By CONNIE HELM
There is a raging debate around the issue of illegal aliens, especially unaccompanied children. These aliens have been entering America through Mexico. Some say that it is our responsibility to take care of them. Others say we should send them back. Some say that our borders should be open, others say not.
St. Mark Lutheran Church, 21st & Jackson, Great Bend, will host a Walking Taco Supper from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, in the church fellowship hall. The menu includes build-your-own tacos, dessert and drink. Admission is by freewill offering. Proceeds will go to the Education Assistance Fund to assist children of the church who are attending Christian-based schools.
Dominican Chapel of the Plains, 3600 Broadway Ave., will hold a prayer service at 5 p.m. Sunday for the International Day of Prayer for Peace.
• Trinity Lutheran Church in Otis will have a special celebration honoring Pastor Bruce Adamson on the 35th anniversary of his ordination. The service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, with special music provided by Prairie Timbre +1. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Susan Candea, the Bishop's Associate with the ELCA Synod.
United Methodists in Nebraska and Kansas launched its public school partnership with an education caravan in July at three Kansas locations designed to bring attention to the importance of public schools. Three more are scheduled in Nebraska on Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 2. United Methodists in the new Great Plains Conference (Nebraska and Kansas) intend to increase collaborative efforts between United Methodist congregations, schools and community partners to support local schools.
CLAFLIN - The Immaculate Conception Altar Society of Claflin is having a Roast Beef Dinner and Fun Night on Sunday, Sept. 21. Roast Beef and all the trimmings will be served from 5-7 p.m. at the Parish Center in Claflin.
First Baptist Church is having a movie night at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at 1600 19th St., Great Bend. Popcorn will be served.
Trinity Lutheran Church in Otis will have a special celebration honoring Pastor Bruce Adamson on the 35th anniversary of his ordination. The service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, with special music provided by Prairie Timbre +1. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Susan Candea, the Bishop's Associate with the ELCA Synod. A catered dinner will be served at 12:30 p.m. in the church basement. Those planning to attend the meal should contact Trinity Lutheran Church by Friday, Sept. 12.
The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School is placing its fall order for fruit from the Bithell Farms in Oregon. Place orders by Sept. 30 and the fruit will arrive in late October or early November.
One of the first things I learned when I began youth ministry: Complicated doesn't work in ministry. It's far better to simplify.
Gold Girls Club, a ministry of teenage girls, is sponsoring "A Reflection of Christ," a conference for women and teenage girls, featuring author Kris Goertzen from Hutchinson. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Perkins Party Room, 2920 10th St., Great Bend.
• Aglow Lighthouse meets at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Perkins Restaurant, 2920 10th St., Great Bend. Coffee and social time will be followed by a program at 9:30 a.m. with featured speaker Mary Bieberle.
GALATIA - St. Paul Lutheran Church in Galatia will host a homemade ice cream social from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14. Cakes, pies and cookies will be served with the ice cream and various toppings. Donations will be used for Christmas charities, including Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer, Dream Inc., Ellsworth prison, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and many others.
Heartland Center for Spirituality, 3600 Broadway Ave. in Great Bend, will hold SpiritLife classes on Saturday, Sept. 20. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the last class will conclude at 3 p.m.
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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