Biscuits and gravy at Northern Boulevard UMC

Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church is holding a biscuits-and-gravy breakfast and purse sale from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 11). The cost is $5.

The church is at the west end of Englewood at the intersection of Winner Road, 18th Street and Northern Boulevard. Parking is behind the church at 18th and Hedges. For more information, call the church at 816-252-7977 or visit

Gluten-free workshop offered

Timothy Lutheran Church will hold a “Make it Gluten Free” workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday (Jan. 11) at the church, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs.

Enjoy food samples and fellowship, and receive cooking tips and recipes.

To register for this free workshop, or for more information, call the church at 816-228-5300.

Worship theme is ‘New Beginnings’

“New Beginnings” is the theme for the 10:20 a.m. worship service Sunday (Jan. 12) at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. It will be a celebration of song centering on praise, confession, proclamation and commitment.

Ronald Yager Sr. will preside. There will be a priesthood ordination with the charge to the ordinand given by Ronald Yager Jr. Others participating in the service are Paulette V. Resch, Ed Dowell, Amy and Dennis Sharier, Greg Savage and Jerry Nieft. Special music is provided by Kristopher Taylor, John and Paula Glaser and John Davies.

Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 and

‘Living the Promises’ for a better life

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. 12): “Preparing with Role Play,” a look at how the Magi effectively prepared for a journey with unforeseen snaps.

• Jan. 19: “Praying with Open Eyes,” considering how Daniel prayed knowing others were watching

• Jan. 26: “Giving with Purpose,” a reflection on how we share with others, guided by the wisdom of Proverbs.

Three more sermons will follow through March 2.

The church is at 4010 S. River Blvd. For more information, call 816-252-6828.

First Presbyterian marks a milestone

First Presbyterian Church in Independence will mark its 125th anniversary of its current building with a variety of events on Sunday (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 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.

Sermon series takes closer look at Christ

The current sermon series at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection is “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 remaining sermons:

• Sunday (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

Fort Osage Church of the Nazarene is offering Financial Peace University beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 12) at the church, 19333 E. U.S. 24, Independence.

This nine-week course, popularized by radio personality Dave Ramsey, focuses on budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing. Call Rick Schrock at 816-796-5879 for more information or to register.

Soup and chili cook-off offered

Eden Heights Church will hold a soup and chili cook-off fundraiser at 5 p.m. Jan. 25 at the church, 1301 E. Sea Ave., Independence.

The cost is $5 at the door, which allows you to taste and judge the best chili or soup, and then have a bowl of your favorite with toppings and sides.

For more information, call Jamie Walsh at 816-726-3954.

Chili and soup supper for Scout troop

The Mother’s Club of Boy Scout Troop 161 is holding its 10th Annual Chili and Soup Supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at East Alton Community of Christ Church, 16999 E. 23rd St., Independence.

Chili, vegetable beef soup, loaded baked potatoes, chili dogs and hot dogs are served, and all include dessert and a drink.

The cost is $5 for adults; children under 10, $3; and a family of 4, $15. A quart of chili or soup to go is $5. Carry out available. Proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 161, which is sponsored by East Alton Community of Christ.

– Examiner staff