Mental health group schedules program

The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), a recovery support and family support group, will have a presentation from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, at the Center for Life Experience in the Hadley Center, 205 E. Seventh, Suite 257.

Regina Anderson, executive director of High Plains Independence, will discuss “Creating Positive Affirmations for Your Recovery Journey.”

Childcare is available by reservation. Contact Ann Leiker at (785) 259-6859.

Discussion to look at poverty, homelessness

Poverty and homelessness in Hays will be the subject of “Can We Just Talk?” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in the Breathe Coffee House basement, 703 Main.

The open dialogue event will give Fort Hays State University students and community members a chance to discuss employment, housing, food security, education (both K-12 and college), concerns specific to rural areas, and the lack of resources. A major focus of the event will be to learn how each person should care and what individuals can do to help, organizers said.

The event is being sponsored by April Terry’s Social Justice class at FHSU, the coffee house and FHSU’s Global Leadership Project. A follow-up discussion will be held on April 28 to help form an action plan. More information is available at or

ECMA Board to meet March 11

The Ellis County Ministerial Alliance (ECMA) Board of Directors will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, at Unite Common Grounds, 200 E. Eighth.

Presentations to the board must be scheduled in advance with the ECMA president at

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 11, 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.

Wycliffe to hold organizational meeting

Wycliffe Associates will hold an organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at North Oak Community Church, 3000 Oak St., to plan for its upcoming banquet in Hays.

Wycliffe uses regional banquets to acquaint people with its mission. The organization uses new translation strategies to help national Bible translators to quickly and accurately spread God’s word to their communities, said Noel Davis, Wycliffe’s south central area team director.

Davis will be speaking at the banquet, which will be at 7 p.m. Monday, May 4, in the Fort Hays State University Memorial Union’s Black and Gold Room. He encouraged anyone interested in helping to promote the banquet to attend the organizational meeting.

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.

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 night 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

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.

FHSU’s ‘Big Event’ seeks project proposals

The “10th Annual Big Event” is coming up on Friday, April 24, and will give individuals in the community an opportunity to work on projects to improve the lives of people in Ellis County.

Project proposals—both large and small--may be submitted by individuals, churches, non-profits, or others in the community. The event is being sponsored by the Fort Hays State University Student Government Association, the FHSU Foundation, Tigers in Service, and Student Engagement.

According to a news release, it’s “a way to say ‘thank you’ and an opportunity to serve the communities of Ellis, Hays, and Victoria” as part of “I Love FHSU Week.”

Volunteering will take place 1 to 5 p.m. on April 24. Participation is open to FHSU students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Project ideas may be submitted at Volunteers may sign up at More information is available at or (785) 628-5311.