Blessing of Animals

at Trinity Episcopal

Trinity Episcopal Church, 409 N. Liberty St., in Independence, will have a blessing of the animals, honoring St. Francis of Assissi, the patron saint of animals.

It will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot off White Oak. Its free and is open to all faiths, and is for all household and domesticated animals. Theres a kibble and bites reception afterward. Each family will receive a St. Francis medal.

The churchs annual harvest party potluck will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 26. Every family is asked to bring two dishes (main course, side dish, salad, or dessert). Dinner will be followed with entertainment. All are invited. Questions, call Barbara Leabo 816-254-0123.

St. Matthew UMC

basement sale

The last day of the St. Matthew United Methodist Womens basement sale is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, at the church, 2415 R.D. Mize Road, Independence.

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

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

Glenwood Park

free health clinic

Glenwood Park Methodist Church is offering a free health clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence.

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. Saturday at the church, 1050 S.W. 15th St., Oak Grove. Its 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.

Fun and fundraising

at Blue Ridge church

Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church will hold a fall fun fling 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 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.

East Side Baptist

offers free carnival

East Side Baptist Church will hold a free family carnival from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 19901 E. Missouri 78, Independence.

It will include a giant slide, bounce houses, face painting, games, pony rides, cotton candy and popcorn.

Yager set to speak

on Living Water

Ronald Yager Sr. will speak on the theme Living Water at the 10:20 a.m. worship service this Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Yager, currently the resident evangelist at the Stone Church, served as a career appointee in the mission field for 38 years, most of which were in the Asian Mission Field.

Carol Constance and Phillip Caswell will preside. Others participating in the service are Joe Anway, William Landrum, Ray McClaran and John Thumm. Special music is provided by Taylor Comstock, Kristopher Taylor and Clare Vlahos.

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

The Groves ready

to welcome pastor

Jan Marshall will be set apart as the new pastor of The Groves Community of Christ Congregation, located at 1515 W. White Oak at the 10:15 a.m. service on Sunday.

Marshall, who holds the priesthood office of High Priest, previously worked as an executive minister for Community of Christ International Headquarters for pastor, priesthood and leadership formation. She also has served as a lay pastor for two other congregations.

Evangelist Sharon Clothier speaks on the theme Increase Our Faith for the 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. communion services. Carina Lloyd Wilson, Tom Peterson and Christina Nagel assist with Mary Buxbaum and Terri Rathbun providing music ministry. All are invited to attend.

Program offered to

single moms, kids

A program for single mothers and their children begins Monday at Independence First United Methodist Church.

Sessions of The Caring People, a Single Moms Ministry, run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., include a meal, fellowship, learning and sharing. The program is nondenominational. Its free.

For more information, call 816-254-6900.

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. 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.

St. Cyrils Church

annual fundraiser

St. Cyrils 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. Cyrils 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 Lords 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 copper-kettle applebutter, jellies, jams, assorted baked goods, woodcrafts, hand-crafted dollhouse with furniture, a painting of the church 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.

Financial strategies

course is offered

Coventry Estates Baptist Church will hold Dave Ramseys 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.

Fall festival set at

New Hope church

The New Hope Congregation of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is having a fall festival from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19 at 220 W. Moore, Independence.

The festival includes craft tables, bake sale and country store. Chili, soup and sandwiches will be served throughout the day.

Chapel Hill gathers

food for the hungry

Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church will take part in the Festival of Sharing on Oct. 19 at the State Fair Grounds in Sedalia.

Chapel Hill is collecting for the Family Food Pack, which will be taken to the event. This is also a middle school mission Trip from Oct. 18 through 20.

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

Oakland UMC

spaghetti dinner

Oakland United Methodist Church will host its first spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at the church, 30701 E. Truman Road, Buckner.

A tossed green salad and breadsticks will round out the menu for a donation of $7 for adults, $5 for ages 5 to 12, and children 4 and under are free. An array of cakes for dessert will also be available. Proceeds will support both local and church mission programs.

Church on the Rock

performance set

Armond Morales, formerly of the Imperials, will be at the 6 p.m. Sunday service at the Church on the Rock Outreach Center, 1700 S.W. Market St., Lees Summit.

This service is free and open to the public. For more information, call 816-246-7625 or visit

– Staff reports