Happenings (Week of Nov. 21, 2007)

Alexanderfeld to hold benefit supper


The Alexanderfeld youth group will hold a benefit supper from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 at the Hillsboro Senior Center. Singing will begin at 8 p.m.

Donations for the supper of grilled chicken, gourmet potatoes, French bread, salads, and dessert will go to the Children?s Home in Wichita.

For more information, contact Glen and Bonnie Ensz at 620-947-5727.


Thanksgiving service to be held Nov. 22


The public is invited to attend a Thanksgiving Day Service at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22 at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, located near Goessel.

Marcia Brubaker will begin the service with 15 minutes of music on the Casavant Organ, followed by the worship service. Special music will be provided by local musician Richard Tirk, assistant professor of music at Bethel College. Tirk will perform on the trumpet and will be accompanied by Kyle Unruh, trumpet, and Karen Unruh, organ. The meditation will be given by pastor Lee Suderman.


HCF now accepting grant applications


The Hillsboro Area Impact Fund, the unrestricted endowment fund of Hillsboro Community Foundation, has now begun its inaugural year granting process.

Grant applications can be picked up from Brad Bartel, HCF secretary-treasurer, at Emprise Bank, 104 E. Grand, Hillsboro. Applicants can also call Bartel at 620-947-3464 (ext. 104) to request an application.

The quickest way for applicants to get an Impact Fund grant application is to download it from the Free Press Web site: www.hillsborofreepress.com.

Grant applications will be accepted from now until Dec. 31. Details as to the process, criteria and where to direct questions are included on the application form.

HCF estimates that earnings on the current balance in the endowment fund will allow about $5,000 in grants to be disbursed in this inaugural year. Plans are to award the grants in January and then to fund the recipients in spring 2008.

The Impact Fund is for charitable uses, to be determined by HCF. The foundation board will annually designate the available funding for these community grants.

Grant applications should be from organizations that are exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) and who serve the Hillsboro area.

Applications will not be limited to a particular issue or target population. Successful applicants will be those who assist in fulfilling HCF?s mission to improve the quality of life for the community.


Marion Christmas parade, Nov. 25


The city of Marion will hold its Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25 on Main Street from the corner of Walnut to Fifth Street.

Also on Nov. 25, a Pet Parade, sponsored by Animal Health Center, will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Liberty Park.

Santa will be in his house from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. as well as Dec. 8 and Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Central Park fundraiser quilt and baby afghan drawing will take place at 3 p.m. Entrants need not be present to win.

The first $100 Christmas Cash drawing will be held at 3:15 at Santa?s House. Entrants must be present to win.

Parade entries are still needed. For more information, contact Margo at 620-382-3425, or Melissa at 620-382-4223.


Ebenfeld to hold CE program Nov. 25


Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church, rural Hillsboro, will hold a Christian Endeavor program at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25.

Roland Walter, a missionary in Spain, will speak about how he uses video productions to reach people for Christ. The program will also include singing and Bible verses by children, and a vocal duet.

The public is invited to attend.


Christmas Bazaar to be held Dec. 1


The Holly days in Hillsboro Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at First Mennonite Church, Ash and Grand. Soup will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Crafters are invited to display homemade items at the event for $10 per table.

For more information or to register, contact the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce at 620-947-3506.


Letters to Santa program in Marion


The Marion City Library has begun its Letters to Santa/Letters from Santa program.

Children can bring their letter to Santa to the library during regular business hours, and will receive a return letter from Santa in time for Christmas.

Letters must be brought to the library by Dec. 10, and should include your full name and complete address.

For more information, contact Marion City Library at 620-382-2442.


USPS to conduct training seminars


The U.S. Postal Service will hold two hands-on computer resource training seminars from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 at the Hillsboro Public Library.

The seminars will focus on Click-N-Ship and NetPost, two of the Postal Service?s premier computer resources. Seating is limited for the two sessions.

To register, or to find out more information, contact the Postmaster at 620-947-3631.


MOPs to meet Nov. 27 at Parkview


Mothers of Preschoolers will meet from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro. Guest speaker, Jeanelle Herrel, will speak on hospitality. The creative activity will be Christmas wreaths.

Enjoy fellowship and food. Childcare is provided. For moms who have never attended, the first meeting is free.

Contact 620-947-2338 for more information.


Community service to be held Nov. 21


The Hillsboro Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 21 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

A freewill offering will be taken for the Hillsboro Area Ministerial Association. A food offering will be taken for Main Street Ministries. For a list of needed items, visit the Free Press Web site at www.hillsborofreepress.com.

Christmas lighting service, Nov. 25


The city of Marion will hold its Annual Christmas Tree and Candle Lighting Service at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25 at Central Park. Pastor Josh Wefner will give a short Christmas message. Following the service, hot chocolate will be served by the 20th Century club.


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