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  • Pentecostal sharing
    Book of Mormon believers will share their Pentecostal experiences from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Faith Bible College, 210 S. Main St., Independence. For more information, call 816-332-8516 and 816-872-0087.
    St. Matthew sets
    turkey dinner
    St. Matthew United Methodist Church will serve a turkey dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the church, 2415 R.D. Mize Road, Independence.
    The menu includes turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, dessert and all the trimmings, plus a beverage.
    The cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 10 and under, with proceeds supporting the mission projects of the United Methodist Women and the needs of the church. For more information, call Shirley Weaver at 816-716-1184.
    Jacomo Chorale
    performs Sunday
    The Jacomo Chorale will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Community of Christ Temple, River Boulevard and Walnut Street, Independence.
    Now in its 30th season, the chorale presents a sacred concert featuring Schubert’s Mass in G and choral literature from several musical periods. The chorale was founded in 1983 by Harold Neal, and is directed by Helena Vasconcellos and accompanied by Velma Tyson. In February, by invitation, members of the chorale will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
    A free-will offering will be taken.
    Volunteers needed
    to help Harvesters
    The First Christian Church of Independence is looking for volunteers to help at Harvesters from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Meet at the church at 1 p.m., 125 S. Pleasant St. Volunteers will help with Harvesters Outreach Center, sorting and repackaging food.
    All ages are welcome to come and help. For more information, call the church at 816-252-6100.
    Ham and beans
    at St. Ann’s church
    St. Ann’s will be serving a ham and bean dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the church, 10113 Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Enjoy ham beans, corn bread, dessert and drink for $5. Stay for Bingo fun beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday evening.
    For more information, call the church at 816-252-1160.
    Veterans Day
    dinner planned
    A Veterans Day dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at College Park Community of Christ, 1021 W. College Ave., Independence.
    The menu includes spaghetti, salad, drink and dessert. In addition to the meal, there will be ceremonies and a program, with time to visit and compare stories.
    The dinner is free, but donations will be accepted with proceeds to benefit the Wounded Warriors fund. All are welcome to come help us acknowledge and thank veterans, current military, and their families. Reservations are due by Nov. 4, call 816-254-0912.
    Organ concert
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    Trinity Episcopal Church is celebrating America and its veterans with an organ concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, 409 N. Liberty St., Independence.
    The concert features Boyd Ahrens, organist of St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, Sharon Holst, Messiah Lutheran’s organist, and Trinity’s organist, Larry Lasater. Boy Scout Troop 282 will do the color guard.
    Everyone is invited, and there will be a reception following.
    Holiday sadness
    seminar Tuesday
    Harold Ivan Smith will hold a seminar, “Dealing with Loss Through the Holidays,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence.
    Certified in thanatology, Smith is an active member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and a faculty member of the American Academy of Bereavement. He is the author of “Grieving the Death of a Mother,” “On Grieving the Death of a Father” and “When Your Friend Dies,” as well as several other books about the grieving process.
    The seminar is free and open to the public. For details, call the church at 816-373-2600.
    Boots and hats
    – and worship
    Arise Ministries Church will hold a Mexican food-themed cowboy church this Sunday, 4845 S. Norfleet Road, Independence. The traditional worship service is at 10:30 a.m., with special guest Pastor Gary Warlick and wife, Ann. 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 Mexican dish and a 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.
    Congregants urged
    to ‘Give Your All’
    Gary Logan will speak on the theme “Give Your All” at the 10:30 a.m. worship service this Sunday at Beacon Heights Community of Christ, 19404 Holke Road, Independence. This is a Community Partnering Sunday with Sustainable Hope International and Beacon Heights.
    Logan, a longtime minister for the Community of Christ, has served as a Mission Center president and Stone Church pastor in the metro area, as well as a director of congregational ministries for the World Church. His last assignment was East Asia. In retirement, Logan is currently working in Thailand, where he is assisting the Independence-based non-profit organization, Sustainable Hope International, to create and coordinate a youth leadership development curriculum and teacher training certification targeting poor, orphan and at-risk youth in four of the 51 welfare schools in northern and eastern Thailand.
    The focus of his message will be on the Community of Christ World Church mission initiatives and how the mission and work of Sustainable Hope works to support these initiatives.
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    n Ronald Yager Sr. will speak on the theme “Give Your All” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service this Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Yager is a retired missionary for the Community of Christ. His missionary areas included parts of the United States and Japan. Presently, he serves as the Resident Evangelist for Stone Church. Gerald Winship will preside, with special music provided by Vida Santone and Barbara Fears. Others participating in the service are John Chapman, Marcia Pugh, John Sutton, Reggie Stoner and Linda Keller.
    Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, call the church at 816-254-2211 or visit .www.stone-church.org.
    n Evangelist Georgia Towers speaks on the theme “Give Your All” at 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. services Sunday at the Groves Community of Christ Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
    Georgia’s husband, Evangelist Ed Towers, will give a benedictory prayer at each service with music ministry provided by pianist Lois Moore and clarinetist Don Brayton. Others assisting are Lois Jones, Jane Kunz, Norman Cox, Polly Lesh and Carol Vincent.
    Everyone is invited to attend.
    Reconnect Life
    Conference Sunday
    Cross Creek Baptist Mission is holding a Reconnect Life Conference beginning Sunday, 1050 S.W. 15th St., Oak Grove. The conference leader is Ron Mills, and the focus is on the deeper relationship with Christ.
    The conference begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, and continues Sunday night through Wednesday night with services beginning at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more details, call the church at 816-690-0019.
    Bible Bingo at
    Mission Woods
    Mission Woods Community of Christ will hold a free Bible Bingo, with prizes for everyone, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, 2800 N.W. Duncan Road, Blue Springs. There will also be a cake walk.
    For more information, call the church at 816-224-0095.
    Messiah Lutheran
    benefit scheduled
    Messiah Lutheran Church will hold a wine-and-food tasting event, “Taste the Commitment,” from 7 to 11 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Junior Service League building, 3122 S. Crysler Ave., Independence.
    This event, a benefit for Messiah Lutheran School, includes wine, food, coffee and desserts, silent and live auctions, a giving tree and live entertainment.
    You must be at least 21 years old to attend. Tickets are $40 per person and $75 per couple, and may be purchased by calling 816-254-9405.
    Turkey dinner
    at Glenwood Park
    Glenwood Park Methodist Church will be serving a turkey dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence.
    For an $8 donation, you’ll enjoy turkey, dressing, salad, vegetable and dessert, made by the ladies of the church.
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    at Chapel Hill
    The Deacons Ministry Unit of Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church will host the annual Thanksgiving “potluck” luncheon following the 10:30 a.m. worship service Nov. 18 at the church, 3108 W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs. The Deacons will provide turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, drinks and table settings. Those joining are asked to bring a side dish or a dessert to share (optional).
    Nov. 19 the church will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Truman Medical Center. Those helping are ask to make side dishes and/or a dessert to take to the dinner. Please have all food at the church at 3:30 p.m. so it can be taken to the site and have dinner served at 5 p.m. Sarah Deveney is organizing this special dinner.
    For more detailed information, call the church 816-229-3367 or visit www.chpresby.org.
    Keys to success
    in sermon series
    The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection this weekend continues a sermon series on success. 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. The sermons include: “Seek First the Kingdom of God” this Sunday, and “Give Thanks in All Circumstances” on Nov. 18.
    Craft festival set
    at Peace Lutheran
    Peace Lutheran LWML presents its Fall Craft Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 8240 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City.
    More than 20 vendors will provide a wide variety of arts and crafts. The LWML Ladies will have baked goods for sale, greeting cards for all occasions, including Christmas, and Peggy’s Kitchen will be serving homemade soups, hot-dogs, nachos, chips and pies.
    For more information, call 816-353-3813.
    meals distributed
    Free Thanksgiving dinner food boxes for families in need will be passed out at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. worship services Nov. 18 at Church on the Rock Outreach Center, 1700 S.W. Market St., Lee’s Summit.
    The services will include great music, and Pastor Toney Hensley will share a special Thanksgiving message.
    The food boxes come complete with turkey. If you or someone you know needs help this Thanksgiving, call the church at 816-246-7625 to reserve your food box. Quantities are limited, and reservations are required. Attendance during one of the services is necessary to pick up the dinner.
    Facing foreclosure?
    Workshop can help
    Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph will hold two foreclosure-prevention workshops from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 20 at Caritas Center, 20 W. Ninth St., Kansas City.
    Homeowners having trouble paying their mortgage, who have missed a payment, or who are at any stage of the foreclosure process are encouraged to attend. It’s free. The counseling is confidential and professional.
    Page 5 of 5 - Reservations are encouraged, contact ehaney@ccharities.com or 816-221-4377.
    – Jillayne Ritchie

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