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  • Lessons and carols offered at Temple
    An Advent service of lessons and carols will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Community of Christ Temple, 201 S. River Blvd., Independence.
    The anticipation and joy of the coming of Christ will be celebrated in song and word. Music will be provided by the Spire Chamber Ensemble and the Emporia State University Brass and Percussion, with the congregation joining in hymns and songs.
    A freewill offering will be taken. For more information, visit www.cochrist.org/dome_spire.
    Chili and soup at Berean Free Will
    Berean Free Will Baptist will hold a chili and soup supper at 4 p.m. Saturday, 2104 James Downey Road, Independence. Steve Perry and friend will also be performing at 6 p.m.
    For more details, call the church at 816-516-7786.
    Blood drive set at Chapel Hill
    Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church will hold a blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, 3108 W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs.
    The church’s youth decked the halls on Thursday in the youth area.
    Sunday will be the last day for SERRV Bazaar. Items can be purchased before and after the church services, 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The Advent Bible Study is 7 p.m. Thursday in Stone Hall.
    Volunteers are needed to help organize the donations for the Community Services League Christmas store. Help is need from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Call Jim or Dixie Bozarth at 816-229-2851 if you’d like to volunteer. Just a reminder, bring an unwrapped gift to the church.
    For more information, call the church at 816-229-3367.
    Have breakfast and meet Santa
    Beacon Heights Community of Christ will hold its annual Breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, 19402 E. Holke Road (in front of BVAC) in Independence.
    Meet and have your picture taken with Santa, receive a stocking, build a picture frame and ornament, have your face painted and eat a breakfast of pancakes and sausage. Everything is free.
    For more information, leave a message at 816-796-7033.
    Seasonal events at Eastgate Christian
    Eastgate Christian Church in Independence is planning several Christmas-related events:
    • Sunday, A Caroling “Advent”ure at 5 p.m.
    • On Dec. 16, the chancel choir will perform a cantata “Lead Me Back To Bethlehem,” under the direction of Renee Zimmerman, during the regular worship service.
    • On Dec. 23 and 30, worship services will begin at 10 a.m., and there will be no Sunday school.
    • Christmas Eve services begin at 7.
    The church is at 4010 S. River Blvd. For more information, call the church at 816-252-6828.
    Page 2 of 4 - 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 “Mary’s Song,” this Sunday; “Zachariah’s Song,” Dec. 16; “The Angel’s Song (candlelight Christmas Eve),” Dec. 23; and “Simeon’s Song,” Dec. 30.
    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, Dec. 15 at Good Shepherd Community of Christ, 4341 Blue Ridge Blvd. The cost is $5.
    The Center Place Singers in service
    The Center Place Singers will provide Sunday’s worship experience for the second Sunday in Advent at Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. The theme is “All Shall See God’s Salvation” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service.
    The Center Place Singers is a choir composed of young persons who provide their ministry of music to differing congregations and denominations.
    Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or visit www.stone-church.org.
    ‘All Shall See God’s Salvation’ is message at The Groves
    “All Shall See God’s Salvation” is the theme of the Advent message by Evangelist Ardis Everett for the 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. services this Sunday at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence. Ada McDole, Jean Pement, Alice Swanson, Virginia Spiers, Evalyn Williams and Carol Vincent assist with vocalist Cindy Kincaid and pianist Lois Moore providing music ministry.
    Special Advent events at The Groves include Christmas vespers with the “Glory Ringers” handbell choir of the First United Methodist Church, 6:45 p.m. Wednesday; Independence Messiah Choir, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 16; and the Celebration of Carols Christmas Cantata presented by the Beacon Heights Community of Christ choir, 6:45 p.m. Dec. 19. All are held in the Community Room at The Groves.
    Everyone is welcome to attend.
    Morgan family set for concerts
    Gospel music recording artists the Phil & Pam Morgan Family will perform at two Independence congregations.
    The Morgans, of Lee’s Summit, have a holiday program called “A Homestyle Family Christmas,” reflecting the nostalgia for old TV variety shows.
    Performances are at 3 p.m. Sunday at Blue Ridge Boulevard Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 3625 Blue Ridge Blvd., and at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Susquehanna Baptist Church, 17800 E. Susquehanna Ridge.
    Admission is free, and a love offering will be received to support the Morgans’ ministry efforts. Doors open 30 minutes before each concert, and seating is limited. For information, call the Morgans at 816-578-4197 or visit www.PhilandPamMorgan.com/Concerts.
    Page 3 of 4 - LDS Visitors’ Center Christmas music
    Several evenings of Christmas music will be held at the Independence LDS Visitors’ Center, 737 W. Walnut St.
    • Visitors’ Center Sisters, 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
    • Victor Olvera and friends, 7 p.m. Dec. 14.
    • The Blanch family, 7 p.m. Dec. 15.
    • Valerie Hamaker and family, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21
    • Vocalist Meredeth Nance, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 22
    Everyone is welcome.
    ‘Christmas Joy’ at Nativity of Mary
    The Christmas program “Sharing Christmas Joy!” will be begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church, 10017 E. 36th Terrace, Independence.
    The program features both the Nativity of Mary youth and adult choirs, the Jacomo Chorale and soloist Father Bob Stone, pastor at the parish. This will be a special performance as Nativity of Mary Parish celebrates its 75th anniversary and the Jacomo Chorale celebrates its 30th anniversary.
    Freewill offerings are accepted. For more information, contact the church at 816-353-2184 or www.nativityofmary.org.
    Live nativity at St. Paul’s Lutheran
    St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is hosting a live nativity from 3 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15, 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 at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 15 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. Dec. 15, 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.
    Musical at Blue Springs Assembly
    Blue Springs Assembly presents the Christmas musical, “Glorious Noel,” at 6 p.m. Dec. 16, 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 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.
    Page 4 of 4 - Those 60 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.
    Craft, collectable bazaar planned
    Trinity Episcopal Church’s fourth annual Craft ad Collectable Bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the church, 409 N. Liberty St., Independence.
    There will be crafts, collectables, baked goods, door prizes, a silent auction and “tea leaf readings by Madam Margarita.” A light luncheon will also be available.
    For more information, call Nancy at 816-241-3227 or call the church at 816-254-3644.
    Food distribution in Lee’s Summit
    A Love’s Outreach Community food distribution will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Church on the Rock Outreach Center, 1700 S.W. Market St., Lee’s Summit.
    Free food for families in need will be distributed. Photo ID and proof of residency are required to participate.
    This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 816-246-7625 or visit www.cotroc.org.
    KC Chorale sings for the holidays
    The Kansas City Chorale is performing “The Holidays in Great Britain.”
    This event includes Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” with harp accompaniment, and music by Thomas Tallis, Philip Stopford, Herbert Howells, David Willcocks, John Rutter.
    The concerts will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Redemptorist Church, 3333 Broadway, and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Asbury Methodist Church, 5400 W. 75th St. (at Nall Avenue).
    Admission is $40 for adults, $30 for seniors, and $20 for students. Tickets may be purchased by calling 816-235-6222 or online at www.kcchorale.org.

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