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
Rush County Community Choir will present a Christmas Cantata, "Night of the Father's Love" on Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. at the Hope Lutheran Church in Rush Center and at 4:30 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Albert, four miles south, one mile west and 1/2 mile south of Albert.
The Streets of Bethlehem, a journey through the past to visit the birthplace of Christ, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 5, 11 and 12 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 205 S. County Road, in Holyrood. Tours leave every 10 to 15 minutes. Admission is free with entertainment while you wait, live animals and refreshments. See the town where Jesus was born and experience what the shopkeepers and townspeople saw and heard that night.
Pastors at two Great Bend churches encourage Christians to attend a Thanksgiving service of their choice next week. Both St. Mark Lutheran, 2101 Jackson, and Trinity Lutheran, 2701 24th St., announced special services. During these services they also will accept offerings of money and/or canned goods that will be given to the food banks of Hoisington, Rush County (in La Crosse) and Great Bend.
Peace Church will celebrate their 125th Anniversary at the 10:30 a.m. worship on Nov. 21, 429 N.E. 140th Street, 5 miles north of Hudson. A meal will be served at noon. Former pastors have been invited. Trinity Congregation and all past members and friends of Peace Church are invited. Any photos or other items of interest are welcome.
November 13 isn't just the opening day of pheasant season this year. It's also the day for people to hunt for old favorites and new treats at the annual Stafford United Methodist Women's annual bazaar. While the date has changed, the items shoppers have come to expect will continue to be part of the event, which will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church basement.
Rev. Chuck Marshall, Church of Christ, 12th and Stone in Great Bend, is inviting the community to come see a nationally-acclaimed Christian drama company at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
"Music with a Message" featuring Ric Gorden to be held Sunday.
The River of Life Foursquare Church monthly men's ministry breakfast for September is set for this Saturday, according to Rev. David LeRoy.
The WELCA group of the Hope Lutheran Church in Rush Center will hold their annual Bazaar on Nov. 5. Lunch will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. with an auction to begin at 7 p.m. conducted by auctioneer Jason Dellett. Items offered at the auction include hand quilted quilts ranging from baby size to queen size, tea towels, pillowcases, hand crafted items and baked goods of all sorts.
There is a raging debate around the issue of illegal aliens, especially unaccompanied children. These aliens have been entering America through Mexico. Some say that it is our responsibility to take care of them. Others say we should send them back. Some say that our borders should be open, others say not.
St. Mark Lutheran Church, 21st & Jackson, Great Bend, will host a Walking Taco Supper from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, in the church fellowship hall. The menu includes build-your-own tacos, dessert and drink. Admission is by freewill offering. Proceeds will go to the Education Assistance Fund to assist children of the church who are attending Christian-based schools.
Dominican Chapel of the Plains, 3600 Broadway Ave., will hold a prayer service at 5 p.m. Sunday for the International Day of Prayer for Peace.
• Trinity Lutheran Church in Otis will have a special celebration honoring Pastor Bruce Adamson on the 35th anniversary of his ordination. The service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, with special music provided by Prairie Timbre +1. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Susan Candea, the Bishop's Associate with the ELCA Synod.
United Methodists in Nebraska and Kansas launched its public school partnership with an education caravan in July at three Kansas locations designed to bring attention to the importance of public schools. Three more are scheduled in Nebraska on Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 2. 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.
CLAFLIN - The Immaculate Conception Altar Society of Claflin is having a Roast Beef Dinner and Fun Night on Sunday, Sept. 21. Roast Beef and all the trimmings will be served from 5-7 p.m. at the Parish Center in Claflin.
First Baptist Church is having a movie night at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at 1600 19th St., Great Bend. Popcorn will be served.
Trinity Lutheran Church in Otis will have a special celebration honoring Pastor Bruce Adamson on the 35th anniversary of his ordination. The service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, with special music provided by Prairie Timbre +1. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Susan Candea, the Bishop's Associate with the ELCA Synod. A catered dinner will be served at 12:30 p.m. in the church basement. Those planning to attend the meal should contact Trinity Lutheran Church by Friday, Sept. 12.
The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School is placing its fall order for fruit from the Bithell Farms in Oregon. Place orders by Sept. 30 and the fruit will arrive in late October or early November.
One of the first things I learned when I began youth ministry: Complicated doesn't work in ministry. It's far better to simplify.
Gold Girls Club, a ministry of teenage girls, is sponsoring "A Reflection of Christ," a conference for women and teenage girls, featuring author Kris Goertzen from Hutchinson. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Perkins Party Room, 2920 10th St., Great Bend.
• Aglow Lighthouse meets at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Perkins Restaurant, 2920 10th St., Great Bend. Coffee and social time will be followed by a program at 9:30 a.m. with featured speaker Mary Bieberle.
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