Religion roundup: Patriotic music concerts held this week

Grace Episcopal Cathedral will roll out the red, white and blue once again this year in a Fourth of July musical extravaganza filled with patriotic music. 


The cathedral, at 701 S.W. 8th, will present its annual Community Independence Day Celebration at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 4.

Those attending are advised to arrive by 9:30 a.m. as a crowd of around 700 people is expected, and all seats usually are taken by the time the program begins.

In other religion news:

- The Rev. Doug Beyer will be the guest speaker at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services on July 2 and July 9 at West Side Baptist Church, 1008 S.W. He and his wife Martha will also describing their travels during the 9:15 a.m. Sunday school hour on both Sundays.

Beyer was pastor of West Side Baptist Church for 13 years. While in Topeka with his family, Beyer’s three daughters grew up and graduated from Topeka High School.

He is now the pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church in Temple City, Calif., where he served as senior pastor for 16 years before retiring.

Since his retirement, he has served as interim pastor in Dodge City; Manila, Philippines; Taipei, Taiwan; Granada Hills, Calif.; Frankfurt, Germany; Mexico City; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

He is the author of four books published by Judson Press, including the new member discipleship manual “The Family of God.”

He and his wife are residents at Atherton Baptist Homes in Alhambra , Calif.

- The Topeka Churches Singing Convention will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 2, at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 2222 S.E. Madison. Choirs from singing convention churches will furnish the music. The guest speaker will be the Rev. McCoy Caraway.

- Jerry Anderson will perform “A Concert of Patriotic Music” at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 2, on the historic Deagan Chimes at Topeka High School, 800 S.W. 10th.

Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs to the concert, which will take place on the south side of the school.G’s Frozen Custard will be available for purchase at the event.

Proceeds will benefit the Topeka High Historical Society.

- Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, 7433 S.W. 29th, will have its First Wednesday Wesley Cafe at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 5. The menu will include hamburgers, hot dogs, wheat-free ratatouille, slaw, chips and a patriotic cake. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. A worship service will follow the meal at 7 p.m.

Call the church at (785) 478-3697 or visit to register for the meal.