Student group face painting for a cause

The Us 4 U student group at Fort Hays State University encourages everyone to “come get your game face on” during its face painting fundraiser at the Saturday FHSU football game at Lewis field Stadium. The Tigers will host the University of Nebraska-Kearney, with kickoff at 2 p.m.

Members of the student group will be using pink face paint for a suggested donation of $1. All proceeds will be split between the Mayo Clinic for cancer research and the Cancer Council of Ellis County. The student organization is affiliated with Trinity Lutheran Church in Hays and St. John Lutheran Church of Russell.


Habitat for Humanity to host food festival

Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County will host its third annual “Vine and Dine Food Festival” from noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the main concourse at Big Creek Crossing.

Attendees will be able to enjoy food from a dozen different Ellis County vendors, plus enjoy music and sign up for raffle drawings. Entry fees are $20 per adult and $10 per child ages 4 through 12. Children age 3 and under eat free.

All proceeds will help Habitat create more affordable housing for those in need in Ellis County.

Tickets may be purchased online at or at


Methodist Halloween event set for Wednesday

First United Methodist Church, 305 W. Seventh, invites the community to Trunk or Treat from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the north parking lot of the church.

“We’re gathering for fun, fellowship, and trick or treating in a safe environment,” said Jo Swayne, children’s ministry director.

The middle-school youths will be doing mini-carnival games, and the Youth Prayse Band will be providing live music for the event, she said.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors to the church gym.


North Oak schedules Trunk or Treat Carnival

North Oak Community Church, 3000 Oak St., will be hosting its annual Trunk or Treat Halloween Carnival from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Children and their families are invited to participate in the free fun activities that will include games, candy and other goodies in the church parking lot.


Methodist women to hold Peddler’s Fair Nov. 2

The United Methodist Women will have their annual Peddler’s Fair from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Hays First United Methodist Church, 305 W. Seventh.

On sale will be crafts and food items, and attendees can purchase soup and pie at the luncheon. Proceeds will go toward missions.


Shoebox packing party coming up Nov. 3

Messiah Lutheran Church, 2000 Main, will be hosting a shoebox packing party for Operation Christmas Child beginning at 9:45 a.m. Nov. 3 and the community is invited to participate.

Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, a disaster relief organization headquartered in Boone, N.C. Each year thousands of individuals pack shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and personal hygiene items to distribute to needy children around the world.

In 2018 more than 10.6 million shoeboxes were collected worldwide, with more than 6,800 of those collected in Northwest Kansas. Shoebox Collection Week this year will be Nov. 18-25.

Hays has two shoebox drop-off sites, Messiah Lutheran and CrossPoint Church, 13th and Harvest Road.

More information about drop-off times is available from Rachel Albin, Northwest Kansas coordinator for Operation Christmas Child, at 785-639-1325 or


Ventriloquist to perform Nov. 6

Brent Vernon, ventriloquist, children’s singer/songwriter, illustrator and author, will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at First Presbyterian Church, 2900 Hall St.

The free family event will also feature an appearance by Vernon’s special wooden sidekick, Sam.


Messiah Lutheran plans pie auction

Messiah Lutheran Church, 2000 Main, will have a free soup supper at 5 p.m. Nov. 10. Goodwill donations will be accepted, said Sharon Leikam, head of the organizing committee. Then the annual pie auction fundraiser will commence. Proceeds will help fund the church’s mission trips.


Preventing identity theft is topic of meeting

“How to Prevent Identity Theft” will be the topic of the Hays After 5 Christian Women’s meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 11. The event will take place at the Rose Garden Banquet Hall, 2250 E. Eighth St.

Speaking will be Kristen Schmidt with the Hays office of the Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging.

“This is a topic that all women need to be educated about, so we invite women of all ages to attend,” said Linda North, program chairwoman.

Also on the program will be inspirational speaker Rita Rocker of Omaha, Neb. Rocker, an international author and speaker, will share her thoughts on “empowering individuals.” She has appeared on national TV and radio talk shows and is a former Mrs. Nebraska and Mrs. America contestant.

Cost of the dinner program is $12.50. Reservations are due by Thursday, Nov. 7, to 785-202-1036 or to Hays After 5 is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministry of Overland Park.


ECMA sets November meeting

The Ellis County Ministerial Alliance (ECMA) will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 13 at First Call for Help, 607 E. 13th St.

Presentations must be scheduled in advance with the ECMA president at