St. Matthew UMC

sets turkey dinner

St. Matthew United Methodist Church will hold a turkey dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday 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.

For information, call Shirley 816-716-1184.

Seminars address

pain during holidays

Timothy Lutheran Church is offering a seminar to help those working through grief to not only survive the holidays, but discover new reasons to enjoy them.

It’s from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the church’s South Campus, 301 S.W. Wyatt Road, Blue Springs. The cost is $5 for the workbook. Call the church at 228-5300 to register.

The church also is offered a seminar to help those struggling with divorce or separation to cope with the holidays. It’s from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the church’s main location at 425 Northwest R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. The cost is $5 for the workbook. Call the church at 228-5300 to register.

Chapel Hill

Family Forum

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

It’s from 9 a.m. Saturday at the church, 3108 W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs. The aim is 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.”

Child care 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

Also, the church is supporting Hope House with the pantry shelves this month. Most needed items include cough drops and cough syrup (adults and children’s); over-the-counter cold and flu medicie (adult and children’s); acetaminophen and Ibuprofen; toothpaste; hair brushes; bath towels; bed pillows; washcloths; women’s deodorant; ethnic hair care products; and groceries and household goods.

The church is also supporting Hillcrest Ministry with its thrift store. Volunteers are needed for four hours a week, and they can pick the day. The thrift store is at 936 S.E. Third St., Lee’s Summit.

For more information, call 816-229-3367.

Patriotic concert

at Trinity Episcopal

Trinity Episcopal Church is hosting a Red, White and Blue Star-Spangled Organ Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at the church, 409 N. Liberty St., Independence.

It’s a celebration of Veterans Day and America. Organists will perform patriotic music and music written by American composers. Larry Lasater from Trinity Episcopal Church, Sharon Holtz from Messiah Lutheran Church, Boyd Arens from St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, and John Arndt will be the organists. A reception follows the concert.

For more information, call Barbara Leabo at 816-254-0123.

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 Sunday, 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.

Tickets on sale for

Dec. 23 ‘Messiah’

Tickets are available for Handel’s “Messiah,” which will be performed at 7 p.m., Dec. 23, in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City.

This period performance will feature the Spire Baroque Orchestra and soloists from the choir.

To purchase tickets, call 816-994-7222, or for more information, call 816-994-7200.

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, Foundations of Faith, an Old and New Testament survey, and the life of Christ.

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

Trouble, triumph

in sermon series

“Messages from the Wilderness” is the current sermon series 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:

• Sunday, “David: Self-Inflicted Wounds.”

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

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

Chorale to perform

at Stone Church

“Songs of Heart and Soul” will be performed Nov. 16 at the Stone Church in Independence.

Rebeccah Johnson will conduct the Sacred Arts Chorale, Vox Luminis and the Metropolitan Choral of Kansas City in an evening of opera choruses for the heart, followed by hymns of joy and gratitude for the soul.

Johnson is the MCC-Blue River music program coordinator and Metropolitan Chorale director.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the church, 1012 W. Lexington Ave. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children and seniors.

Thanksgiving meal

at Eden Heights

Eden Heights Church is holding its annual Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 16.

It begins at 4 p.m. with carry-outs. Dinner is served beginning at 5 p.m.

The cost is $8 per person or $25 per family; $4 for children 4-11; children 3 and younger eat free. The church is at 1301 E. Sea Ave.

Fall shopping expo

at B.S. Assembly

Blue Springs Assembly will host a fall shopping expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at the church, 2501 N.E. Duncan Road, Blue Springs.

Vendors will have jewelry, bake ware, gardening items, leather goods, women’s accessory items, cosmetics, home decor, food and more.

For information, call 816-847-0200.

Scout taco meal

Boy Scout Troop 347 will hold an all-you-can eat taco meal Nov. 16 at Good Shepherd Community of Christ, 4341 Blue Ridge Boulevard.

Tacos are served from noon to 5 p.m. The cost is $7.

St. Ann’s festival

coming Nov. 17

St. Ann’s Church will have its annual Fall Festival from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 17, at 10109 E. Lexington Ave., Independence.

There will be games, crafts, food, raffles and a magic show performed by Father Branson.

For more information, call 816-252-1160.

Guest organist will

perform at Auditorium

Organist Christopher Houlihan will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Community of Christ Auditorium, at Walnut Street and River Boulevard, Independence.

Houlihan, a graduate of Trinity College in Connecticut, did graduate work at The Juilliard School in New York, where he studied with organist Paul Jacobs. He earned the “Prix de Perfectionnement” from the French National Regional Conservatory in Versailles. The concert is sponsored by the Kansas City Chapter of American Guild of Organists.

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

– Examiner staff