After seven weeks of isolation because of the coronavirus pandemic, many local residents wanted their hair cut last week.


With a steady morning rain outdoors and a pandemic threatening the nation, Marysville’s American Legion SMN&R Post 163 was the site of an abbreviated Memorial Day service Monday with an audience of about 25 people and Legion members in uniform.

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St. Gregory’s School sixth-graders were showered with confetti by their families after the end of school Mass and adoration Thursday evening at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church. The 12 sixth-graders participated in the Mass, which was also attended by their families. Sixth-graders read letters …

How much sleep did you get last night? If you live in Kansas, where current stress levels are high, there is about a 30 percent chance that it was less than seven hours and not enough for a body to recharge all its parts.

The Advocate is running an occasional series about area residents whose lives have been changed by the COVID-19 pandemic’s requirements for work and school. This week Rob Shellburne and Becky Heuer, both of Marysville, talk about a most unusual spring. Both say they appreciate the family tim…

Spring planting is well under way at the Koester House Museum & Gardens in Marysville this week, but volunteers are needed to plant, weed, water, dig and lift.

Marysville dentist Brittany Owens-Goracke of Marysville Dental Clinic was named the 2019 Smile Source Dentist of the Year. Smile Source is a network of private-practice dentists who strive to provide patients with the highest level of care available.

The coronavirus pandemic led organizers recently to cancel Big Blue River Days slated for June 5 and 6.

After nearly 42 years in optometry, Dr. Stan Nelson will retire from his optometry practice on May 15.

As more Kansans work at home to stem the tide of the current COVID-19 pandemic, they are quickly learning that it’s a whole lot more tempting to snack when the refrigerator is just a few steps away. Stress from the pandemic or maybe just life can lead to unhealthy eating.

Families are invited to “Take a Walk on the Wild Side” at the Pony Express Partnership for Children Zoo, which opens Tuesday and runs through the weekend on the Lincoln Center block.

Ryan Tenka Schwarz, Sahuarita, Ariz., who is the great-nephew of Victor Schwarz of Marysville, has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the new U.S. Space Force.

More than 50 Disaster Household Distribution boxes were handed out in less than 15 minutes Friday morning at the Marshall County Agency on Aging in Marysville. Another 40 boxes were given out starting at 1 p.m.

I’ve been thinking about John, the disciple and later apostle of the New Testament, and especially about the first chapter of his Gospel account of the life of Christ.

In January, Marysville gymnasts Miciah Urban and Brooklynn Nelson visited the World Champions Center in Spring, Texas, where they met Simone Biles whom they describe as the “greatest gymnast of our time and probably ever.”

The Easter Bunny and Sparky the Fire Dog rode the Marysville Fire Department engine Saturday afternoon as temperatures rose into the low 80s. The animals maintained a safe distance from others and waved as the truck wound through local neighborhoods.

An abrupt reduction in family income can be a traumatic experience psychologically and financially. But you have ways you and your family can minimize the hardship.

Today is Maundy Thursday, that day when the Christian community recognizes the events in the Upper Room, the institution of the Lord’s Supper, the betrayal of Jesus, his arrest and trial.

So far all activities for Big Blue River Days, June 4 through 6, remain as planned with the exception of the Marysville AutoFest.

A Valley Heights Community Palm Sunday Parade will be Sunday morning, sponsored by the Waterville and Blue Rapids United Methodist churches.

Because of the large amount of COVID-19 coverage in this week's edition, several articles did not make it into the print edition but are included on the Advocate website. Highlights of yesteryear is weekly feature that looks back at the news stories from the past.

As we are dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we try to reduce the spread of the virus. Here are some guidelines to follow when cleaning your living space.

No coronavirus cases had surfaced in Marshall County by Tuesday of this week while county officials continued to urge residents to protect themselves and others from the pandemic.

Day one of school online went better than expected as some teachers reunited with students, and students returned to class via alternative methods.

“This is the day the Lord hath made. Rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

The Marshall County Helping Hands Food Pantry building in Marysville is closed through April 9, but pantry volunteer Anita O’Neil wants clients to know they can contact her through Facebook Messenger if they need something.

Traffic was bumper to bumper as “dragging Main” turned out to be a popular event Friday night on Broadway in downtown Marysville. Families could practice social distancing as they remained in their own vehicles but could still see friends and others.

We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!

Church directory


Mt. Zion Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, Marysville

1017 Broadway, 785-562-5077

Pastor Dan Napier

Bible study, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Sunday school and worship, 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening service, 6 p.m.

Assembly of God

Marysville Christian Fellowship

1137 E. Pony Express Highway


Pastor Brad Wicks

Family Life Pastor Jacob Comer

Connections Pastor Jackie Creek

Sunday services, 9 and 10:45 a.m.

MCF Kids, infant through sixth grade, 9 and 10:45 a.m. Sundays

MCF Youth 7th-8th and 9th-12th grades, 10:45 a.m. Sundays

Baha’i Faith

Scott Bodie residence, Burchard, Neb. 402-865-4335, 1-800-22-UNITE

Devotional gathering, Thursday, 8 p.m.


First Baptist (ABC-USA), Marysville

1700 Broadway, 785-562-2176

Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday service, 10:30 a.m.

First Baptist, Blue Rapids

Seventh and Lincoln, 785-363-7547

Pastor Jeremy Henderson

Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday services, 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m.

Victory Baptist, Marysville

714 N. 19th, 785-562-3440

Pastor Titus Mohler

Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday services, 10:40 a.m., 6 p.m.

Wednesday night service, 7 p.m.

Winifred Baptist, Winifred


Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday services, 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m.

Wednesday prayer, 7 p.m.


Marysville Berean

2221 North St., 785-629-8000

Joel Barber, pastor

Sunday service and children's church, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday school, 11 a.m.

Youth group, 6:30 p.m. Sundays

Sunday evening service, 7:30 p.m.

Mid-week Bible studies

Men's prayer time, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays


Annunciation, Frankfort


The Rev. Anthony Chendumalli

Masses: Saturday, 4 p.m.

Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

Holy Family, Summerfield


The Rev. Jim Shaughnessy

Mass: Sunday, 8:15 a.m.

St. Columbkille, Blaine

The Rev. Anthony Chendumalli

Mass: Saturday, 6 p.m.

St. Gregory's, Marysville

13th and Carolina

The Rev. Nathan Haverland

Masses: Saturday, 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, 7 a.m., 10:30 a.m.

St. Monica-St. Elizabeth, 
Blue Rapids

The Rev. Anthony Chendumalli

Mass: Sunday, 8:30 a.m.

St. Malachy's, Beattie

The Rev. Nathan Haverland

Mass: Sunday, 8:45 a.m.

St. Michael's, Axtell


The Rev. Jim Shaughnessy

Masses: Saturday, 5 p.m.

Sunday, 10:15 a.m.

Junior-senior high religion class, Wednesday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.


First Christian, Marysville

Ninth and Carolina, 785-562-3382

Pastor June Stoker

Fellowship time, 9:45 a.m.

Sunday service, 10:30 a.m.

First Christian, Vermillion

The Rev. Virgil Warren, pastor

Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday service, 10:30 a.m.


Mission Covenant, Axtell

Pastor Herb Schrader

Sunday school, 10 a.m.

Sunday services, 11 a.m. and

7 p.m.

Church of Christ

Church of Christ, Marysville

200 S. 15th, 785-562-3157

Sunday Bible study, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday services, 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Wednesday Bible study, 7 p.m.


St. Mark's, Blue Rapids

Lincoln & Sixth St., 785-363-7785

The Rev. Greg Doll

Combined Eucharist for St. Mark’s (Blue Rapids) and St. Paul’s (Marysville) is at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Sunday at St. Mark’s and the first and third Sunday at St. Paul’s. The fifth Sunday is morning prayer at each individual church, 10 a.m.

St. Paul's, Marysville

10th and Alston, 785-562-2673

The Rev. Greg Doll

Combined Eucharist for St. Paul’s (Marysville) and St. Mark’s (Blue Rapids) is at 10 a.m. the first and third Sunday at St. Paul’s and the second and fourth Sunday at Mark’s. The fifth Sunday is morning prayer at each individual church, 10 a.m.

Evangelical United Church 
of Christ, Marysville

10th and Elm, 785-562-2947

Pastor Julie Shields

Sunday worship service, 10 a.m.

Bell choir, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Choir, Wednesday, 7 p.m.


Bethlehem (LCMS), Bremen

The Rev. Aaron Fenker

Sunday worship, 8:00 a.m.

Sunday school, 9:00 a.m.

First Lutheran (LCMS), Summerfield


The Rev. Greg Stuckwisch

Sunday service, 8:15 a.m.

Immanuel (LCMS), Bremen

The Rev. Aaron Fenker

Sunday worship, 10:00 a.m.

Sunday school, 9:00 a.m.

Immanuel (ELCA) (State Line)


Rural Wymore, Neb.

Church is at Nebraska-Kansas state line.

Pastor Suzanne How

Sunday service, 10:30 a.m.

Mount Calvary (LCMS)

1710 Jenkins, 785-562-2046

Elevator access

Rev. Philip Miller

Wednesday service, 7 p.m.

Sunday service, 10 a.m.

Adult Sunday school, 9 a.m.

KNDY radio broadcast, Sunday, 
11:30 a.m.

St. Mark (ELCA), Waterville

204 N. Nebraska


Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday service, 10:45 a.m.

Salem (LCMC/NALC), Axtell

2590 Navajo Rd., Axtell,

785-736-2820, church

816-694-5151, pastor

The Rev. Cynthia Cone

Children & adult Sunday school, 9 a.m.

Sunday service, 10 a.m.

Communion first and third Sundays of the month


St. John's (ELCA), Lanham

Pastor Elvin Crosby

Sunday service, 10:15 a.m.

Trinity (LCMS), Afton


Deacon Don Dodd

Services: 9 a.m. Sundays

Communion, 3rd Sunday, 9 a.m.

Adult Bible study after church

Zion Lutheran (ELCA), Hanover

Pastor Pastor Elvin Crosby

Sunday worship, 8:15 a.m.


First Presbyterian, Frankfort

508 N. Kansas

Pastor Shannon Borgman

Sunday service, 9 a.m.

Memorial, Marysville

10th and Center, 785-562-3116

Pastor Shannon Borgman

Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m.

New Hope Evangelical, Blue Rapids


Pastor Dick Coleman

Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m.

United Presbyterian, Blue Rapids

609 Genesee, 785-363-7142

Pastor Shannon Borgman

Gary Phillips, lay minister

Sunday service and

Sunday School, 9 a.m.

United Presbyterian, Summerfield

Pastor Herb Schrader

Sunday service, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday school, 8:30 a.m.

Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints


Elder Lloyd Barnett

United Methodist


Pastor Janelle Knowles

501 Prairie Street

Sunday school for youth, 10 a.m.

Sunday service, 11 a.m.

Church, 785-736-2366

Pastor, 785-736-2769


Pastor Janelle Knowles

Sunday service, 9 a.m.

Sunday school, 10 a.m.

Church, 785-353-2373

Pastor, 785-736-2769

Blue Rapids

The Rev. Troy Bowers

Sunday service, 9 a.m.

Sunday school, 10:15 a.m.

Nursery provided



The Rev. Jim Akins

Children and adult Sunday school, 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m.


1500 North St., 785-562-2621

Pastor Dale Lewis

Saturday night service, 5:30 p.m.

Sunday school, 9:15 a.m.

Sunday service, 10:30 a.m.

Youth, Sunday, 6 p.m.

Choir, Wednesday, 7 p.m.


Pastor Dale Lewis

Sunday service, 9 a.m.


The Rev. Troy Bowers

Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.

Sunday service, 11 a.m.

The Crossing

Formerly Vineyard Community, Marysville

U.S. 36 East, 785-562-2001

Sunday service, 10:30 a.m., with children’s church

Weekly small groups; call for information.

Tuesday night prayer, 6:30 p.m.