KANSAS CITY, Kan. — By shifting gears and test-driving a new way of raising funds, Our Lady of Unity Parish here thinks it’s found a key to success.
The OLU Car Club is revving up plans for the third Our Lady of Unity Car, Truck & Bike Show, which will be held at the parish from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 25.
It just seemed like a natural road to take for some parishioners.
“We’ve been showing our Chevelle for 32 years,” said parishioner Kevin Johnson. “We’ve always gone to car shows . . . and our kids were raised going to car shows.”
His wife Sherry got the wheels turning on the idea several years ago.
“The parish was looking for fundraiser ideas, and Sherry threw out, ‘Well, we could do a car show,’” said Kevin.
The concept was totally new to Father Kent O’Connor, pastor of Our Lady of Unity.
OVERLAND PARK — “People always ask me what I’m doing,” said Chuck Jansen, a parishioner from Church of the Ascension here. “And I say, ‘Well, I’m in my fourth quarter.’”
The fourth quarter, according to Jansen, is the time in life when you give back. “And I’m just trying to give back,” he said. “I’m trying to be significant, trying to touch people’s lives.”
Inspired by men he encountered while leading a Christ Renews His Parish retreat, Jansen has decided to “give back” by producing a collection of faith stories on CDs and downloadable MP3s.
Though he currently is a real estate agent, Jansen has a background in theology and taught high school religion for 12 years.
“I’ve run a lot of retreats and done a lot of events in the church,” he said. “But that retreat (Christ Renews His Parish) kind of taught me to respect and love and count on the Holy Spirit.
On a vacation visiting my brother and his family in Seattle a few years ago, I saw a niece and nephew,
cousins to each other, randomly playing with toys on the living room floor.
My 2-year-old nephew had finished playing with a toy and set it aside. My 4-year-old niece then picked it up. You can guess what happened next. An explosion from the 2-year-old when his cousin grabbed “his” toy. His focus was on himself and not wanting to lose that toy, even to his good friend and cousin.
If you are reading this, you have been that 2-year-old and learned to share. With more practice, we eventually come to see the value of other people and discover the joy in being generous to them.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Wyandotte County district attorney has charged a former employee of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas with three counts of felony theft — totaling more than $116,000 from the archdiocese — according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.
Rose A. Hammes, 52, surrendered herself on March 16 to the Wyandotte County sheriff.
According to the district attorney’s office, the thefts took place between 2010 and 2014, during Hammes’ employment as the director of communications and planning for the archdiocese.