St. Mary’s ready for holiday sale

St. Mary’s Catholic Church Altar and Rosary Society will hold a Christmas in November sale from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 23) and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 24) in the church basement, 600 N. Liberty St., Independence. It has new and gently used craft items

Parking is at the north entrance of the church, and there is an elevator. For more information, call Kathy Philpott at 816-810-0561.

‘Century of Honor’ tells Scout story

Those involved in Scouting are invited to “A Century of Honor,” being shown broadcast from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday (Nov. 23) at the LDS Stake Center, 705 W. Walnut St., Independence. Refreshments will be served. Attendees are asked to bring canned goods to be donated to a local pantry. For more information, call David Whipple at 816-695-8445.

Annual ‘Messiah’ performances set

Handel’s “Messiah” will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7, and 2 p.m. Dec. 8, in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City.

The independence Messiah Choir joins with the Symphony and Symphony Chorus to continue the 97-year tradition of performing Handel’s Messiah.

To purchase tickets, call 816-471-0400 or visit

Tree lighting set at LDS Visitors Center

The annual tree lighting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 at the LDS Visitors Center, 937 W. Walnut St., Independence. Music will be provided by The Mormon Chorale.

All are welcome. For questions, call 816-836-3466.

Cornerstone holds Thanksgiving meal

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

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

Soloist highlights Sunday services

Vocalist Wennely Quezada will perform at the 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Thanksgiving services on Sunday (Nov. 24) at the First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence

Quezada, a ninth grader at Bridger Middle School and a member of the Music Arts Institute choir in Independence, has performed at Royals and Mavericks games, music programs, and the 2012 Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast.

Wilderness sermon series wrapping up

The final sermon in the series “Messages from the Wilderness” will be this Sunday (Nov. 24) at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.

The sermon series has highlighted the idea that the wilderness is both a harsh and barren place and a metaphor for times when life is difficult. This week’s sermon will focus on “Elijah: Opposition and Despair.”

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.

‘God’s Chosen One’ is sermons’ theme

LaDora Cripps will speak on the theme “God’s Chosen One” at the 10:20 a.m. Sunday (Nov. 24) worship service at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Cripps holds the office of priest. In the recent past, she was in charge of Children’s Education at Stone Church. She teaches the pre-baptismal class, which has resulted in 10 baptisms this past year. Arthur Butler will preside. Others participating in the service are Linda Keller, and Ed Dowell. Special music is provided by Lucinda Kincaid and Barbara Fears.

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

• The Groves Congregation celebrates Christ the King Sunday at the 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday (Nov. 24) services with a service of scripture and song around the theme, “God’s Chosen One”, led by Pastor Jan Marshall. Others participating are Brenda Williams, Wayne Shakespeare, Ted Medler and Alice Swanson. Music ministry provided by Irene Payson and Lois Moore. Norman Cox and Carol Norris Vincent will be set apart as counselors to the pastor.

“Let Us Share Thankfully” is the theme of a Thanksgiving service on Wednesday. Guest minister Rev. Samuel Nero, pastor of Second Baptist Church of Independence, brings the message. Others providing ministry are the Revs. Jan Marshall, Carl Mesle and Jerry Wiley, with music ministry by Mary Buxbaum, pianist, and Sandra Byrne, vocal soloist. The service will be held in the community room of The Groves Retirement Community, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence. The service begins at 6:15 p.m., with refreshments following the service.

For more information, call 816-254-3500, ext. 472.

Thanksgiving event set at Chapel Hill Presbyterian

The Board of Deacons of Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church will host the annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner on Sunday (Nov. 24) following the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

Turkey, ham, gravy, mashed potatoes, rolls, drinks and table settings will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

The Annual TMS Thanksgiving Dinner will be for 90 to 100 clients at 5:30 p.m. Monday (Nov. 25). Those bringing food are to have it at the church kitchen by 3:30 p.m. (use disposable dishes.) Those serving the dinner, arrive by 5 p.m.

The Christian Nurture Ministry Unit invites all families with children up through the fifth to join in the Advent party on Dec. 1 following the 10:30 a.m. worship service. There will be lunch, an Advent story, cookie decorating, a craft to take home, and games. Call Michelle at 816-229-3367 if you plan to attend.

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

Learn how to help end hunger in U.S.

Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church will present the movie “A Place at the Table,” which addresses hunger in America, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Soup and sandwiches will be served, with donations benefiting Harvesters. The church is at 1800 Northern Blvd., Independence. Parking is behind the church on 18th and Hedges. For more information, call 816-252-7977 or visit

Parents can shop, and children can play

Colonial Hills Community of Christ will offer holiday child care from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 30 at the church, 3539 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs.

Parents can shop while their children – all ages – enjoy a holiday party with snacks, crafts, games and other activities.

The cost is $10 per child, which benefits the 2014 youth mission trip. To make reservations, call Wendy at 229-5855 by Tuesday.

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.

Eastgate Christian sets special service

Eastgate Christian Church will hold a service of remembrance at 5 p.m. Nov. 30. The church is at 4010 S. River Blvd., Independence. The service honors the memories of loved ones at the beginning of the Advent and Christmas seasons.

There will be candle lighting, music, prayer, and a short memorial message. A candle will be lit for each person remembered by name in the service. You may call the church office at 816-252-6828, to provide the name and relationship of a loved one to be remembered.

Buckner church holding potluck

The Altar Society of the Church of the Santa Fe is holding a potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the church, 231 S. Sibley St., Buckner.

Msgr. Kaiser will present a slide show of photography taken in northern Italy, including Milan and other ancient cities, along with the Alpine lake country.

Everyone is welcome. Call 816-650-9341 for more information.

Santa brings a message to Northern Boulevard United Methodist

Santa Claus will be visiting Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church during the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Dec. 1 to tell the real story of Christmas.

The children can sit on Santa’s lap after the service. The church is at 1800 Northern Blvd., Independence. Parking is behind the church on 18th and Hedges. For more information, call 816-252-7977 or visit

Church Women United to gather

Church Women United will meet at 10 a.m. Dec. 2 in the Friendship Room of the First Christian Church, 125 South Pleasant St., Independence. Each church in our community is invited to send at least one or more representatives to the meeting.

The annual meeting will include the installation of the newly elected officers and bylaw changes will be voted on, as well as annual reports given. Everyone is asked to bring at least two dozen homemade Christmas cookies or more. After a cookie exchange, remaining cookies will be delivered to Hope House Shelter in Independence.

Church Women United is a national movement of Christian women witnessing to unity and faith in Christ. More than half a million women in 1200 local units in 50 states represent a wide diversity of religious traditions, races, ages, economic status and backgrounds and acts to make a more just, caring and peaceful world.

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 Sunday (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.

Lee’s Summit Assembly of God concert

“4 His Love” presents “Three Bridges” in concert at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30, at Lee’s Summit Assembly of God, 425 Oldham Pkwy.

The concert is free; however, a love offering will be received.

- Examiner staff