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All Saints Catholic parish has scheduled turkey bingo at 5 p.m. Nov. 17 at the parish hall, 809 Vermont Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. For $10, those attending will receive a bingo card, as well as a Polish sausage and kraut sandwich, with a drink. After the dinner at 5 p.m., bingo will begin at 6 p.m.

Christ the King eighth-graders will hold the annual taco bingo fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at 3024 N. 53rd St. The dinner menu is two tacos, rice, beans, drink and dessert.

Edwardsville Christian Church, 110 N. 4th St., Edwardsville, will hold a Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. There will be Christmas decorations, craft items, jewelry, baked goods and homemade candies at the event. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with a coice of chili or hamburger vegetable soup and cinnamon roll. For moreinformation on the bazaar and bake sale, visit www.ecckansas.org.

The Gospel Non-Violence Study Group will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group is facilitated by Peg Burns Kerbawy.
Scripture Study and Reflection group will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group is facilitated by Heather Neds.
An Advent Retreat, “Unwrapping the Gift of Presence” will be presented from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. A light supper will be provided. The program will be presented by Kathy Keary. The program will explore the effect that meditation and contemplation can have in heightening a felt sense of God’s presence, enhancing relationships with others and fostering a contemplative stance to life.
The Keeler Women’s Center is a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters. Call 913-906-8990 for more information and reservations.

Parkway Baptist Church, 12320 Parallel Parkway, plans a Community Blood Center blood drive from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in the church classrooms. To schedule a donation, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

St. Patrick Catholic Church will hold its annual Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the parish center at 94th and State Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. Crafters will display handmade items. Snacks will be available for purchase.

The vestry, the official governing board at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan., will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. The parish will observe the twenty-sixth Sunday in the season of Pentecost at 10 a.m. Nov. 18.

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Rally planned this weekend to support LGBTQ ordination and marriage in United Methodist church

The United Methodist Church is being encouraged to include LGBTQ persons as clergy and also in marriage ceremonies through rallies held this weekend at Asbury United Methodist Church, Prairie Village, Kansas.

The Rev. Mark Holland, executive director of Mainstream UMC, an organization that advocates for LGBTQ inclusion, said the United Methodists’ General Conference will hold a special session on the topic in February 2019.

Dr. Holland, who is also the former Kansas City, Kansas mayor, said that the United Methodist Church doesn’t currently allow the ordination and marriage of homosexual and LGBTQ persons. Now proposed is a change that would allow each conference to decide whether it wanted to ordain LGBTQ persons or perform gay marriages.

“The United Methodist Church is the largest church in the world that ordains women and not ordains gay and lesbian pastors,” Dr. Holland said. He noted that other denominations, such as Episcopalians, Presbyterians and Evangelical Lutherans, have decided to include LGBTQ ordination and marriage.

At the United Methodists’ last General Conference, Dr. Holland made a motion asking the bishops to come up with a plan on how to move forward on this issue. The bishops formed a committee that recommended allowing for regional differences, Dr. Holland said. Those conferences within the church that would like to ordain LGBTQ persons and perform gay weddings would be able to, under the proposal, and those conferences that do not want to would be able to continue as they are.

The rally held Friday and Saturday at Asbury church will support the plan to allow for regional differences, Dr. Holland said.

“Allowing for different practices is rooted in the Book of Acts,” Dr. Holland said, referring to Acts 15, where different practices were allowed concerning the issue of circumcision of Gentiles.

Dr. Holland, who has been a delegate to the General Conference for 20 years, co-founded Mainstream UMC in July, with the focus on organizing a campaign to pass the resolution in February.

He said there was a lot of energy in the church supporting this effort. “The U.S. church has already adopted this,” he said.

About 42 percent of the delegates are located outside the United States, some in countries where homosexuality is illegal, he noted. There are 12 million members worldwide, and 864 delegates will come together to make a decision on this issue.

With the major cultural differences within the church, this proposal would allow for regional differences and would allow for churches here to go forward in this direction, he said. If it was a United States-only vote, it probably would have changed years ago, he added.

“We’re finding in our church similar divisions to what we have in our country,” Dr. Holland said. Urban and suburban areas have a lot of support for LGBTQ ordination and gay marriage, while rural areas do not. Some churches are reflecting similar divisions, he added.

He noted he was seeing the same urban-rural split on issues in the church as was seen in the election earlier this week.

Dr. Holland said that starting in 1972, restrictive language has been added to the United Methodist Book of Discipline, stating that homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.

Worship events during the two-day rally are planned at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, and at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Asbury, 5400 W. 75th St., Prairie Village, Kansas. For more information, see www.visitasbury.org.

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Holy Family Parish will sponsor a chili supper with turkey bingo at 5 p.m. Nov. 10 at Mejak Hall, 513 Ohio, Kansas City, Kansas. A chili supper, dessert, beverage and one bingo card will be available for a $15 donation. Those attending must be 21 and older.

The Gospel Non-Violence Study Group will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov 6, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group is facilitated by Peg Burns Kerbawy.
Scripture Study and Reflection group will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group is facilitated by Heather Neds.
The Holy Women Series will focus on Sister Thea Bowman in a program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The program will be presented by Diane Laughlin.
The Keeler Women’s Center is a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters. Call 913-906-8990 for more information and reservations.

Volunteers are needed for Samaritan’s Purse’s project, Operation Christmas Child. In this program, led by the Rev. Franklin Graham, volunteers fill shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The shoeboxes are given to needy children. Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries since 1993. This year, the local Kansas City, Kansas West Area Team hopes to collect 15,782 shoebox gifts to contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching more than 11 million children in need. Shannon Zaring leads the local Kansas City, Kansas, West Area Team for Operation Christmas Child. To learn more about joining the Kansas City, Kansas West Area Team Area Team or to apply for leadership opportunities, visit samaritanspurse.org/volunteerwithOCC.

Parkway Baptist Church, 12320 Parallel Parkway, plans a Community Blood Center blood drive from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in the church classrooms. To schedule a donation, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

Sacred Heart parish, 2646 S. 34th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a bingo night at 7 p.m. Nov. 10. Concessions will be available.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th St., will collect Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes on Sunday, Nov. 4.

Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan., will join in a national effort ringing bells that will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I at 11 minutes after 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11.

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