Editor's note: Great Bend Tribune employee Daniel Kiewel, whose column appears regularly on these pages, is raising money for two local charities. Instead of his regular column, we are publishing his fundraising letter that explains the upcoming events.
What is the heart of Christmas? Is it the children, helping the less fortunate or being with family? Also, what is the significance of the baby Jesus in a manger that we observe in holiday plays and hear about in Christmas carols? Is it just a nice seasonal story or does it mean something?
The Women's Scripture, Soup and Social that was to be held at First Baptist Church, 1600 19th St., has been canceled.
Chaplain Crystal Steege will speak at the Great Bend Aglow Lighthouse meeting, Saturday, Dec. 13, at Perkins Family Restaurant, 2920 10th St. Coffee and social time begins at 9 a.m., with the meeting at 9:30 p.m.
The King United Methodist Church at 1608 O'dell in Great Bend, will be celebrating it's 70th Anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 30, during the morning worship service at 11 a.m., recognizing their past and looking forward to the future.
Have you noticed how Halloween is being overtaken by Christmas - displays and decorations and whatnot showing up before the end of October? With all the commercialism of the season of Christmas, and seeing everywhere you look the images of red-nosed reindeer, dancing snowmen, Grinches, and Santas, it is easy for the real reason for the season to become lost. That may be why more Christian churches and families are bringing back a celebration of Advent.
When Larry Schumacher, Great Bend, learned the chaplain position was open at Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice, he knew he was being called again.
DODGE CITY - Catholic Social Service in the Diocese of Dodge City will host a 50th Anniversary Mass and Luncheon at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3231 N. 14th Street in Dodge City on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. Bishop John B. Brungardt will be the principal celebrant.
Prince of Peace Parish's St. Patrick Church, 4100 Broadway Ave., will host Grace and Gratitude - A Thanksgiving Retreat, today and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22. The program will run from 7-9 p.m. tonight and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 22. The Saturday program of retreat and healing will include a light lunch. Participants should bring a pen and paper.
Human history has been subjected to constant bouts of infectious diseases. Sometimes these have grown to pandemic proportions leaving death tolls in the millions worldwide. The Black Death (the bubonic plague) dramatically affected European populations wiping out up to 50 million people in the mid-14th century. During the early 20th century governments battled against the influenza pandemic which took up to 50 million lives including 675,000 in the United States. Then small pox killed upwards of 300 million people across the globe throughout much of the 20th century.
Great Bend and other central Kansas communities are well on their way to preparing thousands of gift-filled shoeboxes in support of Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project of its kind.
Immanuel UCC to hold annual Bazaar
Great Bend will soon become an epicenter for thousands of gift-filled shoeboxes in support of Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project of its kind. From a drop-off site based at Grace Community Church, for example, volunteers will be working to collect 17,600 gift-filled shoeboxes packed by caring Great Bend-area residents.
DODGE CITY - For half a century, Catholic Social Service in the Diocese of Dodge City has served people in need in southwest Kansas regardless of religious, ethnic, cultural or racial background or age.
The news of the brutality of the ISIS fighting force has made global headlines. ISIS is a terrorist army that has amassed a force in the tens of thousands. Their savage march across portions of the Middle East has captured the attention of world leaders and its citizens alike. The unashamed imagery and how they glory in their barbarism is something the world has never seen. What motivates these fighters to do such shameless evil?
May the Holy Spirit enfold us,
Julie Zeck is one of the featured speakers scheduled to minister at the 2015 Hearts Aflame Women's Conference in Great Bend.
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.
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