The 48th annual Elmont Opry country music show will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Elmont United Methodist Church, 6635 N.W. Church Lane.

Tickets cost $10. Reservations may be made by calling (785) 246-0156.

Concessions will be available 90 minutes before the show. Food items will include hot dogs, sandwiches, desserts, snacks and drinks.

In other religion news:

• The Saturday Women’s Connection of Topeka will have its “Shape Up for Spring” luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th Ave. Kristi Burchfiel, of Wichita, will speak on “When Best Laid Plans Go Awry … What Do We Do When They Fall Apart?” Music will be furnished by Jonathan and Lori Brickman. The luncheon cost is $14. There is no charge for those attending the program only. For more information, call (785) 233-0701.

• Berryton United Methodist Church, 7010 S.E. Berryton Road, will have a chicken-and-noodle dinner and sweet shop from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Carryout meals will be available starting at 3:30 p.m.

• The Topeka Churches Singing Convention will have its annual banquet from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the True Light Baptist Church Light House, 2020 S.E. 21st. The cost is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

• Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan, will have Lenten breakfasts at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays through April 16. A guest speaker will be featured at each breakfast, which will end by 8:30 a.m. Freewill offerings will be taken to help defray the cost of the breakfasts.

• The Supportive Adults Inspiring Lives — or SAIL — group will meet at noon Tuesday, March 12, at Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, 7433 S.W. 29th. Soup and cinnamon rolls will be served. Members are asked to bring a side dish for the soup. The speaker will be Kathy Wade, a master gardener, who will speak on container gardening. For more information or to sign up for lunch, call (785) 478-3697 or go to www.swumc.org/sail.html.

• Mater Dei-Assumption Catholic Church, 204 S.W. 8th, will have its eighth annual Irish Fest starting with Mass at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 16. The event will include a breakfast, children’s activities, a 5K fun run and a 2.5K walk, Irish foods and live music. For more information, visit https://topekairishfest.com/.

• Members of the Baha’i faith will celebrate the beginning of the new year 176 on their religious calendar at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Topeka Friends Meetinghouse, 603 S.W. 8th. The gathering will conclude with supper at sunset. Individuals planning to attend may call (785) 273-6473 to ensure enough food will be available.

• Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 531 S.E. 33rd Terrace, will celebrate its 91st anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24. The guest churches will be Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church, Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church and St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church. The speaker will be the Rev. David Helm, pastor of the Mount Olive church.

• Frankie and Phyllis Valens will be in concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan.

• Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3625 S.W. Wanamaker, will have Lenten services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through April 10. A light supper will be served before the services, starting at 5:30 p.m.

• First Lutheran Church, 1234 S.W. Fairlawn, will have mid-week Lenten devotions at 7 p.m. Thursdays from March 14 to April 11. A soup meal will be served before the worship service at 5:30 p.m.

• Mater Dei-Assumption Catholic Church, 204 S.W. 8th, will hold fish frys from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays during Lent through April 12. The menu will include deep-fried and baked fish; french fries; macaroni and cheese; coleslaw; a baked potato bar; dinner rolls; dessert; and coffee, tea and lemonade. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under eat free. Carryout dinners will be available. Discount tickets for buy five dinners, get one free, will be available for $40 for adults and $20 for children at the dinners.

• University United Methodist Church, 1621 S.W. College, will have its 54th annual spring thrift sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 15, and 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 16. The sale will include clothing, dishes, electronics, tools, furniture, bedding, office supplies and craft items. Fudge and baked goods also will be available.

• Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1275 S.W. Boswell, will have a spaghetti dinner and silent auction from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. The menu will include spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert and a drink. The meal cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 4 to 12. Proceeds will benefit Parks for All Foundation’s Helen Hocker Theater Fund to support youth theater summer camp scholarships, in memory of Nancy Epoch.

• David McAlvany, a financial expert and author of “The Intentional Legacy,” will be the featured speaker at the 58th annual Kansas Prayer Breakfast at 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 420 S.E. 6th Ave. Tickets cost $18 per person. For more information, visit www.kansasprayerbreakfast.net or call (785) 380-2901.

• Faith Temple Church, 1162 S.W. Lincoln, will hold its annual “Lady Lassiter Day,” honoring Sandra Lassiter, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7. The theme will be “Right Now Faith.”

• The 54th annual Blintze Brunch and Jewish Food and Cultural Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Temple Beth Sholom, 4200 S.W. Munson. Advance tickets are available for $12 at Briman’s Leading Jewelers, 734 S. Kansas Ave.; Einstein’s Outdoor Outfitters, 1820 S.W. 10th Ave.; and the temple office. Tickets at the door will cost $15.

• The State of Kansas Holocaust Commemoration Service will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, April 29, at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 420 S.E. 6th Ave. The speaker will be Holocaust survivor Gitla Doppelt. Clergy, choirs, students and political leaders are scheduled to participate in the program. A reception sponsored by the Kansas State Holocaust Commission will follow.



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