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.
In other religion news:
University United Methodist Church, 1621 S.W. College, will have its annual fall thrift sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 23. Fudge and baked goods will be available.
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.
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 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.
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 family.
Kansas Avenue United Methodist Church, 1029 N. Kansas Ave., will have its Harvest Dinner and Bazaar from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. The meal will include chicken-fried steak; mashed potatoes and gravy; green beans or corn; salad; roll; homemade pie or cake; and drink. The suggested donation is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children.
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.