Here's where you'll find tidbits of news & miscellaneous information
From the DioLog:
Monday chapel service now is open to worshippersBeginning on Monday, April 19, the weekly service of Holy Eucharist offered by clergy members of Bishop Bascom’s staff will be open for in-person worship.
The service takes place in St. Mary’s Chapel of Grace Cathedral, Topeka, and begins at 12:10 p.m. every Monday except holidays.
Under current diocesan distancing guidelines, there is space for 10 people to attend. All should enter through the red doors on the east side of the building and sign in. Masks are required for all, and communion in one kind will be offered.
Called “Old Saints for New Days,” the service looks at the life of one of the people or groups commemorated in the coming week in the Episcopal Church’s Lesser Feasts and Fasts and connects their life and work to the current day.
The service will continued to be livestreamed on the diocese’s YouTube channel.
Multiple calendars now are available on the diocesan website
The calendar page on the diocesan website now makes available four diocesan calendars that can be viewed together or separately:
FEMA offers help with funeral costs for Covid victims
As a result of recent federal legislation, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) now can help with the cost of funerals for people who died of Covid-19 after Jan. 20, 2020. Grants are up to $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application.
The only qualifications are that the death had to occur in the U.S., including U.S. territories and the District of Columbia; the death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to Covid-19; and the person applying for assistance must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or a qualified alien.
All applications must be made over the phone, with the necessary documentation in hand before calling.
Full information is on the FEMA website.
A document answering frequently asked questions is also available.
St. Thomas’, Overland Park, to host survivor of gun violence
On Thursday, May 6 at 7 p.m. St. Thomas’, Overland Park, will welcome Mindy Corporon as she discusses her new book, Healing a Shattered Soul.
Corporon’s son and father were murdered by a gunman who attacked the Jewish Community Center in 2014. When St. Thomas’ and Temple Israel hosted a vigil the evening of the shooting, she asked to speak, calling on those present to love and to life, in the midst of her unspeakable tragedy.
In her book, she explores how hate and evil lead to violence and destruction. It also describes the power of community and relationships to heal the wounds of life.
One of the chapters, co-written with St. Thomas’ rector, the Rev. Gar Demo, describes the night of the vigil.
The May 6 event will be both in person at the church, 12251 Antioch Rd., and live on the church YouTube channel.
Good News Gardens Movement offers information about rogation
Join the Good News Gardens Gathering on April 20 at 6 p.m. Central time and learn everything you've always wanted to know and more about rogation.
Register in advance online.
The Zoom meeting will be recorded and available later for those who are interested but can’t attend.
Good News Gardens is a churchwide movement of individuals, congregations, schools, colleges, seminaries, monasteries, camps and conference centers involved in a variety of food and creation care ministries – gardening, farming, beekeeping, composting, gleaning, feeding and food justice advocacy.
Summer camp is back for 2021
Episcopal Summer Camp will take place this year and will follow the recommendations from Camp Wood YMCA and the American Camp Association (their accrediting body) to provide as safe an environment as possible, but we cannot eliminate 100 percent of the risk.
Read more about camp-specific health protocols. This web page will be updated as our leadership team continues to meet and plan for this summer.
- 2021 Camp will be limited to about 104 campers.
- All participants need to provide Covid-19 vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test.
Bishop Bascom to lead online justice-based Scripture study
Bishop Cathleen Bascom will be the leader for a May 11 online Scripture study entitled “Rethinking Justice.” It will begin at 6 p.m.
It is sponsored by an interfaith group including Topeka JUMP, Douglas County Justice Matters and a new interfaith justice ministry for Johnson and Wyandotte counties.
The Zoom-based event will explore three questions:
There will be a second study on May 13, with a leader still to be named.
Creation Care liturgies now are available
As spring approaches, the Creation Care subgroup of the Liturgy, Music and the Arts Task Force, and the Spirituality subgroup of the Care of Creation Task Force, have compiled resources for these upcoming dates:
Additional resources are being added, so check the link frequently for the latest updates.
A caution as indoor worship with livestreaming begins
Many churches are beginning to have services in person and indoors, while also livestreaming those services for people to watch online.
For a variety of reasons, people attending worship may not want their image to appear in online videos. It is wise to alert people that videotaping is taking place and to have space set apart for those not wishing to appear on camera, where they can be seated and remain unseen.
Bethany House and Garden seeks oral care items
Bethany House and Garden would like to encourage dental health in the at-risk population in the neighborhood surrounding Bethany House.
If anyone has sample-sized toothpaste, dental floss or toothbrushes that can be included in the “Grace Bags” distributed on Saturday mornings, please contact the Rev. Jennifer Allen at email@example.com or (913) 620-7773 to arrange a pick-up.Youth newsSign up now for a regional Youth Campfire
After Easter, diocesan youth ministries will host two regional youth campfires with fellowship, prayer and s'mores.
Masks are required at both events. Attendance is free, but please sign up so we can bring enough s'mores supplies, have enough adults present and do contact tracing just-in-case.
Sign-up via UltraCamp.
Campus peer ministry applications for 2021-2022 now are open
If you are a full-time college student (or know one), have demonstrated ministry leadership experience and seek more of it, and you’re passionate about deepening your own spiritual journey and serving others by sharing the love of Christ with those you meet, peer ministry might be right for you.
As a peer minister, you work collaboratively with parish leaders as well as the Formation Team to design and lead program opportunities that highlight faith formation, Christian community, discernment and leadership development in your campus community. At K-State and KU, there is the opportunity to live in-residence at one of our Canterbury Houses (for free).
Episcopal Church Archives closes for relocation
The Archives of the Episcopal Church is closed to the public and to extensive research requests until Aug. 1 as it relocates to a new facility in Austin, Texas.
For the past 60 years, Seminary of the Southwest in Austin has hosted the archives. A campus renovation scheduled to begin in June necessitated the need for the archives to relocate.
The move to a new facility in Austin’s Highland neighborhood is expected to be completed by Sept. 1. As the physical archives are packed for transit starting April 15, the staff will only be able to access common reference items and documents of known business operation. The staff hopes to begin processing inquiries again by Aug. 1.
Archives users are asked to plan accordingly and to consult the digital archives.
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Plant, Pray, & Proclaim!
We believe that one thing that love could do right now is call a community of people with the ability to plant gardens of all sizes and kinds together – from small pots of herbs to hundreds of acres of corn – in order to share the love of Christ through word and action, food and labor.
PLANT: Commit to planting more than you would under average circumstances in order to share the bounty. (This may mean you plant one window box of herbs when you have never planted any, or you add an extra row to your garden, or an extra hen to your flock.)
PRAY: Commit to pray daily for our church and our world to form loving, liberating, life-giving relationships with all of Creation through the better use of our land – personally and communally. (Now sure where to start? Don’t worry, we will be sending a monthly email with scripture, prayer, & practical resources.)
PROCLAIM: Commit to proclaiming the love of God through word & example by￼ sharing your Good News Garden commitment, status, & story via social media channels, personal testimonies & by using the hashtag #GoodNewsGardens.