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  • Nativity of Mary
    cinnamon bread
    Nativity of Mary Catholic Church celebrates its 27th year of baking cinnamon bread. Bread will be available all day on Saturday at the church, 10017 E. 36th Terrace, Independence. For information, call the church at 816-353-2184 or Esther Cunningham at 816-373-0168.
    fundraiser offered
    Pleasant View Christian Church will hold a soup-and-salad fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the church, 19114 E. Salisbury Road, Independence.
    A variety of soups will be available for $5, and there is a small additional cost for dessert. Proceeds will help the youth pay for mission camp.
    For more information, contact the church at 816-796-3489 or www.pvccchurch.com.
    Martin Luther
    King event set
    A Martin Luther King Jr. service is set for 6 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church, 701 N.W. 15th St., Blue Springs. The topic is, “Our World, His Dream.” The keynote speaker is L. Henderson Bell.
    Breakfast planned
    at Nativity of Mary
    The Knights of Columbus will serve breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 27 at Nativity of Mary Church, 10021 E. 36th Terr., Independence.
    Enjoy eggs, hash brown potatoes, biscuits/gravy, ham or sausage, coffee and juice. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children, or $20 for a family. In addition to breakfast, the school’s Scholastic Book Fair will be open. For information, call the church at 816-353-2184.
    ‘Believe in Christ’
    is Sunday’s theme
    Holly Ross-Underwood will speak on the theme “Believe in Christ” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Ross-Underwood, a member of the Stone Church pastorate, is the head of the missionary outreach team at Stone Church.
    Jerry Nieft will preside. Others participating in the service are Bob Wilson and Floyd Fears. Special music is provided by John T. Davies, Lucinda Kincaid, Karen Cross and Paulette V. Resch. Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or www.stone-church.org.
    Connection Point
    at First Methodist
    A second round of Connection Pointe, a midweek evening program of learning and fellowship, is scheduled to begin this Wednesday at Independence First United Methodist Church, 400 W. Maple Ave. Scheduled every Wednesday evening, the sessions begin with a family meal at 5:45 p.m., followed by classes at 6:45 p.m.
    The first round of 13 weeks in the fall had an average attendance of 80-plus. Subjects scheduled are divorce care, Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, homework help, Christian prayer yoga and Bible study.
    Page 2 of 4 - There is a cost for some of the classes. For more information, call Rachel Andrisevic, director of youth and family activities, at 816-863-4662 or 816-254-6900.
    Racial Justice Day
    event at The Groves
    In observance of Racial Justice Day, the Rev. Hinton Shockley of Graceway Church speaks on the theme “Believe in Christ” for 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. services this Sunday at The Groves Community of Christ congregation, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
    Shockley is recently retired after serving 15 years as assistant pastor and pastor for seniors at Graceway Church, formerly the Kansas City Baptist Temple. The Grace Tones Choir, directed by Darline Mensendiek, accompanied by pianist Johnnie Mae Dailey, provides music ministry with prayers by Ken Mensendiek. The Groves Pastor, Tom Peterson, and associate pastor Christina Nagel also assist in the services.
    All are welcome.
    ‘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 addresses 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 Sunday’s sermon, “When Normal Things Happen,” looks toward worldly affairs, looking at what God expects of us in dealing with real-world situations like hirings and firings, legal troubles, or just making the grade at school. The Jan. 27 sermon is, “When Christians Get It Right.”
    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 “Systemic Evil: When Societies Go Bad.”
    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 “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. Monday at St. Stephens Baptist Church, 1414 Truman Road, Kansas City (preceding the MLK holiday mass celebration).
    Page 3 of 4 - 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.
    Cub Scouts ready
    for spaghetti dinner
    Cub Scout Pack 178 will hold a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Nativity of Mary Church, 10021 E. 36th Terrace, Independence.
    The cost for dinner is $8 for adults, $4 for children. In addition to the spaghetti dinner, you may purchase a quart of sauce for $8, which includes meatballs and/or sausage. Proceeds will help send scouts to summer camp.
    For information, call the church at 816-353-2184.
    Chapel Hill
    youth go skating
    The Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church middle/senior high annual ice skating event will be on Monday. The carpool will leave the church at 12:30 p.m., and the cost of $5 and a canned good for the Souper Bowl of Caring will include your skates.
    The Souper Bowl of Caring is Feb. 3. The congregation is asked to bring money and/or cans of soup to church. Youth will collect before and after the worship service. Donations will go to the Community Services League.
    Hope House is this month’s pantry giving, and members are asked to bring something.
    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.
    Mount Washington
    UMC sets Chili Day
    Chili Day, hosted by the Mount Washington United Methodist Women, will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 27, 584 S. Arlington Ave., Independence.
    There will be baked goods, crafts and white elephant items. Chili or vegetable soup, drink and pie will be served. The cost is $5 for adults; $3 for children.
    For more information, call Kathy Lassiter at 816-520-6058 or the church at 816-252-8064.
    Chili and soup
    event for Scouts
    Boy Scout Troop 161 mother’s club will hold a chili and soup Supper fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at East Alton Community of Christ, 16999 E. 23rd St., Independence.
    Chili or vegetable beef soup or loaded baked potato or chili dog or hot dog, dessert and drink will be served. The cost is $5 for adults, $15 for a family of 4, and children under age 10 are $3. A quart of chili or soup to go is $5.
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    Test your memory
    in trivia contest
    St. Robert Bellarmine Knights of Columbus Council is hosting a Trivia Night Feb. 9 to benefit St. Robert Bellarmine Parish and its council. Doors open at 6 p.m., and trivia begins at 7 p.m.
    The cost is $120 for a table of eight. Bring food, drinks and décor for your table. Beer, soda and set-ups are provided at no charge. There will be a prize for the best decorated table representing the theme of travel, so get creative! No one under age 21 may attend.
    Reservations must be received no later than Feb. 2. Contact Mike Meyers at 816-229-3914 or meyers1980@sbcglobal.net to reserve your table.
    Soloist coming to
    Church on the Rock
    Steve Brock, featured soloist for the Benny Hinn Crusades, will perform at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Jan. 27 at Church on the Rock Outreach Center, 1700 S.W. Market St., Lee’s Summit.
    A freewill offering taken. For more information, contact the church at 816-246-7625 or www.cotroc.org.
    – Jillayne Ritchie

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