First Assembly of God Church, 601 Patton Road will host the first in a series of Lenten Luncheons at noon Wednesday, March 12.
Julie Zeck will be the speaker at the next Great Bend Aglow Lighthouse, on Saturday, March 8 at Perkins Family Restaurant, 2920 10th St. Coffee and social time begin at 9 a.m., with the meeting at 9:30.
Guest speaker Melissa Harris will lead "Living on the Faith Side" services, March 8 and 9 at Faith Community Church in Great Bend. The Saturday morning women's meeting is at 10 a.m., Saturday evening service – open to all – is at 7 p.m. and Sunday morning worship is at 10:30 a.m.
March 5 is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday, April 20.
Last week, I reported about churches speaking out against House Bill 2433.
WICHITA(AP) - Pope Francis has named a priest from Illinois as the new bishop for the Roman Catholic diocese of Wichita.
MANHATTAN - We have been watching in the news as the antiquated Iranian navy sails towards American waters. The navy commander is saying this is just a training exercise for new sailors. However, their president is saying this action is being taken because the American navy is near Iran's waters. This is the first time a foreign power has openly threatened the mainland of America since the War of 1812.
Last week the Kansas House of Representatives passed HB 2453, described as an act "protecting religious freedom regarding marriage." Nationally, it was described as an "anti-gay marriage proposal." By Tuesday, the chairman of a state Senate committee assigned to review the bill pronounced it dead.
Manic Drive concert is Sunday
Prince of Peace Parish, in cooperation with the national ministries of Heart to Heart Communications, will host the three-day series God Revives Our World (G.R.O.W.), starting Sunday, Feb. 9.
CLAY CENTER - My last name has German roots and I have been told in Germany "Decker" is common as Miller or Smith in the United States. And my mother's maiden name is Broman, which has roots in Finland and Switzerland. I believe my family immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island sometime in the early 1900s. Immigration statistics began in 1820, in that year 8,385 people started a new life in America. Then in 2012, 192 years later, 1,031,631 people were granted permanent residence in the U.S.
Christian author and singer Terry Tripp will be the featured speaker at the next Great Bend Aglow Lighthouse. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Perkins Restaurant, 2920 10th St. The public is invited to come early for coffee and social time at 9 a.m.
Christian rock band Manic Drive returns to Great Bend on Sunday, Feb. 9, with two other musical acts, Consumed by Fire and Ryan Stevenson. All three acts will appear at the First Assembly of God Church, 601 Patton Road, starting at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m., said Erin Powers, local spokesman for the concert.
For three evenings in February, area Christians are invited to a conference on growing in faith in their daily lives and relationships. Prince of Peace Parish, in cooperation with the national ministries of Heart to Heart Communications, will host the series God Revives Our World (G.R.O.W.), presented by Heart to Heart founders Father Norman Douglas and Larry Vuillemin.
MANHATTAN - The other day, I listened to a broadcast by Ravi Zacharias concerning the effect of globalization on our lives. He started out by quoting secular sociologist Daniel Bell, who wrote, "Culture is an effort to provide a coherent set of answers to the existential situations that confront all human beings in the passage of their lives."
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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