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  • Nativity of Mary sells apple butter
    Nativity of Mary Church, 10017 E. 36th Terrace in Independence, is selling apple butter through the end of October.
    It’s made using the original recipe from Melrose Methodist Church. The cost is $6 per pint and $10 for a quart. To place an order, call the Church Ministry Center at 816-353-2184 or Ester Cunningham at 816-373-1068.
    Oakland UMC sale
    Oakland United Methodist Church, 30701 E. Truman Road in Buckner, will hold its annual Lord’s Acre Sale Saturday.
    Lunch will be available starting at 11 a.m. The auction begins at 12:30 p.m. with a hand-stitched quilt provided by the Oakland Ladies Aid Society, as well as, homemade apple butter, jellies, jams, assorted baked goods, woodcrafts and much more.
    St. Ann’s fish dinners in October
    St. Ann’s is having fish dinners” from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Friday in October at the church at the corner of Cedar and Lexington in Independence.
    The menu includes boiled and fried shrimp, whole channel catfish, catfish fillets, chipotle tilapia, panko tilapia, grilled-cheese sandwich, macaroni/cheese, french fries, boiled potatoes, coleslaw, vegetable, hush puppies and corn bread. Drinks are included with dinner, and desserts will be sold separately by the Altar Society. Dinner prices range from $8.50 to $9.75. A fish sandwich and fries is also available for $4. For more information, call the church at 816-252-1160.
    God’s grace is focus of message
    “Respond Generously to God’s Grace” is the theme of the message by Elder Hugh Rathbun this Sunday at the 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. services at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
    Rathbun’s wife, Terri, a vocal soloist, will minister in music accompanied by pianist Mary Buxbaum. Others assisting are Carol Vincent, Roy Jones, Alice Swanson and Brenda Williams. All are invited to attend.
    Chili and church – cowboy style
    Arise Ministries Church will hold a chili cook-off and cowboy church this Sunday, 4845 S. Norfleet Road, Independence. The traditional worship service is at 10:30 a.m., with the chili cook-off from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and cowboy church at 2 p.m.
    All are invited to put on their boots and hats and come to praise the Lord. All also are invited to bring a favorite chili for the cook-off (there will be a prize for the best chili) and a dessert. There will be praise and worship, tag team preaching, music jam, fellowship, country gospel music and more.
    For more information, call the church at 816-743-9221.
    Three speakers at Stone Church
    Alecia Cripps, Dennis Sharier and Gail Woodstock will speak on the theme “Respond Generously to God’s Grace” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service this Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Page 2 of 3 - Keith Martin will preside, with special music by Kristopher Taylor, Liahona Mendelsohn and Barbara Fears.
    Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or visit www.stone-church.org.
    Chapel Hill works to assist Crop Walk
    Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Blue Springs will take part in the Crop Walk this Sunday. All the kids will be taking up a noisy offering at the 10:30 a.m. worship service that will be donated to the Crop Walk, which helps fight hunger in the United States and around the world.
    The Kingdom Kids will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the kitchen, where they will be doing a service project. On Monday, the church will host the Blue Springs community blood bank from 2 to 6 p.m. in the kitchen. Call the church office for details.
    The church is collecting for Hope House in October and taking part in Project Warmth. Donations are much appreciated.
    The church is at 3108 W. U.S. 40. For more information, contact the church at 816-229-3367 or visit www.chpresby.org.
    Sugar Creek UMC holding soup dinner
    Sugar Creek United Methodist Church will hold its annual ham/beans or vegetable soup dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 415 N. Sterling Ave. The $6 donation includes ham/beans or vegetable soup, corn bread or crackers, coleslaw, dessert and drink. Carryouts are welcome. Proceeds will benefit the church.
    Fall festival at New Hope
    The New Hope Congregation of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ is having its fall festival from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20, 220 W. Moore, Independence. The festival includes craft tables, a bake sale and country store. Chili, soup and sandwiches will be served throughout the day.
    Bible bingo set at Mission Woods
    Mission Woods Community of Christ is holding a free Bible bingo and cake walk from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the church, 2800 N.W. Duncan Road, Blue Springs. There will be prizes for everyone and fun for the whole family.
    For more information, call 816-224-0095.
    Concert to benefit local clothing closet
    The Wild Women of Kansas City will perform at 3 p.m. at the Third Annual Tabitha’s Closet Benefit Concert on Oct. 21 at Independence Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St.
    The performance includes jazz, blues, gospel and sacred music. One of the three performers, Millie Edwards Nottingham, is an Independence native. Other group members are Geneva Price and Lori Tucker.
    Page 3 of 3 - Tabitha’s Closet, an outreach ministry of Independence First Christian Church, is a children’s clothing closet that provides 2,000 Independence children with new shoes and clothing each year.
    The concert is free, but a freewill offering to be taken to support Tabitha’s Closet, as well as a silent auction. For more information, contact the church at 816-252-6100 or email tabithascloset@fccindepmo.org.
    Lutheran women plan service event
    The Kansas City South Lutheran Women’s Missionary League’s Fall Rally will be Oct. 30 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 700 N.E. Chipman Road, Lee’s Summit. The theme is “Not if ... but how?” Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the opening devotion beginning at 9:30 a.m.
    Activities include a gathering for food pantries, cutting crosses out of new and recycled greeting cards; packing cookies for Kansas City prisoners by Lutheran Urban Mission Agency Auxiliary members. Participants are asked to bring straight-edge scissors and used greeting cards, and to ask their congregations to donate cards also.
    The cost is $5. Reservations are due to Rosemary Thompson by Oct. 23. To register, call 816-228-7559.
    ‘Outrageously Loved’ conference offered
    Women of every era are invited to experience God’s extravagant love at the Blue Springs Assembly Women’s Conference, “Outrageously Loved,” Oct. 26 and 27 at Blue Springs Assembly, 2501 N.E. Duncan Road.
    The featured speaker is Debbie Lindell of James River Assembly. Fright night opens at 6 p.m. with registration and free appetizers, and continues with crazy games and giveaways. Saturday’s schedule begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m.
    Registration is $35 for ladies and teen ages 14 and older through Oct. 25; $40 on site. Single moms are offered a reduced rate of $30 ($35 on site). Register online at www.bluespringsassembly.org or call 816-847-0200.
    – Jillayne Ritchie

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