Topeka religion roundup: Organist in concert Sunday afternoon at Grace Cathedral

Organist Susan Matthews will be in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, kicking off the 2017-18 “Great Spaces Music & Arts Series” at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th.


Matthews, who has performed throughout the United States and Europe, will play the cathedral’s 4-manual, 65-rank pipe organ with its nearly 3,700 pipes, making it one of the finest organs of its type in the region.

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

In other religion news:

— First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison, will have a special service designed around the musical “Les Miserables” at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27. It will include narration, music from the musical, and traditional worship elements.

— Eastside Church of God in Christ, 2724 S.E. 10th, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rev. Ben J. Scott and his wife, Gwendolyn Scott, at the church at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26; and 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27.

— New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1018 S.E. 8th, will have the second year anniversary celebration for its pastor, the Rev. Ollie J. Johnson, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27.

The guests will include Galilee Missionary Baptist Church and Pastor Phillip Layne from Kansas City, Mo.

— St. Mark’s African Methodist Episcopal Church, 801 N.W. Harrison, will have its annual Friends and Family Day at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27. The Church of God Fellowship choir will sing, as will the choir from St. Luke AME Church in Lawrence. Representatives from First Southern Baptist Church and Antioch Missionary Baptist Church also will participate.

— The Rev. Sandra Stogsdill Brown will be installed as the designated pastor of First Presbyterian Church during a service at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at the church, 817 S.W. Harrison. The Rev. Neil Weatherhogg will speak and the church’s chancel choir will provide music. Nico Williams will play the drums and Brail Watson will provide special music. A reception will follow the service.

Since the summer of 2014, Brown has served as the designated pastor of First Presbyterian Church.

— Lowman United Methodist Church, 4101 S.W. 15th, will present a talent show titled “Lowman’s Got Talent VI” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27. The talent show is a fundraiser for the church’s Choir Scholarship Fund, which allows the congregation to pay college students to sing in its chancel choir or ring in its bell choir.

— Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, 7433 S.W. 29th, will sponsor “Why Not Wednesdays” for children ages 3 years through sixth grade from 6:10 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays Aug. 30 to Nov. 15 to explore the Bible together. Leaders will plan activities as children visit various stations featuring cooking, games, missions, art, science, storytelling-drama, and spiritual practices. The first session will be “The Courageous Queen,” about the biblical character Esther.

Parents are invited to come at 5:30 p.m. to enjoy a hot meal with their children. Freewill offerings will be received for the meals. Call the church at (785) 478-3697 for more information or email or visit

— Christian-country singer-songwriter Peter Lewis Whitebird will be in concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, at First Assembly of God Church, 500 S.W. 27th.

— People who have lost a loved one are invited to attend GriefShare, a Christ-centered program that includes a video, sharing of stories, and a free workbook. Classes are free-standing and drop-ins are welcome. The first class will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, 7433 S.W. 29th. Call Shari Combs at (785) 478-3697 for more information or register online at

— The New C Lord C’s, a gospel group from Miami, will be in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at Lane Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 1200 S.W. Lane. The concert is a benefit for Dan Mullens.

— The Topeka Women’s Connection will have a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. The speaker will be Donna Roth Hillis, of Wichita. Music will be provided by Rachel Gardner. Also, Heidi Norton will offer information on skin care and a demonstration of glamour tips. Luncheon reservations are due by Friday, Sept. 1. There is no charge for attending the program only. For more information, call Ann at (785) 554-3617.

— The Saturday Women’s Connection will have a “Birds of a Feather” program from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. The featured speaker will be Donna Roth Hillis, of Wichita, a registered nurse and former flight attendant, who will speak on “Shattered But Not Broken.” The business feature will be on the Wild Bird House, 2901 S.W. 29th, owned by Melody and Todd Weller. The luncheon cost is $14, with reservations due by Monday, Sept. 4, by calling (785) 233-0701 or emailing There is no charge to attend the program only.

— Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 S.E. Lime, will have a Sunday School musical at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10.

— Kansas Avenue United Methodist Church, 1029 N. Kansas Ave., will have its annual country “hoe-down” from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. The event will feature live music, the Center State Dancers, door prizes, games and free food, including hot dogs, chips, popcorn, soda and cookies. Those planning to attend are invited to bring their lawn chairs for seating.

— Highland Heights Christian Church, 2930 S.E. Tecumseh Rd., will have a free movie night at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. The film “Abel’s Field,” billed as an inspiring drama about a solitary high school groundskeeper who becomes the unlikely mentor of a struggling teen, will be shown. Free snacks will be provided. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. For further information, call (785) 379-5642.

— Southern Hills Mennonite Church, 511 S.E. 37th, will be the site for a Harpists for Peace concert titled “Over the Rainbow” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20. There is no charge for admission.

— Randel Ministries, in partnership with Harvesters and Family of God Church, will have its next monthly mobile food distribution beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the church, 1231 N.W. Eugene. No identification or proof of income is required. Those wishing to volunteer may arrive at 8:30 a.m.

The mobile distributions are held the fourth Tuesday of the month between April and November.

The church also is the site of a food pantry that is open year-round between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

— Christian rock group the Newsboys will headline the “Big Church Night Out Tour” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Kansas Expocentre’s Landon Arena, S.W. 19th and Topeka Boulevard. The concert also will feature Sidewalk Prophets, 7eventh Time Down, Blanca and Derek Minor. Also appearing will be illusionist Brock Gill; Adam Agee, of Audio Adrenaline; and Jamison Strain. Tickets packages start at $18. For more information, visit

— 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.

— Christian pop group CastingCrowns 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