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Notes: Group seeks inter-parish members

November 23, 2012

A newly organized Catholic women’s group will have its first big event this week.

The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women group will meet for a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the parish hall of St. Matthew Catholic Church, 2700 S.E. Virginia.

Estelle Boeger, a member of Mother Teresa Catholic Church and leader of the group, said women from various local parishes are invited to attend.

Boeger said in the past, Catholic women’s groups met only in their parishes and didn’t get to know those in other congregations.

The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women group will allow members from different parishes to get together on a regular basis, she said.

Girls from Hayden High School will be assisting with the event.

In other religion news:

■ The year-end service of the Topeka City Mission Union will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, 307 S.E. Tefft. Sandra Victor, president of the City Mission Union, will speak. Music will be furnished by choirs from Calvary Baptist and True Vine churches.

■ First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison, will have a “Blue Christmas” service at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the chapel.

■ Joe Teeter, 17, will be presenting a cello recital at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at First United Methodist Church, 600 S.W. Topeka Blvd. He will perform solos and duets with guest musicians on pieces by Bach, Cassado, Glazunov, Kodaly, Foss and Saint-Saens.

■ St. John’s Lutheran Church, 901 S.W. Fillmore, will have its annual Christmas luncheon and bazaar starting at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Booths will open at 10:30 a.m., and the luncheon will be served starting at 11 a.m. Lunch tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children younger than 12.

The bazaar will feature woodworking items, homemade crafts, baked goods and a sweet shop, and it also will include a huge cookie walk. Profits will benefit mission projects.

■ The Topeka Women’s Connection will have its Spectacular Christmas Luncheon and Style Show at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Emerald Room of the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 S.W. Topeka.

Christmas music will be provided by the Shawnee Heights High School Choraliers. Findables will provide a holiday-attire style show. The guest speaker will be Janet McClanahan, who will share about her life in Brazil. The cost is $13.50 payable at the door. Reservations are required by Sunday, Dec. 2, by calling (785) 266-1522.

■ The Saturday Women’s Connection luncheon with the theme “From Brazil with Love” will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Pioneer Room of the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 S.W. Topeka Blvd. Music will be provided by Mark Congdon with the Cair Paravel Latin School Madrigals. The speaker will be Janet McClanahan. The luncheon cost is $13. For reservations, call (785) 233-0701.

■ A concert featuring some of the top acts in Christian rock music will come in January to Kansas City, Mo.

Winter Jam 2013 will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd. Special guests will include Tobymac, Newsong, Red, Matthew West, Jamie Grace, Sidewalk Prophets and Royal Tailor. A prejam party will feature Jason Castro, Obb and Capital Kings. Nick Hall will be the speaker.

Tickets are $10 at the door only. For more information, call (816) 949-7100 or visit www.sprintcenter.com or www.jamtour.com.

Notes: Interfaith Thanksgiving service set

November 17, 2012

Interfaith of Topeka’s 32nd annual Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Temple Beth Sholom, 4200 S.W. Munson.

About 40 different congregations and organizations are expected to participate in the program. Among the various faith groups to be represented are Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist.

Also participating will be the Shawnee Choral Society, the Prairie Wind Flute Circle, the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice, and the Rotary Club of Topeka.

A freewill offering will be given to the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice. Food donations will be gathered for Doorstep. An American Sign Language interpreter will be present for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. A reception will follow the service.

In other religion news:

■ Rachel Christensen, 21, of Topeka, will leave Tuesday, Nov. 20, to receive training as a new missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Christensen, the daughter of John and Carol Christensen, will enter the Missionary Training Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she will receive orientation and intensive instruction in Portuguese. She then will serve in the Joao Pessoa Mission in eastern Brazil.

Christensen is a 2010 graduate of Topeka High School and an early childhood education major at The University of Kansas.

An open house for her will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at 1610 S.W. Jewell.

■ Mother Teresa Catholic Church, 2014 N.W. 46th, will have its annual craft and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.

■ Mount Olive Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church, 701 N.W. Gordon, will have a soul food dinner from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. The menu will include smothered chicken for a $7 donation, barbecue ribs for an $8 donation and chitterlings for a $10 donation. Side dishes include blackeye peas, greens, yams, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, cornbread, rolls and desserts. To order ahead, call (785) 357-1334.

■ An early Thanksgiving dinner will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1018 S.E. 8th. The meal will include turkey, green beans, sweet potatoes, and pies and cakes.

■ The 35th annual United Methodist Bishop’s Round-Up for Hunger will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the 4-H Fairgrounds, near E. 21st and Harper streets in Lawrence. Nonperishable items collected at the event will be distributed to the needy in Kansas and in other areas.

■ The Cash Mob, a group composed of members of several local churches that supports locally owned businesses, will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Wild Bird House, 2900 S.W. Oakley. Group members then will eat lunch at a locally owned restaurant.

■ A missions dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at First Assembly of God Church, 500 S.W. 27th. The dinner will include vegetable beef stew, rolls, drink and dessert for a donation. Baked goods also will be available.

■ Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3625 S.W. Wanamaker, will have a Thanksgiving Eve service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21.

■ Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, will have a Thanksgiving Day service with Holy Communion at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22.

■ University United Methodist Church, 1621 S.W. College, will have its annual holiday bazaar from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. The event will include baked goods, candies, fair trade coffee, Rada cutlery, and handmade gifts. A barbecue brisket sandwich lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a suggested donation of $6. A homemade chicken-and-noodle dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for a suggested donation of $7.50 for a full portion and $4.50 for a half-portion.

■ Second Presbyterian Church, 210 N.W. Menninger Road, will have its Second to None bazaar from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. A pancake feed will be held from 7 to 11 a.m., with a $4.50 donation requested for adults and a $2.50 donation requested for children ages 3 to 10. Those 3 and younger eat free. A burrito lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

■ Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, 1162 S.W. Lincoln, will continue its first Men of Faith Conference, featuring Bishop Jeronn Williams, of New Life International Family Church in Atlanta, with a luncheon at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.

■ Greater Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church, meeting in the Antioch Family Life Center at 1921 S.E. Indiana Ave., will celebrate the Rev. T.J. and Marva Parker’s second anniversary at the church with special services at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. The guest speaker for the morning service will be the Rev. Wallace Hartsfield Sr., of Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo. Guests at the afternoon service will include the Rev. Joe Stokes, of East Eighty Street Baptist Church; the Rev. McCoy Caraway, pastor of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church; and the Rev. Royce Miller, pastor of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church.

■ Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2021 S.W. 29th, will have a Thanksgiving Eve service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Mamy Ranaivoson, of Trinity Lutheran Church. A combined choir featuring members of First Lutheran, Trinity Lutheran, Our Savior’s Lutheran and St. David’s Episcopal churches will sing.

■ The Nate Morales Council of the Knights of Columbus will have its annual food sale and holiday bazaar this weekend in the Marlo Cuevas Balandran Activity Center of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 216 N.E. Branner.

A food sale featuring such traditional Mexican specialties as tacos, burritos, enchiladas, tostados and tamales will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Nov. 18.

The bazaar will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

■ Harvest Church West Branch, in partnership with Ross Elementary School and Eisenhower Middle School, will sponsor its third annual “Feed the Harvest” dinner from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at Eisenhower Middle School, 3305 S.E. Minnesota Ave.

This event includes a free, home-cooked Thanksgiving meal for needy individuals and families in the community. Transportation is available from two community pick-up sites, Central Park Community Center, 1534 S.W. Clay, and the Topeka Rescue Mission, 600 N. Kansas Ave. For more information, call (785) 478-4428.

■ Musicians and singers from all congregations and ethnic backgrounds are invited to participate in the Citywide Mass Choir that will perform at the 20th annual Community Celebration of the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th.

Rehearsals will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th. For more information, call New Mount Zion church at (785) 267-6312.

Notes: Fest to give praise, raise funds

November 9, 2012

Central Congregational United Church of Christ, 1248 S.W. Buchanan, will present its second annual "Praising the Lord through Dance and Song” fundraiser for its music department at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11.

Participating in the program will be praise dance teams from Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, New Beginning Church, Faith Temple Church and Accent Academy of Dance, Drama and Worship Arts.

A mass bell choir also will perform, with members from West Side Christian Church, West Side Baptist Church, Central Congregational Church, Potwin Presbyterian Church and the Topeka Community Chime Choir.

In other religion news:

■ David Pickering, associate professor music at Kansas State University, will present an organ recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 3916 S.W. 17th. Pickering also is the organist at First Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.

■ Wycliffe Association Bible translation banquet will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Western Hills Baptist Church, 2900 S.W. Auburn Road. The guest speaker will be Andy Ring, who with his wife, Kate, did Bible translation work in Ghana, West Africa. For reservations, call (888) 599-7551.

■ Asbury-Mount Olive United Methodist Church, 1196 S.W. Buchanan, will have its annual church bazaar and turkey dinner from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. The bazaar will include arts and crafts, a novelty shop, baked goods and a silent auction. A turkey dinner will all the trimmings will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a $7 donation requested for adults and $3.50 for children.

■ The Vienna Boys Choir will be in concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral. Tickets are $20, though only a few remained at press time. Call (785) 235-3457 or visit www.GreatSpaces.org for more information.

■ The St. Anthony’s Guild of Sacred Heart-St. Joseph Parish will have its annual bake and crafts sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church basement hall, 227 S. W. Van Buren. Baked goods, quilts and crafts will be among the items featured. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

■ First Baptist Church, 3033 S.W. MacVicar, will have a garage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 10, in the church gym, located in the northwest portion of the building.

■ Topeka Bible Church, 1101 S.W. Mulvane, will have a “Walk Thru the Bible” seminar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. The cost is $20 for adults, $30 for couples, $5 for children and $40 for an entire family. Lunch will be provided. Call (785) 234-5545 for more information.

■ An early Thanksgivinig dinner will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1018 S.E. 8th. The meal will include turkey, green beans, sweet potatoes and pies and cakes.

■ Grantville United Methodist Church, 3724 South St. in Grantville, will have its second-hand treasures sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Food will be served during the day.

■ Musicians and singers from all congregations and ethnic backgrounds are invited to participate in the Citywide Mass Choir that will perform at the 20th annual Community Celebration of the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th.

Rehearsals will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th. For more information, call New Mount Zion church at (785) 267-6312.

■ University United Methodist Church, 1621 S.W. College, will have its annual holiday bazaar from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. The event will include baked goods, candies, fair trade coffee, Rada cutlery and handmade gifts. A barbecue brisket sandwich lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a suggested donation of $6. A homemade chicken-and-noodles dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for a suggested donation of $7.50 for a full portion and $4.50 for a half-portion.

■ Debra Sabb, director of the Topeka Rescue Mission’s Hope Center, will speak at the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, Nov. 11, at Central Presbyterian Church, 920 S.W. Huntoon.

■ Second Presbyterian Church, 210 N.W. Menninger Road, will have its Second to None bazaar from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. A pancake feed will be held from 7 to 11 a.m., with a $4.50 donation requested for adults and a $2.50 donation requested for children ages 3 to 10. Those 3 and younger eat free. A burrito lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

■ Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, 1162 S.W. Lincoln, will have its first Men of Faith Conference, featuring Bishop Jeronn Williams, of New Life International Family Church in Atlanta. Sessions will be held for men only from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, and Friday, Nov. 16, with sessions at 7:30 p.m. open to everyone. The conference will continue with a luncheon at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, for men only.

■ Greater Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church, meeting in the Antioch Family Life Center at 1921 S.E. Indiana Ave., will celebrate the Rev. T.J. and Marva Parker’s second anniversary at the church with special services at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, with guest speaker the Rev. D.D. Miller, of Calvary Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kan.

Another service will take place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, with the Rev. Samuel Martin, of Heaven Sent Community Baptist Church in Raytown, Mo.; the Rev. David Helm, of Mount Olive Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church; and the Rev. Rupert Y. James, of Open Door Ministries in Kansas City, Mo., the special guests.

Notes: Banquet features Bible translation

November 3, 2012

People interested in work being done by Bible translators around the world can learn more at a banquet at a Topeka church.

A Wycliffe Association Bible translation banquet will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Western Hills Baptist Church, 2900 S.W. Auburn Road. The guest speaker will be Andy Ring, who with his wife, Kate, did Bible translation work in Ghana, West Africa.

For reservations, call (888) 599-7551.

In other religion news:

■ Faith Temple Church, 1162 S.W. Lincoln, will have a free youth business workshop at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Information will be provided on youth job preparation, applications and interviews.

■ The Greater Topeka Poverty Meal, a fundraiser for the Topeka Rescue Mission’s Operation Street Reach, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Cornerstone Community Church, S.W. 21st and Indian Hills Road.

■ A video titled “Education Under Fire” will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in Room 114 of the Washburn University Law School, near S.W. 17th and MacVicar. The video focuses on the violation of human rights by the Iranian government toward the Baha’i faith.

■ The Rev. Delmar White, of Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Lawrence, will be the guest speaker at the “Young Lion’s Gospel Fest” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Asbury-Mount Olive United Methodist Church, 1196 S.W. Buchanan. Guests will include Jonathan Hicks and the Fisher Family. A freewill offering will be received.

■ Temple Beth Sholom, 4200 S.W. Munson, will have its annual Fall Blintze Fest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. All-you-can eat blintzes plus a drink will be available for $8. Funds raised will benefit the temple’s religious school.

■ The Vienna Boys Choir will be in concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral. A limited number of tickets are available for $20. Visit www.GreatSpaces.org or visit the cathedral during regular business hours to purchase tickets. Call (785) 235-3457 for more information.

■ The Spirit-Mind-Body Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Kansas Expocentre’s Agricultural Hall, S.W. 17th and Tyler. The event is sponsored by the Infinite Source Church.

■ Asbury-Mount Olive United Methodist Church, 1196 S.W. Buchanan, will have its annual church bazaar and turkey dinner from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. The bazaar will include arts and crafts, a novelty shop, baked goods and a silent auction. A turkey dinner will all the trimmings will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a $7 donation requested for adults and $3.50 for children.

■ St. David’s Episcopal Church, 3916 S.W. 17th, will have its holiday bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to noon.

■ Perry United Methodist Church, 220 Oak St. in Perry, will have its annual bazaar and dinner from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

■ A Divine Mercy Holy Hour will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3601 S.W. 17th. The Most Rev. Joseph Naumann, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, is expected to lead the holy hour.

■ Topeka Bible Church, 1101 S.W. Mulvane, will have a “Walk Thru the Bible” seminar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. The cost is $20 for adults, $30 for couples, $5 for children and $40 for an entire family. Lunch will be provided. Call (785) 234-5545 for information.

■ The Cloister Gallery at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, will feature the folk art of Janlyn Nesbitt-Tucker in an exhibit titled “The Faces of Mary” during the months of November and December. The gallery is open during regular church hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays and 8 a.m. to noon Sundays.

■ Oakland United Methodist Church, 801 N.E. Chester, will have an all-you-can-eat ham-and-bean and vegetable soup dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children.

■ Tenth Avenue North will bring “The Struggle” tour at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, to Lenexa Christian Center, 17500 W. 87th Parkway in Lenexa. Also featured will be Audrey Assad and Rend Collective Experiment. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show, $40 for deluxe and $15 tickets for groups of 10 or more. Call (913) 888-1559 or (877) 435-9849 or visit www.echoconcerts.com for tickets or more information.

■ The Topeka Churches Singing Convention will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 2535 S.E. Ohio. Youth choirs and male choruses will furnish the music on Saturday night. Adult choirs will provide the music on Sunday afternoon, when the Rev. McCoy Caraway, pastor of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, will preach.

■ Northland Christian Church, 3102 N.W. Topeka Blvd., will have an election-eve prayer and praise service at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5.

■ Musicians and singers from all congregations and ethnic backgrounds are invited to participate in the Citywide Mass Choir that will perform at the 20th annual Community Celebration of the Birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th.

Rehearsals will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th. For more information, call New Mount Zion church at (785) 267-6312.

Notes: Churches sponsor 'trunk-or-treats'

October 27, 2012

With Halloween just a few days away, several Topeka churches have announced they are sponsoring trunk-or-treat events this week.

■ Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3600 S.W. 17th, will have a trunk-or-treat from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. The event is sponsored by the church’s youth group.

■ Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, will have a trunk-or-treat event at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.

■ Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan, will have a trunk-or-treat and fall festival from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.

■ Berryton Baptist Church, 6741 S.E. Berryton Road, will have an event from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.

■ Seaman Congregational Church, 2036 N.W. Taylor, will have a trunk-or-treat event starting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.

■ Asbury Mount Olive Church, 1196 S.W. Buchanan, is sponsoring a community-wide trunk-or-treat event starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.

In other religion news:

■ Silvia Delacruz will debut her new Spanish-language album in a special concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Community Church, 1800 S.W. 21st. Guitarist Joseph Gomez, from Dallas, whose music has been compared to that of the artist Santana, will be on hand.

■ The men’s ministry of the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, 2420 S.E. Bellview, will sponsor a life insurance seminar from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 27. The program will be led by Lee Triplett.

■ St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1821 S.W. 37th, will have its annual garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the church.

■ Unity Church of Christianity, 9126 S.W. 10th, will have its annual second-hand sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

■ St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 2222 S.E. Madison, will have a musical kicking off the congregation’s 126th anniversary celebration featuring Wayne Anthony Norwood and the Children of God from Rochester, N.Y., at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

■ Big Springs United Methodist Church, located on US-40 highway in the Douglas County community of Big Springs, will have its annual fall bazaar and turkey dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Freewill donations will be received for the dinner. Baked goods and crafts also will be available, with an auction at 7:15 p.m.

■ Jared Anderson, formerly of Desperation Band, will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at First Southern Baptist Church, 1912 S.W. Gage.

■ Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3625 S.W. Wanamaker, will have its annual Oktoberfestival beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.

■ Hope Lutheran Church, 2636 S.E. Minnesota, will have Oktoberfest from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. Dinner will include bratwurst, bierocks, red cabbage, German potato salad and apple crisp. The dinner cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 12. Children younger than 3 eat free.

■ First Lutheran Church, 1234 S.W. Fairlawn, will have a hymn festival celebrating 495 years of the Lutheran Reformation at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. Walter Pelz, of Lindsborg, will be the guest organist.

■ True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, 307 S.E. Tefft, will celebrate the eighth anniversary of the Rev. Larry Jones at the church with special services at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. The speaker for the morning service will be the Rev. Michael Webber, pastor of Divine Love Fellowship Church in Muskogee, Okla. The afternoon speaker will be the Rev. Gregory Smith, of Macdeonia Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kan. True Light Missionary Baptist Church, led by the Rev. Gregory Durant, will be special guests at the afternoon service.

■ New Beginning Baptist Church will celebrate the 14th anniversary of the Rev. Cecil T. Washington Jr. and first lady Audrey Washington at the church with special high day services at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at the church, located at 1 North and East Streets at Forbes Field.

■ A community ice cream social will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Tecumseh United Methodist Church, 334 S.E. Tecumseh Road. Entertainment will be provided by Crosswinds, a musical group from University United Methodist Church. A freewill offering will be taken for the group.

■ The Topeka City Mission Union will take place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 S.E. Lime. The Rev. Sandy Ray Fields Sr. will deliver the message. Music will be provided by the Mount Carmel music department.

■ Pastor James Murunga, who oversees Grace Community Fellowship in Bungoma, Kenya, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Harvest Family Fellowship Foursquare Church, meeting at Hillcrest Community Center, 1800 S.E. 21st. For more information, call the Rev. Reyes Rodriguez at (785) 220-5418.

■ Muslims in Topeka on Friday, Oct. 26, joined with adherents of Islam around the world as they began their celebration of Eid al-Adha, which concludes the hajj, or annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Eid al-Adha is one of the two major holidays on the Islamic calendar. The other is Eid al-Fitr, which occurs at the end of the end of the Ramadan month of fasting.

■ The Topeka Women’s Connection Luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. Tracy Hoth will be the speaker. The cost is $13.50, with reservations needed by Sunday, Oct. 28, by calling (785) 233-1387 or (785) 266-1522.

■ University United Methodist Church, 1621 S.W. College, will present the Arts and Spirit Cafe as part of the First Friday Artwalk from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. The church event will feature cookie decoration, a make-and-take memento and a story performance.

■ Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Family Research Council president Tony Perkins will be the featured guests at a Watchmen on the Wall pastors breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 19677 E. Jackson Drive in Independence, Mo. The breakfast is free for pastors and their spouses. To register, call (800) 225-4008. Special rates of $95 are available at the Hilton by calling (816) 350-3000.

■ The Saturday Women’s Connection will sponsor a brunch with the theme “Organized for Life” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. The speaker will be Tracy Hoth, with music by Renita Conny. The cost is $13. Call (785) 233-0701 for reservations.

■ The primary children’s annual sacrament meeting program will take place Sunday, Nov. 4, in Topeka congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Programs will take place at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the LDS meetinghouse, 3611 S.W. Jewell, and at 9 a.m. in the Topeka Stake Center, 2401 S.W. Kingsrow.

■ Tenth Avenue North will bring “The Struggle” tour at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, to Lenexa Christian Center, 17500 W. 87th Parkway in Lenexa. Also featured will be Audrey Assad and Rend Collective Experiment. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show, $40 for deluxe and $15 tickets for groups of 10 or more. Call (913) 888-1559 or (877) 435-9849 or visit www.echoconcerts.com for tickets or more information.

■ A Wycliffe Association Bible translation banquet will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Western Hills Baptist Church, 2900 S.W. Auburn Road. For reservations, call (888) 599-7551.

■ Musicians and singers from all congregations and ethnic backgrounds are invited to participate in the Citywide Mass Choir that will perform at the 20th annual Community Celebration of the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th.

Rehearsals will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Grace Cathedral. Another rehearsal will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11.

Salt Lake City most religious in U.S.

October 19, 2012

A quick look at a few items that easily could have gone unnoticed, but didn’t...

■ The Huffington Post recently published a list of the 10 most and least religious cities in the United States.

The top 10 most religious cities: 1. Salt Lake City; 2. Birmingham, Ala.; 3. Oklahoma City; 4. Memphis; 5. Pittsburgh; 6. Chicago; 7. Providence, R.I.; 8. Boston; 9. New York City; and 10. Dallas.

The 10 least religious cities: 1. Portland, Ore.; 2. Tampa, Fla.; 3. Seattle; 4. Las Vegas; 5. Sacramento, Calif.; 6. Denver; 7. Phoenix; 8. Columbus, Ohio; 9. San Francisco; and 10. Miami.

The rankings came from the “2010 U.S. Religious Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study” compiled by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. The study was based on county-by-county information on congregations, members, adherents and attendance for 236 faith groups.

■ Pope Benedict XVI will canonize seven saints this week, including two Americans: Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint, and Blessed Mother Marianne Cope, who spent the last 30 years of her life ministering to the sick on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. The canonization Mass will take place at the Vatican on Sunday, Oct. 21.

■ The Council on American-Islamic Relations has unveiled an advertising campaign designed to counter what it calls anti-Muslim “savage” advertisements sponsored by a designated hate group that are now on display in Washington, D.C., metro stations.

CAIR’s counter-ads feature a verse from the Quran stating: “Show forgiveness, speak for justice and avoid the ignorant.”

The CAIR 16-foot banner ads, which are scheduled to stay up for a month, also direct metro riders to the organization’s “Explore the Quran” initiative.

The ads with which CAIR took exception were placed by an organization named Stop the Islamization of America, which has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

■ The Rev. Patrick Mahoney, a social and political activist and director of the Christian Defense Coalition, is calling on Christians to vote President Barack Obama out of office.

“As Christians and people of faith, we are to respect, honor and pray for those in authority,” said Mahoney, an ordained minister in the Reformed Presbyterian Church. “Over the past four years, we have been faithful to respect and pray for President Obama, his family and his administration.

“However, the Christian community also has a prophetic responsibility to embrace life, justice and stand against the crushing of human rights. In that respect, we must pray that our leaders will honor God and the historic principles of his Word.

“Since voting is never neutral and carries a moral and spiritual weight, how is the faith community to pray for the presidential election on Nov. 6? We believe faithful Christians and people of conscience must pray against the re-election of President Obama based on his radical and extremist policies on abortion, his redefinition of marriage, his crushing of religious freedom through the Health and Human Services mandate and his lack of commitment to the oppressed and needy.”

■ Obama’s candidacy isn’t the only one being opposed this election season on religious grounds.

In his book “The Chosen Few — Open Confessions by a Mormon High Priest,” author Eddie Scott challenges readers to decide just how prepared they are to elect a global leader — namely, Mitt Romney — who has been deeply indoctrinated in Mormon millennial prophecies.

Scott asks readers to consider what placing military control into the hands of an LDS president would mean for a planet already embroiled in deadly religious conflict.

He asks: “In some chaotic and confusing moment of global crisis, rather than sticking to reason and dialog, could such a faith-filled man defer instead to his religious calling and sense of destiny? Could his logic be sabotaged by his mythology and allow the Mormon Millennium to become a self-fulfilling prophecy?”

Scott, a Utah native and graduate of Brigham Young University, says he spent 20 years moving up through the ranks to become a high priest in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But, disillusioned with the faith and alarmed by its millennial prophecies, he resigned his membership in the Mormon church in 1997.

■ Tweet of the Week from Joyce Meyer: “If someone has offended you, start sowing forgiveness. You may need some yourself someday.”

Church to celebrate its 100th anniversary

October 12, 2012

First Church of the Nazarene, 1001 S.W. Buchanan, will celebrate its 100th anniversary with special services this weekend.

A time of food, fellowship and reminiscing will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, followed by a remembrance service with a mass choir at 6:30 p.m.

After a continental breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, a worship service featuring a mass choir will take place at 10:45 a.m. The speaker will be the Rev. Edmond Nash, Kansas district superintendent for the Church of the Nazarene.

In other religion news:

■ Highland Heights Christian Church, 2930 S.E. Tecumseh Road, will have a chicken-and-noodle dinner from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Crafts and baked goods also will be available.

■ Second Baptist Church, 424 N.W. Laurent, will have its 134th homecoming services at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. The theme of the services is “Showing Our Gratitude — Filled with Thanksgiving in Our Hearts.”

■ Phillip Jones, of Kansas City, Kan., who is Kansas District Lay President of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, will speak in commemoration of CME National Laymen Day at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Lane Chapel CME Church, 1200 S.W. Lane.

■ Berryton United Methodist Church will have its annual fall chili and vegetable soup supper and country store from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Freewill donations will be accepted for the dinner.

■ Lane Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 1200 S.W. Lane, will be the host site for the Union Methodist service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. The Rev. V. Gordon Glenn III, pastor of St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, will bring the message. The Union choir will furnish the music.

■ Members of New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2801 S.E. Indiana Ave., will dedicate their new fellowship hall at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. The cornerstone unveiling and ribbon-cutting ceremony will precede the dedication.

Special guests will include Moderator E.B. Hurd, of the Kaw Valley District of the Missionary Baptist Church; the Rev. Ben Scott, president of the Topeka chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; Minister James Kirtdoll; and Randy Ward, of Morton Buildings.

Music will be provided by the New Mount Zion youth choir, men’s chorus and Voices of Zion.

A tour of the building and a reception will follow the dedication service.

■ True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, 307 S.E. Tefft, will have a special service at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. The church also will continue its celebration of the eighth anniversary of the Rev. Larry Jones at the church with a service at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, when the Rev. Stevie Wakes, of Olivet Institutional Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kan., will deliver the message.

■ The Kaw Valley District Laymen will have a service at 6 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 433 S.W. Harrison. The speaker will be the Rev. Joe Stokes, pastor of East Eighth Street Missionary Baptist Church.

■ John Bell, Scottish Presbyterian pastor, composer, musician and author, will be the featured guest at the fall meeting of the Presbytery of Northern Kansas from Tuesday, Oct. 16, to Thursday, Oct. 18, at Rock Springs Ranch near Junction City.

■ Beth Briddy, educational coordinator with Midland Care, will speak on care and hospice services offered by her organization at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Wanamaker Road Baptist Church, 2700 S.W. Wanamaker. The event is sponsored by the church’s senior community ministries. Refreshments will follow. Call (785) 272-9323 for more information.

■ The Rev. Ed Thompson, district presbyter of the Northern Kansas Presbytery, will speak on “The Marks of the Church” at the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, Oct. 14, at Central Presbyterian Church, 920S.W. Huntoon.

■ Tenth Avenue North will bring “The Struggle” tour at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, to Lenexa Christian Center, 17500 W. 87th Parkway in Lenexa. Also featured will be Audrey Assad and Rend Collective Experiment. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show, $40 for deluxe and $15 tickets for groups of 10 or more. Call (913) 888-1559 or (877) 435-9849 or visit www.echoconcerts.com for tickets or more information.

Notes: Church to hold annual fall festival

October 5, 2012

Rochester Community Church of the Brethren, 3201 N.W. Rochester Road, will be the site of an annual fall festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.

The Rochester Community Fall Festival will start with a breakfast featuring cinnamon rolls and coffee from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by lunch with homemade bierocks, brats and homemade pie from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children’s activities, a country store, craft booths and entertainment also will be featured.

Proceeds will benefit Topeka North Outreach and Operation Backpack.

In other religion news:

■ Faith Lutheran Church, 1716 S.W. Gage, will have a garage sale starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.

■ The Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, 2420 S.E. Bellview, will sell whole catfish dinners from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, for $9. The meal will include fish, spaghetti, cornbread, dessert and choice of slaw or seasoned green beans. Delivery is offered for a limited area. Call (785) 266-7102 for more information.

■ True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, 307 S.E. Tefft, will have a barbecue fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Barbecue chicken dinners will be available for $7.50 , rib dinners for $8 and a slab of ribs for $10.

True Vine will celebrate the eighth anniversary of the Rev. Larry Jones at the church with two special services this week. A service will take place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, with the Rev. Bill Nicholson, of Second Baptist Church, delivering the message. Other guests will include the choirs and congregations of Pilgrim, New Mount Zion and Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist churches.

Another anniversary service will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, when the Rev. T.J. Parker Jr., of Greater Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church, will speak. Other guests will include the choir and congregations of St. Luke and New Beginning Missionary Baptist churches.

■ First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins, will offer a class titled “Bad Girls of the Bible” at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday Oct. 10; Wednesday Oct. 24; Wednesday, Nov. 14; and Wednesday, Nov. 28.

■ The annual Topeka Crop Walk will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lake Shawnee Shelterhouse 1, 3400 S.E. Leisure Lane. Funds will benefit programs aimed at ending hunger locally, nationally and worldwide.

■ St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 203 E. 3rd St. in Perry, will have its fall bazaar and turkey dinner from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. The event will include children’s games, bingo, baked goods, crafts, a country store, raffle and silent auction.

■ The 182nd semiannual general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be shown live via satellite at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7, at the LDS Stake Center, 2401 S.W. Kingsrow, and the LDS meetinghouse, 3611 S.W. Jewell. At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s weekly program “Music and the Spoken Word,” will be shown before the 11 a.m. session.

Other outlets for the conference include www.lds.org on the Internet, Channel 152 on Cox Communications in Topeka, Channel 9403 on Dish Network and Channel 374 on DirecTV.

■ The choir from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., will perform a choral evensong at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th.

■ Town and Country Christian Church, 4925 S.W. 29th, will have a pancakes and biscuits-and-gravy breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, as a benefit for Kendra Glass as she battles lymphoma. A fund for Glass also has been established at CoreFirst Bank and Trust for those who wish to donate but can’t attend the fundraiser.

■ Central Presbyterian Church, 920 S.W. Huntoon, will have a neighborhood parking lot sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.

■ St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 2222 S.E. Madison, will be the site of the Topeka Churches Singing Convention at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. Youth choirs and male choruses will sing Saturday night, while adult choirs will sing Sunday afternoon, when the Rev. Shawn D. Smith will preach.

■ Faith Temple Church, 1162 S.W. Lincoln, will celebrate the 37th pastoral anniversary of Pastor and Co-Pastor Ronald and Sandra Lassiter with special services this weekend.

Bishop Aletha Cushinberry, of the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, will speak at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6; Minister Terrance Saunders, of Kansas City, will speak at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7; and the Rev. Donald Smith, of Wichita, will speak at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.

■ St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 3rd and James in Mayetta, will have its annual church bazaar and dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. Dinner prices are $7 for adults and $3 for children. Bingo, quilt raffles, cake walks and children games will take place from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

■ Mount Olive Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church, 701 N.W. Gordon, will have a “Taste of the World” building fund dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. The menu will feature soul food, as well as Mexican, Italian and Chinese dishes. A $5 donation is requested for one menu item and $7.50 for a taste of all four menu selections. Delivery is available for orders of two or more meals. Call (785) 357-1334 for more information.

■ Calvary Lutheran Church, 4211 N.W. Topeka Blvd., will have a half-price sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 6.

■ Tenth Avenue North will bring “The Struggle” tour at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, to Lenexa Christian Center, 17500 W. 87th Parkway in Lenexa. Also featured will be Audrey Assad and Rend Collective Experiment. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show; $40 for deluxe; and $15 tickets for groups of 10 or more. Call (913) 888-1559 or (877) 435-9849 or visit www.echoconcerts.com for tickets or more information.

Notes: Maranatha Baptist pastor to retire

September 29, 2012

The founding pastor of a church just south of Topeka is retiring, and he and his wife will be honored during a special reception this weekend.

Maranatha Baptist Fellowship, 4935 S.W. Burlingame Road, will have a reception from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, for the Rev. Gary Roten and his wife, Jeanie.

Pastor Roten is retiring after 24 years of ministry at the congregation, which was started in 1988.

Shawn L. Eckhoff has been called to fill the pastor position, effective Monday, Oct. 1.

In other religion news:

■ Lowman United Methodist Church, 4000 S.W. Drury Lane, will have an outdoor fall festival from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. The event will include food, games and music. A freewill offering will be received. For more information, visit www.lowmanumc.org.

■ The Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, 2420 S.E. Bellview, will sponsor a workshop for women titled “Responding to the Call” to preach, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

■ The annual worldwide meeting for women 18 and older of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be broadcast live via satellite from Salt Lake City at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the LDS Topeka Stake Center, 2401 S.W. Kingsrow. A dinner for local women attending the broadcast will take place at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (785) 554-8068.

■ Luterpalooza, billed as Manhattan’s largest free Christian music festival, will take place from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Norvell Bandshell in Manhattan City Park, 11th and Poyntz. Praise bands from Manhattan and the surrounding area will be featured. Money raised at the event will benefit the Shepherd’s Crossing, a local charity.

■ Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 S.E. Lime, will have a cancer survivor service at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. The speaker will be the Rev. Albert Walker, of Galilee Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kan.

■ Calvary Lutheran Church, 4211 N.W. Topeka Blvd., will have a basement sale from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, and Friday, Oct. 5. A half-price sale will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 6.

■ Lane Chapel, 1200 S.W. Lane, will have a fish fry from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. The menu will include choice of two sides, including spaghetti, green beans, cole slaw and potato salad. The cost is $8.50 per dinner. Call (785) 232-0015 for deliveries.

■ The Lutheran Fine Arts Council of Topeka will sponsor a First Friday Art Walk on Oct. 5 to showcase Lutheran artists from the community. The event, which will be held with the community First Friday Art Walk, will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 1716 S.W. Gage.

■ The Kansas Woman’s Christian Temperance Union was honored Sept. 11 at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson as being the only group that has exhibited at every one of the 100 years the state fair has been in existence. Those attending the celebration from Topeka were Bernita Preston, Janda Campbell and Frances Wood.

Notes: Peacemaker chief sets WU talk

September 21, 2012

Carol Rose, co-director of Christian Peacemaker Teams, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in Room 114 of the Washburn University Law School, near S.W. 17th and MacVicar.

Rose will discuss the mission and work of Christian Peacemaker Teams at locations around the world, illustrating her talk by work that is being done in Colombia.

Christian Peacemaker Teams are active in areas that include Hebron on the West Bank, the Great Lakes region of Africa and along the United States-Mexico border.

The organization was started in 1986 by Mennonite denominations in the United States and Canada and by the Church of the Brethren.

Rose’s talk is part of the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice’s International Remedies series.

In other religion news:

■ Kansas Avenue United Methodist Church, 1029 N. Kansas Ave., will have a bazaar and harvest dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. The bazaar will feature an assortment of Christmas-related items, including cloth-covered baskets and other homemade crafts. The dinner will include chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans or corn and salad, roll, homemade pie or cake and drink. The suggested donations for the dinner are $7 for adults and $3.50 for children.

■ True Holiness Family Church of God in Christ, 1244 S.E. Republican, will have a fundraising dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. The menu will include barbecue ribs, chicken and fried catfish dinners. Deliveries will be available for orders of five or more dinners.

■ The Topeka City Mission Union will meet at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 531 S.E. 33rd Terrace. The Rev. T.D. Hicks and choir of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church will be the special guests.

■ The Fountain City Bass Band will be featured in the Ultimate Concert, benefiting the Marian Clinic, at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23, at White Concert Hall, near S.W. 17th and Jewell on the Washburn University campus. Also featured will be performances by the Topeka High School drumline and the jazz bands of Topeka West and Seaman high schools. A freewill offering will be received to benefit the medical and dental programs of the Marian Clinic.

■ The annual conference of the Sherwood Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, in the LDS Topeka Stake Center, 2401 S.W. Kingsrow. Bishop Ralph Hoyos and President Carl Gile, of the Topeka Stake Presidency, will speak during the sacrament service on the conference theme “What think ye of Christ?”

■ A meeting of the Tri-River Association of the American Baptist Churches women’s ministries organization will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at First Baptist Church, 3033 S.W. MacVicar. Registration with coffee will begin at 9:30 a.m. The speaker will be Ruby Clark, of Kansas City, Kan., president of the American Baptist Churches.

■ Free food will be distributed starting at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Family of God Church, 1231 N.W. Eugene. The giveaway is sponsored by Randel Ministries, in conjunction with Family of God Church and Harvesters.

■ The Topeka Christian Women’s Fellowship will have its fall meeting and luncheon at noon Friday, Sept. 28, at Oakland Christian Church, 1001 N.E. Michigan. The speaker will be Debra Sabb, director of the Topeka Rescue Mission’s Hope Center. Registration for the meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m.

■ Luterpalooza, billed as Manhattan’s largest free Christian music festival, will take place from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Norvell Bandshell in Manhattan City Park, 11th and Poyntz. Praise bands from Manhattan and the surrounding area will be featured. Money raised at the event will benefit the Shepherd’s Crossing, a local charity.

■ Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 S.E. Lime, will have a cancer survivor service at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. The speaker will be the Rev. Albert Walker, of Galilee Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kan.

■ The Topeka Christian Women’s Fellowship will have its fall meeting and luncheon at noon Friday, Sept. 28, at Oakland Christian Church, 1001 N.E. Michigan. The speaker will be Debra Sabb, director of the Topeka Rescue Mission’s Hope Center. Registration for the meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m.

■ Luterpalooza, billed as Manhattan’s largest free Christian music festival, will take place from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Norvell Bandshell in Manhattan City Park, 11th and Poyntz. Praise bands from Manhattan and the surrounding area will be featured. Money raised at the event will benefit the Shepherd’s Crossing, a local charity.

■ Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 S.E. Lime, will have a cancer survivor service at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. The speaker will be the Rev. Albert Walker, of Galilee Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kan.

■ Auburn Community Center, 121 W. 11th in Auburn, will be the site of an event called “Unity in the Community” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.

Seven area congregations are joining together for the event: Auburn United Methodist, Auburn Christian, Auburn Presbyterian, Wakarusa Presbyterian, Scranton United Methodist, Eskridge Federated and Harveyville United Methodist churches.

The event will feature the Reach Band, Sounds of Hope and the Sharp Family.

A dinner will be held in conjunction with the event. Freewill donations will go to help rebuild Harveyville United Methodist Church, which was destroyed in February tornado that hit the Wabaunsee County town.

■ The Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, 2420 S.E. Bellview, will sponsor a workshop for women called to preach titled “Responding to the Call” at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

■ Indian Hills Church, 7627 S.W. 17th, will have a “Wii Wednesday” program from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday,Sept. 26. Chili dogs, chips, desserts and beverages will be served. Those planning to attend are asked to call (785) 271-1296.