COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Millions of Americans will join in observance of the 61st annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3, organizers said. Events will be held in thousands of public venues where intercession will be made for America and its leadership.
Spring planting is in progress for the garden in the yard of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st St., Great Bend. This is the third year for the garden located on the north side of the church.
ELLINWOOD - As many boys step to the batter's box this summer on well-groomed ball fields, brothers Seth and Micah Winget will step into the mission field prepared to serve their God. Seth, 10, will travel to Africa, and Micah, 12, will be headed to Australia, just as their parents, Jason and Harmony Winget, did separately in 1993.
ODIN - St. Ann's Altar Society will hold a fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in the Odin Gym Parish Hall. Breakfast and lunch will be available along with a bake sale, community garage sale and raffle, all under one roof.
Presbyterian Women in Great Bend will offer a Fair Trade Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the church, located at 24th and Washington. Access to the sale will be through the northeast entrance.
A three-day healing conference at Faith Community Church, 293 West Barton County Road, kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday at the church, located one mile west of 10th and Patton Road in Great Bend. The Great Bend Healing Campaign is a citywide event that starts with praise and prayer.
LARNED - An interactive comedy about the Catholic culture of fundraising and bingo will have audience members laughing and checking their cards, according to the creator of "Bible Bingo: An Act of Charity ... in Two Acts."
First Southern Baptist Church of Great Bend is hosting a weekend celebration for Pastor Doyle Smith and his wife Carol. The public is invited to a reception honoring them at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21 in the church annex at 3301 19th St. A short program will follow at 8 p.m.
The name and location may have changed, but the mission of Great Bend's Central Baptist Church has remained the same for 125 years. This Saturday and Sunday, a month-long celebration of the church's quasquicentennial will culminate at the church, which has been located at Lakin and Harrison streets since 1964.
"To be the Church that God is calling us to be, we felt like we needed to create a space that would really connect with our kiddos," explained Rev. Josh Lue, senior minister at First Christian Church in Great Bend. " Our kids are now so excited about Sunday school they are dragging their parents, and not the other way around."
Sunday, May 31, First Congregational United Church of Christ rejoices with the installation of Julie Shields as their new pastor. For several years, Shields has ministered to members and friends with her gentle yet powerful message, that all children of God. Her installation will be part of the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Edith Guffey, United Church of Christ conference minister, will participate in the installation. All are welcome.
SEWARD - The Most Rev. John Balthasar Brungardt, bishop of the diocese of Dodge City, will officiate the Mass on Memorial Day, May 25, at St. Xavier Catholic Church in Seward. Bishop Brungardt will also install a first-class relic of Blessed Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio.