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  • St. Ann’s Church fish dinners set
    As it does each year during Lent, St. Ann’s Church is having 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 more information, call 816-252-1160.
    First UMC sets expo fundraiser
    A Missouri Patriot Express Vendor Expo fundraiser will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday (March 22) at the First United Methodist Church, 301 S.W. Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs.
    Vendors include Celebrating Home, Damsel in Defense, Highway 7 Chiropractic, Nerium International, Miche, Scentsy, Just Jewelry, Younique and more.
    Patriot Express raises awareness and provides donations, support and counseling to the families of injured veterans, and the troops who return from duty with long-term medical care needs.
    Crafts and more at Colonial Hills Community of Christ
    The Colonial Hills Community of Christ congregation will hold its first craft and vendor show fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29, 3539 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs.
    More than 20 vendors will sell crafts, jewelry, pottery, fine art, woodwork items, home décor, self defense products and information, Scentsy, Avon, Celebrating Home and more. Concessions available.
    Proceeds will benefit a youth mission trip to Belize. For information, call 816-309-0531.
    Concert at Berean Free Will Baptist
    God’s Country will be in concert at 6 p.m. Saturday (March 22) at Berean Free Will Baptist Church, 2104 James Downey Road, Independence. For more information, call 816-516-7786.
    Study group on the Sermon on the Mount set
    Wilburn Stancil, professor of theology and religious studies at Rockhurst University, is holding a study group for adults from 10:40 to 11:30 a.m. Sundays through April 6 in Westminster Hall, Pleasant Street and Lexington Avenue, Independence. The study is of the Sermon on the Mount.
    Sermon series at First Christian
    The Independence First Christian Church sermon series for the next few weeks is on the “Final Words of Christ and What They Mean to Us Today.” The series is given by Senior Minister Don Brezavar.
    The sermons:
    • This Sunday: “Religion vs. Character” – John 19:25-27.
    • March 30: “In the Darkness” – Mark 15:33-38.
    Page 2 of 4 - • 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.
    First Presbyterian spaghetti dinner
    A “spring spaghetti fling” is scheduled for Sunday (March 23) at First Presbyterian Church in Independence.
    It’s being held in Westminster Hall at Lexington and Pleasant. Spaghetti is served from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. To-go orders are available beginning at 10:30 a.m. The menu is spaghetti and homemade meatballs, salad, bread and butter, dessert and beverage.
    The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Proceeds go to send young people to the national GenOn Youth Conference in Estes Park, Colo. There will also be a silent auction. A
    For more information, call Nancy Ehrlich at 816-254-3352.
    United Methodist Church of the Resurrection sermons: ‘The Gospel of the Nobodies’
    The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection’s current sermon series, culminating on Easter Sunday, is “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 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.”
    St. Robert sets Lenten dinners
    St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church will serve a Lenten fish dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 4 in the Parish Hall, 4313 S. Missouri 7, Blue Springs.
    The menu includes fried or baked fish and shrimp, coleslaw, macaroni/cheese, tater tots, green beans, corn on the cob, homemade desserts and a drink. The cost is $9.50 for adults, $5 for children, $25 for family (2 adults and 2+ children), and children 5 and under eat free. Carry-out available.
    This event, sponsored by the Women’s and Men’s Ministries and Knights of Columbus, is to raise funds for church projects.
    Page 3 of 4 - Eastgate Christian Lenten services
    Eastgate Christian Church is holding special worship services at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday during Lent. The church is at 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 Lenten 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:
    • This Wednesday, at Chapel Hill Presbyterian, the Rev. Brad Bray of All Saints Lutheran Church 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 Christian Church 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 the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection will preach. First Christian is at 701 N.W. 15th St.
    ‘Share Your Story’ is Sunday’s sermon at Stone Church
    Terry Read will speak on the theme “Share Your Story” at the 10:20 a.m. Sunday (March 22) worship service at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Read holds the office of high priest and is president of the Southern California USA Mission Center and Southwest International Mission Center.
    For information, call 816-254-2211 or visit www.stone-church.org.
    First Christian serves breakfast
    The First Christian Church in Independence will serve a community breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. March 29, 125 S. Pleasant St.
    The cost is $3.50 for either 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 816-252-6100.
    Colonial Hills has craft and vendor show
    The Colonial Hills Community of Christ congregation will hold its first craft and vendor show fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29, 3539 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs.
    More than 20 vendors will sell crafts, jewelry, pottery, fine art, woodwork items, home décor, self defense products and information, Scentsy, Avon, Celebrating Home and more. Concessions available.
    Proceeds will benefit a youth mission trip to Belize. For information, call 816-309-0531.
    Calvary Baptist offers concert
    The Phil & Pam Morgan Family will be in concert at 6 p.m. March 30 at Calvary Baptist Church, 900 N.W. 22nd St., Blue Springs. This is part of their national “Take A Stand” Ministry Tour. A love offering will be taken for them, and refreshments will follow the program. For information, call 816-228-5540.
    Page 4 of 4 - Financial Peace University starts
    The First Christian Church will hold Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University beginning at 6 p.m. April 3.
    The church is at 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence.
    The class meets once a week, with a lesson on DVD, followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing. A light meal and child care will be provided for the 90-minute sessions.
    For more information or to register, call Don Brezavar at 816-252-6100.
    – Examiner staff
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