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  • Briefly: Religion news

  • Events from around Eastern Jackson County's churches.

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  • Trinity Presbyterian
    planning Rally Day
    Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1400 Sheley Road in Independence, begins the new church school year with Rally Day on Sept. 9.
    Classes for kindergartners through adults begin at 9:30 a.m. Nursery care is provided.
    The 10:30 a.m. worship service is followed by a potluck picnic. Hot dogs, hamburgers, lemonade, tea and tableware will be provided.
    There will be fun for the kids with a bouncy house, tug of war, three-legged races, face painting, milk bottle toss, and goody bags. All are welcome.   
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    Spire Chamber
    Ensemble concert
    The Spire Chamber Ensemble will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sept. 9 during the Dome and Spire Fine Arts Series at the Community of Christ Temple, River Boulevard and Walnut Street, Independence.
    In the first half of the concert, the ensemble will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Vespers,” considered the apex of Russian liturgical music, as well as one of the greatest a cappella works in the choral literature. The second half of the concert will include spirituals and hymns.
    Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door. For more information on the Dome and Spire Series, visit www.cofchrist.org/dome_spire/calendar.asp.
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    Lake Lotawana UMC
    electronics recycling
    Lake Lotawana Community United Methodist Church is working with Surplus Exchange to host an electronics recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 8 at the church, at Gate 1, 28901 N.E. Colbern Road.
    In addition, the church is working with RevolveKC to offer free bicycle recycling from 2 to 5 the same day.
    Computer central-processing units, keyboards, mice, drives, computer parts, cellphones, pagers, home phones, PDAs, game consoles, handheld games, joysticks, and controllers will be collected for free.
    Fees of $5 to $30 will be collected to cover the costs for transportation, demanufacturing and recycling of printers, faxes, scanners, computer monitors, TVs and microwaves. Visit  www.wannachurch.com for cost details.  Items not listed will not be collected.
    In the afternoon, bring your unwanted bicycles of any size or condition, and RevolveKC will fix them up and find good homes for them.
    The church is hosting these events as part of SERVE2012, a statewide United Methodist Church day of service to our communities. The church will also be working to improve the landscaping and gardens around Mason Elementary School on the same Saturday. As a fourth part of SERVE2012, canned foods are being collected to help the homeless individuals served by Grand Avenue Temple United Methodist Church in Kansas City.
    Volunteers are needed to fill the trucks and/or work on the beautification projects at the school. Sign up to volunteer at www.wannachurch.com.
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    Chapel Hill offers
    Family Fun Fest
    Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, at 3108 W. U.S. 40 in Blue Springs, will host its third annual Family Fun Fest from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 8. There will be games, face painting, prizes, a cake walk and a balloon bounce. Mr. Stinky Feet will perform at 3:30 p.m., followed by our famous pig roast and picnic fixings. Everyone is welcome.
    Sunday School for all ages will begin on Sept. 9 from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Classes are offered for K-5th grades, middle and senior high, and adults each Sunday.
    Following the 10:30 a.m. service on Sept. 9, all are invited to a pasta dinner. Spaghetti with homemade meat sauce, side salad, bread sticks, and a assorted desserts will be served. Proceeds will benefit Heifer International and the suggested donations are $6 for adults, and $3 for children under 12.    
    For more information, contact the church at 816-229-3367 or visit www.chpresby.org. 
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    Spiritual Renewal
    Week at the Groves
    The Groves in Independence is planning its annual Spiritual Renewal Week for Oct. 1-5.
    The theme is “Becoming A Signal Community,” and Community of Christ Evangelist Bob Kyser will teach the morning class and preach at the Wednesday evening worship service. Ministers from different denominations will present daily devotions. The week also includes music, fellowship, movies and special programs.
    There’s a free continental breakfast daily. A buffet lunch is for $7 a day or $20 for all five days. There is no cost to attend the event, but registration is requested. Contact Peggy Young at 816-254-3500, ext. 474 or at pyoung@thegroves.com, or contact Kathy Hood at 816-254-3500, ext. 456 or at khood@thegroves.com.
    The event is in the White Oak Community Room. The Groves is at 1515 W. White Oak.
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    Apple festival
    at Raytown church
    The Missouri Baptist Children’s Home will hold an apple festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at the First Baptist Church of Raytown.
    Gospel music lineup: 9 a.m. Doug Hodges and Steven Perry; 9:30 a.m. Michael Easton and friend; 10 a.m. Nick Miller; 10:30 a.m. Isaac Miller; 11 a.m. Jeff Lane and Made Worthy; 11:30 a.m. Stephanie Springate; noon 4-His Love; 12:30 p.m. Tim and Kim Burk family; 1 p.m. Roland Bray and Sallie Hartman; 1:30 p.m. Connie Farris.
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