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  • Fair at St. Joseph
    the Worker parish
    St. Joseph the Worker parish is hosting a craft and vendor fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 2200 N. Blue Mills Road, Independence. There will be more than 35 booths. For more information or directions, call Karen McCarter at 816-796-6877.
    Turkey dinner
    at First Christian
    A turkey dinner with all the traditional sides will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church, 701 N.W. 15th St., Blue Springs. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 10, with the proceeds supporting church youth programs.
    Learn the habits
    of healthier living
    Cornerstone Church of Blue Springs will host a healthy living conference from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, at the church, 301 S.E. Route AA.
    Speakers include Dr. Carl Davis from Integrative Health in Lee’s Summit. Topics include how to avoid heart disease, diabetes and cancer; eating well; maintaining a healthy weight forever; and learning to make healthier lifestyle choices.
    To register, call the church at 816-228-1979. For more information, visit www.Cornerstonelife.org.
    Sermon series is
    focused on success
    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:
    n “The Truly Great Will Be Your Servant,” this Sunday.
    n “Seek First the Kingdom of God,” Nov. 11.
    n “Give Thanks in All Circumstances,” Nov. 18.
    ‘Love the Lord’
    is worship theme
    Randall Pratt will speak on the theme “Love the Lord” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service this Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Pratt serves as executive assistant to the Presiding Bishopric of Community of Christ, and on the World Church peace and justice committee. He also holds the priesthood office of bishop. Ronald Yager Jr. will preside, with special music by Amy Jeffers and Clare Vlahos. Others participating in the service are LaDora Cripps, Ronald Yager Sr., Dennis and Amy Sharier and Duane Qualls.
    Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or visit www.stone-church.org.
    Clothier to speak
    at Groves service
    Evangelist Sharon Clothier speaks on the theme “Love the Lord” for the 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. communion services this Sunday at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
    Pastor Tom Peterson and Ward Francis will preside, with Geoff Henshaw and Irvin Jones assisting.  Music ministry by Mary Buxbaum and Carolyn Bailey.
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    Prayer service set
    for Election Day
    On Tuesday, Election Day, the First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs will hold a 30-minute, nonpartisan prayer service at 7:15 a.m.
    The church is at 301 S.W. Woods Chapel Road. For more information, contact Sally Haynes at shaynes@firstumcbs.org.
    Ministerial Alliance
    meets Thursday
    The Independence Ministerial Alliance will hold its monthly gathering at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence.
    Join us as we discuss compassion fatigue among ministers. This is often a difficult time of year for many people. Lee Ward, Director of Pastoral Care at St. Mark’s, will give us some tools to help us through the holiday season as we continue to minister to others. For lunch reservations, contact Betsy Bain at bbain@stmarksparish.com or call 826-285-8357.
    Mark your calendar for the Dec. 13 meeting at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lee’s Summit Road, Independence. The Veteran’s Administration will provide us with information on the many services that are available to the Veterans in our community.
    Chapel Hill plans
    November events
    Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 3108 W. U.S. 40 in Blue Springs, have several activities planned for November.
    n Confirmation Class: 5 to 6 p.m. Sundays until Dec. 8. (No class on Thanksgiving weekend.)
    n Heartland Presbytery Senior High Retreat, “Hunger Games,” will be Nov. 9 and 10.
    n Senior High Breakfast Club will meet at 6:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at the Blue Springs Hy-Vee. (Out in time for school).
    n Heartland Presbytery 4th through 6th Grade Retreat, “I Have Called You By Name,” will meet Nov. 16 and 17. Activities include archery, horseback riding, a bonfire with s’mores, and God moments!
    For more details, contact the church at 816-229-3367 or visit www.chpresby.org. 
    St. Mathew having
    turkey dinner
    St. Mathew United Methodist Church will be serving a turkey dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 10 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.
    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. Nov. 10. Meet at the church at 1 p.m., 125 S. Pleasant St.
    You will be helping with Harvesters Outreach Center, where volunteers sort and repackage food.
    Page 3 of 5 - 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 Nov. 10, and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 11 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. Nov. 10 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.
    Stop ‘Living in an
    Emotional Prison’
    Moving on Ministries will host a one-day retreat, “Living in an Emotional Prison,” from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at New Hope Church of the Nazarene, 4330 N. Oak Trafficway, Kansas City.
    Keynote speaker Darryl Burton will share his story on how he served a 24-year prison sentence for a crime he didn’t commit and why he has been able to forgive. Speakers will discuss forgiveness, overcoming death, living with a terminal illness, spousal abuse and wrongful imprisonment.
    The conference fee is $10 in advance and includes lunch. Registrations accepted through Nov. 5 by sending check, cash, or money order made out to Frank Dominguez, and mailed to Kathy Coleman, Moving on Ministries, 120 N.E. Normandy Lane, Kansas City, MO 64116. For more information, call 816-454-1521 or 816-517-9279.
    Craft festival
    at Peace Lutheran
    Peace Lutheran LWML presents its Fall Craft Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10, 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.
    Pentecostal sharing
    by Mormon believers
    Book of Mormon believers will share their Pentecostal experiences from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 10 at Faith Bible College, 210 S. Main St., Independence.
    “There (in the Kirtland temple) we had the gift of prophecy, the gift of tongues, the interpretation of tongues, visions and marvelous dreams were related, the singing of heavenly choirs was heard, and wonderful manifestations of the healing power, through the administrations of the Elders, were witnessed. The sick were healed, the deaf made to hear, the blind to see and the lame to walk, in very many instances. It was plainly manifest that a sacred and divine influence, a spiritual atmosphere pervaded that holy edifice.” (Biography of Lorenzo Snow, p.11)
    Page 4 of 5 - Outpourings of the Spirit of God, similar to the days of Kirtland, are still occurring among Book of Mormon believers. “The Pentecostal experience is part of our heritage,” says one Book of Mormon believer.
    For more information, call 816-332-8516 and 816-872-0087.
    Jacomo Chorale
    performs Nov. 11
    The Jacomo Chorale will be performing at 3 p.m. Nov. 11 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 Dr. 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 freewill offering will be taken.
    Reconnect Life
    Conference Nov. 11
    Cross Creek Baptist Mission is holding a Reconnect Life Conference beginning Nov. 11, 1050 S.W. 15th St., Oak Grove. Conference leader Ron Mills will be helping us grow deeper in our relationship with our Lord and Savior.
    The Conference begins Nov. 11 at 10 a.m., 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.
    Holiday sadness
    seminar Nov. 13
    Dr. Harold Ivan Smith, well-known for his seminars and books on grief and spirituality, will be holding a “Dealing with Loss Through the Holidays” seminar from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 13 at the church, St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence.
    Certified in thanatology, Dr. 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.
    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.
    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.
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