Religion roundup: Peter Lewis Whitebird to start new church

Peter Lewis Whitebird

Christian-country singer-songwriter Peter Lewis Whitebird has announced that after 18 years of traveling full-time with his music ministry, he and his wife, Judy, have decided to come off the road.


Whitebird said he will be starting a new church ministry called Grace Life Connection that will begin meeting at 5 p.m. Saturdays starting May 20 at Papan’s Landing, 623 N.W. Paramore in North Topeka.

Whitebird said the ministry’s slogan is “Equipping people to live grace inside-out in an upside-down world.”

He said Grace Life Connection will offer a casual, come-as-you-are worship and Bible study environment that those who are uncomfortable with traditional churches can enjoy.

In other religion news:

n The Saturday Women’s Connection will have a “Girls Love to Shop” luncheon from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. The speaker will be Louise Simmons, of Broken Arrow, Okla., who also will provide music for the program. The luncheon cost is $14. For reservations, call (785) 233-0701 or email

n The Kaw Valley District Laymen’s early morning’s service will be held at 6 a.m. Sunday, May 14, at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 S.E. Lime. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Kenneth Anderson. The Mount Carmel male chorus will provide the music for the Mother’s Day service.

n The Mother’s Day program of the Colly Creek Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 14, in the LDS meetinghouse, 3611 S.W. Jewell. Congregational members Scot Hirschi and Daniel Jones will speak. The Primary children and a chorus of men and young men will provide special music.

n Womanhood and motherhood are the themes of the Mother’s Day program of the Sherwood Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 14, in the Topeka Stake Center, 2401 S.W. Kingsrow. Ward members Linnea Hoyos, a mother of four grown children, and Jason McIlrath, a father of two young twins, will speak. The Primary children will sing songs about mothers. At the end of the service, the women in attendance will be given a small gift.

n The Schola Cantorum of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church will present its annual spring concert at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 13, in Holy Angels Catholic Church, 15408 Leavenworth Road in Basehor.

The concert will be a musical reflection on a decade of the Most Holy Rosary, in honor of the 100th anniversary this month of the apparition of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in Fatima, Portugal.

n True Holiness Family Church, 1244 S.E. Republican Ave., will have a barbecue fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20. The menu will include barbecue ribs; chicken; fried catfish; and two sides from dishes including baked beans, potato salad and green beans. Pre-orders are welcome and deliveries are available for four our more dinners and for senior citizens by calling (785) 233-9545.

n The Ugandan Kids Choir will be in concert at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 21, at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan.

n The Notre Dame Folk Choir will be in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, May 26, at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3601 S.W. 17th. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors and may be purchased at the door.

n The “Summer Lights: Escape the Ordinary” tour will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, July 7, at the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater in Bonner Springs. Featured artists will include MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Natalie Grant, Meredith Andrews and Jimi Cravity. Tickets are $29 to $95. For more information, visit

n Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, will present its annual Community Independence Day Celebration at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 4. Rehearsals will take place 7 p.m. Thursdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Music packets will be available for loan on May 25.

n First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison, will have vacation Bible school from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 5, through Friday, June 9. The theme is “Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God.” The vacation Bible school, which is open to children ages 3 through those who just completed fifth grade, will include stories, crafts, games, music and snacks.

n Bethel Baptist Church, 4011 N. Kansas Ave, will have vacation Bible school from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 12 to Friday, June 16, for children entering kindergarten through sixth grades. Registrations can be made online at or in person the first night of the vacation Bible school. Call (785) 286-0467.