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  • Peace Colloquy
    is this weekend
    The Community of Christ Peace Colloquy is being held Saturday and Sunday.
    This event 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.
    “From Hiroshima with Love” will be presented by Emiko Okada, Hibakusha, a survivor of the 1945 atomic bombings, at 7 p.m. Saturday. She was 8 when Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed. This is a free event.
    Get details, prices, and register online at www.CofChrist.org/peacecolloquy.
    Susquehanna Baptist
    sets taco fundraiser
    The Susquehanna Baptist Church Preschool is holding a taco dinner fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the church, 17800 Susquehanna Ridge, Independence. There will also be live country music. The cost is $6 for adults, and $3 for children. For more information, call the church at 816-257-2080.
    ‘Truck & Treat’
    at St. Peter UMC
    A Truck & Treat is being held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Peter United Methodist Church, 3609 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs.
    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.
    Halloween carnival
    at River Boulevard
    A Halloween carnival will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at River Boulevard Baptist Church, 3212 N. River Blvd., Independence. For details, call the church at 816-461-5650.
    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. Saturday, 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. South. For more details, call the church at 816-254-5116.
    Sermon series is
    focused on success
    The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection this weekend begins a four-week sermon series on success.
    The church, based in Leawood, has a campus at 601 N.E. Jefferson St. in Blue Springs. Services are at 10:30 a.m. and include the sermon via video.
    The sermons include:
    • “The Meaning of Success,” this Sunday.
    • “The Truly Great Will Be Your Servant,” Nov. 4.
    • “Seek First the Kingdom of God,” Nov. 11.
    • “Give Thanks in All Circumstances,” Nov. 18.
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    ‘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. Saturday 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. Saturday 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. Saturday, 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 Sunday 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.
    ‘Lord, Let Me See’
    is weekend theme
    Ken McClain will speak on the theme “Lord, Let Me See” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service this Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Arthur Butler will preside, with special music by Hillary Joy-Sims and Pamela Landrum. Others participating in the service are Linda Keller and LaDora Cripps.
    Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or visit www.stone-church.org.
    Also, Tom Peterson, pastor of the Groves Community of Christ congregation, speaks on the theme “Lord, Let Me See” at 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. services on Sunday at The Groves, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
    Peterson holds the office of high priest and has served in priesthood calling since age 16. Assisting are Larry Eichner, Irvin and Lois Jones, Virgil and Sonjah Hatfield, Christina Nagel, pianist, and Katy Toese providing music ministry. Everyone is welcome.
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    Messiah Lutheran
    Friendship Sunday
    Messiah Lutheran Church will hold Friendship Sunday this Sunday, 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.
    Love and Logic
    leader workshop
    Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church is offereing a family forum, led by Jedd Hafer of the Love and Logic Institute with the theme “Raising great kids who can handle real world challenges without breaking a sweat.” The forum is from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 2, and 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 3. The church is at 3108 W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs.
    After Hafer’s keynote presentation on Friday, there will be a reception in Stone Hall where participants can meet him.
    Donuts, coffee and juice will be provided for the Saturday morning workshop. Child care is available for both sessions.
    The event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is encouraged. To register, visit www.chpresby.org. For more information, call 816-229-3367.
    Veterans Day
    dinner planned
    A Veterans Day dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at College Park Community of Christ, 1021 W. College Ave., Independence.
    The menu includes spaghetti, salad, drink and dessert. In addition to the meal, there will be ceremonies and a program, with time to visit and compare stories.
    The dinner is free, but donations will be accepted with proceeds to benefit the Wounded Warriors fund. All are welcome to come help us acknowledge and thank veterans, current military, and their families. Reservations are due by Nov. 4, call 816-254-0912.
    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.
    Learn the habits
    of healthier living
    Cornerstone Church of Blue Springs will host a healthy living conference from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 3, at the church, 301 S.E. Route AA.
    Speakers include Dr. Carl Davis from Integrative Health in Lee’s Summit. Topics include how to avoid heart disease, diabetes and cancer; eating well; maintaining a healthy weight forever; and learning to make healthier lifestyle choices.
    To register, call the church at 816-228-1979. For more information, visit www.Cornerstonelife.org.
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    Prayer service set
    for Election Day
    On Election Day Nov. 6, the First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs will hold a 30-minute, nonpartisan prayer service at 7:15 a.m.
    The church is at 301 S.W. Woods Chapel Road. For more information, contact Sally Haynes at shaynes@firstumcbs.org.
    An alternative
    to Halloween
    A Hallelujah Party, a safe Halloween alternative, will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday 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.
    Lutheran women
    plan service event
    The Kansas City South Lutheran Women’s Missionary League’s Fall Rally will be Tuesday 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 Tuesday. To register, call 816-228-7559.
    Facing foreclosure?
    Workshop can help
    Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph will hold two foreclosure-prevention workshops from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Nov. 20 at Caritas Center, 20 W. Ninth St., Kansas City.
    Homeowners having trouble paying their mortgage, who have missed a payment, or who are at any stage of the foreclosure process are encouraged to attend. It’s free. The counseling is confidential and professional.
    Reservations are encouraged, contact ehaney@ccharities.com or 816-221-4377.
    Stop ‘Living in an
    Emotional Prison’
    Moving on Ministries will host a one-day retreat, “Living in an Emotional Prison,” from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at New Hope Church of the Nazarene, 4330 N. Oak Trafficway, Kansas City.
    Keynote speaker Darryl Burton will share his story on how he served a 24-year prison sentence for a crime he didn’t commit and why he has been able to forgive. Speakers will discuss forgiveness, overcoming death, living with a terminal illness, spousal abuse and wrongful imprisonment.
    The conference fee is $10 in advance and includes lunch. Registrations accepted through Nov. 5 by sending check, cash, or money order made out to Frank Dominguez, and mailed to Kathy Coleman, Moving on Ministries, 120 N.E. Normandy Lane, Kansas City, MO 64116. For more information, call 816-454-1521 or 816-517-9279.
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