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  • Gospel concert
    at Calvary Baptist
    Walter Plant will hold a gospel music concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church, 900 N.W. 22nd St., Blue Springs. Refreshments will follow the concert, and a love offering will be taken. For more information, call the church at 816-228-5540.
    Pickleball tourney
    set at First UMC
    The First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs is hosting a Pickleball tournament Saturday.
    Competition begins at 8 a.m. and will continue non-stop throughout the day. Forty people will compete in men’s doubles, women’s doubles, mixed doubles and singles. Pickleball players from the metropolitan area, as well as Columbia, Topeka and Des Moines, have registered.
    The church is at 301 S.W. Woods Chapel Road. For more information, call Ray Harris, coordinator at 816-916-6480 or Janet Shomin at 816-803-7877.
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    Rally at Glenwood
    Park United Methodist
    Glenwood Park United Methodist Church will hold a rally from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence.
    Enjoy a steak, baked potato, salad, green beans and dessert for a $10 donation.
    For more information, call the church at 816-254-5116.
    Bible bingo and more
    Free Bible bingo, a cake walk and prizes for everyone are offered from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Mission Woods Community of Christ, 2800 N.W. Duncan Road, Blue Springs. Call 816-224-0095 for more information.
    174th year of classes
    at First Presbyterian
    First Presbyterian is beginning its 174th year of Sunday school.
    Various study themes are offered in three different adult classes at First Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Pleasant St., Independence, beginning Sunday.
    Adult classes start at 10:45 a.m. following a brief time of fellowship and refreshments immediately after the 9:30 a.m. worship service. Children and youth classes begin at 10:30 a.m. Worship in a contemporary style begins at 11:30 a.m.
    For the adults, “Peacemaking” is the theme of the Guidance Class. Bible studies and discussions are centered on the theology and ethics of non-violence, anti-racism and conflict resolution.
    “The Gospels” is the Better Be/Searcher class study. This course from the Thoughtful Christian website offers an in-depth look at the Gospels, how they relate to each other and what we can learn from each book. The class will move through all four Gospels, learning the similarities and differences.
    “Saving Jesus” is the title of a DVD collection to be watched and discussed by the Very Important Persons class. Participants will be led to consider ideas about Jesus that are not generally part of our church conversations.
    Sunday school classes for ages 3 through grade 12 will study Group’s Faith Weaver curriculum. It begins a study of the stories of Moses. The Wednesday night youth program, LOGOS, begins this Wednesday. This is a four-part program is for grades 1 through 12. The grade school children study the LOGOS Faith for Life curriculum.
    Page 2 of 4 - The middle high and senior high youth participate in The Gathering at the Corner, which is a contemporary video Bible study including videos by Rob Bell, David Nassar, Max Lucado, and Francis Chan. The Gathering is open to all ages and includes contemporary Christian music.
    A nursery is provided for all activities.
    River Boulevard
    Baptist offers concert
    River Boulevard Baptist Church will hold a concert and luau at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church, 3212 N. River Blvd., Independence.
    Charles David Smart will perform, followed by a luau dinner, limbo and Hula Hoop contest, inflatables and more.
    Everyone is welcome. For details, call the church at 816-461-5640.
    Special service
    at First Christian
    Phil and Pam Morgan and family will conduct Gospel worship services at the 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday services at Independence First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence.
    Phil, Pam, Kayla and Alisha – a family of songwriters, authors, singers, witnesses and evangelists – will present services of inspiration, music and Christian witnessing. Phil and wife, Pam, will share life experiences that has led them and others to God’s word and will.
    For information, visit PhilandPamMorgan.com, www.fccindepmo.org or contact the church at 816-252-6100.
    Speakers to take up
    ‘Follow Me’ as theme
    Jennifer De Guzman will speak on the theme “Follow Me” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    De Guzman is the assistant to the Mission Center president of the Southeast Asia Mission Center. Ronald Yager Sr. will preside, with special music by Charles Belcher and John Davies. Others participating in the service are Gladys Binger, Jeanne Chase, Phyllis Swafford and Don Mills.
    Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or visit www.stone-church.org.
    n “Follow Me” is the theme of Elder Greg Hankins’ message for the 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. services this Sunday at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
    Assisting is Hankins’ wife, Lynda, Karen Hancock and Tom Peterson. Pianist Brenda Allen and vocalist Tim Wand will provide music ministry.
    All are invited to attend.
    Financial Peace
    University offered
    St. Luke’s United Church of Christ will hold Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University classes beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday, at the church, 727 N. Main St., Independence.
    The nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success.
    Page 3 of 4 - For more information or to register, contact the church office at 816-461-0302 or stlukes@stlukesuccindep.org. You may also register at www.stlukesuccindep.org.
    Concert to benefit
    meals for homeless
    A jazz and blues concert to benefit the Neighborhood Dinners for the Homeless will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    This concert will feature Diane “Mama” Ray, Allen Monroe, Jay EuDaley and Don Glaza. There will also be performances by Kent Means, Monte Musa, Karen Baum and more.
    The Neighborhood Dinner Project program feeds 175 to 225 citizens who are homeless and/or hungry in western Independence. Dinners are held every Wednesday night at the Stone Church and are a community effort by organizations including the Lion’s Club, Kiwanis Club, Boy Scout Troop 223, St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Northern Boulevard Methodist Church and the Community of Christ congregations of Cornerstone, Walnut Gardens, Open Arms and Stone Church. These dinners are also supported by Harvesters.
    For more information, call Barb Graeff-Vinck at 816-878-1155 or Terry Snapp at 816-260-2857.
    Country Gospel
    Music founders visit
    The founders of Country Gospel Music Association, Billy and Donna Hale, will minister this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Arise Ministries International, 4845 S. Norfleet Road, Independence. Billy Hale in 1996 originated the Country Gospel Music Association to support and assist country gospel artists, assemble them for worship and fellowship, and promote the musical genre worldwide.
    A cookout will follow the service at 2 p.m. For more details, call the church at 816-743-9221.
    Eastpoint Family
    Church looks ahead
    Eastpoint Family Church, formerly Eastside Family Worship Center, will celebrate its fifth anniversary at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, 3923 Pittman Road, Kansas City. Pastor Claude will share a new vision for Eastpoint, along with remembering the beginnings.
    The church was closed for more than nine months. Englewood Ministries took Eastside as a satellite church in September 2007. The Rev. Claude and Bonnie Cowan became the pastors and have taken the church on a new journey. Since the name change, the church has been its own governing church under the auspices of the Assemblies of God since August 2010.
    Chapel Hill Women’s
    Circle ready to meet
    The Chapel Hill Presbyterian Women’s Circle will hold its first meeting this year at noon Thursday in the kitchen, for a salad lunch. The study for this year is “Dispatches To God’s Household – The General Epistles,” by Nancy Benson-Nicol. Janet Nadel will teach. .
    A faith and discovery class will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 6 in Stone Hall. If you are curious about Chapel Hill and the Presbyterian Church, you are invited to attend.
    Page 4 of 4 - 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.
    Fall Festival planned
    at St. Ann’s Church
    St. Ann’s Church will hold its annual Fall Festival from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 10109 E. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Bring the whole family for a fun-filled afternoon of games, crafts, food and lots of raffles. Father Branson will perform a magic show.
    For more information, call 816-252-1160.

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