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Compassionate Heart Ministries
Compassionate Heart Ministries is having its third annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on April 3 at the church, 229 E. College, Independence. Signup begins at 1 p.m. Children from birth to 12 years are welcome. Call 816-674-3702 or 816-836-0057.

Colonial Hills Community of Christ
A free community Easter Eggstravaganza will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Colonial Hills Community of Christ, 3539 S. Missouri 7 in Blue Springs. Free pancake breakfast, games, crafts, face painting, and a family egg hunt. Shop the Scholastic Book Fair for Easter gifts. Have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny ($1 or bring your own camera). Call 816-229-9344 or visit www.colonial-hills.org.

Woods Chapel UMC
A Resurrection Rally for children through the fourth grade will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 3 in the Woods Chapel United Methodist Church, 4725 N.E. Lakewood Way, Lee’s Summit. Interactive stations explain Jesus’ journey to the cross, crucifixion and resurrection. An Easter egg hunt will be incorporated (weather permitting), so bring cameras and baskets. Contact Jodi Ingram at 816-795-8848, ext. 305 or e-mail jodii@woodschapelchurch.org.

Birchwood Church
Birchwood Church will hold a free Easter egg hunt and hot dog lunch for children ages 2 through fifth grade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, 3883 Blue Ridge Blvd. Event takes place rain or shine. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
There will be two contemporary services on Easter Sunday, at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Kidz Connection classes for nursery through fifth grade will be provided from 8:45 a.m. to noon.
Call 816-353-4445 or e-mail office@birchwoodchurch.com.

New Walnut Park
Easter at the Park will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at New Walnut Park Community of Christ, 23rd and Pearl streets, Independence. Activities begin with a free breakfast. There will also be games, crafts, prizes, face painting and pictures taken with the Easter Bunny. The egg hunt will begin at 11 a.m.

Cross Creek Baptist Mission
Cross Creek Baptist Mission is holding “The Easter Experience.” It’s at 10 a.m. this Sunday and Easter Sunday. The church is at 1050 S.W. 15th St., Oak Grove. Call 816-690-0019 or visit www.crosscreekbaptist.com.

St. Paul’s Lutheran
Holy Week at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church:

 Palm Sunday, 9 a.m. worship service, remembering Christ’s arrival into Jerusalem, with palms and joyful hymns. The church will celebrate Tyler Kent, Teresa Davis, Garrett Schnackenberg, Jessica Wikle and Dixon Woolsey in the the confirmation of their faiths.  Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m. worship service, commemorating the last supper. Members of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod may partake in holy communion. Good Friday, 7 p.m. Tenebrae worship service, with scripture readings, solos and choir music. Rock the House, 5 p.m. April 3 – This contemporary service will include an Easter vigil. Contemporary music, a video with Bible study discussion and the passing out of crosses to everyone attending.  Easter Sunday, 6 a.m. Sunrise worship service with contemporary choir and trumpeters, and a 9 a.m. worship service with choir and trumpeters. An Easter breakfast will be served between services.

The church is at 17200 E. 39th St., Independence. Call 816-373-5290 or e-mail Pastor Stolle at  pastorstolle@stplcmsindep.com. For information concerning Rock the House, contact Jordan at jordan.1994@att.net or Pastor Ray at schrayron@earthlink.net.

First United Methodist Church
Holy Week at First United Methodist Church of Independence:
The Parade of Palms to the Independence Square will be at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. First Christian Church will join with the Methodists for the start of the procession and will be followed about 10 a.m. by First Presbyterian Church.
The Palm Sunday event is one of three Holy week activities the three churches will celebrate together. They will combine for a Maundy Thursday worship service at 7 p.m. April 1 at First Presbyterian, and a Good Friday worship at 7 p.m. April 2 at First Christian.
The Methodist church will also have other events:

A free showing of “The Passion of the Christ” at 1 p.m. April 2. The movie, which runs a little more than 2 hours, will be shown in the fellowship hall at 400 W. Maple Ave. The movie has a restricted rating for sequences of graphic violence. A breakfast prepared by the church’s youth group from 8 to 9 a.m. April 4. Free will offering.

The church’s regular times of 9 a.m. for Sunday school, and 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. worship services will be in effect for both Palm Sunday and Easter.

Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church
Holy Week at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Blue Springs:

Palm Sunday services remember Christ’s final entry into Jerusalem. Palms will be given to the congregation and our children will lead a processional march to open our worship service. Maundy Thursday’s service will be held in Stone Hall at 7 p.m. to mark the last supper. The service includes a sermon, communion and the traditional service of tenebrae, which uses the symbol of progressive darkness to mark the betrayal, passion and death of Jesus Christ. The Good Friday worship service is from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in the sanctuary. This is a service of guided prayer; somber in tone and reflective in nature. Later that evening at 7 p.m., a community ecumenical service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. On Easter Sunday, the sunrise service will be held on the patio in the upper parking lot at 7 a.m.

The 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. services will include communion. At the 10:30 a.m. service, the young children will sing and the youth will lead the children’s sermon.

Chapel Fellowship will host an Easter breakfast for the congregation from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the kitchen.

The church is at 3108 W. U.S. 40. Call 816-229-3367 or visit www.chpresby.org.

Church on the Rock
Church on the Rock Outreach Center in Lee’s Summit will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt & Pageant beginning at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Before the big hunt, a presentation of the illustrated sermon “The Whip, Hammer and the Cross,” will take place.
Easter services are 9 and 10:30 a.m. There will be holiday music, and Pastor Toney will preach. The congregation will also give out Easter dinner food boxes to all families in need. If you or someone you know needs help with Easter dinner, please call the church office 816-246-7625 by Wednesday to reserve your Easter dinner.
For more information, visit www.cotroc.org.

Used book sale set
Gudgell Park Community of Christ will be holding a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church, 500 E. Gudgell, Independence. Books will cost 25 cents each, or 5 for $1.

First Christian pancake breakfast
First Christian Church of Independence is having a community pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence.
The cost is $3.50 for juice, coffee, sausage and all-you-can-eat pancakes.

New service at St. Paul’s
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church has a new contemporary worship service, “Rock the House,” offered on the first Saturday of each month at 5 p.m.
The service offers an upbeat praise music with guitars, keyboard and drums, videos and Bible study discussion, followed with open prayer time. After the service, refreshments are served in the fellowship hall.

‘Proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord’ at Stone Church
Greg Savage will speak on the theme of “Proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
Savage, a bishop working with estate planning for the World Church, was the pastor at Stone Church. Floyd Fears will be presiding. The music will be provided by Barbara Fears at the organ. Moses Choi, Karen Troeh, and the Children’s Choir will provide the ministry of music. Others participating in the service are Phyllis Swafford and John Thumm.
Signing is available for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or visit www.stone-church.org.

Men’s Chorus at St. Luke’s
The Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday at the St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, 727 N. Main St., Independence.
The group is made up of more than 100 men from all over the Kansas City area and is under the direction of Noel Fulkerson. The men of the chorus have donated their time and money in supporting this mission, which has allowed the group to give 100 percent of offerings to those in need. A freewill offering will be taken to benefit the church’s youth group mission trip and the Morgan-Scott Project in Tennessee. For more information, contact Nanette Moore at 816-461-0302.

Financial Peace University
Financial Peace University, a Biblically based accountability curriculum that teaches you to make the right decisions with your money, will begin at 6:30 p.m. April 6 at Norfleet Baptist Church, 5512 Norfleet Road, Kansas City. This 13-week video series, led by Dave Ramsey, is designed to teach families to eliminate debt and build wealth.
For more information or to register, call the church at 816-525-5277.

Gospel sing scheduled
Berean Free Will Baptist Church will told a gospel sing beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2104 James Downey Road, Independence. Those who sing or play are invited to join in or just come to listen. Fellowship and refreshments following the sing. For more information, call Herbert at 816-516-7786.

First UMC offers divorce recovery
A divorce recovery program, “Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends,” will be available free of charge for the community at First United Methodist Church, 301 S.W. Woods Chapel, Blue Springs.
The group will meet for 10 sessions, beginning at 6:30 p.m. April 1. The book third edition, “Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends” by Dr. Bruce Fisher and Dr. Robert Alberti is available by ordering from Amazon.com or a local bookstore. The facilitator will have some books available for sale.
If you are interested, please contact Jo Perrin at 816-228-7703, leaving a message with your name, phone number and interest. A minimum of six people is required for the group.