El Centro will be the host of a discussion on refugee family detention to take place at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at the agency’s office at 650 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

The discussion about immigration, part of Women’s Equality Week programs, will focus on what happens to women and children without legal status who are caught attempting to enter the country.

The discussion will talk about where they are taken and how they are treated.

Community volunteers will share their experiences on the border as they attempt to help women and children seeking asylum.


The Downtown Pop! Shop art gallery will be open from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27, for the Business After Hours event of the Kansas City, Kan., Area Chamber of Commerce.

The art gallery is at 731 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

Pastors, ministry and community leaders will gather Sept. 2-4 for the annual New Bethel Church Grow Your Ministry Conference.

The conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel KCI, Kansas City, Mo.

The host for the event is the New Bethel Church, 745 Walker Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

According to a church spokesman, pastors, ministry leaders, government leaders, community leaders and aspiring leaders are invited to the conference.

The conference begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, with a welcoming orientation and reception, and will continue with seminars and general sessions.

Keynote speakers will include Bishop David C. Cooper, senior pastor of New Hope Full Gospel Baptist Church and regional bishop in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship; Crisette Ellis, wife of Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, CEO of Affirmations by Crisette, and Mary Kay national sales director; Jay Williams, U.S. assistant secretary of commerce for economic development; and Darren Thomas, founder and pastor of Rebirth Worship Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Seminars and general sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with an evening general session at 7 p.m. each night. All evening general sessions are open to the public.

Conference general sessions will include “Developing Your Leadership Team: Who’s Got My Back?” “Taking Worship to A New Realm,” “Going Beyond the Wall,” “God Has No Ceilings,” “Dreams Do Come True” and “Church Leadership In A New Direction.” Conference seminar topics will cover “Expanding the role of the first lady and female church leaders,” “Effective ministry for today’s youth,” “Who says you can’t do that in ministry?” and “Ministry with a solid foundation.”

The theme of this year’s Grow Your Ministry conference is “Ministry Beyond the Walls” and will emphasize that the success of your ministry is tied to both your ability to identify and your willingness to go beyond the church walls into areas of what some might consider as cutting-edge. This is an intense working conference for those who are serious about growing and enhancing their ministry. Those who attend will not only be informed, but also empowered for greater ministry, a church spokesman said.

For event information contact the New Bethel Church office at 913-281-2002 or email More information is online at or

For online registration and hotel information visit or contact the New Bethel Church Office for a registration form. Registration is $45. Day-rate registration is also available through the church office.