The Rev. Meredith Kemp-Pappan on Wednesday, Aug. 23, will assume the duties of head pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4746 S.W. 21st.
Kemp-Pappan comes to Trinity from Central Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City, where she served as head pastor for six years.
A native Texan, Kemp-Pappan earned her Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2008, and a Master of Arts in Spirituality degree from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., in 2011.
She and her husband, Ryan — a Los Angeles native, ordained minister and licensed clinical social worker — have a 3-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter.
In other religion news:
n Lowman United Methodist Church, 4101 S.W. 15th, will have a weekend “Back to School Bible Bash” vacation Bible school for children ages preschool through eighth grade from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19; and 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. The theme will be “Everyday Heroes.” For more information, call the church at (785 ) 272-8921.
n 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.
n The deacons St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 2222 S.E. Madison, will sponsor a fish fry and chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. The menu will include spaghetti, green beans, bread and dessert. A $12 donation per meal is requested for the fish dinner and a $10 donation is requested for chicken dinners. Free delivery is available for orders of three or more dinners by calling (785) 224-7517.
n The Armouraires, a southern gospel quartet, will be in concert at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan.
n Randel Ministries, in partnership with Harvesters and Family of God Church, will have its monthly mobile food distribution beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, 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 at 9 a.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month between April and November. The next distribution will be Sept. 26.
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.
n 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. Friday, Aug. 25; 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26; and 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27.
n Organist Susan Matthews will be in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, kicking off the 2016-17 “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.
n 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.
n 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.
n 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.
n 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.
n 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 email@example.com. There is no charge to attend the program only.
n Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 S.E. Lime, will have a Sunday School musical at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10.
n 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.
n 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.
n 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.
— Christian pop group Casting Crowns 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 www.topekaperformingarts.org.