People wanting to do a little early Christmas shopping may find just what they are looking for at holiday-themed events this weekend at two Topeka churches.
Oakland United Methodist Church, 801 N.E. Chester, will have a craft and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Crafts and baked goods made by church members will be available. Cinnamon rolls, coffee, hot dogs and chips also will be available for purchase.
Also, University United Methodist Church, 1621 S.W. College, will have its annual holiday bazaar from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. The event will feature cookies available by the pound; homemade candies, fudge and jelly; handmade gifts and decorations; Rada cutlery; a drawing for a handmade quilt; and a silent auction.
A homemade chicken-and-noodle dinner will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $9 for a full portion and $5.50 for a half portion. Gluten-free noodles will be available.
In other religion news:
— Lowman United Methodist Church, 4101 S.W. 15th, will present a concert featuring the musical group Evidence of Journey at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. The group is composed of Eddie Kilgallon and Dusty Workman. There is no charge for admission and a freewill offering will be received.
— New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1018 S.E. 8th, will have its annual Usher’s Day service at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19. Special guests will be the Rev. E. Bernard Hurd and members of Calvary Baptist Church.
— The Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, 2420 S.E. Bellview, will celebrate Family and Friends Day during the 11:30 a.m. service on Sunday, Nov. 19.
— Oakland churches will gather for their annual community Thanksgiving service at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Oakland Church of the Nazarene, 939 N.E. Oakland Ave. The Rev. Mark Deeter, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, will speak. Refreshments will be served following the service.
— Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3625 S.W. Wanamaker, will have a Thanksgiving Eve service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22.
— A joint Thanksgiving service sponsored by Lutheran churches in Topeka will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 731 S.W. Buchanan.
— The Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, 2420 S.E. Bellview, will have a Thanksgiving Day service at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23.
— Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, will have its annual community Thanksgiving Day service at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23. The celebration, which will last approximately one hour, will include Holy Communion.
— First Church of Christ Scientist, 2600 S.W. Fillmore, will have its annual Thanksgiving service at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23.
— Organist Tandy Reussner and Friends will present their 21st annual Christmas Vespers organ concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont in downtown Lawrence. Doors will open at 2:45 p.m. Admission is free, with donations accepted for local organizations that serve the Lawrence community.
— The sixth annual Nativities and Noels event, which features about 700 nativities from around the world along with continuous live vocal and instrumental Christmas music, will be held Friday, Dec. 1, through Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Topeka Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2401 S.W. Kingsrow Road. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Refreshments will be served throughout the event.
The nativities are on loan from local Latter-day Saints and friends of other faiths and will include various styles, including traditional, ornaments, miniature, homemade, electric, musical, children’s, and international. About 90 countries will be represented in the display. Creches will range in size from under an inch to several feet tall and will be made of a wide variety of materials, such as porcelain, wood, clay, metal, cloth, paper, marbles, corn husks, coconut shells, gourds, recycled pop cans, steel drums, and auto parts.
A “seek-and-find” sheet — similar in concept to “Where’s Waldo?” — and a nativity photo booth that features biblical costumes and a stable backdrop will be available for visitors throughout the free event. Ongoing Christmas videos and a Christmas reading room also will be set up.
Additional Christmas activities are planned on Saturday and Sunday, including nativity crafts for children and a Christmas storyteller. A Christmas music program for people of all ages will be presented at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Following the close of Nativities and Noels at 7 p.m. Sunday, a live broadcast of a Christmas Devotional from Salt Lake City will be shown. The devotional will feature music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and a Christmas message from a worldwide leader of the LDS Church.
For photos and more information, go to Nativities and Noels on Facebook or call (785) 554-8068.
— Lowman United Methodist Church, 4101 S.W. 15th, will have a Trash to Treasure sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.
— Meriden United Methodist Church, 100 S. Dawson in Meriden, will have its Christmas Cookie Walk from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 2. A large assortment of homemade holiday cookies and some candies will be available for $8 per pound. The event is being sponsored by the church’s United Methodist Women’s group.
— Gage Park Baptist Church, 3601 S.W. 10th, will have a holiday bazaar featuring food and craft items from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Lunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu will include homemade chili and chicken noodle soup. A drawing will be held for a “Starburst” quilt.
— The Lawrence Community Handbell Choir will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins. The concert is part of the church’s Advent recital series.
— The Topeka Women’s Connection will have a “Celebrate Christmas!” luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. Music will be furnished by the Cair Paravel Latin School Choir. Cashmere Gourmet Popcorn will be the business feature. The speaker will be Zach Haney. The luncheon cost is $14. Reservations are due by Dec. 1 with checks payable to Topeka Women’s Connection in care of Kim Young, 4745 N.W. 44th Place, Topeka, 66618. There is no charge for those attending the program only. Call (785) 224-5268 for more information.
— First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins, will have a Cookies and Goodies holiday sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.
— Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan, will have a Sweet Shoppe & Craft Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.
— Lowman United Methodist Church, 4101 S.W. 15th, will have its annual Cookie & Candy Cafe from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 9.
— First Free Will Baptist Church, 3900 S.W. Shunga Drive, will present special music with the Chad Boney Family at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. The Boney family is from Wichita.