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Notes: Back to Church Sunday this week

September 14, 2012

If you haven’t been to church in a while, Sunday would make a golden opportunity.

National Back to Church Sunday is being sponsored by more than 14,000 congregations across the nation.

The interdenominational effort is designed as a way for family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to invite people they know to go to church with them.

According to organizers, 83 of American adults identify themselves as Christians, but only about 20 percent make it to church on any given Sunday.

In other religion news:

■ Topeka Reformed Presbyterian Church, 8345 S.W. 33rd, will have an a capella singing of the Psalms at 6:30 on Sunday, Sept. 16.

■ The next Cash Mob will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Kitchen Gallery in Fairlawn Plaza, near S.W. 21st and Fairlawn Road. Afterward, participants will go out for lunch as they support locally owned businesses.

■ Youths from True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, 307 S.E. Tefft, will have a prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. The guest speaker will be the Rev. LaShad Buffet, associate minister at True Light Missionary Baptist Church. The cost is $5.

■ True Vine Missionary Baptist Church will have a youth program at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.

■ The topic for the Eckankar monthly meeting will be “The Spiritual Exercises: A Key to Heaven,” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Clubhouse Inn and Suites, 924 S.W. Henderson.

■ A “Kingdom of God” seminar will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Carbondale Community Center, 228 Main St. in Carbondale. The free seminar will be presented by Joe Dobson and Dwaine Hudson, pastors of the United Church of God.

■ The Christian Foundation for Children and Aging will present a movie screening of “Rise and Dream” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th.

■ An informational meeting on a service-learning trip to Nairobi, Kenya, will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at First Congregational Church, 12th and State in Emporia. Call (620) 342-6854 for information.

■ The Rev. Delores Williamston, of First United Methodist Church in Independence, Kan., will be the guest speaker at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan.

■ Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 531 S.E. 33rd Terrace, will host a fish fry from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

■ Pianist Oleg Poliansky will be in concert in the “Great Spaces Music and Arts Series” at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th.

■ The United Methodist Women of University United Methodist Church, 1621 S.W. College, will have their annual fall thrift sale from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

■ Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 531 S.E. 33rd Terrace, will have its annual men’s and women’s day service at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. Guest churches will be Ebenezer and New Beginning Missionary Baptist churches.

■ First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1710 S.W. Collins, will present the following programs: the film “Sick for Profit -- Koch Brothers Exposed,” at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16; “Keeping Your Loved One at Home,” by Harmony Hines, vice president of operations for Midland Care, at 7 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 18; and “The Non-Violent Radical: Seeing and Living the Wisdom of Jesus,” with scuptor and author Charles McCollough, at 6 p.m. Friday Sept. 21, with a suggested $7 donation for dinner

■ Exodus Ministries will present a program titled “God’s View of You ... It’s Better Than You Think,” from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Antioch Family Life Center, 1921 S.E. Indiana. Free registration is requested by Wednesday, Sept. 19, by calling (785) 232-3417 or by emailing ExodusMinistries@aol.com.

Church to hold annual jamboree

September 7, 2012

Mother Teresa Catholic Church, 2014 N.W. 46th, will hold its annual Holy Smokin’ Jamboree this weekend.

The event will begin with a 5-kilometer run and pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Other activities on Saturday will include games, a car show, crafts, bingo, a talent show and a beer-and-ribs tent. The Mickey Needleman Band will play from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

On Sunday, activities will get under way with a Mass at 9 a.m., followed by a roast beef dinner with all the trimmings at 11 a.m. Bingo, booths, games and raffle drawings will be featured until the event closes at 4:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.mtcctopeka.org or call (785) 286-2188.

In other religion news:

■ Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 S.E. Lime, will sponsor a Back to School picnic and free clothing giveaway on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Food will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., while free clothing will be given away from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Various school supplies will be distributed to the first 50 people in attendance.

Topeka High School social worker Lesia Carter will make a presentation to youths and parents about anti-bullying techniques, peer pressure and making the right choices from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

■ Second Baptist Church, 424 N.W. Laurent, will have its annual Usher Day at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Delmar White, of Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Lawrence.

■ Old-fashioned hymns and gospel music will be in full force when Walnut View Christian Church, 3634 S.E. 37th, holds its second annual program of gospel songs and hymns at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. Audience members are encouraged to participate in the program, which will be followed by refreshments.

■ The Kaw Valley Laymen’s Early Morning Service will be held at 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, 307 S.E. Tefft. The guest pastor and congregation for the service will be the Rev. D.C. Clark and Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, of Topeka.

■ Paintings by Janet Bailey will be featured in September at the Cloister Gallery at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th. The exhibit is open during regular church hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Sundays.

■ The United Methodist Women of University United Methodist Church, 1621 S.W. College, will have their annual fall thrift sale from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

■ The Rev. Alfred White, pastor of Community Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kan., will lead revival tent meetings starting with dinners at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, through Friday, Sept. 14, at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 S.E. Lime. Drawings for gift cards and other prizes will be held nightly. Call (785) 234-4422 for transportation to the meetings.

■ Kansas Avenue United Methodist Church, 1029 N. Kansas Ave., will sponsor its annual Country Hoedown starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. The event will include free food and a country music concert.

Notes: Concert to benefit Rescue Mission

August 31, 2012

A nationally known southern gospel group will headline a benefit concert this week for the Topeka Rescue Mission, as the homeless shelter prepares to expand its facilities to meet an increased demand for its services.

The Lesters, a family group from St. Louis, will be the lead performers in the concert, which will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at White Concert Hall, near S.W. 17th and Jewell on the Washburn University campus.

Also performing will be the Ben Wray Family, of the Kansas City area, and the Sounds of Rescue, a choir from the Mission.

Mike Foster, director of ministry operations at the Mission, said the concert is a way to help raise funds for the new building project.

“As you are aware, the Topeka Rescue Mission is full and planning to begin expansion of new shelter space soon,” he said. “The Lesters approached us about doing a benefit concert to help with these much-needed funds.”

There is no admission charge for the concert, and a freewill offering will be received.

In other religion news:

■ Carbondale Cornerstone Church, 334 W. Main in Carbondale, will have its grand opening with special services starting at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2. The Rev. Rusty Mayfield will be the church’s pastor.

■ Haskell Cooley, former pianist with the Cathedrals Quartet, and his wife, JoLee, will present a gospel music program at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, at First Free Will Baptist Church, 3900 S.W. Shunga Drive. The program is titled “A Time for Refreshing.” A freewill offering will be received.

■ Gracia Burnham, a missionary who survived a year of captivity after being kidnapped by an Islamist terrorist group in the Philippines in 2001, will speak at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, at Countryside United Methodist Church, 3221 S.W. Burlingame Road.

■ Mary’s Choices, a new clinic offering assistance to women who are pregnant, will have an opening ceremony and blessing by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at its location at 306 S.W. Van Buren.

■ The Tridentine Mass will be celebrated by Pope Michael at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, at the Rossville Community Center, 420 Main in Rossville.

■ Fellowship Bible Church, 6800 S.W. 10th, will offer Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Call (785) 478-0002 for more information.

■ Financial Peace University also will be offered at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at First United Methodist Church, 600 S.W. Topeka Blvd. Call (785) 233-8100 to register.

■ A discussion of “Socially Concerned Consumers: A How-to Guide” will take place during Baha’i devotions at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, at the Topeka Friends Meetinghouse, 603 S.W. 8th. The guide is based on 15 years of research to help consumers transform their shopping habits into a tool to help change the world.

■ Berryton United Methodist Church, 7010 S.E. Berryton Road, will have a concert featuring Redhead Express and the Walker Family at 3 and 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3. A freewill offering will be received.

Notes: Church sponsors 'concert in park'

August 24, 2012

First United Methodist Church will present a free “concert in the park” from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Gage Park Amphitheater near S.W. 6th and Gage.

The concert will feature Kevin Dolan, who performs as Dino O’Dell, and Greg Fox, who is a singer-songwriter from Topeka.

Dolan’s appearances include Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival, Kansas City’s Spirit Fest and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Fox has performed at three Topeka Wheatstock concerts and has been a guest soloist several times at First United Methodist Church.

In the event of rain the concert will be moved indoors to the church's Klasse Chapel, 600 S.W. Topeka Blvd.

In other religion news:

■ To emphasize its Christian values, the Southwest YMCA, 3635 S.W. Chelsea, will have a back-to-school event for youths ages 12 to 17 from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. The free event will include food, giveaways, swimming, sumo wrestling, dodgeball and music.

■ The Tridentine Mass will be celebrated by Pope Michael at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Rossville Community Center, 420 Main in Rossville.

■ Sacred Heart-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church will conclude its three-day basement and bake sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 25, at Sacred Heart Church, 312 N.E. Freeman. Basement sale items will be available for $1 per sack.

■ Crestview United Methodist Church, 2245 S.W. Eveningside Drive, will have its annual basement sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.

■ True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, 307 S.E. Tefft, will have its Men’s and Women’s Annual Day at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. The special guests will be the Rev. Gregory Durant and choir from True Light Missionary Baptist Church.

■ The Topeka City Mission Union will meet at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 433 S.W. Harrison. The soloist will be Debra Harris, of True Vine Missionary Baptist Church. Debra Saab, director of the Topeka Rescue Mission’s Hope Center, will bring an inspirational message. The speaker will be Carla Crowder, of Calvary Church of God in Christ.

■ A free food distribution will be held starting at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at Family of God Church, 1231 N.W. Eugene. The giveaway is sponsored by the church, Randel Ministries and Harvesters.

■ The Catholic Campus Center at Washburn University, 1633 S.W. Jewell, will sponsor a kick-off Mass and fiesta starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. Washburn and college-age students are welcome to attend.

■ A citywide worship and prayer service will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Topeka Free Methodist Church, 3450 S.E. Indiana Ave. The host congregation will be A Dios Sea la Gloria.

■ St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, 701 S.W. Topeka Blvd., will celebrate the second year of service by the Rev. V. Gordon Glenn and his wife, the Rev. Rachel Williams-Glenn, and their family with an appreciation service at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Delmar A. White, pastor of Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Lawrence. A reception will follow the program.

■ New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1018 S.E. 8th, will celebrate the second pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Shawn and Felicia Smith at the church with a special service at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. Special guests will include the Rev. Rickey Rambo and congregation of First Regular Missionary Baptist Church in Lawrence, as well as the Topeka Community Mass Choir.

■ Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University will be offered starting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at Allen Community College, 100 W. Bloomquist Drive in Burlingame.

■ Local members of Baha’i faith are attending a retreat this weekend at Rock Springs 4-H Ranch near Junction City. The topic of the gathering is the visit 100 years ago of Abdu’l-Baha, head of the Baha’i faith from 1892 to 1921.

■ Lowman United Methodist Church, 4000 S.W. Drury Lane, will have a talent show featuring a variety of musical, dance and comedic performances at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. A freewill offering will be received to benefit the church’s scholarship fund for Washburn University student members of Lowman’s choir. Popcorn and beverages will be available for purchase.

■ St. Mark’s African Methodist Episcopal Church, 701 S.W. Topeka Blvd., will have its annual Men’s Day program at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. The speaker will be Patrick Woods, a member of Asbury-Mount Olive United Methodist Church, who serves as president of the Topeka Unified School District 501 board of education. Music will be provided by choirs from Asbury-Mount Olive, Mount Olive Fellowship Primitive Baptist and Second Baptist churches.

■ Mount Olive Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church, 701 N.W. Gordon, will have a building fund musical at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. The Rev. Kim Gladney, of Kansas City, Kan., will be among special guests.

Notes: Catholic Center to host social

August 17, 2012

Washburn University students will be in for a sweet treat this week.

The Catholic Campus Center at Washburn University, 1633 S.W. Jewell, will have its annual ’50s ice cream social at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22.

All Washburn University students, as well as anyone else of college age, is welcome to attend the free event. For more information, call (785) 233-2204 or visit www.wucatholic.com.

In other religion news:

■ Topeka artist Cally Krallman will present an experiential workshop in oil or acrylic painting from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins. The fee is $120 per participant, which includes lunch.

■ St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, 701 S.W. Topeka Blvd., will celebrate its 144th anniversary with special services at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. The celebration theme is “Being Moved with Compassion.” The special speaker for the afternoon service will be Minister DeLano J. Sheffield, an associate pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo. Special music will be provided by the St. John mass choir and the Asbury-Mount Olive Community Church choir, of Topeka.

■ Victory City Church, 2622 S.E. 6th, will present evangelist Dominic Russo at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. services on Sunday, Aug. 19.

■ North Topeka Baptist Church, 123 N.W. Gordon, will have another “Worship on the Steps” program at 6:30p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. Special musical guests will be Richard and Betty Hackadary, of Kansas City. Refreshments will follow the program.

■ The Tridentine Mass will be celebrated by Pope Michael at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Rossville Community Center, 420 Main in Rossville.

■ Duane L. Herrmann will read and discuss some of his latest prose and poetry during the second-hour discussion of the Topeka Friends Meeting at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Topeka Friends Meetinghouse, 603 S.W. 8th.

■ Crestview United Methodist Church, 2245 S.W. Eveningside Drive, will have its annual basement sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.

■ Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, will kick off its 10th season for the Great Spaces Music and Arts Series with a program titled “Chamber Music Delights” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. A freewill offering will be received.

■ New sessions of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University course will begin at the following times and locations: 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at East Side Baptist Church, 4425 S.E. 29th; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at First Assembly of God Church, 500 S.W. 27th; and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at First Baptist Church, 100 W. Lake in McLouth.

■ Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, will kick off its 10th season for the Great Spaces Music and Arts Series with a program titled “Chamber Music Delights” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. A freewill offering will be received.

■ New sessions of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University course will begin at the following times and locations: 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at East Side Baptist Church, 4425 S.E. 29th; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at First Assembly of God Church, 500 S.W. 27th; and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at First Baptist Church, 100 W. Lake in McLouth.

■ Muslims in Topeka and around the world will celebrate the end of the Ramadan month of fasting with the Eid al-Fitr celebration, beginning with the sighting of the next new moon on Sunday, Aug. 19. Eid al-Fitr is a three-day holiday marked by special prayers, family gatherings, meals and gift-giving.

■ Chris Stewart, director of The Bridge, will speak at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at Central Presbyterian Church, 920 S.W. Huntoon. A fellowship dinnern will follow the service, during which Stewart will report on the month-oong ministry trip he and his family took to the African nation of Zambia.

Notes: Church to celebrate history

August 11, 2012

A Topeka church with a long history of ministry in the center of the city will celebrate a special designation at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12.

Following its morning worship service, St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, 701 S.W. Topeka Blvd., will unveil a marker signifying the church has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The event will take part in conjunction with the church’s 144th anniversary.

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■ The Cleargold worship dance ensemble will present its “Awestruck” concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Northland Christian Church, 3102 N.W. Topeka Blvd. Members of the all-female group range in age from 12 to 19. There is no charge for admission, and a freewill offering will be received.

■ Lane Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 1200 S.W. Lane, will held its second annual community outreach festival and basement sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. The event is free, but donations will be accepted.

■ Stull United Methodist Church, 1596 E. 250 Road in the Douglas County town of Stull, will have a “Back to School” day from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Families will be able to select clothes for school-age children.

■ Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 531 S.E. 33rd Terrace, will sponsor a barbecue fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For information, contact Rev. Kenneth Anderson at 231-7218 or Alan Ward at 266-5174.

■ Journey Church, S.W. 17th and Indian Hills, will have a back-to-school bash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. The free event will include food, games, bouncy houses, prizes, music and school supplies.

■ St. Mark’s African Methodist Episcopal Church, 801 N.W. Harrison, will have its annual Women’s Day program at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. The speaker will be the Rev. Mary E. Hall, of Grant Chapel AME Church in Moberly, Mo. Music will be provided by the Topeka Community Choir.

■ The Kaw Valley District Laymen’s Early Morning Service will be held at 6 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at First Regular Missionary Baptist Church, 1646 Vermont St., in Lawrence. The Rev. Shawn D. Smith and members of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church will be the special guests.

■ The Elmont Gospel Opry, featuring special guest Gary Bell, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Elmont United Methodist Church, 6635 N.W. Church Lane. The doors will open 90 minutes before showtime for lunch. Tickets are $10. Call (785) 246-0156.

■ Mount Olive Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church, 701 N.W. Gordon, will present a “Women in the Bible” program at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. The guest speaker will be Jodi Blount-Woods.

■ Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 S.E. Lime, will have its Mission Annual Day at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. The speaker will be Armleita Williams, of Wichita.

■ The Ascension Quartet, a southern gospel group, will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at Bethel Baptist Church, 4011 N. Kansas Ave. A freewill offering will be received.

■ The Topeka Women’s Connection will have a “Second Hand Rose” luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, in the Emerald Room of the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 S.W. Topeka Blvd. Mary Lou Powell, of Denver, will present a trunk show and speak about “The Greatest Gift of All.” Luncheon cost is $13.50. Reservations are requested by Monday, Aug. 13, by calling (785) 233-1387 or (785)266-1522.

■ Mount Olive Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church, 701 N.W. Gordon, will offer turkey, ham or salisbury steak dinners with two side orders for $7 from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17.

■ Topeka artist Cindy Krallman will present an experiential workshop in oil or acrylic painting from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins. The fee is $120 per participant, which includes lunch. Call (785) 233-1786 for more information.

■ The Saturday Women’s Connection, featuring guest speaker Mary Lou Powell, of Denver, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 18, in the Emerald Room of the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 S.W. Topeka Blvd. The cost is $13. Reservations may be made by calling (785) 233-0701.

■ Mount Olive Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church, 701 N.W. Gordon, will offer turkey, ham or salisbury steak dinners with two side orders for $7 from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17.

■ Topeka artist Cindy Krallman will present an experiential workshop in oil or acrylic painting from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins. The fee is $120 per participant, which includes lunch. Call (785) 233-1786 for more information.

■ The Saturday Women’s Connection, featuring guest speaker Mary Lou Powell, of Denver, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 18, in the Emerald Room of the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 S.W. Topeka Blvd. The cost is $13. Reservations may be made by calling (785) 233-0701.

Notes: Church sets back-to-school event

August 4, 2012

With the start of school just a little more than a week away, Light of the World Christian Center, 3301 S.W. Gage, is sponsoring an event to help get youngsters get back in the swing of things.

The church will have a “Back to School Bash,” with school supplies given to children entering kindergarten through the fifth grade, after the youngsters have attended the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Aug. 5.

For more information, visit www.lotwcc.org or call the church at (785) 271-1010.

In other religion news:

■ New Life Fellowship will hold its 19th annual Family of God Convention at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, and at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5. Bishop Ron Lassiter and the Rev. Sandra Lassiter will be honored during the Sunday afternoon program.

■ The 6th annual Tennessee Town Basketball Tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the outdoor King’s Court, located at the northwest corner of S.W. Munson and Lincoln.

Before the tournament starts, a new King’s Kids Court wil be dedicated at 8:45 a.m.

The free event, sponsored in part by Community First, Faith Temple Church and the Tennessee Town Neighborhood Improvement Association, will include entertainment, inflatable bouncies and a barbecue luncheon.

■ Mount Olive Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church, 701 N.W. Gordon, will have a building fund fish fry from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. The dinners will include two sides. Freewill donations are requested.

■ Northern Hills Baptist Church, 902 N.W. 62nd, will have the “Amazing Wonders: Aviation” vacation Bible school starting at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, through Friday, Aug. 10.

■ The Topeka Churches Singing Convention will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Mount Olive Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church, 701 N.W. Gordon, and at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 2222 S.E. Madison.

Male choruses and youth choirs will sing for the Saturday night session, and adult choirs will sing on Sunday afternoon, when the message will be brought by the Rev. Royce Miller, pastor of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church.

■ Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, will have the “Operation Overboard” vacation Bible school from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, through Thursday, Aug. 9.

■ A prayer service honoring the 150th anniversary of the founding of the First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry unit will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Cushinberry Park, 335 S.E. 15th. Another service, led by the Rev. David Helm, of Mount Olive Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church, will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at Cushinberry Park.

■ Lane Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 1200 S.W. Lane, will held its second annual community outreach festival and basement sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. The event is free, but donations will be accepted.

■ Stull United Methodist Church, 1596 E. 250 Road in the Douglas County town of Stull, will have its second annual “Back to School” day from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Families will be able to select clothes for school-age children.

■ Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 531 S.E. 33rd Terrace, will sponsor a barbecue fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For information, contact Rev. Kenneth Anderson at 231-7218 or Alan Ward at 266-5174.

Drought means time to pray for rain

July 27, 2012

With a drought of epic proportions upon us, and no real letup in sight, a local church leader is calling on Christians to pray for rain.

In an email sent to local church leaders last week, David Epps, city coordinator of the Operation Rolling Thunder group and the National Day of Prayer, pointed out the United States is in its worst drought since 1950.

For Americans age 61 and younger, this is the worst drought of their lifetime.

“If you haven’t already,” Epps said, “start praying about this in your church, your home group, your prayer circle and your personal prayer times.”

Epps says there are spiritual connotations to drought — both historically and at the present time.

In short, he said, God has used drought in the past to get people’s attention and turn their hearts toward him.

“In the Bible,” he said, “drought is always associated with judgment, when God’s people have drifted away from him. He is calling us back to him. It’s not just our nation that has strayed, it’s the American church.

“What will it take for the Lord to get our attention? More earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, economic hardship, terrorism and political upheaval? More drought?”

Epps maintains that church leaders have shied away from talking about God’s judgment in recent years. But that doesn’t make it any less real.

“Our emphasis on God’s love has minimized his justice,” he said. “We serve a God of judgment and mercy. Mercy has no value if not for the possibility of judgment. Grace is not amazing if we don’t have the fear of the Lord.

“Yes, God’s love is truly incredible, but what makes it incredible is the fact that he is holy, yet still loves his unholy children. In fact, he loves us too much to allow us to stay the way we are. He will refine us by fire. He is an all-consuming God.”

Epps said trials and tribulations actually are a way for God to bless his people.

Epps asked if the following Bible passage, from 2 Chronicles 7:13-15, has ever been any more relevant: “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”

With temperatures in triple digits nearly every day and the ground as hard as concrete, with crops burning up before our eyes, Epps said, the time for some serous prayer and repentance has come.

“Fear the Lord,” Epps said. “Pray until something happens.”

Notes: LDS to celebrate Pioneer Day

July 21, 2012

Local members and friends of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will celebrate the annual LDS Pioneer Day this coming week.

Pioneer Day honors the faith, sacrifices and lives of early members of the LDS Church.

Throughout the world, Pioneer Day activities are typically scheduled around July 24, the date in 1847 when the first Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley in Utah.

Among local commemorations this week:

■ The Sherwood Ward will celebrate Pioneer Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Corral Park 2 near the Bark Park in Gage Park, near S.W. 10th and Gage. The event will include a cookout, live pioneer music and activities. Individuals and families who attend are asked to bring a side dish to share.

■ This year’s annual Pioneer Day Concert of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will air at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 21, online on www.lds.org and on BYUtv, which is carried on Cox Cable’s Channel 152, Dish Television Network’s Channel 9403 and Direct TV’s Channel 374. The concert, which will feature British singing sensation and classical crossover artist Katherine Jenkins, also airs on BYUtv at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24.

■ The annual “Pie-o-neer” Day of the Kaw Valley Ward will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 28, at the Topeka LDS Stake Center, 2401 S.W. Kingsrow Road. The celebration will also include a pie-baking contest; a lunch of hot dogs, corn on the cob and homemade pies; a children’s parade; pioneer games, such as sack races and “cow-pie” throwing; and pioneer activities, such as log-splitting and two-person log-sawing.

For more information, call (785) 357-1437.

In other religion news:

■ Harveyville United Methodist Church will sponsor an ice cream social and worship band concert from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Harris Park, located at Gertrude and Ash streets on the south edge of Harveyville.

Homemade ice cream and cookies will be served at the event. The Osage City United Methodist Church praise and worship band will perform at 7 p.m.

Proceeds from a freewill offering will benefit a fund to replace the Harveyville church’s building, which was destroyed by the Feb. 28 tornado.

■ The three-time Grammy Award-winning gospel group the Mighty Clouds of Joy will be in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 21, in the Topeka West High School auditorium, 2001 S.W. Fairlawn.

Also appearing will be the Rev. T.J. Parker and the Harmony Kings, of Topeka, and the Greater Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church Choir, also of Topeka. Food will be served. Concert tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Above All Books and Gifts, 2607 S.W. 21st.

■ A citywide prayer and worship service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at Community Church, 1821 S.W. 21st. Service leaders will include the Holy Smoke Worship Band.

■ Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 S.E. Lime, will have its annual ushers and health workers musical at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22.

■ The sixth annual Tennessee Town basketball tournament will take place at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, on the Kings Courts, at S.W. Munson and Lincoln. A new basketball court, north of the existing one, will be dedicated at the event, which is sponsored by Faith Temple Church. Registrations for teams wishing to enter the basketball tournament are requested by Monday, July 23. For more information, call Faith Temple at (785) 235-1834.

■ The Delta Eta Lambda Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will hold its second annual Gospel Fest scholarship fundraiser from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1100 S.E. Washington. The event will feature diverse forms of gospel music, with groups from the Topeka and Kansas City areas.

The program will culminate with the chapter awarding a $500 scholarship to a student to further his or her education at the collegiate level.

■ Fellowship Christian Baptist Church, 2714 S.E. Kentucky, will have a “welcome back” service for first lady Jean Kirtdoll upon her return from Canton, Ohio, at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 22.

■ Southwest Topeka Baptist Church, 2901 S.W. Eveningside Drive, will have an installation service for new pastor the Rev. Carl Foster at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22.

■ Central Congregational United Church of Christ will hold its monthly “cash mob” supporting locally owned businesses at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Sunflower School Supply store, in Gage Center near S.W. Huntoon and Gage. Afterward, attendees will have lunch at a nearby restaurant.

■ The Evangelism Committee of the Topeka City Mission Union will present a program at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at Calvary Baptist Church, 433 S.W. Harrison. The Rev. Kenneth McCollough, of True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, will bring the message.

■ Randel Ministries and Family of God Church, in conjunction with Harvesters, will have a free food distribution at 9 a.m. Monday, July 23, at the church, 1231 N.W. Eugene.

■ Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 531 S.E. 33rd Terrace, will present the Power-Packed Gospel Fest at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 29.

The concert will feature the Sensational Wonders, from Kansas City, Kan., and the Spiritual Sons, of Omaha, Neb.

Several local groups also will perform. There is no admission charge. A freewill offering will be received.

■ Grantville United Methodist Church, 3724 South St. in Grantville, will have vacation Bible school from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 23, through Friday, July 27, for children ages 3 years through fifth grade.

Notes: 'Service on the Steps' Sunday

July 13, 2012

North Topeka Baptist Church is taking a musical worship service outdoors at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15.

The church, at 123 N.W. Gordon, will have a program titled “Worship on the Steps.” Gary and Linda Kentch will bring praise music and original songs, many of which are based on rock classics. Refreshments will be served after the program.

In other religion news:

■ Mount Olive Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church will sponsor its seventh annual 100 Women in White service at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 S.E. Lime. The event will begin with a tea, followed by a program.

■ Family of God Church, 1231 N.W. Eugene, will continue its camp meeting titled “Restoring the Power of Pentecost Back to Topeka” with services at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, July 14, and 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, July 15. Visit www.fogchurch.com for more information.

■ The Rev. Mamy Ranaivoson, a native of Madagascar and recent graduate of Wartburg Seminary in Iowa, will be ordained into the ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America during a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 731 S.W. Buchanan, where he also will be installed as pastor.

■ Calvary Church of God in Christ, 1301 N.W. Van Buren, will have a catfish dinner sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. The price is $8.50.

■ Seaman Congregational Church, 2036 N.W. Taylor, will have vacation Bible school with the theme “Sonrise National Park” from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Sunday, July 15, to Thursday, July 19. A light supper will be served at 6 p.m. for children and their families.

■ Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 531 S.E. 33rd Terrace, will have its annual Usher Day program at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15. Guest congregations will include Ebenezer Baptist Church and Topeka City Church.

■ Jim Mosher will be featured in a free Harpists for Peace concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 3916 S.W. 17th. The concert is part of an international effort by harpists around the world who will play their instruments for one hour, inviting listeners to reflect on peace. A wide range of music will be presented, including “Nocturne” by Boscha, in which Mosher will be joined by Debby Mosher on flute.

■ New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church will observe its annual Choir Day with a special program at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15. The Rev. Cecil T. Washington Jr. and the congregation of New Beginning Baptist Church will be the special guests.

■ University United Methodist Church, 1621 S.W. College, will have vacation Bible school from 7:45 a.m. to noon Monday, July 16, to Friday, July 20. The theme will be “Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep With God!”

■ St. Mark’s African Methodist Episcopal Church, 801 N.W. Harrison, will celebrate its 132nd anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 15. The featured speaker will be the Rev. Theodore Evans, retired presiding elder of the church. The group Storms of Life will provide music.

■ First Lutheran Church, 1234 S.W. Fairlawn, will celebrate 50 years at its present location with special services at 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday, July 15. A restored organ from the former church building at S.W. 5th and Harrison will be rededicated at the services. A grand piano and German-made harpsichord also will be dedicated.

■ True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, 307 S.E. Tefft, will celebrate its annual Choir Day at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15. Special guests will be the Rev. T.D. Hicks and choir of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.

■ Christ the King Catholic Church, 5973 S.W. 25th, will have a “Sonrise National Park” vacation Bible school from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 16, to Friday, July 20.