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  • ‘Believe in God’
    is Sunday theme
    Marc Walker will speak on the theme “Believe in God” at the 10:20 a.m. Sunday worship service at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    The Center Place Singers – young adults directed Paulette Votava Resch – will bring ministry throughout the service. Others participating in the service are Phyllis Gregg, who will accompany on the piano, with Doug White on the trumpet.
    Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or visit www.stone-church.org.
    Noland Road
    Baptist car show
    Noland Road Baptist Church will hold its 15th annual “Legends of the Past” car show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, 4505 S. Noland Road, Independence.
    All cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. There is no entry free, no pre-registration and no assigned parking. There will be free food and beverages, a Craftsman tool chest giveaway and multiple $100 tool gift certificates.
    This event will take place rain or shine. For more information, call Ken Lee at 816-356-7019 or visit www.nolandroadbaptist.org.
    Berean Free Will
    hosts Gosplaires
    The Gosplaires will be in concert at 6 p.m. Saturday at Berean Free Will Baptist Church, 2104 James Downey Road, Independence.
    The Gosplaires – Bob Knitter, David Way, Dale Gilbareta, Ed Knitter and Ivan Parton – have had a group for more than 40 years.
    For more information, call the church at 816-516-7786.
    Sunday school
    teached honored
    Sunday school teachers will be recognized for their service throughout the year at the 10:30 a.m. worship service this Sunday at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 3801 S.W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs.
    The second grade students in the church will be presented their own Bibles on Sunday. This is a long-standing tradition at Chapel Hill, and the students are encouraged to bring and use their Bible at Sunday school.
    Children have the challenge of each bringing their Sunday school offering over the next two Sundays. The collection this year will benefit the Ronald McDonald House, and May 19 is the last day for collecting. May 19 is also the last Sunday for Sunday school classes until September.
    For more information, call the church at 816-229-3367.
    Sermons focused
    on joy and purpose
    Resurrection Blue Springs, part of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, is offering a sermon series, “Finding Joy in Real Life: 5 Habits for Living Well.”
    The church is at 601 N.E. Jefferson. New worship times are 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is available for children birth to age 3 during worship, and Sunday school is for children age 4 through the fifth grade. There’s coffee in the back corner of the sanctuary by the sound booth before worship.
    Page 2 of 3 - The remaining two sermons are “The Bible’s Key to Unlocking True Wealth” this Sunday and then, on May 19, “Living with Peace in an Unsettling World.”
    ‘Testimonies in
    Stone’ presentation
    “Testimonies in Stone, Evidences for the Book of Mormon: A Fireside with Anthropologist Ruth Davila and Historian Laurie Davila” will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Mormon Visitors Center, 937 W. Walnut Ave., in Independence.
    The two sisters conduct tours in Meso-America. Ruth graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in anthropology and minors in Latin American and Middle Eastern cultures, and Laurie graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Puebla Mexico, majoring in Latin American and pre-Columbian history.
    Flowers for Mom
    at Sunday service
    All women attending the 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. services on Mother’s Day at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation will be honored and given a beautiful fresh pastel carnation.
    Guest minister, Evangelist Carl Fenn, gives the morning message on the theme “Believe in Christ” with music ministry provided by Scott and Lea Spires. Brenda Williams, Lois Moore, Al Baughman, Carol Vincent, Jane Kunz, and Lillian Jacobs assist. Irene Payson is pianist.
    All are invited to attend.
    The congregation us at The Groves, 1515 W. White Oak in Independence.
    Grief seminar
    offered for all
    A seminar and workshop, “Grief: Mending the Heart and Restoring the Heart,” is being held May 18 at Independence First Christian Church in Fellowship Hall, 125 S. Pleasant. It’s open to the community.
    The workshop will provide hope, help and a framework for those experiencing grief to better understand how to cope whether it is a loved one, close friend or a life tragedy. Seven follow-up sessions will also be offered in following weeks.
    Registration and check-in are 8:30 a.m., with the workshop from 9 a.m. to noon. The workshop is underwritten by Independence First Christian Church and Speaks Funeral Home. Participates will receive resource notes and Granger Westberg’s Book, “Good Grief.”
    Registration is requested by Monday in order to provide enough books and resources and can be made by contacting the church at 816-252-6100 or the church website www.fccindepmo.org.
    Timothy Lutheran
    annual blood drive
    Timothy Lutheran Ministries is holding its 8th Annual Adam’s Army Blood Drive May 19 at the church, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs.
    The blood drive is held in honor of Adam Reed, the oldest of the five children of Mary and Jeff Reed, who was diagnosed with leukemia just before his 13th birthday in 2003.
    To register online go to www.savealifenow.org, click on “schedule an appointment,” type in TIMOTHYLUT for the sponsor code, select May 19 date and then your preferred time.
    Page 3 of 3 - T-shirts are given to the first 72 people to register. Registrations are also being taken on Sunday mornings at the church. For more information, call Nancy Nowiszewski at 816-228-5300.
    Longtime secretary
    is ready to retire
    Karen Anderson is retiring after 33 years as the secretary, office manager and do-everything person at the Independence First United Methodist Church, 400 W. Maple Ave. A retirement tribute and dinner in her honor will be at 12:15 p.m. May 19 in the Fellowship Hall at the church.
    Financial Peace at
    Messiah Lutheran
    Messiah Lutheran Church in Independence will hold Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University classes beginning June 5. The class will meet for nine weeks, one night a week. It incorporates small-group discussions that help encourage accountability and discipleship.
    There is a cost for books and materials. For more information or to register, call 816-254-9405 or email mlc@messiahlcms.net.
    - Jillayne Ritchie

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