First Southern Baptist
"Fifty Years -- A Good Beginning" will be the theme of Sunday's worship service as First Southern Baptist Church, 4300 W. Sixth, celebrates its 50th anniversary. The Rev. Bill O'Dell, who founded the church in 1949, will be a guest speaker. He will speak on God's leadership in the founding of the congregation. The Rev. Jimmy Cobb, who was the congregation's pastor from 1973 to 1991, also will speak on the Lord's leadership during his years of ministry in Lawrence. The current pastor, the Rev. Tom Stallworth, will speak about the congregatin's future. Bible study groups meet at 9:15 a.m. and worship is at 10:30 a.m. A covered-dish luncheon will follow the service. All friends of the congregation are invited to attend the activities. There will be no Sunday evening worship.
Worden United Methodist Church
Worden United Methodist Church will have its fifth Sunday Singspiration this Sunday at the church, 3 1/2 miles west of the U.S. Highway 56-59 junction. Musicians being assembled by Rex Simmons and Susan Gammen include the church choir, children's choir, instrumental groups, soloists and quartets singing a variety of Christian music. Congregational singing and readings of the history of selected hymns will also be a part of the event. The Singspiration will be offered during the Sunday school hour at 9:30 a.m. and during the worship hour at 10:30 a.m.
The Lawrence Jewish Community Center, 917 Highland Dr., will hold services at 7:45 p.m. today.
Church of God
Today is the 50th day of The 50-Day Spiritual Adventure for Indian Hills Church of God, Louisiana Street and 29th Street Terrace. On Sunday, the Rev. Bill Kimbel will share the message "One Day at a Time in the Power of Jesus." The text will be taken from 2 Corinthians 4:7-18. Music, drama and the celebration of worship will complement the services this week.
Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. and morning worship is at 10:45 a.m.
of Christ (RLDS)
The Lawrence Community of Christ branch of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints provides CORE (Care, Outreach, Respond and Expand) small group ministry for families and individuals of all ages for worship and fellowship. Meetings are held weekly throughout the Lawrence area.
Contact Marilyn Myers, pastor, at 843-7535, Karen Murphy, (785) 597-5350, or David Woosley, 865-0964, the times and locations of meetings.
"When Families Break Down" is the title of Paul Gray's sermon Sunday at Heartland Community Church, 1031 N.H. It is part of a series on building strong families. The accompanying drama featuring Mike Boring and Jenny Bruntmeyer is called "Grand Canyon." Rick Shear will sing "Love and Learn." A nursery and a children's class will be available.
Mark Chrislip will finish his series on evangelism with a message called "Success Stories" in the 9:30 a.m. service. Sunday school classes also meet then.
Heartland has youth programs, a college group and numerous adult small groups. All are welcome at the noon Bible study taught by Navigator Jake Combs each Tuesday at the church. For information call the church, 832-1845.
Lt. Kirk Schuetz of The Salvation Army Church, 946 N.H., will present the sermon "Roles of Husband and Wife" during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service.
Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday evening meetings include a women's group meeting at 5 p.m. and midweek Bible study at 6:30 p.m.
Word of Life
The Word of Life Family Church, 1845 Tenn., will celebrate its pastor and church's anniversary at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Special guests will be Bishop Jeremiah Reed and his choir from Des Moines, Iowa, as well as additional pastors and choirs.
The Rev. Larry Fish will bring the message at the 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday at Lawrence Wesleyan Church, 900 Madeline Ln. Sunday school with classes for all ages is at 9:45 a.m.
Teens will meet during the summer from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the church.
Clubhouse and the fifth- and sixth-grade preteen ministries will have an end-of-school-year sleepover on next Friday at the church and annex. The youths will hold a car wash June 5 at Checkers Foods, 23rd and Louisiana streets, to help raise money for youth camp.
The focus of worship Sunday at Lawrence Heights Christian Church, 2321 Peterson Rd., is continuing to live what we say we believe. Mary Shunk will be honored in the service at 10:15 a.m. Bible study is at 9 a.m.
Sunday evening events at the church will not take place this week so congregation members can participate in high school graduation ceremonies and Memorial Day weekend activities.
Small group meetings for youths and adults on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, will take a short break after this week. Call Mike Bush, 749-1949, for hours and places.
Prime Timers will meet for breakfast fellowship at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hy-Vee. Prayer Meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Growing Kids God's Way will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday. Child care is provided. Call Vern Warner, 843-9502, for information.
The topic for the Lawrence First Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worship service Sunday is "Being Self-sufficient -- The Church's Welfare Plan." The ward's meeting begins at 1 p.m. at 3615 W. 10th. Lawrence Second Ward meets at 9 a.m. at the same location.
The Lawrence University Ward begins its services at 11 a.m. at 1629 W. 19th, and the topic is "Finding Answers in the Scriptures and Finding Peace Through Prayer." At 3 p.m. the ward will provide a worship service for residents of Presbyterian Manor, 1429 Kasold. The Haskell University Branch meets at noon at 120 Indian Ave.
Sunday activities at Lawrence Free Methodist Church, 3001 Lawrence Ave., begin with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship follows at 10:45 a.m.
Vacation Bible school will be from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 21-25. This year's program SonCastle Faire, will provide a week of adventure in a medieval castle setting. The registration deadline is June 11. Contact Trish Cottrell, 865-2899, for information.
June 15 is the registration deadline for Marriage Encounter in September at The Barn Bed and Breakfast in Valley Falls. Registration information is available at the information center, or call Rick and Cindy Ostrander, 865-5556.
The service Sunday at Antioch Baptist Church, 1127 Iowa, will focus on the parable of the seed on the different types of soil. The soil represents the core of human nature so different types represent different responses of the heart to the Bible.
The Rev. Beau Abernathy's message at the 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services Sunday at Christ Community Evangelical Free Church, 1449 Kasold, will be "The Key to Family Unity."
College-age fellowship meets at 9:45 a.m., children's and youths' Bible classes at 9:45 a.m., and children's church at 11 a.m.
This week's activities include Oasis Open House from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Other church activities include the Fisherman's Wharf Coffeehouse from 8:30 p.m. to midnight next Friday; an all-church float trip June 17 and 18; and Vacation Bible School June 28 through July 1. For information about these events, call the church, 842-7600.
"Saying It's So," drawn from Matthew 28.16-20, will be the title of the Rev. Rod Stafford's sermon Sunday at Peace Mennonite Church. During the service, a men's group will sing the contemporary spiritual "Deep Down I Know." Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread. Child care will be provided. There will be no church school this week. Classes will resume at 9:30 a.m. June 6.
Peace Mennonite continues to assemble refugee kits to be distributed by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to Yugoslav war victims. To assemble a kit or contribute items, call the office, 841-8614.
Church of Christ
Southside Church of Christ, 25th and Missouri streets, offers Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:30 a.m. Pulpit minister Mark Abshier will speak on "Getting Back With God" during the 10:30 a.m. service. Southside will host an areawide singing service at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Bible study classes for every age are from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Call 843-0770 for information.
The lesson-sermon Sunday at Christian Science Church, 1701 Mass., is "Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced." The Sunday service is at 10 a.m. with Sunday school, for young people up to the age of 20, at the same time.
The Wednesday evening meeting, which includes testimonies of healing, is at 5:30 p.m. The church Reading Room is open to the public from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. This week's radio edition of The Christian Science Sentinel, "Young people resisting destructive thoughts and acts," can be heard at 7:30 a.m. Sunday on KLWN.
"Invite All to Christ" is the theme for the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1900 University Dr. Evangelist Leon Curtis is presiding and Seventy Ken Flanders is speaking for the worship service at 10 a.m. Scriptures for preparation are Genesis 1:3-5, 7 IV; Psalms 8; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:15-19 IV; II Nephi 3:43-66; D.&C. 6:15-16. Tim Hays will usher.
Adult and youth Sunday school classes begin at 9 a.m.
Prayer for Peace Countries for Sunday through June 5 are Maldives, Gabon, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Italy and prayer for children of the world.
Pentecost activities at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2211 Inverness Dr., include worship services with Holy Communion at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
Lutheran World Relief Quilters will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Social Awareness Ministry will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The Rev. Alan Estby will bring the life-related message at the 8:30 a.m. traditional liturgical Communion service and the 11 a.m. contemporary Communion worship and praise service Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2104 W. 15th. Sunday school and adult education classes for all ages are at 9:45 a.m.
Deborah's Walkers will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday at Southwind 12 Theatre parking lot for exercise and devotional time.
The current worship series, "You Can Live By the Spirit," based on Romans 7-8, continues Sunday at First Christian Church, 1000 Ky. The Rev. Ron Goodman will preach the sermon "God IS for US!" based on Romans 8:28-32, in both the 8:15 a.m. traditional and the 11 a.m. contemporary services.
The congregation is making plans to celebrate its 115th anniversary with a Heritage Sunday celebration on June 20. One combined service will be at 10:30 a.m., and Sunday school will meet at 9:30 a.m. Longtime members of the church will be recognized.
"Just for Fun," an all-church dinner, is planned for 6 p.m. June 13 in Fellowship Hall.
Junior and senior high youth groups meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. A School's Out camping trip for youths is planned June 9 and 10 at Clinton Lake.
Vacation Bible school is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. June 21 through June 25.
Sunday is Trinity Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vt. In an effort to bring the entire congregation together, there will be only one service, at 9 a.m. The Rev. Carolyn Graham will preach and no Christian education classes are scheduled. Youths in the J2A and R13 programs will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The office will be closed Monday for Memorial Day.
Jubilee Cafe, a free sit-down breakfast, is served from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays in the parish hall.
Wednesdays at Trinity, without Eucharist, will be at 6 p.m. Eucharist with unction will be at 6 p.m. in the chapel Thursday.
Morning prayer will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Monday in the parish hall and at the same time Tuesday through Thursday in the chapel.
On June 6, a 7:45 a.m. service in the church is planned, and a 10:30 a.m. service is planned for Clinton Lake, along with a parish picnic.
All Sunday school classes of Central United Methodist Church, 1501 Mass., will meet at 9:30 a.m. After coffee fellowship at 10:15 a.m., the congregation will gather for worship at 10:45 a.m. Madge Fraley, certified lay speaker, will preach "God Uses Cracked Pots," from Matthew 5:1-16. The Rev. Dick Fraley will be the liturgist this week. Child care is provided for Sunday school and worship. UMYF is at 7 p.m. Bible study will not meet this week. The Rev. Noel Stephens will attend the annual conference from Wednesday through Saturday in Baldwin.
This week's prayer focus for Baha'is is for the souls of the faithful departed that they may bask in the nearness of God.
The Kansas University Baha'i Club and the Short Course are on summer recess. The Planning Committees and advisers of these two projects will continue to meet. Convenors will contact members about meeting dates and times.
The Saturday night Deepening for Baha'is will meet at 7:30 p.m. The Slikers are hosts. Anyone interested in learning about the Baha'i Faith should call 749-5151.
The Ascent of Bahaullah will be observed at 3 a.m. Saturday. This early morning prayerful observance will be hosted by the Slikers. All Baha'is are encouraged to attend for this holy day.
Veritas Christian School
Larry and Bob, the tomato and cucumber of the "Veggie Tales" video series, will appear at an open house June 6 at the Veritas Christian School, 256 N. Mich. The public is welcome. For questions call the school office, 749-0083.
Veritas is selling seven computers to raise money for software for newer computers in its lab. For information about these computers, call the office.
The Rev. Christopher Grundy will preach "Why I Am Still a Creationist" at both the 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. services Sunday at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt. The sermon will explore the first chapter of Genesis in today's polarized context of fundamentalism and secular humanism.
Plymouth high school graduates will be treated to breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Sunday and recognized during the early service.
Plymouth has scheduled a music and arts camp for prekindergartners through sixth-graders. The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 9-11 at the church. The theme will be Psalms 23. The campers will present special music in church on June 13. Vacation Bible School, "Under Construction," for children ages 4 to 12, will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. July 12-14. For more information or to enroll, contact the church office, 843-3220.
On Sunday, First Baptist Church, 1330 Kasold Dr., will observe Trinity Sunday. The Rev. Marcus McFaul will continue his sermon series on worship, "What Happens on Sunday Mornings," with part five, "Sacrifice and Offering," in both the 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services.
The Chancel choir will sing "Prayer of Saint Francis" in the second service,
First Baptist's Vacation Bible School will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. June 13-17. The theme is "Treasure Hunt Bible Adventure," an exploration of God's word through fun, memorable Bible-learning activities for children of all ages.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1245 N.H., will celebrate Holy Trinity Festival Day with Holy Communion at both the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services Sunday. The services will be conducted in the first setting. The Rev. Charles Gilmore will preach the sermon "Let the World Know That Life is Good." The Rev. Barbara Norris will be the presiding minister with Mike Park assisting the ministers.
The Men's Breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Clinton Lake Overlook.
The 11 a.m. service is broadcast live on KLWN-AM 1320.
West Side Presbyterian
The Rev. Dick Pierson will present the sermon "With Us Always" at the 11 a.m. service Sunday at West Side Presbyterian, 1024 Kasold Dr. The Scriptures are Genesis 1:1, 2:4a and Matthew 28:1-20.
The church office will be closed Monday for Memorial Day. Boy Scouts will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Adult Choir rehearsal meets at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. Prayer Group meets at 8 a.m. Thursdays. Men's Group will meet at noon Thursday at Sirloin Stockade.
Sacred text exhibit open
"Sacred Texts of the West," an exhibit from the religious studies collection of the Kansas University libraries, is on display through June 15 at Watson Library on the KU campus. The exhibit focuses on the cultural and linguistic significance of the Hebrew Scriptures, the Christian Bible and the Islamic Koran.
The Rev. J.W. Watson will preach "The Exclusive Truth of the Trinity" at services Sunday at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2700 Lawrence Ave. Sunday is the Feast of the Holy Trinity. The service will be p.32 Matins from The Lutheran Hymnal. Sunday school and Bible class are at 9:45 a.m.
Heritage Baptist Church, 4340 W. Sixth, will begin Sunday activities with Sunday school, with classes for all ages, at 9:30 a.m. Services are held at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Free bus transportation is provided for Eudora and Lawrence. For information call, (785) 749-7286.
Services are also held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
- For a listing of area places of worship and service times, look for the Journal-World Religion Directory in Saturday's paper.