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  • Southern Baptist
    top leader to visit
    “When Praises Go Up Blessings Come Down,” Acts 16:23-34, will be the topic of the fourth annual revival at Mount Washington Baptist Church, 9623 E. Independence Ave., Independence. The revival will be begin at 7 p.m. each night June 26 through 28.
    Pastor James Reed of the First Baptist Church in Brookfield, Mo., will speak June 26, and Pastor Fred Luter Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, will speaking June 27 and 28.
    For more information, call 816-254-5688. For transportation, call 816-254-5777.
     
    Barbecue, music
    highlight of event
    St. Peter United Methodist Church in Blue Springs is holding a barbecue on Saturday.
    It’s from 5 to 8 p.m. with live music from bands, including The Paul Draper Band, a children’s carnival, games and door prizes. The barbecue dinner is $10 for adults, and $5 for ages 13 and under. The church is at 3609 S.W. Missouri 7.
    The day starts with a “mission blitz” in the morning with church members and neighbors serving on various projects throughout town.
    For information on purchasing tickets or joining the morning Mission Blitz, visit www.stpeterumc.org or call 816-229-9889.
     
    Youths raise funds
    for mission trip
    A fundraiser for the Pleasant View Christian Church youth group will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the parking lot of Fort Osage Church of the Nazarene, 19333 U.S. 24 (across from QuikTrip) in Independence.
    The youth are raising money for their mission trip scheduled the week of June 24.
     
    Retiring pastor
    to be honored
    A reception to honor Pastor Tom Peterson will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Groves Community of Christ Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
    Pastor Peterson will retire on June 30 from pastoral duties, having served more than two decades in six different congregations. In Independence, at Enoch Hill (now Cornerstone), Ridgewood (now Good Shepherd), and The Groves, where he has served three terms since beginning in 2001. He has also served three congregations in western Kansas – Fairfield, Hill City and Dodge City.
     
    ‘Testimony of the
    Book of Mormon’
    “A Scholarly Testimony of the Book of Mormon,” featuring Brigham Young University professor Robert Millet is on Saturday, and Lynn Ridenhour, a Southern Baptist minister, is on Sunday, at the Community of Christ Stone Church, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. Each will begin speaking at 7 p.m.
    This event is sponsored by The Book of Mormon Round Table and The Hill Cumorah Expedition Team.
     
    Glenwood Park
    Page 2 of 4 - UMC fried chicken
    Glenwood Park Methodist Church will hold a fried chicken dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. The ladies of the church are making fried chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy, salad, vegetable and dessert, and the cost is $8.
     
    First Christian
    holds food drive
    The community is invited to help Independence First Christian Church “School’s Out” Food Drive to make sure the shelves are full for kids that will be home all day now that school is out for the summer.
    The church is asking for peanut butter, cereal, macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, canned ravioli, Spaghetti O’s, or any non-perishable food. Its goal is to have 1,000 food items by Sunday, Father’s Day, and to have a steady supply of food throughout the summer.
    The church is located 125 S. Pleasant St. For information, call the church at 252-6100.
     
    Sermon series
    on superheroes
    The sermon series, “The Making of a Superhero,” is being held each Sunday in June at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, including the campus in Blue Springs.
    Services are at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sundays. Nursery care during worship is available for children up to age 3, and Sunday school is offered at 10:45 for children age 4 through fifth grade.
    The church is at 601 E. Jefferson.
    This series is looking at heroes in Scripture and ordinary heroes today, and are:
    • This Sunday – “With All Your Strength.”
    • June 23 – “With All Your Mind.”
    • June 30 – “With Everything You Have.”
     
    ‘Make Responsible’
    Choices’ is theme
    Keith Martin will speak on the theme “Make Responsible Choices” at the 10:20 a.m. Sunday worship service at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Martin has been a lifetime member of the restoration movement and holds the priesthood office of Elder with Community of Christ. Phillip Caswell will preside. Others participating in the service are Suzanne Mwingi, Randy Gunn and Ronald Yager Jr. Special music provided by Dennis and Amy Sharier and John Davies.
    Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or visit www.stone-church.org.
    • Elder Chester Hicks speaks on the theme “Make Responsible Choices” for 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday services at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation, at 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
    Jim Young presides, with Christina Nagel, Ada McDole, Jena Wight and Patty Young assisting. Vocal soloist Tim Wand and pianist Irene Payson provide music ministry. In observance of “Father’s Day”, all men attending services will be presented a fresh carnation.
    Page 3 of 4 - All are invited to attend.
     
    Church collecting
    school supplies
    Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Blue Springs will collect school supplies for the Community Services League during June. Supplies needed are No. 2 pencils, ballpoint pens (blue, black, red); three-inch three-ring notebook binders (zippered); notebook dividers, (eight- or 10 count); one-inch notebooks (no zippers) with plastic covers; black Sharpies (extra fine); dry erase markers (black); zippered pencil bag (with holes for notebook); supply box; solid color pocket folders (with prongs) and much more.
    For a complete list of school supplies and for more information, call 816-229-3367.
    Chapel Hill Fellowship and others from the church have a work day at Harvester’s. The group will meet in the parking lot at 8:30 a.m. June 22 to carpool. This group also has planned to attend a T-Bone Baseball game, July 13. Those who would like to go must reserve a spot by June 28. Contact Ed or Vickie Smith to reserve your seat. Tickets are $11 per person.
    The church is at 3108 W. U.S. 40.
     
    Coupon exchange
    at First Christian
    People are invited to bring unused coupons and exchange them with other couponers during the Heart of America Coupon Exchange, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 229 and Cub Scout Pack 229, from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. For more information, visit, www.meetup.com/Heart-Of-America-Coupon-Exchange.
     
    Mission Wood
    sets Bible bingo
    Mission Woods Community of Christ will hold a free Bible bingo and cake walk from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the church, 2800 N.W. Duncan Road, Blue Springs. There will be prizes for everyone.
    For more information, call the church at 816-224-0095.
     
    St. Ann’s planning
    rummage sale
    St. Ann’s will hold a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 26 through 28, and 9 a.m. to noon June 29, at the church, 10109 E. Lexington Ave., Independence. The sale includes household items, collectibles, a refrigerator, furniture, small appliances, books, clothing, 8-foot banquet tables and more. June 29 is $3 sack day.
    For more information, call the church at 816-252-1160.
     
    Mission work in
    Haiti discussed
    Glory House Services will host a symposium, “Practical Solutions for Operating in Haiti,” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Rockhurst University, Massman Room 250, 1100 Rockhurst Road, Kansas City.
    Panelists are JoAnn Woody, Red Cross; Laura Ralston, water.org; Jim Grant, Global Birthing Homes, sponsor of Maison de’Naissance; and Steve Weber, Heart to Heart International. Topics discussed will be collaboration and resilient-based action, local leadership and accountability, survivability to sustainability, and community selection/importance of responsibility and accountability. There will also be a question-and-answer period, and moderated breakout groups.
    Page 4 of 4 - Glory House Services, at 3841 S. Vassar Street in Independence, is a nonprofit organization that provides services for the Haitian community in Kansas City, and also works to improve the quality of life and education in a small village in northwest Haiti. For reservations, email ann.harbin@gloryhousekc.org or call 816-237-0447.
    – Jillayne Ritchie
     
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