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'Run For God' 5K planned for Jan. 5

'Run For God' 5K planned for Jan. 5

First Christian Church in Garden City will act as host for a "Run For God" 5K Challenge beginning Jan. 5, 2014. This is a 12-week Bible study and fitness program focusing on building endurance as a runner and developing enduring faith as well.

The instructor will be Ellen Mangan. Plans are to meet each Sunday at 4 p.m. at the church, 306 N. Seventh St.

"Run For God" is a program developed by Mitchell Hollis of Dalton, Ga., in 2010. It started out as a local program and now has more than 1,000 instructors in several countries, sponsoring 5K, 10K and half-marathon races across the nation. The organization states as its primary goal to "spread the good news of Jesus Christ and to educate about the parallels of faith and endurance."

The cost to join the group is $20 to cover the study materials, with a price break offered for families.

The program is designed for the absolute beginning runner but all fitness levels and all ages are encouraged to join.

For more information or for details about registering, call the church office at 275-5411. For more details, visit

Reputation of Christians topic at Lifetree Café

The reputation of Christians will be explored at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lifetree Café, 3101 Campus Drive.

The program, "What People Really Think Of Christians ... And Why," features a filmed interview with Gabe Lyons, author of the bestselling book "UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters."

"Christians are sometimes viewed as hypocritical or judgmental," said Lifetree representative Craig Cable. "We'll discuss whether that reputation is deserved."

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: Small group meeting.

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.; the 10:30 a.m. service will be followed by a fund-raiser luncheon by the high school youth and the annual meeting; small group meetings.

Monday: Mom's Day Out, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 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; 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 "God's Kingdom Is Here"; children's church is provided during the morning worship service; carry-in dinner, noon (bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to Emmaus House).

Tuesday: Quilting, 10 a.m.; Commission meetings, 6:30 p.m.; General Board, 7:30 p.m. (a reorganizational meeting).

Wednesday: Adult Bible Study, 7 p.m.

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

Church of Christ

1715 Pioneer Road

Saturday: "Cocoa and Carols," a time of singing and learning Christmas songs, 7 p.m.

Sunday: Bible classes for all ages, 9 a.m.; worship assembly, 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., with Darrell Rains giving the lesson "Good News Of Great Joy" in the morning and "We Three Kings Of Orient Are" in the evening; a monthly fellowship dinner will follow the morning assembly; 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.

Thursday: Ladies' Night Out, 7 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: Full-time missionaries Christmas gathering, 9 a.m. to 5 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.; High Council, 3:30 p.m.; First Presidency devotional via satellite at the church, BYU television and the Internet, 7 p.m.

Each school day: Seminary, 6 a.m.

Monday: Family home evening.

Wednesday: Play group, 10 a.m.; Primary girls achievement day activities and youth activities, 7 p.m.

Thursday: Ward missionary meeting, 7 p.m.

Dec. 14: Ward Christmas activity, 6 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.

Saturday: Cookie Walk, 9 a.m. in Finnup Hall.

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

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.

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

First Baptist Church

1007 N. 11th St.

Sunday (Communion Sunday): Bible study and Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship service, 10:30 a.m., led by Kaye Shearmire; NCV practice, 4 p.m.; Community Christmas concert, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Meal, 6 p.m.; Bible study and activities, 6:30 p.m.; NCV practice, 8 p.m.

Dec. 13: Seeds Of Hope, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Note: A special Christmas offering through Bethel Neighborhood Center, for the Mang family from Burma, will be accepted.

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

First Christian Church

306 N. Seventh St.

Sunday (Second Sunday of Advent): Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship service, 10 a.m., with Pastor Scott Schurle giving the message "Matthew's Story"; a congregational meeting will follow the worship service; HOPE Puppets, 12:30 p.m.; Advent service, 6 p.m. in Baker Chapel; Evangelism Committee, 7 p.m.; TNC Junior High Youth Group, 7 p.m. at the Adler's home.

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

Tuesday: Seeds of Hope Board, 7 p.m.

Wednesday: Ministerial Cluster, 10 a.m.; Peace Out (delivering Angel Tree gifts), 6 to 8:30 p.m.; 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: Children's Chime Choir, 6 p.m.; Mary Marthas and trustee meeting with Kirby Gould, 7 p.m.

Dec. 14: Reckless Generation Bible Study, 9:30 a.m. at Patrick Dugan's; final dress rehearsal for the children's Christmas program, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with lunch provided; spaghetti dinner benefit for Katelin Pittillo, 5 to 9 p.m.; IDOC, 6 to 9 p.m.

For more information, visit

First Southern Baptist Church

2708 N. Third St.

Sunday: Small groups, Higher Ground, GroZone and Little Seedlings Preschool, 9:30 a.m.; family worship, 10:45 a.m.

Monday: MVP Men's Ministry Bible Study, 6:30 p.m. at Donny Huber's home, 2005 Andover Drive (Southwind).

Wednesday: Family meal, 5:10 p.m.; Team Kid/Breaking Ground 56 and Adult LifeTraks, 6:30 p.m.

For more information, visit or call 276-7859.

First United Methodist Church

1106 N. Main St.

Saturday: Saturday Night Light, 5:45 p.m., with the Rev. David Bell giving the message.

Sunday: Worship, 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. in the sanctuary, with the Rev. Bell giving the message "The Birth Of Christ: Joseph's Story"; Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; youth snack dinner, 6 p.m.; youth group, 6:30 p.m.

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

Wednesday: New Covenant, 9:30 a.m.; Children's Choir, 5:15 p.m.; family meal, 5:30 p.m.; children's Christmas program, 6:15 p.m.; Chancel Choir, 6:30 p.m.; Men's Bible Study, Women's Bible Study and Young Women's Circle, 7 p.m.; Bible study (10th to 12th grade), 7:30 p.m.

Thursday: UMW Executive, 10:30 a.m.; 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. 13: Mother's Day Out, 9 a.m.

Dec. 14: "Living Christmas," 6:30 p.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 children's Christmas Program, "Christmas Around The World," 10:45 a.m.

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

Garden Valley Church

1701 N. Third St.

Saturday: Help with the float at 10 a.m. for the Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. (to ride on the float, meet at the Train Depot by 5:30 p.m.).

Sunday: Prayer Partners, 8:30 a.m.; Bible classes, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Steve Ensz continuing an Advent sermon series "24 Days Of Disrupt," with the message "When God Hits Your Mute Button"; High School Youth Group, 5:30 p.m.

Monday: Prayer Time, noon (bring a lunch).

Tuesday: Women's Sewing Group, 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday: Middle School Youth Group and Kid's Klub, 6:45 p.m.

For more information, visit or call 276-7410.

Garden Valley Retirement Village (nondenominational)

1505 E. Spruce St.

Sunday: Worship service, 9 a.m., with the message and the special music given by the Rev. David Jones, Faith Baptist Church.

Wednesday: "Celebrate Your Faith" devotional service, 7 p.m., with the message in music given by the music group "Gospel Gold" from Dodge City and Montezuma.

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.

Wednesday: Christmas caroling, 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.

St. James Lutheran Church, ELCA

1608 Belmont Place

Sunday: Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship service, 10 a.m., followed by the annual meeting.

Wednesday: Family game night, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday: Book of Faith Bible Study, 7 p.m.

Note: A collection of warm hats and gloves for children who ride the buses is being taken.

For more information, visit or call 275-5108.

St. Thomas' Episcopal Church

710 N. Main St.

Saturday: Annual Yum Yum Sale featuring frozen casseroles, soups and crafts.

Sunday: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; morning prayer, 10:15 a.m., followed by a congregational meeting.

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.

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.

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.

Tuesday: DCE Event in Wichita; Get-Together-Girls, 10 a.m.; Circuit Pastors, 10 a.m. in Liberal; Brown Bag Bible Buddies, noon.

Wednesday: Staff meeting, 8 a.m.; worship planning, 9 a.m.; Cookie Sale, 5:30 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: LWR quilting, 10 a.m.; LifeLight, 1:30 p.m.; College Bible Study and Church Leadership Council, 7 p.m.

Dec. 13: Staff Christmas party, 7 p.m.

For more information, call 276-3110 or visit

Word of Life Church

3004 N. Third St.

Sunday: Prayer for the service, 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; worship service, 10:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. (bilingual), led by Pastor Marty Younger.

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

For more information, call 276-3825 or visit

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