A Fall Festival, “Night of Safety,” is offered as a Christian alternative to Halloween from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Mt. Carmel Church of God in Christ, 2025 N. 12th St., Kansas City, Kan.

The event is free and open to the public, and is geared to children.

There will be food, a moonwalk, games and activities for children.

According to a spokesman, since a recent drive-by shooting happened in the area, many persons could be afraid to “trick or treat,” and this event is being offered as a safe alternative.

Members of the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department, Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools, Ad Hoc Group Against Crime, along with leaders and churches in the community, plan to attend.

Those attending are asked to stay at the event from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., although they also may stay through the entire event until 8 p.m.

“With serious thoughts and prayers, our church is committed to be there for the healing process of our neighborhood,” a spokesman said.

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Jacob Bosch, director of Metro Lutheran Ministry's Learning to Earning program, was recently preparing to open a new location in Kansas City, Kan., Nov. 17. (Photo by Dale Garrison)
Jacob Bosch, director of Metro Lutheran Ministry’s Learning to Earning program, was recently preparing to open a new location in Kansas City, Kan., Nov. 17. (Photo by Dale Garrison)

by Dale Garrison

Metro Lutheran Ministry will formally open a new branch of its Learning to Earning program at 750 Armstrong Ave. in downtown Kansas City, Kan., with a ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17.

The Learning to Earning program has been very successful serving the community from MLM’s Central offices at 3031 Holmes, Kansas City, Mo.

The new location, inside the old Kansas City Kansan building that had recently been used as artists’ space, will allow access for more residents in need and expanded services.

Learning to Earning is designed to help participants manage their lives and solve the problems faced by many homeless and low-income residents.

The program includes personalized coaching, assistance with work placements, help in completing the GED and other types of support.

By using the resources available through Metro Lutheran Ministry’s other community care and emergency assistance programs, Learning to Earning is able to deliver high-quality bundled services in an effective, efficient manner from a competent, compassionate staff who are sensitive to citizens’ needs, desires, and struggles, according to program officials.

For additional information, contact MLM’s Learning to Earning program at 816-931-0027 or visit

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Women and church community outreach pastors who desire to be part of a ministry that makes a difference in the lives of single moms and their children are welcome to attend a one-day workshop, from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at St. Peter CME Church, 1419 N.8th St., Kansas City, Kan.

Pastor Shirley Fletcher of St. Peter will welcome Karen Sinn, regional field representative for the Caring People in leading the workshop.

Workshop attendees will receive materials, lunch and information on how to get involved in TCP’s unique “Small Care Group” ministry model. Volunteer mentors and area chapter administrators are needed for the mission in the Kansas City area.

One in three homes in America is headed by a single mom – 95 percent of these moms do not have a church they call “home.” Springfield, Mo., native and co-owner of Silver Dollar City, JoDee Herschend, founded the organization in 1997 with a mission to “create an awareness of and a desire to meet Jesus to thousands of Single Moms.” The ministry currently exists in Kansas, Missouri, Ohio and internationally in El Salvador and continues to grow.

Visit or call 877-CARE-525 to sign up, or for more information.