NASHVILLE, Tenn. - More than one and a half million families have positively changed their financial future through Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. Updated in summer 2012, the now nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. The course meets once a week where a different lesson is taught by Dave on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.
ALBERT - The Rev. Arthur Crider doesn't have a congregation, but he and his wife Mindy do have an evangelical Christian ministry in Barton County. In January they plan to launch a series of public events that will let more people know about "Critter Ministries." The first one will be at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 at the Best Western Angus Inn Courtyard at 2920 10th St. in Great Bend.
The Christmas holiday as a remembrance of the birth of Christ has rich significance, theologically and spiritually, for all.
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.
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.
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 taps. I was given the flag that was on his casket.
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."
First Baptist Church at 1600 19th St., Great Bend, will hold its annual Christmas Eve program at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24. The theme for the program is, "A Birth of a Song!" The public is invited.
The United Methodist Women of Great Bend will combat human trafficking on Super Bowl Sunday by joining the "Intercept the Traffickers" photo campaign.
Editor's note: Great Bend Tribune employee Daniel Kiewel, whose column appears regularly on these pages, is raising money for two local charities. Instead of his regular column, we are publishing his fundraising letter that explains the upcoming events.
What is the heart of Christmas? Is it the children, helping the less fortunate or being with family? Also, what is the significance of the baby Jesus in a manger that we observe in holiday plays and hear about in Christmas carols? Is it just a nice seasonal story or does it mean something?
The Women's Scripture, Soup and Social that was to be held at First Baptist Church, 1600 19th St., has been canceled.
Chaplain Crystal Steege will speak at the Great Bend Aglow Lighthouse meeting, Saturday, Dec. 13, at Perkins Family Restaurant, 2920 10th St. Coffee and social time begins at 9 a.m., with the meeting at 9:30 p.m.
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