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. Sunday 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

Basketball game

set for St. Mary’s

Hollywood Streetballers will entertain in a Missouri vs. Kansas basketball game at 6 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s High School Gym, 611 N. Main St., Independence.

Team Hollywood Streetballers are former NBA players and players from the Harlem Globetrotters.

Admission is $10, $5 for ages 6 to 12, and kids 5 and under are free.

Shoebox gifts can

make a difference

Operation Christmas Child speaker Vladimir “Ted” Foreman will share how receiving a simple shoebox gift changed his life at 2 p.m. Sunday at Noland Road Baptist Church, 4505 S. Noland Road, Independence. Sunday’s event will feature speakers and presentations on the local charity project. This year, local residents aim to help collect more than 60,000 shoebox gifts to go toward the 9.8 million to be delivered by Operation Christmas Child. For information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 817-595-2230 or visit

‘He Set the Example’

is Sunday’s theme

Karen Waring will speak on the theme “He Set the Example” at the 10:20 a.m. Sunday worship service at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Waring works for Community of Christ International Headquarters as an executive assistant to the general counsel, and Youth Worker program coordinator. She holds the priesthood office of Seventy. Dennis Sharier will preside. Others participating in the service are Charite Senyo, Reggie Stoner, LaDora Cripps and Amy Sharier. Special music is provided by Heather Fredenberg and Robert Rowlett.

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

Carole Price set

to preach at Groves

Carole Price speaks on the theme, “Serve God” for 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. services this Sunday at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak Sunday.

Price holds the priesthood office of Seventy and developed the JAM Program, (Jesus and Me) for children in Hawthorne Place. Her husband, Jerry, will give the Prayer of Invocation for the services. Pastor Tom Peterson presides, with Al Baughman, Jean Pement, Alice Swanson and Lois Moore assisting. Wendy Baughman provides 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

Eastgate Christian

fall kick-off set

Eastgate Christian Church in Independence will have a special “Fall Kick-Off” Sunday 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.

Free concert at

River Boulevard

River Boulevard Baptist Church is holding a “Western Roundup Day” at 11 a.m. Sunday, 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.

Concert to benefit

Tabitha’s Closet

Phil and Pam Morgan and family will hold a benefit concert for Tabitha’s Closet at 6 p.m. Sept. 28 at Independence First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St.

The concert will feature music from the Morgans’ recently released CD, “Tribute to America,” as well as gospel music.

Tabitha’s Closet, an outreach ministry of First Christian Church, provides shoes and clothing to nearly 2,000 Independence school children annually.

For information, contact the church at 816-252-6100 or visit

First Baptist sets

rummage sale plans

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.

Gospel sing set

at Berean Free Will

Berean Free Will Baptist Church will hold a gospel sing at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2104 James Downey Road, Independence.

If you sing or play instrument you are more than welcome to come join in or just come to listen. Refreshments will be served following the sing. For more Information, call 816-516-7786.

Financial strategies

course is offered

Coventry Estates Baptist Church will hold Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University beginning at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13.

The church is at 17133 E. 39th St., Independence.

The class meets once a week, and a lesson on DVD, followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.

For more information or to register, call Teresa Grindstaff at 816-373-3707.

St. Matthew UMC

basement sale

St. Matthew United Methodist Women are holding a basement sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 2, 3 and 4, and from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 5, at the church, 2415 R.D. Mize Road, Independence.

Items include furniture (couches and school desks), books, some men’s things, and more. Proceeds will go into the United Methodist Women’s support of the church and other mission areas.

For more information or to donate, call Shirley at 816-716-1184.

Fish dinners back

at St. Ann’s church

St. Ann’s famous fish dinners will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, at the church, Cedar and Lexington avenues, Independence.

The menu includes boiled and fried shrimp, whole catfish and fillets, chipotle and panko tilapia, macaroni/cheese, french fries, boiled potatoes, coleslaw, vegetable, hush puppies and corn bread. Drinks are include with dinner.

Prices range from $8.50 to $9.75; fish sandwich/fries, $4. A la carte items may be purchased separately. Desserts will also be sold separately by the Altar Society. For more information, call 816-252-1160.

Glenwood Park

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 Oct. 5.

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.

Classic rides on

display in Oak Grove

Cross Creek Baptist Mission will hold its third annual Cruise, Blues & Barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the church, 1050 S.W. 15th St., Oak Grove. It’s free, and it takes place rain or shine.

Those with a classic, antique, hot rod, car, truck or motorcycle are invited to join in. Exhibitors should sign in at 3 p.m. For more information, visit or call 816-690-0019.

Music is by Project 15-16 and Mission Blues. Food will be served at 5 p.m., with a free barbecue meal. Those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs. There will be a bounce house, popcorn and more for the kids.

St. Cyril’s Church

annual fundraiser

St. Cyril’s Church will hold its annual fundraiser dinner and dance at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Mike Onka Hall, 11520 Putnam St., Sugar Creek.

Music will be by the Sugar Creek Tamburitzans, and there is a raffle and auction. Mass is at 6 p.m. at St. Cyril’s before the party.

Ticket purchase includes dinner, beer, wine and set-ups. The cost is $25 in advance ($30 at the door), and children ages 6 to 12 are $12. For tickets, call Debbie Ray at 816-461-4877.

Buckner church

sale and auction

Oakland United Methodist Church will hold its annual Lord’s Acre Sale Oct. 12 at the church, 30701 E. Truman Road, Buckner. Lunch is available starting at 11 a.m.

The auction begins at 12:30 p.m., with a hand-stitched quilt provided by the Oakland Ladies Aid Society, as well as homemade apple butter, jellies, jams, assorted baked goods, woodcrafts and much more.

Tennies for Kids

celebration set

The Tennies for Kids thank you celebration service is at 10:20 a.m. Oct. 13 at Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. The program this year provided new shoes more than 1,000 children in Independence.

Explore Methodist

history and message

“Revival – Faith As Wesley Lived It” has been the theme of the sermon series at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, a Leawood church with a campus in Blue Springs. The final sermon this Sunday is “The Latter Years.”

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.

Fun and fundraising

at Blue Ridge church

Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church will hold a fall fun fling 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5.

The church is at 6420 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be crafts, gifts and homebaked items, plus a silent auction. Proceeds will go to various mission projects for the homeless, hungry and the suffering.

For more information, call 816-352-2296.

Church on the Rock

performance set

Armond Morales, formerly of the Imperials, will be at the 6 p.m. Oct. 6 service at the Church on the Rock Outreach Center, 1700 S.W. Market St., Lee’s Summit. This service is free and open to the public. For more information, call 816-246-7625 or visit

– Jillayne Ritchie