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Holiday open house set
at Susquehanna Baptist
Susquehanna Baptist Church will hold a holiday open house from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, 17800 Susquehanna Ridge, Independence.
There will be crafters, home-based businesses and a bake sale. Some of the vendors include Tastefully Simples, Miche Bags, At Home America, Arbonne, Jean’s Jewels, Beijo Bags, Scraptacular Creations, Scentsy, Avon, Pointer’s Crafts, Tupperware, Southern Living, Longaberger, Grand Canyon Candles, Pampered Chef and much more.
The entry fee is $1 at the door, which include a raffle ticket. Many raffles will be given from vendors and donations (valued from $10 to $65). All raffle money will be going towards the People to People Student Ambassador Trip for Sabrina McClellan to Australia. Additional tickets may be bought for $1 per ticket, or 6 tickets for $5.

Free Thanksgiving
meal at Cornerstone
Cornerstone Community of Christ, in partnership with the Community Development Corporation, will offer its seventh annual free Thanksgiving dinner Saturday.
The meal will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is at 1316 S. Osage St., Independence.
There will be activities for the children, plus a small supply of coats, scarfs and hats given out to those in need. If you have coats, scarfs, hats or gloves to donate, or have questions, call Chuck and Mike Hewitt at 816-616-5883, Amy Pierce at 816-215-4086 or Pastor Bud Perrin 816-935-0329.

Independence official
describes new arena
Larry Kaufman, an assistant city manager, was the speaker at the Men’s Club of the First United Methodist Church at the club’s regular monthly breakfast meeting Nov. 7. Kaufman gave a review of the new Independence Events Center.
The Rev. Mitchell Jarvis is the lead pastor, and the Rev. Donice Heriford is associate pastor of the church.

Choral festival set
at St. Mark Catholic
St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church will host the St. Cecilia Choral Festival beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence.
St. Mark’s and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, which includes 12 parishes with the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, are joining forces to celebrate the Patron Saint of musicians and church music, and Christ the King Sunday.  The concert will include “Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal” by Alice Parker, “Te Deum” by Mark Hayes, and “Sing Me to Heaven” by Daniel Gawthrop.
This event is free and open to the public.

Thanksgiving service
for the community
The Independence Ministerial Alliance will sponsor a community-wide Thanksgiving worship service at 3 p.m. Sunday at the First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence.
This year’s theme is thankfulness for our nation and blessings we enjoy. Congregational singing of favorite Thanksgiving and patriotic hymns and songs will be led by a combined choir from First United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church and First Christian Church. The collection will be divided among the Salvation Army Crossroads homeless shelter, Hillcrest Ministries and the Community Services League. The host church, First Christian, will provide refreshments for fellowship after the service.

‘Alpha and Omega’
at Stone Church
Denise Jensen will speak on the theme of “Alpha and Omega” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service this Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
Jensen, who works as a fundraiser for the American Lung Association, is one of the pastor’s counselors for Stone Church. John Thumm will be presiding. The music will be provided by Gladys Tyree at the organ and Alan Tyree at the saxophone. Others participating in the worship will be Don Winship and Greg Savage.
Signing is available for the hearing impaired. For more information, call the church at 816-254-2211 or visit

Gospel sing at Berean
Free Will Baptist
Berean Free Will Baptist Church will hold a gospel sing beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2104 James Downey Road, Independence.
If you sing or play instrument come join us, or just come to listen.
For more information, call 816-516-7786.
Many events at Chapel
Hill Presbyterian
Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church will have its “Potluck – Let’s Give Thanks”, hosted by the Board of Deacons, following the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday at the church, 3108 W. U.S. 40.
The deacons will provide turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls and drink, as well as table settings. Those attending are asked, if able, to bring a side dish or dessert to share.
On Monday at 5:30 p.m., the church will again serve a Thanksgiving dinner to the Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health clients. This will be the 17th year that the church has served this meal and this year it is under the direction of Becky Carle and the Church and Society Ministry Unit. Members of the church provide the food items to take to the “clubhouse” of the Behavioral Health building. The members will prepare a warm meal, serve the meal and provide decorations and entertainment. There are usually 90-100 clients and staff members served and everyone enjoys this special opportunity to serve others who may not have a Thanksgiving meal.
Welcome to those who would like to attend the Thanksgiving meal on Sunday. For more details, call 816-229-3367.

Gospel music service
at Calvary Baptist
A gospel music service will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at Calvary Baptist Church, 900 N.W. 22nd St., Blue Springs.
This event will feature two of the most talented musicians in the area and industry, Steve Perry and Buell Stewart.
A love offering will be taken, and snacks and fellowship will follow the service. For more information, call 816-228-5540 

Thanksgiving service
at Groves Congregation
Apostle Rick Maupin will speak on the theme “Come Before the Lord With Praise and Thanksgiving” at the 6:45 p.m. service on Wednesday at Community of Christ Groves Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
Apostle Maupin’s wife, High Priest Diane Maupin will preside and give the prayer of benediction with Co-pastor Christina Nagel giving the Welcome and Invocation. A monologue, “Melchisedec Says Thanks,” will be presented by author, Dr. John A. Horner. Music ministry provided by Mary Buxbaum, vocal soloist and Hemdah Salonimer-Horner, pianist. Refreshments will be served following the service.

Rivers of Life seeking
food donations, vendors
Rivers Of Life, a nondenominational ministry in Blue Springs, needs these donations: 47 turkeys – 15 to 18 pounds (cooked if possible), instant mashed potatoes, 18 – 101-ounce cans of green beans, 18 – 106-ounce cans of corn, 100 boxes of Stove Top stuffing, plasticware, plastic cups, napkins, Styrofoam serving trays, gravy mix, butter, 90 pies (cooked), salt and pepper, whipped cream, aluminum serving pans, cranberry sauce, Dumpster for a day and bottled or canned drinks.
The group is also looking for vendors to set up small booths and are asking that they have something to give away in drawings. There is no charge for booth space.
Rivers Of Life is an outreach ministry that feeds homeless men, women, and children. It has rebuilt homes destroyed by a disaster, given cars to families, paid utility bills and done yard work at the homes of the elderly. For more information, call Pastor Robert McDaniel at 816-365-8083, Adam Bowers at 816-878-4620 or Tracy McDaniel at 816-215-4780.