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Notes: Speaker draws on Quaker roots

April 27, 2012

Bryan Welch, author of “Beautiful and Abundant: Building the World We Want,” will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Topeka Friends Meetinghouse, 603 S.W. 8th.

During his presentation, Welch will offer an optimistic approach for envisioning a beautiful yet sustainable future for everyone.

The key to his visioning process is a set of questions he developed from the Quaker tradition.

Welch has worked as an environmentalist, farmer and business leader. His experiences allow him to see the world’s environmental crises as a unique opportunity for people to band together to solve the complex problems they face.

In other religion news:

■ A Christian rap CD party and concert will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, 1162 S.W. Lincoln. Rapper RH will release his new CD at the event. Also featured will be Scott G, of Light of the World Christian Center; Index, from Journey Church; Sherisse Verser, from Faith Temple; Tope Spin, from Kansas City, Mo.; Abe, from Topeka; and TCO, from Little Rock, Ark.

■ Lowman United Methodist Church, 4000 S.W. Drury Lane, will sponsor a women’s retreat from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the church. Kansas City-area authors and speakers Debi Stack and Fawn Brents will present a program titled “Keep a Smile on Your Face.” A lunch for $7.50 will be available if ordered in advance. Admission is free, but preregistration is requested by calling (758) 272-8921.

■ Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, 1162 S.W. Lincoln, will continue its 23rd annual Winning Women’s Conference at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28, and 11 a.m. Sunday, April 29.

■ The Topeka Christian Women’s Fellowship will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at West Side Christian Church, 432 S.W. Lindenwood. Andrea Rauch, spokeswoman for Women Heart, will be the speaker. The cost is $3. Call (785) 234-0469 for more information.

■ New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1018 S.E. 8th, will have a barbecue dinner starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, outside the Walmart Supercenter at 1301 S.W. 37th. Rib dinners will be available for $8. Chicken dinners for $6 and bratwurst dinners at $4 will be available.

■ The Deaconess Ministry of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church is sponsoring a mother-daughter fashion show and brunch at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at Antioch Family Life Center, 1921 S.E. Indiana. A $10 donation for adults and $5 donation for children younger than 12 is requested. Proceeds will benefit the Antioch Family Life Center’s Freedom Schools program.

■ The Rev. Roy Bourgeois, an American activist in peace work, human rights and women’s issues, will speak from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28, at First Congregational Church, 1701 S.W. Collins. A documentary film titled “Pink Smoke Over the Vatican,” about the controversial movement of women seeking to be ordained as Roman Catholic priests, will be shown. His appearance is sponsored by Catholics for Renewal of Northeast Kansas and First Congregational.

■ St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, 701 S.W. Topeka Blvd., will have a quarterly church conference faciliated by Foster Chisholm from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28.

■ Poet and English teacher Jeff Fouquet will speak on “Teaching and Talking: A Madman Rants on the Fire Inside” at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka, 4775 S.W. 21st.

■ The Rev. Henry Calhoun will speak at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, 307 S.E. Tefft.

■ The Wrights, of Topeka, will present a southern gospel music concert at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 29, at Kansas Avenue United Methodist Church, 1029 N. Kansas Ave.

■ Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 S.E. Lime, will celebrate its 84th mission anniversary at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29.

■ The National Day of Prayer ceremony, with a theme of “Have Mercy,” will take place at noon Thursday, May 3, on the south steps of the Statehouse.

Another National Day of Prayer meeting will take place at 7 p.m. that day in the Washburn University Memorial Union, near S.W. 19th and MacVicar.

■ Lane Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will present “Men and Women in White: A Fruitful Spring Fling!,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Crestview Community Center, 4801 S.W. Shunga Drive. The Rev. Delmar A. White, of Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Lawrence, will speak. The Storms of Life singing group, of Atchison, and praise dancer Stacy Davis also will be featured. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children younger than 12. Call (785) 267-0257 or (785) 235-5598 for tickets or more information.

■ The Women’s Connection “Spectacular Spring Brunch” will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 S.W. Topeka Blvd. Pam Schram, former Mrs. Nebraska USA and a radio host, will be the speaker. Music will be presented by violinist Rachel Hutton, of Topeka. Dillard’s will present a fashion show. Tickets are $13.50, with reservations requested by 10 a.m. Monday, May 7, at (785) 266-4062.

Phil Anderson can be reached at (785) 295-1195 or phil.anderson@cjonline.com. Follow Phil on Twitter @Philreports. Read Phil's blog: Perspectives.

Notes: Speaker to discuss Holocaust, film

April 13, 2012

Sylvia Ginsparg has studied the way the Holocaust has been portrayed in movies.

Ginsparg, a former Topekan and author of the book “Never Again: Echoes of the Holocaust as Understood Through Film,” will discuss “Why is This Night Different From All Other Nights? Our Responsibility to the Holocasust,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Temple Beth Sholom, 4200 S.W. Munson.

Ginsparg also will lead a discussion of the film “Music Box” during a showing of the movie from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Temple Beth Sholom.

Ginsparg, of St. Louis, will conclude her visit to Topeka when she speaks at the Kansas Holocaust Commemoration Service at 1 p.m. Monday, April 23, at the Kansas History Museum, 6425 S.W. 6th. Her topic will be “Fulfilling the Promise of Never Again.”

In other religion news:

■ Grantville United Methodist Church, 3724 South St. in Grantville, will have its annual spring dinner, bazaar, cake walk and silent auction from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the church. Dinner, which will be served from 4 to 7 p.m., is $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger.

■ Cathy Callen will discuss people who influenced her writing and will read some of her favorite poems and passages at a forum at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 15, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka, 4775 S.W. 21st.

■ Brian Arnold, known as “America’s Favorite One-Handed Pianist,” will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at Grace Community Church, 310 E. 8th in Overbrook. Arnold, whose left arm was paralyzed from the shoulder down after a 1994 traffic accident, has opened for country performers that include Roy Clark, Ricky Skaggs, Porter Wagoner and Loretta Lynn. A freewill offering will be received.

■ The monthly Eckankar worship service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 15, at the Clubhouse Inn and Suites, 924 S.W. Henderson. The topic will be “Our Spiritual Wake-Up Call.”

■ Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 S.E. Lime, will celebrate its 104th anniversary at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15.

■ First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ, 1880 S.W. Gage, will have a program in observance of National Healthcare Decisions Day at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15. The program will include information on advance directives and living wills.

■ Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 2525 S.E. Ohio, will present a musical program titled “Shine Anyway,” featuring the True Believers Evangelical Choir and Robert Hudson and his Mass Choir from Kansas City, Mo. The Rev. Eli Williams will be the guest speaker.

■ St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 2222 S.E. Madison, will celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the Rev. McCoy and Lucinda Caraway at the church with special services at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 7 p.m. April 18, 7 p.m. April 19 and 7 p.m. April 20.

■ A Divine Mercy Sunday Celebration with benediction, exposition and holy hour will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at Mater Dei-Assumption Catholic Church, 204 S.W. 8th. Confessions will be heard from 1 to 2 p.m., and a reception will follow at 3 p.m.

■ The Antioch Family Life Center’s Health and Wellness program, in cooperation with the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church’s Women’s Ministry, will sponsor the Harvester’s Project Strength Program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday beginning April 17 and continuing through June 5. The program teaches participants to stretch food resources to meet the nutritional needs of low-income families. Each participant will take home a bag of groceries after each session. Call (785) 232-2584 for information.

■ True Holiness Family Church of God in Christ, 1244 S.E. Republican, will sell barbecue and catfish dinners fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21.

■ Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 S.E. Lime, will have a spring revival at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18; Thursday, April 19; and Friday, April 10, led by Evangelist Kim Gladney.

■ The Rev. Roy Bourgeois, an American activist in peace work, human rights and women’s issues, will speak from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins. His appearance is sponsored by Catholics for Renewal of Northeast Kansas.

■ Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, 1162 S.W. Lincoln, will have its 23rd annual Winning Women’s Conference at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27, and at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28 and 11 a.m. Sunday, April 29. Speakers will include Jeanette Mitchell, of Topeka; Rita Stanley, of Kansas City, Mo.; Antoinette Starks, of Kansas City, Kan.; Evangelist Shannon Venerable, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Angela Sims, Kansas City, Kan.; and Evangelist Lillian Lloyd, of Detroit.

■ The Deaconess Ministry of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church will sponsor a mother-daughter fashion show and brunch at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at Antioch Family Life Center, 1921 S.E. Indiana. A $10 donation for adults and $5 donation for children younger than 12 is requested.

■ Lane Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will present “Men and Women in White: A Fruitful Spring Fling!,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Crestview Community Center, 4801 S.W. Shunga Drive. The Rev. Delmar A. White, of Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Lawrence, will speak. The Storms of Life singing group, of Atchison, and praise dancer Stacy Davis also will be featured. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children younger than 12. Call (785) 267-0257 or (785) 235-5598 for tickets or more information.

Phil Anderson can be reached at (785) 295-1195 or phil.anderson@cjonline.com. Follow Phil on Twitter @Philreports. Read Phil's blog: Perspectives.

Easter memories fond, not always warm

April 6, 2012

Easter is the biggest day on the church calendar, hands down.

It's the Super Bowl, the Final Four, the World Series and the Masters all rolled into one eventful day.

Sure, Christmas Eve services are big and usually attract some of the largest crowds churches will see all year.

But those Christmas services just don't hold a candle to Easter.

It all makes perfect sense to Christians, who know their entire faith hinges on Easter. Had Jesus Christ not risen from the dead, there would be no Easter and no Christian faith.

Some churches put more emphasis on Easter than others. Many are just completing Holy Week, the climax of the 40-day Lenten season leading to Easter. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services took place in many churches the past couple of days.

Roman Catholic churches observe Easter vigil services on Saturday night, with a profound sense of excitement of what is to follow the next day.

Many Catholic churches welcome new members into their congregations on the night of the Easter vigil.

An Easter morning tradition in many Protestant churches is the sunrise service.

Depending on when Easter falls on the calendar, those services can start anywhere from around 6:15 to 7:15 a.m.

I have nearly shivered myself silly covering those early sunrise services over the years in Topeka, particularly those held outdoors at the Kuehne Bell tower on the Washburn University campus.

Hard as it is to believe after the record-setting warm March we just had, the temperature at one of those sunrise services about five years ago was only about 11 degrees in Topeka.

I didn't make it to that service, but I'm sure it went on as scheduled, with those in attendance no doubt bundled up in coats and blankets, just as they were at some I had attended through the years.

Brunches are a fairly recent tradition in many churches on Easter Sunday.

I am not sure where or when that tradition got started, but I'm glad it did.

The hot chocolate is especially comforting after a cold morning at an outdoor service.

Then there are the Easter egg hunts for children that some churches sponsor between services on Easter Sunday. I've been to a few of those through the years, too, and the most meaningful ones include a telling of the Easter story for children.

While it is easy for the message of Easter to blur amid secular trappings of the holiday, the resurrection of Christ remains one of the most pivotal events in human history.

It continues to be discussed and debated 2,000 years later. But there can be no denying its impact. It even marks the years of our calendar.

For those who believe in Jesus and in his resurrection, it remains not only the most important event in history, but also in their lives.

Notes: Gospel concert a celebration

March 31, 2012

Gospel music lovers will be in for a treat when a special program is offered at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, 1162 S.W. Lincoln.

The program theme will be “We’ve Come This Far By Faith.” The concert title is “A Celebration of Our Gospel Musical Heritage: 400 Years of Faithful Praise.”

Faith Temple Church of God in Christ’s combined choirs and special guests will be featured in the concert.

In other religion news:

■ The Saturday Women’s Connection will have a “Shake Up for Summer” luncheon from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at McFarland’s Restaurant, 4133 S.W. Gage Center Drive. The speaker will be Pat Geren, with special music by Jonathan Brickman. Heather Brewer, of Rebound Physical Therapy, also will speak. The cost is $13. For reservations, call (785) 233-0701.

■ Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, 1162 S.W. Lincoln, will celebrate Lady Sandra Lassiter’s Day with a special program at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 1.

■ The 182nd annual 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, March 31, and Sunday, April 1, in the LDS Topeka Stake Center, 2401 S.W. Kingsrow, and the LDS meetinghouse, 3611 S.W. Jewell. At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 1, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s weekly program, “Music and the Spoken Word,” will be shown at 10:30 a.m.

Conference sessions also will air online at www.lds.org and www.byutv.org, as well as on Cox Communication channel 152 in Topeka, Dish Television channel 9403 and DirecTV channel 374.

■ The Topeka Churches Singing Convention will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Mount Olive Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church, 701 N.W. Gordon, and at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 2222 S.E. Madison. Male choruses and youth choirs will sing on Saturday night, with adult choirs singing on Sunday afternoon, with the message by the Rev. Royce Miller, of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church.

■ A “March Gladness” concert will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan. Groups will include 4Told, of Russell; the Parkers, of Fairbury, Neb.; the Ric Hinson Family, of Wichita; and the Armouraires, also from Wichita. Other performers will include Dennis Heckerman and the World’s Only Bass Quartet. Concessions will be available from 4 to 7 p.m. A freewill offering will be received.

■ Antioch Missionary Baptist Church will present a session on new voter registration requirements at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at Antioch Family Life Center, 1921 S.E. Indiana Ave. Brad Bryant, state election director for the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office, will be the speaker. The League of Women Voters will assist people in registering to vote.

■ Lane Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 1200 S.W. Lane, will have a fish fry from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 6. The cost is $8 per dinner. Delivery is available upon request by calling (785) 232-0015.

■ Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan, will conclude its Lenten breakfast series at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 3. The speaker will be the Rev. Glen Yancey.

■ Tickets are on sale for the 131st annual performances of Handel’s “Messiah” and Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” as performed by the Bethany Oratorio Society in Lindsborg. “Messiah” will be performed at 3 p.m. Palm Sunday, April 1, and 3 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 8. “Messiah” tickets are $17 and $22. “St. Matthew Passion” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Good Friday, April 6, with tickets also $17 and $12. For information on tickets, call (785) 227-3380 ext. 8137 from 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays or email bunningb@bethanylb.edu.

■ The VeggieTales Live! “God Made You Special” tour comes at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, to Indian Creek Community Church, 12480 S. Black Bob Road in Olathe. Tickets are $15 general admission advance or $20 day of show. Advance tickets start at $15. Call (913) 829-1712 or visit www.holdmyticket.com for more information.

■ The new Kansas City Missouri Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7001 Searcy Creek Parkway, has added extra tour times and slots during its April 7 to 21 open house in order to accommodate the many people who want to attend. The first tour for each day will begin at 7:30 a.m. The last tour will be at 9 p.m. Admission to the open house is free, but reservations are necessary.

Tickets can be obtained by going to www.kansascitymormontemple.org or by calling (866) 537-8457. Although tickets can be ordered online 24 hours a day, the call center will be open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. CDT. For more information, call 357-1437.

■ Lane Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will present “Men and Women in White: A Fruitful Spring Fling!,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Crestview Community Center, 4801 S.W. Shunga Drive. The Rev. Delmar A. White, of Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Lawrence, will speak. The Storms of Life singing group, of Atchison, and praise dancer Stacy Davis also will be featured.

The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children younger than 12. Call (785) 267-0257 or (785) 235-5598 for tickets or more information.

Notes: Piano concert to raise funds

March 23, 2012

The Topeka City Mission Union’s Virgie A. Smith Music Scholarship Committee will present its annual “Dollars for Scholars” piano concert at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1018 S.E. 8th. The program theme will be “Nurturing Our Youth by Giving Praises to God Through Musical Instruments.”

In other religion news:

■ Nathan and Kelly Hibbert are hosting a pancake feed to raise money to help bring their adopted daughter home from South Korea. The event will take place from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at Town and Country Christian Church, 4925 S.W. 29th.

■ The 52-member Bethel College Concert Choir, from North Newton, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th. The choir will perform works including “Heilig,” by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy; “Te Deum,” by Domenico Scarlatti; “Do Lord Remember Me,” arranged by Norman Luboff; and “Ave Maria,” by Kevin Memley. There is no admission charge. A freewill offering will be received.

■ Asbury-Mount Olive United Methodist Church, 1196 S.W. Buchanan, will sponsor a program for youths and young adults ages 14 to 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24. The event is free, and lunch will be served each day. For more information, call (785) 232-6801.

■ University United Methodist Church, 1621 S.W. College, will have its annual spring thrift sale from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24.

■ First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins, will present the film “The Dark Side of Chocolate” at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, March 25.

■ Immigration justice will be discussed during a forum at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka, 4775 S.W. 21st.

■ The laymen of the Topeka City Mission Union will sponsor a program on “Camp Ascension” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1018 S.E. 8th. The Rev. Kenneth Anderson, pastor of Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, will speak. The Pilgrim choir will provide the music.

■ Washburn University professor Barry Crawford will speak on “The Prophets and Justice” at 9 a.m. Sundays through March 25 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins.

■ A “March Gladness” concert will take place from 3 to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 31, at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan. Groups will include 4Told, of Russell; the Parkers, of Fairbury, Neb.; the Ric Hinson Family, of Wichita; and the Armouraires, also from Wichita. Other performers will include Dennis Heckerman and the World’s Only Bass Quartet. Concessions will be available from 4 to 7 p.m. A freewill offering will be received.

■ The new Kansas City Missouri Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7001 Searcy Creek Parkway, has added extra tour times and slots during its April 7-21 open house in order to accommodate the many people who want to attend. The first tour for each day will begin at 7:30 a.m. The last tour will be at 9 p.m. Admission to the open house is free, but reservations are necessary.

Tickets can be obtained by going to www.kansascitymormontemple.org or by calling (866) 537-8457. Although tickets can be ordered online 24 hours a day, the call center will be open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. CDT. For more information, call 357-1437.

■ Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan, will continue its Lenten breakfast series at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 27. The speaker will be the Rev. Jean Marie Grabher.

■ Seabrook-area churches will continue their Lenten prayer breakfasts at 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3916 S.W. 17th.

■ Tickets are on sale for the 131st annual performances of Handel’s “Messiah” and Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” as performed by the Bethany Oratorio Society in Lindsborg. “Messiah” will be performed at 3 p.m. Palm Sunday, April 1, and 3 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 8. “Messiah” tickets are $17 and $22. “St. Matthew Passion” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Good Friday, April 6, with tickets also $17 and $12. For more information on tickets, including discounts, call (785) 227-3380 ext. 8137 from 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays or email bunningb@bethanylb.edu.

■ Lane Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will have a “Men and Women in White” spring fling at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Crestview Community Center, 4801 S.W. Shunga Drive. The special guests will be the Rev. Delmar A. White, of Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Lawrence; praise dancer Stacy Davis; and the Storms of Life singing group from Atchison. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children younger than 12. The preferable color of attire will be white. For tickets, call (785) 267-0257 or (785) 235-5598.

■ Christ the King Catholic Church, 5973 S.W. 25th, will have Lenten dinners from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fridays through March 30. Suggested donations are $7 per meal or $25 for a family. Take-out meals are available. Deliveries to home-bound people within a 5-mile radius of the church are available with 24-hour notice by calling (785) 845-6805.

■ Calvary Lutheran Church, 4211 N.W. Topeka Blvd., will have Lenten services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays during Lent, preceded by dinner at 6 p.m.

■ Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3601 S.W. 17th, will have Lenten fish fries from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Friday during Lent. The cost is $8 for those 11 and older and $5 for children 4 to 10, with those and younger dining at no charge. There is a maximum charge of $30 for a single family.

■ Mater Dei Catholic Church will have fish fries from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays during Lent in Rossiter Hall, located in the basement of the Assumption church at 204 S.W. 8th. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 6 to 12. Children 5 and younger eat free.

■ St. Joseph’s-Sacred Heart Catholic Church will have fish fries from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 30 in the Sacred Heart Church hall, 312 N.E. Freeman. The cost is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children 12 and younger.

■ Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3625 S.W. Wanamaker, will have Lenten services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, preceded by light suppers at 5:30 p.m.

■ Countryside United Methodist Church, 3221 S.W. Burlingame Road, will have Lenten services at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Lay speakers will share about their faith journeys, and communion will be served.

■ Calvary Lutheran Church, 4211 N.W. Topeka Blvd., will have Lenten services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. A dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

■ Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, will have Lenten services at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, followed by supper at 6:30 p.m.

■ An art exhibit titled “Icons in Transformation,” by Russian-born painter and sculptor Ludmila Pawolwska, will be shown from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays through March 25 at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, and First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison. The exhibit also will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at Grace Cathedral only.

■ The VeggieTales Live! “God Made You Special” tour comes at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, to Indian Creek Community Church, 12480 S. Black Bob Road in Olathe. Tickets are $15 general admission advance or $20 day of show. Advance tickets start at $15. Call (913) 829-1712 or visit www.holdmyticket.com for more information.

■ A resurrection concert featuring the Topeka Community Mass Choir will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at First Church of God in Christ, 614 S.E. California Ave. The Rev. Shawn Smith, of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, will be the speaker, with Leola Stokes serving as mistress of ceremonies.

Phil Anderson can be reached at (785) 295-1195 or phil.anderson@cjonline.com. Follow Phil on Twitter @Philreports. Read Phil's blog: Perspectives.

Open house set for new Mormon Temple

March 16, 2012

An open house for the new Kansas City Missouri Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be held from April 7 to 21 at the temple, 7001 Searcy Creek Parkway.

Guided tours, which will last about an hour, will include a short film about temples, an informational walk-through of the temple and refreshments.

Since LDS temples are only open to Latter-day Saints in good standing after they are officially dedicated, this open house will give members of the public a rare opportunity to tour a Mormon temple.

Admission to the open house is free, but reservations are necessary.

Tickets can be obtained by visiting www.kansascitymormontemple.org on the Internet or by calling (866) 537-8457. Tickets can be ordered online 24 hours a day, and the call center will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central time Mondays through Fridays.

In other religion news:

■ Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, 1162 S.W. Lincoln, will have a fundraising prayer breakfast with the theme “God Has Done it Again!” at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17.

■ True Holiness Family Church of God in Christ, 1244 S.E. Republican, will have a barbecue ribs, chicken and catfish dinner fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17. The cost is $10 for fried catfish dinners, $8 for rib dinners, $7 for white meat chicken dinners and $6 for dark meat chicken dinners. Call (785) 233-9545 for delivery to seniors, job sites or for three or more dinners.

■ Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake feed from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Sunrise Optimist building, 720 N.W. 50th. A $4 donation is requested.

■ Light of the World Christian Center, 3301 S.W. Gage, will present a “Devil Proofing Your Marriage and Family” seminar featuring Ken and Trudi Blount at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17, and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, March 18.

■ Jim Schwartz will lead a discussion on small groups for personal growth at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 18, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka, 4775 S.W. 21st.

■ Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 531 S.E. 33rd Terrace, will be celebrating its 84th church anniversary at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18. The public is invited.

■ El Shaddai Ministries Community Church, 920 S.E. Sherman, will celebrate its 15th anniversary with special services at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18.

■ Asbury-Mount Olive United Methodist Church, 1196 S.W. Buchanan, is sponsoring a miniseries for youths and young adults ages 14 to 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24. The series focus is on building and maintaining positive self images for future leaders. The event is free, and lunch will be served each day. For more information, call (785) 232-6801.

■ First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins, will offer an Indian cooking class at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, for $15 a person, and a “Living in Harmony With Your Dog” class from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 18.

■ The monthly Eckankar worship service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 18, at the Clubhouse Inn, 924 S.W. Henderson. The topic is “God is Love.”

■ Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan, will continue its Lenten breakfast series at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 20. The speaker will be Galen Biery.

■ Terry and Melissa Wright will perform a southern gospel concert at 7 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Berryton United Methodist Church, 7010 S.E. Berryton Road. A freewill offering will be received. A potluck dinner will precede the concert at 6 p.m.

■ Nikki Noe, of the Kansas Department on Aging, will speak on “Are You Smarter Than a Scam Artist?” at 2 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Wanamaker Road Baptist Church, 2700 S.W. Wanamaker Road.

■ University United Methodist Church, 1621 S.W. College, will have its annual spring thrift sale from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 23, and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24.

■ First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ, 1880 S.W. Gage, will offer an indoor walking program titled “Just Move It” at 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

■ Seabrook-area churches will continue their Lenten prayer breakfasts at 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 3916 S.W. 17th.

■ Del Tackett, developer of “The Truth Project,” will be the featured speaker at the 51st annual Kansas Prayer Breakfast at 6 a.m. Friday, March 23, at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 420 S.E. 6th. Tickets are $15 each or $150 for a table of 10. Call (785) 267-0285 or (785) 234-6204 for tickets or more information.

■ Tickets are on sale for the 131st annual performances of Handel’s “Messiah” and Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” as performed by the Bethany Oratorio Society in Lindsborg. “Messiah” will be performed at 3 p.m. Palm Sunday, April 1, and 3 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 8. “Messiah” tickets are $17 and $22. “St. Matthew Passion” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Good Friday, April 6, with tickets also $17 and $12. For more information on tickets, including discounts, call (785) 227-3380 ext. 8137 from 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays or email bunningb@bethanylb.edu.

■ Christ the King Catholic Church, 5973 S.W. 25th, will have Lenten dinners from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fridays through March 30. Suggested donations are $7 per meal or $25 for a family. Take-out meals are available. Deliveries to home-bound people within a 5-mile radius of the church are available with 24-hour notice by calling (785) 845-6805.

■ Washburn University professor Barry Crawford will speak on “The Prophets and Justice” at 9 a.m. Sundays through March 25 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins.

■ Calvary Lutheran Church, 4211 N.W. Topeka Blvd., will have Lenten services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays during Lent, preceded by dinner at 6 p.m.

■ Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3601 S.W. 17th, will have Lenten fish fries from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Friday during Lent. The cost is $8 for those 11 and older and $5 for children 4 to 10, with those and younger dining at no charge. There is a maximum charge of $30 for a single family.

■ Mater Dei Catholic Church will have fish fries from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays during Lent in Rossiter Hall, located in the basement of the Assumption church at 204 S.W. 8th. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 6 to 12. Children 5 and younger eat free.

■ St. Joseph’s-Sacred Heart Catholic Church will have fish fries from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 30 in the Sacred Heart Church hall, 312 N.E. Freeman. The cost is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children 12 and younger.

■ Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3625 S.W. Wanamaker, will have Lenten services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, preceded by light suppers at 5:30 p.m.

■ Countryside United Methodist Church, 3221 S.W. Burlingame Road, will have Lenten services at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Lay speakers will share about their faith journeys, and communion will be served.

■ Calvary Lutheran Church, 4211 N.W. Topeka Blvd., will have Lenten services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. A dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

■ Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, will have Lenten services at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, followed by supper at 6:30 p.m.

■ Four-time Grammy Award-winning band Third Day will bring its “Make Your Move” tour at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, to the Topeka Performing Arts Center, 214 S.E. 8th. Also performing will be Matt Maher and Trevor Morgan. Tickets are $75, $35, $25 and $15. Visit the TPAC box office or www.ticketmaster.com for more information.

■ An art exhibit titled “Icons in Transformation,” by Russian-born painter and sculptor Ludmila Pawolwska, will be shown from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays through March 25 at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, and First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison. The exhibit also will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at Grace Cathedral only.

■ The VeggieTales Live! “God Made You Special” tour comes at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, to Indian Creek Community Church, 12480 S. Black Bob Road in Olathe. Tickets are $15 general admission advance or $20 day of show. Advance tickets start at $15. Call (913) 829-1712 or visit www.holdmyticket.com for more information.

■ A resurrection concert featuring the Topeka Community Mass Choir will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at First Church of God in Christ, 614 S.E. California Ave.

Notes: 'Music' just what doctors order

March 9, 2012

About a dozen local physicians will be featured in the fifth annual “Music, Just What the Doctor Ordered” concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at First United Methodist Church, 600 S.W. Topeka Blvd.

Funds raised at the event will benefit HealthAccess and Marian Clinic, which provide services to low-income and uninsured residents of the Topeka vicinity.

Doctors taking part will be Steve Crouch, Robert Jacoby, Grace Morrison, Craig Yorke, James Hamilton, Scott Teeter, Paul Kindling, Joseph Sargent, James Seeman, Henry Spangler and Kurt Knappenberger.

Music by the Rip Chords also will be featured.

In other religion news:

■ Catholics for Renewal of Northeast Kansas, a faith-sharing group, will hold its first gathering of 2012 from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins.

For more information, call (785) 221-6379.

■ Asbury-Mount Olive United Methodist Church, 1196 S.W. Buchanan, is sponsoring a miniseries for youths and young adults ages 14 to 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, March 10 and 17, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24. The series focus is on building and maintaining positive self images for future leaders. The event is free, and lunch will be served each day. For more information, call (785) 232-6801.

■ First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins, will have an “Easter Tablescapes and Egg Decorating” class at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13. The cost is $2 for eggs and dyes. Reservations are needed by Monday, March 12, by calling (785) 233-1786.

■ Hope Lutheran Church, 2636 S.E. Minnesota, will have its annual chicken-and-noodle dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 12. Those younger than 3 eat free.

■ Grace United Methodist Church, 2627 S.W. Western, will have a pancake feed from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 10. The price is $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 10 and younger.

■ Connie Marsh, psychiatrist and faculty member at The University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita, will present a program titled “Growing Old Gracefully” from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Tecumseh United Methodist Church, 334 S.E. Tecumseh Road.

■ Tony Weedor will speak on “The Insider Movement” in the evangelical church at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Bethel Baptist Church, 4011 N. Kansas Ave.

■ The Kaw Valley District Laymen’s Early Morning Service will be held at 6 a.m. Sunday, March 11, at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1100 S.E. Washington.

■ Kansas Avenue United Methodist Church, 1029 N. Kansas Ave., will have an all-you-can-eat ham-and-bean dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 16. The cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children.

■ Comedian T.A. Hamilton will be featured at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Rolling Hills Christian Church, 4530 N.W. Hiawatha Place. Cake and ice cream will be served, and a freewill offering will be collected.

■ Sharon Highberger will present a workshop titled “Finding the Sacred in Depression: A Spiritual Pathway from Recovery,” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 815 S.E. Wyandotte in Meriden. There is no charge. A freewill offering will be received.

■ A training session for those interested in participating in the Mentoring 4 Success program, serving male and female inmates in Kansas prisons, will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at First Southern Baptist Church, 1912 S.W. Gage. The cost for materials is $20. Call Freedom Ministries at (620) 365-3233 for more information.

■ True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, 307 S.E. Tefft, will celebrate “Friends and Family Day” at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 11.

■ Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, 1162 S.W. Lincoln, will have a fundraising prayer breakfast with the theme “God Has Done it Again!” at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17.

■ Tickets are on sale now to the 131st annual performances of Handel’s “Messiah” and Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” as performed by the Bethany Oratorio Society in Lindsborg. “Messiah” will be performed at 3 p.m. Palm Sunday, April 1, and 3 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 8. “Messiah” tickets are $17 and $22. “St. Matthew Passion” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Good Friday, April 6, with tickets also $17 and $12. For more information on tickets, including discounts, call (785) 227-3380 ext. 8137 from 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays or email bunningb@bethanylb.edu.

■ Christ the King Catholic Church, 5973 S.W. 25th, will have Lenten dinners from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fridays through March 30. Suggested donations are $7 per meal or $25 for a family. Take-out meals are available. Deliveries to home-bound people within a 5-mile radius of the church are available with 24-hour notice by calling (785) 845-6805.

■ Washburn University professor Barry Crawford will speak on “The Prophets and Justice” at 9 a.m. Sundays through March 25 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins.

■ Del Tackett, developer of “The Truth Project,” will be the featured speaker at the 51st annual Kansas Prayer Breakfast at 6 a.m. Friday, March 23, at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 420 S.E. 6th. Tickets are $15 each or $150 for a table of 10. Call (785) 267-0285 or (785) 234-6204 for tickets or more information.

■ Calvary Lutheran Church, 4211 N.W. Topeka Blvd., will have Lenten services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays during Lent, preceded by dinner at 6 p.m.

■ Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan, will continue its Lenten breakfast series at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 13. The speaker will be the Rev. Mark Waterhouse, of the Free Methodist Church.

■ Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3601 S.W. 17th, will have Lenten fish fries from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Friday during Lent. The cost is $8 for those 11 and older and $5 for children 4 to 10, with those and younger dining at no charge. There is a maximum charge of $30 for a single family.

■ Mater Dei Catholic Church will have fish fries from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays during Lent in Rossiter Hall, located in the basement of the Assumption church at 204 S.W. 8th. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 6 to 12. Children 5 and younger eat free.

■ Seabrook-area churches will continue their tradition of Lenten prayer breakfasts at 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, at First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ, 1880 S.W. Gage.

■ St. Joseph’s-Sacred Heart Catholic Church will have fish fries from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays through March 30 in the Sacred Heart Church hall, 312 N.E. Freeman. The cost is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children 12 and younger.

■ Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3625 S.W. Wanamaker, will have Lenten services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, preceded by light suppers at 5:30 p.m.

■ Countryside United Methodist Church, 3221 S.W. Burlingame Road, will have Lenten services at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Lay speakers will share about their faith journeys, and communion will be served.

■ Calvary Lutheran Church, 4211 N.W. Topeka Blvd., will have Lenten services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. A dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

■ Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, will have Lenten services at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, followed by supper at 6:30 p.m.

■ Four-time Grammy Award-winning band Third Day will bring its “Make Your Move” tour at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, to the Topeka Performing Arts Center, 214 S.E. 8th. Also performing will be Matt Maher and Trevor Morgan. Tickets are $75, $35, $25 and $15. Visit the TPAC box office or www.ticketmaster.com for more information.

■ An art exhibit titled “Icons in Transformation,” by Russian-born painter and sculptor Ludmila Pawolwska, will be shown from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays through March 25 at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, and First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison. The exhibit also will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at Grace Cathedral only.

■ The VeggieTales Live! “God Made You Special” tour comes at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, to Indian Creek Community Church, 12480 S. Black Bob Road in Olathe. Tickets are $15 general admission advance or $20 day of show. Advance tickets start at $15. Call (913) 829-1712 or visit www.holdmyticket.com for more information.

Phil Anderson can be reached at (785) 295-1195 or phil.anderson@cjonline.com. Follow Phil on Twitter @Philreports. Read Phil's blog: Perspectives.

Notes: Churches offer wide array of foods

March 2, 2012

Many congregations turn to food when it comes time to raise funds for special projects.

The congregations and diners both come out winners.

This weekend, those who like to dine in houses of worship are in for a treat, as a plethora of offerings are available in the capital city for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

■ Calvary Church of God in Christ, 1301 N.W. Van Buren, will have a catfish dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3. The menu will include catfish fillets, spaghetti, cornbread, green beans and dessert. An $8.50 donation is requested.

■ Crestview United Methodist Church, 2245 S.W. Eveningside Drive, will have an old-fashioned breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, with proceeds benefiting Fellowship and Faith Ministry. Freewill donations will be accepted. Nonperishable food items also may be dropped off for the Fellowship and Faith food pantry.

■ Seaman Congregational Church, 2036 N.W. Taylor, will have a biscuits-and-gravy and scrambled eggs breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3. A $5 donation is suggested.

■ Berryton United Methodist Church, 7010 S.E. Berryton Road, will have its annual chicken-and-noodle dinner and country store from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Freewill donations will be accepted for dinner.

■ The Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, 2420 S.E. Bellview, will sell whole catfish dinners from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3. The cost is $9 per dinner, which includes fish, spaghetti, cornbread, green beans, cole slaw and dessert. Delivery is available for a limited area. Call (785) 266-7102 for more information.

■ St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, 701 S.W. Topeka Blvd., will have a chili luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3. A $6 donation is requested.

In other religion news:

■ St. David’s Episcopal Church, 3916 S.W. 17th, will celebrate St. David’s Day with a service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, March 4, followed by a roasted and fried chicken dinner, with attendees invited to bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share.

■ St. Mark’s African Methodist Episcopal Church, 801 N.W. Harrison, will celebrate Family and Friends Day at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4. The program will include an old-fashioned “pew rally.” The speaker will be the Rev. Theodore R. Evans, presiding elder and former pastor of St. Mark’s. The program focus is “unity.”

■ The 51st celebration of the Topeka Churches Singing Convention will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1018 S.E. 8th. The celebration will continue with a banquet at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at McFarland’s restaurant in the Gage Shopping Center, near S.W. Huntoon and Gage. The banquet donation is $25.

■ The Concert Choir of Baker University will present a Choral Evensong program at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th.

■ First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins, will present a film on German immigration to the United States and a wiener schnitzel dinner at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 4. Reservations are required for the dinner. Call (785) 233-1786 for more information.

■ Bobbie and Skylar Schaeffer will discuss living with disabilities during a forum at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka, 4775 S.W. 21st.

■ Topeka Women's Connection will meet for a "Bizzy Bee" luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. The speaker will be Victoria Burks, of Bartlesville, Okla. Music will be provided by Deo Gloria, a group of 10 high school-aged singers from the Cornerstone Family Schools choir. Reservations are required by Monday, March 5. Tickets are $13. Call (785) 233-1387 or (785) 266-1522.

■ Irish poet Desmond Egan will read at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins.

■ Burt Deweese, of Rebound Physical Therapy, will present a free program on foot pain at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins.

■ Christ the King Catholic Church, 5973 S.W. 25th, will have Lenten dinners from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fridays through March 30. Suggested donations are $7 per meal or $25 for a family. Take-out meals are available. Deliveries to home-bound people within a 5-mile radius of the church are available with 24-hour notice by calling (785) 845-6805.

■ Catholics for Renewal of Northeast Kansas, a faith sharing group, will hold its first gathering of 2012 from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins. Janelle Lazzo, of Roeland Park, and Susan Laverdure, of Shawnee, will speak on “A Progressive Catholic Community: Regional and Parish Perspectives.” Subsequent meetings will be held the second Saturday of each month — except July and August — at the same time and location. For more information, call (785) 221-6379.

■ The Saturday Women’s Connection will have a “Step Into Fashions” luncheon from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. Victoria Burks will be the featured speaker, with music by Laine Beal. The cost is $13. Call (785) 272-6065 for reservations.

■ A training session for those interested in participating in the Mentoring 4 Success program, serving men and women inmates in Kansas prisons, will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at First Southern Baptist Church, 1912 S.W. Gage. The cost for materials is $20. Call Freedom Ministries at (620) 365-3233 for more information.

■ Washburn University professor Barry Crawford will speak on "The Prophets and Justice" at 9 a.m. Sundays through March 25 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins.

■ Del Tackett, developer of "The Truth Project," will be the featured speaker at the 51st annual Kansas Prayer Breakfast at 6 a.m. Friday, March, 23, at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 420 S.E. 6th. Tickets are $15 each or $150 for a table of 10. Call (785) 267-0285 or (785) 234-6204 for tickets or more information.

■ Calvary Lutheran Church, 4211 N.W. Topeka Blvd., will have Lenten services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays during Lent, preceded by dinner at 6 p.m.

■ Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan, will continue its Lenten breakfast series at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 6. The speaker will be the Rev. Karel Ramsey.

■ Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3601 S.W. 17th, will have Lenten fish fries from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Friday during Lent. The cost is $8 for those 11 and older and $5 for children 4 to 10, with those and younger dining at no charge. There is a maximum charge of $30 for a single family.

■ Mater Dei Catholic Church will have fish fries from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays during Lent in Rossiter Hall, located in the basement of the Assumption church at 204 S.W. 8th. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 6 to 12. Children 5 and younger eat free.

■ Seabrook-area churches will continue their tradition of Lenten prayer breakfasts at 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Lowman United Methodist Church, 4000 S.W. Drury Lane.

■ St. Joseph's-Sacred Heart Catholic Church will have fish fries from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays through March 30 in the Sacred Heart Church hall, 312 N.E. Freeman. The cost is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children 12 and younger.

■ Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3625 S.W. Wanamaker, will have Lenten services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, preceded by light suppers at 5:30 p.m.

■ Countryside United Methodist Church, 3221 S.W. Burlingame Road, will have Lenten services at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Lay speakers will share about their faith journeys, and communion will be served.

■ Calvary Lutheran Church, 4211 N.W. Topeka Blvd., will have Lenten services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. A dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

■ Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, will have Lenten services at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, followed by supper at 6:30 p.m.

■ Sharon Highberger will present a workshop titled “Finding the Sacred in Depression: A Spiritual Pathway from Recovery,” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 815 S.E. Wyandotte in Meriden. There is no charge for the workshop. A freewill offering will be received.

■ Four-time Grammy Award-winning band Third Day will bring its “Make Your Move” tour at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, to the Topeka Performing Arts Center, 214 S.E. 8th. Also performing will be Matt Maher and Trevor Morgan. Tickets are $75, $35, $25 and $15. Visit the TPAC box office or www.ticketmaster.com for more information.

■ An art exhibit titled “Icons in Transformation,” by Russian-born painter and sculptor Ludmila Pawolwska, will be shown from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays through March 25 at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, and First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison. The exhibit also will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at Grace Cathedral only.

Phil Anderson can be reached at (785) 295-1195 or phil.anderson@cjonline.com. Follow Phil on Twitter @Philreports. Read Phil's blog: Perspectives.

Notes: Doorstep plans soup fundraiser

February 25, 2012

A February tradition continues this week when Doorstep holds its ninth annual Operation Soup Line fundraiser.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, at the Kansas Expocentre's Agricultural Hall, near S.W. 17th and Tyler.

Chili, vegetable beef soup and Portuguese Green Soup will be served, along with dessert and a drink. The cost is $8 per person, with children 5 and younger free. To top it off, soup and all the fixings will be delivered to hungry diners by local celebrity servers.

In other religion news:

■ Park Avenue recording artists the Rev. T.J. Parker and the Harmony Kings will be featured in a concert with other local gospel groups at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Greater Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church, meeting at Whitson Elementary School at 1725 S.W. Arnold. Food will be available at the concert, and a freewill offering will be received.

■ The Usher Board of True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, 307 S.E. Tefft, will have an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 25. The cost is $8.

■ Mount Olive Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church, 701 N.W. Gordon, will celebrate the Rev. David Helm's seventh anniversary at the church with special services at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. The Rev. James Kirtdoll will bring the 11 a.m. message. Special guests for the 3:30 p.m. service will include the Rev. Royce Miller and choir, of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church; the Rev. McCoy Caraway and choir, of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church; and the Rev. Shawn Smith and choir, of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church.

■ Beginning Sunday, Feb. 26, students from the Catholic Campus Center at Washburn University are challenging students, faculty, staff and others willing to consume water as their only beverage for the next two weeks.

Those taking the challenge can donate the money they save from not purchasing other beverages to the H2O project, designed to provide clean water in underprivileged countries.

Donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday for the next two weeks at a table set up in the Washburn Memorial Union and also at the Catholic Campus Center, 1633 S.W. Jewell.

■ Shiloh Baptist Church, 1201 S.W. Buchanan, will be the site of the Topeka City Mission Union Black History Month program at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. The emphasis of the program will be “Celebrating Our Heritage.” Officer Clifford Wakes, of True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, will bring the message. Shiloh’s chancel choir will provide the music.

■ First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins, will have a panel discussion on the topic "Radical Religion in Our Time" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Panelists will include David Beale, Jared Maag, Pedro Irigonegaray, Amelia Maxfield and George Hough.

■ Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan, will begin its Lenten breakfast series at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Tedd Inman.

■ Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3601 S.W. 17th, will have Lenten fish fries from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Friday during Lent. The cost is $8 for those 11 and older and $5 for children 4 to 10, with those and younger dining at no charge. There is a maximum charge of $30 for a single family.

■ Mater Dei Catholic Church will have fish fries from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays during Lent in Rossiter Hall, located in the basement of the Assumption church at 204 S.W. 8th. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 6 to 12. Children 5 and younger eat free.

■ Seabrook-area churches will continue their tradition of Lenten prayer breakfasts at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3601 S.W. 17th.

■ St. Joseph's-Sacred Heart Catholic Church will have fish fries from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays through March 30 in the Sacred Heart Church hall, 312 N.E. Freeman. The cost is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children 12 and younger.

■ Yoga classes by Kathy Daugherty will be offered at 6 p.m. Mondays at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins. The cost is $7 per session. The church also is offering a scrapbooking class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. The cost is $5.

■ Lane Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 1200 S.W. Lane, will have a fish fry from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 2. An $8 donation per dinner is requested.

■ Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3625 S.W. Wanamaker, will have Lenten services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, preceded by light suppers at 5:30 p.m.

■ Countryside United Methodist Church, 3221 S.W. Burlingame Road, will have Lenten services at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Lay speakers will share about their faith journeys, and communion will be served.

■ Oakland United Methodist Church, 801 N.E. Chester, will have an all-you-can-eat ham-and-bean or vegetable soup dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children.

■ Calvary Lutheran Church, 4211 N.W. Topeka Blvd., will have Lenten services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. A dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

■ Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, will have Lenten services at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, followed by supper at 6:30 p.m.

■ Countryside United Methodist Church, 3221 S.W. Burlingame Road, has announced the Rev. Rick Saylor has been appointed senior pastor of the church effective July 1. He replaces the Rev. Fritz Clark, who recently announced his retirement.

■ Scot Hirschi, a physician with Topeka Ear, Nose and Throat, began serving Feb. 12 as the new bishop for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Colley Creek Ward, which meets in the LDS meetinghouse, 3611 S.W. Jewell. He succeeds Bishop Gary Madsen, who served for more than five years.

■ The 51st celebration of the Topeka Churches Singing Convention will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1018 S.E.. 8th. The celebration will continue with a banquet at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at McFarland’s restaurant in the Gage Shopping Center, near S.W. Huntoon and Gage. The banquet donation is $25.

■ Sharon Highberger will present a workshop titled “Finding the Sacred in Depression: A Spiritual Pathway from Recovery,” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 815 S.E. Wyandotte in Meriden. There is no charge for the workshop. A freewill offering will be received.

■ Four-time Grammy Award-winning band Third Day will bring its “Make Your Move” tour at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, to the Topeka Performing Arts Center, 214 S.E. 8th. Also performing will be Matt Maher and Trevor Morgan. Tickets are $75, $35, $25 and $15. Visit the TPAC box office or www.ticketmaster.com for more information.

■ An art exhibit titled “Icons in Transformation,” by Russian-born painter and sculptor Ludmila Pawolwska, will be shown from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays through March 25 at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, and First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison. The exhibit also will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at Grace Cathedral only.

Road to Easter starts this week with Lent

February 17, 2012

Catholic and Protestant Christians this week will begin their 40-day Lenten pilgrimage leading them to the Easter celebration April 8.

Lent will get under way with Ash Wednesday observances in many congregations.

Orthodox Christians will begin their Lenten observance with Clean Monday on Feb. 27. Orthodox Easter will be celebrated April 15.

Ash Wednesday services will be held at the following times and congregations on Wednesday, Feb. 22: Noon at First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison; 6:30 p.m. at Countryside United Methodist Church, 3221 S.W. Burlingame, preceded by a pancake and French toast supper; 7 p.m. at Crestview United Methodist Church, 2245 S.W. Eveningside Drive. Also 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3625 S.W. Wanamaker, with the evening service preceded by dinner at 5:30 p.m.; and 5:30 p.m. at Tecumseh United Methodist Church, 334 S.E. Tecumseh Road.

In other religion news:

■ Five downtown-area churches will sponsor “For the Beauty ... A Festival of the Arts” on Saturday and Sunday.

The “Icons in Transformation” exhibit will be shown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, and First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison.

Additionally, an art exhibit titled “Images of Christ” will be shown from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, 701 S.W. Topeka Blvd.

A children’s storytelling and art event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Mater Dei-Assumption Catholic Church, 204 S.W. 8th.

A public roundtable discussion titled “The Significance of Arts in Society and in Topeka” will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the NOTO Community Arts Center, 922 N. Kansas Ave.

A drop-in reception with David Taylor, arts pastor, playwright and editor of “For the Beauty of the Church,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at St. John AME Church, followed by a presentation by Taylor titled “The Virtues and Practices of a Flourishing Artist” at 7 p.m.

The Heartland Jazz Trio and “Sacred Spaces” art exhibit will be featured at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at London’s Jazz Club, 115 S.E. 6th.

A “Great Spaces” organ concert by Jan Kraybill will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at Grace Cathedral, with admission $10 for adults and $5 for students. Following the organ concert, a closing reception for the festival will be held.

■ The Pearl Woods Scholarship Committee of True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, 307 S.E. Tefft, will sponsor a black history program at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19.

■ A program titled “Zen Secrets” will be offered at 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb . 19, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka, 4775 S.W. 21st.

■ The monthly Eckankar worship service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Clubhouse Inn and Suites, 924 S.W. Henderson. The topic will be “The Gift of Service.”

■ Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church will begin its weekly Lenten fish fry dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in O’Connor Hall, 1750 S.W. Stone. Suggested donations are $8 for those 11 and older; $5 for children ages 4 to 10; and free for those 3 and younger.

■ Kansas Avenue United Methodist Church, 1029 N. Kansas Ave., will have a chili and vegetable soup supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. Suggested donations are $7 for adults and $3.50 for children.

■ Sacred Heart-St. Joseph Catholic Church will have a German Fasching Mardi Gras celebration starting with a German Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, followed by a buffet featuring authentic German food, a dance with music by the Ed Grisnik Polka Band, a silent auction and drawings for prizes. Admission is by advance tickets, with information available at (785) 234-3338 or (785) 232-2863.

■ St. John African Methodist Church, 701 S.W. Topeka Blvd., will present a program titled “Blacks in the Military” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. Music will be provided by Antioch Missionary Baptist church and New Beginning Baptist Church.

■ Park Avenue recording artists the Rev. T.J. Parker and the Harmony Kings will be featured with other local gospel groups at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Greater Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church, meeting at Whitson Elementary School at 1725 S.W. Arnold. Food will be available at the concert, and a freewill offering will be received.

■ Four-time Grammy Award-winning band Third Day will bring its “Make Your Move” tour at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, to the Topeka Performing Arts Center, 214 S.E. 8th. Also performing will be Matt Maher and Trevor Morgan. Tickets are $75, $35, $25 and $15. Visit TPAC or www.ticketmaster.com for information.

■ An art exhibit titled “Icons in Transformation,” by Russian-born painter and sculptor Ludmila Pawolwska, will be shown from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays through March 25 at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, and First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison. The exhibit also will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at Grace Cathedral only.

Phil Anderson can be reached at (785) 295-1195 or phil.anderson@cjonline.com. Follow Phil on Twitter @Philreports. Read Phil's blog: Perspectives.