Christmas cantata, delayed by weather, set for Sunday

The adult choir at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church was delayed in singing its Dec. 22 Christmas cantata, “The Heart of Christmas,” because of snow and ice, so it will present the cantata at the 10:30 a.m. service this Sunday (Jan. 5). The church is at 3108 West U.S. 40.

Also at that service, new elders and deacons will be installed.

On Monday, the senior high Epiphany party will be held in the church’s youth area. It begins at 6:30 p.m. There will be a white elephant gift exchange and a snack to share.

For more information, call 816-229-3367.

Glenwood Park United Methodist offers free health clinic

Glenwood Park Methodist Church is offering a free health clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday (Jan. 4) 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 is at 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence.

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

‘Gladness to Sorrow’

Kent Parker brings the communion message “Gladness for Sorrow” to the Groves Community of Christ congregation on Sunday (Jan. 5). Parker holds the priesthood office of seventy.

The service is at 10:15 a.m. in the community room. The Groves is at 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.

Grief support group at Timothy Lutheran

• GriefShare is Christian support for those who have lost a loved one. An evening session begins next Tuesday (Jan. 7). It’s from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the church, 425 Northwest R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. The cost is $15 for the workbook. Call the church 816-228-5300 for more information or to register.

In addition, a morning session is offered at 10 a.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month at the same location.

• A “Make It Gluten Free” workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 11 at the church. It’s free. Call the church for more information or to register.

‘Living the Promises’ for a better life in 2014

Eastgate Christian Church in Independence is offering sermons on spiritual tools to improve life in the new year.

The Rev. Joshua Patty, the senior minister, will offer “Tools for Living the Promises,” six sermons, the first three of which are:

• Sunday (Jan. 5): “Preparing with Role Play,” a look at how the Magi effectively prepared for a journey with unforeseen snaps.

• Jan. 12: “Praying with Open Eyes,” considering how Daniel prayed knowing others were watching.

• Jan. 19: “Giving with Purpose,” a reflection on how we share with others, guided by the wisdom of Proverbs.

The sermon series runs through March 2. The church is at 4010 S. River Blvd. For more information, 816-252-6828.

‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’ is sermon theme

Phillip Caswell will speak on the theme “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” at the 10:20 a.m. service at the Stone Church Community of Christ. Caswell holds the priesthood office of evangelist.

The church is at 1012 W. Lexington, Independence. For more information, go to or call 816.254.2211.

First Presbyterian marks a milestone

First Presbyterian Church in Independence plans to mark the 125th anniversary of its current building with a variety of events on Jan. 12. The congregation itself traces its roots to at least 1826.

At the traditional service (9:30 a.m.) and the contemporary service (11:30), the pastor will deliver a sermon based on one from the 1880s, and members are encouraged to wear attire from any time during the church’s history.

Self-guided tours begin at 10:30 a.m., and there’s a program at 1:30 p.m.

The church is at 100 N. Pleasant St. For more information, call Nancy Erlich at 816-254-3352.

Sermons take a closer look at Jesus

The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection this week begins a five-part sermon series, “Jesus: Myth, Madman or Messiah.”

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. Sunday. 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 sermons, by Senior Pastor Adam Hamilton, are directed in part to those who have ever had doubts or questions about Christ. Topics include: Is there any evidence Jesus existed? Aren’t his miracles the fabrications of the early church? Did he die a disillusioned zealot? How does his death “save” anyone?

The sermons:

• Sunday (Jan. 5), “Searching for the ‘Historical’ Jesus with the subtitle Jesus.”

• Jan. 12, “Jesus: Childhood? Married? Sinner?”

• Jan. 19, “Did Jesus Really Say That?”

• Jan. 26, “I Just Don’t Get It: Jesus’ Death and Resurrection.”

• Feb. 2, “Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?”

Financial Peace University offered

Two local churches are offering Financial Peace University, the course popularized by radio personality Dave Ramsey.

The focus of the nine-week course is on budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.

It will be held at:

• Nativity Of Mary, 10017 E. 36th Terrace S., Independence. Classes begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 7). Call Jeremy Wilson at 816-353-2184 for more information or to register.

• Fort Osage Church of the Nazarene, 19333 East U.S. 24, Independence. Classes begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 12. Call Rick Schrock at 816-796-5879 for more information or to register.

– Examiner staff