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Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 2203 Parallel, Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a Mass at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, on Martin Luther King Day. Archbishop Joseph Naumann will celebrate Mass at Blessed Sacrament, and there will be a prayer for racial healing. Those in attendance will be encouraged to attend the Martin Luther King Day rally at 11 a.m. Jan. 20 at the Reardon Center.

The Knights of Columbus at Christ the King Catholic Church, 3024 N. 53rd St., Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a pancake breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 19, after the 9:30 a.m. Mass.

The 59th annual Greater Kansas City Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Grand Ballroom at the downtown Kansas City, Missouri, Convention Center. Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City Chiefs punter, will be the guest speaker. Tickets are $50 each. For more information, visit or call 816-863-0992.

The Keeler Women’s Center, 759 Vermont Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a “Gospel Non-Violence Study Group” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21. The group is facilitated by Peg Burns Kerbawy. “Scripture Study and Reflection,” facilitated by Heather Neds, will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the Keeler Center. Register for the programs at 913-689-9375 or register at

The Kansas City, Kansas, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at the Reardon Civic Center, 5th and Minnesota, Kansas City, Kansas. The theme will be “Injustice Anywhere Is a Threat to Justice Everywhere.” The guest speaker will be Monsignor Stuart Swetland, president of Donnelly College, Kansas City, Kansas. The event is open to the public. For more information, see

A Red Cross blood drive is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at the New Story Church, 5500 Woodend Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, visit

Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. Sunday school will be at 9 a.m. Jan. 19.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a worship service at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. Sunday school will be at 9 a.m. Jan. 19.

Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will observe the second Sunday after Epiphany at 10 a.m. Jan. 19.

Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7901 Oakland Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, will hold worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19. Sunday school will be at 9:45 a.m. Jan. 19, with the youth group meeting at 1:30 p.m.

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Melia extends contract with Sporting KC

Tim Melia

Sporting Kansas City has announced that goalkeeper Tim Melia has signed a contract extension with the club through 2022.

Since joining the club ahead of the 2015 season, Melia has led Sporting to four playoff appearances and two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles as one of the premier goalkeepers in Major League Soccer.

Over the last five regular seasons, Melia leads MLS with 10 saved penalty kicks–four more than any other player–while ranking third in shutouts (45), third in wins (62), fourth in saves (456) and fifth in save percentage (71.5 percent).

“I could not be more excited to extend my contract with a club that has given me so much,” Melia said. “To play any length of time at such a special and supportive club is something all athletes dream of. I only hope to help contribute in bringing our owners, technical staff, players and fans the rewards that Sporting deserves.”

“We are very happy to extend Tim’s contract for the long term,” Sporting Kansas City manager and Sporting director Peter Vermes said. “He has great goalkeeping qualities and has performed at a consistently high level in MLS. Welcoming him for the next three seasons is a big positive for us moving forward.”

Melia, 33, sits atop Sporting’s all-time goalkeeping charts in competitive appearances and starts (170 each), games won (74) and clean sheets (53). In regular season play, he ranks first among Sporting goalkeepers in career minutes and saved penalties, second in saves and save percentage, and third in goals against average.

After spending his first five MLS seasons as a backup at Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA, Melia served as a league pool goalkeeper during the latter half of 2014. He received an emergency call-up from Sporting in August that year and signed permanently for the club the following offseason.

Melia became Sporting’s first-choice goalkeeper by May 2015 and enjoyed the biggest breakthrough of his career, ending the campaign with nine shutouts, a 15-8-5 record across all competitions and his first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship. The New York native was voted the 2015 MLS Comeback Player of the Year, becoming the fourth Sporting player to receive the award.

Melia helped Sporting to the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2016 before reaching new heights in 2017, when he was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. In a brilliant third season with Sporting, he led MLS in goals against average (0.78) save percentage (78.4 percent) and penalty saves (three) while placing second in shutouts (10). He also posted three clean sheets in Sporting’s run to the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title, saving two penalties in a shootout win over the San Jose Earthquakes at the semifinal stage.

Another strong campaign in 2018 saw Melia play every minute of the regular season en route to MLS career-highs in shutouts (13) and wins (18-8-8 record). He once again topped MLS with three saved penalties as Sporting finished first in the Western Conference standings and came within one game of MLS Cup. Melia ended the 2019 campaign with a career-high 111 saves in the regular season while hitting double-digits in wins for the fifth straight year.

Melia and Sporting will kick off the 2020 MLS regular season on Feb. 29 at Vancouver Whitecaps FC before hosting the Houston Dynamo on March 7 in the club’s highly anticipated home opener at Children’s Mercy Park. For ticket information, visit

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Injury-accident reported on I-70

An injury-accident was reported at 7:39 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, on westbound I-70 near the ramp to 78th Street, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s crash log.

A Hyundai Elantra was westbound on I-70 when it lost control and struck the inside barrier wall, the trooper’s report stated.

The Elantra crossed three lanes of traffic and came to rest in the south ditch between I-70 and the exit ramp to 78th Street, the trooper’s report stated.

Roads were slick at the time.

The driver, a 23-year-old Kansas City, Kansas, woman, had a possible minor injury, the report stated. She was wearing a seat belt.