Marlo Schalesky’s ‘Waiting for Wonder’ blog tour and giveaway

The human race can be impatient and harried. I personally battle trying to “make things happen” on my timeline. When things don’t happen how or when we want them to, we often feel as though we have failed or God has forgotten about us. It’s easy to forget that our […]

Christmas weekend services announced by three community churches

Several local churches have announced extended Christmas services this weekend. First Southern Baptist Church will be host to a candlelight service Dec. 23. The service will begin at 6 p.m. at the church, located at 138 E. Kansas Ave. The next day, Northside Baptist Church, located at 500 N. Fifth […]

Many local resources available this holiday season for those in need

Locals who have fallen into hard times have many resources available to them for assistance this holiday season. Angels in the Attic Angels in the Attic, a locally formed nonprofit organization, provides a multitude of services to those who require assistance. From clothes to food, the organization works to provide […]

‘The Amish Christmas Kitchen’ a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit

Amish fiction fans looking to get into the holiday spirit need look no further than “The Amish Christmas Kitchen.” This super-sweet Christmas-themed collection of three novellas starts off strong with “Baking Love on Ice Mountain,” by Kelly Long. While “Baking Love” was my personal favorite, the other two stories in […]

Trinity Episcopal Church offers Christmas carols, special Christmas services

Trinity Episcopal Church in Arkansas City will be host to a Christmas Eve service this year. “Come celebrate the Nativity of our Lord at Trinity Episcopal Church,” states the church’s Facebook page, There will be Christmas carol singing at 9 p.m. Dec. 24, followed by the liturgy of Holy […]

Finding a “personal relationship with God” more than simply talking to Him

For many years, I have heard the term “personal relationship with God” and wondered exactly what that statement entails. I understand what this term implies to those around us who are Christian. We, as individuals, spend time with God and maintain contact with Him. To those outside of our faith, […]

3 in One to perform Dec. 16 at Steamy Joe Coffee House & Deli

Steamy Joe, located at 216 W. Central Ave., will be host to 3 in One, a local band. The concert will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16. 3 in One will perform music from the Christmas and Christian genres, as well as a few secular oldies. Free adult coloring will […]

Salvation Army still in need of donations this year in Cowley County

The Salvation Army still is in need of donations this year. Its local pantry still is in need of the following items, according to Crystal Helsel, coordinator for the Salvation Amy in Cowley County: 37 bags of potatoes; 170 loaves of bread; 266 cans of pie filling; 400 boxes of […]

Lutheran Women’s Missionary League cookie sale will be at 9 a.m. Dec. 10

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) in Arkansas City will sell cookies starting at 9 a.m. Dec. 10. This annual cookie sale started in 2004 and once again will be hosted by Redeemer Lutheran Church, located at 320 W. Central Ave. Ark City’s LWML group is made up of 16 […]

“Giver of Wonders,” by Roseanna M. White: A review, guest post and giveaway

In a truly unique take on a Christmas story, Roseanna M. White unfolds the tale of Nikolaos the wonder-worker in “Giver of Wonders.” Nicholas, the basis for St. Nick as we know him, has the power to heal and knows his life is meant to be dedicated to the church. […]