Congregations offer vacation Bible school

Vacation Bible school is being offered at area churches:

• Calvary Baptist Church is holding vacation Bible school for ages 4 through the sixth grade from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The program is “AgencyD3: Discover, Decide, Defend.”

The church is at 900 N.W. 22nd St., Blue Springs. To register, call the church at 816-228-5540.

• Eastgate Christian Church will host “Wilderness Escape,” a week-long vacation Bible School for ages 4 through 12 from 9 a.m. to noon July 28 through Aug. 1. The program focuses on God’s guidance and care for the Israelites while they journeyed through the wilderness.

The church is at 4010 S. River Blvd., Independence.

Registration forms are available online at For more information, call 816-252-6828.

Northern Boulevard parking lot sale

The youth of Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church are hosting a parking lot sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (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

Women’s Day at St. Paul AME, Independence

The annual Women’s Day will be held at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday (July 20) at St. Paul AME Church, 200 E. Lexington Ave., Independence. The theme will be “Women of Distinction Anchored in the Lord.”

The speaker will be the Rev. Donna Roberson, presiding elder of the Midwest North District of the AME Church, with special music by the women of St. Paul.

Ten Commandments series wraps up

The conclusion of the Ten Commandments summer series at the First Presbyterian Church in Independence will be Sunday (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

Cripps on ‘We Are Called of God’

LaDora Cripps will speak on the theme “We Are Called of God” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service on Sunday (July 20) at Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

For more information, call the church at 816-254-2211 or visit

Rummage sale at First Christian, Independence

Independence First Christian Church is holding a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 26 in the Fellowship Hall, 125 S. Pleasant St.

The church also is offering a community breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. July 26. 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 more information, call 816-252-6100 or visit

Movie night at First United Methodist, Independence

The First United Methodist Church is holding a free family movie and munchie night at 8:30 p.m. Friday on the church lawn, 400 W. Maple Ave., Independence. Bring blankets. Concessions will be available. a

The church is also offering DivorceCare Leadership Training on July 26. If your church is interested in offering training for adults trying to heal from divorce using a Christian-based curriculum, this training is for you. The cost is $40 and includes breakfast, lunch, snack and materials.

For questions, call the church at 816-254-6900.

Golf tournament aids Tabitha’s Closet

The deadline to sign up for the Third Annual Tabitha’s Closet Benefit Golf Tournament sponsored by Independence First Christian Church is Friday. The tournament will take place on Aug. 2 at the WinterStone Golf Course in Independence. It’s a four-person scramble format, with registration and continental breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

Tabitha’s Closet is a nonprofit organization that serves families in the Independence area by providing clothing for children infant through high school. All of the profits will go to Tabitha’s to purchase shoes and clothing.

The player registration fee of $100 is due by July 25 and includes green fees and cart, beverages, snacks, continental breakfast, lunch, door prizes, contests and a raffle, as well as additional contests that may be purchased during the event. To register, go to

Hole sponsors, cash donations and in-kind donations are also needed to help support this growing community need. For more information, call the church at 816-252-6100.

Summer fest at Unity, Independence

A community summer fest will be held on the Unity of Independence grounds from 3 to 7 p.m. July 26.

There will a water slide, snacks, raffles, games, Bingo, water obstacle course and live music. Be sure to bring your towel.

The church is at 14304 E. 39th St. For more information, call 816-252-4242 or visit

Movies are starting point for sermon series

Eastgate Christian Church in Independence will offer a sermon series on religious themes in several classic films from July 27 through Aug. 24. The sermons will be presented by the Rev. Joshua Patty.

The “Summer Blockbuster Sermon Series” will consider such issues as truth, love, sacrifice, and being a role model. The sermons are:

• July 27, “The Wizard of Oz,” on how people seek wisdom.

• Aug. 3, “Casablanca,” on the loyalty we owe to others.

• Aug. 10, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence,” on how we remember history and are guided by it.

• Aug. 17, “Auntie Mame,” an exploration of the example we set in how we live our lives.

• Aug. 24, “Star Wars” concerns the weapons that faith gives us in the battles we face.

The church is at 4010 S. River Blvd. For more information, call 816-252-6828.

Oakland United Methodist to mark 133 years

Oakland United Methodist Church will celebrate 133 years on July 27. Instead of the traditional 11 a.m. worship service, a 9 a.m. outdoor homecoming “service-in-song” will be presented by The Circuit Riders, a local men’s harmony group.

Afterward, all are invited to a potluck brunch and a visit in the shade of the cedar trees planted when the church was built.

The church is at 30701 E. Truman Road, near Buckner. The church building was constructed in 1881 on an acre of ground donated by John Van Dyke. Descendants of several early-day families remain a part of the congregation.

Chapel Hill Presbyterian collects for Hope House

This month Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church is collecting for its pantry to benefit Hope House in Lee’s Summit. Items needed are baby wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, disinfecting spray, pillows, towels, allergy medication, adult and children’s cold and flu medications and African-American hair products (oil, perms).

The Evangelism and Membership Ministry Unit and the Christian Nurture Ministry Unit will sponsor an ice cream social at 5 p.m. July 27. All are invited to either play or cheer for those playing in the Second Annual Wacky Softball game – Youth vs. Congregation. Wear tennis shoes if you plan to play.

The church is at 3108 S.W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs. For more information, call the church at 816-229-3367.

Financial Peace University at St. Mark’s Catholic, Independence

St. Mark’s Catholic Church will present Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University beginning at 6 p.m. Aug. 5, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence.

This focus is on teaching families and individuals how to handle their money through common-sense principles and small-group accountability. It’s once a week, with a Dave Ramsey video followed by a small-group discussion.

For more information or to register, call Marge Worley at 816-373-2600.

– Examiner staff