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  • Briefly: Area religion news

  • A roundup of religion news in Eastern Jackson County

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  • 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. Saturday, 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.
    Concert to benefit local clothing closet
    The Wild Women of Kansas City will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at the third annual Tabitha’s Closet Benefit Concert at the First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence.
    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.
    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.
    Hiroshima mayor given Peace Award
    Tadatoshi Akiba, advocate for global nuclear disarmament, will receive the 19th Community of Christ International Peace Award at the opening of the Peace Colloquy at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Community of Christ Temple, 201 S. River Blvd., Independence. He served three terms as mayor of Hiroshima, Japan, and was president of Mayors for Peace. This is a free event.
    “From Hiroshima with Love” will be presented by Emiko Okada, Hibakusha, a survivor of the 1945 atomic bombings, at 7 p.m. Oct. 27. She was 8 when Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed. This is also a free event.
    The Peace Colloquy, Oct. 26-28, will explore nuclear questions and complexities involved in disarmament with programming for kindergartners on up. Event highlights include speakers, workshops, Peace Kids and youth retreat program, and a pre-event prayer retreat. Get details, prices, and register online at www.CofChrist.org/peacecolloquy.
    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.
    Theme is ‘Serve in Community’
    Seventy Carole Price speaks on the theme “Serve in Community” at 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. worship services Sunday at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
    Page 2 of 4 - Price is a longtime volunteer for Boys & Girls Clubs in Independence. Tyrone Moore, executive director of Independence Boys & Girls Clubs, provides the music ministry. Geoff Henshaw, Jerry Price, Norman and Kay Cox assist, and Barb Fears is pianist.
    All are invited to attend.
    Also, Jim Terril will speak on the theme “Serve in Community” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Jim is the leader of the Stone Church Scout troop. Eric Scott will preside, with special music by Sandra Byrne and Clare Vlahos. Others participating in the service are Regg Stoner and members of the Stone Church Scout troop.
    Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or visit www.stone-church.org.
    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.
    ‘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.
    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.
    Page 3 of 4 - The cost is $5. Reservations are due to Rosemary Thompson by Tuesday. To register, call 816-228-7559.
    Fall festival set at Glenwood UMC
    Glenwood Park United Methodist Church in Independence plans a fall festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27, which includes chili and soup for a $5 donation.
    Also, the congregation’s annual Potato Drop will begin at 7 a.m. and continue until they are gone on Nov. 3. Some 42,000 pounds of potatoes will be unloaded, and they are free, so all are invited to stop by.
    The church is at 10000 E. 23rd St. For more details, call the church at 816-254-5116.
    ‘Trunk or Treat’ at Liberty Street
    Liberty Street Community of Christ is hosting a free “Trunk or Treat” from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Oct. 27 in the north parking lot of the church, 416 N. Liberty St., Independence.
    Children 12 and under are invited to come in costume and bring a bag for their goodies. Immediately following will be a free chili and hot dog dinner inside the church beginning at 6 p.m.
    KC Metro Men’s Chorus set to sing
    The Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the First Christian Church, 701 N.W. 15th St., Blue Springs.
    A free will offering will be asked for Micah Ministries. Micah serves Kansas City by feeding and clothing the homeless of the inner city, as well as providing other services to those in need. For more information, call the church at 816-229-8400.
    Pancake breakfast at First Christian
    The First Christian Church will hold a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Oct. 27, in the Fellowship Hall, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. The cost is $3.50 for coffee, juice, sausage and all-you-can-eat pancakes. For more information, call the church at 816-252-6100.
    Coventry Estates family carnival
    “Out of the Darkness into the Light” is the theme of the Family Carnival to be held Oct. 28 at Coventry Estates Baptist Church, 17133 E. 39th St. South, Independence. This event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.
    The evening includes free hot dog or chili dog, drink, chips and cookies. There will also be fun carnival games, prizes and candy for everyone.
    Messiah Lutheran Friendship Sunday
    Messiah Lutheran Church will hold Friendship Sunday Oct. 28, 613 S. Main St., Independence. Friendship Hour will immediately follow the 9 a.m. service. For more information, call the church at 816-254-9405 or www.messiahlcms.net
    ‘Truck & Treat’ at St. Peter UMC
    A Truck & Treat is being held from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at St. Peter United Methodist Church, 3609 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs.
    Page 4 of 4 - It’s a Halloween alternative party inside and outside the church. Bring your family and enjoy carnival games and treats. Free hot dogs while they last and free kid photos.
    An alternative to Halloween
    A Hallelujah Party, a safe Halloween alternative, will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at Church on the Rock Outreach Center, 1700 S.W. Market St., Lee’s Summit.
    This event is free and open to children through the 6th grade. For more information, call the church at 816-246-7625 or visit www.cotroc.org.
    Family forum at Chapel Hill
    Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Blue Springs plans a family forum that will consist of discussion of parenting skills, by lecture, workshop and discussion. The dates are 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 2, and 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 3. This year’s program will be led by Jedd Hafer from the Love and Logic Institute in Golden, Colo. The theme will be “Raising Great Kids Who Can Handle Real World Challenges without Breaking a Sweat.” This is free with child care available for both sessions. Advanced registration is encouraged.
    The church is at 3108 W. U.S. 40. For more information and to register for the Love and Logic program, call 816-229-3367 or visit www.chpresby.org.
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