Four Topeka congregations are hoping for a continuation of gorgeous late-summer weather when they gather for a “Worship in the Park” event this weekend.
The event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 10, in 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., followed by fellowship and lunch at 11:30 a.m.
Participating congregations will include: West Side Baptist Church; Potwin Presbyterian Church; West Side Christian Church-Disciples of Christ; and Central Congregational United Church of Christ.
In other religion news:
n GenealogyKC, a free family history conference for adults and youths, will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 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 will have a wide variety of classes geared to everyone from beginners through expert genealogists. One-on-one family history research help also will be provided. For more information or to register, go to www.genealogykc.org.
n The Kaw Valley District Laymen’s early morning service will take place at 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, 307 S.E. Tefft. The Rev. D.C. Clark, of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, will preach.
n Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1275 S.W. Boswell, will have a kick-off breakfast for Sunday school classes at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. There will be a brief presentation about various class offerings available this year.
Sunday School for children and adults begins at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, for children and adults. Ice cream sundaes will be served on the church lawn following the church’s worship service that day, which is being called “Sundae Sunday.”
n A streaming video about the plight of university students and professors who are members of the Baha’i faith in Iran will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, in Marvin Auditorium at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. Organizers of the program say students in Iran who are members of the Baha’i faith are denied entrance or expelled from universities because of their religion, and professors are arrested and imprisoned.
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 The Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, 2420 S.E. Bellview, will celebrate its 63rd anniversary during 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.
n Topeka Bible Church, 1135 S.W. Mulvane, will begin a 13-week GriefShare program at 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 www.discovertbc.com.
n Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, 7433 S.W. 29th, will have its monthly Supportive Adults Inspiring Lives — or SAIL — luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. The guest speakers will be Buffie Munoz, Rebound Physical Therapy community relations director; and Burt DeWeese, also of Rebound Physical Therapy, who will present a program on back pain. A lunch of sloppy joes, shredded chicken, cheesy potatoes, salad bar and an apple dessert will be served. The meal cost is $7. To sign up, go to www.swumc.org/sail.sign-up.html or call (785) 478-3697.
n Rapper GetRight R.H. Haggerty will have a release party for his new CD “Until Now!” from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, in the fellowship hall of Faith Temple Church, 1162 S.W. Lincoln.
n 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.
n New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1018 S.E. 8th, will celebrate its 63rd anniversary on 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. Guest pastors and congregations will include the Rev. D.C. Clark, of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church; and the Rev. Tyrone Jacobs, associate minister of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. Choirs from each church will sing the inspirational selections.
n The Rev. Jayne Ruiz will be installed as pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at the church, 1275 S.W. Boswell. Ruiz started serving as the church’s pastor on June 12.
Ruiz, who is bilingual in Spanish and English, has worked in Hispanic and immigrant ministries in addition to serving as a pastor. Before coming to Topeka, Ruiz was the pastor of two churches in El Paso, Texas.
A dinner will follow the installation service, to which all attendees are invited.
n A pancake feed will be from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1821 S.W. 37th. The meal will include three pancakes, two ham or sausage links and drinks. Extra pancakes are free. Additional items including eggs and more sausage links will be available for an extra charge. Ten percent of the proceeds will go to mission work, the remainder to church needs.
n Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan, will have a pulled-pork barbecue dinner and antique car show from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. The dinner, which will include homemade pies, will cost $7.50 for adults and $4.50 for children 12 and under. The event is sponsored by the United Methodist men’s and women’s groups of the church.
n 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.
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 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.
n 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. Musicians taking part in this world-wide program will include Jim Mosher, Erin Woods and several of her harp students performing in solos and ensembles. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
— The Lutheran Fine Arts Council of Topeka will sponsor a “Reformation 500 Art Event” from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1716 S.W. Gage. The event will showcase 14 local Lutheran artists who will display and sell their artwork.
Also on display will be “Reformation Art” that depicts Martin Luther or artists who have been associated with the Reformation. There will be an opportunity for adults to create a Christian painting to take home, with a $15 cost for supplies, and for children to color a large Reformation poster.
The Faith Lutheran Church congregation has been working on a large mosaic block painting of Luther that will be unveiled that evening. Refreshments will be available.
— 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.
n Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, will present pianist Robert Weirich in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. Weirich will perform works including Schubert’s Sonata in A and Mozart’s Rondo in A minor. The concert is part of the cathedral’s Great Spaces Music &Arts Series. Tickets for the concert are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free.
— Annunciation Catholic Church will sponsor a picnic from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Cigna Center, 402 N. Maple in Frankfort. A roast beef dinner with all the trimmings will be served, with the cost of $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. The event also will include a cake walk, bingo, church poker, a quilt raffle, children’s games and a a silent auction.
Take-out meals and delivery in the town of Frankfort will be available by calling (785) 292-4462 on the day of the dinner.
— 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 www.ksexpo.com.
— 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 www.stonesfollyartfestival.com.
— 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 www.topekaperformingarts.org.