The second annual Stone’s Folly Art Festival will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, on the grounds of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1800 S.W. Stone.
The event, which will feature the works of local artists, is named after the unfinished mansion that stood on the site of the present church grounds in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Before it burned to the ground, the building became famous as the location of the Rev. Charles Fox Parham’s Bethel Bible College, where historians say the modern-day Pentecostal movement began on Jan. 1, 1901.
For more information, visit www.stonesfollyartfestival.com.
In other religion news:
n Danielle Wolferts, 16, daughter of Brian and Angie Wolferts and of Michelle Wolferts, received the Young Womanhood Recognition Award during the Sept. 17 worship service of the Sherwood Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2401 S.W. Kingsrow. The recognition is the highest award given to LDS young women ages 12 to 18. It is given on the basis of high moral character and the completion of a program of spiritual and secular goal-setting, service and personal development projects.
Wolferts’ projects included researching her family history; creating a quote book on honesty and integrity; evaluating her personal use of technology and media; developing her drawing skills; teaching one of her sisters to cross-stitch; getting certified in life-saving; and reading the entire Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.
Wolferts is a junior at Washburn Rural High School and is a member of the LDS Sherwood Ward, where she is active in the youth program and the church’s 5:40 a.m. weekday scripture study class for high school students.
n New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1018 S.E. 8th, will have an event titled “People Before Poverty Day” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. Toys, clothing, coats, hats, housewares, school supplies and shoes will be given away free of charge.
n The Topeka Churches Singing Convention will take place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 2222 S.E. Madison. The Convention choirs will sing and the Rev. Ollie J. Johnson Jr. will preach.
n First Presbyterian Church will celebrate World Communion Sunday during the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. worship services on Sunday, Oct. 1. The service will include breads from around the world and special music.
n The Rev. Loretta Ross, a Topeka-area spiritual director, is leading a class for stressed-out, busy, overwhelmed people called “Prayer of the Yearning Heart” from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Sundays through Oct. 29 at First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison.
n Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, 7433 S.W. 29th, will have its First Wednesday Wesley Cafe at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4. The menu will include both meat and vegetarian chili, cornbread, dessert and a drink. The suggested donation is $6 per adult and $3 per child.
A worship service will follow the meal at 7 p.m. To sign up, call the church at (785) 478-3697 or visit www.swumc.org/wesley-cafe-sign-up.html.
n The Topeka Women’s Connection will have its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. The speaker will be Margaret Bideau, a teacher from Chanute. Music will be furnished by Donna Shelite. Ruth Peugeot, owner of Ruth’s Floral Designs, will design and arrange a fall bouquet. Luncheon reservations are $14 and are due by Sept. 30 by calling (785) 554-3617. There is no charge to attend the program only.
n Mother Teresa Catholic Church will have a women’s retreat beginning with coffee and rolls at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. The retreat also will include a lunch. There is no charge for the event and a freewill offering will be received for the lunch. To preregister, call (785) 286-2188.
n The Kaw Valley District Laymen’s early service will be held at 6 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at Calvary Baptist Church, 433 S.W. Harrison. The visiting pastor and congregation will be the Rev. Joe Stokes and the East Eighth Baptist Church Choir.
n Open Arms Outreach Ministries, 2401 S.E. 11th, will have a “What Is Normal?” event focusing on mental health starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. The event will feature information from groups that promote health and wellness. Programs will be represented at the event will include those that: target veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder and depression over the holidays; Sheltered Living; Harvesters; the YWCA; and “No-Cents” services, where items and information are free from agencies that provide assistance including food, clothing, single-mother assistance, dental services and job training. Food and carnival games will be available for the family.
n Highland Heights Christian Church, 2930 S.E. Tecumseh Road, will have its Harvest Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. The event will include bingo, a cake walk, face-painting, cookie decorating, games, a bounce house, live music and lunch. For more information, call (785) 379-5642.
— The American Guild of Organists for Topeka will present an organ recital by Stephen Wurst at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 901 S.W. Fillmore. Music by Bach, Brahms, Widor, Kerll, Mussorgsky, Reger and Debussy will be featured.
Wurst received his undergraduate degree in parish music from Concordia University in Wisconsin and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Oklahoma with the American Organ Institute.
There is no charge for admission.
— Kansas Avenue United Methodist Church, 1029 N. Kansas Ave., will have its Harvest Dinner and Bazaar from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. The meal will include chicken-fried steak; mashed potatoes and gravy; green beans or corn; salad; roll; homemade pie or cake; and drink. The suggested donation is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children.
— Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 216 N.E. Branner, will have its Fall Festival from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, and from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in the church’s Marlo Cuevas-Balandran Activity Center.
Vendors will have products including, purses, jewelry, candles, essential oils, Thirty-One Bags, Scentsy, Tupperware, Avon, University of Kansas items, homemade goodies and quilts. Food sales will be available both days. Vendor fees are $40 and reservations are due by Oct. 19. For more information, call (785) 409-4475.
— A celebration marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha’i religion, will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th.
— Christian pop group Casting Crowns will be in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Topeka Performing Arts Center, 214 S.E. 8th. Zach Williams, a Grammy Award-nominated singer known for his song “Chain Breaker,” will open for the group. Tickets are $26 to $76. For more information,visit www.topekaperformingarts.org.