WICHITA(AP) - Pope Francis has named a priest from Illinois as the new bishop for the Roman Catholic diocese of Wichita.
MANHATTAN - We have been watching in the news as the antiquated Iranian navy sails towards American waters. The navy commander is saying this is just a training exercise for new sailors. However, their president is saying this action is being taken because the American navy is near Iran's waters. This is the first time a foreign power has openly threatened the mainland of America since the War of 1812.
Last week the Kansas House of Representatives passed HB 2453, described as an act "protecting religious freedom regarding marriage." Nationally, it was described as an "anti-gay marriage proposal." By Tuesday, the chairman of a state Senate committee assigned to review the bill pronounced it dead.
Manic Drive concert is Sunday
Prince of Peace Parish, in cooperation with the national ministries of Heart to Heart Communications, will host the three-day series God Revives Our World (G.R.O.W.), starting Sunday, Feb. 9.
CLAY CENTER - My last name has German roots and I have been told in Germany "Decker" is common as Miller or Smith in the United States. And my mother's maiden name is Broman, which has roots in Finland and Switzerland. I believe my family immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island sometime in the early 1900s. Immigration statistics began in 1820, in that year 8,385 people started a new life in America. Then in 2012, 192 years later, 1,031,631 people were granted permanent residence in the U.S.
Christian author and singer Terry Tripp will be the featured speaker at the next Great Bend Aglow Lighthouse. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Perkins Restaurant, 2920 10th St. The public is invited to come early for coffee and social time at 9 a.m.
Christian rock band Manic Drive returns to Great Bend on Sunday, Feb. 9, with two other musical acts, Consumed by Fire and Ryan Stevenson. All three acts will appear at the First Assembly of God Church, 601 Patton Road, starting at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m., said Erin Powers, local spokesman for the concert.
For three evenings in February, area Christians are invited to a conference on growing in faith in their daily lives and relationships. Prince of Peace Parish, in cooperation with the national ministries of Heart to Heart Communications, will host the series God Revives Our World (G.R.O.W.), presented by Heart to Heart founders Father Norman Douglas and Larry Vuillemin.
MANHATTAN - The other day, I listened to a broadcast by Ravi Zacharias concerning the effect of globalization on our lives. He started out by quoting secular sociologist Daniel Bell, who wrote, "Culture is an effort to provide a coherent set of answers to the existential situations that confront all human beings in the passage of their lives."
Todd Bailey, an evangelist from Fort Collins, Colo., will minister at Cornerstone Fellowship Church, 1609 24th St. in Great Bend, this weekend.
Christian rock band Manic Drive will be the headliner at a concert set for Sunday, Feb. 9, at First Assembly of God Church, 601 Patton Road in Great Bend. Consumed by Fire and Ryan Stevenson will also perform. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first band is scheduled to perform at 6.
Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend will hold SpiritLife classes from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1. Classes and speakers for the day are as follows:
Dr. Stephen List, a second-generation missionary to Africa, returns to Faith Community Church, 293 West Barton County Road, Great Bend. The church will host meetings with Dr. List at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26.
The Barton County Association of Churches will hold a unity prayer service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest. A special offering will be taken for Emergency Aid.
There will be a Breakout in Worship at 7 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Perkins restaurant, 2920 10th St. Worship will be led by Christina Ball, and the message will be delivered by Christy Burris of Stafford. A freewill love offering will be collected.
First Baptist Church will hold a Good Friday service from 1-3 p.m. April 18 at the church, 1600 19th St. The pastor is Leroy Keith.
"Wordless Walking Sticks" from the Fellowship of Christian Farmers booth were a popular freebie last week at the 2014 Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo.
• Sponsors of Royal Family Kids Camp, which provides summer fun for children in foster care, will hold a 5K run/walk at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, at Brit Spaugh Park. For more information contact Melissa Widiger, First Assembly of God, Great Bend, by calling 792-5211. On the web: greatbend.royalfamilykids.org.
Christ's sacrifice will be presented by the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church choir at 10:50 a.m. Saturday, April 19 at the church, 1 mile west of 10th St. and Patton Road. Pastor Terry Ruebush will narrate using Mark, chapter 11-14.
A traditional Jewish celebration was observed at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 21st and Polk St., with an authentic Passover Seder on Monday April 14, the first day of Passover.
Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend will hold SpiritLife classes on Saturday April 26, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Classes for the day are as follows:
• "Increase the Reach Summit" presented by Rev. Scott Hinkle will be held at Faith Community Church on Saturday, April 12th from 9 a.m. until noon. The church is located 1 mile west of 10th and Patton Road in Grea Bend. The Rev. Hinkle will also be speaking in the Sunday Morning Worship Service, April 13 at Faith Community Church at 10:30 a.m. Both services are open to the public. Scott Hinkle, an evangelist now headquartered in the Dallas /Forth Worth Metroplex once lived a life that pointed to only one direction…prison and ultimately an early grave.
Dominican Sisters of Peace, 3600 Broadway Ave., announce the following special services:
Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend will show the movie "Babette's Feast" to conclude its spring Movies with a Message series. It will be shown at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, April 25, at the Dominican Sister Motherhouse, 3600 Broadway Ave.
MILBERGER - United Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Milberger, will celebrate its German heritage with a worship service conducted entirely in German at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 27.
Central Baptist Church, 3301 Lakin Ave., will host the final Lenten Luncheon of 2014 at noon Wednesday, April 16. Host pastor is Dr. Joan Harrington, and the speaker will be LeRoy Keith, pastor of First Baptist Church. Serving is at noon (not earlier) and all are welcome at the ecumenical gathering for fellowship, personal reflection and spiritual growth. A freewill offering will be taken to defray the expenses of the host congregation.
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