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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.

Board of Ordained Ministry revises scholarship policies

At its May meeting, the Great Plains Board of Ordained Ministry revised its scholarship policies, including implementing new awards from combined trust funds for our legacy conferences. The board is responsible for making awards for seminary students from two different sources. The first is the Ministerial Educational Fund (MEF). According to the United Methodist Church, “The Ministerial Education Fund is one of seven apportioned funds of The United Methodist Church. The Ministerial Education ...

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 ...

WORD speaks to 900-plus youth, leaders at sixth-annual OneEvent

WORD speaks to 900-plus youth, leaders at sixth-annual OneEvent

Whether they grooved to the music, learned from the message or enjoyed the fellowship and fun, more than 900 youth and their leaders spent a full weekend at the Tony’s Pizza Events Center in Salina on Jan. 5-6. Big Al Cherry introduces Rev. Michelle Manuel at The OneEvent. Photos by Todd Seifert, David Burke “We’re all United Methodists, and we’re all worshipping together,” said the Rev. Nicole Conard, young adults and campus ministry coordinator for the Great Plains Conference. “Seeing 900 ...

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