Special Activities for September 23-24

Get excited! We’re hosting a few activities… and they all involve food!

Tuesday, September 23, 11:30-12:30pm, Goodcents, Aggieville
We’ll be holding a call-out/brainstorming session for our Worship Outreach program, which at this point I’d like to call “deconstructing worship.” We’ll talk about what you think does and does not work in today’s worship experiences and what you think would engage more people, young and old. AND when you come, we will have a pleasant surprise waiting for you!

Wednesday, September 24, 6:00-7:00pm, Bluestem Bistro meeting room
Did you know that people go to seminary who aren’t planning to be ministers? We’ve invited Josh Linton, Director of Recruitment at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, OK, to town for a visit. Over dinner at Bluestem, Josh will talk to us and answer questions about how seminaries address the idea of “being called” and the many ways a seminary degree can compliment your own chosen path whether it’s in ordained ministry or not. Josh will also be our guest at this week’s Brewing on Belief at Aggie Station, 8:30-10pm.

Hope to see you at one or more of these activities! And bring your appetite!

David Wood


Now Accepting Applications For A New Internship Opportunity

Riley and Fairview Churches Children and Youth Ministry Internship

As a part of an initiative to encourage students to engage in a theological exploration of vocation, the Riley and Fairview Presbyterian Churches (PCUSA) are offering a $3000 scholarship in the area of children and youth ministry and programming.

Funds to be dispersed at $1,000 per semester (Fall, Spring, Summer). Commitment to the full year is not required. As availability necessitates, the internship may be offered to one or more individuals, serving one, two, or all three semesters.

A portion of this internship will be devoted to theological reflection on the intern’s sense of vocation on a regular basis, as part of the Lilly Endowment, Inc.’s “Campus Ministry Theological Exploration of Vocation Initiative.”
Supervision and ministerial guidance will be provided by Sue Garver, Melinda Sinn and Rev. Erich Schwartz from Riley/Fairview Churches, David Wood, Ecumenical Campus Ministry (ECM) at Kansas State University’s Director of Vocational Exploration and Outreach, and David Jones, ECM Campus Pastor.

Verification/documentation can be provided for community service or internship hours if needed.

Time Commitment
Approximately 100 hours/semester, including travel time. Intern(s) will provide their own transportation to and from Riley/Fairview churches.

• Provide leadership for the weekly After School program, Wednesday during the school year, including Bible study, spiritual development, and craft activities
• Provide leadership establishing a monthly junior high youth group program
• Provide leadership in the continued development of programming for preschool children
• Provide children’s sermons in Sunday worship on a semi-regular basis determined by the intern and supervisors
• Provide leadership for fundraising activities for youth programs.
• Serve as a counselor for the 2015 summer church day camp program (dates TBD: usually June)

Application Process
Applicants should send a resume and letter of interest to David Wood, ECM Director of Vocational Exploration and Outreach

Application deadline is 5:00pm Tuesday, September 2, 2014 with the successful candidate beginning the internship on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

ECM Launches Worship Outreach Team

Worship can take many forms, from so-called “traditional” services with hymns, scripture, prayers, and a sermon, to contemplative experiences full of personalized rituals and time for reflection, to exuberant expressions of praise with music, dance, and drama. The options are only limited by the imagination. 

Beginning this fall, ECM will establish the Worship Outreach Team (WOT) to closely examine the art of worship as part of our work with the Lilly Endowment’s Campus Ministry Theological Exploration of Vocation initiative. 

What: A team to contemplate, create, and present worship experiences in a variety of styles and formats to congregations throughout Kansas.

When: Approximately 4-6 Sundays per semester with regular worship planning sessions between and an informational meeting at the beginning of the semester.

Why:There are many reasons. Here are just a few:

  • To gain experience creating and presenting worship  
  • To explore the devotional nature of worship creation
  • To meet other congregations and worshippers throughout the region
  • To experience a variety of worship styles and formats

Who: Anyone and everyone. The WOT will not only need individuals to present worship but also “behind the scenes” to help create and assemble the materials we will use within each service. The WOT needs persons with skills or interests in, but not limited to:

  • Writing/Editing
  • Music
  • Public Speaking
  • Drama/Storytelling
  • Dance
  • Visual Arts
  • Children/Youth

If that sounds like you, or want to know more, email David Wood