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Church plans blessing of the backpacks, sermon series
Ronald E. “Ron” Schepmann

First Christian Church, 5230 Broadway Ave., will hold a “blessing of the backpacks” at all three services this Sunday, Aug. 18. Students and teachers are welcome to bring their backpacks as the church sets aside time to pray for the new school year.

There is an early service at 8:15 a.m., traditional service at 10:20 and modern service at The Refuge at 11. Child care and Sunday school classes are also available.

A Back-to-School Bash will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at the church. There will be free food, inflatables and music. There a dunk tank, with a fee charged for that activity. Money raised will go toward the youth mission trip in 2020.

Asking hard questions

This Sunday, Aug. 18, the Rev. Josh Leu, senior pastor at First Christian Church, will start a new sermon series titled, “WHY?”

“Have you ever found yourself asking WHY? Why is there evil in the world? Why do bad things happen to good people? Will things ever get better? Then you need to hear this sermon series. Join us each Sunday for worship, an inspiring word, and fellowship for the whole family,” the church Facebook page reports.

Audio podcasts of sermons can be heard online at These include the latest episode, “For Such a Time as This,” by Rep. Roger Marshall, M.D.