Bertha Gilkey will be honored for her years of service to the Topeka community and to Antioch Missionary Baptist Church during a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Antioch Family Life Center, 1921 S.E. Indiana Ave.
Gilkey is a Florida native who has lived in Topeka for more than 40 years. She has decided to return to her home state to be closer to her family.
Gilkey, who retired from the State of Kansas a few years ago, taught a high school Sunday school class for years at the Antioch church. She also worked with the Red Circle girls in Topeka and throughout the Kaw Valley District; volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters; and served as a CASA volunteer. She has also regularly volunteered for Let’s Help and Harvesters.
In other religion news
The 11th Annual Tennessee Town Neighborhood Improvement Association Basketball Tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the King’s Court, S.W. Munson and Lincoln. Registration is free. Call Faith Temple Church at (785) 235-1834 for more information.
Fellowship and Faith Ministries Inc., 708 S.E. Lime, will dedicate its new bell tower at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. The tower includes foundation stones and the bell from the former East Topeka United Methodist Church building, which previously stood at the site of the bell tower. The East Topeka church, which closed in 2012 after 133 years of service and was subsequently razed, started Fellowship and Faith Ministries, which provides assistance to low-income families.
Grace United Methodist Church, 2627 S.W. Western, will present a concert by Delta Haze from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, in conjunction with the National Night Out Against Crime.
Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, 7433 S.W. 29th, will sponsor a farmers market from 9 a.m. to noon Sundays through Aug. 6 in the church parking lot. Proceeds support children and youth ministries.
New Life Fellowship conclude its 24th annual “Family of God” convention at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at Faith Temple Church, 1162 S.W. Lincoln. The featured speaker will be Bishop James H. Everett Jr., of Deliverance Jesus is Coming Church in Irvington, N.J.
The Topeka Churches Singing Convention will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1018 S.E. 8th. Elder David Helm, pastor of Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church, will preach.
The Topeka Big Band will perform at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, in the fellowship hall of Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, 7433 S.W. 29th. A light meal will be provided. Freewill donations will be received. To sign up, visit www.swumc.org/sail-sign-up.html or call the church at (785) 478-3697.
Free back-to-school haircuts will be offered from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, in the fellowship hall of New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2801 S.E. Indiana Ave. Barbers and stylists from across Topeka will give haircuts at the event, which is sponsored by the church’s outreach ministry and laymen’s ministry.
Sacred Heart-St. Joseph Catholic Church will have a basement sale and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, and Friday, Aug. 11. at Sacred Heart Church, 312 N.E. Freeman. A $1 sack sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 12.
Crestview United Methodist Church, 2245 S.W. Eveningside Drive, will have a basement sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 10 and 11.
New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2801 S.E. Indiana Ave., will have an all-male fashion show titled “You Can’t Touch This!” at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. Models will come from various churches and organizations in the city. Admission is a school supply, with items to be donated to Ross Elementary School.
David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus, will speak at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at Topeka Bible Church, 1101 S.W. Mulvane.
Emma Hirschi, 19, will speak about her upcoming mission in British Columbia, Canada, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the Colly Creek Ward’s worship service at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at the LDS meetinghouse, 3611 S.W. Jewell Ave.
Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 S.E. Lime, will have a fall revival at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, to Friday, Aug. 18. The evangelists will be the Rev. D. C. Clark, pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church; Minister Eddie Patterson, of Second Missionary Baptist Church; and the Rev. Michael Moore, of St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Emporia.
Lowman United Methodist Church, 4101 S.W. 15th, will have a weekend “Back to School Bible Bash” vacation Bible school from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19; and 9:15 a.m. to noon Sunday, Aug. 20. The theme will be “Everyday Heroes.”
CrossRoads Wesleyan Church, 2131 S.W. Harrison, will have its 13th annual SonShine Carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. The event will include food, games and a silent auction. Many games and events are free, and many are for younger children. A free water slide will be featured. Some games cost 25 cents to 75 cents. Everyone will receive a prize, and winners will get a larger prize.
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.
Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 S.E. Lime, will have a Sunday School musical, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10.
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 www.ksexpo.com.