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Christ the King Catholic Church, 3024 N. 53rd St., Christmas craft fair continues Saturday, Dec. 20, and Sunday, Dec. 21, at the church basement. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. The church will have a Christmas Eve Mass at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, and a Christmas Day Mass at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 25.

Songs and a Christmas message will be featured at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Haven Baptist Church, 3430 Hutton Road, Kansas City, Kan. Traditional carols and newer songs will be featured.

Judson Baptist Church,
8300 State Ave., will hold a morning worship service at 11 a.m. Dec. 21. The Sunday School Christmas program will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 21. A Christmas Eve service will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 24.

Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will offer “Holy Woman, Miriam, the Sister of Moses,” presented by Jenny Greene, pastoral minister at St. Teresa’s Academy, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

A weekly Scripture Group with Bible Sharing and Reflection, Lectio and Journaling, is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Heather Neds is a pastoral minister and leads the group at Keeler Women’s Center. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th St., will hold a Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24.

Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., will observe the fourth Sunday in Advent Dec. 21. Services in English will be at 10 a.m.; in Spanish at 1:30 p.m. Christmas Eve services in English will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24. Christmas Day service in English and Spanish will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 25.

St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1086 N. 94th St., will hold Christmas Masses at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Dec. 24, and at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Dec. 25.

Trinity Community Church, 5010 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan., will hold a Christmas concert, “Repeat the Joy!” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. Favorite Christmas songs and carols will be performed, in a variety of musical styles.

Welborn Community United Church of Christ, 5217 Leavenworth Road, will hold Christmas Eve services at 6 p.m. Dec. 24.

Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7901 Oakland, plans a Christmas Eve candlelight service and communion at 7 p.m. Dec. 24.

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Customers faced long lines at a local post office toward closing time on Saturday, Dec. 20.
Customers faced long lines at a local post office toward closing time on Saturday, Dec. 20.

What would the holidays be without lines at the post office?

This morning a quick run to the Wyandotte West postal station, 1710 N. 78th Terrace, to buy holiday stamps, a trip that would usually take about 5 minutes, had a different result.

Around 11:43 a.m., about 15 minutes before closing time, there was a long line of customers holding packages and letters. The line stretched from the counter, into the lobby and around the lobby, and maybe 25 to 30 persons were in line, a larger number than usual.

Customers generally were holding packages to be mailed, picking up packages, mailing letters or buying stamps. Toward the front of the line was a poster that told us that letters and cards should be mailed by today, Dec. 20, in order to get there by Dec. 24. And Dec. 23 is the deadline for sending packages by Priority Mail Express.

Nationally, a U.S. Postal Service news release said that Dec. 18 was the busiest delivery day of the year. Monday, Dec. 15, was supposed to be the busiest mailing day of the year, when over 600 million pieces of mail were expected to be sent.

Post office closing time, noon, came and went with the line still stretching out into the lobby. No one was allowed in line after that, but staff was still waiting on people in line. Three employees were visible, helping out at the facility, with only one behind the counter waiting on people toward the end of this time. Some were helping with packages. Some workers had been there since before dawn.

Customers made wisecracks while waiting: One woman entered the lobby, mailed a letter and said, “Did you guys bring your lunch?”

Another woman left the lobby and said, “I’m leaving for Texas and will be back before you get out.”

“This is like the Twilight Zone,” another said.

One customer remarked that she was there because Price Chopper didn’t have any more holiday stamps. Some customers laughed at their situation, some scowled, some checked their phones and one sang.

As the minutes dragged on, with nothing to do, a woman in line broke out into a loud rendition of “Jingle Bells,” and then an improvised number. But no one in the line wanted to join her attempt to find something to do while waiting in line.

At 12:43 p.m., one hour after the fast trip to the post office, the goal was finally reached and the stamps were bought.

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Northern Natural Gas Company, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, is seeking an Operations Manager with responsibility covering the Clifton, Kansas and Beatrice, Nebraska areas. The operations manager is responsible for the safe, compliant, reliable and efficient operation and maintenance of assigned compressor and pipeline facilities.

All qualified candidates must possess a valid driver’s license; bachelor’s degree in engineering, business administration or related field or equivalent work experience; at least six to ten years of related experience, including three years of supervisory/management responsibilities; and must possess a comprehensive understanding of methods, techniques and skills in the operations and maintenance of natural gas transmission pipelines and natural gas compressor facilities

The position offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Applicants are encouraged to visit the firm’s website at and apply online. The company requests no phone calls or personal visits. Northern Natural Gas is an Equal Opportunity Employer and subscribes to a drug-free/tobacco-free work place.
• A compensated placement from Human Resources at Northern Natural Gas, Omaha, NE