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  • ‘When Christians
    Get It Wrong’
    “When Christians Get It Wrong” is the title of the January sermon series at First Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Pleasant St., Independence. Each sermon will address a new trouble area that commonly arises within the Christian faith. The sermons are given at both the 9:30 a.m. traditional service and the 11:30 a.m. contemporary service.
    It begins this Sunday with a discussion of how God responds when Christians are not very Christian. Others in the series:
    n “When Bad Things Happen,” Jan. 13.
    n “When Normal Things Happen,” Jan. 20.
    n “When Christians Get It Right,” Jan. 27.
    Each sermon is open to the public and can be viewed online the following Thursday at www.vimeo.com/fpcindep/videos. Visit www.fpcindep.org or call 816-252-6662 for more information.
    ‘Follow the Star’
    is weekend theme
    Peter Judd will speak on the theme “Follow the Star” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service this Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence
    Judd, a native of Enfield, England, served as a member of the Quorum of the first Presidency, retiring from full-time church appointment in 2005. He also served in various capacities on the church’s international staff.
    Darlene Caswell will preside. Others participating in the service are Gladys Binger, Sarah Nieft, Eric Scott and Jerry Nieft. Special music is provided by Barbara Fears and Kristopher Taylor.
    Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or www.stone-church.org.
    n “Follow the Star” is the theme of Epiphany services at 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
    Communion will be served, with Thad Wilson giving the morning message, and Doug and Joy Goodwin providing music ministry. Assisting are Ward Francis, Irvin and Lois Jones, Ada McDole, Christina Nagel, Tom Peterson, Brenda Williams and Carol Vincent.
    All invited to attend.
    ‘Line Between
    Good and Evil’
    The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection begins a six-week sermon series, “The Line Between Good and Evil,” this Sunday with “Understanding the Struggle Between Good and Evil.”
    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.
    n “Does the Devil Make Us Do It?” Jan. 13
    n “Systemic Evil: When Societies Go Bad,” Jan. 20.
    Page 2 of 2 - n “Fifty Shades of Gray: Dissecting Temptation,” Jan. 27.
    n “Evil in the Name of God: When Religion Goes Bad,” Feb. 3.
    n “Evil’s Ultimate Defeat,” Feb. 10.
    Epiphany party
    at Chapel Hill
    Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church Senior High will have its annual Epiphany party at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the home of Lori Davis. Each one is to bring a white elephant gift and a snack to share.
    The 2013 “Dinner With Friends” is organizing. This is a time for meeting and sharing fellowship with members of the church. Participants plan according to their schedules with the host providing the main course and the others complete the menu. Caren Owsley is taking reservations for those who want to take part and will put the groups together.
    The church will also be collecting for Hope House during January.
    The church is at 3108 W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs. For more information, contact the church at 816-229-3367 or www.chpresby.org.
    – Jillayne Ritchie

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