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  • Sleeping outside
    for contributions
    Operation Chillout, a ministry of First Christian Church of Blue Springs, will conduct it’s seventh annual “Freezin’ For A Reason” this weekend until 10 a.m. Sunday at the church, 701 N.W. 15th St.
    Members of the church will construct a homeless camp on the front lawn of the church and spend the weekend sleeping outside. The camp is constructed from salvaged materials such as cardboard, plywood, wood pallets and plastic tarps. Members use barrel fires for heat but no electricity.
    The group will collect blankets, coats, warm hats, gloves and clothing. Donations will be distributed to area agencies that assist people in need in the Kansas City area. The church’s Sister To Sister group will bake cookies to pass out to people as they drop off donations.
    For more information, contact Bryan Couch at bryancouch@sbcglobal.net or 816-838-4854, or the church, 816-229-8400.
    Cowboy church
    set for Sunday
    Arise Ministries Church will hold a new-beginnings-themed cowboy church this Sunday, 4845 S. Norfleet Road, Independence. The traditional worship service is at 10:30 a.m., with special guests Billy and Donna Hale, founders of the County Gospel Music Association. Lunch is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., with cowboy church at 2 p.m.
    All are invited to put on their boots and hats and come to praise the Lord. Bring your favorite soup or salad, and bread or dessert. There will be praise and worship, tag team preaching, music jam, fellowship, country gospel music and more.
    For more information, call the church at 816-743-9221.
    ‘Descend Holy
    Spirit’ is theme
    Evangelist Peggy Young gives the Sunday morning message on the theme “Descend Holy Spirit” for the 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. services at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
    Young is director of spirituality and aging for The Groves Health and Retirement Center. Brenda Williams, Norman and Kay Cox, and Irene Payson will assist in the services, with pianist Lois Moore providing music. All are invited to attend.
    n President Becky Savage will speak on the theme “Descend, Holy Spirit ” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service this Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Savage was ordained to the Quorum of First Presidency in March 2007. She obtained a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in religion from Community of Christ Seminary at Graceland University, Independence. Ronald Yager Sr. will preside. Others participating in the service are Patricia Hettrick and Larry Crozier, and special music will be provided by John T. Davies and Sandra Byrne.
    Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or www.stone-church.org.
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    Second SONday
    at Pleasant View
    Second SONday, a contemporary worship and live band, plays at 6 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant View Christian Church, 19114 E. Salisbury Road, Independence.
    Bible bingo and
    other activities
    Mission Woods Community of Christ will hold a free Bible bingo and cake walk from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 18. The church is at 2800 N.W. Duncan Road, Blue Springs. There will be fun for the whole family and prizes for everyone. Call 816-224-0095 for more information.
    Movie night set
    at Chapel Hill
    Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church’s Chapel Fellowship organization will have a movie night” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night in the kitchen. There will be a short business meeting, and the monthly activities for the year will be presented.
    The middle/senior high annual Ice Skating Fellowship will be from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 21. The cost is $5 and a canned good for the Souper Bowl of Caring. Also included is skate rental. Meet at the church to carpool.
    The church pantry is collecting for Hope House in January. The most needed items are canned fruits and vegetables, toilet paper, pillows, bath towels, paper towels, cough drops, women’s socks, Chloraseptic throat spray and women’s underwear (sizes 5 to 7).
    A Chapel Hill “book club” is being formed. If interested, contact the church for details.
    The church is at 3108 W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs. For more information, contact the church at 816-229-3367 or visit www.chpresby.org.
    ‘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.
    This Sundays sermon, “When Bad Things Happen,” looks at the ways we respond to bad news and troubling events, and whether it makes a difference if we believe in God or not. Others in the series:
    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.
    ‘Line Between
    Good and Evil’
    The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection is holding a sermon series, “The Line Between Good and Evil,” and this Sunday the topic will be “Does the Devil Make Us Do it?”
    Page 3 of 3 - 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 “Systemic Evil: When Societies Go Bad,” Jan. 20.
    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.
    King legacy, ideas
    focus of discussion
    Area organizations celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with “This Madness Must End: Dr. Martin Luther King and the U.S. Budget Debate,” a community forum exploring King’s views on economic justice.
    This event will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 21 at St. Stephens Baptist Church, 1414 Truman Road, Kansas City (preceding the MLK holiday mass celebration).
    A panel of community leaders will discuss King’s stands on economic justice and actions individuals can take to create a moral and healthy economy and federal budget priorities. Panel members include Donna Birks, financial secretary, UAW Local 31; Pearl Webb, Park University senior and Kauffman Scholar; and David Kingsley, University of Kansas professor of health policy and Gray Panther convener
    This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 816-931-5256 or visit www.afsc.org/kansascity.
    – Jillayne Ritchie

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