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A scholarship fundraiser, Taco Bingo, will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at Christ the King Davern Hall, 53rd and Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kan. For $5, adults will receive two tacos, rice, beans, drink, one dessert and a bingo card. The children’s plate is $3.50.

The 57th annual Greater Kansas City Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Kansas City Downtown Convention Center Ballroom, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Mo. The guest speaker at the breakfast will be Lamar Hunt Jr., owner of the Kansas City Mavericks hockey team. The breakfast is co-sponsored by more than 30 area mayors. This year the breakfast will benefit the nonprofit Sheffield Place of Kansas City, which helps homeless mothers and their children become more self-sufficient. Tickets are $50 each, with online payment available. Tickets and reservations are available at www.kccmpb@aol.com or call 816-863-0992.

A chili, soup and dessert cook-off, “Ragin’ Sweet and Spicy Fest,” will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 3 at Holy Name parish, 1001 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Kansas. There is a division for ages 13 and younger. Entries are being accepted from 3 to 4 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Stranded in the City will provide music.

“The Joy of Love,” a book by Pope Francis, will be the topic of a program from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 6 and Feb. 13, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The program will include an introduction, reflection and discussion on the book, which is about the vocation of the family. Kevin Kuehl and Eric Couto, Jesuit novices, will present the program. For reservations, call 913-906-8990.

A spaghetti dinner to raise funds for the Sisters, Servants of Mary, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at St. Patrick Parish Center, 94th and State Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 10. Carryouts will be available.

A Boy Scout Chili Supper is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan., will observe the fifth Sunday after Epiphany at 10 a.m. Feb. 4.

Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7901 Oakland Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Fellowship Hall. To schedule a donation, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

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Faith news

To send in items for the Faith News, email information to news@wyandottedaily.com. Please include your name and contact information. In the event of inclement weather, contact the church or organization to see if the event is still being held.

A scholarship fundraiser, Taco Bingo, will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at Christ the King Davern Hall, 53rd and Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kan. For $5, adults will receive two tacos, rice, beans, drink, one dessert and a bingo card. The children’s plate is $3.50.

The Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, is offering spiritual direction to individuals once a month for one hour, scheduled at the convenience of the director and directee. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 913-906-8990.

A spaghetti dinner to raise funds for the Sisters, Servants of Mary, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at St. Patrick Parish Center, 94th and State Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 10. Carryouts will be available.

Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan., will observe the Feast of St. Paul’s and the fourth Sunday after Epiphany at 10 a.m. Jan. 28. The Rev. Dixie Roberts Junk, the priest-in-charge, will deliver the “State of the Parish” at sermon time. A potluck luncheon and annual business meeting will follow in the parish hall. Members of the vestry, the official governing board of the parish, will be elected.

Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7901 Oakland Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Fellowship Hall. To schedule a donation, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

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KCK celebrates Dr. King’s legacy

Theory Bryant, a student at V. Lindsay SDA School, wowed the crowd with her impassioned recitation of the “I Have a Dream” speech. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

A crowd of around 750 braved the ice and cold to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Reardon Convention Center in Kansas City, Kan.

The Rev. Calvin Butts III of the Abyssinian Baptist Church of New York City gave an address, placing King’s vision within the long line of biblical and modern prophets in calling for equality, peace and health. He related each of those visions to contemporary political and social issues.

Butts exhorted the crowd to “go to work” using King’s vision as a blueprint, specifically commending Kansas City’s Mount Zion Baptist Church for their work in building homes.

Thirty-five Wyandotte County students received the Rev. C.E. Taylor-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships, and over $13,000 toward the scholarship fund was collected from the crowd and from business and church sponsors.

Stanton Parker II, a scholarship recipient in 2008 and now a consultant with the Ernst & Young accounting firm, addressed the students. He offered three of them a choice between $100 and his business card. Each of the students chose the business card, demonstrating Parker’s point that connections were important to future success.

The mass choir sang several gospel hymns that had many in the crowd clapping and singing along. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Newly installed KCK mayor David Alvey reiterated King’s message of Christian faith. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

The Rev. Calvin O. Butts III gave the keynote address. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Stanton Parker II posed after the celebration with Tyler Whitmire, who took the initiative to ask for (and get) Parker’s $100. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

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