Taizé prayer at SCL Mother House open to all Christian faith traditions

Persons of all Christian traditions are invited to participate in Taizé prayer at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, in Annunciation Chapel on the campus of the Mother House of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, 4200 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, Kan.

Taizé prayer is a meditative, candlelit service that includes simple chants sung repeatedly, silence, and prayers of praise and intercession. These prayer services emerged from an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France.

For more information, visit www.marillaccenter.org or call 913-680-2342.
– from Therese Horvat

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All Saints Catholic parish is planning a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Aug. 3, in St. Cyril’s Hall, 44 N. Mill St. Donations are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger.

Bible Way Community Church, 1720 N. 46th St. in Kansas City, Kan., will hold its Back To School Revival. The revival will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Bible Way. The revival includes worship service, school supplies giveaway, food and drinks, as well as outside activities beginning at 5:30 p.m. Outside activities will include plenty of games for children of all ages, and a Basketball Tournament for youth 13 and older. Cost to participate in the Basketball Tournament is $2 per person. Games will be 3 on 3, all games are 10 minutes each, and prizes will be awarded. To register, email the names of any youth members that are interested in participating and their age to BibleWayCommunityChurch@yahoo.com. More information about the event is at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bible-Way-Community-Church/123053601238531.

Christ the King Catholic Church, 3024 N. 53rd St., will hold an ice cream social after the 4 p.m. Mass Saturday, Aug. 23. The social will include bingo, games, a povitica booth, salami booth, carnival games for children, and a disc jockey. Food available for purchase will include Italian and Polish sausages, hot dogs, ice cream and cake.

Edwardsville United Methodist Church second Saturday supper on Saturday, Aug. 9, will consist of traditional picnic foods. Donations of $8 for adults and $3 for children are requested. The church is at 302 N. Fourth St, Edwardsville,

Grace Christian Fellowship Church, 9200 Parallel Parkway, is having Vacation Bible School from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 4 to Aug. 8. The VBS is for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Younger children also may attend if accompanied by a parent. For more details and registration, visit www.gracekck.org or call 913-544-3687.

Grinter Chapel United Methodist Church, 7819 Swartz Road, Kansas City, Kan., will hold a big sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 7 and 8 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9. The sale will include furniture, twin bunk beds, full bed (no mattresses), dressers, household items, electronics, tools and more. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu is hot dogs, chips, drink and dessert.

Judson Baptist Church, 8300 State Ave., plans a picnic Sunday, Aug. 3, at the fellowship hall.

“Scripture Study, Bible Sharing and Reflection, Lectio and Journaling,” a regular weekly series facilitated by pastoral minister, Heather Neds, is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. This weekly Bible study group is based on the upcoming scripture readings from the Common Lectionary. There will be time for reflection, sharing and journaling. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, plans a second Sunday potluck dinner immediately following the 10:30 a.m. morning service Sunday, Aug. 10, at the church dining room.

The Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City will hold a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at Parkway Baptist Church classrooms, 12320 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

The StoreHouse ministry at Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th, will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 6. The ministry provides clothes and a food pantry, along with a dinner. On July 16, about 103 persons attended the StoreHouse ministry.

A marriage enrichment class will begin Wednesday, Aug. 6, at St. Patrick Catholic Church social hall, 94th and State Avenue. Classes will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 27. Dinner will be provided at 5:30 p.m. The classes are in a relaxed small-group atmosphere where topics such as problem solving, decision making, communication, hidden issues and commitment may be discussed. Trained facilitators will lead the class. The class is sponsored by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. Pre-registration is necessary to www.KansasLoveLetters.com or 913-906-8925.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 708 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kan., plans a festival after the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Aug. 16. A free outdoor polka dance is planned from 9 to 11 p.m. on the museum grounds next door. Food, drink, and a traditional sarma dinner will be available. The social will include games, and prizes will include salamis, homemade poviticas and strudels.

Representatives from Episcopal Community Services of Kansas City will visit St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. The representatives will observe the Saturday morning breakfast, the pantry and a community garden. ECS and cooperating Episcopal parishes in Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri serve more than 1.6 million meals annually to the needy.

Trinity AME Church will celebrate its 109th anniversary with several events. The anniversary celebration will be led by the Rev. Cecil (Chip) Murray, retired, who was previously a pastor at Trinity AME and later at the First AME Church in Los Angeles. Murray will lead a workshop on “Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Reardon Convention Center, 500 Minnesota Ave. The workshop has a $15 fee and includes a continental breakfast. Murray will be the guest speaker for the 10:30 a.m. morning service Sunday, Aug. 24, at Trinity AME Church, 2201 N. 5th St. The Rev. Fran T. Cary is senior pastor and chair of Trinity AME’s 109th anniversary. Those interested in attending the workshop may visit 222.trinityame.org to register or call 913-621-2306.

SCL, faith groups urge president, Congress to protect unaccompanied children

On July 24, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth were among the more than 300 faith-based organizations represented by a letter delivered to President Barack Obama and members of Congress urging protection, care and legal counsel for the thousands of Central American children who have fled escalating violence, conflict and exploitation in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Forty national faith organizations alongside 269 regional and local groups from 42 states wrote:

“We strongly object to proposals to detain families with children and any move to roll back the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) in order to effect expeditious deportations. Forcibly and hurriedly returning people in need of international protection back to the dangerous situations they fled without adequate due process would undermine our obligations under international law and our position as a global humanitarian leader and would be a moral disgrace.”

The letter articulates clear policy recommendations for Congress and the Administration and calls for:

· Strengthening the humanitarian response in the United States.

· Legal counsel for all unaccompanied children.

· No roll backs to the provisions of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 relating to unaccompanied children.

· Cost-effective community-based alternatives to detention.

· Adequate services for children, refugees and all groups under the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

In addition, the faith groups urge that the U.S. government must also address the root causes of the crisis faced by children in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The letter calls for increased regional programs to reduce poverty, lack of opportunity and violence so that children and families can live free from fear in their home countries.

This letter follows a petition on unaccompanied children now signed by more than 4,400 people of faith that was hand-delivered to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
– From Therese Horvat, communications director, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth