Events  coming up at Eastern Jackson County churches.

Motorcyclists to aid
child abuse group
Open Arms Community of Christ congregation’s Peace Riders motorcycle ministry is hosting a fundraiser on Saturday to benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Association. Biker registration begins at 11 a.m. at the church, 1101 W. Walnut St. in Independence. The registration fee for the 50-mile ride, which will begin at 3 p.m., is $5 per person.
Free activities for all ages will run from noon until 3 p.m. Non-bikers are welcome! Visit information, motorcycle-related, and craft vendor booths throughout the event. The evening kicks off with a pig roast picnic at 5:30 p.m. (free will donation for CAPA) followed by a coffeehouse and fellowship with live bands from 6 to 8 p.m.
For more information, visit www.openarms-communityofchrist.org.

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Grain Valley church
plans garage sale
Faith United Methodist Church in Grain Valley will hold its annual garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
All purchases will be by donation only; there will be no prices on any of the items for sale. All of the money raised will be used for mission trips and mission projects. Items include furniture, clothes, appliances, children’s toys, kitchen supplies, tools and books.
The church is on Eagles Parkway, just to the west of Minter Road. For more information or directions, call 816-847-0008.

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Troop 229 garage
sale and breakfast
Cub Scout and Boy Scout Troop 229 will hold their annual garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Independence First Christian Church, 125 S Pleasant.
There will also be a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. The cost is $3.50 for coffee, juice, sausage and all-you-can-eat pancakes.
Proceeds will help defray activity costs. For information, contact the church at 815-252-6100.

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Flower sale planned
at St. Robert Bellarmine
St. Robert Bellarmine Church will sell flowers from  8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, inside the office doors at the west end of the building, 4313 S. Missouri 7, Blue Springs.
There will be bedding plants, annuals, hanging baskets, herbs, patio pots and tomato plants. Proceeds will go to their Sister Community of Cinquera, El Salvador.

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Fifth Sundays feature
youth at St. Paul AME
The Sarah Jane Johnson Women’s Missionary Society of St. Paul AME in Independence will present a series of youth speakers on the fifth Sundays for the remainder of the calendar year.
The youth speaker at the 11 a.m. service this Sunday will be Michael A. Narcisse, a former youth usher at Allen Chapel and St. Paul AME. Michael, a sophomore architecture major at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is a member of the Young People Division in the Midwest Annual Conference. He is a music lover and plays the saxophone. He is the youngest son of the Revs. Darryl and Margartta Smith Narcisse, pastors of St. Paul AME.
Sister Freddye Smith is president of the Sarah Jane Johnson Missionary Society. Community youth, parents and sponsors are invited to come out and support Michael.
The church is located at 200 E. Lexington Ave., Independence.

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Rezound handbell
choir in concert
First Presbyterian Church will host “Rezound,” the metropolitan area handbell ensemble, at 3 p.m. Sunday in Westminster Hall, Pleasant Street and Lexington Avenue, Independence.
Rezound is dedicated to promoting the art and skill of handbell ringing through performances, serving the community through varied educational endeavors, and providing the highest quality and challenging outlet for skilled ringers. Membership is by audition.
Blending the sound of several types of handbells and handchimes, they present concerts for a variety of audiences and venues. The choir has been an annual feature of the Powell Gardens holiday concert series and has performed collaborative concerts with the Kansas City Symphony and Kansas City Symphony Chorus, as well as with area choral groups as well as joining area choirs, ringing church services, and in concert.
Admission is free, but a freewill donation will be accepted.

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Good Shepherd theme
at Stone Church service
Steve Kellogg will speak on the theme “Jesus the Good Shepherd” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service this Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
Kellogg is the Mission Center Bishop. Carol Constance will preside, with special music by Karen Cross, Sandra Byrne, Paula Glaser, Supavan Brown, Carolyn Pearson, Paulette Votata Resch, Krisopher Tayor and John Davies. Others participating in the service are Alecia Cripps, Ronald Yager Jr., Gail Woodstock, Darlene Caswell, Holly Ross-Underwood, Terry Snapp and John Thumm.
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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Tame your Tongue
“Taming the Tongue” is the subject of this Sundays sermon at the Independence First United Methodist Church, 400 W. Maple Ave.
Youth Minister Bryson Lillie will preach at both the 9 and 11:15 a.m. worship services.

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One Voice in concert
at Calvary Baptist
One Voice will perform a gospel music concert at 5 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church, 900 N.W. 22nd St., Blue Springs.
This trio will perform a recording session of their new make on a CD. They will begin the evening with old hymns and bring into the program their newest numbers, as they minister to us through the evening. A period of fellowship and refreshments will follow the concert.
A love offering will be taken for the group. For more information, call 816-228-5540.

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Revival at River
Boulevard Baptist
River Boulevard Baptist Church will hold a revival at 11 a.m. Sunday, and at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the church, 3212 N. River Blvd., Independence. It features evangelist Rev. Darrell Douglas, with Dr. Cameron Smith as worship leader. For more information, call 816-461-5650.

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Resurrection sermon
series based on parables
“Stories That Change the World: The Parables of Jesus” is a sermon series at Resurrection Blue Springs, one of the four campuses of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, based in Leawood.
This Sunday’s sermon is “The Necessity of Forgiveness, followed by “The Essence of Goodness” (May 13) and “Exercises in Missing the Point” (May 20). (There is a guest speaker, Daniel Mhone of Malawi on May 6.)
The church is at 601 N.E. Jefferson. For information, visit www.rezbluesprings.org. The Church of the Resurrection also webcasts its services at www.cor.org.

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National Day of Prayer

event at St. Peter UMC

St. Peter United Methodist Church will be observing National Day of Prayer with a community prayer vigil from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the church, 3609 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs.
There will be no organized church, but the sanctuary will be open for prayer. Individuals may come and go during the prayer vigil time.
For more information, contact the church at 816-229-9889 or visit www.stpeterumc.org.

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‘Long Time  Courting’
at Unity Temple
Wild Joy! Productions presents from Boston, “Long Time Courting,” in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City.
“Long Time Courting” features Shannon Heaton, Sarah Blair and Liz Simmons, with special guest Matt Heaton. Featuring neo-traditional Celtic Americana with voice, fiddle, flute, guitar and bouzouki. Kansas City’s own Celtic & World Music celebrant, Gerald Trimble, will open.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $7.50 for ages 15 and under, and are available at www.stonespiritlodge.com.

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Chapel Hill members
to help Harvesters
The Chapel Fellowship group of Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church will be volunteering at Harvesters on May 5. Members and friends will be going to Harvesters, a food distribution program for the less fortunate in the Kansas City area. The volunteering time is from 9 to 11 a.m. Carpooling will leave the church promptly at 8:30 a.m. for those who wish to carpool.
The church is located at 3108 W. U.S. 40 in Blue Springs. For details, contact the church at 816-229-3367 or visit www.chpresby.org.

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Taco lunch Sunday
Taco Sunday will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 6 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 409 N. Liberty St., Independence.
Enjoy an all-you-can-eat taco bar with all the trimmings for $6.50 at the door, $5 if you purchase tickets in advance.
For more information, call the church at 816-254-3644.

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Cinnamon buns time
at Nativity of Mary
Nativity of Mary Catholic Church will be selling homemade cinnamon buns after 9 a.m. May 6 at the church, 10017 E. 36th Terr., Independence. Hot out of the oven, these buns will fill your kitchen with a rich scent of cinnamon and sugar.
For more information, call the Nativity of Mary Ministry Center at 816-353-2184.

 

– Jillayne Ritchie