Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Local Heroes of Faith Honored

Due to the recent winter storm, the Missional Church Network's Second Annual Kingdom Class Awards Banquet has been rescheduled for 6:00 p.m. Sunday, May 3rd at First Church of God's Family Life Center.

The banquet celebrates and encourages what the Missional Church Network calls "Kingdom Class" work in our community. Kingdom Class is seen as work that improves the community, is accomplished through broad cooperation across denominational lines, and reflects the character and heart of God for His people.

Awards in three categories include: Church, Ministry, and Individual.

In the Church category, RockeTown Youth Center will be honored. RockeTown is a collaborative effort between Grace Community Church, Hillcrest Community Church and the Newton Recreation Commission to provide game nights at the Rec. Center with games, snacks, music and encouragement in a positive, mentoring atmosphere.

Receiving the Kingdom Class Award in the Ministry category is Weekday Bible School. Newton's Weekday Bible School is celebrating its 85th year of ministry to elementary school kids and is a cooperative project of many local congregations, businesses in cooperation with USD 373.

Receiving the award in the Individual category, Tina Payne, the tireless and creative Executive Director of Health Ministries will be honored. Her tireless work to being together a broad coalition of support has led to the ongoing expansion of Health Ministries services to provide a broad range of medical care for people without insurance.

Master of Ceremonies for the catered evening will be State Representative Marc Rhoades. A special time of praise led by worship leaders from six area congregations and a Keynote message from special guest Steve Kelly, CEO of Newton Medical Center will also be highlights.

$10 tickets are available at Newton First Bank locations, and Hinz Motors in N. Newton.

Previous award recipients include the Heartland Pregnancy Care Center; the Harvey County Homeless Shelter; Hillcrest Church's UTurn Youth Ministry Skate Park Outreach which has grown to include one of this year's award winners, RockeTown Youth Center; Don Reynolds the first youth recipient, and Steve Kelly, speaker at this year's banquet.


For More Information: Timothy Conner 316-284-0997.

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