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  • Cowboy biscuits and
    gravy this weekend
    The First Christian Church of Independence will serve up breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Fellowship Hall, 125 S. Pleasant St.
    The menu includes cowboy biscuits and gravy for $4.50, and pioneer pancakes with sausage or a fresh baked cinnamon roll for $4. Coffee and juice are included with all meals.
    For information, call the church at 816-252-6100.
    ‘One-room Sunday
    school’ at St. Matthew
    St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 2415 R.D. Mize Road in Independence, is starting a “one-room Sunday school” this Sunday.
    It’s for ages 3 to 12 and includes lessons, songs and crafts. It’s from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    For more information, call Shirley Weaver at 816-716-1184.
    Colonial Hills sets
    Divorce Care class
    Divorce Care classes are being offered at Colonial Hills Community of Christ Sunday through Dec. 2. This 13-week class will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sundays at the church, 3539 S. Missouri 7, Blue Springs.
    The program uses a Christian-based series of videos, with accompanied workbook and group discussions. The workbook cost is $10, if you are able to cover it.
    Childcare is provided. Contact Traci Groner at tracivanr@sbcglobal.net with your name, contact information and ages of your children.
    For more information, call the church at 816-229-9344.
    Changes at First
    UMC Independence
    Several recent additions have led to a new staff lineup at the Independence First United Methodist Church, 400 W. Maple Ave.
    The lead pastor, the Rev. Mitchell Jarvis, was reappointed to his position in July by the United Methodist Missouri Annual Conference. New to the staff are Rachel Andrisevic, director of youth and family ministries; Susan Campagna, choir director and worship arts director; and Sarah Thurman, children’s ministry coordinator.
    Continuing on the staff are the Rev. Donice Heriford, minister of visitation; Karen Anderson, office manager; Kasey Jackson, praise band leader; Sarah Jarvis, missions outreach coordinator; Patt Braley, handbell choir director; and Angy Bounds, organist.
    For more information, call the church at 816-254-6900.
    Good Shepherd
    offers grief seminar
    Good Shepherd Christian Church will hold a grief seminar from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 8 at the church, 111 S.W. Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs.
    The seminar will focus on the different stages of grief and how to recognize and live through the stages.
    There is no cost, but reservations are requested by Wednesday. Call the church and leave a message at 816-228-6908.
    ‘Give Us Clean Hearts’
    Page 2 of 2 - is Sunday’s theme
    Seventy Dick Hughes brings the morning message on the theme “Give Us Clean Hearts” at 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. communion services Sunday at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation.
    Hughes, is a retired minister and former president of the Blue Valley Stake. His wife, Barbara, assists in the service along with Tom Peterson, Christina Nagel and Lois Jones. Music ministry is by Melissa Neff.
    Everyone is invited to attend.
    * Stephen Hatch will speak on the theme “Give Us Clean Hearts” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Stephen Hatch, a minister for the Community of Christ, holds the priesthood office of high priest. He has been a mission center president and bishop and an apostolic assistant to Apostle Stasis Cramm. Alecia Cripps will preside, with special music provided by Alan and Gladys Tyree. Others participating in the service are LaDora Cripps, Linda Keller, Carol Constance, and Ann Vlahos.
    Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, call the church at 816-254-2211 or visit www.stone-church.org.
    St. Mark’s annual
    craft show planned
    St. Mark’s Catholic Church will host its 8th Annual Craft Show and Business Expo from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 9 at the church, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence. For more information, call the church at 816-373-2600 or visit www.stmarksparish.com.
    ‘Messiah’ meeting
    and rehearsals set
    The Messiah Choir of Zion will give its second annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” in December.
    An organization meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 16. A rehearsal schedule will be presented and discussed. Bring your copy of “Messiah,” and you will sing together as a first rehearsal. If you have sung in the Messiah Choir in the past, you are welcome to come and sing. There will be no audition for the chorus.
    Auditions for soloists will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 11 and from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 23. If you wish to audition and cannot make the audition, contact Carl W. VunCannon Jr., musical director, to schedule a time.
    You may bring your own accompanist, or one will be provided for you. Plans are to add four numbers that were not part of the performance last year.
    The performance is at 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Conference Center, 2820 S. Missouri 291 Outer Road, Independence.

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