Week of Compassion Special Offering

Imagine a small fragile seedling becoming a food system that prevents famine. Imagine that it leads to medicine and disease prevention. Imagine a child who will become a visionary leader and peacemaker. 

Creative energy is set free when basic needs are met: energy for a young scientist to pursue technology; energy for a community leader to bring peace; energy that artists can use for their craft. That young seedling will grow to feed a community; to provide families with income.

The contribution you make through the Week of Compassion offering — the seedling that you help plant — has effects that ripple far beyond your imagination.

Will you be part of God’s dream for the world? Will you make a difference?

With your gift, you are part of God’s imagination for families who will have time and resources because they do not have to worry about their crops and feeding their family. Contribute to Week of Compassion, with the prayerful hope that God will do with our gifts —

More Than
We Can Imagine
.

 

Apply today for Summer Leadership Internships

The Camp and Conference Ministry is seeking applications from college-aged young adults for 2018 Summer Leadership Intern positions.

Within the Kansas Region, summer church camp is a high priority. Those who have participated the camp program become leaders who have excellent talents to offer. College-aged young adults make up most of these dedicated individuals, as they have benefited greatly from their own experience in camp.

These individuals are also in a place of great financial need for resources to continue their college education. The Kansas Summer Leadership Internship program enhances their college experience and helps them in determining a life vocation.

While individuals from other Regions are considered, Kansas applicants are given first consideration. Applicants must be currently enrolled in college and preference is given to those who have completed two successful years of college education. Preference is also given to those individuals considering ministry as a career option.

Interns support camp in more ways that we can count: maintaining the pool, lifeguarding, tending campfires, leading games, serving food, washing dishes, facilitating challenge course activities, tending grounds, and more. They’ve even been known to step in as counselors when needed, and to lead music and energizers.

Interns are expected to:

  • participate in leadership training held May 21-25 at Tawakoni
  • To participate in the region’s camp programs throughout the summer – May 29-August 5
  • Serve a specific program need (ie. music leadership, pool supervision/lifeguard, challenge course facilitators), and at times, to fill in as a Counselor along with other volunteers
  • Help maintain and clean the camp facilities (ie. dishwashers, kitchen help, grounds upkeep)
  • Be an appropriate role model and to represent the Region in the most favorable way possible
  • Read and discuss a book in a weekly intern meeting with an aim to increase understanding of Christian leadership
  • Acknowledge and abide by all camp policies and guidelines.

Benefits:

  • A full day off each week
  • Room & Board at the camp throughout the summer
  • A weekly stipend of $75 and Scholarship of at least $2,000 – If the Intern serves the entire summer program. (Returning Interns’ stipend/scholarship will be greater.)

Application Process:

Download the application form and submit along with three references to Steve Martin, Regional Minister and Camp administrator, at the Topeka Regional Office. References should be your pastor and two others who know your work.

Applications are due March 1. The selection process is completed by March 31. A committee of Camp & Conference members and regional staff review applicants and make the final selection.

 

Disciples Men in 2018

Thoughts from your Regional Minister
By: Ken Marston, Regional Minister
Published in February 2018 Kansas Messenger

In 2018, as we continue the Vision Process in our region, new things are happening. Our biennial regional assembly will be anything but traditional—see 2018 Congregational Escape article. Through a new ministry initiative Congregational Enhancement Grants, the region will partner with congregations for new ministries. With a grant from the Kansas Leadership Center, we will send 40 people, ministers and church leaders, for intensive leadership training.

Kansas Disciples Men are dreaming new dreams and seeking to do new things with a focus on mission in 2018. Instead of the traditional men’s retreat, normally held in September, the cabinet will do three things:

  1. Forge new relationships with local congregations by going to them instead of planning an “y’all come” event
  2. Partner with local men’s groups to host Pancake Breakfasts/Cooking for Mission, to raise money to combat hunger
  3. Sponsor two mission trips beyond Kansas, where men can put their faith into action.

The first Pancake Breakfast/Cooking for Mission will be from 9 am to noon on Saturday, April 28, at Belmont Blvd. Christian Church in Salina. Proceeds will be split between a local hunger ministry and the General Conference of Disciples Men, for childhood hunger programs in the US and Canada.

Mission trip plans aren’t ready for publication yet; watch for news of work trips to the Gulf Coast to help with Hurricane Harvey relief and another trip, perhaps to Missouri.

This is only the beginning! As we live into a new future, some things we try will work and some won’t; in all of them we are seeking God’s path for our congregations together—that is, for our regional church. What is God calling us to be and do as the Christian Church in Kansas (Disciples of Christ)? Let’s find out!

 

2018 Spirit Fests

“God is Calling—Will You Answer?”
2018 Spirit Fests
Sponsored by Kansas Disciples Women

Karen Sturchio, Kansas Christian Home CEO, will keynote the 2018 Kansas Disciples Women’s Spirit Fest.  She will also help lead a workshop in which participants will be asked to share personal stories and callings. 

There are three additional workshops including one on the 2018 Just Women Bible Study “Called for God’s Purpose.” 

When and Where:
Sat., April 7               Wichita Riverside CC, 1001 Litchfield (Map)
                                    9:00-3:00; Registration 9:00-9:30
                                      Register Online Here.

Sun., April 8              Pittsburg First Christian Church, 705 E Centennial (Map)
                                      1:30-6:30; Registration 1:30-2:00
                                      Register Online Here.

Sat., April 14           Topeka First Christian Church, 1880 SW Gage Blvd (Map)
                                   9:00-3:00; Registration 9:00-9:30   
                                   Register Online Here.

$15 Registration Fee includes a meal, snack, and materials.  Registration deadline is March 24. Register and pay online above or download the 2018 Spirit Fest Registration Form and mail with payment to the Topeka Regional Office.

Social Media: Connecting the Generations

Dive into the world of social media at the “Art of Communication” Social Media Workshop on Tuesday, May 1, at Woodridge Christian Church, Wichita.  This is the final workshop in the 2018 Art of Communication Series.

“Art of Communication” Photography — Tuesday, April 3, 9am—noon
“Art of Communication” Branding — Tuesday, April 10, 9am—noon
“Art of Communication” Website — Tuesday, April 17, 9am—noon
“Art of Communication” Digital Newsletters Workshop — Tuesday, April 24

Workshops include instruction and hands-on practice with the techniques and strategies; no fancy programs or other training needed.

While focusing on Facebook and Twitter applications, learn about several of the top platforms, their uses, and the audience they relate to. Explore how to connect to a variety of audiences on social media and which ones are right for your church communication ministry.

The workshop is for everyone interested in church communication ministry, not just office staff. Anyone may attend, regardless of skill level. Those who attended last year will find some helpful review and new material.

New in 2018!  Join the discussion from your home or office, no matter where you are. Each workshop presentation will be streamed live. After registration is confirmed, video participants will receive instructions on how to log in to the live video stream. Video recording will be available; registration is required to access the recordings.

Each workshop in the series is $25 per person.
SAVE! Register for all five workshops by Tuesday, March 20, and pay $100 per person.
SAVE MORE! Register three or more from the same church for all five workshops by Tuesday, March 20, and pay $90 per person.

Register and pay online below or download the registration form and mail with payment to Topeka regional office.  Make all checks out to Christian Church in Kansas.

2018 Congregational Escape & Mission Fest

Plans are underway for the 2018 Congregational Escape and Mission Fest, Saturday, August 11, at Disciples Center at Tawakoni.

Formerly called Regional Assembly, this family-friendly event will include elements of a traditional assembly such as worship and workshops, along with the fun of a county fair including play activities, swimming, and “fair food” offered by churches and Disciples Men’s groups from across the region.

Mission grants will be awarded at the event; details will be forthcoming as plans develop. Men’s and women’s groups may hold their Assembly-connected activities on Friday evening, August 10. Other affinity groups may also develop Friday evening activities; contact regional staff with questions. A voting booth will provide you the opportunity to voice your opinion on church business.

RV parking will be available, and some lodging at the camp may be available. Details are still under development.

Admission will be $10/person, $25/family. Food booths will have donation jars, with proceeds going to mission.

 

Come escape with us!

 

The Church Newsletter Goes Digital

Revolutionize your church newsletter for the digital world at the “Art of Communication” Digital Newsletter Workshop on Tuesday, April 24, at Woodridge Christian Church, Wichita. This is the fourth of five in the 2018 Art of Communication Series.

“Art of Communication” Photography — Tuesday, April 3, 9am—noon
“Art of Communication” Branding — Tuesday, April 10, 9am—noon
“Art of Communication” Website — Tuesday, April 17, 9am—noon

Workshops include instruction and hands-on practice with the techniques and strategies; no fancy programs or other training needed. Explore design techniques and writing styles that will capture readers’ attention. Learn to create a newsletter people will read and want to share.

The workshop is for everyone interested in church communication ministry, not just office staff. Anyone may attend, regardless of skill level. Those who attended last year will find some helpful review and new material.

New in 2018!  Join the discussion from your home or office, no matter where you are. Each workshop presentation will be streamed live. After registration is confirmed, video participants will receive instructions on how to log in to the live video stream. Video recording will be available; registration is required to access the recordings.

Each workshop in the series is $25 per person.
SAVE! Register for all five workshops by Tuesday, March 20, and pay $100 per person.
SAVE MORE! Register three or more from the same church for all five workshops by Tuesday, March 20, and pay $90 per person.

Register and pay online below or download the registration form and mail with payment to Topeka regional office.  Make all checks out to Christian Church in Kansas.

Camp: Grand Camp 2018

Attention Grandparents! 
Treat your grandkids and yourself to Grand Camp this summer!

2 Options:
–  Thursday, May 31-Saturday, June 2
–  Thursday, June 14-Saturday, June 16
at Disciples Center at Tawakoni

 

2018 Director:

Renee Bridwell

2018 Chaplain:

Steve Bridwell

Grandparents and their grandkids, ages 3 to 103, are invited for three days of fun and learning about branching out in faith. Grand Camp includes the following, and more!

  • Bible Studies—using the “Fearless Faith” theme
  • Crafts & Recreation
  • Leisure activities—fishing, canoes and paddle boats (pray for water in the lake!), swimming, quiet time…
  • Christian fellowship
  • Great food—no cooking—the Dining Hall has A-C!
  • Fresh air… Singing… Campfire with lots of good surprises!

Optional: Bring your RV – it’s up to you!

$130 fee per adult and $70 fee per child covers meals & snacks, lodging, program, and priceless memories! 

Camp pictures will be posted below for download. See your camp welcome letter, mailed one week prior to the start of your camp session, for your unique camp password or email Jessica Marston, Communications Specialist and Camp Photographer. 2018 pictures will be available until December 2018.

Register online below or download the Camp Registration and Health Form and mail with payment to the Topeka Regional Office.  Maximum enrollment is 60 campers.

NOTE: This charge will appear as some version of “SST*CHRISTIANCHUR840559 MOUNT VERNON OH” on your credit card statement.

 

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Grand Camp I: May 31-June 2

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Grand Camp II: June 14-16

 

 

 

Camp: Mission Week

KCYF Mission Week
Building Leaders Through Service

Sunday, June 3-Sunday, June 10

2018 Co-Director:

Joe Bullock

2018 Co-Director:

Sharon Bullock

KCYF Mission Week is a seven day, six-night mission oriented camping experience for youth who have completed grades 8-12. The group will travel to Houston and perform service work.

$325 fee includes transportation, meals, lodging, materials and any special events the youth attend. Space is limited, so register early.  A maximum of 32 youth may attend.

Camp pictures will be posted below for download as they become available. See your camp welcome letter, mailed one week prior to the start of your camp session, for your unique camp password or email Jessica Marston, Communications Specialist and Camp Photographer. 2018 pictures will be available until December 2018.

Register online below or download the Camp Registration and Health Form and mail with payment to the Topeka Regional Office.  

NOTE: This charge will appear as some version of “SST*CHRISTIANCHUR840559 MOUNT VERNON OH” on your credit card statement.

Camp: Discovery

Discovery Camp
May 31-June 1

2018 Director:

Conita Burden

2018 Chaplain:

Claude Shue

Discovery camp is a two day, one night, camping experience for children who have completed grades kindergarten-1.  Check in begins at 1 p.m. on the first day of camp and closing worship and departure is at 10 a.m. on the last day of camp.

The registration fee covers meals & snacks, lodging, program, and priceless memories! Register before April 30 for $95.  Registrations received after April 30 pay the full price of $135.

Camp pictures will be posted below for download. See your camp welcome letter, mailed one week prior to the start of your camp session, for your unique camp password or email Jessica Marston, Communications Specialist and Camp Photographer. 2018 pictures will be available until December 2018.

Register online below or download the Camp Registration and Health Form and mail with payment to the Topeka Regional Office.  Maximum enrollment is 45 campers.

NOTE: This charge will appear as some version of “SST*CHRISTIANCHUR840559 MOUNT VERNON OH” on your credit card statement.