Northern Boulevard

UMC has chili day

Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church, at 1800 Northern Blvd. in Independence, has its annual Chili and Craft Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

It’s chili or soup, drink and dessert for $7 for adults, $4 for ages 4 to 12. Children under 4 eat free. In addition to the craft sale, homemade goodies will also be sold.

For more information, call the church at 816-252-7977.

First Christian

sets breakfast

First Christian Church will hold a community breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Fellowship Hall, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence.

The cost is $3.50 for either a half order of biscuits/gravy or all-you-can-eat pancakes with sausage, and $5 for a full order of biscuits/gravy. All meals include coffee and orange juice. For information, call the church at 252-6100.

Fundraiser to aid

Tabitha’s Closet

Wild Women of Kansas City, along with the William Chrisman High School Blue and Gold Singers, will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Fourth Annual Tabitha’s Closet Benefit Concert at the First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St. There will also be a silent auction.

Tabitha’s Closet, an outreach ministry of the church, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. It is a children’s clothing closet that provides 2,000 Independence children with new shoes and clothing each year.

This is a free concert, but free-will offering will be taken to support Tabitha’s Closet. For more information, call 816-252-6100 or visit

High priest Jerry Nieft speaks on the theme “Serve Humbly” for 9:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. worship services Sunday at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence. All are invited.

Pastor Jan Marshall presides, with Brenda Williams, Norm and Kay Cox and Catherine Werges assisting. Frances Gilmore provides music ministry for the 9:15 a.m. service, with music ministry for the 10:15 a.m. service by the Groves Choir, directed by Amy Pierce, and accompanied by pianist Irene Payson.

‘The Endowment’

is focus of event

Faye Shaw will come to Faith Bible College to discuss Earl Curry work “The Endowment.” It from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 2 at the college, 210 S. Main St., Independence.

Shaw is with the Christian Center for Book of Mormon Study and Research. For more information, call Randall Lawrence at 816-872-0087.

Glenwood Park

free health clinic

Glenwood Park Methodist Church’s next free health clinic is from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 2 at the church.

The screenings, sponsored by the Black Nurse Association and Samuel Rodgers, include glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index testing. The church, at 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence, holds the clinics on the first Saturday of the month.

For more information, call the church at 816-254-5116.

Also, the church is holding its annual Harvest Potato Drop Nov. 2. It will be giving away 4,000 pounds of potatoes free while they last.

Learning to cope

with loss and grief

“Coping with Loss through the Holidays” will be presented by Harold Ivan Smith from 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 3 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence.

Smith does seminars and has written books on grief and spirituality. He is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and a faculty member of the American Academy of Bereavement. He is the author of “Grieving the Death of a Mother,” “On Grieving the Death of a Father” and “When Your Friend Dies.”

This session is free and open to the public. Park in north parking lot. For more information, contact, Lee Ward or Betsy Bain at the parish office 816-373-2600.

Phil and Pam

Morgan perform

Gospel music recording artists The Phil & Pam Morgan Family will appear at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at Susquehanna Baptist Church, 17800 Susquehanna Ridge, Independence.

For information, call Brenda Sanders at 816-257-2080.

Bible classes set

Cornerstone Church of Blue Springs’ satellite campus of Covenant Bible College and Seminary is enrolling students for the winter/spring term starting in January.

Classes are four weeks long. The first-year program includes foundations of faith, an Old and New Testament survey, and the life of Christ.

For more information, call the church at 816-228-1979.

World Community

Day celebration

The Church Women United will celebrate World Community Day at 10 a.m. Nov. 4 at Beacon Heights Community of Christ Church, 19200 East Holke Road, Independence.

Every church congregation in Independence is invited to send at least one woman to the gathering. The 2013 celebration is about “Walking Through Doors of Opportunity.” An offering will be taken for the Church Women United national movement. Also on display will be a contemporary painting of Jesus standing at the door and knocking, by local artist and CWU Historian Bette Kunkle.

Trouble, triumph

in sermon series

A five-week sermon series, “Messages from the Wilderness,” begins Sunday at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.

The church, based in Leawood, has a campus at 601 E. Jefferson, Blue Springs. Worship 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 sermon series highlights the idea that the wilderness is both a harsh and barren place and a metaphor for times when life is difficult. The sermons will focus on five Biblical figures:

• This Sunday, “Joseph: Falsely Accused.”

• Nov. 3, “Ruth: Overwhelming Loss.”

• Nov. 10, “David: Self-Inflicted Wounds.”

• Nov. 17, “Hagar: Rejected, Abandoned, Alone.”

• Nov. 24, “Elijah: Opposition and Despair.”

St. Matthew UMC

sets turkey dinner

St. Matthew United Methodist Church will hold a turkey dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at the church, 2415 R.D. Mize Road, Independence.

The menu includes turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, dessert and all the trimmings, plus drinks. The cost is $8 for adults, and $4 for children 10 years old and younger. Proceeds will support the mission projects of the United Methodist Women and needs of the church.

Chapel Hill

Family Forum

Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church is having its second annual Family Forum.

It’s from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 8 and at 9 a.m. Nov. 9 at the church, 3108 W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs. The aim to learn skills to allow parents to deepen family relationships through programs led by experts in child development, education and youth ministries. Charles Fonbeuna, a consultant with the Franklin Covey Education Practice, will make a presentation entitled, “7 Habits of Successful Families: Raising Happy Kids and Building Effective Families.” He is the author of “Time Management for Moms and Other Executives” and “Leadership is a Way of Life – Teen Edition.”

Childcare will be available for children up through fifth grade. There is no charge for the event or child care. For more information and to register, call 816-229-3367 or visit

Good Shepherd

helping veterans

Good Shepherd Christian Church in Blue Springs will participate in a program with Catholic Charities in assisting veterans and their families in getting a new start. It has been providing 20 gift bags a month, with cleaning and laundry supplies and personal care items.

On Nov. 10, Good Shepherd is inviting all area veterans and their families to the 10 a.m. worship, which will include a celebration and honoring of veterans’ service to the country. For more information, call the church at 816-228-6908.

– Examiner staff