Happenings (Week of June 18, 2008)

Workers to speak about South Africa

Anna and Joe Liechty Sawat?zky, mission workers to South Africa, will speak at Tabor Men?nonite Church, rural Goessel, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 22.

The Liechty Sawatzkys went to South Africa in early 2006 to work with Bethany Bible School, an itinerant teaching ministry for leaders of African-Initiated Churches in Eastern Cape Province.

Their work includes teaching and administration, work with a local committee to set vision and policy for the Bible school, capacity building, leadership development, and church support.

The Liechty Sawatzkys serve with Mennonite Ministries in South Africa, which is a partnership between Mennonite Mission Network, Mennonite Church Canada Witness and Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission.

The public is invited.

Relay For Life set for Aug. 1 in Marion

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Marion County will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, and continue through 7 a.m. Saturday at the Marion High School Track.

Cancer survivors who would like to participate in the event should contact: Phyllis Kreut?ziger, Marion, 620-382-2215; Jeri Klose, Hillsboro, 620-947-3717; or Janet Oursler, Peabody, 620-983-2853 by June 30.

All survivors who register and participate will be given a free meal and a free survivor T-shirt. A survivor lap will start at 7 p.m. to honor the survivors who are present.

Hot burgers offered June 18 Lunch Bunch

Children and youth of the Hillsboro area are invited to enjoy a free meal and activities at this week?s Lunch Bunch on Wednesday, June 18.

The menu will be hot burgers, chips, beans and ice cream.

Lunch Bunch, sponsored for the second year by Main Street Ministries, is from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through the first week of August at the MSM campus at Main and D streets, Hillsboro.

Child-care providers are welcomed to participate.

Blood donors will receive a T-shirt

?Rock and Roll Up Your Sleeves? is the invitation for mem?bers of the public to donate blood at the American Red Cross blood drive planned for 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at First Mennonite Church, 102 S. Ash, Hillsboro.

Donors will receive a rocker-style T-shirt and a chance to win an authentic Lynyrd Skynyrd platinum album, ?Second Helping,? in a drawing.

The need for blood is especially high in the summer due to an increase in travel because of family vacations and school breaks.

To be eligible to donate blood, a person must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with a signed ARC parental consent form. Potential donors are reminded to bring a picture ID.

For more information call local co-coordinators Shirley Kasper at 620-947-5719 or Gladys Funk at 620-947-3517.

Duerksen receives SCC scholarship

Kurtis Duerksen of rural Hillsboro has received an Educational Foundation Scholarship from Southeast Community College for the 2009-09 academic year.

His field of study at the Lincoln, Neb., school is John Deere Ag Tech. His parents are Russell and Sandra Duerk?sen.

Burns library offers summer program

The Burns Public Library ?Catch the Reading Bug!? Summer Reading Program for children ages 4 to 18 will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings through the month of July. Dates will be July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

The library?s summer business hours are as follows: Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon.

New WIC criteria to kick in July 1

The Marion County Health Department reports that new income guidelines will be in effect July 1 for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC.

To be eligible, a household can have a gross income up to 185 percent of the poverty level. Income eligibility varies, depending on the number of people in the household. For example, for a household of two, the maximum gross income is $25,900; for a household of four, $39,220.

Participants in the Food Stamp program, Temporary Assistance for Families and Medicaid are automatically eligible.

The woman must be pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum, with an infant or child up to 5 years old. A health professional must determine nutritional risk.

Authorized WIC food include iron-fortified infant formula, infant cereal and juice for infants. For women and children it includes milk or cheese, cereal, eggs, juice, dry beans or peanut butter.

Special food packages are available for children or women with health needs and women who exclusively breastfeed.

Auxiliary to hold benefit garage sale

The Hillsboro American Legion Auxiliary will hold an indoor benefit garage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at Legion Post No. 366, 405 S. Floral Drive. Items have been donated by Post 366 members. Proceeds will go to Relay for Life.

PAID of Marion Co. to meet June 24

Parents as Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities of Marion County will meet at 7 p.m. June 24 at Eastmoor Church in Marion.

Discussion will continue on providing future services in Marion County.aThe public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Jane Wiens, 947-2402.

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