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  • Southern Gospel
    at Berean church
    Becky Lercher will sing Southern Gospel music at 6 p.m. Saturday at Berean Free Will Baptist Church, 2104 James Downey Road, Independence.
    Becky was a part of the Stanley Jones family singers for years. Come be blessed by this fresh, inspiring, young person’s talent that she is using for the Lord.
    For more information, call the church at 816-516-7786.
    First Christian
    holds food drive
    The community is invited to help Independence First Christian Church “School’s Out” Food Drive to make sure the shelves are full for kids that will be home all day now that school is out for the summer.
    The church is asking for peanut butter, cereal, macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, canned ravioli, Spaghetti O’s, or any non-perishable food. Its goal is to have 1,000 food items by Father’s Day, June 16, and to have a steady supply of food throughout the summer.
    The church is located 125 S. Pleasant St. For information, call the church at 252-6100.
    Nieft to speak
    at Stone Church
    Jerry Nieft will speak on the theme, “Respond in Faith”, at the 10:20 a.m. worship service this Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Nieft serves as one of the counselors to the Presiding Pastor at Stone Church Community of Christ, and holds the office of High Priest. Bob Wilson will preside. Others participating in the service are Sarah Nieft and Ashely Baldwin. Special music provided by Lucinda Kincaid 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.
    Barb Hughes speaking
    at Groves Sunday
    Retired Blue Springs history teacher Barb Hughes, well known for portraying lives of local Jackson County historical women, will speak at the 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. services this Sunday at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
    Hughes, who holds the priesthood office of Elder, will speaks on the theme “Respond in Faith.” Her husband, Dick Hughes, participates in the services with Norm and Kay Cox, Brenda Williams, and Evalyn Williams assisting. Irene Payson is pianist.
    Everyone is welcome to attend.
    Sermon series
    on superheroes
    A new sermon series, “The Making of a Superhero,” is each Sunday in June at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, including the campus in Blue Springs.
    Services are at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sundays. Nursery care during worship is available for children up to age 3, and Sunday school is offered at 10:45 for children age 4 through fifth grade.
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    The five sermons in the series, looking at heroes in Scripture and ordinary heroes today, are:
    • This Sunday – “With All Your Soul.”
    • June 16 – “With All Your Strength.”
    • June 23 – “With All Your Mind.”
    • June 30 – “With Everything You Have.”
    Fellowship meeting
    at Powell Garden
    Chapel Hill Fellowship, of Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, will be meeting at Powell Garden at noon for a potluck picnic. Hot dogs will be provided and members are ask to bring a dish to share. After lunch, members will be able to tour the gardens by trolley cars or walking. Canned Spam will be collected for Festival of Sharing.
    An ice cream social is planned for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, plus a Wacky Softball game. The teams are the Youth Vs The Adult Congregation. Hunter Jones is the head coach for the Youth and Laurie Dixon will coach The Congregation. Come and eat ice cream and cheer your team to victory and have a fun evening.
    Plans are being made for VBS, “Everywhere Fun Fair” is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon July 8 through 12.
    The church is located at 3108 W. U.S. 40 in Blue Springs. For more details, call the church at 816-229-3367.
    Metro men's singers
    unite in song Sunday
    The Kansas City Metro Men's Chorus will combine with the Kansas Mennonite Men's Chorus to perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at Atonement Lutheran Church, 9948 Metcalf, Overland Park.
    The combined organizations will be around 200 men singing songs of praise. Both groups raise money for charities throughout Missouri and Kansas through free will offerings. During the intermission the two designated charities will speak of their needs and a free will offering will follow. Over the past few years the charitable contributions of both groups has exceeded one million dollars.
    Fried chicken dinner
    at Glenwood Park
    Glenwood Park Methodist Church will be holding a fried chicken dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. June 15 at the church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence.
    The ladies of the church are making fried chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy, salad, vegetable and dessert, and the cost is $8.
    Everyone is welcome.
    Paster at Groves
    retring June 30
    The Groves Community of Christ Congregation Pastor Tom Peterson will retire on June 30, and the congregation is having a reception to honor him from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 15 in the Community Room at The Groves, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
    Peterson is retiring from pastoral duties, having served more than two decades in six different congregations. In Independence, at Enoch Hill, (now Cornerstone), Ridgewood, (now Good Shepherd), and The Groves, where he has served three terms since beginning in 2001. He has also served three congregations in western Kansas, Fairfield, Hill City and Dodge City.
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    Barbecue on menu
    at St. Peter UMC
    Join St. Peter United Methodist Church in Blue Springs for a barbecue June 15, 3609 S.W. Missouri 7.
    A Mission Blitz starts in the morning with church members and neighbors serving various projects throughout town. Then celebrate from 5 to 8 p.m. with live music from bands, including The Paul Draper Band, a children's carnival, games and door prizes. A a barbecue meal is available with your ticket.
    For more information, visit www.stpeterumc.org or call the church at 816-229-9889.
    Haitian Symposium
    in KC June 15
    Glory House Services will be hosting a Haitian Symposium: Practical Solutions for Operating in Haiti from 9 a.m. to noon June 15 at Rockhurst University, Massman Room 250, 1100 Rockhurst Road, Kansas City.
    Panelists are JoAnn Woody, Red Cross; Laura Ralston, water.org; Jim Grant, Global Birthing Homes, sponsor of Maison de'Naissance; and Dr. Steve Weber, Heart to Heart International. Topics discussed will be collaboration and resilient based action, local leadership and accountability, survivability to sustainability, and community selection/importance of responsibility and accountability.
    There will also be a question and answer period, and moderated breakout groups with 5 to 10 people to do some brainstorming on specific issues.
    Glory House Services, at 3841 S. Vassar St. in Independence, is a nonprofit organization that provides services for the Haitian community in Kansas City, and also works to improve the quality of life and education in a small village in northwest Haiti. For reservations, email ann.harbin@gloryhousekc.org or call 816-237-0447.
    – Compiled by Jillayne Ritchie

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