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Member Spotlight: Larned Assembly of God

Mission | We exist to share God’s love with people.

Beliefs | Larned Assembly of God is a Christian church built solidly on the foundation of the Bible. Our core beliefs can be summed up just how Jesus summed up all the commandments: love God and love people. Here are some more specifics:

God’s Word
We believe the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our everyday lives.

God’s Person
We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy. The Lord Jesus Christ is both God and man and is the only one who can reconcile us to God. Each time we partake of communion we remember Jesus lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life.

God’s Plan For Man
We believe sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives. In order to receive forgiveness we must repent of our sins, believe in Jesus Christ and submit to His will for our lives. God wants to heal and transform us so that we can live healthy and powerful lives in order to help others more effectively. In order to live the holy, fruitful, and power-filled lives God intends for us, we need to be baptized in water, set our mind on Him and His purpose, and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.

God’s Plan For The Church
We believe God has individually equipped us and corporately gathered us as His living body so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives, which is to worship God, strengthen the Church, and share the Gospel with the community in which we live.

God’s Plan For The End Times
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised and will rule and reign on this earth. History will conclude as the wicked are judged and the righteous enter a new heaven and a new earth.


Explore the National Park Service Sites of Kansas

Fort Larned National Historic Site News Release

Date: November 2, 2015                                                            Contact:  Superintendent, 620-285-6911

For Immediate Release


Explore the National Park Service Sites of Kansas


Fort Larned National Historic Site, established on August 31, 1964 was the first National Park Service site established in Kansas.  It’s not the only, though.  There are four other National Park Service sites in Kansas, offering a variety of natural and cultural experiences.  Besides Fort Larned there is Fort Scott National Historic Site, Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Nicodemus National Historic Site, and Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.

Fort Scott National Historic Site was the second NPS site in Kansas established on October 19, 1978.  It’s located in Fort Scott, Kansas on the eastern side of the state, about 100 miles south of Kansas City.  The U.S. Army established Fort Scott in 1842 as a base along what was then thought to be the permanent Indian frontier.  The story of Fort Scott is the story of America growing up. When the fort was established the nation was still young and confined largely to the area east of the Mississippi River. Yet within a few years, Fort Scott’s soldiers became involved in events that would lead to tremendous spurts of growth and expansion. As the nation developed, tensions over slavery led to the conflict and turmoil of “Bleeding Kansas” and the Civil War. The site’s 20 historic structures, parade ground, and restored tallgrass prairie interpret the opening of the West, the permanent Indian frontier, the Mexican-American War, Bleeding Kansas, the Civil War and the expansion of the railroads.

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, located in Topeka was established on October 26, 1992.  The site commemorates the May 17, 1954 Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education that ended legal segregation in public schools.  It was a landmark decision that opened the way for other legal challenges against segregation and for the Civil Rights Movement.  The story of Brown v. Board of Education is one of hope and courage. The plaintiffs in the case had no idea they would change history; they were ordinary people like teachers, secretaries, welders, ministers and students who simply wanted to be treated equally.  Brown v. Board is open daily, year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  You can find them on the web at

Nicodemus National Historic Site, established November 12, 1996, is located in Nicodemus, Kansas, a little over 55 miles northwest of Hays.  Nicodemus is the only remaining western town established by African Americans during the Reconstruction period following the Civil War.  Formerly enslaved African Americans left Kentucky in organized colonies at the end of the of post-Civil War Reconstruction period to experience freedom in the “promised land” of Kansas. Nicodemus represents the involvement of African Americans in the westward expansion and settlement of the Great Plains. It is the oldest and only remaining Black settlement west of the Mississippi River.  The site is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Their website is

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, established November 12, 1996 is two miles north of the U.S. 50 and K-177 intersection west of Strong City, Kansas, about 130 miles southwest of Kansas City.  The preserve protects and interprets a nationally significant example of the once vast tallgrass prairie ecosystem, which at one time covered 170 million acres of North America.  Within a generation the vast majority was developed and plowed under. Today less than 4% remains, mostly in the Kansas Flint Hills. The 10,894 acre preserve includes an 1881 ranch house, limestone barn and outbuildings, and one-room school house.  The preserve is open daily, year-round from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  You can visit their website at

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Fort Larned National Historic Site invites you to discover the meaning of national parks, how your park inspires you – both in personal connections and memorable experiences.   Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156.    Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., information on visiting is on the internet at, or by calling 620-285-6911.  There is no admission fee.

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Plains Indian Art Program

Fort Larned National Historic Site News Release

Date 11/11/15                                                                              Contact:  Ellen Jones  620-285-6911

For Immediate Release


In commemoration of American Indian Heritage Month an interactive program for kids will take place at the Jordaan Memorial Library on Saturday, November 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. “Plains Indian Art” will be presented by the staff of Fort Larned National Historic Site in partnership with the library.  Your child will learn about how the Indians communicated through signs, symbols, and pictographs.  The program includes a buffalo game, stories, and an “art journey” done by painting symbols on genuine bison hide.  There will be several take-home items for each participant. This program is for ages 5 and up – older participants can assist the younger ones.  The paint used for this program is non-toxic and washable.  Reservations can be made at the Jordaan Public Library by calling 285-2876. Space is limited.  Don’t forget – the program is at the library and not at the fort!


In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Fort Larned National Historic Site invites you to discover the meaning of national parks, how your park inspires you – both in personal connections and memorable experiences.   Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156.    Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., information on visiting is on the internet at, or by calling 620-285-6911.  There is no admission fee.

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Get, Get, Get….GIVE : Giving Tuesday Soon Approaching

For Immediate Release:

For more information:
Christy Tustin 620.792.3000
Sue Cooper 620.792.3000
Megan Barfield 620.792.3000

Nov. 9, 2015

Get, Get, Get . . . GIVE
Giving Tuesday Soon Approaching

GREAT BEND, Kan. – Golden Belt Community Foundation has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. The foundation will use the day to encourage gifts to local endowment funds. Occurring this year on December 1st, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

Golden Belt Community Foundation will accept gifts in Larned at the Larned Chamber of Commerce Jordaan Room, 502 Broadway St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 1st. Additional giving locations will be at the foundation office in Great Bend along with locations in Hoisington, La Crosse, and St. John for that day only.

This is an important one-day event to grow non-profit endowments exponentially. On December 1st qualifying gifts to endowment funds may be eligible for matching funds of $50,000, which will be awarded to endowment funds in proportion to the total amount raised, up to $2,500 per person/per fund, on #GivingTuesday. There are two ways to give this year – in person on December 1st or by mailing your donation. Donations may be mailed directly to the Golden Belt Community Foundation, 1309 Williams St., P.O. Box 1911, Great Bend, KS 67530, in advance, from November 16th to December 1st, and may qualify for the proportional match as well. The more gifts given to the donor’s choice of endowment fund(s), the more proportional match money will be received.

This year over 65 endowment funds are available to choose from, including many local charitable organizational endowments and general area or field of interest endowment funds. A complete list can be viewed on the Giving Tuesday Donation Form that can be found online at

“We are excited to host this day to celebrate and encourage giving to our local charitable organizations. Building endowments is a great way to support an organization long-term and to ensure that it will have the resources necessary to continue serving our communities well into the future,” noted Christy Tustin, Executive Director, Golden Belt Community Foundation.

For more information and #GivingTuesday rules, additional giving locations, and to download a Giving Tuesday Donation Form, visit or call 620-792-3000.

About #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give—the 2015 iteration will be held on December 1, 2015. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment dedicated to giving around the world.

Golden Belt Community Foundation
At $17.7 million in total assets and more than 157 funds under management, Golden Belt Community Foundation has been connecting people who care to causes that matter since 1996. Golden Belt Community Foundation exists to provide non-profit organizations in central Kansas with a permanent source of support and to serve as a vehicle for charitable giving for donors. GBCF serves the counties of Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford. For more information about Golden Belt Community Foundation, call (620) 792-3000 or visit their website at



Member Spotlight: Kansas Gas Service

Kansas Gas Service is the largest natural gas distribution utility in Kansas, providing clean, reliable natural gas to more than 630,000 customers in 360 communities.

Kansas Gas Service was formed in 1997 when ONEOK, Inc. purchased natural gas assets from Western Resources. It has been known by a variety of names – Gas Service Company, Kansas Gas and Electric Company, KPL and KPL Gas Service – wtih a 100-year tradition of utility service to customers in Kansas, western Missouri and northeastern Oklahoma.

Kansas Gas Service is a division of ONE Gas, Inc. (NYSE: OGS), a natural gas distribution company and the successor to the company founded in 1906 as Oklahoma Natural Gas Company, which became ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE: OKE) in 1980.

ONEOK separated its natural gas distribution business in January 2014 to create ONE Gas, one of the largest publicly traded, 100 percent-regulated natural gas utilities in the United States.

Kansas Gas Service is committed to being an organization that strives for excellence. Our industry is evolving. There is greater competition and greater customer choice. These changes will yield exciting new opportunities to serve the customers who have trusted us as their reliable source of natural gas. We value that trust. It’s been earned by our employees who have made it their business to satisfy customers year after year.

Safety and environmental performance are our top priorities, and we work hard to deliver natural gas service with no adverse effect on the public, our customers, employees or the environment. So when the Office of Pipeline Safety issued a final rule requiring natural gas pipeline operators to develop integrity management programs for natural gas transmission pipelines in high-consequence areas, Kansas Gas Service created an integrity management program that meets or exceeds the requirements of the integrity management regulations.