Glenwood Park Methodist holds health clinic

Glenwood Park Methodist Church will hold a free health clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. The church holds the clinics on the first Saturday of the month.

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.

For more information, call the church at 816-254-5116.


St. Matthew's Chuck Wagon Cookies on sale

St. Matthew United Methodist Church, which has merged with St. Marks United Methodist Church, will be selling their original Chuck Wagon Cookies from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (or until sold out), at St. Marks, 603 N. Jennings Road, Independence, MO 64056.

This tasty treat, which consists of two chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream sandwiched in-between, are still only $2 each.

For questions, call Pat at 816-225-9459.


Stone Church focuses on mission

The Fall Missionary Series begins Sunday at Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. All services begin at 10:20 a.m., except Oct. 1. The line-up of speakers and themes are:

• Sunday – Listen: Find Life with Steve Ferguson.

• Sept. 10 – Steps: Where Two or Three Are Gathered with Richard James.

• Sept. 17 – Tell: Forgive Each Other with Caswells.

• Sept. 24 – Vision: God’s Generosity with Terry Snapp

• Oct. 1 – Light: Be Receptive to God’s Will with Kent Parker. This service will be held at 10 a.m. at the Temple

The theme this week is “Find Life.” Charles Belcher will be presiding. Other participants are Holly Ross-Underwood, Greg Savage, Linda Keller, and Keith Martin. Musicians for the day are Clare Vlahos, piano and Anna Rider Gard, soprano.

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


Pastor Larry Chapman retires

After 37 years of ministry as preaching pastor at The Road Church (formerly Duncan Road Baptist Church), Pastor Larry Chapman is retiring and will peach his farewell sermon on Sunday, which now meets in the Cotillion at 1717 N.W. Burdett Crossing, Blue Springs.

The Elders of the church would like to invite anyone who might like to congratulate Pastor Larry on his retirement or thank him for his lifetime of service in the Blue Springs community to come to this his final Sunday service.


AME Midwest Annual Conference

Ward Chapel AME Church in Kansas City, is hosting the 10th Midwest Annual Conference Sept. 6 through 10 at Hilton Garden Inn, Independence.

Clergy and laity from the northwest region of Missouri, the Omaha and Lincoln areas of Nebraska, and from all parts of Kansas will converge for this Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Ward Chapel AME Church is serving as the host for this event and Rev. V. Gordon Glenn, III is the chairperson of the host committee. Rev. Roger D. Jackson Presiding Elder of the Midwest South District, is the host Presiding Elder. Rev. Fran T. Cary, Presiding Elder of the Midwest North District, and Rev. Benjamin R. Finnell, Presiding Elder of the Midwest Omaha District, will serve as co-hosts.

Under the theme of “A Holy Nation,” Bishop Clement W. Fugh, presiding prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District and Mrs. Alexia B. Fugh, Episcopal Supervisor, will officially open the main business session at 9 a.m. Thursday.

All activities will be held at the hotel. For the conference schedule of activities, visit and click on Events.


Sessions help grief stricken

GriefShare will begin a new 13-part program on Thursday, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Fireplace Room at Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. Each session includes a DVD seminar and group discussion. GriefShare DVDs feature interviews with leading authors, counselors, speakers and pastors with years of expertise in grief recovery.


DivorceCare helps newly separated

DivorceCare will also begin a new 13-week program on Sept. 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Timothy Lutheran in Room 102. DivorceCare features 13 weekly dynamic DVD seminars featuring 32 renowned experts on divorce and recovery. Participants become part of a small support group of people who are also experiencing separation and divorce.

These two nondenominational groups feature Biblical teaching on recovery topics. Participants may join the group at any session.

For questions and to register, call Timothy’s Care Ministry office at 816-228-5300.


Free organ concert

The concert will feature David C. Pickering on a three-manual, 58 stop custom designed digital pipe organ. This event will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 9, at Lee's Summit Christian Church, 800 N.E. Tudor Road, Lee’s Summit.

Pickering, Assistant Professor of Music and Chair of the Keyboard Division at Kansas State University, is an active recitalist, having performed throughout the United States, Austria, and Canada. He will be performing on the newly custom designed Heritage L-333DK Allen Organ, and his work will showcase the full range of the organ.

A reception will follow the concert.


Course help families handle finances

Financial Peace University, a nine-week course that provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success, will be offered at two local churches:

• EPIC Church, located at 19260 E. 50th Terrace, Independence. The classes will begin at 10:15 a.m. Sept. 10. To register, call 816-896-3742.

• First Baptist Church of Blue Springs, located at 4500 Little Blue Pkwy., Independence. The classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 10, and at 6 p.m. Sept. 12. To register, call 816-229-9335.

The course meets once a week where a different lesson is taught by Dave Ramsey on DVD, followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.


Ministerial Alliance to meet

The Independence Ministerial Alliance is holding a meeting from 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 14 at Stone Church, Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

The program will be “This is what’s on my mind,” conversations about the present national political situation. Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, Representatives Sam Graves and Emanuel Cleaver II, or their staff, will be present for discussion with ministers in Independence about their concerns, issues and possible bipartisan initiatives that will be good for everyone.

The Rev. Sarah Schofield Wimberley will be the chair. She is minister, United Methodist Church, Northern Blvd., and past president of the Independence Ministerial Alliance.

A simple lunch will be served at noon for a $5 donation. Send RSVP's to Carla Simpson at

Park in the large parking lot on the north side of church and enter through that door. For questions, contact Andrew Bolton at or 816-739-4986.


– The Examiner staff