The other day I saw a chart illustrating the growth of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in the federal budget. The chart and article were produced by www.bankruptingamerica.org and it showed these three items growing from 16 percent of the Federal budget in 1967 to a whopping 41 percent of the budget in 2011. I believe that there are two reasons for this.
Twelve youths will represent Great Bend at a national fine arts competition this summer.
Faith Community Church will host the Central Kansas Missions Conference, Aug. 3-4. Faith Community Church is located one mile west of 10th and Patton, Great Bend, on West Barton County Road.
Bishop T. Larry Kirkland Sr., 114th Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will preach at Myers Chapel AME Church, 1511 Ninth St., at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 29. The Rev. Martin F. Grizzell, pastor of the church, said Myers Chapel is pleased to welcome Bishop Kirkland, the presiding prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District of the AME Church.
HOISINGTON - "Trike Nite," sponsored by New Life Baptist Church, 364 W. 12th Street, Hoisington will be held from 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 17. This is the second annual event held for young local children, ages 2 years through younger elementary.
Children are invited to explore and experience God's underwater universe at a Vacation Bible School to be offered July 16-20 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st St. All children ages 4-12 year are invited to dive into fun at "Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep with God," sponsors said. It will meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 16-20, at the church in Great Bend.
Internationally known Christian artist Robin Mark will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Faith Community Church in Great Bend. This is a ticketed event and everyone must have a ticket to attend. Tickets are $10. Call 620-793-8084 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets. Seating is limited, so contact immediately for seat availability.
WICHITA – This week, Catholic Charities of Kansas announced the launch of a new public awareness campaign, "Love Letters from Kansas," to promote healthy marriage and relationship stability across the state.
The Kansas West Conference of the United Methodist Church has appointed the Rev. Lennie Maxwell to the First United Methodist Church in Great Bend.
Foundry Methodist Church, 5401 Broadway Ave., Great Bend, is offering "Mega Sports Camp: Beyond the Gold" as a fun Vacation Bible School where kids in grades 1-6 can learn more about sports and God's love.
Everything is possible through God is the central theme for "Sky" Vacation Bible School at First Christian Church, 5230 Broadway Ave.
WICHITA - Sixteen high school students from the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City attended the fourth annual Summer Service Camp hosted by Newman University in June. The week-long camp is held to give students from schools in the Dodge City Diocese an opportunity to serve others while growing in faith and experiencing fellowship.
Four area churches are sponsoring a vacation Bible school series that will let kids explore and experience God's underwater universe, and perhaps take their faith to a new level. "Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep with God," is a new VBS package published by Cokesbury. Children 4-12 years old are invited to dive into the fun from 9:30 a.m. to noon daily, July 16-20, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st St., Great Bend.
WICHITA - The Jehovah's Witnesses' district convention will be held July 6-8 at the Century II Convention Center, 225 West Douglas Ave., Wichita. An estimated 8,000 people will attend this event and/or the Spanish convention to be held Aug. 17-19 for Bible-based programs, sponsors said.
"Gay Christian, Yes!" support group will hold monthly meetings in Great Bend, starting Wednesday, July 11. Call 617-0386 for details. All calls are confidential.
MANHATTAN - I am becoming more and more alarmed at the silence of churches concerning prevailing sin issues in America. Yes, there are a few who speak out, but they are very few.
St. Ignatius Fiesta is Saturday
A New Testament study, facilitated by Pastor Julie Shields, will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st St. This study offers a look at the New Testament writings, the authors, a look at what the circumstances of the times and for what audience were they written. The ultimate goal is to understand and appreciate these books and how they apply to our lives today.
Throughout the month of September, Great Bend's Presbyterian Women will take orders for the finest pecans from Georgia, for delivery by the first of November, said Carol Woodmansee at First Presbyterian Church in Great Bend. Orders can be placed through any Presbyterian Woman or by calling the church office, 620-792-2594.
Trinity Lutheran Church will hold its annual Rally Sunday on Sept. 7, designating the beginning of the new Sunday School season. During all services that day, members will bless the Sunday School staff and those who will be attending Sunday School, from age 3 to age 100.
The musical ministry of CTI 14:22 will perform on the east lawn of Trinity Lutheran Church, 2701 24th St. in Great Bend, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7.
Fall sessions of SpiritLife spiritual formation classes will begin Saturday, Aug. 23, at Heartland Center for Spirituality, 3600 Broadway Ave., Great Bend. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the last class will conclude at 3 p.m. For more information visit the website www.heartlandspirituality.org or contact Ann at 620-792-1232, by email: email@example.com.
LARNED - Dr. Scott Dooley and his wife Gail will speak about their experiences as health-care missionaries in Papua New Guinea at Glory Be in downtown Larned at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug, 31.
KANOPOLIS - St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 127 North Missouri St., Kanopolis, will hold its annual fundraiser for the St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish on Saturday, Aug. 30. The fiesta will start when the Mexican food stand opens at 11 a.m. It remain be open until the food is sold out.
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