Topeka and KC groups will perform at old-time gospel concert

An old-time gospel music concert is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 2222 S.E. Madison.


Various groups from Topeka and the Kansas City area will perform.

The concert is being sponsored by the St. Luke Pastor’s Aid Committee.

In other religion news:

n First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins, will have a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 18.

n Diaconate candidate Bob Ortiz will speak on “Distinguishing True Happiness for Your Lenten Journey” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Mater Dei-Holy Name Catholic Church, 1102 S.W. 10th.

n Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 531 S.E. 33rd Terrace, will celebrate its 89th church anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 19. Speakers will include the Rev. David Helm of Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church and the Rev. Bill Nicholson of Second Baptist Church.

n Elder F. Terry Canady will celebrate his first anniversary as pastor of the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at the church, 2420 S.E. Bellview.

n New Beginning Baptist Church will celebrate its 19th anniversary with special services at: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at True Light Baptist Church, 2046 S.E. California Ave.; at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at In God’s House Church, 1616 N.E. Seward Ave.; and at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church, 701 N.W. Gordon.

The celebration will continue with a “Youth Explosion” at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at New Beginning Baptist Church, 1329 S.W. 37th, followed by a barbecue dinner, with tickets available for $5.

The celebration will conclude at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, with High Day services also at the New Beginning church. The special speaker will be Elder Raymond Berry of Gethsemane Worship Center.

n Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 312 N.E. Freeman, will have fish and shrimp dinners from 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays during Lent through April 7, in the church hall. The cost is $8.50 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and under. Carryouts are available by calling (785) 234-6727.

n Mater Dei-Assumption Catholic Church, 204 S.W. 8th, will have fish frys from 5 to 7 p.m. on Fridays during Lent through April 7, in Rossiter Hall, located in the church’s basement. The menu will include deep-fried and baked fish; french fries; macaroni and cheese; cole slaw; a baked potato bar; dinner rolls; dessert; and coffee, iced tea or water. Meatless spaghetti will be served on March 10, in addition to the regular menu. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under eat free. Discount meal tickets are available — buy five, get one free. Stations of the Cross will be presented at 5:30 p.m. inside the Mater Dei church.

n Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3601 S.W. 17th, will have fish dinners from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fridays during Lent through April 7. The suggested donation is $10 for ages 11 and older, $5 for ages 4 to 10 and free for ages 3 and under. The maximum is $35 per household.

n Crestview United Methodist Church, 2245 S.W. Eveningside Drive, will have a “Taste of Country” event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 25. The event will include a country store featuring homemade items and baked goods, as well as a lunch featuring a pulled pork sandwich, choice of two side dishes — potato salad, cole slaw or baked beans — fruit cobbler and a drink. The meal cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.

n Faith Temple Church, 1162 S.W. Lincoln, will have a Mother’s Board luncheon at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25. A freewill offering will be received.

n Lane Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 1200 S.W. Lane, will have an appreciation service for its senior pastor, the Rev. Joseph E. Clark, at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Choirs from Topeka, Kansas City and Leavenworth will bring musical selections.

n Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning recording artist and worship leader Kari Jobe will bring “The Garden Tour” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25, to Abundant Life church, 304 S.W. Persels Road in Lee’s Summit, Mo. The special guest will be Leeland. Tickets are $39.50 deluxe, $26.50 general admission and $22.50 each for groups of 10 or more. For more information, call (816) 554-8181 or visit

n Adult choirs and male choruses will be in concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 2222 S.E. Madison.

n Reed and Joan Davis will speak Sunday, March 26, about their recently completed missionary service in Brazil during the 9 a.m. sacrament service of the Lake Shawnee Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the LDS meetinghouse, 3611 S.W. Jewell Ave.

The Davises served 18 months in a congregation in Biguacu, which is on the coast of southern Brazil. They provided support for the lay church leaders and members and also helped with family history. The couple served another 18-month mission together in Brazil from 2011 to 2013. Reed Davis was also a missionary in that country as a young man. Like other Mormon missionaries, the Davises served without pay and at their own expense.

Reed Davis retired from the Kansas Department of Transportation in 2010. Joan Davis retired from the Community Blood Center in 2006.

Both have been and continue to active volunteers with the Boy Scouts. They have seven children and 28 living grandchildren.

n University United Methodist Church, 1621 S.W. College, will have its spring thrift sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 31, and from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 1. The sale will include clothing, household items, books, magazines, toys, DVDs and CDs and plants.

n St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 310 Oak St. in Perry, will have its annual fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 31. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. Meals will include two kinds of fish, potatoes, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, cole slaw, corn muffins, homemade desserts and drinks. Carry-out dinners will be available. A silent auction for theme baskets and bake sale also will be featured at the event.

n Dove Award-winner and Grammy-nominated singer Lauren Daigle leads the lineup of artists who will perform Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 2, during the 42nd annual Young Christians’ Weekend at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo. Other performers will include The Museum, Building 429 and 7eventh Time Down. For more information, visit

n Faith Temple Church, 1162 S.W. Lincoln, will honor Sandra Lassiter with a “Book of Memoirs” at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 2. Submissions for the book may be emailed by March 20 to or mailed to the attention of Cindi O’Neal, 3550 S.W. 5th, Topeka, 66606.

n Michael W. Smith, along with Love &The Outcome and Nathan Tasker, will be in concert in “The Revolution Tour” at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at the Lied Center at The University of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive in Lawrence. Ticket prices are $22 to $52. Call (785) 864-2787 or visit for tickets or more information.

n Unity Church of Christianity, 9126 S.W. 10th, will have its second annual Spring Fling gala from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 9. A potluck luncheon will be served, with those in attendance invited to bring their favorite dish. A bouncy house, clown and games for children also will be featured. Tickets for $2 each will be available for prizes including a big-screen television, a large stuffed animal, a computer printer, an electric blanket and other items. Proceeds will benefit ongoing church expenses.

n Evangelist Josh Radford will lead revival services at 10:30a.m. and 6 pm. Sunday, April 9, and at 7 p.m. Monday, April 10, at Family of God Church, 1231 N.W. Eugene.

n The Women’s Dinner Connection will have a spring fashion show meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. Spring fashions will be presented by Findables, an upscale resale store benefiting Midland Hospice. Music will be provided by Stephanie Teagarden and Joel Davidson. The speaker will be Tina Price, of Abilene. The cost of the dinner is $14. For reservations, call Arlene (785) 233-0701 or email

n Easterfest, an event featuring a parade, egg hunt and entertainment, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Garfield Park, 1600 N.E. Quincy. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. in the 700 block of N. Kansas Avenue and proceed to the north, ending at Garfield Park. The Easter egg hunt will follow the parade. Christian bands will perform from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A vendor market with food trucks will be open throughout the event, which is presented by the Capital City Christian Chamber of Commerce.