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  • Berean Free Will
    hosts Mercy’s Bridge
    Mercy’s Bridge, a non-denominational band, will bring Southern gospel music with a country sound to Berean Free Will Baptist Church at 6 p.m. Saturday, 2104 James Downey Road, Independence.
    From information, call the church at 816-516-7786.
    UMC women set
    basement sale
    St. Matthew United Methodist Women will hold a basement sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church, 2415 R.D. Mize Road, Independence.
    Many exciting things have been donated from many sources. Items include furniture, all kinds of books and videos, some men’s things and much more.
    All proceeds will go to the support of the church. For more information or to donate, call Shirley at 816-716-1184.
    Spiritual Renewal
    Week at Groves
    Spiritual Renewal Week, featuring worship, music, classes, fellowship, movies and special programs, will be held Monday through Friday at The Groves in the White Oak Community Room, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
    The theme is “Becoming A Signal Community.” Community of Christ Evangelist Bob Kyser will teach the morning class daily and preach at the Wednesday evening worship service. Community ministers from different denominations will present daily devotions. A free continental breakfast will be provided daily and a buffet lunch will be available each day for $7 per day or $20 for all 5 days.
    A special program will take place Monday through Thursday following lunch, followed by a choice of games or an inspiring movie. The week’s activities conclude on Oct. 5.
    There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested. Contact Peggy Young at 816-254-3500, ext. 474 or pyoung@thegroves.com, or Kathy Hood at 254-3500, ext. 456 or khood@thegroves.com.
    Eat pancakes and
    help First Christian
    A pancake breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence.
    The cost is $3.50 and you’ll enjoy coffee, juice, sausage and all-you-can-eat pancakes. For more information, call the church at 816-252-6100.
    ‘Pray Faithfully’
    is Groves theme
    Evangelist Everett Graffeo speaks on the theme “Pray Faithfully” at 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. services this Sunday at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation in Independence. Assisting in the services are Evangelist Bill Brown, Jan Brown, Tom Peterson, John Horner and Lois Jones, with music ministry by Hemdah Salonimer-Horner. All invited to attend.
    Organ concert
    at Auditorium
    David Pickering will present an organ concert at 3 p.m. Sunday during the Dome and Spire Fine Arts Series at the Community of Christ Auditorium, River Boulevard and Walnut Street, Independence.
    Page 2 of 3 - Pickering is assistant professor of music at Kansas State University and organist at First Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, Kan. He has performed throughout the United States and Canada. His three recordings feature the organ music of American composers Daniel Gawthrop, Alice Jordan and Leroy Robertson.
    The concert is free, although freewill offerings will be accepted. For more information on this and upcoming events of the Dome and Spire Series, visit www.cofchrist.org/dome_spire/calendar.asp.
    Youth to direct
    Sunday services
    The Sunday morning worship service at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Blue Springs will be led by the youth of the church, under the direction of Michelle Jones, youth director.
    Other events at the church:
    n Chapel Hill Fellowship will help at Harvesters from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 6. Anyone who can give two hours to work at Harvesters is welcome to help.
    n A Crop Walk will be held Oct. 14, helping to fight hunger in the United States and around the world.
    n The Middle High Mission Trip at the Festival of Sharing is scheduled for Oct. 19 through 21 in Sedalia.
    The church is at 3108 W. U.S. 40. For details, call the church at 816-229-3367 or visit www.chpresby.org.
    Crafts and more
    at Lourdes fair
    Our Lady of Lourdes will hold a Craft and Home Business Fair from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 5 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at the church, 8812 E. Gregory Blvd., Raytown. Lunch will be served from noon to 2 p.m.
    There will be a $100 cash raffle, vendor gift give-aways, jewelry, crochet and knitted hats, scarves and afghans, spa items, silk tie purses and much more.
    Booth space is still available. Forms are online at ollraytown.com or call 816-353-2380.
    ‘Pray Faithfully’
    at Stone Church
    Phillip Caswell will speak on the theme “Pray Faithfully” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Caswell, a retired apostle for the Community of Christ, is presently an evangelist at Stone Church. Duane Qualls will preside, with special music provided by David Todd and Pamela Landrum. Others participating in the service are Kara Johnson, Jeanne Rider and Bob Wilson.
    Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or visit www.stone-church.org.
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    St. Ann’s fish
    dinners in October
    St. Ann’s will have its “Famous Fish Dinners” from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Friday in October at the church at the corner of Cedar and Lexington in Independence.
    The menu includes boiled and fried shrimp, whole channel catfish, catfish fillets, chipotle tilapia, panko tilapia, grilled-cheese sandwich, macaroni/cheese, french fries, boiled potatoes, coleslaw, vegetable, hush puppies and corn bread. Drinks are included with dinner, and desserts will be sold separately by the Altar Society.
    Dinner prices range from $8.50 to $9.75. A fish sandwich and fries is also available for $4. For more information, call the church at 816-252-1160.
    Author to speak
    at Waldo Avenue
    All are invited to hear Peter Loth, a Holocaust survivor and author, speak at 5 p.m. Oct. 6 at Waldo Avenue Restoration Branch, (CPRS School) 819 W. Waldo Ave., Independence. He was born in a Nazi concentration camp, lived in communist Poland following the war, and then came to the United States, where he hatred and racism in the early 1960s. His story is one of pain, love and forgiveness.
    Blessing of animals
    at Trinity Episcopal
    Trinity Episcopal Church will honor St. Francis of Assisi Oct. 7 with a blessing of the animals ceremony at 1 p.m. in Trinity’s gardens, next to the church at White Oak and Liberty Street, Independence. Everyone is welcome to bring a pet to have a special blessing. There will be a reception following for all pets and their families.
    Revival planned
    at Calvary Baptist
    Calvary Baptist Church in Blue Springs will hold revival services Oct. 7 through 10 at the church, 900 N.W. 22nd St. The event begins with a 10:45 a.m. service on Oct. 7 and continues each evening at 7 p.m.
    Evangelist and Bible teacher Richard Green will lead the revival. Special music groups will be featured at each service. There will also be a special devotional service Monday through Wednesday beginning at noon.
    For more information, call the church at 816-228-5540.
    – Jillayne Ritchie

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