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Great Plains United Methodists announce education partnership



July 24, 2014
Big, hairy, audacious education caravan

United Methodists in Nebraska and Kansas will launch their public school partnership with an education caravan to be held at six locations designed to bring attention to the importance of public schools. United Methodists in the new Great Plains Conference (Nebraska and Kansas) intend to increase collaborative efforts between United Methodist congregations, schools and community partners to support local schools.

Each event will feature local public education experts, advocates, interactive displays showcasing successful partnerships, small group conversations and a short address by Bishop Scott J. Jones, bishop of the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church. Pie and ice cream will be served. Each event begins at 6:30 p.m. Locations, dates and special guests include:

Kansas Garden City First UMC, July 29, 1106 N Main St. (Superintendent Dr. Rick Atha)

 Iola Wesley UMC, July 30, 301 E Madison Ave. (Allen County Community College President Dr. John Masterson)

 Topeka First UMC, July 31, 600 SW Topeka Blvd. (Superintendent Dr. Julie Ford) (Will be webcast at greatplainsumc.org/livestream)

Nebraska Scottsbluff First UMC, Sept. 29, 2002 4th St. (TBD)

 Kearney First UMC , Sept. 30, 4500 Linden Dr. (TBD)

 Lincoln Saint Paul UMC, Oct. 2, 1144 M St. (TBD) (Will be webcast at greatplainsumc.org/livestream)

Members and groups of local UMC congregations, community partners, local education leaders, and members of the public are encouraged to attend. All events will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a short program at 7 p.m., followed by small group discussion and refreshments.

These rallies follow the passage of a resolution in June, during the Great Plains Annual Conference Session, which included voting members from congregations in Kansas and Nebraska. Church groups, community organizations and individuals are invited to register to ensure there is enough pie and ice cream (and to make sure enough materials are prepared). To register go to greatplaimsumc.org/education.

The Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church took effect Jan. 1, 2014, and includes the former Kansas East, Kansas West and Nebraska conferences. Together, the new conference has 17 districts, 1,035 local congregations, 220,000 lay people and nearly 800 active elders, deacons, associate members and local pastors.

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