Events going on at churches around Eastern Jackson County.

Church preservation
nearly completed
The First Presbyterian Church in Independence didn’t exactly celebrate National Preservation Month; it preserved.
Work scheduled to be done on the 124-year-old structure last fall is almost complete. Passersby notice freshly tuck pointed brick (mortar repair) and replaced panels in the corner steeple, but only birds see repair work behind the towers. The restoration work was done so well that no one notices the rebuilt arch over the south steeple door.
Four anonymous families built the church building in 1887; the congregation moved from what is now the post office site at Lexington and Osage in 1888.
The congregation took 25 years to reimburse the four families. The church was dedicated in 1903.

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Lakewood Way plans
summer activities
Lakewood Way Community Church in Lee’s Summit is offering kids kindergarten through 12 years of age to learn more about sports, discover character-building concepts and more. The Mega Sports Camp Beyond the Gold will run from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. each Wednesday through Aug. 8 at the church, 1150 N.E. Woods Chapel Road.
Kids will learn more about track and field, basketball, baseball, soccer and volleyball.
Whether your child has played all their life or just started yesterday, this Camp helps kids improve their skills. All sorts of drills and practice games will get kids focused on the fundamentals that make athletes great, plus creates a positive and encouraging environment that pumps up their confidence and self-esteem.
Between sports sessions, coaches lead in songs, tell stories, and do object lessons that help character-building themes, plus kids will discover God’s great love for them.
For complete information, call 816-373-8559.

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First Christian serving
pancake breakfast
The First Christian Church will hold a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Fellowship Hall, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence.
The cost is $3.50 for coffee, juice, sausage and all-you-can-eat pancakes.
The community is welcome. For information, call the church at 816-252-6100.

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Scout Troop 813
holding garage sale
The 3rd Annual Boy Scout Troop 813 Garage Sale at Timothy Lutheran Church will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs.
Items include clothes, toys, books, furniture, tools, crafts, appliances and many more items. Hot dogs, nachos and drinks available.
Proceeds will help benefit the boys summer camp fees. For more information, call 816-550-8575 or 419-9142.

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‘You Price It’ sale
at South Crysler
South Crysler Community of Christ will be holding its annual “You Price It” sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, 3100 S. Crysler Ave., Independence.
There will be gently used household goods, clothes, collectibles and toys, plus delicious baked goods. Free will donations will be appreciated. Funds raised will go toward a new air conditioning/heating system.

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The Groves marks
Pentecost Sunday
The Groves Congregation of Community of Christ celebrates Pentecost Day Sunday with the Ninth Annual Hymn Fest and ministry by Evangelists Ron Yager, Ardis Everett, Bill Brown and Ed and Georgia Towers on the theme “Speak of God’s Power.” The service begins at 10 a.m. Sunday in the White Oak Commu   nity Room.
Music provided by vocal quartet, Gene, Debbie, Glen  and Glenda Ganson; Brenda Allen, Patty Petet and Marge Wade, string trio and The Groves Choir directed by Skip Frizzell with pianist Jewell Fortman.
The Groves is wheelchair accessible and is located at 1515 W. White Oak in Independence. Everyone is welcome.

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St. Matthew UMC
holding garage sale
The St. Matthew United Methodist Women will be holding a garage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, 2415 R.D. Mize Road, Independence.
Many items have been donated by church members, which include furniture, books (all kinds), some men’s things and more. All funds will go to supporting the church.
For more information, or if you would like to donate to the sale, call Shirley at 816-716-1184.

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Speak of God’s Power
is worship theme
Greg Savage will speak on the theme “Speak of God’s Power” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service this Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
Savage works in the Estate Planning division of the World Church. Becky Savage will preside. Special music is provided by Sandra Byrne and Phyllis Greg. Others participating in the service are Doris Tousley, Ray McClaran, Arthur Butler and Randy Gunn.
 Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or visit www.stone-church.org.

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Temple choral festival
planned for June 2
“Then Sings My Soul” is the theme of the Choral Festival at 7 p.m. June 2 at the Community of Christ Temple, River Boulevard and Walnut Street, Independence.
Hear top singers from the bi-state area perform under the direction of Craig Jessop, American academic, musician and singer known for his time as music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He is currently dean of Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University.
There will be a freewill offering. For more information about participating as a choir member, contact Pam Robison at probison@CofChrist.org.

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Sisterhood of Christ
flea market June 2
The Sisterhood of Christ is sponsoring a craft/flea market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2 at the First Church of God, 220 E. Elm, Independence.
Items include handmade crafts, Cookie Lee jewelry, handmade jewelry, Miche, It Works, hairbows, Mary Englebreit items, household items, wedding dress and accessories, children’s clothing, toys, tools, lawn equipment, men’s clothing 3X to 6X, teaching supplies, woodworking, dolls, Mary Kay, crocheted items, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, baked goods and more.

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Oakland Methodist
yard sale June 2
Oakland United Methodist Church will host its annual yard sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2 at the church, 30701 E. Truman Road, Buckner (3 miles off Missouri 7 on Truman Road.)
Light fixtures, TV, hanging lamp, desk lamp, highchair, household items, collectibles, books and more will be reasonably priced.

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Strawberry Festival
at Trinity Church
Trinity Presbyterian Church will be holding a Strawberry Festival from 3 to 5 p.m. June 3 at the church, 1400 Sheley Road, Independence.
There will be fresh strawberries and strawberry desserts of all kinds. Donations appreciated.
For more information, call the church at 816-252-5893.

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Centennial services
for Beaumont Baptist
Beaumont Baptist Church will be celebrating 100 years of ministry on June 3.
Dr. Jim Anderson from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will bring a special message at the 10:45 a.m. service. Other special guests include the Revs. Paul Harvey Charles Turner. There will be a fellowship dinner at 12:30 p.m. The Rev. Randy Blair has been pastor at Beaumont for the past 10 years.
The church is located at 8319 Independence Ave. in Kansas City.

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St. Mark’s garage
sale is June 6-9
St. Mark’s Parish will be holding a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 6 through 8, and 8 a.m. to noon June 9 at the church, 3736 Lee’s Summit Road, Independence.
Proceeds will be used for youth who will attend mission trips, retreats and seminars.

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St. Paul UMC plans
picnic for June 6
St. Paul United Methodist Church is holding its annual Community Picnic from 6 to 7 p.m. June 6 at the church, 3601 S. Sterling Ave., Independence.
This block party-style event offers hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, salads, dessert, lemonade, water and tea.
This event is free and open to everyone. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-8680 or www.st-paulumc.org.

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Calvary Presbyterian
garage sale June 1-2
Calvary Presbyterian Church has planned a garage sale for June 1 and 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church, 2911 Blue Ridge Blvd.
Chapel Hill welcomes
potential members
Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church will be offering A New Members class on June 9 at 10 a.m. in Stone Hall. If you are interested in learning about Chapel Hill or what it means to be Presbyterian, then join in our faith and discovery class.
Team Carle will be leading this summer’s VBS from 9 a.m. to noon July 9 through 13. This year’s theme is Operation Overboard: “Dare to Go Deep With God.” The classes will be: Underwater Passage (Bible storytelling); Choral Reef (music); Aquatic Arts (crafts); High Tide Hangout (recreation); Diver’s Diner (snacks).
The church is located at 3108 W. U.S. 40 in Blue Springs. For more information contact the church at 816-229-3367 or www.chpresby.org. 

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Pointe of Hope
planning VBS
Pointe of Hope will be holding a Sky-Themed VBS from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 20 through 22 at their new location, 1215 N. Missouri 7, Blue Springs.
Join us June 16 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and then Sunday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. for a VBS themed kick-off party.
There will be a wide variety of events for families and children ranging from a mini hot air balloon and a real hover craft that kids can sit on to food and kite flying. Then, join us June 23 at 10 a.m. for celebration Sunday!
You may register in advance at http://pointeofhopechurch.com. For more information, call the church at 816-220-2609.