ALBERT - The Rev. Arthur Crider doesn't have a congregation, but he and his wife Mindy do have an evangelical Christian ministry in Barton County. In January they plan to launch a series of public events that will let more people know about "Critter Ministries." The first one will be at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 at the Best Western Angus Inn Courtyard at 2920 10th St. in Great Bend.
The Christmas holiday as a remembrance of the birth of Christ has rich significance, theologically and spiritually, for all.
The families of St. Mark Lutheran, 2101 Jackson, Great Bend, and St. Paul Lutheran, 402 N. Main, Galatia, invite the public to join them as they celebrate of the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Here is the schedule for holiday services:
There has been a great deal said in the news and by pundits about the shooting that took place in Newtown, Conn., on Friday, the 14th. What is sad about most of what I have read and heard is the focus on the external causes coupled with opportunists trying to use this tragedy to promote their agenda.
The number of people in need of a food box has increased over the last few years, but fortunately the number of churches and organizations distributing has increased as well, according to members of First United Methodist Church in Great Bend, who recently filled and delivered over 90 boxes.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de' Ricci officially became members the Dominican Sisters of Peace, formerly the Great Bend Dominicans, who have served in Kansas since 1902.
"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." – Matthew 25:40
CLAY CENTER - "Jobless, Inflation, Poverty, Recession," then "Sirens wail in Tel Aviv, Gaza rockets hit suburbs." This is what I read at the top of my screen when I went to an Internet news website. I thought to myself, "What is happening?" The headlines communicated the larger story of the dark and perilous times America and the world is facing. Our world needs hope!
Forgiven Quartet will be at Great Bend's Seventh-day Adventist Church at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. The church is located one mile west of Patton Road on 10th St.
Three ministries based in Barton County and one in Sabetha are working on two projects this Christmas. "Footprints of Faith" will provide shoes for families in Africa and Cambodia, when "Christmas for Families" will help people closer to home, said Dean Nuss from Pay it Forward with Christ Ministry.
My father died in his sleep early in the morning on Nov. 9. I was not present then, because he lived in Michigan. We left for Michigan the next morning. His funeral was on the following Tuesday. All six children, many of the grandchildren and even a few great grandchildren were present. At the cemetery, Dad was given an honor guard ceremony by the Kent County Honor Guard. This included a 21 gun salute and taps. I was given the flag that was on his casket.
St. Mark's Lutheran Church's Pastor Adam Wutka, right, president of Barton County Association of Churches' Emergency Aid Council, accepts a donation to Emergency Aid from Pastor Scott Solether of the First Presbyterian Church and Jan Bonine, chairwoman of the church's Local Ministry Team. The $471.29 was donated following a recent community Music for Mission Concert held at the Presbyterian Church. An additional $52.36 was given to the church's Crisis Management program.
CLAY CENTER – Early in our marriage while we eating a dinner Kathe had prepared I said, "Thanks for dinner, honey." She responded a little surprised so I followed up with, "You have taken the time to put it together and it tasted great so I think you deserve a thanks."
The Dominican Sisters of Peace will continue their "Movies with a Message" series this Friday evening with a film about the life of Hildegard von Bingen, a Benedictine nun. The movie will start at 6:15 p.m. in the auditorium in the Great Bend Motherhouse, 3600 Broadway Ave. A freewill donation is requested. Refreshments and discussion will follow the movie.
Lord, Help our legislators, both national and state, to see keenly their responsibility to be just and fair, sensible and kind in their deliberations, so we may live in peace throughout the nation and the world. Amen
LINDSBORG - Bethany College and Bethany House of Studies are presenting An Evening with the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the Burnett Center, Bethany College, Lindsborg.
HESSTON - The King's Singers will perform the Great American Songbook on the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23.
WASHINGTON – People from across the country rallied in Washington on Thursday to celebrate and protect the lives of the unborn in our nation, Rep. Tim Huelskamp said. The Kansas Republican joined pro-life supporters at the March for Life, again promising to support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R. 36.
Fifty-five students, along with priests and parishioners from the Diocese of Dodge City, traveled to Topeka on Wednesday to participate in a march and rally on the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.
The Central Kansas Dream Center Chapel will be the location for the ninth annual Hearts Aflame Women's Conference, coming Saturday, Feb. 7. The east doors to the Dream Center, 2100 Broadway Ave. in Great Bend, will open at 8 a.m. with programs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The Women of Faith Unwrap the Bible live simulcast will be shown Feb. 20 and 21 at First Southern Baptist Church, 3301 19th St. in Great Bend. The two-day event will feature speakers Christine Caine, Priscilla Shirer, Lisa Harper, Sheila Walsh and Charlotte Gambill.
Trinity Ladies Fellowship of Trinity Lutheran Church, Great Bend, will hold their January joint meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, in the church parlor. Their guest speakers will be Christy Tustin and Melanie Calcara, representatives of Prairie Godmother Funds.
"But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also." Luke 6:27-29, NLT.
"God, and Father of us all, be with us as we struggle with the uncertainty of our lives. Help us know your loving care will never be dissolved by our fears; that you will be with us always, in the trials and joys of this life, and in the life to come. Amen"
David Worth Hinton will be at Faith Community Church at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19. The church is located 1 mile west of 10th and Patton Road, Great bend.
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