Editor's note: This article was written by Eric Johnson, son of Rev. Bill and Lois Johnson, in honor of his father's retirement and the celebration of his parents' 27 years of service to the community and the First Christian Church in Great Bend.
LAWRENCE - African-American men and women are No. 1 and 2, respectively, when it comes to mortality rates from colorectal cancer, yet informative programs aimed at reaching these populations are rare. A University of Kansas professor has published initial findings from a program aimed at studying the effectiveness of urban churches in leading efforts to communicate information about colorectal cancer to African-Americans.
The Heartland Center for Spirituality announces a retreat for individuals preparing for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) into the Catholic church. It will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the center in Great Bend.
St. John Episcopal Church, 17th and Adams St., Great Bend, invites the public to come and help members celebrate the birth of the Savior this Christmas Eve. The church service begins at 7:30 p.m., and members are hosting a gathering party before the service at 6:30 p.m.
Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend will show the 2009 movie "The Blind Side" as part of the continuing "Movies with a Message" series. It will be shown at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at the Dominican Sister Motherhouse, 3600 Broadway Ave.
For over 40 years, the Rev. William "Bill" Johnson has been leading churches and serving the communities in which he's lived. With the beginning of the new year, Johnson will retire from his position as the senior pastor of the First Christian Church in Great Bend.
Great Bend Aglow Lighthouse meets at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Perkins Restaurant, 2920 10th St. Following coffee and social time, the Rev. David LeRoy will speak at 9:30 a.m. David and his wife Elaine have been the pastors of River of Life Foursquare Church since 1997.
Another Breakout in Worship will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Perkins Restaurant, 2920 10th St., Great Bend. Worship will be led by Christina Ball, and the message will be delivered by Marshall Rouse, both of Great Bend.
First Christian Church, 5230 Broadway, invites the public to attend a retirement reception for the Rev. Bill and Lois Johnson. It will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Jan. 12 at the Great Bend Convention Center, 3017 10th St., to celebrate 27 years of service to their church and community.