Topeka religion roundup: Miami gospel group to perform Saturday

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. (YouTube)

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 to help raise medical funds for Dan Mullens.

In other religion news:

— In God’s House Church, 1616 N.E. Seward Ave., will have a fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2. The menu will include ribs, pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, pies, cakes and greens. A plate with one meat is $7 and a plate with two meats will be $10. Proceeds will be used to refurbish the exterior of the church building.

— 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. The luncheon cost is $14. There is no charge for attending the program only. For more information or luncheon reservations, call Ann at (785) 554-3617.

— Bethel Baptist Church, 4011 N. Kansas Ave, will kick off its Awana program for children from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6. There will be food, a bounce house and registration for the program, which is for children 3 years old through high school. For information, call (785) 286-0467.

n Mother Teresa Catholic Church, 2014 N.W. 46th, will have its 10th annual Holy Smokin’ Jamboree on Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10. The event will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 9 and at 9 a.m. Sept. 10 with “Mass on the Plaza.”

The jamboree will feature a 5-kilometer run at 8 a.m. Sept. 9; a car show; a barbecue “smoke-off”; children’s activities; carnival games; crafts; food; and concessions.

For more information, visit

— GenealogyKC, a free family history conference for adults and youths, will be Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8 and 9, at the Liberty, Mo., Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6751 N.E. 70th St., Kansas City, Mo.

The conference, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day, will have a wide variety of classes geared to everyone from beginners through expert genealogists. One-on-one family history research help will also be provided.

Keynote speakers will be Andy Reid, coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and an avid journal-writer; Jenny Doan, the Quilt Lady of the Missouri Star Quilt Company of Hamilton, Mo.; and Michael Kennedy, a third-great-grandson of LDS Church organizer and prophet Joseph Smith and a convert to the LDS Church.

On Saturday attendees can participate in an attempt to break the world record for the largest human model of a human X-chromosome ever staged. Also on Saturday, participants can enjoy a homemade lunch for $10 and be entertained by a large troupe of Polynesian dancers.

Though there is no charge to attend conference classes and hear the keynote speakers, interested people are asked to register in advance so organizers can know how much seating and how many handouts to provide. For more information or to register, go to

— 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 There is no charge to attend the program only.

— West Side Baptist Church will have its “Worship in the Park” event on Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Big Shelter House at Gage Park, located just north of the Topeka Zoo near S.W. 6th and Gage. Coffee and doughnuts will be served at 9:30 a.m., following fellowship then lunch at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call (785) 233-4241.

— Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 610 S.E. Lime, will have a Sunday School musical at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10.

— The Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, 2420 S.E. Bellview, will celebrate its 63rd anniversary in a special service at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. The guest speaker will be Elder Sonja Jeanene Allen, of Pentecostal Church of the Apostolic Faith in Leavenworth.

— Topeka Bible Church, 1135 S.W. Mulvane, will begin a 13-week GriefShare program a 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11. The group is for people who have lost a spouse, child, family member or friend to death. There is no cost to attend, but advance online registration is appreciated at

— St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 2222 S.E. Madison, will celebrate its church anniversary at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15; at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17; at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22; and at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.

— In God’s House Church, 1616 N.E. Seward Ave., will have a carnival at noon Saturday, Sept. 16, in the church parking lot. Games and prizes will be available. The cost is $5. Proceeds will go toward refurbishing the church building.

— 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.

— Highland Heights Christian Church, 2930 S.E. Tecumseh Rd., will have a free movie night at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. The film “Abel’s Field,” billed as an inspiring drama about a solitary high school groundskeeper who becomes the unlikely mentor of a struggling teen, will be shown. Free snacks will be provided. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. For further information, call (785) 379-5642.

— First Lutheran Church, 1234 S.W. Fairlawn, will present Teresa Walters, known as “The International First Lady of Piano,” in a concert marking the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20. A freewill offering will be received, with proceeds benefiting the Washburn University Foundation for piano scholarships.

— 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.

— University United Methodist Church, 1621 S.W. College, will have its annual fall thrift sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, and from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 23. Fudge and baked goods will be available.

— The Lutheran Fine Arts Council of Topeka will have a “Reformation 500 Art Event” from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1716 S.W. Gage. Local Lutheran artists will display and sell their artwork at the event. For more information or to show artwork at the event, call (785) 969-4342 or

— Shawnee Heights United Methodist Church, 6020 S.E. 44th, will have its annual chicken and homemade noodle dinner, country store and bakery from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. The cost is $8 for a large plate and $6 for a small plate for children 12 and under. Eat-in or carryout will be available. Quart bags of homemade noodles will be available for $4.50.

— Randel Ministries, in partnership with Harvesters and Family of God Church, will have its next monthly mobile food distribution beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, 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 the fourth Tuesday of the month between April and November.

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.

— 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

— The Second annual Stone’s Folly Art Festival will take place Sept. 29 and 30 on the grounds of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1800 S.W. Stone. The event will get underway at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, and again at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. For more information, visit

— Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 216 N.E. Branner, will have its Fall Festival from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, and from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in the church’s Marlo Cuevas-Balandran Activity Center.

Vendors will have products including, purses, jewelry, candles, essential oils, Thirty-One Bags, Scentsy, Tupperware, Avon, University of Kansas items, homemade goodies and quilts. Food sales will be available both days.

Vendor fees are $40 and reservations are due by Oct. 19. For more information, call (785) 409-4475.

— 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