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.
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.
Lenten luncheon: Grace Community Church
St. Mark Lutheran Church in Great Bend will host their annual "Roast Beef Dinner" on Sunday, March 1st in the Church Fellowship Hall, 2101 Jackson. The menu includes roast beef, potatoes, green beans, roll, dessert and drink. Serving will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carry-out will be available.
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