World Day of Prayer will be observed at the Ellinwood United Methodist Church on Friday, March 1 at 1:30 p.m.
St. Mark Lutheran Church in Great Bend is hosting its annual "Roast Beef Dinner" on Sunday, Feb. 24, in the Church Fellowship Hall, 2101 Jackson St. Serving will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dominican Sisters of Peace will show the award-winning motion picture "Doubt" at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in the auditorium of the Motherhouse, 3600 Broadway Ave. A freewill donation is requested. Refreshments and discussion will follow the movie, which has a run time of 104 minutes.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Dominican Sisters of Peace have approved a corporate stance to end human trafficking, according to Sister Judy Morris, OP, justice promoter for the congregation of Catholic Sisters. "The reality of thousands of our brothers and sisters laboring in modern-day slavery compels us to act now to stop human trafficking and to serve the survivors of this crime," said Morris.
The other day, I watched the address given at the Inaugural Prayer Breakfast. The keynote speaker was Rabbi Jonathan Cahn. I was pleased to see that he had been chosen, because I have listened to and read his work on the Isaiah 9:10 Scripture. This address was just as important.
Editor's Note: Today's guest column was written by Karen Neuforth.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 2701 24th St., will be the site of the first in a series of six 2013 Lenten Luncheons sponsored by the Barton County Association of Churches. The public is invited to have lunch at the church at noon Wednesday, Feb. 20. The Rev. Jim Strassen is host pastor and the speaker will be Dr. Kevin Baxter, pastor of Foundry Methodist Church. The purpose of these one-hour ecumenical gatherings is to provide an opportunity to gather for personal reflection and spiritual growth during the Lenten season, and to experience fellowship with one another.
St. Johns Episcopal Church, 2701 17th St. in Great Bend, will hold a pancake and sausage supper from 5-7 p.m. on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 12. A freewill offering would be appreciated.
Great Bend Aglow will meet Saturday, Feb. 9, at Perkins Family Restaurant, 2920 10th St. The guest speakers are Mark and Krista Ball, Great Bend. Sign-in and social time begin at 9 a.m. The meeting starts at 9:30 am. Everyone is welcome to attend.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Knights of Columbus are having a fish fry from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, at St. Joseph Parish Center, 110 W. 2nd St. Proceeds go to area charities; the suggested donation is $8 for people 11 years of age and old, and $3 for children under 10.
GALATIA - Pastor Adam Wutka invites every to a German and English Hymn-sing and fellowship from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 10, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Galatia. "Bring a friend, and if you like, bring a favorite hymn (and the music if you have it). Come and share in some musical thanksgiving!"
First Christian Church, 5230 Broadway Ave. in Great Bend, will be holding a benefit garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, to benefit the families of Cody Clark and Michael Tysver, two young men who were injured in Tempe, Ariz. Cody's dad Todd Clark is a member of the congregation at First Christian.
The Barton County Association of Churches announces the schedule for 2013 Lenten Luncheons. The purpose of these weekly ecumenical gatherings is to provide an opportunity to gather for personal reflection and spiritual growth during the Lenten season, and to experience fellowship with one another.
Fat Tuesday is early this year and so it is time for the annual Monterrey Dinner at Great Bend's First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st St., from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. Tickets are $8 and $3.50 for children age 6 and younger; 3 and under free. Tickets are for sale at the door or in advance from church members, and take-out is available. An accessible door is located on the Polk Street entrance of the church.
CLAY CENTER - I coached myself saying, "If I make this basket then she loves me." After the ball slammed against the rim and bounced to the asphalt I said, "OK, the best out of 10." Just like when I was a teenager, every one of us is in search for love. Experts say more than 2 billion minutes a month are logged online by people searching for love. Additionally, many of the top songs on the Billboard charts deal with love and the most successful movies each year always feature a romance between the leading man and woman.
The King United Methodist Church at 1608 O'dell in Great Bend, will be celebrating it's 70th Anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 30, during the morning worship service at 11 a.m., recognizing their past and looking forward to the future.
Have you noticed how Halloween is being overtaken by Christmas - displays and decorations and whatnot showing up before the end of October? With all the commercialism of the season of Christmas, and seeing everywhere you look the images of red-nosed reindeer, dancing snowmen, Grinches, and Santas, it is easy for the real reason for the season to become lost. That may be why more Christian churches and families are bringing back a celebration of Advent.
When Larry Schumacher, Great Bend, learned the chaplain position was open at Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice, he knew he was being called again.
DODGE CITY - Catholic Social Service in the Diocese of Dodge City will host a 50th Anniversary Mass and Luncheon at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3231 N. 14th Street in Dodge City on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. Bishop John B. Brungardt will be the principal celebrant.
Prince of Peace Parish's St. Patrick Church, 4100 Broadway Ave., will host Grace and Gratitude - A Thanksgiving Retreat, today and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22. The program will run from 7-9 p.m. tonight and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 22. The Saturday program of retreat and healing will include a light lunch. Participants should bring a pen and paper.
Human history has been subjected to constant bouts of infectious diseases. Sometimes these have grown to pandemic proportions leaving death tolls in the millions worldwide. The Black Death (the bubonic plague) dramatically affected European populations wiping out up to 50 million people in the mid-14th century. During the early 20th century governments battled against the influenza pandemic which took up to 50 million lives including 675,000 in the United States. Then small pox killed upwards of 300 million people across the globe throughout much of the 20th century.
Great Bend and other central Kansas communities are well on their way to preparing thousands of gift-filled shoeboxes in support of Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project of its kind.
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