Free-will chili dinner on Saturday

Oakland United Methodist Church, now in its 137th year as a community of faith and service, is holding is annual Chili Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The church is at 30701 E. Truman Road, 3 miles east of Missouri 7.

A bowl of chili, homemade vegetable soup or a chili dog, with a drink and a choice piece of homemade pie, will be served for a free-will donation.


Andrew Bolton to speak at Stone Church service

The theme this week is “Zion – Sacred Community,” at Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. The service begins at 10:20 a.m. Sunday.

Andrew Bolton will be the speaker. Bolton started as a volunteer minister and pastor in the United Kingdom and moved to USA in 1998 and has served in many capacities in Community of Christ. Coordinator of Peace and Justice Ministries, Apostle in the Council of Twelve Apostles from 2007-2016.

Alecia Cripps will preside, with Sharon Hannah, Darlene Caswell, Linda Keller and Eric Scott also providing ministry. Pianist Marcia Pugh will lead the congregation in worship, with vocal music ministry by Paulette V. Resch.

For more information, visit or call 816-254-2211.


First Presbyterian's series on Inquiring Minds concludes

The final sermon in the series, “Inquiring Minds Want to Know,” will be 9:15 a.m. Sunday, at the First Presbyterian Church of Independence, Westminster Hall, 417 W. Lexington Ave.

Dr. Wilbur Stancil, professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Rockhurst University, will speak on “Do I have free will or are my actions determined? This is Dr. Stancil's 20th year as a visiting theologian at First Presbyterian Church.

For more information, call 816-252-6662 or visit .


St. Luke's hosts Tuesday Lenten studies

St. Luke's United Church of Christ is hosting a Lenten Study on Tuesday evenings through March 27, at the church, 727 N. Main St., Independence.

The Rev. Paul Emily will be leading the study. This year's study will focus on The Psalms, using “The Message” by Eugene Peterson.

The evening will begin with a Meager Meal at 6 p.m., followed by a brief introduction of the topic and then group discussion.


Corned beef and cabbage dinner at Sugar Creek UMC

Sugar Creek United Methodist Church will be serving up a corned beef and cabbage dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the church, 415 N. Sterling Ave.

The dinner includes corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots, dessert and a drink. The cost is $9.50.


Taize service planned at First Presbyterian

The First Presbyterian Church will hold Lenten Friday evening Taize services this Friday and March 23, at the church, 100 N. Pleasant St., Independence. The half-hour service is preceded by a soup supper starting at 6:30.

Pastor Dave Carlson will be visiting Taize during his three month-sabbatical. The Highland Park United Methodist Church website describes... the usual Taize service is based upon the historic Service of the Word with some variations. Singing, silence, scripture (usually read in several languages) and prayer permeate morning, noon and evening prayers. To the average Protestant worshiper in the United States, prayer in the Taize community with fewer words and extended periods of silence may be at once disturbing and refreshing.

For more information, call the church at 816-252-6662.


St. Mark's holds annual fish fry

St. Mark's annual fish fry, sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 6794, will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, at St. Mark's Parish Center, 3736 Lee's Summit Road, Independence.

The menu includes glazed baked salmon or battered white fish or cheese pizza, plus choice of rice pilaf, baked potato or macaroni and cheese. All dinners include coleslaw, green beans, roll and drink. Desserts sold separately.

The cost is $11 for adults; $5 for ages 4 to 10; and children under age 3 eat free.


St. Ann's Lenten fish dinners continue

St. Ann’s Church will have their Famous Fish Dinners from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Fridays through March 23, at the church, 10109 E. Lexington Ave., Independence.

The menu includes boiled shrimp, fried shrimp, whole catfish, catfish fillets, baked tortilla crust chipotle tilapia, baked panko breaded tilapia, French fries, boiled potatoes, coleslaw, hush puppies and cornbread. Drinks are included with dinner. Desserts are available and sold separately by the Altar Society.

Dinner prices range from $9.50 to $11, and a fish sandwich with fries is $4. Ala carte items may be purchased separately. For questions, call the church at 816-252-1160.


Knights serving Lenten dinners

The Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring Lenten fish dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays through March 23, at the Church of the Santa Fe, 231 S. Sibley St., Buckner.

The menu includes baked or fried Alaskan pollock, potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, dessert and drink.

The cost is $9; $8 for seniors; $4 for ages 5 to 12. For more information, call 816-650-9341.


Presentation parish fish fries during Lent

Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church will be hosting Lenten fish fries from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 23, in the church's Auditorium, 150 N.W. Murray Road.

The menu includes fried shrimp and tilapia, baked cod, salad bar, baked potato, vegetables plus homemade desserts.

The cost is $12 for adults; $5 for children ages 4-11. Proceeds will support the Presentation Youth Service Mission Trip held each summer at various locations in the United States with the goal of serving others.


Neighborhood Dinner benefit performance

The Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus, a talented group of vocal artists who perform at no charge on behalf of area charities, will be performing a fundraising benefit for the Neighborhood Dinner.

The concert will be held at 3 p.m. March 17, at Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Admission is free with a free-will donation accepted, of which 100% of the donations will go directly to support the Neighborhood Dinner. This program, that served more than 11,500 meals last year to homeless and struggling individuals and families, also provides guests access to on-site organizations that connect them with important services.

To learn more about the Neighborhood Dinner, contact Barbara Graeff-Vinck at or 816-878-1155.


Spring Spectacular March 17 at Colonial Hills

Colonial Hills Community of Christ will be holding a community Spring Spectacular from 9 a.m. to noon March 17, at the church, 3539 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs

Come for a free pancake breakfast and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny ($1 or bring your own camera). Enjoy a family egg hunt, carnival games, face painting, crafts, and more!

The church is located between Moreland School Road and Liggett. For questions, call 816-229-9344 or visit  .


St. Ann's events observe St. Patrick's Day

Join St. Ann's in Independence at 1 p.m. March 17, for a special presentation of “The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima.” Following the movie, stay for a St. Patrick's Day dinner of corned beef, cabbage, carrots and onions, desserts and drink. Dinner will be served from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m., then following the 4 p.m. Mass, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The cost is $10 per person; there is no charge for viewing the movie. The church is located at 10109 E. Lexington Ave., (two blocks north of U.S. 24 and Huttig). For more information, call 816-252-1160.

– The Examiner staff