Event for those with special needs

A Family Eggstravaganza for special needs will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday (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. Saturday (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.

Shoal Creek Revival plays

Berean Free Will Baptist Church presents Shoal Creek Revival at 6 p.m. Saturday (April 12), at the church, 2104 James Downey Road, Independence.

Dale McClung, the founder of the group, sings the baritone part, with Ron Greer singing bass. Don Cable, a former member of the group Messengers of Faith, sings high tenor, and Darryl Bulson, a former member of 4 His Love, is the lead singer.

For more information, call the church at 816-516-7786.

Fairmount Christian biscuits and gravy

Fairmount Christian Church will serve a free biscuit-and-gravy breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday (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.

For information, call 816-254-6114.

Eggstravaganza at Colonial Hills

Colonial Hills Community of Christ is holding an Easter Eggstravaganza from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday (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

John Thumm speaks at Stone Church

John Thumm will speak on the theme “Hosanna” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service on Sunday (April 13) at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Thumm served as an Appointee with Community of Christ for many years and currently holds the office of Evangelist.

There will also be 7 p.m. services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

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.

This Sunday’s sermon is “Finished but not Over,” from John 19:30, and the Easter semon is “The Power of a Committed Spirit,” from 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’ sermons

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. This Sunday’s sermon is “The Thief on the Cross,” and the Easter sermon is “The Women at the Tomb.”

Chapel Hill sets ‘Eggs-stravaganza’

Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church is holding its 4th annual Communitywide Easter Egg-stravaganza from 2 to 4 p.m. April 19, 3108 W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs. Following the 2 p.m. egg hunt, enjoy crafts and treats and take a family photo with the Easter Bunny.

At the 10 a.m. worship service on Palm Sunday, the Chapel Hill Kids will open the service with a parade of palms and will also be singing during the service.

The April pantry collection is for Uplift of Kansas City. Needed items include canned fruit and meats, canned pasta with meat; socks, gloves and long underwear (all sizes), tarps, tents, sleeping bags, hand warmers, winter coats (large and extra large), and plastic grocery bags.

For more information, call the church at 816-229-3367.

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.

Middle school students will sing

A “Celebration of Voices” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday 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.

Combined Maundy Thursday services

Independence First Christian, First United Methodist and First Presbyterian Churches will have a combined Maundy Thursday service at Independence First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., and a Good Friday service at the First United Methodist Church, 400 W. Maple Ave. Both services begin at 7 p.m.

The Maundy Thursday will feature “The Last Hours of Fellowship,” a readers theater based on Peter Marshall’s “The First Easter” by Brenda Shrout.

For more information, call First Christian at 816-252-6100, First United Methodist, 254-6900, or First Presbyterian, 252-6662.

Group for mothers to begin Thursday

Mothers of Preschoolers are invited to attend the MOPS program held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays, beginning this Thursday, 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 .

Easter eggs and other fun evenrts

The inaugural Egg-stravaganza Fun Day, sponsored by Ebony & Ivory Multicultural and Miracle House, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. April 19 at RJ Roper Field, 131 S. Carlisle Ave., Sugar Creek.

There will be 10,000 Easter eggs and the egg hunts will be divided into age groups, 0 to 2 years, 3 to 5 years and 6 to 11 years. This event includes giveaways, games, bounce houses, face painting, live music and food. A free car will also be given away.

For more information on this free event, call Pastor Nick Nichols at 816-252-7710.

Trinity Episcopal Easter egg hunt

Trinity Episcopal Church will hold an Easter egg hunt from 1 to 3 p.m. April 19 at the church, 409 N. Liberty St., Independence.

There will be three staging areas separating the age groups. For more details, call the church at 816-254-3644.

Family block arty planned

Beverly Hills Baptist Church is hosting a Family Fun Block Party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 on the parking lot at 31st Street and Crysler Avenue, Independence.

This free community event includes inflatables, face painting, food, games and prizes. The grand prize will be an iPad mini.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside the church, 1229 W. 31st St. For more information, call 816-252-1636.

Nativity of Mary rummage sale

The Nativity of Mary Altar Society is holding its annual rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22 through April 25, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26, at the Nativity of Mary Parish Hall, 10017 E. 36th Terrace, Independence.

If you’d like to make a donation, drop off times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18 and 19. If you have a donation and need help with pick-up or have other questions, call Lucy Lamb at 816-461-0160.

Golf tournament for St. Mark’s

St. Mark’s Catholic Church will holds its 10th Annual Golf Tournament April 25 at Adams Pointe Golf Course in Blue Springs. The shotgun start is at 8 a.m.

Proceeds from this event will benefit St. Mark the Evangelist Youth Group in Independence.

The cost is $125 and includes range balls, lunch, contests and more. Visit www.stmarksparish.com  to register or call Deacon Ken Fuenfhausen or Charlotte Davis at 816-285-8360.

Lee’s Summit Easter egg hunt

The Church on the Rock Outreach Center will hold an Easter egg hunt and pageant Sunday (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