Debut of ‘When All I Have is Jesus’

Evangelist Phil Morgan, a gospel singer, recording artist and author, will debut his latest song, “When All I Have is Jesus,” with the church choir at the 10:45 a.m. worship service on Sunday (Jan. 19) at Independence First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St. For more information, go to

First Christian in Independence offers community breakfast

First Christian Church will hold a community breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Jan. 26 in the fellowship hall, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence.

The cost is $3.50 for either a half order of biscuits and gravy or all-you-can-eat pancakes with sausage, and $5 for a full order of biscuits and gravy. All meals include coffee and orange juice.

For information, call the church at 816-252-6100.

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.

‘Call to Serve’ is weekend’s theme

Pastor David Hill will bring the morning message at The Groves Community of Christ worship on Sunday (Jan. 19), and his choir will sing. “Call to Serve” is the theme, and Racial Justice Day will be a special focus.

Pastor Hill and his wife, Rosie, co-founded Fruit of Forgiveness Ministry in Kansas City to bring God’s healing in all aspects of relationships.

All are welcome to attend the 10:15 service held in the Community Room of The Groves Retirement Community, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.

‘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. 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.

Scouts serve chili, raise funds

Boy Scout Troop 347 will hold a chili dinner from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at Good Shepherd Community of Christ, 4341 Blue Ridge Boulevard.

Many activities at Chapel Hill Presbyterian

Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Blue Springs has installed its elders and deacons for the new year. The elders are Dale Russsel, Becky Carle, Vicki Smith, Tim Deveney and Briana Savidge, youth elder. The deacons are Dianna Dryer, Monica Delles, Erin Gill and Sandy Turner.

Middle and senior high youths will have an ice skating fellowship at Independence Community Ice Center from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday (Jan. 20). The cost is $5, and those attending are asked to bring a can of soup for Souper Bowl of Caring. Eat lunch before coming and bring extra money for snacks. Meet at the church to carpool.

At the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Feb. 2, the youth will be collecting soup and/or money for Souper Bowl of Caring, with all donations going to Harvesters.

The chuch is collecting items for Hillcrest Ministries during January. Items needed: canned tuna/chicken, breakfast cereals, sugar, boxed dinners, canned fruit, kids snacks, cooking soups, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, soap (hand/bath, laundry and dishwashing), fabric softener sheets, feminine hygiene, storage bags, coffee and coffee filters, diapers (sizes 1 and 4), and toilet paper and towels.

The church is at 3801 S.W. U.S. 40. For more information, call 816-229-3367.

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. 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?”

– Examiner staff