Oakland UMC sets annual chili day

Oakland United Methodist Church holds its annual Chili Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (March 8) at the church, 30701 E. Truman Road, Buckner.

Homemade chili, vegetable soup or a chili dog, drink and pie will be available for a free-will donation. All proceeds will assist the needs of the church.

For information, visit www.oaklandumc.net.

Meet, greet, eat at Glenwood Park

A meet-and-greet fellowship meal will be held at noon Saturday (March 8) at Glenwood Park United Methodist Church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. For information, call 816-254-5116.

St. Joseph’s Table at St. Mark’s Catholic Church

St. Mark’s Catholic Church will hold its 41st annual St. Joseph’s Table from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (March 9). The church is at 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence,

Spaghetti dinners are $7 for adults and $3 for children. More than 30 varieties of cookies, homemade candy and a variety of baked goods will be on sale, with proceeds helping to serve the poor and needy of our area.

Enter from the parking lot south of the church. For information, call Susan Blick at 816-304-0799 or 816-795-9131.

Sermon series at First Christian

Independence First Christian Church is starting a seven-week series on the “Final Words of Christ and What They Mean to Us Today.” The series, which runs through Easter, is conducted by Senior Minister Don Brezavar.

The sermons:

• Sunday: “Freedom of Forgiveness” – Luke 23:32-38.

• March 16: “Bitterness” – Luke 23; 39-43.

• March 23: “Religion vs. Character” – John 19:25-27.

• March 30: “In the Darkness” – Mark 15:33-38.

• April 6: “Living Water” – John 19:28, 29.

• April 13: “Finished but not Over” – John 19:30.

• April 20, Easter: “The Power of a Committed Spirit” – Luke 23:44-49,

Services are at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. The church is at 125 S. Pleasant St. For information, call 816-252-6100 or www.fccindepmo.org.

Anway to speak on ‘Behold the Christ’

Joe Anway will speak on the theme “Behold the Child” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service on Sunday (March 9) at Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Anway has served in many capacities over the years with the Community of Christ and currently holds the office of evangelist.

For information, call 816-254-2211 or visit www.stone-church.org.

Blue Springs church helps Hope House

The March pantry collection at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Blue Springs will benefit Hope House of Lee’s Summit.

In addition to groceries, items needed include toilet paper, paper towels, women’s and children’s socks, bath towels, washcloths, women’s underwear, baby wipes, brushes and combs. For a complete list, call 816-229-3367

A senior high mission trip is planned for June 8-13 at the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. To help with expenses, a spring cleaning day will be held March 22 at the church. The youth will do tasks around the church for a fee. This Sunday and March 16, they’ll be collecting sponsorships.

The adult Sunday school class is March 9 and 16, with a Lenten series led by Revs. Joe Carle and Andrew Florio; March 23 to March 25, Biblical wisdom literature led by Lance Helman; March 9 to May 25, “Feasting On the Word” with Leanna Kryzck.

The church is at 3108 West U.S. 40.

Corned beef and cabbage at Sugar Creek UMC

Sugar Creek United Methodist Church will hold its annual corned beef and cabbage dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, 415 N. Sterling Ave.

The cost is $8.75 and includes corned beef/cabbage, bread/butter, dessert and drink. Proceeds benefit the church. Carry outs welcome.

Wednesday services during Lent at Eastgate Christian

Eastgate Christian Church is holding special worship services at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday during Lenten season, 4010 S. River Blvd., Independence. The service will include music, communal prayer and the Lord’s supper. For information, call 816-252-6828.

Blue Springs congregations hold Lenten dinners and services

Five Blue Springs congregations are holding joint ecumenical services on Wednesday evening during Lent.

Each church hosts a service, and the pastors rotate in preaching. Dinner is at 6 p.m., and services are from 6:40 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The schedule:

• Next Wednesday, at Good Shepherd Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Rev. Cliff Caton of First Christian will preach. Good Shepherd is at 111 S.W. Woods Chapel Road.

• On March 19, at All Saints Lutheran (ELCA), the Andrew Florio of Chapel Hill Presbyterian will preach. All Saints is at 421 S.W. 19th St.

• On March 26. at Chapel Hill Presbyterian, the Rev. Brad Bray of All Saints will preach. Chapel Hill is at 3108 Westbound U.S. 40.

• On April 2, at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, the Rev. Ron Bowen of Good Shepherd will preach. Resurrection is at 1433 N.W. R.D. Mize Road.

• On April 9, at First Christian (Disciples of Christ), Father Ron Keel of Resurrection will preach. First Christian is at 701 N.W. 15th St.

St. Ann’s Church fish dinners set

As it does each year during Lent, St. Ann’s Church will have its fish dinners from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays through April 11. The church is at Cedar and Lexington avenues, Independence.

The menu includes boiled and fried shrimp, whole and catfish fillets, baked tilapia, macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, french fries, boiled potatoes, coleslaw, corn, hush puppies and cornbread. Dinner prices range from $9 to $10.50. A fish sandwich or grilled cheese sandwich with fries is $4. Drinks are included with dinners. Other items are sold separately, and desserts are sold by the Altar Society.

For information, call 816-252-1160.

Community cookout at First UMC

Independence First United Methodist Church is holding a community cookout from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 15 in the parking lot. (In case of bad weather, it will be moved indoors.) There will be games for the kids and drawings for gift certificates. The Independence St. Patrick’s Day parade will pass by the front of the church, so bring your lawn chairs.

In addition, on March 16 learn “Who St. Patrick was and why is he still celebrated.” Find out at the 9 a.m. traditional worship or 11:15 a.m. relaxed worship. There will also be a “poor man’s lunch” (potato bar) from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free will offerings will help send children to summer camps.

The church is at 400 W. Maple Ave. For information, call 816-254-6900 or visit www.indepmo-fumc.org.

‘Gospel of the Nobodies’ at Church of the Resurrection

The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection is beginning a seven-week sermon series, culminating on Easter Sunday, call “The Gospel of the Nobodies.”

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 draw from the Gospel of Luke, looking at stories that illustrate Christ’s concern for those who were marginalized by society.

The sermons:

• This Sunday, “The Night Shift Workers.”

• March 16, “The Disabled and Sick.”

• March 23, “The Demon-Possessed.”

• March 30, “Prostitutes and Prodigals.”

• April 6, “The Homeless Beggers.”

• April 13, “The Thief on the Cross.”

• April 20, “The Women at the Tomb.”

Pancake breakfast and bake sale

Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church is holding a pancake breakfast and bake sale fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon March 15, 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown.

Pancakes are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. All proceeds will be donated to the Raytown Emergency Assistance Program. For information, call 816-353-2296.

Examiner staff