Author to speak

at Bible college

A second testimonies meeting will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Faith Bible College, 210 S. Main St., Independence.

Paul Lucero will share on his book “Mantle of the Martyr.” This event is sponsored by Faith Bible College-School of the Prophets (for all Restoration movement denominations).

For more information, 816-252-7710.

Freedom Gospel

Group to perform

The Freedom Gospel Group will be in concert at 6 p.m. Saturday at Berean Free Will Baptist Church, 2104 James Downey Road.

For more information, call the church at 816-516-7786.

‘Hey Paula’ singer

to perform locally

Longview Baptist Church is hosting a free neighborhood concert with Ray Hilderbrand beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the church, 1300 S.W. Longview Road, Lee’s Summit. Hilderbrand is best known for his No. 1 song, “Hey Paula.”

In 1967, Hilderbrand began ministry work with the Fellowship of Christian athletes in Fort Worth.

A love offering will be taken during the concert to benefit Hilderbrand and his ministry. The church will be providing desserts in the fellowship hall immediately following the concert. For more information, call the church at 816-524-3341.

Children are

focus of service

Eastgate Christian Church’s morning worship service on Sunday will focus on children. Rev. Josh Patty, the senior minister, will preach a special sermon, “What we owe our children.” There will also be a special time of prayer as a part of the “Light a Candle for Children” 40-day prayer vigil. The service will also highlight various programs for youth at Eastgate, including the Children Worship & Wonder Program, which offers a special worship experience for children ages 3-9 on Sunday mornings, and programs for middle school and high school. The church is at 4010 S. River Blvd. in Independence. For more information, call 816-252-6828.

Explore Methodist

history and message

“Revival – Faith As Wesley Lived It” is the theme of the sermon series at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, a Leawood church with a campus in Blue Springs.

Senior Pastor Adam Hamilton will take up the story of John Wesley, who along with his brother Charles, was the principal founder of Methodism. Hamilton will explore the revival of Christianity in the British Isles and America that Wesley sparked and discuss how his message and his faith speak to 21st century Christians.

Worship at the Blue Springs campus, 601 E. Jefferson, is at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sundays. Nursery care for children from birth through age 3 is available, and Sunday school is for children age 4 through the fifth grade during services. All are invited for coffee before worship near the east entrance.

The sermons:

• This Sunday – “The Social Ministry of the Methodists.”

• Sept. 22 – “The Latter Years.”

Stone Church: ‘He

Lifts my Burdens’

Arthur Smith will speak on the theme “He Lifts My Burdens” at the 10:20 a.m. Sunday worship service at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Smith, a member of the Council of Twelve Apostles, the lead missionary quorum of Community of Christ, is assigned to the South Central USA Mission Field. A native of Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, Arthur received a bachelor’s dergee in philosophy and religion from Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa, and a master of arts in religion from Park University, Parkville.

Joe Anway will preside. Others participating in the service are Suzanne Gunn, Penny Springer and Aleta Nelson. Special music is provided by Taylor Comstock and John Davies.

Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or visit

'Rejoice! The

Lost is Found'

Evangelist Bruce Lindgren speaks on the theme “Rejoice! The Lost is Found” for 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. services this Sunday at the Groves Congregation of Community of Christ, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.

Lindgren’s wife, Carole, also an ordained evangelist, gives special prayers in the services. Mary Graybill presides, with Hugh Rathbun, Lois Moore, Alice Swanson and Brenda Williams assisting. Vocalist Terri Rathbun and pianist Clare Vlahos provide music ministry.

The Groves will also be holding a Spiritual Renewal Week Sept. 23 through 27. This year features guest speaker Mary Jacks-Whipple (Community of Christ evangelist) and the theme “Live Christ’s Peace.” Enjoy daily devotions (by various denomination leaders around the Kansas City area), lessons delivered by Jacks-Whipple, and other related activities, centered around this theme.

All are welcome to attend. Renewal Week is a free event, but registration is recommended. Call Kathy at 816-254-3500, ext. 456, or at

Sunday school

at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Blue Springs has Sunday school classes for all ages from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Classes from 3 year olds to high school and two adult classes. Barry Dryer will facilitate a Genesis Bible Study in Stone Hall and John Gradwohl will facilitate his class using the “Feasting on the Word” curriculum in the Library. This is the same curriculum that the youth classes are studying, which allows families to discuss the lessons at home.

The Presbyterian Women of Chapel Hill will meet at noon Thursday for a potluck and study, “An Abiding Hope: The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy”. This is the first lesson and the books are available for $8.

The church is at 3108 W. U.S. 40. For more information, call the church at 816-229-3367.

Free events set

at Mission Woods

Mission Woods Community of Christ in Blue Springs will hold free Bible bingo and a cake walk from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, 2800 N.W. Duncan Road.

There will be prizes for everyone and fun for the whole family. For more information, call 816-224-0095.

Eastgate Christian

fall kick-off set

Eastgate Christian Church in Independence will have a special “Fall Kick-Off” Sept. 22 to celebrate the beginning of many church events and activities for autumn. The morning worship service at 10:25 a.m. will feature the beginning of a sermon series on the Gospel of John, followed by a potluck dinner. The Rev. Josh Patty, Eastgate’s senior pastor, will preach a sermon entitled “Come and See: to Follow.” This is the first of seven sermons in the series “Come and See: The Promise of Following Jesus,” which explores the recurring theme in John that Christians begin and deepen their faith when they accept Christ’s invitation to “come and see” what he is about. Key issues covered in the series include the decision to follow Jesus, some ways people do not truly see what Jesus is about, the pain of death, and the promise offered by Christ’s resurrection. The church is at 4010 S. River Blvd. For more information, call 816-252-6828.

Choral group to

perform at temple

“Power to the People: Testimonies of Faith and Hope” will be presented by the Ancora Chorale at 3 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Community of Christ Temple, River Boulevard and Walnut Street, Independence.

The chorale presents a program of contemporary prayers, ancient chants and timeless spiritual classics of the vocal repertoire, all focusing on the power of prayer and the resiliency of the human spirit. Program includes works by Busto, Clausen, Jackson, Rachmaninoff and more.

A freewill offering will be taken. For more information, visit

Free concert at

River Boulevard

River Boulevard Baptist Church is holding a “Western Roundup Day” at 11 a.m. Sept. 22, 3212 N. River Blvd., Independence.

Enjoy a free gospel concert with Cameron Smith, followed by free barbecue dinner and games. You’re asked to dress in western attire.

For more information, call 816-461-5650.

First Baptist sets

rummage sale

The First Baptist Church of Grain Valley will hold a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to noon Sept. 28 at the church, 207 W. Walnut St. Come to the north ramp entrance.

Items for sale include children’s clothing, adult clothing, household supplies, bicycles and furniture.

All proceeds will benefit a mission trip to Haiti Home of Hope Orphanage in Pignon, Haiti.

– Jillayne Ritchie