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If it's spring, it's Blintze Brunch time

April 19, 2013

It wouldn’t be springtime in Topeka without grass turning green, leaves appearing on trees, thunderstorms rumbling into the evening, cottonwood seeds drifting lazily through the air and — of course — the Blintze Brunch at Temple Beth Sholom.

If you are looking for a place to see and be seen, a place to eat homemade Jewish delicacies that are available to the public only at this time of year in Topeka, then the Blintze Brunch is for you.

The 48th annual affair will get under way at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 21, and last until 1:30 p.m. at the temple, 4200 S.W. Munson.

A wide array of Jewish foods will be available: blintzes, rolled cabbage, matza ball soup, knishes, bagels and kugel.

Beyond the sumptuous foods, attendees will be treated to performances of Israeli dancing and Jewish music. Informative displays, a bake sale and gift shop with Judaica items also will be available.

Temple members will be on hand to explain Jewish culture, faith and symbols.

Jack Wisman, a longtime temple member and one of the event’s ringleaders, looks forward to the Blintze Brunch every spring. The dates vary so as not to conflict with the Passover or Easter holidays, ensuring the maximum number of people can attend.

Asked how many people turn out on a yearly basis, Jack shook his head, raised his eyebrows and offered, “A thousand?” He said he asks the parking lot attendants to get a number each year, but that number never seems to reach him.

In the long run, I suppose, it doesn’t really matter. The temple’s social hall is full to the brim from the time the brunch starts until the time it ends, with everyone having a good time.

Wisman is fond of saying the Blintze Brunch is the temple’s main fundraiser each year, but he is equally quick to point out that it is more than that.

“This is our chance to open up our doors to the community,” he said. “We only have 300 or 400 Jews in Topeka, so we’re very grateful for the non-Jews who come each year and make this a success.”

Credit also has to go to the dozens of volunteers from the temple who make the event go smoothly.

Then there are those who have labored over the past few weeks to start the food preparation process.

Wisman said those who want to ensure they get their favorite food items need to arrive well before noon, as some of the delicacies do sell out.

In the kitchen on a recent Sunday morning were Patty Pressman, Bob Harms and Alan Wisman, Jack’s brother.

The temple members who volunteer say they enjoy getting to be with each other in an informal setting, and they aren’t bashful about throwing around some zingers.

Pressman, a former Topeka High School principal, prepared blintze fillings on one side of the kitchen. Alan Wisman, meanwhile, was manning 10 different skillets with blintze crepes on a stove top on the other side of the kitchen.

“I got demoted,” Pressman said with a smile, nodding to Alan. “He’s really good at it. He can do two, four, six, eight, 10 at a time. I can only do three at a time. But I’m still part of the team.”

Harms also was assisting with the blintze fillings, keeping alive a tradition he started about 12 years ago.

“It’s one of the projects I’m glad to be a part of,” Harms said of the Blintze Brunch. “You get to catch up on a lot of gossip, you know.”

Not to mention providing Topekans with a chance to get a taste of Jewish traditions and culture.

Blintze Brunch tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door for the all-you-can-eat array of foods. Advance tickets can be purchased at Einstein’s Outdoor Outfitters, 1820 S.W. 10th.

Movie focuses on addiction recovery

April 13, 2013

Through the years, we’ve heard many tales of athletes who squandered their immense talents and riches on drugs and alcohol.

Some struggle to overcome their addictions, but never get over their self-destructive ways. Their careers — and their broken lives — sometimes come to a tragic end.

Other notable athletes find God, exorcise their personal demons and work their way out of their addictions to become success stories for the world to see.

While not about any particular athlete, a new film titled “Home Run” addresses the topic of alcoholism through the story of a baseball player who is addicted to booze.

“Home Run,” described as a faith-based movie, starts a three-day run from Friday, April 19, through Sunday, April 21, at the Hollywood 14 Theaters, 6200 S.W. 6th.

The lead character in the movie finds hope through the real-life, Bible-based group Celebrate Recovery, designed to help people with a wide-range of hangups and addictions such as alcohol, drugs, pornography, overeating and anger.

Celebrate Recovery originated in 1991 at the Saddleback Church in southern California.

The group came to Topeka in 2005 and has been going strong ever since at First Southern Baptist Church, 1912 S.W. Gage.

The Rev. John Zobel, a chaplain at the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center and retired Southern Baptist pastor, is leader of the Topeka group, which averages about 40 people for its meetings at 6 p.m. each Friday.

Zobel said he was excited about the way Celebrate Recovery was prominently included in “Home Run,” and that several of the actors in the movie reported dramatic turnarounds in their lives because of the group.

Zobel said the movie was ready to roll last fall, but directors opted to hold it until spring, when people’s minds move to baseball.

“The movie speaks to the nonbeliever, as well as the believer,” Zobel said. “It’s a message of hope, to put it simply.”

Zobel said Celebrate Recovery is similar to Alcoholics Anonymous but is Christ-centered and emphasizes personal responsibility for people to take ownership of their problems as they work 12 steps of recovery.

After First Southern Baptist started Celebrate Recovery in Topeka, several other local churches launched the program. But each of the other local groups has faded away, Zobel said, leaving First Southern as the only church in Shawnee County offering the program, which is active in about 40 countries and 24 language groups worldwide.

Zobel said he’d like to see Celebrate Recovery be offered one night a week at a different church in Shawnee County.

In the meantime, the local group is continuing to expand in counties near Topeka, with group offerings at First Baptist Church in Lyndon, University Christian Church in Manhattan and Life Church in Emporia.

For more information on Celebrate Recovery, call Zobel at First Southern Baptist Church at (785) 272-0443.

Taking some time to catch up

April 6, 2013

After being out of the saddle for the past couple of months, I must admit I’m feeling a bit rusty as I get back in the groove of writing a weekly column for these pages.

Yes, I have a fair amount of catching up to do.

First, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the seven local clergy who wrote guest columns during the Lenten, Passover and Easter seasons.

My thanks once again go out to the Rev. Bradley Walker, the Rev. Neil Buono, the Rev. Gordon Glenn, the Rev. January Kiefer, the Rev. Jerry Volz, Rabbi Debbie Stiel and the Rev. Jim Congdon.

I hope you got to read each of the columns — and if you did, I know you enjoyed them just as much as I did.

And, no, that wasn’t because I got to take a few weeks off from writing my column, just in case you were wondering.

It takes a special person to lead any group, in particular a congregation.

As I have gotten to know many of our local clergy through the years, I am amazed at the skill and confidence with which they navigate in potentially turbulent waters.

What I find is our clergy people are dedicated, committed and strong in their faith and convictions.

No, they don’t agree on everything, which is why we have different congregations in the first place. But I think the overwhelming majority bring a certain amount of respect to the table that is especially refreshing in this period of confrontation and polarization.

So, again, my hat’s off to those who lent their writing skills.

By the way, the first member of the clergy to submit a column was Rev. Glenn, of St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church.

“I wanted to get it in early, because my wife is expecting a baby right around Easter,” he told me.

Sure enough, the Glenns welcomed another daughter into the world when mother Rachel gave birth to little Virginia on March 29 — Good Friday. Now the Glenns’ other daughter, Denver, has a baby sister.

Congratulations to one and all.

While I was away, we have seen the departure of one pope — Benedict the XVI — and arrival of another — Francis.

Some of us also have witnessed one of the biggest hits of this year’s television season — “The Bible” — a five-part miniseries that ran Sunday nights in March on the History channel.

Passover has come and gone. And so has Easter.

And now another spring is upon us, with summer staring at us from the distance.

If nothing else, I’ve been reminded the past few weeks to enjoy each day to the fullest and to be aware of the blessings God gives me every moment of the day.

It’s good to be back.

Notes: Church to offer Art & Spirit Cafe

March 29, 2013

University United Methodist Church, 1621 S.W. College, will continue its Art and Spirit Cafe series from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 5. The event will have the theme “Earth’s Beauty: Recycle, Reuse.”

The event, which will be part of Topeka’s First Friday ArtWalk, will include works by photographer Charles Benton, fair trade products for sale, make-it and take-it art for children and treats in the cafe.

In other religion news:

■ Bethel Baptist Church, 4011 N. Kansas Ave, will present the cantata “Amazing Grace” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 24. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call (785) 286-0467.

■ Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan, will have an Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by breakfast in the church’s Dawson Hall. A freewill offering will be received to benefit the Missions and Social Justice Ministry team.

■ Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4746 S.W. 21st, will have a “Sonrise” service at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, March 31, followed by Easter brunch at 9:30 a.m.

■ Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1275 S.W. Boswell, will sponsor an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at Boswell Park, just south of the church. The event is open to toddlers through fifth grade.

■ First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ, 1880 S.W. Gage, will have an Easter egg hunt at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30.

■ Lane Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 1200 S.W. Lane, will have a springtime fish fry from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday April 5. An $8.50 donation is requested for each meal. Call (785) 232-0015 for information.

■ Sunny Budge will speak on the atonement of Jesus Christ, and Tony Somma will speak on forgiveness at the Easter sacrament service of the Kaw Valley Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 31, at the Topeka Stake Center, 2401 S.W. Kingsrow.

■ A musical Easter program will be presented by members of the Lake Shawnee Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 31, in the LDS meetinghouse, 3611 S.W. Jewell.

■ Hannah Landry, Kristin Hirschi and Lamar Johnson will speak at the Easter sacrament service at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 31, at the Colly Creek Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the LDS meetinghouse at 3611 S.W. Jewell.

■ Shane Myers and Carol Christensen will speak at the Easter program for the Sherwood Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 31, at the LDS Topeka Stake Center, 2401 S.W. Kingsrow Road.

■ Faith Temple Church, 1162 S.W. Lincoln, will have a free business workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30. The workshop will provide information on job preparation, with special focus on the application and interview process.

■ The youth of Faith Lutheran Church will have a “Roaring 20s” dinner, concert and silent auction fundraiser featuring a catered meal followed by a concert with Boston-based, Topeka-native soprano Kristen Watson at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the church, 1716 S.W. Gage. Watson has been hailed by critics for her “blithe and silvery” tone and “winning stage presence.” She will perform show tunes and jazz selections. Tickets are $25 a person for the dinner plus the concert or $15 for adults and $10 for students 18 and younger for the concert only. Call (785) call (785) 272-4214 for tickets or more information.

■ Brandon Heath, Mandisa and Laura Story will be in concert in the “3 in 1 Tour” at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at First Baptist Church of Raytown, 10600 E. 350 highway in Raytown, Mo. Tickets are $28 gold circle and $23 general admission. Call (855) 223-1008 or visit www.museconcerts.com for more information.

Notes: Young musicians to perform

March 22, 2013

Young musical talent will be on display this weekend at a local church.

The Topeka City Mission Union’s 2012 scholarship recipients from Shiloh Baptist Church and Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church will make their keyboard presentations at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1018 S.E. 8th.

The program theme will be “Nurturing Our Youth by Giving Praises to God Through Musical Instruments.”

In other religion news:

■ The Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, 2420 S.E. Bellview, will have a Good Friday service at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 29. Palm Sunday and Resurrection Day services will be at 11:30 a.m. March 24 and 31 respectively.

■ Faith Temple Church, 1162 S.W. Lincoln, will have a black history program at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 27.

■ The laymen of the Topeka City Mission Union will sponsor a program on Camp Ascension at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1018 S.E. 8th. The Rev. Kenneth Anderson, pastor of Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, will bring the message. The Rev. Joe Stokes, of East Eighth Street Baptist Church, also will speak.

■ The Usher Board of True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, 307 S.E. Tefft, will have its annual day at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24. The Rev. Sandy Ray Fields will be the guest speaker. True Vine’s choir will sing.

■ West Side Christian, 432 S.W. Lindenwood, invites the public to come to its sanctuary for a self-guided Holy Week meditation walk from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, through Good Friday, March 29.

■ The youth of Faith Lutheran Church will have a “Roaring ’20s” dinner, concert and silent auction fundraiser featuring a catered meal followed by a concert with Boston-based, Topeka-native soprano Kristen Watson at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the church, 1716 S.W. Gage. Watson has been hailed by critics for her “blithe and silvery” tone and “winning stage presence.” She will perform showtunes and jazz selections. Tickets are $25 a person for the dinner plus the concert or $15 for adults and $10 for students 18 and younger for the concert only. Call (785) 272-4214 for tickets or more information.

■ Victory City Church, 2622 S.E. 6th, will present “The Road to Calvary” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 29, Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31.

■ Fairlawn Church of the Nazarene will present its annual Easter drama “The Topeka Passion Play” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23; Wednesday, March 27; Thursday, March 28; Friday, March 29; and Saturday, March 30. Doors for the performance will open at 6 p.m. Admission is free, and an offering will be received.

■ Faith Temple Church, 1162 S.W. Lincoln, will have its annual prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 23. A $10 donation is requested.

■ The annual Seabrook Area Churches Ecumenical Blessing of the Palms will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday at First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ, 1880 S.W. Gage.

■ First Christian Church, 1880 S.W. Gage, will have a Maundy Thursday service at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28.

■ First Christian Church, 1880 S.W. Gage, will have a Good Friday service at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 29.

■ First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison, will have a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28.

■ First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison, will have a Good Friday service at noon Friday, March 29.

■ Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, will have a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28.

■ Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, will have a Good Friday service at 12:10 and 7 p.m. Friday, March 29.

■ West Side Christian Church, 432 S.W. Lindenwood, will have a self-guided Holy Week meditation wall from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, through Friday, March 29.

■ Brandon Heath headlines the 3 in 1 tour at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at First Baptist Church, 10600 E. 350 highway in Raytown, Mo. Joining Heath are Mandisa and Grammy Award-winner Laura Story. Tickets are $23 general admission and $28 gold circle. Call (855) 223-1008 or visit www.museconcerts.com for tickets or more details.

■ The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will sponsor its second interfaith conference with the theme “The Teachings of My Religious Founder” from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, 11902 Lowell Ave. in Overland Park. Leaders from Hindu, Jewish, Christian and Islamic places of worship will speak about the teachings of their religious founders. A complimentary dinner will be served.

■Victory City Church, 2622 S.E. 6th, will present “The Road to Calvary” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 29, Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31.

■ Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4746 S.W. 21st, will have an Easter egg hunt and dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24.

■ Shawnee Heights United Methodist Church, 6020 S.E. 44th, will have a Maundy Thursday service and Passover Seder meal on Thursday, March 28. The Seder meal will begin at 5:30 p.m., and service following at 7:30 p.m. Paid reservations at $5 each are required for the Seder meal by calling (785) 379-5492.

■ True Holiness Family Church, 1244 S.E. Republican will have a fundraiser dinner including barbecue ribs, chicken and fried catfish from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23. The cost is $10 for fried catfish, $8 for ribs and $6 for dark-meat chicken and $7 for white-meat chicken. Call (785) 233-9545 for more information.

■ First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins, will have an all-church garage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23.

■ University United Methodist Church, 1621 S.W. College, will have its annual spring thrift sale from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.

■ Sharon Highberger will present a workshop titled “Finding the Sacred in Depression” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Mother Teresa Catholic Church, 2014 N.W. 46th. A $50 donation is requested. Call (785) 633-7764 for more information.

■ Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan, will have a Lenten breakfast at 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 26. The speaker will be the Rev. Andrew Gardner, of Grace United Methodist Church.

■ The 52nd annual Kansas Prayer Breakfast will take place at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 420 S.E. 6th. Tickets are $18 each or $180 for a table of 10. For reservations or tickets, visit www.kansasprayerbreakfast.net.

Notes: Second annual Irish Fest

March 16, 2013

Irish eyes will be smiling this weekend as St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in downtown Topeka.

Mater Dei-Assumption Catholic Church, 204 S.W. 8th, will be at the center of the festivities.

Following a St. Patrick’s Mass and Irish music sing-along at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16, the church will hold its second annual Irish Fest from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the east side of the church grounds.

Organizers say the church grounds make an excellent place to view the annual St. Patrick’s parade, which will pass by the Irish Fest along the 700 block of S.W. Jackson.

Visit www.materdeiirishfest.com for more information.

In other religion news:

■ Seaman Congregational Church, 2036 N.W. Taylor, has started a contemporary service from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturdays. The service is held in the church’s fellowship hall and is designed for people who may have other commitments that keep them from coming to church on Sunday mornings.

■ Tatiana, a singer from Croatia, will present a Lenten concert titled “I Thirst” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Mother Teresa Catholic Church, 2014 N.W. 46th. She also will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School, 409 Elk St. in Seneca. There is no charge for the concerts. A freewill offering will be received.

■ Downtown Topeka churches are inviting artists to take part in an exhibit with the theme “Signs of Hope in Topeka,” with works displayed May 31 to June 2 during the second annual Festival of the Arts. Organizers say all forms of art are welcome. There is no charge to submit works for the exhibit, which is sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, Grace Episcopal Cathedral and St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church. Registration is available by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/s/H8SVXPG. The deadline is Saturday, March 16.

■ Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 S.E. Lime, will have a special service at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, celebrating the mission department’s anniversary. The guest speaker will be the Rev. David Helm.

■ Grace United Methodist Church, 2627 S.W. Western, will have a pancake feed from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 16. The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children 10 and younger.

■ Seabrook Area Churches will continue their annual Lenten prayer breakfasts at 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3601 S.W. 17th.

■ The monthly Eckankar worship service will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 17, at the Clubhouse Inn and Suites, 924 S.W. Henderson. The topic will be “Just for Love.” For more information, visit www.eckankar-ks.org.

■ A celebration for Sue Lacey’s new book “All Sickness is Not Unto Death ... The Mary Sue Lacey Story” will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the McCrite Plaza Retirement Center, 1608 S.W. 37th. For more information, call (785) 230-4659.

■ True Holiness Family Church, 1244 S.E. Republican will have a fundraiser dinner including barbecue ribs, chicken and fried catfish from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23. The cost is $10 for fried catfish, $8 for ribs and $6 for dark-meat chicken and $7 for white-meat chicken. Call (785) 233-9545 for more information or delivery to senior citizens or those ordering five or more dinners.

■ University United Methodist Church, 1621 S.W. College, will have its annual spring thrift sale from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 22, and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.

■ Paintings by Susan Poitevin will be featured during March at the Cloister Gallery at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Sundays.

■ Sharon Highberger will present a workshop titled “Finding the Sacred in Depression” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Mother Teresa Catholic Church, 2014 N.W. 46th. A $50 donation is requested. Call (785) 633-7764 for more information.

■ Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan, will have a Lenten breakfast at 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 19. The speaker will be the Rev. Lynn Lamberty, of the Highland Park church.

■ Calvary Lutheran Church, 4211 N.W. Topeka Blvd., will have Lenten services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20, with a dinner served at 6 p.m.

■ First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison, will have Lenten services from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20. The services will include a soup supper, interactive study and worship ritual for healing and wholeness.

■ Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church will have fish frys from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 22. The cost is $8 for those 11 and older, $5 for those 4 to 10 and free for children 3 and younger.

■ Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3625 S.W. Wanamaker, will have a midweek Lenten service at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20. A light supper will precede the evening service at 5:30 p.m.

■ Christ the King Catholic Church, 5973 S.W. 25th, will have Lenten dinners from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fridays through March 22. Suggested donations are $7 for adults and $25 for families.

■ The 52nd annual Kansas Prayer Breakfast will take place at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 420 S.E. 6th. The speaker will be David Barton, of WallBuilders. Tickets are $18 each or $180 for a table of 10. For reservations or tickets, visit www.kansasprayerbreakfast.net.

■ Fairlawn Church of the Nazarene will present its annual Easter drama “The Topeka Passion Play” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21; Friday, March 22; Saturday, March 23; Wednesday, March 27; Thursday, March 28; Friday, March 29; and Saturday, March 30. Doors for the performance will open at 6 p.m. Admission is free, and an offering will be received.

■ Zen Master Bon Haeng will speak on zen practice at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka, 4775 S.W. 21st. Haeng is the guiding teacher for the Cambridge Zen Center. There is no fee for the talk and freewill donations will be accepted.

■ Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 531 S.E. 33rd Terrace, will celebrate its 85th anniversary with special services at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at the church. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Jimmie L. Banks, pastor of Stranger’s Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kan.

■ Mother Teresa Catholic Church, 2014 N.W. 46th, will have a fish fry fundraiser starting at 4 p.m. Friday, March 22. Proceeds will benefit Morgan Kottman, a student in the Seaman school district and a parishioner of the Mother Teresa parish, who has a brain tumor and will need extensive treatment. There will also be a raffle and silent auction.

■ The Kansas Koyotes indoor professional football team is sponsoring Faith and Family Night at its 5:30 p.m. game on Saturday, March 16, at the Kansas Expocentre, near S.W. 19th and Topeka Boulevard.

Topeka Rescue Mission executive director Barry Feaker will speak after the game, with music by local artist Mitch Langley.

Tickets for youth groups are $15 each, with 20 percent donated back to the group. For more information, call (785) 228-0729 or (785) 969-2200.

■ Faith Temple Church, 1162 S.W. Lincoln, will have its annual prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 23. A $10 donation is requested.

Notes: Lenten drama to be staged

March 8, 2013

A Lenten musical-drama performed by an international singing star will be presented twice in Topeka during the next week.

Tatiana, a singer from Croatia who last performed in Topeka in December 2011, will present a concert titled “I Thirst” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 2700 S.E. Virginia.

Tatiana also will be in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Mother Teresa Catholic Church, 2014 N.W. 46th.

Her final performance in this area will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School, 409 Elk St. in Seneca.

There is no charge for the concerts. A freewill offering will be received, and Tatiana’s musical recordings and DVDs also will be available for purchase.

For information and to view a trailer of Tatiana’s “I Thirst” performance, visit www.idobelieve.com.

In other religion news:

■ Mater Dei Assumption Catholic Church, 204 S.W. 8th, will hold its first Irish Fest Fun Run-Walk and Leprechaun Leap at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at the church, 204 S.W. 8th. The $25 entry fee includes a T-shirt and pancake feed.

The Leprechaun Leap, which starts after the Fun Run, is a short dash for kids 10 and younger. The entry fee is one can of food.

The church will hold its second annual Irish Fest from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 16, on the east side of the church grounds, following the annual St. Patrick’s Mass and sing-along at 10:30 a.m.

To register for the Fun Run or for more information on 2013 Mater Dei Irish Fest activities, visit www.materdeiirishfest.com.

■ Musician Mitch McVicker will be performing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at Lighthouse Bible Church, 4110 N.W. 62nd, as part of his spring tour. McVicker’s ninth album, “Underneath,” was released Feb. 22, and he will be presenting songs from that album, as well as songs from previous albums. For information, call (785) 246-0138 or visit www.lightoftopeka.com.

■ Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan, will present a “Spring Forward” celebration concert featuring the Armouraires, of Wichita, at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 10. A freewill offering will be received.

■ Downtown Topeka churches are inviting artists to take part in an exhibit with the theme “Signs of Hope in Topeka,” with works displayed May 31 to June 2 during the second annual Festival of the Arts.

The exhibit will be staged at several venues in the downtown area.

Organizers say all forms of art are welcome — including visual, audio, performance and written.

There is no charge to enter or submit works for the exhibit, which is sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, Grace Episcopal Cathedral and St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Registration is available by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/s/H8SVXPG. The deadline is March 16.

■ The Kaw Valley District Laymen’s early morning service will be held at 6 a.m. Sunday, March 10, at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1100 S.E. Washington.

■ The Topeka Women’s Connection will present a program titled “Let Us Entertain You” at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 14, in the Emerald Room of the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 S.W. Topeka Blvd. Soundsations, the choir from Royal Valley High School, will perform. Amber Groeling, a registered Hy-Vee dietitian, will do a live cooking demonstration. Speaker Andrea Thompson will speak on “A Story of Brokenness to Wellness Through the Eyes of a Physical Therapist.” The cost of the event is $14. Reservations are needed by Sunday, March 10, by calling (785) 233-1387 or (785) 266-1522.

■ A ham-and-bean feed will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1821 S.W. 37th. The cost will be $7 for adults and $4 for children 10 and younger. There also will be vegetable soup, cornbread, applesauce, drink and dessert. Ten percent of proceeds will go to missions and the remainder to other church projects.

■ The Saturday Women’s Connection will have a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. Geri Rumold will be the musical guest while Andrea Thompson will be the guest speaker.

■ Hope Lutheran Church, 2636 S.E. Minnesota, will have its annual chicken-and-noodle dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 12.

■ Kansas Avenue United Methodist Church, 1029 N. Kansas Ave., will have an all-you-can eat ham-and-beans and soup supper from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 15. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children.

■ Lane Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 1200 S.W. Lane, will have a Women’s Day celebration beginning at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10. The guest speaker will be Rosetta West, associate minister at El Shaddai Church.

■ Alyssa Pope, 20, a new missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will enter the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, on Wednesday, March 13. Following her orientation there, she will serve approximately 18 months in the Oakland and San Francisco area of California.

She is the daughter of Brent and Jean Pope and a 2010 graduate of Washburn Rural High School. Prior to her mission, she attended Utah State University for two years.

Like other Mormon missionaries, she will serve without pay and at her own and her family’s expense.

■ Sharon Highberger will present a workshop titled “Finding the Sacred in Depression” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Mother Teresa Catholic Church, 2014 N.W. 46th. A $50 donation is requested. Call (785) 633-7764 for more information.

■ The Kansas Koyotes are sponsoring Faith and Family Night at its 5:30 p.m. game on Saturday, March 16, at the Kansas Expocentre, near S.W. 19th and Topeka Boulevard. Tickets for youth groups are $15 each, with 20 percent donated back to the group. Topeka Rescue Mission executive director Barry Feaker will speak after the game, with music by local artist Mitch Langley. For tickets or more information, call (785) 228-0729 or (785) 969-2200.

■ Washburn University religion professor Barry Crawford will speak on “Paul: Radical Jew Among Gentiles” at 9:30 a.m. Sundays through March 10 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins.

■ Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan, will have a Lenten breakfast at 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 12. The speaker will be the Cheryl Lindstrom.

■ Calvary Lutheran Church, 4211 N.W. Topeka Blvd., will have Lenten services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20, with a dinner served at 6 p.m.

■ First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison, will have Lenten services from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20. The services will include a soup supper, interactive study and worship ritual for healing and wholeness.

■ Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church will have fish frys from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 22. The cost is $8 for those 11 and older, $5 for those 4 to 10 and free for children 3 and younger.

■ Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3625 S.W. Wanamaker, will have a midweek Lenten service at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20. A light supper will precede the evening service at 5:30 p.m.

■ Christ the King Catholic Church, 5973 S.W. 25th, will have Lenten dinners from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fridays through March 22. Suggested donations are $7 for adults and $25 for families.

■ A program on sexual exploitation in the community will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in the Washburn University Memorial Union, near S.W. 19th and MacVicar. The event is sponsored by the Catholic Campus Center at Washburn University.

■ The Concordia College Choir, from Moorhead, Minn., will be in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th. The concert is part of the cathedral’s Great Spaces Music and Arts Series. Tickets are $20 and are available at the cathedral office or by visiting www.GreatSpaces.org.

■ Seabrook Area Churches will continue their annual Lenten prayer breakfasts at 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 13 at First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ, 1880 S.W. Gage.

Other programs will take place at 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, at First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ, 1880 S.W. Gage, and 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3601 S.W. 17th.

■ The 52nd annual Kansas Prayer Breakfast will take place at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 420 S.E. 6th. The speaker will be David Barton, of WallBuilders. Tickets are $18 each or $180 for a table of 10. For reservations or tickets, visit www.kansasprayerbreakfast.net.

■ The eighth annual Sweeten Your Marriage annual workshop will take place March 22 and 23 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 S.W. Topeka Blvd.

The cost for the Friday and Saturday workshop is $15 per individual and $25 per couple. Saturday night’s candlelight dinner is $75 per couple, with evening attire.

No tickets will be sold at the door. Visit www.sweetenyourmarriage.com for more information or call (785) 235-0404.

■ Brandon Heath headlines the 3 in 1 tour at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at First Baptist Church, 10600 E. 350 highway in Raytown, Mo. Joining Heath are Mandisa and Grammy Award-winner Laura Story. Tickets are $23 general admission and $28 gold circle. Call (855) 223-1008 or visit www.museconcerts.com for tickets or more details.

Notes: THS student bagpipe concert

March 1, 2013

Topeka High School sophomore Jack Williamson will present a bagpipe concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins. Special guests will include Matt Kline and Iain McKee.

A $10 donation is requested to help Williamson participate this summer in the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s Young Piper Development Program in Northern Ireland.

In other religion news:

■ True Light Church Ministries, 2046 S.E. California Ave., will have its 15th anniversary celebration at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 3. The guest speaker will be the Rev. D.D. Miller, of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kan.

■ True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, 307 S.E. Tefft, will have a bake sale and Easter basket sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2. The sale is sponsored by the Deaconess Board.

■ A fundraiser for Veronica’s Voice, an organization that combats human trafficking, will take place from 5 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Buffalo Wild Wings, 1227 S.W. Wanamaker. The event is sponsored by the Catholic Campus Center at Washburn University.

■ The Ottawa University choir will be in concert at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at First Baptist Church, 3033 S.W. MacVicar. A reception will follow.

■ The Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ will sell whole catfish dinners from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2. The cost is $9, which includes fish, spaghetti, cornbread, dessert and a choice of seasoned green beans or slaw. Call (785) 266-7102 for more information or delivery.

■ Berryton United Methodist Church, 7010 S.E. Berryton Road, will have its annual chicken-and-noodle dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2. Freewill donations will be accepted for the meal. A sweet shop will feature desserts and baked goods.

■ Lane Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 1200 S.W. Lane, will have a fish fry from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 8. The menu will include two sides from a selection that includes spaghetti, green beans, cole slaw, potato salad; a dessert; and choice of bread. Deliveries are available by calling (785) 232-0015.

■ Seaman Congregational Church, 2036 N.W. Taylor, will have a biscuits and gravy breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2. The cost is $5.

■ Washburn University religion professor Barry Crawford will speak on “Paul: Radical Jew Among Gentiles” at 9:30 a.m. Sundays through March 10 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins.

■ Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan, will have a Lenten breakfast at 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 5. The speaker will be the Rev. Kathy Williams of Asbury-Mount Olive United Methodist Church.

■ Calvary Lutheran Church, 4211 N.W. Topeka Blvd., will have Lenten services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20, with a dinner served at 6 p.m.

■ First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison, will have Lenten services from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20. The services will include a soup supper, interactive study and worship ritual for healing and wholeness.

■ Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church will have fish frys from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 22. The cost is $8 for those 11 and older, $5 for those 4 to 10 and free for children 3 and younger.

■ Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3625 S.W. Wanamaker, will have a midweek Lenten service at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20. A light supper will precede the evening service at 5:30 p.m.

■ Christ the King Catholic Church, 5973 S.W. 25th, will have Lenten dinners from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fridays through March 22. Suggested donations are $7 for adults and $25 for families.

■ A program on sexual exploitation in the community will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in the Washburn University Memorial Union, near S.W. 19th and MacVicar. The event is sponsored by the Catholic Campus Center at Washburn University.

■ The Concordia College Choir, from Moorhead, Minn., will be in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th. The concert is part of the cathedral’s Great Spaces Music and Arts Series. Tickets are $20 and are available at the cathedral office or by visiting www.GreatSpaces.org.

■ Seabrook Area Churches will continue their annual Lenten Prayer Breakfasts at 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins.

Other programs will take place at 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, at First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ, 1880 S.W. Gage, and 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3601 S.W. 17th.

■ The 52nd annual Kansas Prayer Breakfast will take place at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 420 S.E. 6th. The speaker will be David Barton, of WallBuilders. Tickets are $18 each or $180 for a table of 10. For reservations or tickets, visit www.kansasprayerbreakfast.net.

■ The eighth annual Sweeten Your Marriage annual workshop will take place March 22 and 23 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 S.W. Topeka Blvd.

Featured speakers will be Pastors Bill and D’Ann Johnson, of New Covenant Christian Ministries of Covington, Ga. Additional speakers will be from the Topeka area.

Sweeten Your Marriage was launched eight years ago from the couples’ ministry LOVE — Living Our Vow Eternal. Each February, Sweeten Your Marriage is host of an annual marriage workshop in Topeka.

The cost for the Friday and Saturday workshop is $15 per individual and $25 per couple. Saturday night’s candlelight dinner is $75 per couple, with evening attire.

No tickets will be sold at the door. Visit www.sweetenyourmarriage.com for more information or call (785) 235-0404.

Notes: Soup Line a benefit for Doorstep

February 22, 2013

A soup dinner to benefit a local charity will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in the Kansas Expocentre’s Agricultural Hall, near S.W. 17th and Tyler.

The 10th annual Operation Soup Line is a benefit for Doorstep Inc., a social service agency sponsored by more than 50 interfaith congregations in Topeka. The meal will consist of chili, chicken tortilla soup, Portuguese green soup, a dessert and a drink. The cost is $9 for adults, with children 5 and younger free.

Delivery will be available for orders of 10 or more by calling (785) 357-5341 by Monday.

In other religion news:

■ A Black History Month program will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 2222 S.E. Madison. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Delmar White, of Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Lawrence.

■ The Usher Board of True Vine Missionary Baptist Church will sponsor its annual breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 23, at the church, 307 S.E. Tefft. An $8 donation is requested.

■ The Topeka City Mission Union will meet at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. The program will focus on black history, with the theme “Celebrating Our Heritage.” The speaker will be former minor league baseball player Gil Carter. Music will be provided by Shiloh’s choirs.

■ Washburn University religion professor Barry Crawford will speak at 9:30 a.m. Sundays through March 10 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins.

■ The Gaither Vocal Band will be in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, at College Church of the Nazarene, 2020 E. Sheridan in Olathe. For more information, call (800) 965-9324.

■ Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan, will have a Lenten breakfast at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27. The speaker will be Mark Brady.

■ Calvary Lutheran Church, 4211 N.W. Topeka Blvd., will have Lenten services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20, with a dinner served at 6 p.m.

■ First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison, will have Lenten services from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20. The services will include a soup supper, interactive study and worship ritual for healing and wholeness.

■ Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church will have fish frys from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 22. The cost is $8 for those 11 and older, $5 for those 4 to 10 and free for children 3 and younger.

■ Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3625 S.W. Wanamaker, will have a midweek Lenten service at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20. A light supper will precede the evening service at 5:30 p.m.

■ Christ the King Catholic Church, 5973 S.W. 25th, will have Lenten dinners from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fridays through March 22. Suggested donations are $7 for adults and $25 for families.

■ A program on sexual exploitation in the community will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in the Washburn University Memorial Union, near S.W. 19th and MacVicar. The event is sponsored by the Catholic Campus Center at Washburn University.

■ The Concordia College Choir, from Moorhead, Minn., will be in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th. The concert is part of the cathedral’s Great Spaces Music and Arts Series. Tickets are $20 and are available at the cathedral office or by visiting www.GreatSpaces.org.

■ The 52nd annual Kansas Prayer Breakfast will take place at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 420 S.E. 6th. The speaker will be David Barton, of WallBuilders. Tickets are $18 each or $180 for a table of 10. For reservations or tickets, visit www.kansasprayerbreakfast.net.

Notes: Marriage event set for Feb. 22-23

February 16, 2013

Husbands and wives wanting to strengthen their marriage may want to check out a special two-day event set for next weekend in Topeka.

The Sweeten Your Marriage annual workshop will take place Feb. 22 and 23 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 S.W. Topeka Blvd.

Featured speakers will be Pastors Bill and D’Ann Johnson, of New Covenant Christian Ministries of Covington, Ga. Additional speakers will be from the Topeka area.

Sweeten Your Marriage was launched eight years ago from the couples’ ministry LOVE — Living Our Vow Eternal. Each February, Sweeten Your Marriage is host of an annual marriage workshop in Topeka.

The cost for the Friday and Saturday workshop is $15 per individual and $25 per couple. Saturday night’s candlelight dinner is $75 per couple, with evening attire.

No tickets will be sold at the door. Visit www.sweetenyourmarriage.com for more information or call (785) 235-0404.

In other religion news:

■ True Vine Missionary Baptist, 307 S.E. Tefft, will have a semiformal, father-and-daughter Valentine dinner at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16. The donation is $15 a couple and $10 single. For information, call Janet Elrod at (785) 580-2328.

■ The Cash Mob group, sponsored by Central Congregational United Church of Christ, will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Natural Food Co-op, 503 S.W. Washburn. The group meets monthly to shop and dine at locally owned businesses.

■ Faith Temple Church, 1162 S.W. Lincoln, will sponsor its annual New Life Fellowship Spring Revival at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 20 through Friday Feb, 22. The featured speaker on Friday night will be Bishop James H. Everett Jr., of Deliverance Jesus is Coming Church in Irvington, N.J.

■ Tecumseh United Methodist Church, 334 S.E. Tecumseh Road, will have a ham-and-bean or vegetable soup dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Proceeds from a freewill offering will benefit the Imagine No Malaria program.

■ The Benevolence Committee of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 601 S.E. Lime, will sponsor a clothing giveaway from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 16, at the church.

■ Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan, will have Lenten breakfasts on the theme “The Journey of Jesus” beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, with guest speaker police chaplain Nate Burns, of Countryside Christian Church.

■ Calvary Lutheran Church, 4211 N.W. Topeka Blvd., will have Lenten services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20, with a dinner served at 6 p.m.

■ First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison, will have Lenten services from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20. The services will include a soup supper, interactive study and worship ritual for healing and wholeness.

■ Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church will have fish frys from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 22. The cost is $8 for those 11 and older, $5 for those 4 to 10 and free for children 3 and younger.

■ Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3625 S.W. Wanamaker, will have a midweek Lenten service at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20. A light supper will precede the evening service at 5:30 p.m.

■ The Concordia College Choir, from Moorhead, Minn., will be in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th. The concert is part of the cathedral’s Great Spaces Music and Arts Series. Tickets are $20 and are available at the cathedral office or by visiting www.GreatSpaces.org.

■ The 52nd annual Kansas Prayer Breakfast will take place at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 420 S.E. 6th. The speaker will be David Barton, of WallBuilders. Tickets are $18 each or $180 for a table of 10. For reservations or tickets, visit www.kansasprayerbreakfast.net.