Faith news

Wyandotte County is in Phase 3 under Kansas Ad Astra reopening plan. Local health officials said under Phase 3, people should keep a distance of 6 feet between themselves and others. They may sit closer to people who live in their households. Also, people should wear masks and should wash hands or use hand sanitizer. There is a mask order in effect in Wyandotte County, requiring masks to be worn inside any public space.

Some faith groups are holding online or video services. In Wyandotte County, those who are older than 60 or who have other medical conditions should continue being very cautious, according to the Wyandotte County health officials. Those who are sick should stay home, according to officials.

More details about Wyandotte County health guidelines for churches are at

Some churches have been changing their services as a result of new COVID-19 restrictions for the community. Residents are advised to visit the social media page of their church or faith organization, or to call them or email them, to see changes that have been made to regular schedules, or if there are video services planned on Sunday.

The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas has information about churches reopening, Masses, and reflections, at

Blessed Sacrament, Christ the King and Our Lady and St. Rose Catholic churches have resumed in-person Masses. Christ the King Church, 3024 N. 53rd St., has had to cancel a Eucharistic procession on Leavenworth Road and through the neighborhood, as it could not get a permit, that was planned after the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Nov. 22, the feast of Christ the King. For more information, visit the churches’ websites or Facebook pages at,, and Mass is online at

Casa – Worship House Christian Church, 5217 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kansas, has an online service at Check with the church’s social media page for information on services. For more information, visit Facebook @casadealabanzaKCKS.

Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, Kansas City, Kansas, will have services in person with social distancing at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. There will be a livestream service at and

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kansas, plans to livestream at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, on its Facebook page at, and people are welcome to attend the service in person, using social distancing and other health measures.

St. Patrick Catholic Church, Kansas City, Kansas, has a Mass online for Sunday, Nov. 22, at St. Patrick Church also has in-person Masses.

St. Paul’s Episcopal, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will livestream services at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. The parish will observe Christ the King Sunday. See and http://www.facebook.comStPaulsKCK.

Sunset Hills Christian Church, 6347 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kansas, plans to have services at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. For more information about this Sunday’s plans, visit the Facebook page of Pastor Mike Barnett, Services are also provided through checkout of DVD or SD Card and can be sent by email upon request. People are welcome to attend the service in person using social distancing and other health measures. Masks are available or bring your own to wear.

Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7901 Oakland Ave., will have a livestreamed service Sunday, Nov. 22, on Facebook, or online on the website at

Information about other church services in Wyandotte County may be available from the church’s social media page.
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Mayor’s Downtown Holiday Lighting Festival to be Friday

The Mayor’s Downtown Holiday Lighting Festival will be a little different this year, with vehicles driving past City Hall, and the first 1,000 children receiving a goodie bag in their vehicles.

Because of the risk of COVID-19, the event will be much different this year, and visitors to the event will not get out of their vehicles. The event will be from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20.

Passengers in the vehicles will be required to wear face masks, unless they are younger than 5 years old.

Groups will not be allowed to congregate around the Christmas tree, on sidewalks or in other spaces.

The Unified Government Health Department staff will be present to make sure everyone stays safe.

The line for the goodie bags will begin at 6th and Ann. Police officers will be on hand to ensure traffic safety.

Sponsors of this year’s event include KMDI, BHC Rhodes, Visit Kansas City, Kansas, MVP Law, BPU and Bank of Labor.

Obituary: Daniel Dewayne Williams Sr.

Daniel Dewayne Williams Sr. (left)

Daniel Dewayne Williams Sr. of Kansas City, Kansas, died Nov. 8, 2020, at Advent Health Shawnee Mission. He was 63 years old.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Olivet Baptist Church, 4901 Mission Road, Westwood, Kansas.

Williams was born Sept. 3, 1957, in Kansas City, Kansas. Williams graduated from Schlagle High School and worked at Advanced Auto. He enjoyed collecting records, CDs, baseball cards and movies. Williams loved to joke, and was always there to help in any way when the children needed help.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Debbie Williams, and his stepfather, Freddie Ottens.

He is survived by his mother, Darla Ottens; siblings, Kenny Ottens, Deby Carothers, Cathy Ottens, Freddie (Mac) Ottens; children, Kelly (Michael) Patrzykont, Daniel (Shaunna) Williams Jr., Katie (Rodney) Wittkopp, Jay (Jenny) Czechan, Christina (Ryan) Davis, and Cindy (Memo) Avalos; grandchildren, Kelsey, Katrina, Kristen, Dylan, Milli, Gabby, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Lynx, Paislee, Emery, Olivia, Marissa, Austin (Bre), Byron, Kaylee, Keira, and Zach; great-grandchildren; Acelynn and Urijah; along with many nieces and nephews and other family and friends.