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“Scripture Study and Reflection” will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The program is facilitated by Heather Neds. The Keeler Women’s Center is a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Atchison, Kansas. All programs are free. To register, call 913-906-8990.
The Gospel Non-Violence Study Group will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group is facilitated by Peg Burns Kerbawy. To register, call 913-906-8990.
A program on Ignatian Spirituality will be presented by Jesuit Novices Reynaldo Belfort and Joe Nolla at the Keeler Women’s Center. The programs include “Examen as a Daily Prayer, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30; “Discernment of Spirits of Daily Life, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6; and “Discerning God’s Voice,” 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 13. To register, call 913-906-8990.

The 58th Annual Greater Kansas City Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast will be held Tuesday morning, Feb. 26, in the Kay Barnes Ballroom of the downtown Kansas City, Missouri, Convention Center, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Chair of the 2019 Breakfast is Rick Retrum. More than 900 persons are expected to attend the 2019 breakfast co-sponsored by more than 30 area mayors. This year the breakfast will benefit Restoration House of Kansas City, a faith-based group providing physical needs and recovery help for survivors of sex trafficking. Guest speaker at the breakfast will be Kathy Nelson, president and CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation. Tickets are $50 each. For more information, visit https://kccmpb.org/ or call 816-863-0992.

A pancake breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, Jan. 27, at Stony Point Christian Church, church coffee shop, lower level, 140 S. 78th St., Kansas City,

A Super Bowl Sunday dinner fundraiser for the Sisters, Servants of Mary, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at St. Patrick Parish Center, 9400 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The Super Bowl Sunday dinner will include pasta and sauce, Italian sausage, meatballs, salad, drinks and side dishes. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 10 and younger. Dinners will be dine-in or carryout.

Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan., will observe the fourth Sunday in Epiphany at 10 a.m.  Feb. 3. The parish held its annual business meeting Sunday, Jan. 27; Joy Spearman was re-elected senior warden of the vestry, the official governing board of the church. Others elected to the vestry were JoLynne Martinez and Jim McGuire.

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Hundreds turn out for Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

God’s Grace Ministry did an interpretive dance today at the Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration at the Reardon Convention Center, 5th and Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

The Rev. Dr. Robert Smith Jr. preached on the text of Jeremiah 38:12, where God helps Jeremiah get out of a cistern by giving him old rags. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Hundreds of people turned out today for the 35th annual Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration at the Reardon Convention Center, 5th and Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas.

The theme of the day was “Empowering People to Live in Harmony, Love, Unity and Commitment.”

The guest speaker, the Rev. Dr. Robert Smith Jr., took his text from Jeremiah 38:12, where God helps Jeremiah get out of a cistern by giving him old rags.

Dr. Smith, a professor from Samford University, Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, Alabama. told those attending that they should “take the old rags God has given you and do something with it.”

Dr. Smith encouraged people to speak out about injustice, saying that some athletes are speaking out when others are afraid to voice their concerns about injustice.

He urged the older generation to help the younger generation, and he urged youth in the audience not to give up, but to keep trying.

Attending today’s King Day celebration were many local dignitaries, including U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-3rd Dist., Mayor David Alvey, several Unified Government commissioners, State Sen. David Haley, D-4th Dist., Wyandotte County District Court Judge Tony Martinez, Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree Sr. and others.

One highlight of the event was the awarding of scholarships to local high school students.

Other highlights included a praise dance from God’s Grace Ministry; the MLK Mass Choir; a dance selection from “The Underground,” to be performed Feb. 1 and 2 at Kauffman Center; and a performance by Juliana Alvey of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

Today’s event also included a collection of canned goods for the needy.

A dance selection from “The Underground,” to be performed Feb. 1 and 2 at Kauffman Center, was one of the highlights today at the Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration at the Reardon Convention Center, 5th and Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. The performance is about the Underground Railroad. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
A dance selection from “The Underground,” to be performed Feb. 1 and 2 at Kauffman Center, was one of the highlights today at the Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration at the Reardon Convention Center, 5th and Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. In this selection from the production, escaping slaves met Quakers. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
A dance selection from “The Underground,” to be performed Feb. 1 and 2 at Kauffman Center, was one of the highlights today at the Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration at the Reardon Convention Center, 5th and Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
A dance selection from “The Underground,” to be performed Feb. 1 and 2 at Kauffman Center, was one of the highlights today at the Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration at the Reardon Convention Center, 5th and Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
The Rev. Dr. Robert Smith Jr., right, was the featured speaker at the annual Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Day celebration today at the Reardon Center, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
The Rev. Dr. Robert Smith Jr., left, featured speaker, received encouragement from ministers attending today’s Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Day celebration at the Reardon Center. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
The Rev. Dr. Robert Smith Jr. was the featured speaker at the annual Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Day celebration today at the Reardon Center, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Praise dancers performed interpretive dances before the annual Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration today at the Reardon Center, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
God’s Grace Ministry performed an interpretive dance today at the Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration at the Reardon Convention Center, 5th and Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
God’s Grace Ministry performed an interpretive dance today at the Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration at the Reardon Convention Center, 5th and Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
The MLK Mass Choir, under the direction of Alicia Saunders, performed today at the annual Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Reardon Center, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
The MLK Mass Choir, under the direction of Alicia Saunders, performed today at the annual Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Reardon Center, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
The MLK Mass Choir, under the direction of Alicia Saunders, performed today at the annual Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Reardon Center, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

The MLK Mass Choir, under the direction of Alicia Saunders, performed today at the annual Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Reardon Center, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
The MLK Mass Choir, under the direction of Alicia Saunders, performed today at the annual Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Reardon Center, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Students lined up before their names were announced as scholarship recipients at today’s Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Reardon Center. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
The Rev. Ricky D. Turner, pastor of Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, spoke during the offering appeal at today’s Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Reardon Center, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
The audience paused for a prayer during the annual Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration today at the Reardon Center, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Barbara Caldwell, director, introduced God’s Grace Ministry today at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Reardon Center, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Kansas City, Kansas, Mayor David Alvey, left, and District Attorney Mark Dupree at today’s Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday celebration at the Reardon Center, Kansas City, Kansas. Mayor Alvey proclaimed this as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Juliana Alvey sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing” at today’s Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Reardon Center, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Attending today’s Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration were U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-3rd Dist., center; District Attorney Mark Dupree, left; and Kansas City, Kansas, Mayor David Alvey, right. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
De’Lyana Maltbia, a past MLK scholarship recipient, today told the audience that her goal is to open a free women’s clinic. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Geraldine Moore, educational-scholarship chairperson for the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Scholarship Awards, introduced students who were receiving scholarships. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Pastor Cryston Josiah, vice president for administration, Central States Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, gave the opening invocation. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
The Rev. Elmer Armijo, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, gave the benediction at the Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Reardon Center, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


The NAACP staffed a table at the annual Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Reardon Center, Kansas City, Kansas. The NAACP was encouraging Vietnam era veterans to sign up for a veterans medallion program. A medallion ceremony is planned locally on April 2. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority staffed a table at today’s Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Day celebration. AKA was encouraging voter registration. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Faith news

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“Scripture Study and Reflection” will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The program is facilitated by Heather Neds. The Keeler Women’s Center is a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Atchison, Kansas. All programs are free. To register, call 913-906-8990.

The Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Jack Reardon Convention Center, 5th and Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Robert Smith Jr. of Samford University, Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, Alabama. The theme of the event is “Empowering People to Live in Harmony, Love, Unity and Commitment.” The event is open to the public. There will be a canned food drive for the needy.

The 58th Annual Greater Kansas City Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast will be held Tuesday morning, Feb. 26, in the Kay Barnes Ballroom of the downtown Kansas City, Missouri, Convention Center, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Chair of the 2019 Breakfast is Rick Retrum. More than 900 persons are expected to attend the 2019 breakfast co-sponsored by more than 30 area mayors. This year the breakfast will benefit Restoration House of Kansas City, a faith-based group providing physical needs and recovery help for survivors of sex trafficking. Guest speaker at the breakfast will be Kathy Nelson, president and CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation. Tickets are $50 each. For more information, visit https://kccmpb.org/ or call 816-863-0992.

Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will observe the third Sunday in the Epiphany Season at 10 a.m. Jan. 27. A potluck luncheon and annual parish meeting are planned after the service; parish officers will be elected.


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