Leaving a Lasting Legacy

May Newsletter

In this Issue:

New Campus Ministry Outreach Created Buzz at Emporia State

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Methodist Campus Ministry at Emporia State University desired to reach students in a new, creative way through a “Buzz Box” program.

Throughout the semester, the Buzz Box subscription box would include campus ministry swag, a book or resource on the Christian faith, a faith-based discipleship activity, and snacks.

“Our focus with the boxes was to provide students with items that would help them to continue to claim, maintain, and grow their faith during this unique season on campus,” Kurt Cooper, ESU Campus Minister said. “As we navigate this unique time on campus there is a deep desire from young adults to stay connected to one another. This need to stay connected also is significantly tied to their relationship with God and their growth as a disciple.”

To help make the Buzz Box vision a reality, the Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation provided the campus ministry a Pathways for Discipleship grant to help support the cost of the new program.

“I am very thankful for the grant from the Kansas Area UM Foundation,” Kurt said. “The Pathways for Discipleship grant really helped us jump start this ministry with students!”

With the support of the grant and matching gifts from donors, the UM campus ministry at ESU provided 96 Buzz Boxes during the fall semester. During the Lenten season this spring, the boxes included a focus on Holy Week and Easter and a total of 101 boxes were distributed during the semester.

“Needless to say, this has been an important aspect of our ministry this school year,” Kurt said. “I am guessing the Buzz Box will continue to be part of our ministry efforts post COVID-19.”

Through the Pathways for Discipleship grants, the Foundation provides matching funds for new, creative and innovative ministries across Kansas. Churches and organizations are invited to apply for a grant to help support ministries in their church and community. Grant applications will be available at the end of May and are due September 1, 2021. The Foundation is grateful for the many generous families who support the grant ministry through gifts in life as well as in their estate.

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"How to Talk to People about Giving" Webinar

How to Talk to People about Giving
Tuesday, May 11
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
via Zoom
Guest Presenter: Dustin Cooper, Horizons Stewardship
Click Here to Register

Do you find it difficult to talk about money? In the May seminar, Dustin Cooper of Horizon’s Stewardship will discuss why talking about money is hard for pastors, financial challenges facing the church today, and 5 Disciplines of Financially Thriving Churches.

The Rev. Dustin Cooper is a member of the Missouri Annual Conference where he served as a local church pastor for twenty-five years.  He led his churches through six capital campaign with a variety of different purposes: renovation, land purchase, new construction and debt retirement.  

Over the last sixteen years of his ministry, Dustin has been consulting in churches not only with capital campaigns but coaching on annual campaigns and growing generosity.  As a Senior Vice President and Partner at Horizons, his passion has been and continues to be helping pastors and church leaders respond to fulfilling the vision of making disciples of Jesus Christ in their church’s ministry.  

Dustin lives in Overland Park, Kansas, with his wife, Ruth.  They have two grown children.  Daughter, Corrine, and husband, Marco, are the parents of the Cooper’s three beautiful grand-girls and live in Lawrence, Kansas.  Son, Greg, lives in Kansas City.  Dustin is a graduate of Missouri State University and Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

When not working with his churches, Dustin enjoys traveling, yardwork and going to the gym. He is also a certified scuba diver.

Miss a seminar? Click here to view the recording.


Seminary Scholarship Applications Available

The Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation is honored to distribute seminary scholarships. The scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are now available. Please visit our website for full scholarship guidelines and to apply. 

Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation Seminary Scholarship
Deadline: July 15, 2021
The Seminary Scholarship Fund of the Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation provides scholarships for ministerial students who are attending a theological school and working toward ordination in the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church. This Fund originated with the Kansas West Conference, seeking to create a large endowment to support seminary students.  

Pass the Torch Scholarship
Deadline: July 15, 2021
The Pass the Torch Scholarship Fund is a ministry of retired clergy, spouses, and surviving spouses of the Great Plains Conference committed to significantly increasing the amount of funds to educate quality seminary students to lead our church. 


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April Investment Summary

Please find more information regarding our investment at www.kaumf.org/investments.

If your church or organization would like to receive an investment presentation about sustainable options with the Foundation, please send an email to dpetz@kaumf.org. We would be honored to serve you. 

Rates of Return as of April 30, 2021; Net-of-Investment Fees:

Certificate of Participation Interest Rates

12 Month term - 0.40%
24 Month term - 0.65%

(Rate effective as of March 1, 2021. Rates subject to change. Interest Rates for the Certificate of Participation Investment are reviewed on a monthly basis and as needed.)

Certificates of Participation are offered to churches, organizations, and individuals throughout Kansas and Nebraska to help support the Church and Ministry Loan Fund. Church and Ministry Loans are available to churches and ministries throughout the Great Plains Conference. To learn about the Certificate of Participation program, to obtain an offering circular, current rates and an application form, please visit our website.

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