KCKCC to hold Candle Lighting Ceremony today

Kansas City Kansas Community College will hold its 98th annual Candle Lighting Ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the KCKCC Performing Arts Center, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas.

The ceremony is free and open to the public and will be livestreamed on the KCKCC Facebook and Vimeo accounts.

The 98th-Annual Candle Lighting Ceremony is at 11 a.m. Nov. 30 in the KCKCC Performing Arts Center, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas.

The ceremony will highlight students in the music and theater departments as well as KCKCC Foundation scholarship donors and recipients.

Among the groups performing will be the national award-winning KCKCC Jazz Band, The Standard Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the Blue Devil Funk Band. In addition, there will be a special video showcase recognizing foundation scholarship recipients and videos from the KCKCC Pioneer Career Center (PCC) and the Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center (TEC).

This year’s keynote speaker will be Joseph Straws, a graduate of KCKCC.

Faith news

Note: Please contact the church or check its social media pages to see if it is making schedule changes.

Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7901 Oakland Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, has regularly scheduled services at 10 a.m. Sunday, with Sunday School at 9 a.m. For more information, including information about livestreamed services, see https://www.facebook.com/Wyandotteumc.

Sunset Hills Christian Church, 6347 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kansas, has regularly scheduled Sunday services at 9:30 a.m., with Sunday School following the service at 10:45 a.m. The Wednesday Night Bible Study will be held at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Livestream services here at https://www.facebook.com/sunsethills.christianchurch/. For more information visit sunsethills@churchtrac.com or email sunsethillscc@att.net.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will have Sunday services at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 27. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/StPaulsKCK/ or https://www.stpaulskck.org/.

St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1086 N. 94th St., Kansas City, Kansas, has information about Masses at https://www.facebook.com/StPatrickKCK. Masses are at 5 p.m. Saturday, and on Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m. in Spanish and 2:30 p.m. in Chin-Burmese.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will have a Sunday worship service at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 27. The Horizons Christmas party will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 in the church’s coffee shop. There will be a covered dish meal and a gift exchange. See more information at https://www.facebook.com/StonyPointChristianChurch.

Prairie Meadows Church, a Free Will Baptist congregation, 426 Emerson Ave., Bonner Springs, will have Sunday services at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 27. For more information, see www.prairiemeadowschurch.com.

Our Lady and St. Rose Catholic Church, 2300 N. 8th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will celebrate Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 27. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/ourladyandsaintrose.

Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, Kansas City, Kansas, will have services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 27. For information about services, see https://www.opendoorkc.com/livestream. For more information see https://www.facebook.com/opendoorkc/ and https://www.opendoorkc.com/.

Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, 9301 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas, will have a worship service at 9:50 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 27. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/ORMBCKC or http://ormbc.org/church-online/.

An Advent retreat, “Waiting in Joyful Hope,” with Rene Bhatia, is planned from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 759 Vermont Ave., Suite 100-B, Kansas City, Kansas. Registration is requested to 913-689-9375. For more information, visit www.keelerwomenscenter.org.

Churches United for Justice is planning a research kickoff meeting from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Salem Baptist Church, 1824 N. 11th, Kansas City, Kansas.

Casa – Worship House Christian Church, 5217 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kansas, will have information about services at www.facebook.com/casadealabanzaKCKS. For more information, visit Facebook @casadealabanzaKCKS.

Bonner Springs United Methodist Church, 425 W. Morse Ave., Bonner Springs, will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30. To make an appointment, call 877-468-6844 or visit savealifenow.org.

Blessed Sacrament and Christ the King Catholic churches have information about Masses at the churches’ websites or Facebook pages at www.facebook.com/Christ-the-King-Parish-KCKS-1392808997677579 and www.facebook.com/BlessedSacramentkck. Masses at Christ the King are at 4 p.m. Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday. Masses at Blessed Sacrament will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 a.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

Information about other church services in Wyandotte County may be available from the church’s social media page. To send in items for the Faith News, email information to maryr@wyandottedaily.com. Please include your name and contact information.

Residents to meet Wednesday about affordable utility rates

The Safe and Affordable Utility Access for Everyone committee will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the South Branch Library in Conference Room A, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kansas.

The meeting is open to the public.

Louise Lynch, a KCK resident, said there are many people who need food in the community and also are struggling to keep their lights and water on now.

Ty Gorman, a KCK activist who has worked with the Sierra Club, stated on a community invitation that residents should attend and share their experiences.

The group is calling for no Board of Public Utilities shutoffs putting customers at high health risk; separation of electric and water charges from unrelated taxes, fees and fixed costs from the BPU and Unified Government on BPU bills; and no disconnection of water for nonpayment, among other issues.

A sign-up sheet for the meeting has been posted at https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=DQSIkWdsW0yxEjajBLZtrQAAAAAAAAAAAAN__gKSNu5UOFRIWjdFWEJHS0s5T0hGVkVSSzhVRktUTS4u.