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  • Boy Scouts serve
    pancake breakfast
    Boy Scout Troop 347 will serve pancakes as a fundraiser. It’s from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Good Shepherd Community of Christ, 4341 Blue Ridge Blvd. The cost is $5.
    Live nativity at
    St. Paul’s Lutheran
    St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is hosting a live nativity from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, 17200 E. 39th St., Independence.
    The nativity will include a camel, sheep and donkey. There will also be a petting zoo, plus have your picture taken kneeling at the manger (there is a fee for the zoo and photo). Also enjoy free hot chocolate and a cookie.
    For more information, call the church at 816-373-5290.
    Advent reflections
    at St. Ann’s Catholic
    Knights of Columbus 3430 is sponsoring an Advent day of reflection beginning at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Ann’s Parish Hall, 10113 E. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    After the 4 p.m. Mass, there will be a spaghetti dinner for $7 per person. The movie “For Greater Glory” will be shown in the afternoon for free.
    Glenwood Park
    UMC has Santa
    Santa Claus will be at Glenwood Park Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. There will be fun, food and candy, plus the children will be able to talk and have their picture taken with Santa.
    Morgan family
    featured in concert
    Gospel music recording artists the Phil and Pam Morgan Family will perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Susquehanna Baptist Church, 17800 E. Susquehanna Ridge, Independence.
    The Morgans, of Lee’s Summit, have a holiday program called “A Homestyle Family Christmas,” reflecting the nostalgia for old TV variety shows.
    Admission is free, and a love offering will be received to support the Morgans’ ministry efforts. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the concert, and seating is limited. For information, call the Morgans at 816-578-4197 or visit www.PhilandPamMorgan.com/Concerts.
    LDS Visitors’ Center
    Christmas music
    Several evenings of Christmas music will be held at the Independence LDS Visitors’ Center, 737 W. Walnut St., Independence.
    n The Blanch family, 7 p.m. Saturday.
    n Valerie Hamaker and family, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21
    n Vocalist Meredeth Nance, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 22
    Everyone is welcome.
    ‘Messiah’ presentation
    at Remnant Church
    The Messiah Choir of Zion will present Handel’s “Messiah” at 6 p.m. Sunday at Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2820 Missouri 291 Frontage Road, Independence.
    Page 2 of 4 - The choir, directed by Carl W. VunCannon Jr., consists of singers with heritage in the Restoration faith. The soloists and choir will be accompanied by piano and pipe organ.
    Admission is free, and everyone is welcome.
    ‘Heaven’s Child’
    cantata Sunday
    Independence First Christian Church will perform Pepper Choplin’s “Heaven’s Child” Cantata at the 10:45 a.m. service this Sunday, 125 S. Pleasant St. Followed by a potluck dinner and the “Christmas Play” performed by the youth.
    For more information, contact the church at 816-252-6100 or www.fccindepmo.org.
    Seasonal events
    at Eastgate Christian
    Eastgate Christian Church in Independence is planning several Christmas-related events:
    n Sunday, the chancel choir will perform a cantata “Lead Me Back To Bethlehem,” under the direction of Renee Zimmerman, during the regular worship service.
    n On Dec. 23 and 30, worship services will begin at 10 a.m., and there will be no Sunday school.
    n Christmas Eve services begin at 7.
    The church is at 4010 S. River Blvd. For more information, call the church at 816-252-6828.
    Sermon series
    focused on song
    The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection this weekend continues a sermon series, “The First Carols of Christmas.” The church, based in Leawood, has a campus at 601 N.E. Jefferson St. in Blue Springs. Services are at 10:30 a.m. and include the sermon via video.
    The sermons include “Zachariah’s Song,” this Sunday; “The Angel’s Song (candlelight Christmas Eve),” Dec. 23; and “Simeon’s Song,” Dec. 30.
    ‘Messiah’ arias
    sung at The Groves
    Select members of Independence Messiah Choir sing arias and choruses from Handel’s “Messiah” at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the Community Room at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
    Paulette V. Resch directs, with Pam Robison piano accompanist and Eileen Terril as reader. Barbara Alander, Kathy Stayton, Cindy Kincaid and Kristopher Taylor are soloists.
    Evangelist Bruce Lindgren speaks on the theme “God Is Among You” for the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Pat Henshaw, Carole Lindgren, Bud and Diane Perrin assist, and pianist Eileen Terril will provide the music.
    Snapp brings Sunday
    message at Stone Church
    Terry Snapp will speak on the theme “God is Among You” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service this Sunday at Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Snapp is the Presiding Pastor for Stone Church. Others participating in the service are Ray McClaran, Randy Gunn, Holly Ross-Underwood and Kara Johnson, special music provided by Liahona Mendelsohn and John Davies.
    Page 3 of 4 - Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or www.stone-church.org.
    Musical at Blue
    Springs Assembly
    Blue Springs Assembly presents the Christmas musical, “Glorious Noel,” at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2501 N.E. Duncan Road.
    This event is free and open to the public. Free child care will be provided for ages 5 and under. For more information, contact Shelly Wilke at 816-847-0200 or shelly@bluespringsassembly.org.
    Christmas outreach
    at Church on the Rock
    Church on the Rock Outreach Center will be hosting Christmas Outreach 2012 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, 1700 S.W. Market St., Lee’s Summit.
    They will be giving out Christmas dinner food boxes (complete with meat) to families in need. Reservations required, and limited quantities available. Attendance during one of the services is necessary to pick up food box.
    The church gave out 174 Thanksgiving dinner food boxes (complete with turkey) to families in need. The church would like to thank those who helped make this possible: Cargill Inc., Alliant Techsystems Inc., American Food Service, Xtreme Family Fitness, Diamond Muffler and Brake, Lee’s Summit Walmart, Berry Jennings Insurance and the members of church.
    To reserve a Christmas dinner food box, call 816-246-7625.
    Defeat blue Christmas
    at St. Matthew UMC
    St. Matthew United Methodist Church will hold a Blue Christmas service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, 2415 R.D. Mize Road, Independence.
    Is it hard for you to find joy this season? Will this Christmas not be the same because of the loss of a loved one? If so, you are invited to this service of healing and hope.
    For more information, call Pastor Rebecca Mulford at 816-373-3366 or Shirley Weaver at 816-716-1184.
    Trinity Presbyterian
    celebrating season
    You are invited to join Trinity Presbyterian Church in Independence for the following Christmas celebrations:
    Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Chancel Choir Cantata, “Shout the Good News.”
    Dec. 23, 10:30 a.m., Children’s Pageant, “Angels We Have Heard on High.”
    Dec. 24, 11 p.m., Candlelight Communion Service. Gather at 10 p.m. for fellowship around the Wassail Bowl.
    The church is located at 1400 W. Sheley Road. For more information, contact the church at 816-252-5893.
    Christmas dinner
    for seniors offered
    The deadline for reservations to attend the senior citizens Christmas Day dinner at Christ United Methodist Church in Independence is Dec. 21.
    Those 60 years or older and are unable to spend the holidays with family or friends are invited to attend. The church is at 14506 E. 39th St. Call between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday if you plan to attend or would like a meal home delivered.
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    Bible Bingo and more
    at Mission Woods
    A free Bible Bingo and cake walk will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 21 at Mission Woods Community of Christ, 2800 N.W. Duncan Road, Blue Springs.
    There will be prizes for everyone. For more details, call the church at 816-224-0095.
    Noland Road Baptist
    Christmas Eve services
    Noland Road Baptist Church will be holding two family-friendly Christmas Eve services at 3 and 5 p.m., 4505 S. Noland Road, Independence.
    Experience the message of Christmas through music, readings, and candlelight!
    For more information, call the church at 816-373-0106.
    Puppet Nativity
    at St. Peter’s UCC
    St. Peter’s United Church of Christ will present a Puppet Nativity at 4 p.m. Dec. 24, 700 E. 110th St., Kansas City.
    The Christmas story performance features larger-than-life Wise Men, each with three church members inside to move the puppet figure and his arms. A Christmas Eve candlelight service, including communion, will also be held at 11 p.m.
    For more information, contact the church at 816-942-1155 or visit www.kcspucc.org.
    – Jillayne Ritchie

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