Several Topeka-area congregations will have fall festivals and Halloween-related events in the coming week.
Among the events:
• Central Congregational United Church of Christ, 5221 S.W. West Drive, will hold a Trunk-or-Treat and movie night on Saturday, Oct. 26. The Trunk-or-Treat will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The movie "Hocus Pocus" will be shown about 7 p.m. Organizers said this is a family-friendly outdoor event, so guests are asked to bring lawn chairs, blankets and warm beverages. Popcorn, candy and water will be provided. The movie will be shown indoors in case of inclement weather.
• St. David's Episcopal Church, 3916 S.W. 17th, will have a neighborhood fall festival from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. The event will feature a hot dog lunch, tours of the church and a youth group-sponsored Trunk or Treat in the parking lot.
• Three downtown Topeka churches will have a Fall Fun Festival and Trunk or Treat event from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th Ave. The event will include a bouncy house, carnival games, crafts and other activities. Hot dogs and chips also will be served at the free event.
• New Life Baptist Church, 3601 S.W. 10th Ave., will have a Trunk or Treat event from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.
• Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 2021 S.W. 29th, will have a Trunk or Treat event from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, in the church parking lot.
• Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4746 S.W. 21st, will hold its annual Trunk 'R' Treat event from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, in the church parking lot. There will be activities, games and free hot dogs, chips and drinks from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by a parade with decorated trunks and candy from 5 to 5:30 p.m.
• The 2019 "Hallelujah Night" event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Antioch Family Life Center, 1921 S.E. Indiana Ave. Games, candy, prizes and treats will be provided.
• Perry United Methodist Church, 219 Oak St. in Perry, will be the site of a Trunk or Treat and other Halloween activities from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Hot dogs, chili dogs, chips and drinks will be available. Candy will be given to attendees. Additionally, a book will be given to every child to take home. Individuals are invited to take part in a Jack-o'-lantern carving contest sponsored by the Billtown 4H Club. Those entering the contest may bring a carved pumpkin to the event between 5:30 and 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in 10-and-under, 18-and-under and adult categories.
• East Side Baptist Church, 4425 S.E. 29th, will have a Trunk or Treat event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.
In other religion news:
• Grantville United Methodist Church, 3724 South St. in Grantville, will have its fall breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Freewill donations will be received.
• The JuBellation handbell choir of St. John Lutheran Church, 218 W., 2nd St. in Alma, will sponsor a handbell workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the church. Jessica Kite, handbell instructor at Concordia University of Nebraska in Seward, Neb., will lead the workshop. The Concordia University handbell choir, which will be on its first tour, will participate in the workshop. A concert with all of the ringers, with additional pieces by the Concordia choir, will be presented at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Ringers are invited to participate in the workshop either as individuals or as groups. For information, contact Kathy Schultz at email@example.com.
• New Life Baptist Church, 3601 S.W. 10th Ave., will have a "Hope for a Cure" breast cancer awareness program from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. The featured speaker will be plastic surgeon Raven Henderson. The program also will include testimonies from other speakers.
• Big Springs United Methodist Church, located at 96 US-40 highway between Topeka and Lawrence, will have its annual turkey dinner and fall bazaar beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Freewill donations will be accepted for the meal. An auction will take place at 7 p.m.
• The Sacred Heart-St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Altar Society will have a fried chicken dinner with sides, desserts and drinks beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in the Sacred Heart church hall, at 312 N.E. Freeman Ave. A sneak preview of St. Anthony's Guild craft and bake sale will be available at the dinner.
• The St. Anthony's Guild of Sacred Heart-St. Joseph Catholic Church will have its annual craft and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, in the Sacred Heart Church hall, 312 N.E. Freeman Ave. Quilts, crafts, baked goods, bierocks and cinnamon rolls will be among the items featured. Breakfast will be served.
• Jesus' invitation, "Come, Follow Me," is the theme of the primary children's annual sacrament meeting program for two Topeka congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday, Oct. 27. Children ages 3 to 11 years of the Lake Shawnee Ward will present their program at 10:30 a.m. in the LDS meetinghouse, 3611 S.W. Jewell. The Sherwood Ward's program will be at 10:30 a.m. in the Topeka Stake Center, 2401 S.W. Kingsrow. Though the programs are based on the same theme of discipleship, each one is original and will feature songs, scriptures, stories and short talks by the children.
• Shiloh Baptist Church, 1201 S.W. Buchanan, will celebrate Pastor Appreciation Sunday with special services at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. The featured speaker will be the Rev. Bill Nicholson, pastor of Second Baptist Church.
• True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, 307 S.E. Tefft, will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Rev. Larry Jones Sr. and first lady Joyce Jones at the church with special services at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. The Rev. Michael Webber, of Muskogee, Okla., will speak at the morning service and the Rev. T.D. Hicks, of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, will speak at the afternoon service.
• First Lutheran Church, 1234 S.W. Fairlawn, will have a special event called "A Taste of First Lutheran" on Sunday, Oct. 27. The event will include a polka worship service at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary, followed by a dinner of German food at 5:30 p.m. There is no charge for the meal, but reservations are required by Oct. 20. For information, call the church at 785-272-5302.
• Lane Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 1200 S.W. Lane, will have a pre-Thanksgiving fish fry from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1. The menu will include one large catfish filet, choice of two sides, cornbread and dessert. The cost is $10 per meal. Call 785-232-0015 to place orders or for information.
• Christian rock group Newsboys United will present "The Greatness of Our God" tour at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Topeka Performing Arts Center, 214 S.E. 8th Ave. Special guests will include Ryan Stevenson and Adam Agee, along with former dcTalk member Kevin Max. Tickets start at $25. For information, visit www.topekaperformingarts.org.
• Grammy Award-winning Christian singer Zach Williams will headline "The Rescue Story Tour" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive in Lawrence. Tickets are $20, $30, $40, $50 and $100. Josh Baldwin will be the special musical guest. For information, call 913-451-8850 or 785-864-2738 or visit www.life885.com.
• First Baptist Church and Countryside United Methodist Church have teamed up again to sponsor Upward basketball and cheerleading for children ages 4 to sixth grade. The early bird deadline is Oct. 24 with a cost of $65. After Oct. 24, the cost will be $70. The final deadline is Nov. 1. For information, call First Baptist Church at 785-267-0380.
• Mater Dei Parish and School, S.W. 10th and Clay, will have its annual fall bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 3. The event will be held from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 2 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3.
Activities on Nov. 2 will include the Market Place featuring homemade arts and crafts, baked goods and a book nook from at 4 to 8:30 p.m. Concessions will be available. A "S'more and Sangria Social," featuring a bonfire with roasted marshmallows, will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the school parking lot. For $5, attendees may receive a Sangria, apple cider or hot chocolate; a S’more kit; and caramel apples. Beer and other drinks will be sold separately.
On Nov. 3, a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mater Dei School. To-go dinners and first-floor dining room will be available. The dinner cost is $10 for those 13 and older and $4 for children 4 to 12 years of age. Homemade crafts, baked goods, a book nook and concessions will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Astonishing Curtis will perform at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 3 for a small fee.
Tickets both days will be available for the prize raffle, 50/50 cash raffle, quilt raffle and Mater Dei School-fees raffle, a $750 value.
• Faith Lutheran Church, 1716 S.W. Gage Blvd, will have a chicken-and-noodle dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5 to 10 and free for children under 5. The menu includes chicken and noodles; beef and noodles; mashed potatoes; green beans; salads; dessert; and drinks. The dinner is sponsored by the church's Lutheran Women's Missionary League.
• Annunciation Catholic Church will have its annual turkey dinner with all the trimmings from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Cigna Center, 402 N. Maple in Frankfort. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. The event will include a country store with food items, crafts and hand-made items. Take-out meals and delivery in Frankfort will be available. Call 785-292-4462 for information.
• Services of praise and thanksgiving with the theme To God Be the Glory will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays Nov. 3, 17 and 24 at the Great Overland Station, 701 N. Kansas Ave.
• Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. Ave., will have a choral evensong service for All Saints Sunday at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. The service will include hymns, anthems, Bible readings and prayers.
• Phil and Pam Morgan will present "The Amen Tour" with music and testimony at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at Lakeview Church of the Nazarene, 2835 S.E. Croco Road. For more information visit http://www.PhilandPamMorgan.com.
• Oakland United Methodist Church, 801 N.E. Chester, will have its annual all-you-can-eat ham-and-bean feed from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6. The menu will include ham and beans, cornbread, coleslaw and pie or cake. Coffee also will be available. Hot dogs, chips and carrots will be available for children. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children 5 and under.
• The Topeka Women's Connection luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th Ave. The speaker will be Rosa Bonnecerrea, of Salina. Music will be provided by Washburn University student Ryein Steinhoff. Also, chef Ruth Powell will share tips and ideas for the holiday season. The luncheon cost is $14, with reservations due by Nov. 4. Call 785-554-3617 for payment information. There is no charge for those attending the program only.
• Kansas Avenue United Methodist Church, 1029 N. Kansas Ave., will have a Harvest Dinner and Bazaar from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. The meal cost is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children under 10. The meal will include chicken-fried steak; mashed potatoes and gravy; green beans or corn; salad; roll; homemade pie or cake; and drink.
• Lowman United Methodist Church, 4101 S.W. 15th, will have its annual holiday craft sale and homemade chicken-and-noodle dinner on Saturday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 10. The craft sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the dinner will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 9. Both the craft sale and dinner will begin at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 10.
• The Elmont Opry country music show will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, and 1 p.m Saturday, Nov. 9, at Elmont United Methodist Church, 6635 N.W. Church Lane. The special guests will be the PB&J Trio. Concessions including hot dogs, sandwiches, desserts, snacks and drinks will be available beginning 90 minutes before the show. Tickets are $10. For reservations or more information, call 785-249-0908.
• The Saturday Women's Connection will have a fall luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th Ave. The speaker will be Rosa Bonnecerrea, of Salina. Music will be provided by Karen Carson-Morgany. The luncheon cost is $14, with reservations requested by Nov. 4 by calling 785-233-0701 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge to attend the program only.
• University United Methodist Church, 1621 S.W. College Ave., will have its annual holiday bazaar from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. The bazaar will feature all new items, with a children's workshop from 2 to 5 p.m.; cookies by the pound; homemade candies, fudge jelly and gift sets; Rada cutlery; a silent auction; and a drawing for a handmade quilt. A chicken-and-noodle dinner with mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, roll and dessert will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Gluten-free noodles and desserts will be available. The requested donation for the meal is $10 for a full portion and $6 for a half-portion. Take-out will be available. Proceeds will go to more than 30 missions.
• The Topeka chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present a Veterans Day concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at First United Methodist Church, 600 S.W. Topeka Blvd. The concert will include patriotic and Thanksgiving music.
• Christian music group Sidewalk Prophets will be in concert with its "These Simple Truths" tour at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Topeka Bible Church College Avenue Building auditorium, 1135 S.W. College Ave. The group is known for songs including "You Love Me Anyway" and "Live Like That." Tickets prices range from $10 to $50. For more information, visit www.discovertbc.com.
• Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene, 3501 S.W. Wanamaker, will present the Trammel Quartet in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. For more information, visit www.wwnaz.org/events.
• Oakland-area churches will hold their annual community Thanksgiving service at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Oakland United Methodist Church, 801 N.E. Chester. Those interested in singing in a community choir may come to practice before the service at 5 p.m.
• Interfaith of Topeka will sponsor its 39th annual Community Thanksgiving Service at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Temple Beth Sholom, 4200 S.W. Munson. The service theme will be "Connecting Our Hearts."
• Topeka Acappella Unlimited Chorus will present its Christmas show "Pure Imagination" at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Cornerstone Community Church, 7620 S.W. 21st. The men's quartet Doublestuf also will be featured. There is no charge for admission. A freewill offering will be taken at intermission. The show is the major fundraiser for the Topeka Acappella Unlimited Chorus.
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