Topeka religion roundup: Third annual Interfaith Film Festival set to begin Thursday night – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

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The third annual Interfaith Film Festival will take place from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 13 and Feb. 27, in Marvin Auditorium at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th Ave.

The festival will include films about three faiths that were established in the 1800s and have become world religions, as well as a film about Jerusalem, a city that has significance for three world religions. Two films will be shown on each evening and a short question-and-answer time will follow each film.

On Feb. 13, “Joseph Smith, American Prophet” and “Mary Baker Eddy: Her Life and Legacy” will be shown.

The film about Joseph Smith, the first prophet and organizer of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was originally shown on PBS. According to event organizers, the film was selected for the festival because 2020 marks the 200th anniversary of what Latter-day Saints call Joseph Smith’s “first vision,” when he saw and conversed with God the father and his son, Jesus Christ.

The film about Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, covers her life and global influence.

On Feb. 27, “Light to the World” and “Jerusalem: The Heart of the World” will be shown.

“Light to the World” is about the life and world impact of Baha’u’llah, the prophet and founder of the Baha’i faith. This 2017 film was commissioned to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah.

The film about Jerusalem was produced by the National Geographic Society and is narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. It focuses on the city’s history and significance for Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

The film festival, which is sponsored by Interfaith of Topeka, is free. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Chris Hamilton at 785-554-6627.

In other religion news:

• Zsolt Eder and Friends will present a concert featuring the Italian and French Baroque music of Corelli, Couperin, Vivaldi and Monteverdi at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th Ave. The concert is part of the cathedral’s Great Spaces Music & Arts Series. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. Advance tickets are available at or at the door. 

• Homemade chocolates and other treats will be offered for sale during the annual “Taste of Chocolate” event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Central Congregational United Church of Christ, 5221 S.W. West Drive. Guests may fill a 4-by-4-by-2-inch box with their choice of chocolates for $7. Cakes, pies, cheesecakes and other items will be packaged by the piece and sold separately. This year’s event will feature candies made from recipes in the church’s 1913 cookbook.

Proceeds from the sale will aid the ongoing mission work of Central Congregational Church, which supports community programs such as Doorstep, Let’s Help, the Sheldon Head Start School and the Topeka Justice Unity Ministry Project, as well as several individual local schools.

• The Usher Board of St. Mark’s African Methodist Episcopal Church, 801 N.W. Harrison, will sponsor its 27th annual chili supper from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. The cost is $8 per meal, not including chili dogs or takeout orders. Chili dogs will cost two for $8.

• Miracle Life Church, 3136 S.E. Minnesota Ave., will have an “Old-Fashioned Black History Program” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. The theme is “We’ve Come a Long Ways.” The program will feature old songs, skits and poetry.

• Creation Club will begin the first of its monthly meetings at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Kansas Avenue United Methodist Church, 1029 N. Kansas Ave. The program will be led by Michael Mize.

• Harveyville United Methodist Church will have a taco salad fundraising dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Mission Valley High School, 12913 Mission Valley Road near Eskridge. The dinner will take place during the basketball game between Mission Valley and Marais des Cygnes Valley High School. The suggested donation is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

• Faith Temple Church, 1162 S.W Lincoln, will have its annual bishop appreciation services on Friday, Feb. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 16. The event will honor Bishop R. K. Lassiter Sr. for 45 years in pastoral ministry. The event will include a service at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 and a service at 11 a.m. Feb. 16. For additional information, call the church at 785-235-1834.

• Miracle Life Church will have a “Valentine’s Sweethearts” dinner and dance at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at the church, 3136 S.E. Minnesota Ave. The cost is $25 for couples and $10 for singles. For reservations or more information, call 785-224-9952, 785-231-8159 or 785-408-8874.

• Lowman United Methodist Church, 4101 S.W. 15th, will present “Lowman’s Got Talent VIII” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. A freewill offering will be received to benefit the church’s scholarship singers program. Beverages and popcorn will be available for purchase.

• New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2801 S.E. Indiana Ave., will honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Topeka community during a Black History Month program at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at the church. This will be the seventh “You Rock” event and the 15th Black History Month program sponsored by the church’s Deborah Circle.

Those who will be honored this year will include Carla Pratt, dean of Washburn University Law School; Cain Davis, CEO of Diversified Consulting Concepts LLC; Shirley Sanders-Hall, Kaw Valley District Ushers chairwoman; Ronnie Moore, CEO of Moore’s Martial Arts Academy; Deborah Saab, director of the Topeka Rescue Mission Hope Center; Rodney Harmon, owner of TopCity Costumes and Podcast Mentors; Tommy Jones, owner of J-Notes Music Management; Lonnie Walker Jr., officer of the diversity and inclusion program at the Federal Home Loan Bank; and James Bolden.

The speaker will be the Rev. Nokomis Jackson, pastor of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. Musical selections will be provided by Heaven Bound, from the St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, and the male chorus of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church.

• Kansas Avenue United Methodist Church will have its annual chili and vegetable soup supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21. The cost is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children 10 and under. The menu includes chili or vegetable soup, relishes, drink and dessert. Carryout will be available. The dinner is sponsored by the church’s New Spirit class.

• St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, 701 S.W. Topeka Blvd., will have a ham-and-bean dinner from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. The cost is $8. The dinner is sponsored by the church’s Lay Organization.

• St. Mark’s African Methodist Episcopal Church, 801 N.W. Harrison, will have its annual Women’s Day musical program at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. Choirs from various churches in Topeka and other nearby areas will be featured. A freewill offering will be received.

• Doorstep will have its 17th annual Operation Soup Line fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Stormont Vail Events Center Agriculture Hall, near S.W. 17th and Tyler. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. The menu will include chili, chicken tortilla or Portuguese green soup, along with dessert and drink. Local celebrity servers and entertainment will be featured. Delivery will be available for 10 or more meals that are ordered in advance. Call 785-357-5341 for deliveries by Feb. 21. Proceeds will benefit Doorstep, a Topeka social service agency supported by more than 50 local congregations.

• Barry Crawford will present a Lenten lecture series on “The Lost Gospels” from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Sundays, March 8, 15 and 22, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins.

• The Topeka Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present an organ recital by Hentus van Rooyen at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison. Van Rooyen is a professor and organist at Bethany College in Lindsborg. Included in this free event are works by J.S. Bach, Gustav Merkel, Daniel Gawthrop and Jean Langlais.

• TobyMac will be the headliner at the “Hits Deep Tour 2020” at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd. in Kansas City, Mo. Also performing will be Tauren Wells, We Are Messengers, Ryan Stevenson, Aaron Cole and Cochren & Co. Ticket prices range from $19 to $135. For more information, visit or call 816-949-7000. Group discounts are available.

• The Grant Women’s Missionary Society of St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church will have a baked chicken dinner with all the trimmings from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at the church, 701 S.W. Topeka Blvd. The dinner will include green beans, potato salad, coleslaw, mixed vegetables, roll with butter, cake and a beverage. The cost is $11.

• Jerry Schemmel, a radio announcer with the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball team, will be the featured speaker at the 59th annual Kansas Prayer Breakfast at 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 420 S.E. 6th Ave. Tickets are $20 each or $200 for a table of 10. Reservations are requested by March 1. For more information, call 785-380-2901 or visit

• MercyMe will present its “20/20 Tour” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Parkway in Independence, Mo. Also featured in the concert will be Jeremy Camp and David Leonard. Tickets range from $30 to $155. For more information, call 800-653-6000 or visit

• Bethel Music, Matt Maher, Martin Smith of Delirious?, Unspoken, Apollo LTD, Peabod and Elle Limebear will be featured in “The Roadshow Tour” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 9100 E. Valley View Parkway in Independence, Mo. Tickets are $20 to $65. Family four-packs are available for $99. For more information, call 800-745-3000 or visit

• St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, 701 S.W. Topeka Blvd., will have a fish fry from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28. The meals will include spaghetti, green beans and coleslaw. The cost is $9 for one-piece meals and $11 for two-piece meals.

• Topeka native and Dove Award-winning singer songwriter Mitch McVicker will be in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday,  March 28, at Grace Community Church, 4300 S.W. Burlingame Road. Admission is a suggested donation of $10.

• The seventh annual Easterfest event is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Garfield Park, 1600 N.E. Quincy. The event will feature a parade at 10 a.m. followed by an Easter egg hunt, a health fair, live music, a petting zoo, vendors, pony rides, face-painting and food trucks. Admission is free.

• The annual State of Kansas Holocaust Commemoration Service will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 420 S.E. 6th Ave. The speaker will be Megan Felt, program director of Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project, which is based in Kansas. Participants will include Kansas clergy, political leaders, choirs and students. A reception will follow the program. Admission is free.

• Grammy Award-winning Christian music group Casting Crowns will present its “Only Jesus” tour at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Stormont Vail Events Center, near S.W. 19th and Topeka Boulevard. The special guest will be Matthew West. For more information, visit

• Temple Beth Sholom, 4200 S.W. Munson, will have its 55th annual Blintze Brunch from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26.


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