• Activities at Eastern Jackson County churches

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  • Teens to describe Texas mission work
    Twenty-one youth of Community of Christ Central Mission will participate in prayers, testimonies and a slide show for Sunday’s 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. services at The Groves Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak. The teenagers served in mission Aug. 5-11 with Outreach International in Los Fresnos, Texas, repairing homes of indigent families and completing a community garden for the local food pantry.
    Kirk Barnhard will bring the morning message on the theme “Unity in Diversity.” All are invited.
    Pleasant Grove Bible Church sets concert
    Pleasant Grove Bible Church will present “Evidence” from Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary in Kansas City. The ministry concert will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 4916 Lee’s Summit Road, Kansas City.
    This group of college students will present a variety of music and testimonies designed to encourage, challenge, and lead in worship.
    For more information, call 816-373-1218.
    First Christian Church pancake breakfast
    The First Christian Church of Independence is holding a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall, 125 S. Pleasant St.
    The cost is $3.50 for coffee, juice, sausage and all-you-can-eat pancakes.
    Breakfast will also be served from 7 to 10 a.m. Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and 2. The menu includes cowboy biscuits and gravy for $4.50, and pioneer pancakes with sausage or a fresh baked cinnamon roll for $4. Coffee and juice are included with all meals.
    For information, call the church at 816-252-6100.
    Aid for cancer patient
    A spaghetti dinner, concert and silent auction benefit for Randie Bowen, who has been diagnosed with cancer, will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at Arise Ministries Church, 4845 S. Norfleet Road, Independence. The concert will held at 6 p.m.
    If you would like to donate food items, items needed include spaghetti and sauce, garlic breadsticks or bread, salad and dressing, green beans and desserts. Call Chris at 816-507-3864 if you would like to donate food or items for the silent auction.
    If you would like to sing, call Howard Rogers 816-726-1181.
    St. Paul homecoming
    The 67th annual homecoming at St. Paul AME Church, 200 E. Lexington in Independence is at the 11 a.m. service this Sunday.
    The special guest is the Rev. Jonathan Wright, former pastor at St. Paul and now pastor at Revival of Hope in Kansas City. All are welcome.
    ‘Stand firm’ theme at Sunday service
    Don McLaughlin will speak on the theme “Stand Firm” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. McLaughlin specializes in congregational growth.
    Page 2 of 3 - The Stone Church Summer Series continues with Stassi Cramm speaking on the theme “Invite Others to Christ.” Becky Savage will preside. Special music is provided by Phyllis Gregg and Kelda and Cassey Glanden.
    Services have captioning for the hearing impaired, and the building is handicap accessible. For more information, go to www.stone-church.org or call 816-254-2211.
    Financial Peace University offered
    St. Mark’s Catholic Church will hold Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, at the church, at 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence.
    The course lasts nine weeks. For more information or to register, call Anthony Caracci at 816-373-2600.
    Trinity Presbyterian planning Rally Day
    Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1400 Sheley Road in Independence, begins the new church school year with Rally Day on Sept. 9.
    Classes for kindergarteners through adults begin at 9:30 a.m. Nursery care is provided.
    The 10:30 a.m. worship service is followed by a potluck picnic. Hotdogs, hamburgers, lemonade, tea and tableware will be provided.
    There will be fun for the kids with a bouncy house, tug of war, three-legged races, face painting, milk bottle toss, and goody bags. All are welcome.
    Enroll in youth event at Coventry Estates
    Coventry Estates Baptist Church, 17133 E. 39th St. in Independence, will hold enrollment for its AWANA program from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
    It’s for ages 3 (potty trained) through sixth grade. It’s held from 6:15 to 7:45 Sunday evenings starting Sept. 9.
    Children will learn Bible verses, hear Bible stories and play games.
    Annual craft show
    St. Mark’s Catholic Church will host its 8th Annual Craft Show and Business Expo from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 9 at the church, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence. For more information, call the church at 816-373-2600 or visit www.stmarksparish.com.
    ‘One-room Sunday school’ at St. Matthew
    St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 2415 R.D. Mize Road in Independence, is starting a “one-room Sunday school” on Sept. 2.
    It’s for ages 3 to 12 and includes lessons, songs and crafts. It’s from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    For more information, call Shirley Weaver at 816-716-1184.
    Colonial Hills sets Divorce Care class
    Divorce Care classes are being offered at Colonial Hills Community of Christ Sept. 2 through Dec. 2.
    This 13-week class will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sundays at the church, 3539 S. Missouri 7, Blue Springs. It’s a Christian-based series of videos, with workbook and group discussions. The workbook cost is $10, if you are able to cover it.
    Page 3 of 3 - Childcare provided. Contact Traci Groner at tracivanr@sbcglobal.net.
    For more information, call the church at 816-229-9344.
    Spiritual Renewal Week at the Groves
    The Groves in Independence is planning its annual Spiritual Renewal Week for Oct. 1-5.
    The theme is “Becoming A Signal Community,” and Community of Christ Evangelist Bob Kyser will teach the morning class and preach at the Wednesday evening worship service. Ministers from different denominations will present daily devotions. The week also includes music, fellowship, movies and special programs.
    There’s a free continental breakfast daily. A buffet lunch is for $7 a day or $20 for all five days. There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested. Contact Peggy Young at 816-254-3500, ext. 474 or at pyoung@thegroves.com, or contact Kathy Hood at 816-254-3500, ext. 456 or at khood@thegroves.com.
    The event is in the White Oak Community Room. The Groves is at 1515 W. White Oak.
    Apple festival at Raytown church
    The Missouri Baptist Children’s Home will hold an apple festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at the First Baptist Church of Raytown.
    Gospel music lineup: 9 a.m. Doug Hodges and Steven Perry; 9:30 a.m. Michael Easton and friend; 10 a.m. Nick Miller; 10:30 a.m. Isaac Miller; 11 a.m. Jeff Lane and Made Worthy; 11:30 a.m. Stephanie Springate; noon 4-His Love; 12:30 p.m. Tim and Kim Burk family; 1 p.m. Wayne Richardson; 1:30 p.m. Connie Farris; and 2 p.m. Randy Davenport.
    Blessing of the animals
    St. Peter’s United Church of Christ will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals at 2 p.m. Sunday at 700 E. 110th St., Kansas City.
    The event is free and the public is invited to bring caged or restrained dogs, cats and other critters for the Rev. Jody Furnas-Wright to bless.
    Free refreshments for both people and pets will be provided. Donations of nonperishable pet food for the church’s food bank will be accepted.

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