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  • Pleasant View Christian to celebrate 50 years
    Pleasant View Christian Church in Independence will be celebrating 50 years of providing Christian fellowship and service to Eastern Jackson County. A special service and celebration will be held at 10:50 a.m. Sunday at the church, 19114 E. Salisbury Road. A buffet luncheon will follow the service. For reservations, call 816-796-3489.
    ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ is theme this Sunday
    Eric Scott will speak on the theme “Do Not Be Afraid” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. Scott is a counselor to the Stone Church presiding pastor.
    Special music will be provided by Barbara Fears and Mallory Neeley. Roy Jones will preside. Others participating in the service are Sherri Mullins, Gail Woodstock, Gerald Winship and Bob Wilson.
    Signing is available for the hearing impaired. For more information, call 816-254-2211 or visit www.stone-church.org.
    • J. D. Ingram will bring the message at communion services this Sunday at The Groves Congregation of Community of Christ in Independence. Ingram, a former pastor at East Alton Congregation, will speak on the theme “Do Not Be Afraid.”
    Ada McDole, Jean Pement, Merlyn Williams and Ward Francis assist at 9:15 a.m., with Tom Peterson, Lois Moore, Bruce Ellis and Christina Nagel assisting at 10:15 a.m. Melissa Neff is pianist for both services, and vocalist Tim Wand will minister in music at 10:15 a.m.
    The Groves congregation is wheelchair accessible. Everyone is invited to attend.
    Church of the Santa Fe offers music program
    The Catholic Church of the Santa Fe in Buckner will present young musicians in a program of “Music for Mardi Grason” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church, 231 S. Sibley. There will be a performance of music for piano, strings, woodwinds and brass. Everyone is invited, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call the church at 816-650-9341.
    ‘Everything Rally’ is an evening for women
    Blue Springs Assembly is hosting an “Everything Rally,” for women beginning at 7 p.m. Friday at the church, 2501 N.E. Duncan Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. for meet and greet, so come early for free finger-foods, beverages and shopping at the BSA Boutique.
    This “girls night out” has crazy games, giveaways, praise and worship, and a spiritual challenge from BSA lead pastor’s wife, Mary Ann Martz, entitled, “The Total Package.” Then, make s’mores, play Bingo, enjoy a neck or hand massage, or get a fun demonstration from Beauty Control.
    Onsite childcare is available for pre-kindergarten and under with a donation. For staffing, please register children (names and ages) at the BSA Welcome Center or online at info@bluespringsassembly.org.
    Page 2 of 3 - Grief and recovery program at St. Mark’s
    St. Mark’s Catholic Church is holding a 12-week grief and recovery outreach program beginning March 15 at the church, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence.
    The program will help people resolve loss issues, whether from the death of a loved one, divorce, the end of a relationship, loss of cancer, loss of substance dependency, loss of trust, loss of dreams, loss of security or loss of health. To register, call Lee Ward, director of pastoral care, at 816-373-2600, ext. 226.
    Plaza Heights Christian offers ‘The King and I’
    Plaza Heights Christian Academy presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I” at 7 p.m. March 10, 11 and 12 in the academy’s auditorium, 1500 S. Clark Rd., Blue Springs. Ticket prices are $5 for adults, and $3 for students and children older than 2. Call 816-228-0670 or visit the school office to reserve tickets.
    ‘Bountiful String Quartet’ at Nativity
    Nativity of Mary Catholic Church is hosting the “Bountiful String Quartet” at 7 p.m. March 12 at the church, 10017 E. 36th Terrace, Independence.
    This quartet is a newly formed musical group from the Independence area. The members are all young people from the Church of Jesus Christ Restoration Branch, who have embraced the practice of playing string instruments, which requires extreme discipline and dedication. The program will consist of classical pieces by Dvorak and Mendelssohn, as well as some beloved hymns.
    Admission is free.
    Financial Peace University offered
    Two churches will be holding Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University:
    • Grace Fellowship, 3908 S. Stayton, Independence. Classes begin at 5 p.m. Sunday. To register, call Roger Freeman at 816-795-7181.
    • Hill Cumorah Restoration Church of Jesus Christ, 4516 S. Phelps Road, Independence. Classes begin at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. To register, call Lisa Howard at 816-478-6461.
    Community invited to grow in organic garden
    People are invited to raise their organic vegetables at the St. Paul Community Garden, 36th Street and Sterling Avenue, Independence. Organic garden plots are 10 feet by 20 feet and are obtained with a $20 donation. Organic methods must be used. Apply by contacting garden coordinator, Sara, at 816-356-6986 or stpaulcommunitygarden@yahoo.com. For more information, visit www.st-paulumc.org.
    Timothy Lutheran offers DivorceCare
    DivorceCare will begin a new 13-week program Sunday from 6-7:30 p.m. at Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs.
    It features 13 DVD seminars on divorce and recovery. Participants become part of a small support group of people who are also experiencing separation and divorce. There also is a program for children whose parents are separated or divorced.
    Topics include learning about what is happening to the family, facing anger, how to deal with sadness, who’s to blame, dealing with loneliness, talking to parents and moving on, growing up and growing closer to God.
    Page 3 of 3 - For more information, call Lucy Johnson at 816-616-6901 or Patty Koogler at 228-5300, and to register, call Lucy or Patty or the Care Ministry office at 816-228-5300, Ext. 8039.