Vacation Bible school next week

Area churches are holding vacation Bible school:

• “Workshop of Wonders: Imagine and Build with God,” will be held for children 3 years old to the fifth grade. It’s from 9 a.m. to noon next week, Monday through Friday (July 14 through 18) at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 3108 W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs. There will be music, science, crafts, recreation and Bible stories. Each day the kids will be encouraged to bring something in to help people in need. At 6 p.m. July 17, there will be a potluck dinner and a program. To register, call 816-229-3367.

• “Super Heroes of Faith,” for children of all denominations ages 3 through 12, is the them at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 2415 R.D. Mize Road, Independence. It’s from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday (July 18) and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday (July 19). There will be Bible lessons (Samson and Esther), crafts, music, snacks and recreation, plus a picnic on July 19. Call Marcia Armstrong at 816-217-6364 or Shirley Weaver at 816-716-1184.

Berean Free Will Baptist annual picnic

Berean Free Will Baptist is holding its annual picnic Saturday (July 12).

The meal – hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and dip, potato salad, pork and beans – is at 4 p.m., followed by congregation and special singing at 5, and then a concert by Deliverance at 6. The church is at 2104 James Downey Road. Call 816-516-7786 for more information.

St. Cyril’s Day in Sugar Creek

St. Cyril’s is hosting its third annual St. Cyril’s Day, celebrating the Feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Saturday (July 12) at the church, 11231 Chicago Ave., Sugar Creek.

A Latin Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and music by the Sugar Creek Tamburitzans and Hrvatski Obicaj. Dinner includes haluski, lamb, sausages, Croatian stew, salad, dessert and drinks.

Free will donation. For more information, call Mary Puhr at 816-836-8599 or 816-769-5177.

Noted organist at First Presbyterian in Independence

Scott Foppiano is the featured artist of an organ concert at First Presbyterian Church in Independence. It’s at 3 p.m. Sunday (July 13). The church is at 100 N. Pleasant St.

First Presbyterian’s instrument was one of the first pipe organs in Independence. The heart of the organ was installed about 150 years ago. In 1923 it was dismantled and sent to the Kilgan Company in St. Louis for electrification and enlargement. Twenty-five years later a choir organ was added and the organ chamber constructed on the outside of the church building at Pleasant and Lexington. Since that time the additional ranks of pipes were added until the chamber is full.

Foppiano has been a featured organist at local and national conventions of the American Guild American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society and the American Theatre Organ Society. He is organist-choirmaster of St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church in Kansas City.

Proceeds from this and the other concerts of the church’s Second Sunday Summer Series go to the instrument maintenance fund. More information is at

Good Shepherd dedicates memorial

The Good Shepherd Congregation of the Community of Christ will hold a celebratory service of remembrance and dedication during Sunday’s 10:40 a.m. service. A stained-glass window in the sanctuary is to be unveiled in memory of the late Ruth E. Quant, mother of Anne M. Smith, a long-time member of the congregation.

Wallace B. Smith, president emeritus of the Community of Christ, will deliver a homily, and Anne M. Smith will give memorial and dedication remarks. Pastor Pam Ashley will deliver a dedicatory prayer. A buffet reception will follow the service.

The church is at 4341 Blue Ridge Boulevard.

Closer look at ‘Life’s Two Halves’

Senior Pastor Adam Hamilton will draw from Psalm 71: 17-18 – “So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me” – and preach on “Life’s Two Halves” this weekend at the United Methodist Chuch of the Resurrection.

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.

‘Hear and understand’ is sermon theme

Clare Vlahos, a priest and a philosophy teacher at Graceland and Park universities, will speak on the theme “Hear and Understand” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service Sunday (July 13) at the Stone Church Community of Christ.

Stone Church is at 1012 W. Lexington, Independence. For more information, call 816-254-2211 or go to

‘Fresh Flowers’ at Nativity of Mary

The original production of “A Vase of Fresh Flowers” will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday (July 17) at Nativity of Mary Church, 10017 E. 36th Terrace, Independence. The play focuses on the different paths taken by women who have overcome intense life struggles.

The program is free and is suitable for ages teen through adult. For more information, call the church at 816-353-2184.

Parking lot sale at Northern Boulevard United Methodist

The youth of Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church are hosting a parking lot sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 19 in conjunction with the Englewood Gypsy Caravan.

The church at Winner Road, 18th Street and Northern Boulevard at the west end of Englewood. The parking lot is behind the church at 18th Street and Hedges. For more information, call the church at 816-252-7977 or go to

Learn more about the Ten Commandments

The First Presbyterian Church in Independence summer sermon series on the Ten Commandments concludes July 20. Worship in the traditional style begins at 9:30 a.m., with a more contemporary service at 11:30 a.m.

The church is at 100 N. Pleasant St. For more information, contact the church at 816-252-6662 or

– Examiner staff