OLMITZ - Father Ultan Murphy, 87, retired Jan. 3, after 33 years as pastor of St. Ann's Parish in Olmitz. At his retirement, he had the distinction of being the oldest Catholic pastor in the state of Kansas.
Johnson retirement reception is Sunday
CLAY CENTER – As a sunrise means the start of a new day, so January means the start of a new year. Our world is filled with examples of new starts. The toss of a coin on a football field is the start of a new game, the exchange of vows in a wedding ceremony is the start of a new life-long relationship and the first day on a job is the start of new opportunities. Examples of new starts are all around us. They can teach us a few things.
Members of the Barton County Association of Churches said they hope to have every congregation in Great Bend represented at a unity prayer service this month. Everyone is invited to the service, which will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest. The speaker will be the Rev. Carrie Buhler from Trinity Methodist Church in Great Bend.
Great Bend native Trever Ball will speak at the next Great Bend Aglow Lighthouse meeting, taking place Saturday, Jan. 11, at Perkins Restaurant, 2920 10th St. Coffee and social time is at 9 a.m., with the meeting starting at 9:30.
Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend will show the 2009 movie "The Blind Side" as part of the continuing "Movies with a Message" series.
The congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church invites the community and friends of Pastor Jim and Miriam Strasen to an open house celebration of their ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church, from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, in the Fellowship Hall, 2701 24th St. Come to reminisce and reflect on the 11-plus years they have nurtured and guided the congregation and served in our community.
PAWNEE ROCK - Heartland Farm will offer a FiberSpace program, teaching fiber art skills. Hours are 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18.
Editor's note: This article was written by Eric Johnson, son of Rev. Bill and Lois Johnson, in honor of his father's retirement and the celebration of his parents' 27 years of service to the community and the First Christian Church in Great Bend.
Dominican Sisters of Peace announce the following services for the new year at the Dominican Chapel of the Plains, 3600 Broadway Ave.
LAWRENCE - African-American men and women are No. 1 and 2, respectively, when it comes to mortality rates from colorectal cancer, yet informative programs aimed at reaching these populations are rare. A University of Kansas professor has published initial findings from a program aimed at studying the effectiveness of urban churches in leading efforts to communicate information about colorectal cancer to African-Americans.
The Heartland Center for Spirituality announces a retreat for individuals preparing for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) into the Catholic church. It will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the center in Great Bend.
St. John Episcopal Church, 17th and Adams St., Great Bend, invites the public to come and help members celebrate the birth of the Savior this Christmas Eve. The church service begins at 7:30 p.m., and members are hosting a gathering party before the service at 6:30 p.m.
Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend will hold SpiritLife classes on Saturday Jan. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Classes and instructors are as follows:
Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend will show the 2009 movie "The Blind Side" as part of the continuing "Movies with a Message" series. It will be shown at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at the Dominican Sister Motherhouse, 3600 Broadway Ave.
DeleteSt. Johns Episcopal Church will begin its Lenten Study at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, March 9, at the church, located at 17th and Adams St. in Great Bend.
Zeck coming to Aglow Lighthouse
The annual Presbyterian Irish Stew dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church at 24th and Washington in Great Bend.
The work of Catholic Sisters is being recognized with Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14. The Dominican Sisters of Peace will celebrate with a special prayer service at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, in the chapel of the Motherhouse at 3600 Broadway in Great Bend.
CLAY CENTER – If you are like me St. Patrick's Day might be about watching a parade, wearing green or for some, having a few drinks at the pub.
City Church Ministries, along with Great Bend Christians, will hold their second citywide Christian event at 6 p.m. March 22 at the Best Western Courtyard in Great Bend.
First Assembly of God Church, 601 Patton Road will host the first in a series of Lenten Luncheons at noon Wednesday, March 12.
Julie Zeck will be the speaker at the next Great Bend Aglow Lighthouse, on Saturday, March 8 at Perkins Family Restaurant, 2920 10th St. Coffee and social time begin at 9 a.m., with the meeting at 9:30.
Guest speaker Melissa Harris will lead "Living on the Faith Side" services, March 8 and 9 at Faith Community Church in Great Bend. The Saturday morning women's meeting is at 10 a.m., Saturday evening service – open to all – is at 7 p.m. and Sunday morning worship is at 10:30 a.m.
March 5 is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday, April 20.
Last week, I reported about churches speaking out against House Bill 2433.
Page 1 of 1