Banquet will feature national radio host

Ray Guarendi, a clinical psychologist, author, public speaker and nationally syndicated radio host, will be the featured speaker at Divine Mercy Radio's first annual appreciation banquet at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Golden Ox Pavilion, 1006 Cody Ave.

Guarendi is known for his wit and wisdom as the host of "The Doctor is In," which airs at noon Tuesday through Thursday on KVDM 88.1. He will be speaking on "Laughter: The Sanity of Families."

"I heard Dr. Ray speak at a conference last year, and I laughed the entire hour," said Donetta Robben, executive director of Divine Mercy Radio. "Not since Art Linkletter has someone made me laugh so much over the topic of children."

Guarendi, father of 10 adopted children, has a wealth of real-life experience and a naturally humorous personality, making him a sought-after speaker.

Tickets are $20 each and are available at Divine Mercy Radio, 108 E. 12th, by calling (785) 621-4110 or online at

Christmas experience planned in Jetmore

JETMORE -- Jetmore and Hanston United Methodist churches, along with other area churches, will host the 12th annual "Journey to Bethlemen" on Dec. 10 and 11.

The event will feature tours from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night. There will be tours for individuals with special needs from 5 to 5:30 p.m. each day.

The "Journey" takes visitors through first-century Bethlehem to experience the original Christmas. "Travelers" meet the wise men, census taker, tax collector, inn keepers, elders, shepherds and angels as they pass through the gates of Bethlehem. They will encounter a market place full of sights and sounds and culminate the journey by meeting Mary, Joseph and the Christ child.

Since the event began in 2000, approximately 10,000 visitors have experienced this incredible reenactment of the joy of the birth of Christ.

The event begins with mint tea and cookies with a storyteller, who will share information about the historical period and region. The "Journey to Bethlehem" experience then provides deeper understanding of the prophecies and events surrounding Christ's birth.

Methodist church to host history workshop

GREAT BEND -- The Kansas Area Commission on archives and history of the United Methodist Church is having a workshop for local church historians called "Preserving our History/Guiding our Future."

While this is a workshop designed primarily for United Methodist historians, it is open to anyone who is interested in recording, preserving or presenting their local church history, regardless of denomination.

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 5 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 5700 W. Broadway, Great Bend.

Registration costs $25 and includes lunch.

For more information, contact the Rev. Larry Danforth at or call (785) 743-2040.