News from around Eastern Jackson County churches.

VBS theme is
Trust Under Fire

“Trust Under Fire” is the theme for vacation Bible school at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 2415 R.D. Mize Road, Independence. Ages 3 through 12 are invited to attend VBS from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. Sunday.
Enjoy Bible lessons, crafts, music, snacks, recreation and much more. For information, call Marcia or Amy Armstrong at 816-217-6364.

Rummage Sale
at First Christian

The First Christian Church of Independence will be holding a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, 125 S. Pleasant St.
For details, call the church at 816-252-6100.

Praise in the
parking lot July 27

Glenwood Park United Methodist Church will be holding a Youth Parking Lot Praise Party beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence.
The Praise Party will feature “Saved”, “Young Fatha”, Brandon Jay, “Proverb”, Kesha Somnier, Daniel Watson, Jason Simms and many more young gospel artists.
For more information, call Pastor Deborah Jamerson at 816-606-4103.

‘Messiah’ audition
sign-up scheduled

Auditions for the Independence Messiah Choir this year are Saturday through Monday.
The annual performances of Handel’s “Messiah” are Dec. 6, 7 and 8 at Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Kansas City.
Auditions are being handled by the Kansas City Symphony Chorus.
Singers interested in auditioning should go to and fill out the audition form, indicating that they are only auditioning for the Independence Messiah Choir.

sermons at UMC

Disney is the theme of the Sunday sermon series at Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church, 1800 Northern Blvd., Independence.
This Sunday is The Little Mermaid-Psalm 8:3-4 – After falling in love with Prince Eric, Ariel wants to become a human, and gets the chance to be human for three days. What's so special about being human?
Aug. 4: Tangled-Judges 16:16-20 – From Rapunzel to Sampson, people believe there’s a magical power with their hair. But is the power really in the hair? We have all been created in the image of God and we all have powers.
Aug. 25: UP-Ruth 1:16-17 – Carl wants nothing more than to be left alone; but then the doorbell rings, and there stands an 8-year-old Wilderness Scout by the name of Russell. When it is all said and done, God rings the doorbell, finds us, and helps us find each other.
For more information, call the church at 816-252-7977.

Teach Us to Pray
is sermon topic

Alecia Cripps will speak on the theme “Teach Us to Pray” at the 10:20 a.m. Sunday worship service at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
Cripps holds the priesthood office of Elder and is currently the Pastor of Ministries of Generosity at the Stone Church. Carol Constance will preside. Others participating in the service are Linda Keller and Keith Botts, Odelia Davis, Marcia Pugh, Karen Cross and Dennis Sharier and Ann Vlahos.   Special music is provided by an octet with the pianist being Clare Vlahos.
Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or visit

Greg Clark brings
message at Groves

Evangelist Greg Clark gives the morning message on the theme “Teach Us to Pray” for the 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday worship services at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
Clark has worked in editing Community of Christ church publications for the past five years. Prior to that, he worked as a columnist, editor and bureau chief for Kansas City Star. Pastor Tom Peterson presides for the services, with Ada McDole, Lois Moore and Jane Kunz assisting. Mary Buxbaum and Christina Nagel will provide music ministry.
All are invited to attend.

Youth will share
at Chapel Hill

After the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, the youth that attended Triennium 2013 will present a "Talk Show". The youth will share their experiences by sharing stories and pictures and what the trip meant to them. Dessert will be served.
An Adult Mission Trip to Joplin is being planned Sept. 11 through 14. The church and Society Ministry Unit is organizing the trip. Those going will be focusing on interior finishing work, such as sheet rock, painting, etc.
Donations are being collected for Hope House during the month of July.
The church is located at 3108 W. U.S. 40 in Blue Springs. For more information, and a list of what is needed at Hope House, call the church at 816-229-3367.

Eastgate Christian
schedules VBS

Eastgate Christian Church, 4010 S. River Blvd. in Independence, will host vacation Bible school this Monday through Friday.
Each morning from 9 a.m. until noon, children age 3 through the sixth grade will have Bible stories, music, crafts and games. The closing program at 7 p.m. Friday will feature music learned during the week, and prize winners will be announced.
Children will be encouraged to bring peanut and jelly to be distributed to those in need.
The deadline for participants to register for VBS, including older children who want to serve as helpers, is Sunday. Call the church at 816-252-6828.

Jewelry sale will
benefit scholarships

A huge jewelry sale will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Beacon Heights Community of Christ, 19402 E. Holke Road, Independence (next to BVAC).
One hundred percent of all proceeds will go to scholarship programs for orphan and at-risk youth sponsored by Sustainable Hope International,

Baptist girls group
to hold garage sale

American Heritage Girls Troop MO 1237 will hold a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Aug. 3 in the gymnasium at Coventry Estates Baptist Church, 17133 E. 39th St., Independence.
There is something for everyone. The funds will be used to support the activities of the troop.

Clothing exchange
at Summit Grove

Summit Grove Community of Christ will be hosting a free clothing exchange from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 3 at the church, 411 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence.
Clean, gently used clothing, coats, purses, backpacks and more for infants through adults, will be available. Clothing donations appreciated but not required.
Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 461-4186, or e-mail

Glenwood Park offers
free health clinic

Glenwood Park Methodist Church offers a free health clinic the first Saturday of each month at the church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. The next clinic will be from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 3.
The screenings, sponsored by the Black Nurse Association and Samuel Rodgers, include glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index testing.
For more information, call the church at 816-254-5116.

– Jillayne Ritchie