Messiah Lutheran sets Lent, Easter services

Messiah Lutheran Church, 2000 Main, has scheduled the following Lent and Easter services:

Lent services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesdays March 18, March 25, and April 1.

Palm Sunday services will be held at 8:30 and 11 a.m. April 5.

Maundy Thursday service will be at 7 p.m. April 9.

Good Friday service will be held at 7 p.m. April 10.

A prayer vigil will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 11.

On Easter Sunday, April 12, only one worship service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday school will not meet. An Easter breakfast will follow the service, as well as an Easter egg hunt and devotional time.

Sunday School children will be singing on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.

Homeless Coalition to meet March 18

The Hays Homeless Coalition will meet at noon Wednesday, March 18, in the first floor conference room of the Hadley Center, 205 E. Seventh. The group focuses on ways to assist the homeless in Ellis County. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Lenten prayer service scheduled

St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, 2901 E. 13th, will hold “Lenten Reflections: A Journey Through Prayer, Scripture & Song” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19. All are invited.

Soup suppers to be served on Fridays

St. Joseph Catholic Parish will hold potluck Lenten soup suppers beginning at 5 p.m. Fridays, March 20 and 27, at the former Kennedy School cafeteria, 215 W. 13th.

Individuals are asked to bring meatless soups. The church will provide the homemade bread. More information is available at (785) 625-7356.

Band ‘I Am They’ to perform in Hays

Radio station KPRD will present contemporary Christian band “I Am They” in concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at Beach Schmidt Performing Arts Center.

“I Am They,” from Carson City, Nev., formed in 2011. The band consists of five members and is signed to Essential Records. The group’s self-titled debut album was released in 2015.

Single advance tickets are $12. Advance tickets for groups of 10 or more are $10. Tickets at the door for all individuals are $15. Advance tickets may be ordered at

Operation Christmas Child craft event set

Operation Christmas Child will have a craft event from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 2000 Main, to make items for inclusion in 2020 shoeboxes.

Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization headquartered in Boone, N.C. Each year thousands of individuals place small toys, school supplies and hygiene items into shoeboxes that are then distributed to children in need around the world.

Rachel Albin, the organization’s Northwest Kansas area coordinator, said three different crafts would be made: bread people, octopus toys, and washer necklaces and bracelets. All supplies and materials will be provided, although “monetary donations will be gratefully accepted,” Albin said.

Individuals do not have to have a special skill set, she said, adding there will be tasks for all skill levels, including children.

“If you want to take some of the items you make that night for your own shoeboxes or your church’s shoeboxes, that is absolutely fine,” Albin said. Participants are also welcome to bring items they are making for their own shoeboxes.

“This will be a fun time when we can gather together as an inter-denominational group and work on projects and share ideas. But most of all, it is a way to keep the excitement of Operation Christmas Child going throughout the year.”

Albin said that she is wanting to schedule a craft event each month through October, and she is seeking other churches in the area who would be willing to host one.

Albin can be reached at (785) 639-1325 or at

Prayer vigil set at Methodist church

First United Methodist Church, 305 W. Seventh, will hold a prayer vigil from Good Friday, April 10, through Easter Sunday, April 12, in the church’s chapel.

Hospice to offer training for new volunteers

Hospice of Hays Med is seeking volunteers to serve in non-medical capacities. Training for new volunteers will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, at the Center for Health Improvement education conference room, 2500 Canterbury Drive.

There is no cost for the training. Those interested in becoming a volunteer may call Tonia Houghton at (785) 623-6200.