Storytime sign-up

begins this week

Sign-up for the fall session of the preschool storytime at the Hillsboro Public Library begins the first week in September.

Any child who has reached 3 years as of Sept. 1, through 6 years, is welcome to come to the library for stories, games and crafts.

Delora Kaufman, children’s librarian, will be leading a group of 12 on Wednesdays, from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., as well as Thursday, 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. The first classes will be held Sept. 17 and 18.

Parents can register their children at the library for a $2 fee for the entire session, payable at registration. A phone call to 947-3827 is helpful, but the payment guarantees a spot for the child.

Free concert set for

county-wide youth

Youth of all ages across Marion County are invited to a free concert featuring contemporary Christian music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13, at the auditorium in the Marion City Building.

The concert, sponsored by Marion churches, will feature the bands Black Clear Day, Running With Scissors and Department H.

Snacks will be available and a drawing will be held for various prizes, including XBOX, Playstation 2 and MP3 players.

Horse Project Club

cleans fair barn

The Marion County 4-H Horse Project Club met Aug. 16 for a scheduled business meeting and barn clean-up project at the Marion County fairgrounds in Hillsboro.

During the meeting, the following 2003-04 officers were elected: president Frankie Stevenson, vice-president Heather Toal, treasurer Jessica West, secretary Nicki Johnson and historians David Smith, Tasha Smith, Lauren Geis and Jeremiah Stang.

The club is planning its fall fun show scheduled for Oct. 4 at the rodeo arena in Hillsboro.

Mission festival

to start at Eastmoor

Eastmoor United Methodist Church will host a mission festival beginning Friday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Sept. 7 in Marion.

Lay persons and missionary speakers will be featured during the weekend event.

A carry-in dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m., Friday. Lay people will offer their experiences in national and international Volunteers in Mission.

Missionary Margaret Farnsworth will be the featured speaker at 7:30 p.m., Saturday. A discussion will follow and refreshments will be served.

Seth and Cheryl Tidball will speak during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service.

Seth left the pastoral ministry to become a missionary to Native Americans in Arizona. He will be offering leadership training, theological education and church planting. Cheryl will work in women’s and children’s ministries.

The public is invited.

Celebration to mark

Baize’s rise to priest

A service of celebration is planned for Sunday, Sept. 7, to mark the elevation into the priiesthood of John Baize, leader of the Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Christian Mission of Hillsboro.

The event will be held at the St. Mary Orthodox Church, 344 S. Martinson, Wichita. Orthros begins at 9:30 a.m. with Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m.

The public is invited.

Evening MOPS group

to meet Sept. 9

Evening Mothers of Preschoolers will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro.

Guest speakers Sondra Mayfield and Margo Kinman will talk about child safety. Mayfield is a child-passenger safety technician and coordinator for the Marion County Safe Kids chapter. Kinman is a child-passenger safety technician.

Mothers are encouraged to bring their vehicle and child seats for free car-seat safety checks.

The program will include a craft and refreshments. The craft will be a chicken-feeder candy dish with a back-to-school theme.

New mothers are welcome to attend free of charge for their first visit.

Child care is provided for mothers who attend the sessions.

For more information, call Sherry Soyez at 620-382-2861.

Quilt guild to meet

Sept. 8 in Hillsboro

The Country Stitchers Quilt Guild will meet at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 8, at Hillsboro United Methodist Church.

The program “Tips, Tools and Tricks” will be presented by Cindy Heathman from the Quilted Comfort Quilt Shop in Abilene. Heathman will be sharing tips to make quilting life easier.

All quilt-guild members are asked to bring their favorite quilting tip or tool to share with others.

Members are also asked to bring challenge projects, entry forms for the upcoming quilt show and completed auction donations.

Visitors are welcome.

Hillsboro boy named

regional all-star

Tyler Ediger, a member of the state champion CVL All-Stars baseball team, was the only player from Kansas to be picked for the 11-and-under all-tournament team at the first Cal Ripken invitational regional held last month in Wellington.

Ediger, a pitcher, is the son of Lyle and Rhonda Ediger, Hillsboro.

Red Cross schedules

Goessel blood drive

The American Red Cross Central Plans Region Blood Services will hold a blood drive hosted by Goessel at 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 8, at Goessel Mennonite Church.

All blood types are needed, especially O-negative and O-positive.

To schedule an appointment, call blood-drive coordinator Agatha Duerksen at 620-367-2399.

Ebenfeld Branch

to gather on Sept. 7

The first service of the Ebenfeld Branch of Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church will meet at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 7, in the church fellowship hall.

The Ebenfeld Branch is a less-formal worship service designed to provide space to meet the needs of Ebenfeld’s growing church family.

The services will feature praise and prayer with a blend of hymns and contemporary music led by a worship team and accompanied by musical instruments.

During the service, pastor Gaylord Goertzen’s morning message will be viewed via a video link from the sanctuary.

Centre FFA holds

chapter meeting

The Centre FFA held its first chapter meeting of the year on Aug. 24 at the Lincolnville ball diamond.

Members and alumni played softball, enjoyed a barbecue and held chapter meetings to discuss program activities for the year. Alumni also elected new officers.

Prior to the meeting, five members of the Centre FFA chapter competed in a livestock judging contest Aug. 23.

Alfonse Klenda and Alisha Barney competed in the junior division, and Klenda finished in second place.

The senior team of Aaron Barney, Jackie Klenda and Joe Forsberg finished in third place. Klenda was fifth in reasons and seventh in individual. Barney finished sixth overall and was high individual in reasons.

Hillsboro MB Church

to offer hymn sing

Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church will sponsor another of its continuing sessions of singing and readings at 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 7 in the chapel.

The focus of songs and readings from “Worship Together” will be “Walking With God in Faith and Trust.”

Brad Vogel, director of Tabor’s choirs and ensembles, will lead the singing, and include comments and inspirations.

Tampa 4-H Club meets at ball field

The Tampa Triple T’s 4-H Club met briefly Aug. 25 at the baseball field in Tampa.

Members hard announcements about the state fair and record books. Nathan Brunner talked about the most common fish in Kansas and demonstrated how to hold a fish.

After the meeting was adjourned, members played baseball and ate homemade ice cream.

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