
Send proposed debatable resolutions to: Gary Chubb, 1329 Grand Ave., Parsons, KS 67357-4256; or email@example.com
>> Amendments to the diocesan constitution or canons
Send proposed amendments to the diocesan constitution or canons to: Frank Taylor, P.O. Box 550, Olathe, KS 66051-0550; or firstname.lastname@example.org
Scholarship aid requests from clergy children are due by Aug. 3
Aug. 3 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 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.
As soon as all applications have been received, 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 email@example.com , (785) 235-9255 or (800) 473-3563.
Conference to explore vocational calls is set for Aug. 14-15
Do you think you might have a call to a specialized lay ministry, such as lay preacher, catechist, worship leader, youth minister or director of children’s education?
Or is your call to ordained ministry?
Do you know someone in your parish who has developed or shows potential for these special skills?
The Episcopal Diocese of Kansas invites interested persons to “Explore Your Call” during a weekend conference Aug. 14-15 at Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave. in Topeka. The conference begins on Friday at 6 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
You will learn more about discerning and recognizing your lay or ordained call, the ordination process and its required prerequisites, and classes offered at the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry.
There also will be discussions geared toward full-time and bi-vocational ministry, and on what to expect as a clergy spouse.
There is no cost to attend, but registration is required through this online form: https://edok.formstack.com/forms/exploring_your_call.
For more information, contact Canon to the Ordinary the Rev. Torey Lightcap at (785) 235-9255 or firstname.lastname@example.org , or the Very Rev. Steve Lipscomb, chair of the Commission on Ministry, at (785) 235-3457 or email@example.com.
Has your church sent in its donation for Emanuel AME Church of Charleston?
On June 20 Bishop Wolfe asked every parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas to take up a special collection to show support for Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., after the murders of their pastor and eight church members.
So far Kansas churches have sent a total of $828.
If your church has not yet done so, please send one check from your collection made payable to "Episcopal Diocese of Kansas” with “Charleston church “in the memo line.
Mail your check to the diocesan office at 835 SW Polk St., Topeka, KS 66612.
Safeguarding God’s Children training offered Aug. 29 in Overland Park
St. Thomas’ is hosting a Safeguarding God’s Children training the morning of Saturday, Aug. 29, beginning at 9 a.m., at the church, 12251 Antioch Road in Overland Park.
This training is required for all clergy, church employees and those who regularly minister with children and youth.
To register, or if you have questions, contact the Rev. Steven King at firstname.lastname@example.org or (913) 451-0512.
Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Laurie Lewis is Sept. 2
A Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Laurie Lewis, who recently accepted the call to be rector of Trinity, Arkansas City and of Grace, Winfield, will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at Trinity, 224 North A Street in Arkansas City. A reception will follow the service.
All members of the diocese are invited to attend. Clergy are invited to vest (alb and white stole) and process.
>> Fall Fun Fest for all youth is Sept. 12-13
Youth are encouraged to invite a friend to this awesome event. We’ll have sumo suits, Zorb Balls and the Radical Run obstacle course. We’ll also make new friends, hear some youth share thoughts on faith, watch a movie, and eat YUMMY food. Try out diocesan youth events and kick-off the school year with this great over-nighter.
- When: Saturday, September 12, 1 p.m. to Sunday, September 13, noon (parents are invited to join us for the 10:45 a.m. worship service)
- Where: St. James Episcopal Church, 3750 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita
- Who: Youth currently in grades 6-12 (and their friends)
- Fee: $40 ($55 after August 28)
- Priority deadline: Friday, August 28 (fee increases $15 after this date)
- Registration forms : https://edok.formstack.com/forms/fallfunfest2015
- Print and share the poster: https://edokyouth.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/fall20fun20fest202015.pdf
>> Fall youth event publicity is on its way
Parish packets are being mailed to all Kansas and Western Kansas churches this week. They contain the youth calendar for 2015-16, a new parent guide brochure and posters for all fall youth events.
We hope you’ll hang the posters in a prominent place and make sure the youth of your parish are aware of these opportunities!
Bulletin inserts describe work of General Convention
The Episcopal Church is highlighting the work of the recent General Convention in the next two weekly bulletin inserts.
The first one is an overview, and the second offers photos of some unique events.
Both can be downloaded in a variety of sizes at http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/stw/bulletin-inserts/
New guide offers practical advice on church archives
The National Episcopal Historians and Archivists have announced the publication of a new guide to church archives, “Archives for Congregations: A Practical Guide to Developing a Church Archives, Second Edition.”
The purpose of the guide is to help lay people and clergy identify, preserve and make available their congregation’s historical records and materials.
This publication comes 10 years after the first edition and reflects standard archival practices, incorporating digital options that are easily available for local churches.
The cost is $6 per copy when ordered through the organization’s website at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4G15obzuzt6YXZjNHpOaUZhVkE/view.
It also can be purchased for $10 per copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Episcopal Church Foundation provides series of webinars
A series of financial webinars for congregational leaders can be accessed online in coming weeks, thanks to the Episcopal Church Foundation.
- Using the Tools of ECF’s Planned Giving on Demand . Sept. 2, 6 p.m. Central time. This is a review of some the main tools of Planned Giving on Demand, including sample articles, booklets and brochures, as well as the best webinars and other tools to use for potential donors and for training new leaders.
- Basics of a Capital Campaign . Sept. 23, 6 p.m. Central time. This webinar will provide a step-by-step understanding of the methodology that has led hundreds of Episcopal parishes to success using a flexible three phase process: discernment, feasibility study and gifting.
More information, and links to register, is online at http://www.episcopalfoundation.org/about/news/48/ecf-webinars-summer-2015.
The Rev. Gar Demo , rector of St. Thomas Overland Park, and the Rev. Michael Munro, rector of St. Paul’s, Leavenworth, currently are on sabbatical.
Anniversaries of ordinations
Congratulations go to these people as they celebrate the anniversaries of their ordination in the next two weeks:
July 26: The Rev. Eli Montes, non-parochial (12 years)
July 31: The Rev. Stephanie Jenkins, Campus Missioner (5 years)
Aug. 6: The Rev. Bill Wolff, St. Peter’s, Pittsburg (10 years)
Stay in touch via Facebook and Twitter
You can find news, features and updates from the diocese on social media. We’re on Facebook – EpiscopalDioceseofKansas ( https://www.facebook.com/EpiscopalDioceseofKansas ) – and Twitter – @EpiscoKs.
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