Advent begins Dec. 1
With the start of the new church year, the Episcopal Church is offering an updated offering of resources for use by congregation during Advent, including:
Â· A Way of Love digital invitation kit
Â· âJourneying the Way of Loveâ Advent calendar and curriculum
Â· AdventWord 2019
Â· A compilation of Advent and Christmas sermons from âSermons That Workâ
Â· Advent reflections from Episcopal Migration Ministries
Â· Bulletin inserts
All are available on the Episcopal Church website at https://episcopalchurch.org/advent-and-christmas-resources
There also will be links on that page for people to watch livestreams of Christmas Eve services.
Registration remains open for diocesan Advent Quiet Day
As part of its commitment to the Way of Love, the diocese is offering a diocesanwide Advent Quiet Day on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Davidâs, 3916 SW 17th in Topeka. It is open to anyone in the diocese who wishes to attend.
The cost is $10 per person to cover lunch.
The retreat leader is the Rev. Ted Blakley, rector of Grace, Hutchinson and formerly of St. Johnâs, Wichita. The theme for the day will be âCreating Space for Godâ and will feature meditations on creating space in order to hear the voice of God, as well as time for personal reflections, group sharing and a closing Eucharist.
Start reading now for the Advent Bishopâs Book Series
The diocese is being invited to read The Power of Love by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry during Advent 2019.
An online discussion will take place on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 7 â 8 p.m. The platform for the discussion will be announced soon.
The date and time in mid-December for an online discussion of the book, open to everyone in the diocese, will be announced soon.
Here are places to purchase the book:
Â· Penguin Random House: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/604756/the-power-of-love-by-bishop-michael-curry/9780525542896/
Â· Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-power-of-love-michael-curry/1129244872#/
Â· Audio book by Penguin Random House: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/604756/the-power-of-love/
This Friday is the priority registration for youth confirmation retreat
All youth are invited to attend a weekend retreat using the book My Faith, My Life to learn more about their faith, church and life. Participants also will have fun activities, hang out with friends and enjoy great food. This retreat can also prepare young people for confirmation in the Episcopal Church.
Students, if they choose and pending approval from their rector, may then be confirmed in their home parish or at a special Easter Vigil service.
The registration fee includes a copy of the book My Faith, My Life.
Â· Who: Grades 8-12
Â· When and where: Dec. 6-8 at Grace Cathedral, Topeka
Â· Cost: $55, register by Nov. 22
Â· Register: https://tinyurl.com/EDOKYCR19
Â· Questions? Contact Michael Funston, Associate for Youth and Campus Ministry, email@example.com.
Upcoming youth events
>> Miqra registration now is open. MIQRA (meek-rah) is a weekend retreat that focuses on the Bible and allows teens to discover whatâs in it, why they should care and how to read it. We read the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation in 72 hours. The reading is voluntary, and participants take turns reading in shifts around the clock.
So many fun things happen at MIQRA. We play wacky games like Church Commandos and Nave Olympics. We have a movie night. We worship with the Mustard Seeds, our diocesan youth band. Participants attend engaging workshops on various biblical topics and hear clergy speak about the Bible.
Those who attend also meet with a small group several times to make friends and talk about what theyâre discovering about the Bible through the event.
Â· When and where: Jan. 18-20, 2020, Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave., Topeka
Â· Ages: Grades 6 â 12
Â· Cost: $55 ($70 after Jan. 5) includes meals and t-shirt
Â· Register: https://tinyurl.com/EDOKMiqra20
>> Mini-Miqra retreat for young adults has opened registration. All college-aged Episcopalians and others interested in exploring the Episcopal faith are invited to a one-night retreat to kick-off the Miqra weekend. We will read the Bible, learn more about it and how to read it, worship, and enjoy yummy food together. Pre-registration is required.
Miqra continues as a youth event for the rest of the weekend. If youâd like to volunteer as an adult for Miqra, register for that, too.
Â· When and where: Jan. 17-18, 2020, Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave., Topeka
Â· Time: It will officially start at 10 a.m., but please come whenever you can
Â· Ages: Ages 18 â 25ish
Â· Cost: $15 includes meals and t-shirt
Â· Register: https://tinyurl.com/EDOKmini-miqra20
Episcopal Youth Event registration is now open
The Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) involves 1,500 people (high school students, their adult mentors and bishops from around the church) who all stay on a college campus and learn, laugh and serve.
EYE20 programs focus on helping develop leadership skills, spiritual practices and early stages of vocational discernment. The theme for EYE20 is âUnite! Â¡UnÃ¡monos!â
EYE20 will take place at the University of Maryland in College Park, July 7-11, 2020. Those attending from this diocese will be flying as a group from Kansas City to Washington, D.C. Scholarships are available to cover airfare if you need it. We ask participants to pay the $400 registration fee, which includes lodging, most meals and a t-shirt. Payment plans are available when you sign-up, but you must be paid in full by the start of the event.
Participants must have turned 15 and be no older than 19 by the start of the event. Current freshman who are 14 will have an opportunity to attend EYE2023, since the Episcopal Youth Event is on a three-year cycle.
Episcopal Relief & Development offers year-end match up to $1 million
Episcopal Relief & Development again is offering supporters and donors the opportunity to double their impact with a donation. For a second year, contributions to Episcopal Relief & Development until the end of the year will be doubled, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $1 million.
The Million Dollar Match will benefit the organizationâs Global Needs Fund, enabling work around the world with local partners, helping communities overcome poverty, hunger, disaster and disease.
Contributions that are eligible for the match include those made online, by mail or over-the-phone. Donations through the popular âGifts for Lifeâ alternative giving catalog also are included.
Contributions can be made securely online at https://support.episcopalrelief.org/2019match/?ID=191200RWMHC0100&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=fy19holiday&utm_source=191200RWMHC0100.
The Gifts for Life catalog is available at https://support.episcopalrelief.org/gifts?ID=180000GX0000400&utm_medium=Undefined&utm_campaign=Undefined&utm_source=180000GX0000400.
Minutes of Council of Trustees meeting now are online
Minutes from the Oct. 19 meeting of the Council of Trustees have been approved and now are posted on the diocesan website: http://www.episcopal-ks.org/news/Council-of-Trustees-minutes.php.
Anniversaries of ordinations
Congratulations go to these people as they celebrate the anniversaries of their ordination in the next two weeks:
Nov. 25: The Rev. Laird MacGregor, non-parochial, Diocese of Western Kansas (13 years)
Nov. 30: The Rev. Joe Bayles, retired (52 years); the Rev. James Cox, retired, Diocese of Western Kansas (13 years); the Rev. Bruce LeBarron, retired, Diocese of Western Kansas (64 years)
Dec. 1: The Rev. David Cox, St. Michael and All Angels, Mission (7 years); the Very Rev. Jerry Jones, canon to the ordinary, Diocese of Western Kansas (54 years)
Diocesan office to be closed for Thanksgiving
The diocesan office in Topeka will be closed Nov. 28 and 29 in observance of Thanksgiving. The office will reopen on Monday, Dec. 2 with regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
We wish all our readers a very happy Thanksgiving.
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You can find diocesan youth and campus ministries on Instagram, too:
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2019 Diocesan Convention Report
St. Aidan's Representatives: Sarah Smith and Don Hutchinson and Carolyn Sturgeon was Dispatch of Business Chair for the convention. This is Don Hutchinson's report.
I must apologize for the tardiness of this report. Life happens and we are not perfect. This report summarizes what took place at convention and feedback given in our 3 sessions held since the convention in our Sunday Adult Forums.
Bishop Bascom opened by talking about the theme of this coming year “Who is Our Neighbor”. There were 3 groups that are using the meeting room space at the diocese. They are:
Formal business then started and the first order was to report those behind in apportionment. There were 5 churches ranging from $5k to $50k behind. There was considerable concern and discussion about allowing them a seat at the convention as our canon states they are not to have voice or vote. Maybe it was by design but after the Way of Love videos the convention voted to allow all of them voice and vote. I personally did not vote nor did Sarah. I abstained because when I first came to St. Aidan's we were behind in apportionment and were denied voice and vote. I felt it wrong to do that because of money. So on one hand I wanted “revenge/justice” but on the other it was not “lovingkindness”. I also did not know how the rest of St. Aidan's felt and decided it best to let the rest of the body decide. I was glad the body decided to allow all members to participate. When discussing this at Adult forum, there was a concern that if this lack of fiscal responsibility continues without repercussions, what will the effect be? Also, what are the convocations doing about this, or are they aware of these numbers? Should they be? I must admit there were only 3 meeting this year as one was canceled due to snow storm and I was a new member and not sure just what is to be asked but after convention I have much better grasp of the intent.
The Finance Report / Mission Plan for 2020 was then reviewed. The highlights were:
Next there were 3 resolutions to vote on:
I must apologize as we then voted for the diocesan delegates, convocation lay and clergy positions for 2020 and beyond. I did not think to write down who the newly elected were in each position. But suffice it to say the candidates were all very good and some took 5 or maybe even more revotes to have the number needed. I will be sure to note those position next convention.
Bishop Bascom then introduced the idea of the Minster and the Kansas Minster Project. The idea is to band together churches smaller than the convocations, to pool talent and identify ministries and fill the need. She identified 4 pilot Minsters for 2020 but all will belong to a minster. The idea is that those 4 have clear need and the diocese wants to add some money to stand up the project more quickly. Then as the other minsters identify needs, the diocese can if possible to the same. The Minster meet monthly and are at first clergy. Our minster consists of St Thomas, St Francis, St Aidan's, St. Margaret's. We broke down and got to know each other a bit then decided on a name. We came up with “All Saints Minster” due to all the members being named after Saints. I don't have all of them but one was The Tallgrass Minster. Since we are without a priest I lobbied Father Gar Demo to place me on the meeting but found out our own Deacon John Bullock will be our rep and has been also tagged by Bishop Bascom as a focal for all Minsters. My concern is that it will become only a large church or churches ministry. We have issues at St. Aidan's that we do not have enough human power to address. I don't want to see money and talent go to projects not our neighborhood.
Perhaps the best description is by an example. I have long believed our Johnson County youth are under served. Not underprivileged or poor but poor in spirit. They go to soccer, baseball, softball events that happen on Sundays. Why are we not on those same fields cheering for them and letting them know God is there too? It would be a little investment of a pop up tent and some water bottles and labels weekly and some time to print bible passages, stick them on a water bottle then people to go out with a sign and hand out water. We don't have the numbers. But maybe between the 4 churches we can build up group of like minded people to take it out there. Maybe we have a simple prayer on cards they can take. I don't know all the details but I think it would help. If I recall, sports has a lot more losing than winning. There may be a bible lesson or two there. This is just one idea I had, I suspect we all have seen a need but have not been able to fund it with time, talent and treasure. The Minsters may be an avenue.
Lastly, Bishop Bascom outlined 7 Diocesan task forces to engage a focused ministry on. They were:
In retrospect, I would have probably served St. Aidan's better by going to J/R Reconciliation, Outreach or Evangelism.
I will find out how we get on these task forces and minsters and report back to the congregation.
Thank you for your attention to this report.