Pancake breakfast Saturday to benefit American Cancer Society

All the pancakes you can eat will be offered for $6 at Maywood Community Church Saturday, May 3.

Prepared by “Chris Cakes,” pancakes will be served from 9 a.m. until noon at the church at 11201 Parallel Parkway. Open to the public and sponsored by Maywood’s Relay for Life Team, all proceeds will go the American Cancer Society.

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The 30th annual Polski Day celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at All Saints Parish, 8th and Vermont Avenue, Kansas City, Kan., at the St. Joseph Church site. The festival features live music, dancing and ethnic food. A parade starts at 11 a.m. at 12th and Central, proceeding to 8th. Live music by Don Lipovac will be from noon to 7 p.m. indoors. Outside, the Ed Grisnik Band will play from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sheelytown Band will play from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. A polka Mass will be held at 4 p.m.

Grandview Christian Church, 8550 Parallel Parkway, is collecting canned goods for Help 3:17, a local food pantry.

“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.

High school graduates will be honored May 4 at Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace. A reception will be held after the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

Persons of all Christian traditions are invited to participate in Taizé prayer on Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. 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.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th, plans a Mother-Daughter Banquet at 6 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Cole Activities Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger available in advance from the church office. A meal and a talent show are planned.

St. Mary – St. Anthony Church, 615 N. 7th St., will sponsor Bloomin’ Bingo, an afternoon of Bingo and fun at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in Bishop Forst Hall. A $5 ticket donation will include a bingo card, free desserts, popcorn and coffee. Beer and soda will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Carol Shomin at 913-897-4833 or the Rectory Office at 371-1408. Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the event.

The Rev. Art Rathburn, the missioner for development for the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, will be the guest clergyman at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 27, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan.

The Men’s Brotherhood will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Zion United Church of Christ, 2711 N. 72nd St.. The breakfast includes sausage, eggs, coffee, orange juice and pancakes. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children younger than 12.

KCK church plans outdoor Easter service in jeans and T-shirts

The New Bethel Church, 745 Walker Ave., Kansas City, Kan., plans an Easter Sunday celebration at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 20.

At 1 p.m., church members will head outdoors in jeans, athletic shoes and T-shirts as the preferred garb to make financial commitments.

The church members are forgoing their Easter finery at 1 p.m. as part of an outdoor service symbolizing their sacrifices for the church. Pastor A. Glenn Brady will lead the service of commitment and Resurrection Celebration, where members will make a financial commitment toward a new worship center and community outreach programs for the area.

Those attending the service will walk to an open field behind the church at 1 p.m. where they will nail their commitments to an 18-foot cross on the grounds where the new church building will be constructed.

The cross will be lifted up to symbolize the sacrifices that will be made by the members of the New Bethel Church to help others and better the community, a church spokesman said.

At the conclusion of the service, those who attend plan to release biodegradable balloons containing special prayer requests.

The church plans to build a new worship center that will seat more than 1,000 persons, a spokesman said. It will also remodel the current sanctuary to make a transition into a family life center to house the food pantry and other outreach initiatives.