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Johnson retirement reception is Sunday

The public is invited to a retirement reception for the Rev. and Mrs. William “Bill” Johnson. This come-and-go event will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Great Bend Convention Center, 3111 10th St. For those unable to attend, cards and love offerings may be sent to the First Christian Church, 5230 Broadway, Great Bend, KS 67530.

Strasen reception honors ministry

The congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church invites the community and friends of Pastor Jim and Miriam Strasen to an open house celebration of their ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church, from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, in the Fellowship Hall, 2701 24th St. Come to reminisce and reflect on the 11-plus years they have nurtured and guided the congregation and served in our community.

Trever Ball to speak at Aglow Lighthouse

Great Bend native Trever Ball will speak at the next Great Bend Aglow Lighthouse meeting, taking place Saturday, Jan. 11, at Perkins Restaurant, 2920 10th St. Coffee and social time is at 9 a.m., with the meeting starting at 9:30. Ball will talk about his work with “Adventures in Missions,” which sent him to 11 countries in 11 months.

Soup Sampler Supper is D of I fundraiser

The public is invited to a Soup Sampler Supper sponsored by the Daughters of Isabella.
Meals will be served from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at the St. Patrick Parish Center. A $6 donation is suggested for the meal, which includes drink and dessert. Children under 6 eat free. Many varieties of soup will be available at the fundraiser.

Last day to enroll for first fiber arts class

PAWNEE ROCK — Heartland Farm will offer a FiberSpace program, teaching fiber art skills. Hours are 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18. Friday, Jan. 10, is the deadline to register for this class.
Registration for a second session, from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, will continue until Feb. 14.
Cost for each session is  $75 that includes lunch and materials. Overnight accommodations are available for $25. Call 620-923-4585 for details.