Chorale to perform

at Stone Church

“Songs of Heart and Soul” will be performed Saturday 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 Metropolitan Community College-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 on Saturday.

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.

Berean Free Will

Baptist concert

“4 His Love” will be in concert at 6 p.m. Saturday at Berean Free Will Baptist, 2104 James Downey Road, Independence. Jeremy Pope is now one of the singers in the group.

Come and share this time of blessing and encouragement. Bring those you would like to introduce to the Lord, Jesus Christ, as there will be a message in the song for them as well.

For more information, call 816-516-7786.

Fall shopping expo

at B.S. Assembly

Blue Springs Assembly will host a fall shopping expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday 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 Saturday 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

St. Ann’s Church will have its annual Fall Festival from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 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.

McClain speaks

at Stone Church

Ken McClain will speak on the theme “Rejoice in God’s New Creation” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service on Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Holly Ross- Underwood will preside. Others participating in the service are Doris Tousley, Ann Vlahos and Eric Scott. Special music by Paula and John Glaser and John Davies.

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

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, “Hagar: Rejected, Abandoned, Alone.”

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

Bonfire for youth

set at Chapel Hill

Kingdom Kids, the third through fifth graders atChapel Hill Presbyterian Church, will have a family bonfire party at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Meet at the fire ring on the south side of the church and dress warmly. Enjoy a bonfire, wennie roast and s’mores. Bring the family and something to add to our dinner. RSVP with Michelle.

Chapel Hill will serve the TMC Thanksgiving dinner at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 25. All donated items should be in our church kitchen by 3:30 p.m.; use disposable dishes. For questions, call the church office at 816-229-3367 and ask for Sarah Deveney. Those helping to serve the dinner, please be at the TMC location by 5:30 p.m. to decorate and ready the food for the dinner.

The church is at 3108 W. U.S. 40 in Blue Springs.

Guest organist will

perform at Auditorium

Organist Christopher Houlihan will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday 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

Cornerstone holds

Thanksgiving meal

Cornerstone Community of Christ will have its 11th annual free Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at the church, 1316 S. Osage St., Independence.

Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Chuck Hewitt 816-616-5883.

Breakfast offered

at First Christian

The First Christian Church is holding a community breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Nov. 30 at the church, 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 816-252-6100.

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.

Free food boxes

at area church

Free Thanksgiving dinner food boxes are being offered to families in need at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. worship services Nov. 24 at the Church on the Rock Outreach Center, 1700 S.W. Market St., Lee’s Summit.

Quantities are limited, so reservations are required. Attendance during one of the services is necessary to pick up a food box. For more information or to make a reservation, call 816-246-7625.

– Examiner staff