Just two weeks until Diocesan Convention Eucharist set for 9 a m. Friday at Grace Cathedral

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October 7, 2010
Just two weeks until Diocesan Convention

Eucharist set for 9 a.m. Friday at Grace Cathedral. The Eucharist will start convention this year, so all delegates will want to be present for this initial convention event, which features Bishop Michael Curry of North Carolina as preacher. Bishop Dean Wolfe will be the celebrant, and he calls Bishop Curry one of the best preachers in the Episcopal Church.

Clergy are asked to vest for the procession. All clergy are asked to join in the opening procession, wearing alb and white stole. All should be vested in the cathedral’s lower-level Great Hall no later than 8:45 a.m.

Lunch, business, banquet on Friday. Delegates will move to the Maner Conference Center adjacent to the Capitol Plaza Hotel for lunch at noon, followed by Bishop Wolfe’s address at 1 p.m. and convention business after that. The banquet, with annual awards for outstanding service to the diocese, takes place at 7 p.m.

Bishop Curry and business continue on Saturday. Delegates will reassemble on Saturday to hear a keynote address by Bishop Curry at 9:10 a.m. and to conclude convention business, with adjournment scheduled by 2 p.m.

Nominees, mission plan and more are in the convention book. Delegates already have a hard copy of the 40-page convention book, but it’s also available online in a handy, flip-book format, at http://issuu.com/episcopalkansas/docs/convention_book

Questions? Contact convention coordinator Michele Moss at mmoss@episcopal-ks.org or (800) 473-3563.

Pre-convention fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 21 will aid campus ministry

The traditional Thursday evening pre-convention fundraiser will “kick off” Diocesan Convention with a campus ministry pep rally. It will take place in the Emerald Ballroom at the Capitol Plaza Hotel on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 7-9 p.m.

Bishop Wolfe and those involved in campus ministry will be there for the event, which this year will benefit the campus ministry parish partnerships. 

To help create the team spirit of convention, organizers encourage you to show your school spirit at the pep rally. Wear your old sports uniform; cheerleader, band or pep club uniform; your favorite sports team colors; or the outfit of a school you support, attended or wish you had attended.

The fundraiser will consist of a few silent auction items and a live auction featuring Bishop Wolfe as the auctioneer, beginning around 7:45 p.m. There is no cover charge to attend.

For more information about the event, contact diocesan Director of Development and Stewardship Char DeWitt at cdewitt@episcopal-ks.org or (785) 250-0060.

New ministry for the Rev. Rob Baldwin to be celebrated Oct. 13

The Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Rob Baldwin, rector of Trinity, Lawrence, will take place Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the church, 1011 Vermont St. in Lawrence. The Rev. Jason Leo, rector of Calvary Church, Clifton, Ohio, will preach, and Bishop Wolfe will celebrate.

Clergy are invited to vest in alb and white stole and process.

ECS sponsors “Fall Harvest Grand Tasting” fundraiser

A sampling of food and wines of the Mediterranean will be featured at Episcopal Community Services’ “Fall Harvest Grand Tasting” on Friday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. The event will take place in Founders Hall at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 13th and Broadway in Kansas City, Mo.

Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased at the door or online for pick-up at a will-call table: https://npo.networkforgood.org/Donate/Donate.aspx?npoSubscriptionId=1003209

Money raised goes toward ECS programs in hunger relief and culinary training. More information is on the ECS website, http://www.episcopalcommunity.org/

Campus ministry plans mission trip to Kenya; seeks financial support

The Kansas to Kenya team is organizing next summer's mission trip to Kenya for college students in our diocese (June 27-July 13). During their two-week mission trip, the team will engage in several types of service projects (housing builds, public health education and farming/irrigation improvement), worship together, and reflect on their experiences in context of Christian formation and vocational discernment.

Bishop Wolfe is scheduled to be part of this trip, also.

The approximate cost per student will be $3,500 (inclusive of travel, lodging and meals), and a non-refundable deposit will be required in November. Sponsorship of students and fundraising to otherwise defray their costs is encouraged.

More details on opportunities for financial support will be posted as they become available. If you have interest in participating in this mission trip, know of students who might be interested, are interested in donating to help defray the team's expenses, or simply want to stay informed about the plans as they evolve, please e-mail your contact information to one of the campus missioners: the Rev. Susan Terry at sterry@episcopal-ks.org or the Rev. Michael Bell mbell@episcopal-ks.org .

Christian ballet company comes to Topeka

Ballet Magnificat!, the country’s first full-time, professional Christian ballet company, will perform in Topeka on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Topeka Performing Arts Center, 8th and Quincy Sts., in downtown Topeka. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the box office or in advance.

Information about the company is available on its website, http://www.balletmagnificat.com/

Ballet Magnificat! was featured in a story earlier this year by the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/21/AR2010052101658.html

Manhattan parish sponsors organ benefit concert

St. Paul’s, Manhattan, is hosting a concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31 to help raise funds to enhance its organ and music program. It will take place at the church, 601 Poyntz, and is offered in conjunction with the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists. There is no charge to attend, but free-will donations will be accepted.


Mark your calendars

Oct. 10. Safeguarding God’s Children workshop, 1-3:30 p.m. at St. James, 3750 E. Douglas in Wichita. This is the diocesan-mandated program to help prevent child sexual abuse in churches. To sign up for this training, contact St. James’ office at (316) 683-5686.

Oct. 15. Diocesan book club. 10:30 a.m. to noon, Trinity Church, 1011 Vermont in Lawrence. The group will be discussing The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose. Those who haven’t yet signed up still are welcome to attend and gather for lunch (on your own) afterward. Contact book club leader the Rev. George Wiley at George.Wiley@bakeru.edu for more information.

Oct. 16. Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People workshops. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at St. John’s, 1801 Corning in Parsons. These are the diocesan-mandated programs to help prevent child sexual abuse and adult sexual exploitation in churches. To sign up, contact the Rev. Sharon Billman at tweetybird@wavewls.com or the Rev. Jan Chubb at janchubb@sbcglobal.net

Nov. 2-4. Gathering of Presbyters. Noon Tuesday through noon Thursday, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. The annual meeting and retreat for all active priests of the diocese. Retreat leader this year is Bishop Frank Griswold, former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. For more information contact Jeanne Atha at jatha@episcopal-ks.org or (800) 473-3563.
Youth news

Happening #85 is just around the corner! The next Happening weekend will be Nov. 12-14 at St. Michael's, Mission. This event is a spiritual renewal weekend focused on the teachings of Jesus and is planned by high school students for high school students. There are lots of games, singing and opportunities for teens to hear from their peers about matters of faith. All youth in grades 9-12 are invited. 

Registration and more info are available on the diocesan youth website, http://www.episcopal-ks.org/youth/happening.html

Registrations now accepted for Miqra. The next Miqra is set for Jan. 15-17, 2011. Miqra is a weekend retreat that focuses on the Bible and allows teens to discover what's in it, why we should care, and how to read it. This event is for youth in grades 6-12. Miqra will be held at St. David's, Topeka, for grades 6-8 and Grace Cathedral, Topeka, for grades 9-12.

More information and registration forms are available at http://www.episcopal-ks.org/youth/miqra.html

Episcopal Youth Event coming next June. The every-three-years national Episcopal Youth Event will take place June 22-26, 2011, at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn. The event is for youth in grades 9-12 during the current school year. More than 1,500 youth will gather from 109 dioceses to worship, share, pray and learn. Registration will begin in January, so interested youths should save the date and watch for more information on costs and travel. For more information about the event, see the EYE website, http://www.episcopalchurch.org/eye2011.htm

KSM upcoming classes available

People wanting to enroll in any of the upcoming classes offered through the Kansas School for Ministry should make their plans soon.

Upcoming classes are:

  • Nov. 12-13: Church History Survey, British Christianity, Educational Ministry

  • Dec. 10-11: Spirituality, Diakonia, Liturgics

  • Jan. 7-8, 2011: Old Testament Survey, Doctrine of the Incarnation

Classes begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and end about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. They take place at the Bethany Place Conference Center at 835 SW Polk in Topeka.

Non-ordination students will be enrolled as special students and will not receive credit toward either the deacon or priest studies program.

The cost for each course is $150 for ordination-track students and $75 for special students, which covers the cost of overnight accommodations and meals during the time classes are in session.

To enroll, contact KSM Coordinator the Rev. Andrew Grosso at rector@trinityks.org or (913) 367-3171.

Clergy news

The Rev. Kay Dagg has been appointed by Bishop Wolfe as Interim Priest at St. Martin in the Fields, Edwardsville, effective Aug. 1. She previously had been supply priest for the parish.

The Rev. Gar Demo, rector of St. Thomas, Overland Park, is recovering after extensive knee surgery on Sept. 24 to reconstruct a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He’s undergoing physical therapy and is scheduled to be back at work this weekend.

Advent resources now available

Advent starts Nov. 28, so parishes should make plans now for any resources they may need. Here are two:

Forward Movement and Church Publishing have co-published a book of Advent meditations, We Shall All Be Changed, written by the Rev. Jason Leo. Leo includes reflections on mission trips to New Orleans he has led in recent years as signs of deep hope.

The cost is $3 per copy, or $2 each for orders of 10 or more. More information is available at http://forwardmovement.org/New-Titles/Advent-2010-We-Shall-All-Be-Changed-PRE-ORDER/flypage-ask.tpl.html

St. Nicholas Center has a host of materials available to help children learn about the saint behind Santa Claus, including mite boxes for collections to aid children in the Holy Land. The center’s website includes activities, stories of St. Nicholas around the world and ways to celebrate his feast of Dec. 6. You can even send e-cards to mark the occasion.

Learn more at http://www.stnicholascenter.org/Brix?pageID=23

Presiding Bishop calls for ‘season of prayer’ for Sudan

Calling for a “season of prayer for Sudan,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued a letter that details the importance of Sudan and that African country’s upcoming referendum on Jan. 9, 2011, and urges three steps – prayer, study and action.

She said, “As a fellow member of the Anglican Communion, Sudan’s fragile state is a matter for our own concern. Many of us know about, and have even met, some of the so-called ‘Lost Boys’ of Sudan, who immigrated to the United States as refugees beginning in 2001. The Episcopal Church now has a number of Sudanese congregations and communities of faith as a result.

“I want to challenge us as a church to pray for the people of Sudan, to learn more about the forces driving the violence, and to advocate for a peaceful referendum and, whatever the outcome, a peaceful future,” she charged.

More information, resources and the full text of Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori’s letter are available at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/newsline_124530_ENG_HTM.htm

Innovative partnership will assist Episcopal churches in “going green”

In an innovative venture that benefits congregations of all sizes, the Episcopal Church has partnered with GreenFaith, a leading national religious environmental group, to assist churches’ efforts to “go green.”

GreenFaith is offering its GreenFaith Certification Program, a two-year, holistic process engaging an entire congregation through education, worship, environmental justice advocacy, building and grounds, and developing relationships with the larger interfaith community.  To participate in the program, GreenFaith offers a sliding scale fee, based on congregational size.

To mark the launch of this collaboration, the Economic/Environmental Affairs Office and GreenFaith are underwriting 50 percent of the tuition of 30 churches nationwide, enabling selected churches to enroll for a total discounted cost of $250 – $750.

To apply, contact Michael Schut, Episcopal Church Officer for Economic/Environmental Affairs, at mschut@episcopalchurch.org. Application deadlines for tuition subsidies for the program are Dec. 1, 2010, and Feb. 1, 2011.

More information is available at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/newsline_124999_ENG_HTM.htm

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 (7 years)

Oct. 12: The Rev. Nicolette Papanek, non-parochial (8 years)

Oct. 13: The Rev. Barbara Bloxsom, retired (20 years); the Rev. Richard Brooks, retired, Diocese of Western Kansas (12 years)

Oct. 14: The Very Rev. Dale Plummer, Covenant, Junction City (9 years)

Oct. 15: The Rev. Ty Petty, non-parochial (38 years)

Oct. 16: The Rev. Lisa Senuta, St. Michael and All Angels, Mission (9 years)

Oct. 19: Deacon Cliff Davis, non-parochial (12 years)

Next DioLog

The next edition of DioLog will be sent to subscribers on Wednesday, Oct. 20, a day earlier than usual and just ahead of Diocesan Convention. Information to be included should be sent to Melodie Woerman, diocesan director of communications, at mwoerman@episcopal-ks.org, no later than Monday, Oct. 18.

DioLog is a publication of the Office of Communications of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas.
Parishes are free to excerpt anything printed in DioLog; attribution that material is reprinted from DioLog is appreciated. Feel free to copy this and make it available to parishioners in whatever way is most useful.

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