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.
• 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.