The Christmas holiday as a remembrance of the birth of Christ has rich significance, theologically and spiritually, for all. There has long been two variations on the Christmas theme. There is the version in which Christmas is largely a commercial enterprise. At its best, this version is an exercise in generosity, and an opportunity to remember the fundamental importance of family and charity. At its worst, it is an unseemly weeks-long binge of ...
The families of St. Mark Lutheran, 2101 Jackson, Great Bend, and St. Paul Lutheran, 402 N. Main, Galatia, invite the public to join them as they celebrate of the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Here is the schedule for holiday services:
There has been a great deal said in the news and by pundits about the shooting that took place in Newtown, Conn., on Friday, the 14th. What is sad about most of what I have read and heard is the focus on the external causes coupled with opportunists trying to use this tragedy to promote their agenda.
Delete Christmas Services at Dominican Sisters of Peace, Dominican Chapel of the Plains, 3600 Broadway, Great Bend, will be held at the following times: Novena for Christmas – Dec. 16-23 at 5 p.m. and Dec. 24 at 11:15 a.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 – Mass at 4 p.m. Christmas Day, Dec. 25 – Mass at 8:30 a.m.; Sung Morning Prayer 9:30 a.m. New Year's Day, Jan. 1 – Mass at 8:30 a.m.; Sung Morning Prayer ...
The number of people in need of a food box has increased over the last few years, but fortunately the number of churches and organizations distributing has increased as well, according to members of First United Methodist Church in Great Bend, who recently filled and delivered over 90 boxes.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de' Ricci officially became members the Dominican Sisters of Peace, formerly the Great Bend Dominicans, who have served in Kansas since 1902.
"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." – Matthew 25:40
CLAY CENTER - "Jobless, Inflation, Poverty, Recession," then "Sirens wail in Tel Aviv, Gaza rockets hit suburbs." This is what I read at the top of my screen when I went to an Internet news website. I thought to myself, "What is happening?" The headlines communicated the larger story of the dark and perilous times America and the world is facing. Our world needs hope!
Forgiven Quartet will be at Great Bend's Seventh-day Adventist Church at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. The church is located one mile west of Patton Road on 10th St.
Three ministries based in Barton County and one in Sabetha are working on two projects this Christmas. "Footprints of Faith" will provide shoes for families in Africa and Cambodia, when "Christmas for Families" will help people closer to home, said Dean Nuss from Pay it Forward with Christ Ministry. Pay it Forward with Christ and Prodigal Ministries of Kansas are both based in Great Bend. They have collaborated with Live Like Jesus Today, Ellinwood, and ...
My father died in his sleep early in the morning on Nov. 9. I was not present then, because he lived in Michigan. We left for Michigan the next morning. His funeral was on the following Tuesday. All six children, many of the grandchildren and even a few great grandchildren were present. At the cemetery, Dad was given an honor guard ceremony by the Kent County Honor Guard. This included a 21 gun salute and ...
St. Mark's Lutheran Church's Pastor Adam Wutka, right, president of Barton County Association of Churches' Emergency Aid Council, accepts a donation to Emergency Aid from Pastor Scott Solether of the First Presbyterian Church and Jan Bonine, chairwoman of the church's Local Ministry Team. The $471.29 was donated following a recent community Music for Mission Concert held at the Presbyterian Church. An additional $52.36 was given to the church's Crisis Management program.
CLAY CENTER – Early in our marriage while we eating a dinner Kathe had prepared I said, "Thanks for dinner, honey." She responded a little surprised so I followed up with, "You have taken the time to put it together and it tasted great so I think you deserve a thanks."
The Dominican Sisters of Peace will continue their "Movies with a Message" series this Friday evening with a film about the life of Hildegard von Bingen, a Benedictine nun. The movie will start at 6:15 p.m. in the auditorium in the Great Bend Motherhouse, 3600 Broadway Ave. A freewill donation is requested. Refreshments and discussion will follow the movie. Von Bingen was a Christian mystic, composer, philosopher, playwright, poet, naturalist, scientist, physician, ...
HOISINGTON - A "Holiday Fair" will be held at Hosington's Emmanuel Lutheran Church from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. The church is located at 1109 N Vine. Vendors will have food, crafts and other bazaar items available. Admission is $1 or one nonperishable food item which will all go to the Hoisington Food Bank.
CLAY CENTER – One of my highlights each Christmas is putting up the tree and trimming it out with lights and decorations. We start at the bottom and wind our way upwards finishing it off with the angel at the top. Then the drum rolls for the big test – plugging it in. When it all works and the tree lights up, it is a beautiful sight. Often I will sit in the living room with just the tree lights on gazing at their beauty.
JETMORE – The Jetmore United Methodist Church will present its annual live Nativity "Journey to Bethlehem" from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 14, with a special needs presentation from 5 p.m. Each tour guide-led tour takes approximately 30 minutes.
The Pawnee Rock New Jerusalem Church, 300 Santa Fe Ave., invites the public to celebrate its 125th anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 30. The celebration starts at 4 p.m. with time for sharing and reminiscing. At 4:30 p.m. the Rev. Jane Siebert will lead a service of thanksgiving, and there will be a catered dinner at 5:30 p.m. For more information call Connie Helm, (620) 792-4295, or Vivian Bright, 982-4635.
The "Heartland" ministries of Great Bend's Dominican Sisters of Peace have always been intended to address body, mind and spirit. One of those ministries, the Heartland Center for Wholistic Health at 1005 Williams St., is celebrating 25 years.
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