The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) recently celebrated its building debt retirement with a Mortgage Burning held on Nov. 21, with its Annual Thanksgiving Dinner that followed.
The First Presbyterian Church, 24th and Washington, will be celebrating Christmas Eve with the Festival of Lessons and Carols at 7 p.m. tonight. The public is welcome.
Youth groups from several Great Bend churches have combined efforts this year by forming Teen Workers Alliance. As many as 100 students in grades 7 through 12 attended its first major event, a "Fifth Quarter" gathering after a recent home basketball game.
St. John's Episcopal Church will hold a Christmas Eve service at 7:30 tonight at the church, 2701 17th St. The public is invited to a social hour to be held in the parish hall beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the Mass to follow. Come and hear a wonderful and thought provoking sermon and a beautiful Christmas Mass conducted by the Rev. Phyllis Flory.
Grace Community Church, 210 McKinley St., Great Bend, will hold its Christmas Eve Candlelight Service this evening at 5:30.
Beginning Jan. 4, First Presbyterian Church with conduct a seven-week Bible study titled "Classic Christianity - Life's Too Short to Miss the Real Thing," by Bob George.
The annual Christmas music events at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2701 24th St., will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18, and at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services this Sunday.
"The Music of Christmas", a concert of traditional sacred hymns celebrating the birth of Christ, will be presented at 4 p.m. on Sunday. This will be the 15th annual Christmas program by musicians Jenny Allford and Brad Shirer. Duets will feature the Sanctuary grand piano and the 1926 Austin pipe organ of First United Methodist church. The church, located on the corner of Forest and Stone Streets in downtown Great Bend, is handicapped accessible. This free concert and the reception following are open to the public.
Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he has accepted the resignation of Bishop Ronald M. Gilmore and appointed Reverend John B. Brungardt of Wichita as the sixth Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.
The students of the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School will present "Portraits of Love" at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church, one mile west of 10th and Patton Road. This play will provide various ways that show Jesus's love. The public is invited to come and enjoy this spiritual take on the reason for the season of Christmas.
The American church is stagnant and dying.
The Great Bend Youth Workers Alliance is sponsoring a free Fifth Quarter event tonight, for all Great Bend middle school and high school students. Fifth Quarter starts at 9 p.m. and continues until midnight at the First Assembly of God church, 601 South Patton Road. According to spokesman Ashley Dowgwillo, there will be inflatable games, video games, basketball, free food and a concert by the band Echelon.
The Larned Community Christmas Service will be Sunday evening, beginning at 6 p.m. This annual Ministerial Association event will be hosted by the First Presbyterian Church, located at Eighth St. and Morris Ave., next to the football field.
The students of the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School will present "Portraits of Love" at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1 mile west of 10th and Patton Road. This play will provide various ways that show Jesus's love.
Great Bend Catholic youth will hold their annual St. Nicholas Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday, at the St. Rose Church Auditorium, Baker and Broadway. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 3 through 10 and children
• National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 1, will be acknowledged in Great Bend by a prayer walk around the Barton County Court House at noon. Sponsors invite the public to join with fellow Christians to pray for our city, our state and out nation.
The Heartland Center for Spirituality will explore Christian contemplation through photography with an online study of the book "Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice," by Christine Valters Paintner.
Trinity United Methodist Church, 5700 Broadway, will be the site of a Joyful Praise Concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. The concert will include the chancel choir, kid's choir, Trinity Ringers, a french horn quartet, vocal and instrumental soloists and duets and guest singers from Escue Chapel.
Ryan McCallum is the new youth pastor at Great Bend's First Assembly of God Church. He comes to Great Bend from Nixa, Mo.
Terry Fellers, 59, didn't need to watch the movie "Heaven is for Real" to know that is the case. After seeing the story of a 5-year-old boy who claims to have visited heaven during a near-death experience, Fellers decided it was time to share his own experience of heaven.
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.