Youth choir from Georgia to perform

Program to take place at Countryside United Methodist Church

An original musical titled “Love Story,” focusing on God’s love and how people are called to share it, will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, June 2, at Countryside United Methodist Church, 3221 S.W. Burlingame Road.


The concert features the youth choir from Trinity United Methodist Church in Rome, Ga., performing songs made famous by artists including needtobreathe, Nat King Cole and Taylor Swift.

In other religion news:

n New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1018 S.E. 8th, will have its annual Men’s and Women’s Day Service at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28. Special guests will be from Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church. The Message will be delivered by the Rev. David L. Helm, pastor of the Mount Olive church.

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 Faith Temple Church, 1162 S.W. Lincoln, will celebrate its 68th anniversary at 7 p.m. Friday, June 2, and 11 a.m. Sunday, June 4.

n East Side Baptist Church, 4425 S.E. 29th, will have a free kids summer sports camp from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 3. The camp is for children entering kindergarten through sixth grades. Lunch is provided. For more information, call (785) 379-9933.

n Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 312 N.E. Freeman, will have its annual Germanfest on Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4.

Festivities will get under way with an outdoor Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 3. German food will be served beginning at 5 p.m., when inflatables and a mini-train for children will be available.

The event will continue at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 4, when German food once again will be available, along with a carnival, games and bingo. An oral auction and drawings for prizes will begin at 2 p.m.

In addition to authentic, homemade German food, the event will feature a country store, jewelry booth, snack bar and beer garden both days.

The Chardon Polka Band will perform from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 3, and from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4.

Free rides will be available from a satellite parking lot at the north end of the BNSF Railroad shops at N.E. Seward and Chandler from 3 to 4 and 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 3, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5.

In addition, the sixth annual Brat Trot 5-kilometer run-walk will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at the Sacred Heart Church.

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n A retirement reception for the Rev. Jay Henderson will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 4, at University United Methodist Church, 1621 S.W. College Ave. A worship celebration will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. Henderson has served United Methodist congregations in the Topeka area since 1976.

— Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 S.E. Lime, will have vacation Bible school from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 5, to Friday, June 9.

— Highland Heights Christian Church, 2930 S.E. Tecumseh Road, will show the movie “Home Run” at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 10. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. There is no charge for admission and free movie snacks will be provided. For more information, call (785) 379-5642.

— 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.

— The Laudate Ringers bell choir will present a concert titled “Bach to Bebop and Beyond” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 5, at Countryside United Methodist Church, 3221 S.W. Burlingame Road.

— Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, 7433 S.W. 29th, will have its First Wednesday Wesley Cafe at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 7. The menu will include pork explosion, soba salad with grilled tofu, baked beans, potato salad and cookies. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. A worship service will follow at 7 p.m. To sign up for the meal, call the church at (785) 478-3697 or visit.

— 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.

— Central Congregational United Church of Christ, 1248 S.W. Buchanan, will celebrate its history and the legacy of the Rev. Charles Monroe Sheldon in a program at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 18. The church facility soon will become the home of El Shaddai Templo de Alabanza, while Central Congregational will begin meeting at Temple Beth Sholom.

— Northland Christian Church, 3102 N.W. Topeka Blvd., will have a Ravi Zacharias simulcast titled “Understanding and Answering Atheism” from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 23, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24. The cost is $20, which includes a box lunch, snacks and a participant guide. To register, visit

— Indiana Avenue Church of Christ, 3510 S.E. Indiana Ave., will have vacation Bible school from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 26, to Wednesday, June 28. Classes will be available for all age groups.

— 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