New Hope United Methodist Church, 2915 S.W. 8th, will have its second annual Family Fun Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7.
The free event, which will be held in the parking lot on the south side of the church, will feature carnival games, three large inflatables, hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, water and live music.
“It’s definitely for all ages,” said New Hope Pastor Chuck Higgins. “We just want to reach out and show everybody some love in the neighborhood and the community.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to show a little of God’s goodness and grace through this outreach.”
Higgins said last year’s event attracted around 700 people. Attendees may park on neighborhood streets and walk to the church parking lot.
In other religion news:
■ Unity Church of Christianity, 9126 S.W. 10th, will have a Spring Fling from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7. The event will feature an outdoor concert by the band Rewind, which is composed of Glenda Cafer, Mitzi Cafer, Douglas Cafer and Chris Corbin. Food and beverages will be available, as will face-painting and an inflated bounce house for children. Funds raised at the event will help build a playground at the church, which is celebrating 14 years at its present location on Unity Hill.
■ The Kaw Valley District Early Morning Laymen’s Service will take place at 6 a.m. Sunday, May 8, at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 S.E. Lime. Special guests will include the Rev. Kenneth Anderson and congregation of Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church.
■ The Orfeo Piano Trio will be in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th. The program is titled “Haydn, Dvořák, Beethoven & Bubbly!”
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.
■ Chalk artist Randy Davis, of Drawing Closer Ministries in Ottumwa, Iowa, will be featured at the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, May 8, at New Hope United Methodist Church, 2915 S.W. 8th. Through his artistry and music, Davis presents the gospel message.
■ The paintings of Kitty Fapp will be featured in May at the Cloister Gallery at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th. The gallery’s hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Fridays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Sundays.
■ The Topeka Women’s Connection Spectacular Style Show Luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. The speaker will be Carol Sharp, of Chanute. Music will be furnished by Debbie Carins and Judy Lampy. Prepaid reservations are $14 and are due by May 7. Call (785) 554-3617 for more information. There is no charge to attend the program only.
■ Lowman United Methodist Church, 4101 S.W. 15th, will have its second annual “Mayday Movie on the Lawn” starting around 8 p.m. Friday, May 20. The featured movie is “Planes, Fire and Rescue.” Families may bring blankets or lawn chairs. Popcorn and soft drinks will be provided.
■ A concert featuring Phil and Pam Morgan will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, May 30, in Riverside Park, S. 5th and W. Lasley streets in St. Marys. Food will be available and a freewill donation will be received. The concert is sponsored by the St. Marys United Methodist Church.
■ Peace Camp 2016, sponsored by the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice, will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, July 25, to Friday, July 29, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins. The cost is $50 per child, which includes two meals a day. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (785) 232-4388 or visit Topekacpj.org.
■ Lowman United Methodist Church, 4101 S.W. 15th, will have the “Jesus Camp” vacation Bible school from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Monday, June 20, to Thursday, 23. Kids will pick an activity to learn about Jesus: arts and fun; soccer; dance and cheer; and basketball. VBS is for prekindergarteners to eighth-graders. Call (785) 272-8921 for more information.
■ Rwandan Genocide Survivor Immaculee Ilibagize will bring her message of faith and forgiveness to a two-day retreat that will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 17, and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 2700 S.E. Virginia. Tickets for both days are $57 single or $95 for a single and a guest. To register. visit.Immaculee.com>event or call Mary Whitaker at (785) 862-0228.
■ The Rev. Mike Keyes will be the special guest at the 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. services on Sunday, May 15, at Light of the World Christian Center, 3301 S.W. Gage. For more information, go to lotwcc.org.
n New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1018 S.E. 8th, will celebrate Men and Women’s Day with a service at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22. Special guests will be the Rev. David Helm and congregation of Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church.
n George Westlake Jr. will present a series of programs on the theme “Signs of the End Times: Do You Know Them?” at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 22, 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 22, and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at Faith Temple Church, 1162 S.W. Lincoln. Call (785) 845-4884 for more information.
n Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church will hold its “Taste of the Worlds” event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the True Light Lighthouse S.E. 21st and California Avenue. Tickets are 10 for $5. Attendees will be able to sample Mexican, Italian, Chinese and African soul foods. There will also be a dessert bar and a drink station. Dine-in or take-out will be available.
n Through the month of May, Northern Hills Baptist Church, 920 N.W. 62nd, will be reviewing the church history from its inception. At the 10:45 a.m. service on Sunday, June 5, the church will have a building rededication and a membership reunion, including a potluck dinner.
n Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene, 3501 S.W. Wanamaker, will have the “Egypt: Jospeh’s Journey from Prison to Palace” vacation Bible school from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 20, through Saturday, June 24. Dinner will be available at 5:30 p.m. There is no charge for the vacation Bible school, which is open to people of all ages.
n Grantville United Methodist Church, 3724 South St. in Grantville, will have the Barnyard Roundup vacation Bible school for children ages 3 through fifth grade from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 18, to Friday, July 22.
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