High school choirs featured in Noon Noels series at First Presbyterian Church

A downtown Topeka church will brighten the holiday season again this year by sponsoring midweek, lunch-hour programs featuring local high school choirs.

 

First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison, will present its annual “Noon Noels” Christmas music program at noon Wednesdays Dec. 6 and Dec. 13.

The Topeka High School Madrigals will perform on Dec. 6. The Hayden High School Singers will perform on Dec. 13.

Lunch for $5 will be available before and after the program at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

In other religion news:

— Crestview United Methodist Church, 2245 S.W. Eveningside Drive, will have its annual Christmas bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. The event will feature homemade craft items, home-baked goods and a “Cooke Walk” where attendees can purchase homemade treats by the pound. Lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

— 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 Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Topeka Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2401 S.W. Kingsrow. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Refreshments will be served throughout the event.

Additional activities will include Nativity crafts for children and a Christmas storyteller. A Christmas music program for people of all ages will be presented at 7 p.m. 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.

— Elmont United Methodist Outreach, 6635 N.W. Church Lane, will have its Christmas bazaar from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 2. The event will feature baked goods, candy, crafts and gift baskets.

— 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. 2.

— 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 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.

— Christians from various denominations will begin the Advent season on Sunday, Dec. 3. Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and is designed to prepare Christians for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, which is observed on Dec. 25.

— Delia Presbyterian Church will have a soup lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Delia Community Building, 412 Nora Ave. in Delia. Soups will include oyster, vegetable and chicken noodle. Also chili, sandwiches and homemade pie will be served. An auction at 2 p.m. will feature quilts, crafts, food and gifts.

— 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 Churches Singing Convention will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1018 S.E. 8th. Youth and adults choirs will sing, and the message will be delivered by the Rev. David Helm, pastor of Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church.

— Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, will have a Choral Evensong service at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, with Advent music form the Cathedral Choristers and Cathedral Handbells.

— Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, will have an “Advent Service of Hope and Healing” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5. The holidays can be a challenging season for those who are experiencing sadness or stress. The service, sponsored by the cathedral’s Stephen Ministries, will include Scripture readings, a litany of healing, and anointing with oil.

— First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison, will have a Blue Christmas service at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6. The service is designed for those who have experienced loss or are dealing with struggles in their lives during the holiday season. The service will include a Scripture reading; a litany of remembrance; prayer; a couple of hymns; a brief message; and an opportunity for people to light a candle in memory of a loved one.

— 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.

— Countryside United Methodist Church, 3221 S.W. Burlingame Road, will present an evening of art and music on Friday, Dec. 8. Art exhibits will open at 5:30 p.m. and the Laudate Ringers will present holiday music from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

— 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. Cookies will be available for $5 per pound. The event will include a craft sale. A fair trade store also will be open.

— Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan, will have a Sweet Shoppe and 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.

— TrueNorth Church Ministries will sponsor a conference titled “Hope Unwrapped” featuring Steve Backlund, from Bethel Church in Redding, Calif., at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec.10, at Farley Elementary School, 6701 S.W. 33rd. To register or for more information, visit www.truenorthtopeka.com.

— The Kaw Valley District Laymen’s Early Morning Service will be held at 6 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Second Baptist Church, 424 N.W. Laurent. The Rev. Delmar White, pastor of New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, will preach.

— Bethel Baptist Church, 4011 N. Kansas Ave, will have a special Christmas service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. For more information, call (785) 286-0467.

— First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins, will have its 18th annual German-language Christmas service at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. A meal won’t be served this year because of renovations taking place in the church’s Keys Hall.

— First Lutheran Church, 1234 S.W. Fairlawn, will have its annual drive-through Living Nativity from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. The Living Nativity will include seven scenes featuring music and animals. Those planning to attend the free event may enter the church’s south parking lot as they travel north on S.W. Fairlawn from S.W. Huntoon.

— Topeka Bible Church will have its Light Show 2.0 with free showings at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, Saturday, Dec. 16, and Sunday, Dec. 17, inside the auditorium of its College Avenue Building, 1135 S.W. College. The event will include a hot cocoa bar, children’s play area, photo opportunities and glow sticks for everyone in attendance. Seating is limited to 400 per show. Attendees are advised to arrive early for their selected performance. For more information, visit www.discovertbc.com.

— New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2801 S.E. Indiana Ave., will have a program titled “Hope for the Holidays” at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. The program is designed for people whose lives have been affected by homicide or suicide. An inspirational message will be presented by the Rev. Delmar A. White, pastor of the New Mount Zion church. Music will be presented by the Parker Singers. Mothers of Murdered sons — or MOMS — will be in attendance. A psychologist and social workers also will be present for consultations. The program is sponsored by the church’s Community Outreach Ministry.

— The Armouraires Quartet, from Wichita, will present a Christmas concert at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Kansas Avenue United Methodist Church, 1029 N. Kansas Ave. A $5 donation is suggested at the door.

— Bethel Baptist Church, 4011 N. Kansas Ave, will have its children’s Christmas program at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17.

— 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.

— Westminster Presbyterian Church will sponsor a Christmas caroling event at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the gazebo in Boswell Park, near S.W. 13th and Boswell. Anyone wishing to participate is invited to join in singing favorite carols with family, friends and neighbors. Following the caroling, attendees are invited to walk across the street to enjoy hot chocolate, coffee and cookies in the parlor of the church at 1275 S.W. Boswell.

— Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3625 S.W. Wanamaker, will have a Blue Christmas service for those who are hurting emotionally and spiritually at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20.

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— Elmont United Methodist Outreach, 6635 N.W. Church Lane, will have its Christmas bazaar from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 2. The event will feature baked goods, candy, crafts and gift baskets.

— 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. 2.

— 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 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.

— Christians from various denominations will begin the Advent season on Sunday, Dec. 3. Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and is designed to prepare Christians for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, which is observed on Dec. 25.

— Delia Presbyterian Church will have a soup lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Delia Community Building, 412 Nora Ave. in Delia. Soups will include oyster, vegetable and chicken noodle. Also chili, sandwiches and homemade pie will be served. An auction at 2 p.m. will feature quilts, crafts, food and gifts.

— 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 Churches Singing Convention will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1018 S.E. 8th. Youth and adults choirs will sing, and the message will be delivered by the Rev. David Helm, pastor of Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church.

— Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, will have a Choral Evensong service at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, with Advent music form the Cathedral Choristers and Cathedral Handbells.

— Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th, will have an “Advent Service of Hope and Healing” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5. The holidays can be a challenging season for those who are experiencing sadness or stress. The service, sponsored by the cathedral’s Stephen Ministries, will include Scripture readings, a litany of healing, and anointing with oil.

— First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison, will have a Blue Christmas service at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6. The service is designed for those who have experienced loss or are dealing with struggles in their lives during the holiday season. The service will include a Scripture reading; a litany of remembrance; prayer; a couple of hymns; a brief message; and an opportunity for people to light a candle in memory of a loved one.

— 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.

— Countryside United Methodist Church, 3221 S.W. Burlingame Road, will present an evening of art and music on Friday, Dec. 8. Art exhibits will open at 5:30 p.m. and the Laudate Ringers will present holiday music from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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