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Catholic Diocese of Dodge City names director

Catholic Diocese of Dodge City names director

Mark Roth, vice president of First National Bank of Liberal for 16 years, was recently named full-time director of development for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City by Bishop John B. Brungardt. Roth will begin his ministry on Monday.

"We are pleased to have a native son of the diocese as our new full-time director of development," Bishop Brungardt said in a press release. "Mark brings a wealth of experience to assist parishes, institutions and the diocese in extraordinary stewardship. We are thankful to the Catholic Extension Society and many generous and sacrificial donors for providing resources for this expansion to our development efforts."

Roth is the Immediate Past State Deputy for the Knights of Columbus. As a state officer of the Knights of Columbus, he attended Kansas Catholic Conference gatherings where he met with the Kansas bishops, sharing thoughts and ideas, and listening to their input.

His new job will be an extension of those efforts in getting out into the communities, sharing ideas and listening to others, all with the intent of growing a financial base on which parishes and other Catholic entities can thrive. He sees his new position as a way to live out his Catholic faith more. "I'm very excited to get started and get out and meet people and to get involved," Roth said in a press release.

Roth anticipates spending a lot of time on the road visiting with schools, parishes, endowment boards, Knights of Columbus councils and other groups across the diocese. He also will visit with potential donors, assist with estate and planned-giving presentations and write grants. Part of his job will include helping diocesan entities — including schools, parishes and members of the curia — develop strategies that will provide financial stability for all ministries of the people of the diocese. One of the first projects will be to implement a data base management system for the diocese.

A native of Dighton, Roth earned a bachelor's degree in business management from Newman University in Wichita. He has been married for 33 years to his wife, Lila, who was born and reared in Kinsley. They have two grown children: Philip, who is married to Kimberly and serves in the Air Force; and Amanda, who lives in Kansas City with her husband, B.J.

Solutions for hardships topic at Lifetree Café

Practical solutions for overcoming hardship will be discussed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lifetree Café, 3101 Campus Drive.

The program, "Overcoming Hardship: A Father and Son Beat the Odds," features a film of Patrick Henry Hughes and his father. The younger Hughes was born without eyes or the ability to extend his limbs. Though in a wheelchair, Hughes performed in the University of Louisville marching band, his father pushing his wheelchair through every practice and performance.

"I don't think I have anything holding me back," said the younger Hughes. "All I have to do is think about the goal I wish to achieve, look at the resources that might help me achieve that goal, reach out to them and see what happens."

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is located at 3101 N. Campus Drive.

Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting.

Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Cable at (970) 292-4838 or

Bible Christian Church

1404 E. Mary St.

Saturday: Men's breakfast, 7 a.m.; small group meetings.

Sunday: Worship Team practice, 8 a.m.; early prayer time, 8:30 a.m.; worship celebration, nursery, Praise & Play, Sunday school and adult discipleship classes, 9 and 10:30 a.m.; worship celebration, 10:10 a.m.; kid's church, 10:30 a.m.; Singles Christmas party, 3 p.m.; small group meetings.

Monday: Women's Bible Study, 5:15 p.m. at 1808 Pawnee; Women's Bible Study, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Prayer group, 7 a.m.; Women's Bible Study, 10 a.m.; 2-3-4 Motorcycle Ministry, 7 p.m.; men's small group, women's small group and couples group meetings.

Wednesday: Senior Bible Bowl, 4:15 p.m.; Beginner Bible Bowl, 4:45 p.m.; AWANA, 6:15 p.m.; High School/Middle School Youth Group, 7 p.m.; Worship Team practice, 7:30 p.m.; women's small group meeting.

Thursday: Men's Bible Study, 6 a.m.; Women's Bible Study, 9:30 a.m.; Women's Bible Study, 10 a.m. at 1608 Shorthorn; elders' meeting, 7 p.m.; men's small group and couples small group meetings.

For more information, call 276-8356.

Calvary Reformed Baptist Church of Garden City

1505 E. Spruce St.

Sunday: Morning service, 10:30 a.m. at various homes (call for meeting location); evening service, 6:30 p.m. in the chapel at Garden Valley Retirement Village.

For more information, call (719) 336-4780, 275-8320 or 805-1768 or visit

Church of the Brethren

505 N. Eighth St.

Sunday: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship service, 10:45 a.m., with Pastor John Elder giving the message "Happy Are Those Whose Hope Is In The Lord"; children's church is provided during the morning worship service; the church float will be in the Christmas Parade downtown at 6 p.m.

Tuesday: Quilting, 10 a.m.

Wednesday: Adult Bible Study, 7 p.m.

Dec. 20: Newsletter deadline.

Upcoming: Christmas Eve candlelight service, 7 p.m. Dec. 24; church office closed Dec. 25.

For more information, call 276-7391, email or visit

Church of Christ

1715 Pioneer Road

Sunday: Bible classes for all ages, 9 a.m.; worship assembly, 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., with Darrell Rains giving the lesson "Gloria In Excelsis Deo" in the morning and "What Child Is This?" in the evening; elders and deacons meeting, 3:30 p.m.; the "Great Grams" Card Ministry will meet after the evening assembly.

Wednesday: Bible classes for all ages, including FaithWeaver Friends for kids, 7:15 p.m.

Transportation to all assemblies is available by calling the church office at 276-2500. Visit, or follow on Twitter @gckscoc.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

619 Mary St.

Saturday: Ward Christmas activity, 6 p.m.

Sunday: Sacrament meeting, 10 a.m.; Primary classes and Sunday school, 11:20 a.m.; Melchizedek Priesthood, Relief Society, Aaronic Priesthood and Young Women classes, 12:10 p.m.

Each school day: Seminary, 6 a.m.

Monday: Family home evening.

Wednesday: Youth activities, 7 p.m.

Thursday: Ward missionary meeting, 7 p.m.

For more information about the Gospel, call the full-time English- and Spanish-speaking missionaries serving in Garden City at (620) 875-3715 or visit, or

Community Congregational Church

710 N. Third St.

Sunday: Worship service, 10 a.m., led by Steve Bridwell; coffee and fellowship, 11 a.m.

Monday: Council, 5 p.m.

Wednesday: Choir, 7 p.m.

For more information, call 275-5623.

Cornerstone Church

2901 N. Eighth St.

Sunday: Sunday service and children's church, 9 and 11 a.m.

Upcoming: Family Christmas service at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 22.

For more information, call the church office at 275-5965 or visit

First Baptist Church

1007 N. 11th St.

Sunday: Bible study and Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship service, 10:30 a.m., led by Rob Fabin; band practice, 4 p.m.

Wednesday: Band practice, 8 p.m.; Wednesday church resumes Jan. 8.

Dec. 20: Seeds Of Hope, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information or transportation to church activities, call 275-5266.

First Christian Church

306 N. Seventh St.

Sunday (Third Sunday of Advent): Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship service, 10 a.m., featuring the children's Christmas program and FCC children giving the message "Cookin' Up Christmas"; HOPE Puppets, 12:30 p.m.; IDOC dinner, 1 to 4 p.m.; Advent service, 6 p.m. in Baker Chapel; TNC Junior High Youth Group, 7 p.m. at the Adler's home.

Monday: TFI and IDOC, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Tuesday: Guild, 11 a.m.

Wednesday: Bells and youth group (fifth/sixth grade), 6 p.m.; LED, 6:50 p.m.; Gospel Choir and Travelers Bible Study, 7 p.m.; youth group (seventh to 12th grade), 7:30 p.m.

Thursday: Friendship Circle, 2 p.m.; Children's Chime Choir, 6 p.m.; Mary Marthas, 7 p.m.

Dec. 21: Reckless Generation Bible Study, 9:30 a.m. at Patrick Dugan's; IDOC, 6 to 9 p.m.

For more information, visit

First United Methodist Church

1106 N. Main St.

Saturday: Saturday Night Light, 5:45 p.m., with Brian Faust giving the message.

Sunday: Worship, 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. in the sanctuary, with the Chancel Choir, directed by Ernie Ortiz, performing "Lead Me Back To Bethlehem," a Christmas cantata; Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; "Living Christmas," 6:30 p.m.

Monday: Disciple IV, 7 p.m.; Bell Choir, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Staff meeting, 9 a.m.; Emmaus reunion groups and Women's Noon Bible Study, noon; Kitchen Table Bible Study, 7 p.m.

Wednesday: New Covenant Circle, 9:30 a.m.; Christmas caroling party to care homes, 5 p.m.; Chancel Choir, 6:30 p.m.; Men's Bible Study and Women's Bible Study, 7 p.m.

Thursday: Emmaus Reunion Groups, noon; "When God Comes Down" Advent Study, 1 p.m.; East Garden Village Ministry, 4:30 p.m.; Circles of Hope, 5:30 p.m.; YANC, 8 p.m.

Dec. 20: Mother's Day Out, 9 a.m.

For more information on events, visit or call 275-9171.

Garden City Church of the Nazarene

2720 Campus Drive

Sunday: Connect Groups, 9:30 a.m. (new classes are forming); annual choir cantata, "The Heart Of Christmas," 10:45 a.m.

For more information, call 275-4278, email or visit

Garden Valley Retirement Village (nondenominational)

1505 E. Spruce St.

Sunday: Worship service, 9 a.m., with the message given by Pastor Brian Faust from First United Methodist Church, which also will present the special music.

Wednesday: "Celebrate Your Faith" devotional service, 7 p.m., with the message given by the Rev. Don Patrick, retired Church of the Nazarene pastor.

For more information, call 275-5036.

Grace Bible Church

2595 Jennie Barker Road

Sunday: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship service, 10:45 a.m., with the Christmas program, "The Name Above All Names," presented by the church's Sunday school classes.

Wednesday: Midweek Bible Study and prayer service, 7 p.m.

For more information, call 275-6701.

Journey To The Cross

1205 W. Maple St.

Cowboy Church services will not take place this month, but normally are held on the last Tuesday of each month at the F-Diamond Roping Arena, 1205 W. Maple St.

Journey To The Cross is the Garden City chapter of Fellowship of Christian Cowboys and is a nondenominational Christian organization. For more information, call (620) 521-1949, (620) 290-0672 or 275-0760.

The Christian Fellowship gatherings each month include a free supper at 7 p.m., with Bible study and devotional fellowship time at 7:30 p.m. During the warm weather months, come and participate in the arena steer ropings at 5 p.m.

All who attend the Cowboy Church services on the last Tuesday of each month will receive free cowboy pocket Bibles.

New Life Community Church

3101 Campus Drive

Sunday: Worship, 10 a.m.; Teen Ministries, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Connect with Lifetree Café, 7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit or call 272-6198.

Pierceville Federated Church

203 E. Avenue A

Sunday: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship service, 10:45 a.m., with the Rev. Terry Major giving the second of his Advent messages, "Simply Jesus"; children's Christmas program, "The Twelve Days Of Christmas," 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Men's Breakfast and Bible Study, 6:30 a.m. at Doug McGraw's shop.

Wednesday: Kids 4 Truth and Teen Club, 6:45 p.m.

For more information, call the church at (620) 335-5228.

St. Thomas' Episcopal Church

710 N. Main St.

Sunday: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; Holy Eucharist, 10:15 a.m., with Father David Titus as celebrant; the service will be followed by the hanging of the greens in preparation for Christmas.

Upcoming: Christmas Eve Mass, 10 p.m. Dec. 24.

For more information, call 276-3173 or visit the Facebook page.

Second Missionary Baptist Church

1107 N. Main St.

Sunday: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship service, 11 a.m.; Bible study, 6 p.m.

For more information, call (620) 757-1566.

The Apostolic Church

3102 Schulman Ave.

Saturday: Outreach prayer, 9:30 a.m.; outreach meeting, 10 a.m.; church prayer, 6 p.m.

Sunday: Prayer, 9:30 a.m.; worship service, 10 a.m.; Sunday school classes, 10:30 a.m.; prayer, 6 p.m.; evangelistic service with the Rev. James Charles, 6:30 p.m.; the Rev. Cowen, a pastor from Katy, Texas, will be preaching at the morning and evening services.

Wednesday: Prayer, 7 p.m.; Church Bible Study, 7:30 p.m.

Note: Other available services provided include home Bible study, hospital visitations, prayer for the homebound and bilingual services. Live radio broadcast 24/7 is available at

For more information, call 275-8535.

The Presbyterian Church

1719 Texas St.

Saturday: Women's Dinner, 5:30 p.m. at Samy's.

Sunday: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10:45 a.m., followed by fellowship.

Monday: GCPC Clergy Coffee, 10 a.m.; Stewardship Team, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Staff meeting, 1:30 and 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday: Pizza Crawl at the Hamletts; choir practice, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday: Breakfast with high school youth, 6:45 a.m. at IHOP, Habitat for Humanity, 7 p.m.

Dec. 20: Women's Dinner, 5:30 p.m. at Hanna's.

Dec. 21: New elder/deacon training.

For more information, call 275-9141 or visit

Three Hierarchs Orthodox Christian Church

2009 N. Main St.

Today: Akathist, 5 p.m.

Saturday: 9th Hour and Great Vespers, 5 p.m., followed by confessions.

Sunday: Orthros and confessions, 8:45 a.m.; Divine Liturgy, 10 a.m., followed by a luncheon; Catechumen class, 1 p.m.

For more information, call the church at 271-0811 or visit

Trinity Lutheran Church

1010 Fleming St.

Sunday: Victory Team, 7 a.m.; worship service, 8 and 10:30 a.m.; Sunday school and Bible classes, 9:15 a.m.; children's Christmas service practice, 1 p.m.; junior high event (with parents), 4 p.m.

Tuesday: Staff meeting, 8:30 a.m.; Get-Together-Girls, 10 a.m.; Brown Bag Bible Buddies, noon.

Wednesday: Worship planning, 9 a.m.; all-staff meeting, 1:30 p.m.; dinner, 5:45 p.m.; Advent worship, 6:30 p.m.; midweek classes, 7 p.m.; Children's Christmas service practice, 7:30 p.m.; Young Adult Ministry, 8 p.m.

Thursday: "Transforming Churches Network," 9 a.m.; LWR quilting, 10 a.m.; LifeLight, 1:30 p.m.; College Bible Study and preschool (age 3) Christmas program, 7 p.m.

Dec. 20: Newsletter deadline, 1 p.m.; preschool (age 4) Christmas program, 7 p.m.

For more information, call 276-3110.

Word of Life Church

3004 N. Third St.

Sunday: Prayer for the service, 9 a.m.; worship service, 10:15 a.m., led by Pastor Marty Younger.; no evening service as there will be caroling at the nursing homes and to shut-ins before returning to the church for the annual soup supper and dessert auction to help raise money for the kids going to camp next summer.

Wednesday: AWANA, Refinery Youth and Adult Bible Study, 7 p.m.

Upcoming: Annual Christmas Eve program and candlelight service, 7 p.m. Dec. 24.

For more information, call 276-3825 or visit

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