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  • As Easter nears, local churches have many activities

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  • Casual concert at Independence Unity
    Chris Foster’s Traveling Coffee House will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday (April 5) at Unity of Independence, 14304 E. 39th St.
    Event features local musicians Chris Foster, Victor Dougherty and The Street Corner Choir.
    A love offering will be accepted. It’s a casual concert for all ages. Coffee and sweets will also be served. For questions, call 816-252-4242.
    Middle school students to perform at Community of Christ Temple
    A “Celebration of Voices” will be held at 7 p.m. April 15 at the Community of Christ Temple, Walnut Street and River Boulevard, Independence.
    The Independence School District middle school choirs will join in a celebration of music written for young voices in this event honoring the importance of music and the arts in our schools.
    A free-will offering will be taken.
    Summit Grove garage sale set
    Summit Grove Community of Christ is holding a garage sale beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday (April 5), 411 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence.
    There will also be homemade baked goods for sale and you may purchase a hot dog, chips and a drink for lunch.
    Easter egg hunt and more planned
    An Easter Eggstravaganza will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday (April 5) at Beacon Heights Community of Christ, 19402 E. Holke Road (next to BVAC), Independence.
    This free event includes an Easter egg hunt, pictures with the Easter bunny, crafts, face painting and more.
    Free health clinic at Glenwood Park
    Glenwood Park Methodist Church will hold a free health clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday (April 5) at the church.
    The screenings, sponsored by the Black Nurse Association and the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, include glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index testing.
    The church, at 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence, holds the clinics on the first Saturday of the month. For more information, call the church at 816-254-5116.
    Ministerial Alliance meets Thursday
    Members of the Independence Ministerial Alliance will hear about tools to tackle community needs when they meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. next Thursday at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Road.
    The presentation is about MAACLink, a homeless management information system and social service software suite. It can be used to reduce duplication of services, identify informaiton about unmet community needs, and identify households that could benefit from more comprehensive case management or support services.
    For more information or to sign up for the meeting, contact Betsy Bain bbain@stmarksparish.com or 816-285-8357.
    Page 2 of 5 - Study on the Sermon on the Mount
    The final study group for Wilburn Stancils’ “Sermon on the Mount” will be from 10:40 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday (April 6) in Westminster Hall, Pleasant Street and Lexington Avenue, Independence. Stancil is professor of theology and religious studies at Rockhurst University
    ‘Love Raises Us to New Life’
    Darlene Caswell will speak on the theme “Love Raises Us to New Life” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service on Sunday (April 6), at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Caswell, a high oriest in the Community of Christ, is a counselor to the Stone Church presiding pastor. Phillip Caswell will preside.
    For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or visit www.stone-church.org.
    Sermon series at First Christian
    The Independence First Christian Church continuing sermon series is “Final Words of Christ and What They Mean to Us Today.” The series is given by Senior Minister Don Brezavar.
    The sermons:
    • This Sunday: “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.
    ‘The Gospel of the Nobodies’ at United Methodist Church of the Resurrection
    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 Homeless Beggers.”
    • April 13, “The Thief on the Cross.”
    • April 20, “The Women at the Tomb.”
    Ecumenical Lenten service in Blue Springs
    The last of the ecumenical Lenten services held by five Blue Springs congregations is next week. It’s on Wednesday at First Christian (Disciples of Christ), 701 N.W. 15th St. Dinner is at 6 p.m., and the service is from 6:40 to 7:30 p.m. Father Ron Keel of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection will preach.
    Page 3 of 5 - Fish dinner at First Christian
    Independence First Christian Church will serve a fish dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence.
    Dinner choices include whole breaded catfish, catfish fillets, and baked or fried tilapia fillets. Boiled potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, corn bread and drink are included with all meals.
    The cost is $7, and desserts are extra. For information, call 816-252-6100 or visit www.fccindepmo.org.
    St. Ann’s Church Lenten fish dinners
    St. Ann’s Church is having its final fish dinner of Lent from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. 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.
    Easter event for those with special needs
    A Family Eggstravaganza for special needs will be held at 1 p.m. April 12 at Blue Springs Assembly, 2501 Duncan Road.
    Families who have children with special needs, up through age 21, are invited. There are games, egg hunts and other activities specifically for children with special needs. There will be family prize drawings, safe inflatables and the Easter Bunny.
    Families are encouraged to register in advance at www.bluespringsassembly.org or call 816-847-0200 for more information.
    Metropolitan Chorale performs
    The Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 12 at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church, 5725 N.E. Lakewood Way, Lee’s Summit.
    This year’s show, “Music of the Islands,” will feature several Samoan singers and dancers. Rebecca Johnson, a teacher at Metropolitan Community Colleges-Blue River, is the conductor of the Chorale, which consists of singers from the Independence campus and community members, with ages ranging from students in their teens through senior citizens.
    Proceeds will benefit the Kansas City Ronald McDonald House. Admission is $10, $6 for students and seniors, and free for those 5 and younger.
    Biscuits and gravy at Fairmount Christian
    Fairmount Christian Church will serve a free biscuit-and-gravy breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. April 12. The church is at 641 S. Ash Ave., Independence.
    On Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the church has a youth program for teens, and a children’s program for ages kindergarten through sixth grade. The church also is looking for a piano/organ player.
    For information, call 816-254-6114.
    Page 4 of 5 - Eggstravaganza at Colonial Hills
    Colonial Hills Community of Christ is holding an Easter Eggstravaganza from 9 a.m. to noon April 12, 3539 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs.
    Following a free pancake breakfast, have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny for $1 or bring your own camera. There will also be games, crafts, face painting, a family egg hunt and more.
    For more information, call 816-229-9344 or visit www.colonial-hills.org
    Palm Sunday events at Church of the Santa Fe
    The Altar Society of the Church of the Santa Fe will celebrate Holy week on Palm Sunday, April 13, with a presentation on the passion, death and resurrection of Christ.
    Following a 5:30 p.m. potluck dinner, Msgr. Kaiser will present a slide show of the sacred sites in the Holy Land. The photos were taken in January while Kaiser and Father Kenneth Criqui were on a pilgrimage.
    The church is at 231 S. Sibley St. in Buckner. For questions, call 816-650-9341.
    Trinity Presbyterian plans Easter cantata
    Trinity Presbyterian Church will hold an Easter cantata during the 10:30 a.m. service on Palm Sunday, April 13. The Trinity Chancel choir will present “Canticle of the Cross” by Joseph M. Martin as part of morning worship.
    The church is at 1400 W. Sheley Road, Independence. For information, call 816-252-5893.
    Holy Week events at Chapel Hill
    The Chapel Hill Kids at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church will lead a parade of palms to open worship and singing during the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Palm Sunday.
    The church’s Holy Week schedule:
    • Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m. April 17 in Stone Hall.
    • Good Friday service, 7 p.m., April 18, with guest preacher Rev. Eric Garbison.
    • Easter Sunday service, April 20 – 8:15 a.m. worship service; 8:30 to 10 a.m. Easter breakfast in the church kitchen; 10:30 a.m. worship service with choir.
    The church is at 3108 W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs. For more information, call 816-229-3367.
    Holy Week services at Eastgate Christian
    Eastgate Christian Church will hold several special Holy Week services and will offer worship services on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The Rev. Joshua Patty, senior minister, will continue his Lenten sermon series, “God’s Promises in Hard Times,” through Easter.
    Holy Week schedule:
    • Palm Sunday, 10:35 a.m. April 13. The worship service will include the procession of palms, special music and communion. Instead of a sermon, there will be a radio play, “The Second Day.”
    • Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m. April 17, includes a meditation, “In Times of Abandonment, a Prayer,” special music and communion. It concludes with a tenebrae service.
    Page 5 of 5 - • Good Friday, 7 p.m. April 18, includes brief meditations on “The Seven Last Words of Christ,” which Jesus spoke from the cross.
    • Easter Vigil, 8 p.m. April 19. This ancient service recalls some of the demonstrations of God’s power and salvation in Jewish history. It includes special music, a celebration of the sacrament of baptism and Holy Communion.
    • Easter Sunday, 10:25 a.m. April 20. Includes special music and Holy Communion and the Rev. Patty will conclude his Lenten sermon series.
    The church is at 4010 S. River Blvd., Independence. For more information, call 816-252-6828.
    Mothers of Preschoolers begins April 17
    Mothers of Preschoolers are invited to attend the MOPS program held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays, beginning April 17, at the First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence.
    The church says MOPS is a place that understands moms and knows the unique joys and challenges of the early season of mothering. Mothers are invited to experience encouragement, support and hope with other moms while their children are being cared for by others.
    For questions, call Kari Thomas at 816-252-6100 or visit www.fccindepmo.org.
    Church on the Rock Easter egg hunt
    The Church on the Rock Outreach Center will hold an Easter egg hunt and pageant April 13 at Lee’s Summit High School, 400 S.E. Blue Pkwy.
    The illustrated sermon, “The Whip, Hammer and the Cross,” – with period costumes, theatrical lighting and music – will be presented at 10:30 p.m., followed by an Easter egg hunt with thousands of eggs, candies and hidden surprises.
    For more information, call 816-246-7625 or visit www.cotroc.org.
    – Examiner staff

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