Aficionados of Greek food are in for a treat this weekend.
Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Christian Church, 2516 S.W. Huntoon, will have its 13th annual Greek Food Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.
The event will include homemade Greek food items including gyros, souvlakia, kefthedes, falafel, spanikopita, dolmades and hummus.
In other religion news:
— Mother Teresa Catholic Church will have a women’s retreat beginning with coffee and rolls at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. The retreat also will include a lunch. There is no charge for the event and a freewill offering will be received for the lunch. To preregister, call (785) 286-2188.
— Kansas Avenue United Methodist Church, 1029 N. Kansas Ave., will present a musical concert titled “An Evening with Frankie and Phyllis Valens” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. A suggested donation of $5 will be received at the door.
n The Kaw Valley District Laymen’s early service will be held at 6 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at Calvary Baptist Church, 433 S.W. Harrison. The visiting pastor and congregation will be the Rev. Joe Stokes and the East Eighth Street Baptist Church Choir.
— The Supportive Adults Inspiring Lives — or SAIL — group will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, 7433 S.W. 29th. The speaker will be Shelley Ramos, executive director of of Shawnee County Court Appointed Special Advocates. The meal will include pork loin, corn on the cob, rice medley, fruit salad, and pumpkin dessert.
To sign up, go to http://www.swumc.org/sail-sign-up.html or call Susanna Wesley at (785) 478-3697.
— A ham-and-bean feed will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1821 S.W 37th. The menu will include ham and beans; vegetable soup; cornbread muffins; applesauce; dessert; and coffee, tea or water. The cost $8 for those 11 and older and $5 for children 10 and under.
n A new session of a weekly program for children titled “Why Not Wednesday” will begin at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, 7433 S.W. 29th. Children ages 3 years through sixth grade will participate in a variety of activities that focus on the theme “Celebrate the Birth of Jesus.” Parents are invited to come at 5:30 p.m. to eat a hot meal with their children. A freewill offering will be accepted for the meal. Call the church at (785) 478-3697 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. To sign up, visit www.swumc.org/why-not-wednesdays.html.
— West Side Baptist Church,1008 S.W. 4th, will have a community yard salea from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 14. The church’s youth group will have a breakfast fundraiser. For more information, call (785) 233-4241.
n Unity Church of Christianity, 9126 S.W. 10th, will have its “Second Hand Rose Sale” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. The sale will include household items, paintings, small furniture, linens, toys, games, pet supplies, cleaning appliances and jewelry. Chili, cornbread, brownies and other baked goods will be available.
n 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.
n Highland Heights Christian Church, 2930 S.E. Tecumseh Road, will have its Harvest Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. The event will include bingo, a cake walk, face-painting, cookie decorating, games, a bounce house, live music and lunch. For more information, call (785) 379-5642.
n Faith and Hard Works Ministry Inc. will sponsor the “One Kansas Family Celebration Concert” and “Day of Healing” from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, on the south steps of the Statehouse, 300 S.W. 10th. Church choirs are invited to participate. For information, call (785) 408-6325.
n Harveyville United Methodist Church will have its annual “Praise in the Pumpkin Patch” at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Country Bumpkin Pumpkin Patch, 11668 K-31 highway near Harveyville. A potluck dinner and wiener roast will be held at noon. Hot dogs, buns, condiments and drinks will be provided. Those planning to attend are invited to bring a lawn chair and a covered dish for the dinner.
— Lane Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 1200 S.W. Lane, will be the host congregation for the Union Methodist Service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Participating congregations will include Asbury-Mount Olive United Methodist Church; St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church; and St. Mark’s AME Church. The Rev. Pamela M. Mason, pastor of St. John AME Church, will bring the message and the St. John church choir will provide the music. For more information, call (785) 232-0015.
— The American Guild of Organists for Topeka will present an organ recital by Stephen Wurst at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 901 S.W. Fillmore. Music by Bach, Brahms, Widor, Kerll, Mussorgsky, Reger and Debussy will be featured. Wurst received his undergraduate degree in parish music from Concordia University in Wisconsin and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Oklahoma with the American Organ Institute. There is no charge for admission.
— 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.
— A celebration marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha’i religion, will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th.
— Silver Lake United Methodist Church, 204 Madore St. in Silver Lake, will have its 91st annual Harvest Home celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 25.
The event will begin with a bake sale and craft bazaar, which will run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Lunch featuring soups, sandwiches and homemade pies will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner featuring roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, salads, rolls, dessert and beverage will be served from 5 to 7 p.m., with a requested donation of $9 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under.
— Harveyville United Methodist Church, 371 Wabaunsee St. in Harveyville, will have a barbecue pulled-pork fundraising dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. The menu will include pulled pork, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, salad, dessert and a drink for a suggested donation of $8 for adults, $5 per child ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under eat free.
— 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.11A