CLAY CENTER – The United States was born in 1776. Since then America has been involved in over 40 wars and other military operations from the American Revolution, Iraq and Afghanistan wars to lesser known operations like the Banana Wars and Utah War. Over 1.3 million U.S. soldiers have died through all these engagements.
MANHATTAN - I have watched and participated in the debate concerning Common Core and its education methods for some time now. I have noticed that most on both sides of the argument have forgotten what God considers the primary purpose of education. Many have also forgotten who our children's primary teachers are supposed to be. It has, however, been good to see that some opposed to that plan have pled for their right to oversee the education of their children. Maybe it is time to remind ourselves of God's plan for education.
MANHATTAN - I have discussed in past articles the fact that persecution of Christians has come to America. Scripture gives us advice on how to handle this when it occurs. For instance, 1 Peter 3:15-16 states. "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The public is invited to join United Methodist Women from the Kansas City Metro Area on Saturday, May 3 to learn more about maternal health on a local and global scale.
WICHITA - Disaster response is underway in Baxter Springs. Great Plains Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Linda Stewart and the disaster response chair, Steve Burnett, are working with the Rev. Wayne Handle of the First United Methodist Church, in Baxter Springs, and multiple agencies to coordinate rescue, relief and recovery efforts.
Apostolic Assembly Church, located at Forest and McKinley, has received a donation of two laptop computers from UnitedHealthcase of Kansas. These computers will be available for anyone in the community to use. Call the Rev. Abdias Rodriguez, 620-282-2643, for hours of availability.
The Women of King United Methodist Church will celebrate their annual UMW Spring Fling on Saturday, May 3, with a covered dish lunch at noon at the church, located at 1608 Odell St. in Great Bend.
Jim Burr will show the latest Hubble photos and talk about them from a biblical perspective, at 7p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church, located 1 mile west of 10th St. and Patton Road.
• National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 1, will be acknowledged in Great Bend by a prayer walk around the Barton County Court House at noon. Sponsors invite the public to join with fellow Christians to pray for our city, our state and our nation.
The Heartland Center for Spirituality will explore Christian contemplation through photography with an online study of the book "Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice," by Christine Valters Paintner.
Trinity United Methodist Church, 5700 Broadway, will be the site of a Joyful Praise Concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. The concert will include the chancel choir, kid's choir, Trinity Ringers, a french horn quartet, vocal and instrumental soloists and duets and guest singers from Escue Chapel.
Ryan McCallum is the new youth pastor at Great Bend's First Assembly of God Church. He comes to Great Bend from Nixa, Mo.
Terry Fellers, 59, didn't need to watch the movie "Heaven is for Real" to know that is the case. After seeing the story of a 5-year-old boy who claims to have visited heaven during a near-death experience, Fellers decided it was time to share his own experience of heaven.
There will be a Breakout in Worship at 7 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Perkins restaurant, 2920 10th St. Worship will be led by Christina Ball, and the message will be delivered by Christy Burris of Stafford. A freewill love offering will be collected.
First Baptist Church will hold a Good Friday service from 1-3 p.m. April 18 at the church, 1600 19th St. The pastor is Leroy Keith.
A new version of the motion picture "Left Behind" seeks to appeal to a broader audience than the original. But the producers at Stoney Lake Entertainment are counting on retaining the Christian audience that carried the first version.
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.
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