Global mission experience: Jeff Padgett and the McCurdy School
At the Global Mission Experience Feb. 23 at Countryside UMC in Topeka, you will have a chance to attend a workshop led by Jeff Padgett, director of Church Relations of the McCurdy School in Espanola, N.M.
McCurdy School, a project related to the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, is committed to providing quality education in a Christ-centered environment, respecting rich cultural diversity and empowering students to develop as whole persons to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens in service to a changing world.
Learn more about the school at www.mccurdy.org. And be sure to attend the Global Mission Experience in Topeka.
To register for the Global Mission Experience, go to https://umcdata.com/index.cfm?timeout=timeout&CFID=52990&CFTOKEN=42399130.
When silence is betrayal
In his "Letter From a Birmingham Jail," Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, "There comes a time when silence is betrayal." What he wrote in 1963 to white clergy in segregated Alabama is still true today.
We need to recognize racism not as a black problem, but as a human problem. And at its root, it is a theological problem, because it is sin.
Read more at www.umportal.org/article.asp?id=2995.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Jan. 18-25
"Pray Without Ceasing" is the theme of the 100th anniversary of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which United Methodists and others around the world will observe this month. The week will be observed Jan. 18-25, and its theme is taken from 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
The prayer of Jesus was that "we might become one," said Rev. W. Douglas Mills, an executive with the United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns. "We, as United Methodists, are genuinely interested in unity, because unity is a gift from God."
More information and downloadable resources for the week can be found at www.geii.org/wpcu_resources.htm.
Camp Chippewa's 2008 brochure mailed
Camp Chippewa has mailed their brochures for the 2008 summer camping season. The theme for the 2008 season is "God's World: Handle with Care."
Copies of the brochure and all other necessary materials are also available on their website at www.campchippewa.org/summer/index.html. Limited scholarship funds are available. More information on the scholarships can be found on the Camp Chippewa website. Check with your local church for scholarship opportunities from your church.
The early bird registration deadline is April 1. Register online through Camp Chippewa.
Legislative Alert e-newsletters resume
The governor will presented the State of the State Jan. 14 to the Legislature and to the citizens of Kansas. Now the serious business of the 2008 legislative session begins.
Some possible legislative items coming up during this session are energy, education, immigration, the budget, taxes and healthcare.
Read the latest Legislative Alert at
I Wonder... A Lenten devotions program
"I Wonder. . ." is the theme of this year's Lenten Devotions program from the Society of St. Andrew, a national nonprofit hunger-relief ministry and United Methodist Advance Special #801600.
The devotions booklet is divided into five sections and challenges readers to take seriously the scriptural injunctions to care for the poor.
A Good Friday Fast, written by Ken Horne, executive director of the Society of St. Andrew, is a separate booklet that complements the Lenten devotions or can be used as a stand alone activity for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
All materials are free and a sample packet can be ordered for review before placing a congregational order.
Orders can be placed online at www.endhunger.org/lent.htm, by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 800-333-4597. Orders for the devotional should be placed by Jan. 23 to ensure delivery before Ash Wednesday.
More information about the society is available at www.endhunger.org.
What hymns do you want in a new UM hymnal?
This coming April the General Conference of the UMC will consider the recommendation for a new hymnal. This is the first of several research questions from the General Board of Discipleship. We want to know which hymns or songs you would like to see included. This survey will allow you to suggest titles to be considered for inclusion:
- Up to five titles from the current United Methodist Hymnal.
- Up to five titles from The Faith We Sing.
- Up to five titles not in either collection.
You may only complete the survey one time, so do not click the link below until you are ready to suggest titles. Once you have accessed the survey, you will not be allowed to return to it a second time, even if you did not complete it the first time or if you later wish to change your responses.
The final date to complete this survey is Jan. 31.
Complete the survey at
Cokesbury store moves
The Cokesbury store in Kansas City has moved from the student center at Saint Paul School of Theology to 7431 W. 91st Street, Overland Park. The store is located in North Regency Park (next to Wholesale Foods). Store hours are now Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact the store at 877-690-8146.
ESL teacher needed
Old Mission UMC in Overland Park is looking for an English as a Second Language teacher to assist with the English reading program it will be offering to Mision Nueva Vida (St Mark's) congregation members starting the end of January.
Find out more at http://www.kansaseast.org/classifieds_detail.asp?TableName=oClassifieds_JFJX7N&PKValue=211.
Still Time for Young Adults to Apply for
Short-term US-2 Mission Service
There is still time for young adults between the age of 20 and 30 to apply for short term mission service in the US-2 program of The United Methodist Church starting in August, 2008.
The deadline for the 2008-2010 term is Feb. 1.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Favorite Hymn
by Dean McIntyre (Music Musing #173)