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St. Francis UMC uses thought-provoking obstacle course to raise money for Imagine No Malaria

St. Francis UMC uses thought-provoking obstacle course to raise money for Imagine No Malaria

12/6/2013
By Rev. Warren Cico, special contributor St. Francis United Methodist Church used the information on the Imagine No Malaria DVD to educate the congregation about the need to help fight malaria in Africa. The information was presented to the congregation, the Sunday-school classes and the UMYF.   Participants take on the challenges of an obstacle course at St. Francis UMC to raise money for Imagine No Malaria. (photos by Sherry Schultz) For the Oct. 20 fundraiser, we decided to have ...

December is a great month to 'Imagine No Malaria'

12/4/2013
Imagine No Malaria (INM) is an extraordinary ministry of The United Methodist Church, putting our faith into action to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa, especially the deaths of children. Every 60 seconds, malaria claims a life in Africa. It kills an estimated 655,000 people each year, most of them children younger than five and pregnant women. Malaria is caused by a parasite transmitted through the bite of a female anopheles mosquito. However, malaria is preventable, treatable and ...

Saving a slowly dying church

Saving a slowly dying church

12/4/2013
By Susan Cooper, Kansas communications associate director The scenario at Epworth United Methodist Church in southeast Wichita was a familiar one to many mainline denominations — an aging, dwindling congregation in a changing neighborhood. Churches in this situation generally have two choices. They can change, or they can die. More than two years ago, their pastor, Rev. Jimmy Taylor, knew the church had to change. He encouraged the congregation to engage the people in the neighborhood. Epworth ...

Kansas West Conference among UMCOR disaster-response grant recipients

11/26/2013
By Linda Unger, General Board of Global Ministries The board of directors of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) approved on Oct. 11 nearly $700,000 in new grants to sustain long-term recovery efforts in localities across the United States still dealing with fallout from tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and an explosion. During their semi-annual meeting at UMCOR headquarters in New York City, the directors approved six grants for ongoing disaster- recovery work in five United Methodist...

Prayer beads raise money for roof at Camp Norwesca

11/20/2013
Recently the charge conference was held at McCook Memorial UMC where the vision statement “Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” was approved. Two parishioners are leading examples in following the vision of Memorial UMC. Through many hours of making prayer beads, praying and attending many events, Ann Trail and Patty Keene have sold $6,655 worth of prayer beads to repair the roof on the chapel at Camp Norwesca after fire damage that happened one year ago — the ...

Semitrailer and time donated to transport goods

Semitrailer and time donated to transport goods

11/20/2013
Throughout the year, United Methodists from Kansas and Nebraska create and donate care packages to be sent all over the world through United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). However, once the goods are donated, transportation can often create challenges. According to Mary Ann Bede, a former member of the board of directors and current volunteer for the Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) in Chatham, Ill., shipping containers cost a lot of money. In fact, the United Methodist Church...

Chapel Hill expands for growth

Chapel Hill expands for growth

11/15/2013
By Cindy Nolte, special contributor   An addition to Chapel Hill Fellowship UMC is being built to accommodate the current and anticipated growth of the congregation. (photo by Cindy Nolte) Chapel Hill Fellowship in Wichita is growing! With a major capital expansion project, the United Methodist congregation is looking forward to welcoming hundreds of new members in the upcoming years. The new building addition will be able to host nearly 900 people with a 200-seat balcony, which is ...

Grants Help Prevent Malaria in South Sudan

Grants Help Prevent Malaria in South Sudan

11/11/2013
United Methodists fund education, training and medicine Nashville, Tenn.: Thanks to two first-time grants, vulnerable people in malaria endemic South Sudan will get the training and medicine needed to prevent deaths from malaria. Imagine No Malaria recently awarded a grant for nearly $50,000 to the South Sudan District of UMC Health Board, as well as a $325,059 grant to the UMCOR Field Office in South Sudan. These two programs in South Sudan are working together in a successful effort to fight ...

Dodge City District welcomes superintendent, raises $10K for Imagine No Malaria

Dodge City District welcomes superintendent, raises $10K for Imagine No Malaria

11/8/2013
  New Dodge City District Superintendent Rev. Don Hasty, left, with Gabriel Marrero’s assistance, delivers the message in English and Spanish at Hasty’s installation service. (photo by Patti Craghead) Bishop Scott Jones, right, shakes Dodge City District Superintendent Rev. Don Hasty’s hand at the installation service at Dodge City First UMC. (photo by Patti Craghead) The Dodge City District turned Sept. 22 into a daylong celebration. Rev. Don Hasty was installed as the district’s ...

United Methodists golf for EmberHope

United Methodists golf for EmberHope

11/7/2013
  A team playing for Cedar Chapel UMC won a golf tournament that raised money for the United Methodist agency EmberHope. Team members are, from left, Mike Smith, Steve Hysom, Rev. Jim Graves and Pat McCarthy. (courtesy photo) Four United Methodist men golfing as the Cedar Chapel United Methodist Church team participated in a charity golf tournament Sept. 20 to raise money for EmberHope, the United Methodist agency formerly known as Youthville. EmberHope will receive approximately ...

Kansas West UMW meet for final time

Kansas West UMW meet for final time

11/5/2013
By Diane Thompson, special contributor   Four past presidents of the Kansas West Conference United Methodist Women were recognized when the group met for the final time Sept. 28 in Wichita. From left, Jo Eva McClellan, Thelma Miller, Betty Hodson and Anita Turner. (photo by Jo Lynn Lewis) Members of the Kansas West, Kansas East and Nebraska United Methodist Women met in a uniting conference Oct. 12 in Kearney, Neb. The current presidents of the three conferences’ UMWs are, from left, ...

Zimbabweans share disciple-making with Kansans

Zimbabweans share disciple-making with Kansans

11/5/2013
By Susan Cooper, Kansas communications associate director In the spirit of the Chabadza Covenant, four United Methodists from Zimbabwe travelled to Kansas to share how they make disciples of Jesus Christ. The trip was sponsored by the Wichita East and Wichita West districts.   Portia Kanoyangwa explains Zimbabwean section meetings at Wichita Woodland UMC. (photo by Susan Cooper) Daniel Mutidzawanda talks about the things Jesus commands Christians to do during the class meeting at ...

Valley View UMC displays spiritual growth, outreach, fellowship

11/4/2013
By Jeanette Grenz, special contributor Valley View UMC’s Mission Fair provided information on what the congregation is doing to make a difference in the world. (photos by Ken Grenz) More than 40 church groups participated in a ministry fair at Valley View United Methodist Church in Overland Park on Oct. 27. Representatives from each group staffed the displays and answered questions in order to encourage others to join. There were three categories of displays: Spiritual Growth, ...

United Methodists help flood victims in Kansas

11/1/2013
By Sandy Hendrickson, special contributor Torrential rains in late July and early August caused flash flooding in central Kansas and devastated many homes in Lindsborg, Ellinwood and Hutchinson. In Lindsborg and Ellinwood, the flood waters came and flowed out of the towns within a few hours, leaving many basements filled with water and more than 200 homes damaged. Hutchinson had 333 homes affected, many with floodwater not receding for several days. United Methodist volunteers from the ...

Asbury UMC hosts author, blogger

10/23/2013
By Eva Hedtke, special contributor Rachel Held Evans, author and blogger, speaks at Asbury UMC in Prairie Village. (photo by Eva Hedtke) Rachel Held Evans, center, poses with Rev. Gayla Rapp, Asbury UMC senior pastor, and Rev. Jeff Prothro, Asbury UMC associate pastor. (photo by Eva Hedtke) On Oct. 15, Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village welcomed Rachel Held Evans, a New York Times best-selling author and renowned blogger. Evans discussed her book, “A Year of Biblical...

Enroll in health-insurance plan by Nov. 15 to be covered in 2014

10/23/2013
Cigna health insurance forms and information for open enrollment period By Susan Cooper, Kansas communications associate director The Jan. 1 merger of the Kansas West, Kansas East and Nebraska conferences into the new Great Plains Conference will have an impact on health-insurance coverage. For the Kansas West and Nebraska conferences, it will bring a change in providers, from HealthFlex to Cigna. The HealthFlex health-insurance plans will end on Dec. 31. All eligible clergy and some ...

Parsons District festival raises money for 2 causes

10/16/2013
The Parsons District Fall Festival was Sept. 15 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Parsons. The theme was “A Time of Celebration.” There were 22 tables that individuals or groups had “adopted” to decorate. Jars were placed on each table for people to vote for their favorite decorated table by putting money in that jar. The three tables with the most money in their jars were the Hamilton Chapel-Ladonna Melton table, the Coffeyville Trinity-Lee and Liz Passwater table and the New Albany-Susan ...

Smith Center UMC takes ongoing approach to help fight malaria

10/16/2013
By Susie Buckley, special contributor Pipe-cleaner mosquitos decorate a net as part of a display in the window of the Smith Center UMC’s Hardly Used Shop to raise money for Imagine No Malaria. (photo by Marilyn Schwertfeger) Smith Center United Methodist Church held a kick-off campaign for Imagine No Malaria on Mother’s Day in May. Members of the congregation were urged to donate $10 to the campaign in honor of their mothers or other influential women in their lives. At the end of July,...

Guest Quest can help your church

10/9/2013
By Rev. Patrick Broz, special contributor Looking for a way to create, resurrect or enhance your church’s hospitality ministry? Searching for ways to increase weekly worship attendance not just for Christmas and Easter but throughout the entire year? Having trouble reaching your Vital Congregations goals in 2013 and beyond? If your answer to any of these questions is “yes” or even “maybe,” then your church can go on a Guest Quest. Guest Quest is an instructional resource to assist churches ...

Krusing the Capital

10/9/2013
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Argonia UMC skips service, performs service

10/2/2013
By Bill Mock, special contributor Major storm damage was sustained in Argonia in July. As an outreach to the community, the Argonia United Methodist Church decided to do a community-wide cleanup on Sunday morning, July 28, instead of having the regular worship service and Sunday school. Members and friends of the congregation met at the normal 9 a.m. worship time with rakes, brooms, chainsaws and gloves and began cleaning yards full of tree debris. Members of Argonia UMC clean up storm...

Project Revolution brings youth together for 6th time

10/2/2013
By Marvé Ralston, special contributor September brings many things, and, in the Five Rivers District, one of them is Project Revolution, the annual youth rally and lock-in. This year was the sixth Project Revolution. As is customary with this event, it was youth led, planned and executed by the District Council of Youth Ministry.   Youth take the stage at the 2013 Project Revolution, an annual youth rally and lock-in. (photo by Marvé Ralston) For the past two years, the rally has been ...

Justice agency board approves $100,000 for Imagine No Malaria

9/30/2013
Money will help expand field coordinator work in 10 new conferences CHEVY CHASE, Md. — The governing body of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) voted unanimously at its fall meeting to contribute $100,000 to the denomination’s Imagine No Malaria (INM) campaign. Bishop Robert Hoshibata, president of GBCS’s Board of Directors, said he was extremely pleased at the vote to support the Imagine No Malaria Initiative. “Our board has been deeply involved in INM primarily ...

Golfers raise nearly $6K for Camp Horizon

9/26/2013
A four-person-format golf scramble Aug. 10 at the Quail Ridge golf course in Winfield raised $5,874 for Camp Horizon, a United Methodist camp near Arkansas City. The funds will help pay for kitchen appliances in the new sanctuary building at the camp. A team from Chapel Hill Fellowship United Methodist Church won the traveling trophy for the best church-team score and the lowest net score of all teams. Larry Harris, one of the fundraiser organizers, expressed appreciation to all who played, ...

Kansas West UMM hosts inaugural MITour

9/26/2013
By George Houle, special contributor The first ever Mission Impact Tour (MIT) sponsored by the Kansas West Conference United Methodist Men was a huge success! The UMM initiated MIT as a bridge to the future. The tour showed young men not only the blessings of serving others in ministry but also how we are connected through the ministry of men in the local churches. Twenty-two men participated in the first MITour hosted by the Kansas West Conference UMM. (photo by Brian Hopper) The tour...

We're not done yet

9/18/2013
By Bev Weber, special contributor Bishop Scott Jones has announced a goal of every Kansas United Methodist congregation doing something by Dec. 31, 2013, to fight deaths from malaria by raising money for the United Methodist initiative Imagine No Malaria.   Instructions for making pipe-cleaner mosquitos are available from the Imagine No Malaria website at http://inm.larryhollon.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/PipeCleaner-Mosquito-Instructions.pdf. (photo by Susan Cooper) The disease ...

Holton Evangel UMC co-sponsors wrestling match, raises money for INM

9/11/2013
By Rev. Dennis Paschke, special contributor Holton Evangel UMC co-sponsored a wrestling invitational to raise money for Imagine No Malaria. (photo by Rev. Dennis Paschke) Over the Aug. 3-4 weekend, the Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton focused on how we all can be a part of changing the world by raising money for Imagine No Malaria. We had a special guest, Carol Russell who is a missionary from Africa. She shared her story with us. We also took a special offering and held a ...

Bishop Jones speaks at immigration roundtable

9/5/2013
Editor’s note: On Aug. 21, UMconnect ran an article about Bishop Jones’ participation in the Bibles, Badges and Business (BBB) roundtable discussion on Immigration. In case you missed it, we are rerunning the article with the addition of video links.   Great Plains Area Bishop Scott Jones joined another church leader and two business leaders in a roundtable discussion for Bibles, Badges and Business (BBB) on immigration reform.   BBB is a national organization that aims to create an alliance ...

Dodge City VBS collects more than $1,200 for Imagine No Malaria

9/3/2013
More than 100 children gathered for Vacation Bible School at Dodge City First United Methodist Church this summer and learned about the frightening disease in Africa and other parts of the world called malaria.  Children attending VBS at Dodge City First UMC donated to the Imagine No Malaria initiative. (courtesy photo) As the children learned that mosquitoes cause malaria and that they could help stop the mosquitoes, they became very excited to help. Over the course of the ...

St. Paul's builds community garden in Lenexa

9/3/2013
  St. Paul’s UMC in Lenexa created a community garden to help feed the hungry and build community involvement. (photos by Rob Reiman) St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Lenexa was awarded a $5,000 grant through the Kansas Community Gardens Project, a joint initiative of the Kansas Health Foundation and K-State Research and Extension. St. Paul’s Lenexa Community Garden is one of 35 community garden projects in the state to receive this funding, which will help support the group’...

Conferences approve plan of organization for Great Plains Conference

8/26/2013
SALINA, Kan.—More than 1,700 United Methodists from the Kansas East, Kansas West and Nebraska annual (regional) conferences met in simultaneous sessions Aug. 22 and 23 in Salina, Kan., to consider the Plan of Organization for the new Great Plains United Methodist Conference. The final section of the plan was adopted just before noon Aug. 23, a full half-day ahead of schedule. A final resolution summarizing the three separate conferences’ actions was adopted unanimously. “Friends, we’ve done ...

Faithfulness requires change

8/26/2013
By Stuart Davis, special contributor Urging the congregation in his benediction at the closing worship of the United Methodist Great Plains Uniting Conference Friday night to embrace the motto, “Great Churches, Great Leaders, Great Disciples, Transformed World” and go out in Jesus’ name to change the world, Bishop Scott Jones ended the final session of the Uniting Conference on a high note. In his message, Jones used illustrations from the struggles of African-Americans to bring home his point...

Keep focus through change

8/22/2013
By Susan Cooper, Kansas communications associate director During opening worship at the Uniting Conference Aug. 22 in Salina, Great Plains Bishop Scott Jones called upon United Methodists in Kansas and Nebraska to look to a new beginning.   The conference session begins the final process of joining the Kansas East, Kansas West and Nebraska conferences to officially become the Great Plains Conference on Jan. 1, 2014. With an emphasis on what transpired at Pentecost, Jones acknowledged the ...

Abilene Emmanuel partners with Kenyan pastor to fight malaria

8/19/2013
By Tiffany Roney, special contributor Shane Britt, pastor of Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Abilene and James Murunga, pastor and speaker from Nairobi, Kenya, used a basketball free-throw contest this past spring to raise funds to fight malaria in Africa. The Emmanuel Missions Committee invited church members to make pledges to Imagine No Malaria that were based on the pastors’ free-throw results. Imagine No Malaria is an effort of the United Methodist Church to end preventable deaths by ...

Christian clowning, service highlight North Central Youth Camp

8/19/2013
By Jim Rice, special contributor Youth got to experience Christian camping in new and exciting ways at the 2013 North Central Youth Camp, hosted this year by Trinity United Methodist Church in Jewell. This was a first-time experience for nearly all of the campers. Carl Warner leads Christian-clown campers during worship at the 2013 North Central Youth Camp at Jewell Trinity UMC. (photo by Amy Topliff) This year, the campers were introduced to Christian clowning, which consists of ...

METour offers life-changing experiences

8/19/2013
By Jalynn Nolte, special contributor When you mix 31 teen-age girls, six sponsors, a great bus driver and the backing of the United Methodist Women, you get the 2013 Mission Education Tour (METour). The 2013 METour was May 31-June 9. The 2013 METour visits the Kansas West Conference office. (photo by Susan Cooper) One of the first stops was Omaha, Neb., and framed the whole trip by emphasizing dealing with justice and poverty. Lisa Maupin and Rev. Stephanie Ahlschwede from United ...

Plan of Organization awaits final vote

8/19/2013
By Lisa Diehl, Kansas communications director More than 1,500 people from the Kansas West, Kansas East and Nebraska conferences will gather Aug. 22-24 at the Bicentennial Center in Salina for the Uniting Conference for the new Great Plains Conference. The theme for the event is “Coming Home Again” because the first Kansas/Nebraska conference session was held in October 1856. With the theme, we recognize our roots run deep to give us a firm foundation from which our future will grow. Our roots as...

Bicycle challenge raises more than $38,000

8/15/2013
By Lisa Diehl, Kansas communications director The 2013 Bishop’s Bicycle Challenge raised more than $38,000 for United Methodist Open Door in Wichita thanks in part to some friendly competition between Bishop Scott Jones and some “uppity” clergywomen. Cyclists start out on the 2013 Bishop’s Bicycle Challenge ride to raise money for Open Door. (photo by Gary Stephenson) Jones started the bicycle challenge in 2010 to raise funds for United Methodist Open Door’s homeless ministry center in...

Chapman UMC gets creative to raise money for Imagine No Malaria

8/15/2013
Pipe-cleaner mosquitos placed on a net represent donations to Imagine No Malaria as part of a three-week fundraiser at Chapman UMC. (photos by Joyce Leach) To raise money for Imagine No Malaria, the Chapman United Methodist Church got creative for a three-week project this summer. A net was hung in the narthex of the church with a baby doll inside the net. Each time $10 was donated, a mosquito made of pipe cleaners was placed on the net. To encourage donating, the congregation was ...

Get your congregation Safe Gatherings compliant

8/15/2013
The online Safe Gatherings abuse-prevention and boundary-awareness program was initiated in the Kansas West and East conferences last year, replacing the in-person Boundary Awareness and Safe and Sacred Space trainings used previously. The 2012 Kansas West Annual Conference adopted a policy that mandates each local church in the conference adopt a policy for the protection of children, youth and developmentally disabled dependent people to be implemented by each church by 2013. The Kansas East ...

So now what? cancelled

8/15/2013
So now what? has been cancelled due to low registration numbers. Bishop Schnase will still preach at Hastings First UMC on Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. Hotel accommodations Local restaurants Robert Schnase serves as resident bishop of the Missouri Area of The United Methodist Church. Bishop Schnase was ordained deacon in 1981 and elder in 1986 in the Southwest Texas Conference. He has authored three books by Abingdon Press. He has served as delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conferences and worked...

Lay pastor Raphaël Aboua serves Ebenezer Beago United Methodist Church in Abidjan and 10 other United Methodist Churches in Côte d’Ivoire. Photo by Isaac Broune, UMNS. Raphaël Aboua oversees 11 United Methodist churches in Côte d’Ivoire, serves as president of its United Methodist lay pastors’ group and also shares the gospel via United Methodist radio in his native language, Abouré. With his salary of $140.15 a month, he’s trying to support his elderly parents and put a daughter through ...


ABIDE program helps Blue Mound UMC revitalize

Nestled in a small town consisting mainly of a gas station, café, bar and two churches is Blue Mound United Methodist Church. The church’s restoration, both physically and spiritually, began in February 2008. A small team of three couples began attending the ABIDE program for small church leadership training. Worship attendance has increased by 40 percent, and the congregation is more visible to the community as well.

Congregational Excellence: Tornado destroys building, revatilizes church

The evening of Feb. 28, 2012, started off like any other Tuesday night in Harveyville, Kansas.   The small community about 35 miles southwest of Topeka was enduring an evening of rain, and a Bible study was taking place at the home of a Harveyville United Methodist Church member. But the storm that night would turn out to be far more than a simple rain shower.   “It really wasn’t much of a storm,” said the Rev. Dennis Irwin, pastor at Harveyville UMC.   According to a story in the Wichita Eagle ...

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