March 5 is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday, April 20.
Last week, I reported about churches speaking out against House Bill 2433.
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:
Lord, Help our legislators, both national and state, to see keenly their responsibility to be just and fair, sensible and kind in their deliberations, so we may live in peace throughout the nation and the world. Amen
LINDSBORG - Bethany College and Bethany House of Studies are presenting An Evening with the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the Burnett Center, Bethany College, Lindsborg.
HESSTON - The King's Singers will perform the Great American Songbook on the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23.
WASHINGTON – People from across the country rallied in Washington on Thursday to celebrate and protect the lives of the unborn in our nation, Rep. Tim Huelskamp said. The Kansas Republican joined pro-life supporters at the March for Life, again promising to support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R. 36.
Fifty-five students, along with priests and parishioners from the Diocese of Dodge City, traveled to Topeka on Wednesday to participate in a march and rally on the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.
The Central Kansas Dream Center Chapel will be the location for the ninth annual Hearts Aflame Women's Conference, coming Saturday, Feb. 7. The east doors to the Dream Center, 2100 Broadway Ave. in Great Bend, will open at 8 a.m. with programs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The Women of Faith Unwrap the Bible live simulcast will be shown Feb. 20 and 21 at First Southern Baptist Church, 3301 19th St. in Great Bend. The two-day event will feature speakers Christine Caine, Priscilla Shirer, Lisa Harper, Sheila Walsh and Charlotte Gambill.
Trinity Ladies Fellowship of Trinity Lutheran Church, Great Bend, will hold their January joint meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, in the church parlor. Their guest speakers will be Christy Tustin and Melanie Calcara, representatives of Prairie Godmother Funds.
"But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also." Luke 6:27-29, NLT.
"God, and Father of us all, be with us as we struggle with the uncertainty of our lives. Help us know your loving care will never be dissolved by our fears; that you will be with us always, in the trials and joys of this life, and in the life to come. Amen"
David Worth Hinton will be at Faith Community Church at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19. The church is located 1 mile west of 10th and Patton Road, Great bend.
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