Topeka religion roundup: High Holy Days to begin on Wednesday

One of the most important periods on the Jewish calendar will begin this coming week.


The High Holy Days will start at sundown Wednesday, Sept. 20, as Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year 5778, is observed.

Then, 10 days later, the High Holy Days will conclude with Yom Kippur, the “Day of Atonement,” which begins at sundown on Friday, Sept. 29.

Services marking the holidays will take place at Temple Beth Sholom, 4200 S.W. Munson.

For more information, visit the temple’s website at or call the Temple at (785) 272-6040.

In other religion news:

—- 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.

—- 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.

—- Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 4525 N.W. Button Road, will have its annual “Taste of Chocolate” event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. A variety of chocolate goodies will be available for attendees to sample.

A $7 donation is requested at the door. For more information, call (785) 246-1737.

—- 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.

—- 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.

—- 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.

—- Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1275 S.W. Boswell, will have a “Sundae Sunday” event celebrating the beginning of Sunday school for children and adults at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. Ice cream sundaes will be served on the church lawn following the church’s worship service.

—- First Southern Baptist Church will have its annual “Meet Me in the Park” event starting at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Gage Park Amphitheater, southwest of S.W. 6th and Gage. The event will include an outdoor worship service, free barbecue lunch, free train rides and free carousel rides. If it rains, the event will take place at the church, 1912 S.W. Gage.

—- 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.

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

—- 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.

—- 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 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.

For more information or to show artwork at the event, call (785) 969-4342 or email

— A cemetery tour in honor of members of the Baha’i faith who are buried in Topeka will take place on Saturday, Sept 23. The tour will begin at 1 p.m. at Topeka Cemetery, 1601 S.E. 10th, and also will be held at Foster Cemetery, near S.W. 42nd and Topeka Boulevard. Participants will visit the graves of early members of the Topeka Bahá’í community. This activity is in advance of the celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet-founder of the Baha’i faith, which will take place on Oct. 22.

— 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 dinner 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.

—- 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.

— Second Presbyterian Church, 210 N.W. Menninger Road, will celebrate the arrival the Rev. Teresa Ingle as pastor of the church with a reception at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.

Ingle’s first Sunday at the church was Sept. 10. A native of Rochester, N.Y., she came to Topeka in 1966 and grew up here, graduating in 1977 from Seaman High School and later from Washburn University.

Her father, the Rev. Art Donnelly, served as pastor Second Presbyterian Church for 29 years, from 1968 to 1997.

— 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

— The Topeka Women’s Connection will have its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. The speaker will be Margaret Bideau, a teacher from Chanute. Music will be furnished by Donna Shelite. Ruth Peugeot, owner of Ruth’s Floral Designs, will design and arrange a fall bouquet. Luncheon reservations are $14 and are due by Sept. 30 by calling (785) 554-3617. There is no charge to attend the program only.

— Open Arms Outreach Ministries, 2401 S.E. 11th, will have a “What Is Normal?” event focusing on mental health starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. The event will feature information from groups that promote health and wellness. Programs will be represented at the event will include those that: target veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder and depression over the holidays; Sheltered Living; Harvesters; the YWCA; and “No-Cents” services, where items and information are free from agencies that provide assistance including food, clothing, single-mother assistance, dental services and job training.

Food and carnival games will be available for the entire family.

— 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