Religion briefs for Feb. 25, 2012.

Pancake breakfast at First Christian

First Christian Church will hold a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Fellowship Hall, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. For more, call the church 816-252-6100.

Child Safety Day at Pointe of Hope

Pointe of Hope Church will be the site for the Kids Connect Child Safety Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. This free community event includes child ID kits conducted by the Blue Springs Police Department Youth Outreach, a kid play area, open coffeehouse and inflatables.

The church has relocated to the newly renovated 84 Lumber building at 1215A N. Missouri 7 in Blue Springs.

Black history is focus of program

The “Past, Present and Future” 2012 annual black history program, presented by the Community of Concerned Citizens, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul AME Church, 200 E. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Rudy Summerville, site coordinator for William Chrisman High School, will be the guest speaker. The host church pastor will be the Rev. Margaretta Smith-Narcisse. A praise dance will be presented by the Second Baptist Angels on Fire, with music by the St. Paul AME choir. There will also be a presentation of awards. Participating pastors are the Rev. Samuel Nero from the Second Baptist Church, and the Rev. Ray Taylor of Palestine Missionary Baptist Church.

‘Express the Light’ at Stone Church

“Express the Light,” a free fun family event, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., floor A, Independence. For more information, email Marcia Pugh at

Taize services set at First Presbyterian

Three Taizé services of music, meditation, and prayer will be held at 7 p.m. this Sunday, March 4 and April 1 in the chapel of First Presbyterian Church, 303 E. Partridge St., Independence. Each service will last about 30 minutes.

Taizé, begun many years ago in France, is a style of worship with a focus on repetition and, frequently, silence.  Scripture passages are read and responses sung; intercessory prayers are spoken or said silently. The service ends with a hymn and benediction.

‘Remembering the Everlasting Covenant’

Community of Christ Apostle Dale E. Luffman will speak on the theme “Remembering the Everlasting Covenant” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service Sunday at the Stone Church, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Luffman, a member of the Counsel of Twelve of the Community of Christ, serves on the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches representing Community of Christ. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Academy of Homiletics, and the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. He is an adjunct faculty member of Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa, and an instructor for Community of Christ Seminary affiliated with Graceland University.

Eric Scott will preside. Special music is provided by Brenda Allen and Barbara Fears. Others participating in the service are Sarah Nieft, Madison Garner and Carol Barnett.

For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or visit

History of Christianity is focus of adult study

Wilburn Stancil, professor of theology and religious studies at Rockhurst University, is First Presbyterian’s visiting theologian this spring.

Beginning March 4, Stancil will speak at four Sunday morning adult class sessions held in Westminster Hall, Pleasant Street and Lexington Avenue, Independence. The classes begin at 10:40 a.m.

The series, “Turning Points in Christianity,” is to demonstrate that change and flexibility are at the heart of the Christian faith. Dates and topics:

March 4, “The Conversion of St. Paul,” (first century). March 11, “The Formation of the Bible” (first through fourth centuries). March 18, “The Standardization of Christian Doctrine,” (first through fifth centuries). March 25, “The Globalization of Christianity,” (21st century).


Gospel group will perform Sunday

The gospel group, “Heaven Bound Travelers,” will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Vineyard Condominiums’ Club House, 700 N.W. Valley View Road, Blue Springs (across from St. Mary’s Medical Center).

Tickets are $5 in advance; $8 at the door and online at (click on revenue, and use the bottom of screen for PayPal). For more information, call P.J. Hill at 816-337-5890 or email

Spiritual foundation seminar scheduled

Apostle Dale E. Luffman will present a “Using Scripture in Spiritual Foundation” seminar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 3 at the Community of Christ Stone Church, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

The book, “Shaped by the Word” by Robert Mulholland, will be read prior to the seminar, and is available at the Stone Church for $11. Bring a sack lunch or eat out on your own; drinks and dessert provided. For reservations, email or call thechurch office at 816-254-2211.

Divorce Care class at Colonial Hills

Colonial Hills Community of Christ is offering a Divorce Care class March 4 through June 3. The 13-week class will be held every Sunday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m., except for Easter.

Divorce Care is a Christian-based series of videos, with accompanying workbook and group discussions. Workbooks cost $10, but scholarships are available if needed.Child care is provided with support for your children in regard to divorce as well.

To register, contact Traci Groner at and leave your name, contact information and ages of your children.

The church is at 3539 S. Missouri 7 in Blue Springs.