This year marks the 11th annual "Journey to Bethlehem" on Dec. 11 and 12, to be hosted by the Jetmore and Hanston United Methodist Churches with help from other area churches. The "Journey" takes visitors through first century Bethlehem to experience the original Christmas. "Travelers" meet the Wiseman, census taker, tax collector, inn keepers, elders, shepherds, and angels as they pass through the gates of Bethlehem. They will come upon a market place full of sights and sounds complete with live animals, and culminate the journey with an encounter with Mary, Joseph and the Christ child.
There have been statements made by some fiscal conservatives, most notably the governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour that we should not focus on life issues in this election and risk losing the election.
First Presbyterian Church, located at 24th and Washington in Great Bend, will celebrate Halloween with a great program.
The Associations of Churches Annual Chicken and Noodle Supper will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday at the First Assembly of God Church,601 Patton Road in Great Bend. A free will donation will be accepted. Proceeds will go to the Barton County Association of Churches Emergency Aid Fund.
The women of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Holyrood will hold their annual Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 in the Fellowship Hall, 301 East Nassau. Chili, chiclcen "Halo" noodle soup, sandwiches, pie and coffee will be served.
Holy Name Parish of Bushton will host its annual Fall Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 24, serving a roast beef dinner in the parish hall, located three and one-half miles southwest of Bushton. Other activities will include a raffle, featuring a queen-size quilt as grand prize, bingo, cake wheel and children's games. Cost the meal, including a salad bar and pie, is $8 for adults, $4 for children six – 12, and free for those 5 and under.
All men of the area are invited to participate in the Men of Integrity Men's Breakfast, which is planned for Sept. 23 at Prodigal Ministries of Great Bend, 242 North U.S. 281.
Pastor Michael T. Joiner has reported that he is excited to announce a new church start here in Great Bend.
The women of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Holyrood will hold their annual bazaar from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 in the Fellowship Hall, 301 East Nassau.
This month of October marks the 85th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision on Pierce v. Society of Sisters.
The Holy Rosary will be held at noon on Oct. 16 at the Convent Fatima Shrine, 3600 Broadway. For more information contact Harold Schmidt at 792-4095. This is one of 5,000 international events to be held on this date.
Great Bend Aglow Lighthouse will meet Saturday at Perkins Restaurant.
The sixth annual Exalt The Name of Jesus Area Wide Event will be held Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. in the Crest Theater in downtown Great Bend.
Here is an interesting question that I would like for you to ponder with me for a little while today. Is beauty over rated? From my perspective, the answer to this question is both yes and no, depending on what kind of beauty we are talking about, and also the source of that beauty.
First Christian Church, 5230 Broadway Ave., will again sponsor the Pumpkin Patch, offering for sale over 2,000 pumpkins in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. Families can come to have family photos taken, and to purchase Indian corn, gourds, small pumpkins for baking Thanksgiving pumpkin pies, said Kelli Frazier at the church.
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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