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

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. The Knights of Columbus will sponsor a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, May 15, at Davern Hall at Christ the King, 3024 N. 53rd St. The breakfast, $5 for adults and $3 for children, will be a benefit in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day, with proceeds benefiting a charity of the Sheriff’s Office’s choice.

Bonner Springs United Methodist Church, 425 W. Morse Ave., will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, in the fellowship hall. To make an appointment, visit savealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

Casa – Worship House Christian Church, 5217 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kansas, has services at 11 a.m. Sunday. For more details, see www.facebook.com/casadealabanzaKCKS. For more information, visit Facebook @casadealabanzaKCKS.

“The Gospel of Non-Violence” will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 759 Vermont Ave., Suite 100B, Kansas City, Kansas. Peg Burns will lead the program. The meeting is in person or via Zoom. Registration for the free program is required to 913-689-9375 or visit www.keelerwomenscenter.org.

Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, 9301 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas, will have information about services at https://www.facebook.com/ORMBCKC or http://ormbc.org/church-online/. Services are at 9:50 a.m. Sunday.

Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, Kansas City, Kansas, will have services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 15. For information, see https://www.opendoorkc.com/livestream. For more information see https://www.facebook.com/opendoorkc/ and https://www.opendoorkc.com/.

Our Lady and St. Rose Catholic Church, 2300 N. 8th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will celebrate Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 15. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/ourladyandsaintrose.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will have a worship service on Sunday, May 15, at 10:15 a.m. See more information at https://www.facebook.com/StonyPointChristianChurch.

St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1086 N. 94th St., Kansas City, Kansas, has information about Masses, and livestreamed 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. The Knights of Columbus will sponsor a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday, May 15, at the St. Patrick Parish Center meeting room.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will have Sunday services at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 15. See more information at https://www.facebook.com/StPaulsKCK/ or https://www.stpaulskck.org/.

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.

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.

Information about other church services in Wyandotte County may be available from the church’s social media page.
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Churches focus on social issues

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Opinion column

by Murrel Bland

About 170 members of Wyandotte County churches showed up Tuesday night, May 3, at Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church to hear details of a new organization, Churches United for Justice (CUJ). The organization is focused on two main areas — affordable housing and violent crime.

One of the solutions that the organization has suggested to deal with the affordable housing issue is landlord risk mitigation. First, let’s look at the problem. There are about 3,800 housing units in Wyandotte County of public housing or those funded with federal money. from what is called Section 8 certificates. Many landlords shy away from Section 8 because they have trouble collecting rent from these tenants and often have to evict renters; many times, renters trash homes just before leaving.

The mitigation progress would establish a fund that could help subsidize lack of payments and material damage for aggrieved landlords. Such a program has been successful in Denver, Orlando, Portland and Orlando.

This housing issue brings up an important public policy matter — does Wyandotte County really need any more public housing that would make a bad situation worse? Are surrounding communities, including Johnson County, doing their part to provide affordable housing?

CUJ also has suggested that a land trust be established to shift vacant parcels from a land bank. Any such action should be sensitive to neighborhoods. There have been success stories of such efforts in Detroit as seen on HGTV. Wyandotte County has about 4,500 vacant properties.

The violence issue is a very difficult one to solve. In 1954, there were seven homicides in Wyandotte County; during 2020, there were 58. During the 1950s, homicides were often caused by domestic quarrels among middle-aged persons. Today, many of the murders are a result of illegal drugs; the victims are often those in their early 20s or teenagers. Many youths today often are attracted by gang leaders who drive big cars, flash cash and wear expensive clothes; often these gang leaders are drug dealers.

CUJ is focused on violence prevention and intervention. One of the successful preventions CUJ cited was the PIVOT program, used successfully in Cincinnati. PIVOT stands for Place-based Investigations of Violent Offender Territories, and it takes a comprehensive approach to dealing with high-crime areas; crime was reduced substantially at these locations.

CUJ should work closely with other crime prevention organizations including neighborhood watch groups and police advisory organizations along with Community Police officers.

CUJ is planning a rally at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at Mt. Carmel Church of God in Christ, 2025 N. 12th St., with a goal of attracting more than 1,000 persons. For more information, telephone Amber Adams at 913-526-6831.

Murrel Bland is the former editor of The Wyandotte West and The Piper Press. He is an independent columnist. Opinions expressed here are those of the writer and not necessarily those of this publication.

Faith news

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

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. The Knights of Columbus will sponsor a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, May 15, at Davern Hall at Christ the King, 3024 N. 53rd St. The breakfast, $5 for adults and $3 for children, will be a benefit in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day, with proceeds benefiting a charity of the Sheriff’s Office’s choice.

Bonner Springs United Methodist Church, 425 W. Morse Ave., will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, in the fellowship hall. To make an appointment, visit savealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

Casa – Worship House Christian Church, 5217 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kansas, has services at 11 a.m. Sunday. For more details, see www.facebook.com/casadealabanzaKCKS. For more information, visit Facebook @casadealabanzaKCKS.

The First Christian Church of Bonner Springs will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the church, 148 N. Nettleton, Bonner Springs, in the Fellowship Hall. To make an appointment, visit savealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

“How to Be an Easter Person” will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 759 Vermont Ave., Suite 100B , Kansas City, Kansas. Sister Bridget Dickason will be the presenter. The meeting is in person or via Zoom. Registration for the free program is required to 913-689-9375 or visit www.keelerwomenscenter.org. The Holy Woman Series will be about Sister Joyce Rump from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Keeler Women’s Center.

Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, 9301 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas, will have information about services at https://www.facebook.com/ORMBCKC or http://ormbc.org/church-online/. Services are at 9:50 a.m. Sunday.

Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, Kansas City, Kansas, will have services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 8. For information, see https://www.opendoorkc.com/livestream. For more information see https://www.facebook.com/opendoorkc/ and https://www.opendoorkc.com/.

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

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will have a worship service on Sunday, May 8, at 10:15 a.m. See more information at https://www.facebook.com/StonyPointChristianChurch.

St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1086 N. 94th St., Kansas City, Kansas, has information about Masses, and livestreamed 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. The Knights of Columbus will sponsor a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday, May 15, at the St. Patrick Parish Center meeting room.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will have Sunday services at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 8. See more information at https://www.facebook.com/StPaulsKCK/ or https://www.stpaulskck.org/.

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.

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.

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.