Faith news

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Christ the King Catholic Church, 3024 N. 53rd St., is planning a Christmas craft fair from Dec. 18-21.

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.

The Kansas City, Kan., Community Orchestra will hold its annual Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at London Heights Baptist Church, 734 N. 78th St., Kansas City, Kan. The concert is free and open to the public.

Open Door Baptist Church,
3033 N. 103rd Terrace, will have a musical presentation, “Born is the King! It’s Christmas,” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 14.

Parkway Baptist Church, 12320 Parallel Parkway, is planning a Community Blood Center blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, in the church’s classroom area. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 816-753-4040 or visit www.savealifenow.org.

There will be an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2646 S. 34th St., Kansas City, Kan. The event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. The breakfast will cost $6 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th St., is planning “The Sweet Memories of Christmas Program and Tasting Party” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. There will be songs, readings, musical numbers or other performances.

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.

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.

Community calendar

The Wyandotte Daily News is interested in news of your community event in Wyandotte County. Send information to news@wyandottepublishing.com and include your name and phone number. Please send in planned events by about a week before the event if possible. In the event of inclement weather, call the sponsoring organization to see if the event will be held.

Strawberry Hill Museum open for holidays
The Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kan., has opened for the holidays and will remain open on weekends through Sunday, Jan. 26. The museum, decorated in Victorian style, is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, with special tours available by appointment. The cost of a tour is $7 for adults and $3 for children 6-12. Nighttime tours will be available at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, and reservations are required. The cost is $15 for the nighttime tours, which includes refreshments and dessert. Call 913-371-3264 for more information or to make reservations. Holiday parties also may be booked.

Grinter Place to hold Family Day Dec. 13
From 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 13, Grinter Place has scheduled a Family Day. The event is for families and their children. Planned are a free picture with Santa Claus, face painting, listening to storytellers and doing a craft project. Admission for the Dec. 13 event is $3 per person or $15 for a family of six or more. Grinter Place, decorated for the holidays, is a state museum at 1420 S. 78th, Kansas City, Kan. For more information about Grinter Place, visit kshs.org/grinter_place or visit Grinter Place on Facebook.

Food giveaway planned Dec. 13 at 65th and State

Kansas City Kansas Community College is once again a partner with Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and Harvesters for two separate food giveaways this month. The first food giveaway will start at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at KCKCC-TEC, 6565 State Ave. The second is at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, also at KCKCC-TEC. Food will be given to families on a first come, first serve basis. There are no income restrictions to the food giveaway. Food will be given to families based on the number of people in the family, and will be given out while supplies last. Cars can line up prior to 1 p.m. in the KCKCC-TEC parking lot. However, if participants arrive early, there is no restroom availability at the TEC during the event. In addition, those attending are asked to be prepared to wait in long lines. For more information or to register online as a volunteer, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e48a8a828aa8-volunteers. Information is also available by contacting Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas at 913-433-2080.

KCK Library offers book sale Saturday
The Main Kansas City, Kan., Public Library will hold a book sale Saturday, Dec. 13, in the auditorium at 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The sale is from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Children’s and adult materials will be included in the book sale. The items will be 50 cents each or $5 for a sack of materials. Only cash will be accepted.

Project Feederwatch continues
Project Feederwatch continues on Saturdays at the Schlagle Environmental Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park, 91st and Leavenworth Road. The bird count is planned each Saturday when people sign up in advance. For more information, call 913-299-2384.

Enroll Wyandotte sessions offered
Enroll Wyandotte sessions are offered to help persons with open enrollment for health insurance, from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the South Library, Study Room 2, at 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Staff from Community Health Council of Wyandotte County will help with the enrollment. Assistance in Spanish is available. Enroll Wyandotte also has an enrollment session from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the West Wyandotte Library auditorium, 1727 N. 82nd, Kansas City, Kan.

Mini book sale planned Dec. 13 at Bonner Springs Library

The Friends of the Bonner Springs Library are holding a mini book sale on Saturday, Dec. 13, in the basement tornado shelter room of the library, 201 N. Nettleton in Bonner Springs. The sale will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. The sale room can be accessed from the rear parking lot off Allcutt. Along with volumes from many favorite authors is a variety of nonfiction. There is an area for recent donations which has been restocked since the last book sale. Many selections of both fiction and nonfiction are in like-new condition and would make very affordable gifts since all hard back volumes are only $1. There is a wide selection of used paperbacks which are being offered at $1 to fill a plastic bag or $2 to fill a choice of tote bags as well as newer paperbacks that sell for only 50 cents. There is also an extensive offering of books for children and young people at affordable prices. The sale is being held in conjunction with an artist’s reception for Jason Romanishen, whose work is on display on the art gallery wall on the main floor of the library. Romanishen is a local artist and instructor at Bonner Springs High School. The reception, which will include punch and cookies, is being held from 2 to 3 p.m. and is open to the public.

Santa to visit Main Library Dec. 13
Families with young children are invited to join the “Cocoa with Santa” program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Main Kansas City, Kan., Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. There will be holiday stories, cookies and cocoa, and they will have the chance to have their picture taken with Santa Claus. The event is in the youth services storytime-craft room. There is no charge for the event. For more information, call the library at 913-279-2128.

Artist reception planned Dec. 13
An artist reception for Missouri artist Deanna Trap and her new exhibit of watercolor landscapes, “The Views: Near and Far,” will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Main Kansas City, Kan., Public Library, 625 Minnesota. It will be in the library’s Café 625.

Community Orchestra to hold Holiday Concert Dec. 18
The Kansas City, Kan., Community Orchestra will hold its annual Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at London Heights Baptist Church, 734 N. 78th St., Kansas City, Kan. The concert is free and open to the public.

UG Commission to meet Dec. 18

The Unified Government Commission is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, in the Commission Chambers, City Hall, lobby level, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. The agenda will be posted at www.wycokck.org.

Program offered to help with chronic disease

Registration is currently being accepted for a free program beginning Jan. 7 that will help persons manage chronic disease or diabetes. The public is invited to attend the workshop. This program will start at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central, Kansas City, Kan. Workshop dates include Jan. 7, Jan. 14, Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, and Feb. 11. Each session will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. At the workshop people will learn about what they can do to deal with their chronic disease or diabetes. To be discussed are practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, learning about better nutrition and exercise choices, understanding treatment choices, and finding better ways to talk with the doctor and family about health.
The workshop is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. For more information, contact the K-State Research and Extension, Wyandotte County Office, at 913-299-9300 or email Lori Wuellner, lwuellne@ksu.edu or Nozella Brown, nlbrown2@ksu.edu.

Fundraiser planned Jan. 17
Resurrection Catholic School, 425 N. 15th, Kansas City, Kan., plans a fundraiser, “A Taste of KCK,” on Saturday, Jan. 17. The guest speaker will be Lamar Hunt Jr. A social time at 6 p.m. is followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and a program at 8 p.m. The cost is $35 per person. For more information about registration and the event, visist resurrectionkck.edu12.net.

Counseling offered
Keeler Women’s Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., offers individual and couples counseling to women and men who might otherwise not be able to afford counseling. Nothing is billed. Donations are accepted. Call 913-906-8990 for information or to do an intake and schedule an appointment.

Police investigate shooting death on North 24th Street

Kansas City, Kan., police officers are investigating a shooting death at 3:42 a.m. Dec. 13 in the 1900 block of North 24th Street in Kansas City, Kan.

When they arrived, officers found a male in his 40s inside the residence, dead from a gunshot wound, a police spokesman said.

The identity of the victim will be withheld until positive identification is made and family are notified.

The incident is under investigation by the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department’s Major Case Unit.

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.