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‘Potato Bar Extravaganza’
at Glenwood Park UMC
Glenwood Park Methodist Church will hold a “Potato Bar Extravaganza” from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence.

Christ’s message in
the Christmas culture
The relationship of our culture of Christmas and the message of Jesus will be explored the next four Sundays by the Rev. Mitchell Jarvis, the lead pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Independence, 400 W. Maple Ave. The sermons will be presented at the 10 and 11:15 a.m. worship services.
This Sunday is “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” in which Rev. Jarvis considers if the culture and message of Jesus are in conflict or whether they complement each other. On successive Sundays, the holiday specials to be examined are “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
‘AIDS – Step into Africa’
offered at Life Church
Life Church is hosting the “World Vision Experience: AIDS – Step into Africa,” a virtual Africa exhibit, with a focus on the AIDS issue, as seen through the eyes of four children. In sub-Saharan Africa, about 25 million people are infected with HIV. Visitors walk through a replica of an African village and listen to a personal audio track relating the story of one of four children.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 through 8, and 13, and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 9 through 12. The church is at 16111 Lone S. Elm Road, Olathe. For more information, visit

Colonial Hills Community of Christ
Enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 5 at Colonial Hills Community of Christ, 3539 S. Missouri 7, Blue Springs.
In addition to a free pancake breakfast, have your picture take with Santa ($1 or bring your own camera). Kids may also shop for loved ones from lots of gifts priced at $1.50 each, free gift wrapping.
For more information, call the church at 816-229-9344 or visit

Calvary Presbyterian
Calvary Presbyterian Church will be hosting “Breakfast with Santa” from 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 5 at the church, 2911 Blue Ridge Blvd.
Free will donations are accepted for the pancake breakfast and a picture with Santa.

Beacon Heights Community of Christ
Beacon Heights Community of Christ will have a free “Breakfast with Santa” from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 5 at the church, 19402 E Holke Road, Independence (next to BVAC).
This event includes a free pancake and sausage breakfast, free picture with Santa, crafts, and I-Dent-A-Kid.

First United Methodist Church
“Pancakes with Santa,” a special event for the children of the community, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 5 at the First United Methodist Church of Independence, 400 W. Maple Ave.
In addition to the breakfast treat, children will receive a gift, have their picture taken with Santa, have storytime and create holiday crafts with Santa’s helpers.
Parents are encouraged to make reservations for their children so Santa’s helpers will have plenty of pancakes on hand. For reservations, call the Rev. Donice Heriford at 816-254-6900, Ext. 103 or e-mail
The Rev. Heriford is associate pastor, and the Rev. Mitchell Jarvis is lead pastor at the church.

First Baptist Raytown
First Baptist Raytown is presenting its “Heart of America Christmas Pageant” Dec. 4 through 6 and Dec. 11 through 13, at the church, 10500 E. Missouri 350.
Audiences will observe a 21st-century family struggling with work and family in an unsure economy at Christmastime, as they realize that Christmas is about more than trees and presents, and even more than the birth of a baby in a manger in Bethlehem.
 Performances are at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12, and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 14.
General admission tickets are complimentary but necessary. Tickets may be picked up at The ROC Bookstore at First Baptist Raytown or through For more information, call 816-778-1153.

‘Redemption is Near’
is Stone Church theme
Derrick Williams will speak on the theme “Redemption is Near” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
Williams works as a church planter for the World Church Community of Christ. Greg Savage will be presiding, and the music will be provided by Clare Vlahos at the piano and Mary Buxbaum with the ministry of music. Others participating in the worship will be Doug White, Bob Reeds, the Woodstock Family and Linda Keller.
Signing is available for the hearing impaired. For more information, call the church at 816-254-2211 or visit
Advent at Chapel
Hill Presbyterian
Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church is preparing for the Advent season.
The first Sunday of Advent, this Sunday, the adult choir will enhance the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Kaitlyn Dryer will play the oboe accompaniment for Darlene Helman’s arrangement of the choir’s anthem, “To a Maid Engaged to Joseph.”
On the second Sunday of Advent, Dec. 6, at the 10:30 a.m. worship service, Cathy Lowery will play a violin accompaniment for Hal Hopson’s arrangement of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” sung by the adult choir. From 3:30 to 5 p.m., the annual Family Advent Party will be held at the church. There will be stories, games, crafts and fellowship.
Dec. 6 will be the last day to select your serve gifts and help those who have made these gifts to help their living. Many gifts are ready for the purchasing, so see Caren and Mary Owsley, who have ordered and organized this opportunity for our members.
The adult choir and the children’s choir have more special music for this time with the adult choir’s cantata, “The Mystery and the Majesty” on Dec. 13 and the children’s choir presenting its musical “Who’s Coming to Bethlehem?” will be Dec. 20.
The church is at 3108 W. U.S. 40. For more information, call 816-229-3367.
Calvary Baptist sets
gospel music service
A gospel music service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church, 900 N.W. 22nd St., Blue Springs.
This event will feature two of the most talented musicians in the area and industry, Steve Perry and Buell Stewart.
A love offering will be taken, and snacks and fellowship will follow the service. For more information, call 816-228-5540.