Pastor A. Glenn Brady of New Bethel Church, 745 Walker Ave., Kansas City, Kan., has been emphasizing the message, “It’s more blessed to give than to receive,” this Christmas season.

In keeping with that message, the church is giving away free holiday gifts for the entire family on Thursday, Dec. 18, and Friday, Dec. 19.

The Christmas community outreach event, “Celebrate the Giving,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, and Friday, Dec. 19, at the church.

There are hundreds of new and gently used clothing items, shoes, toys, household items, furniture, appliances, electronics and other items that will be given away, said Amaris Brady, communications and marketing director at the church.

She said there will be no charge to anyone attending the event, and anyone may attend to receive one free bag of gift items.

She said many of the items have been bought by members of the church, and some were donated by church members. Several organizations also contributed funds to purchase items, she said.

The church also held the giveaway last year.

“It was such a success, we wanted to continue it,” Brady said. “We did have a good turnout.”

Some families may be having a difficult time this year with being able to afford holiday gifts, and the church hopes this effort will be a blessing to the entire area this season.

“Pastor Brady has been emphasizing the importance of giving this holiday season,” she said. “It’s not all about receiving. As the Bible states, it’s more blessed to give than to receive. This topic motivated us as a church and as a ministry to do something about it.”

The church will not be asking those who attend for any money or donations, she said.

Plans are to hold the event on both days regardless of the weather. In the event of inclement weather, persons also may call the church at 913-281-2002.

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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

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.