Annual ‘Messiah’ performances

Handel’s “Messiah,” including a performance by the Independence Messiah Chour, is at 7 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 7) and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City.

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

Steve Perry & Friends at Berean Free Will

Berean Free Will Baptist presents Steve Perry & Friends, including Jeff Lane and Made Worthy and Joy Song at 6 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 7) at the church, 2104 James Downey Road, Independence. All are invited. For questions, call 816-516-7786.

Glenwood Park United Methodist offers free health clinic

Glenwood Park Methodist Church’s next free health clinic is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday (Dec. 7) at the church.

The screenings, sponsored by the Black Nurse Association and the Samuel Rodgers Health Center, 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.

‘Prepare the Way’ is Sunday’s theme

Jerry Nieft will speak on the theme, “Prepare the Way,” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service on Sunday (Dec. 8) at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Nieft, a counselor to the presiding pastor at Stone Church, holds the office of high priest.

Ronald Yager Jr. will preside. Others participating in the service are Randy Gunn, Suzanne Mwrigi Gunn, Kristopher Tayor, Alecia Cripps and Carol Constance. Special music provided by Taylor Comstock, Paulette V. Resch and Clare Vlahos.

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

• Evangelists Johnny and Alice Sims will provide guest ministry at the 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. worship service on Sunday (Dec. 8) at The Groves Community of Christ congregation, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence. Johnny will speak on the theme “Prepare the Way,” and Alice will lead the Advent focus of hope. Guest musicians are Barbara Fears and Sandra Byrne. Others participating are Christina Nagel and Brenda Williams.

A Christmas Vespers service will be held at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. The Glory Ringers handbell choir, directed by Patt Braley and Rev. Donice Heriford of First United Methodist Church, will provide the evening’s ministry. Refreshments will follow the service. All are welcome.

Chapel Hill carolers to gather donations

The Kingdom Kids at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church will be caroling for cans at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18. All cans collected will be donated to the Uplift Organization.

During the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Dec. 22, the choir will present, “The Heart of Christmas.” The music is donated in memory of, Murl Donald Hartford, by this loving wife, Evelyn. The Christmas Eve worship services on Dec. 24 are: 6:30 p.m. is the Family Service Nativity Tableau; and 11 p.m. is the Candle Light Service, with communion being served.

Bring your gifts for the Community Services League Christmas store to church, or where the store will be held at Blue Springs Assembly, 2501 N.E. Duncan Road. Gifts may be dropped off there from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Go to the door on the east side, where they will unlock the door for donors.

Chapel Hill is at 3108 W. U.S. 40 in Blue Springs. For questions, call 816-229-3367.

Crafts and collectibles at Trinity Episcopal

The Outreach Ministries of Trinity Episcopal Church is sponsoring its fifth annual Craft and Collectible Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the church, 409 N. Liberty St., Independence.

Lunch will also be available and Madam Margerita will give tea leaf readings.

Admission and parking are free.

Biscuits and gravy at Northern Boulevard UMC

Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church will hold a biscuits and gravy breakfast and purse sale from 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 14, at the church, which is at the west end of Englewood at the intersection of Winner Road, 18th Street and Northern Boulevard in Independence.

The church will serve all-you-can-eat biscuits and gravy for $5.

Parking is behind the church at 18th and Hedges. For questions, call the church at 816-252-7977 or visit

Advent service at Community of Christ Temple

An Advent service will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Community of Christ Temple, River Boulevard and Walnut Street, Independence. All are invited. A freewill offering will be taken.

Christmas, through the eyes of faith and Hollywood

“The Real Christmas Story” 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 plays off popular holiday movies:

• Sunday, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

• Dec. 15, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

• Dec. 22, “Elf.”

• Christmas Eve, “A Christmas Carol.”

• Dec. 29, “Christmas Vacation.”

‘Away with the Manger’ performance set

Blue Springs Music Ministries presents, “Away With The Manger,” at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at Blue Springs Assembly, 2501 N.E. Duncan Road.

The musical, presented with a live orchestra, is based on the book by Chris Fabry, in which a small town is thrown into mayhem by the religious and non-religious rhetoric between the town’s leading atheist and its foremost pastor.

For more information, call 816-847-0200.

- Examiner staff