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.
Editor's Note: The following article was submitted by Trinity Lutheran Church, 2701 24th St., Great Bend.
A sign on public land celebrating the city of Buhler's Mennonite heritage had been up for many years, gathering dust and rust, when the city took it down, refurbished it and tried to put it back up last year.
Local couple Mark and Krista Ball will be the speakers at the next Great Bend Aglow, set for Saturday, Feb. 9, at Perkins Family Restaurant, 2920 10th St. Sign-in and social time begin at 9 a.m., with the meeting at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Claflin UMC pancake supper
The Rev. Sandy Kennedy from Great Bend, along with Anita De Tello of Pawnee Rock and Roxana Cardonne from McPherson are the featured speakers at this year's Hearts Aflame Women's Conference.
Todd Bailey, an evangelist from Fort Collins, Colo., will minister at Cornerstone Fellowship Church, 1609 24th St., Great Bend at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, and on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.
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.
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