Leaving a Lasting Legacy

September Newsletter

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Narrative Budgets Webinar

Using a Narrative Budget to Share Your Vision
Tuesday, September 14
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
via Zoom

What is a narrative budget? How could it help your church share its vision for ministry?

On Tuesday, September 14 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., the Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation invites you to join a webinar on Narrative Budgets. F. Douglas Powe, Jr., Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership and the James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism at Wesley Theological Seminary, will share how using a narrative budget can make an impact. The seminar will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. via Zoom.

F. Douglas Powe, Jr. is the Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership and the James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism at Wesley Theological Seminary. Dr. Powe is an ordained elder in the Baltimore/Washington Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. His newest book, The Adept Church: Navigating Between a Rock and a Hard Place, was the number one newly released church growth book just a month after being released. Dr. Powe is also known for his work in Wesleyan evangelism with titles like, Transforming Community: The Wesleyan Way to Missional Congregations and Transforming Evangelism: The Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith, both co-authored with H. Henry Knight III. Dr. Powe is a forerunner in African American evangelism, a few of his contributions include: Not Safe for Church: The Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations, co-authored with Rev. Jasmine Smothers, and New Wine, New Wineskins: How African American Congregations Can Reach New Generations. He holds a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Emory University (2004), a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology (1998), and a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University (1987).

All clergy and laity are welcome. There is no cost to attend. Register today at https://kaumf-reg.brtapp.com/LearnGrowSeminarRegistration.
For questions, please contact the Foundation Office at jtrapp@kaumf.org or 620-664-9623.

All registered participants will receive a link to the recording after the seminar. Click here to register

Miss a seminar? Looking for a presentation for an upcoming meeting? Click here to check out the video resource library.
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Seminary Scholarships Impact Lives

The Foundation is honored to have awarded more than $78,000 in seminary scholarships over the past 5 years! We are excited to announce the recipients of the fall Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation Seminary Scholarship and the Pass the Torch scholarship.

The Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation Seminary Scholarship originated with the Kansas West Conference, seeking to create a large endowment to support seminary students. The original goal was to provide scholarships so that students can serve within the conference with no seminary debt. Recipients of a fall 2021 scholarship are: Yolanda Byers, Ally Drummond, Robert Fillmore, Wesley Gately, Jeffrey Graber, Priscilla Kaimathiri, Changhyun Kim, Charles Kitua, Chris Lehew, Chris Nord, Matthew Ozment, Victor Peterson, Abraham Ruffcorn, Valecia Scribner, Grace Woods, and John Wesley Young.

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. The Great Plains Association of Retired Clergy and Spouses (GPARCS) make a difference in the lives of so many future seminary students through this fund. The Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation is proud to be a partner with the Pass the Torch Scholarship Committee by supporting those called by God into ministry so that they may pursue their seminary education. The following seminary students received a 2021-2022 Pass the Torch Scholarship: Tiffani Brewer, Debra Copple, Wesley Gately, Jeffrey Graber, Priscilla Kaimathiri, Anny Kalingwishi Kapundu, Chris Lehew, Victor Peterson, Abraham Ruffcorn, and John Wesley Young. 

The Foundation is grateful to all the donors who make a difference in students' lives through giving to the KAUMF Seminary Scholarship Fund and the Pass the Torch Scholarship Fund during life and in their estate. If you are interested in learning more about how you get involved in making a difference, please contact us at foundation@kaumf.org or call us at 620-664-9623.

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Certificates of Participation Help Support Ministry 

Do you want your investments to make a difference in churches and organizations across the state? Consider a Certificate of Participation!

A CP is the funding source for the Church Development Loan Ministry. Through the loan fund, churches and organizations in the Great Plains Conference can expand their ministry. CP's are available to individuals and churches/organizations in the Great Plains Conference. Learn more at www.kaumf.org/cp.


12 Month term - 0.75%
24 Month term - 1.00%

To learn more about our Certificate of Participation program and to obtain an offering circular, current rates and an application form, please visit our website. 

(Rate effective as of September 1, 2021. Rates subject to change. Interest Rates for the Certificate of Participation Investment are reviewed on a monthly basis and as needed. This is not an offer to sell our securities to you and we are not soliciting you to buy our securities. We will offer and sell our securities only in the states authorized. The offering of our securities is made solely by our 2021 Offering Circular. The purchase of our securities is subject to terms, conditions and risks, which are described in our 2021 Offering Circular.)

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August Investment Summary

The Foundation is proud to partner with Wespath Institutional Investments to provide their expertise and socially responsible investment options to churches and organizations across our connection.

The Foundation’s investments continue to be strong. All four pooled funds ended the month of August positive, and the Balanced Fund is up 8.96% year-to-date, net of investment fees. Please find more information regarding our investment options 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 August 31, 2021; Net of Investment Fees:

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Follow the Foundation on Social Media

 Stay up-to-date with Foundation news and events throughout the month by following us on Twitter @KansasAreaFdn or liking us on Facebook @kansasfoundation.

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