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:
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.
The Heartland Center for Spirituality is taking reservations for its inaugural "Hero for Heartland," an afternoon tea with savory delights. The come-and-go experience will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at 3600 Broadway Ave.
The 1997 motion picture, "Life is Beautiful," will be shown at 6:15 p.m. Friday, March 27, as part of the Heartland Center for Spirituality's latest series of "Movies with a Message." The movie begins at 6:15 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, 3600 Broadway Ave. A freewill offering will be accepted to offset the cost of refreshments.
HOISINGTON - Everyone is invited to an "All You Can Eat" fish fry from 5:30-7:30 p.m. tonight at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall. Members will be serving Alaskan pollock, coleslaw, scalloped potatoes and drinks. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 4-11 and children under 4 eat for free. All proceeds support area charities.
A new video about Jesus for the Easter season will be released Friday by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Elders from the Great Bend ward said the video is about 2-3 minutes long and can be found on the website www.HeLives.mormom.org.
HOISINGTON - The public is invited to a free puppet show, "Garbage In Garbage Out," at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at Country Place Senior Living, 259 West Sixth St. in Hoisington. The program is sponsored by Country Place.
The final Lenten luncheon in the local series will be at noon on Wednesday, April 1 at Central Baptist Church, 3301 Lakin Ave. The host pastor is Dr. Joan Harrington, and the speaker will be Adam Wutka, pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church. A meal is served at noon (not earlier) and the meeting ends at 1 p.m. A freewill offering is suggested to defray the expenses of the host congregation.
Catholic Social Service will sponsor its 14th annual charity wine tasting event on Friday, April 17 at the Club at Stone Ridge in Great Bend. Tickets are $50, or $350 for a table of eight.
First Presbyterian Church, 2400 Washington St., will host the March 25 Lenten Luncheon. The host pastor will be Dr. Scott Solether, with cohost pastors Josh and Amy Foster from First Church of the Nazarene. The speaker will be Josh Leu, pastor at First Christian Church.
The Heartland Center for Spirituality is taking reservations for "Hero for the Heartland," an afternoon tea with savory delights. The come-and-go experience will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at 3600 Broadway Ave. For more information see the website: www.heartlandspirituality.org.
First United Methodist Church will only have one worship service this Sunday, March 22. For this week only, the service will be at 10:30 a.m. at the church, located at 2123 Forest Ave.
MILBERGER - United Emanuel Lutheran Church in Milberger will celebrate the Easter season with an afternoon worship service conducted in German at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 12.
The Quran says about Jesus, "Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a Messenger of Allah, and His Word" (The Quran 4:171). The Jehovah's Witness New World Translation says He was "a god" (John 1:1). Notice the small "g." Rabbi Shraga Simmons says that, according to Judaism, "Jews to not accept Jesus as the messiah."
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