News from around Eastern Jackson County churches
St. Paul AME
St. Paul AME will celebrate the church anniversary at 11 a.m. Sunday, 200 E. Lexington Ave., Independence.
The St. Paul choir will sing, and the guest speaker will be Frances Paul from Power of Faith AME in Kansas City. Nancy Harris and Rena Houston are co-chairs of the event. The Rev. Patricia Winfrey is pastor of the church.
The Groves marks
Len Young brings the morning message for celebration of Pentecost Day at 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. services this Sunday at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
Young retired from serving full time as an apostle for Community of Christ and holds the priesthood office of evangelist. Music ministry is provided by Paulette Votava Resch and Barbara Fears. Others assisting in the services are pastor Tom Peterson and Harold and Donna Dillon.
All are welcome to attend.
at Stone Church
Alecia Cripps will speak on the theme “Come Holy Spirit” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service this Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
Cripps is the pastor for Ministries of Generosity at Stone Church. She holds the priesthood office of elder. Dennis Sharier will preside. Others participating in the service are Gail Woodstock, Sherry McClaran, Linda Keller and Eric Scott. Special music is provided by Dale and Jan Jones and John Davies.
Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or visit www.stone-church.org.
on joy and purpose
The final sermon in the series, “Finding Joy in Real Life: 5 Habits for Living Well,” will be Sunday at Resurrection Blue Springs, part of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, 601 N.E. Jefferson. This Sunday’s sermon is, “Living with Peace in an Unsettling World.”
New worship times are 9 and 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is available for children birth to age 3 during worship, and Sunday school is for children age 4 through the fifth grade. There’s coffee in the back corner of the sanctuary by the sound booth before worship.
annual blood drive
Timothy Lutheran Ministries is holding its 8th Annual Adam’s Army Blood Drive Sunday at the church, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs.
The blood drive is held in honor of Adam Reed, the oldest of the five children of Mary and Jeff Reed, who was diagnosed with leukemia just before his 13th birthday in 2003.
To register online go to www.savealifenow.org, click on “schedule an appointment,” type in TIMOTHYLUT for the sponsor code, select May 19 date and then your preferred time.
Page 2 of 3 - T-shirts are given to the first 72 people to register. Registrations are also being taken on Sunday mornings at the church. For more information, call Nancy Nowiszewski at 816-228-5300.
Connected to God?
A new sermon series
A sermon series, “Our Bluetooth Connection with God,” kicks off this Sunday at Independence First Christian.
The church is at 125 S. Pleasant St. Services are at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The sermon series is conducted by Senior Minister Don Brezavar. Topics include what is Pentecost, who and what is the Holy Spirit and Trinity, what is Bluetooth and how do we connect with God today, who is Jehovah Shamma, how do we know God is in it with us, what is GPS, and how these topics are important to Christians today.
For more information, contact the church at 252-6100 or www.fccindepmo.org.
Three at Chapel
Hill to be confirmed
Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Blue Springs will celebrate and welcome the new confirmation class at the 10:30 a.m. worship service this Sunday.
Those who completed the confirmation class are Hunter Jones, Brianna Savidge and Geren Schoen.
After the service, cake and punch will be served. The Chapel Hill Kids will also be singing.
The monthly middle/senior high youth group will be have lunch following the worship service and reception. Planned will be a mini mission project benefiting the church.
UPLIFT is the group the church is collecting for in May. Its needs are shampoo, toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, insect repellent, razors, cough syrup, cough drops, wet ones (singles), lotion, sun screen. Also, needed canned foods are fruit, tuna, beef stew, chili, pork and beans, ravioli, spaghetti, Spam, Vienna sausage, powered hot chocolate, large lemonade mix. Other needed items are five-gallon plastic jugs, two-liter bottles, playing cards, matches, candles, blankets, backpacks, plastic tarps, sleeping bags, hand warmers, tents. Seasonal clothing needed includes jeans, T-shirts, baseball caps, knit caps, beanies, athletic/warm socks, men’s underwear, men’s tennis shoes and boots, coats, flannel long sleeve shirts, sweat shirts and pants, thermal underwear and gloves.
The church is at 3801 S.W. U.S. 40. For more information, call the church at 816-229-3367.
offers Bible bingo
A free Bible bingo and cake walk will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Mission Woods Community of Christ, 2800 N.W. Duncan Road, Blue Springs. There will be fun for the whole family and prizes for everyone. For more information, call the church at 816-224-0095.
Effort to assist
single moms set
All women who are interested in helping single mothers are invited to attend a training event from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1 at the Independence First United Methodist Church, 400 W. Maple Ave. The organization is The Caring People, whose focus is creating a ministry for single moms.
Page 3 of 3 - For more information, contact Rachel Andrisevic at firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen Sinn at 573-825-2869 or email@example.com.
Financial Peace at
Messiah Lutheran Church in Independence will hold Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University classes beginning June 5. The class will meet for nine weeks, one night a week. It incorporates small-group discussions that help encourage accountability and discipleship.
There is a cost for books and materials. For more information or to register, call 816-254-9405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
at Arise Ministries
Bruce Trent will play at the 10:30 a.m. service this Sunday at Arise Ministries, 4845 S. Norfleet Road in Independence.
Then there is a lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs from 12:30 to 1:30.
Cowboy church is at 2 p.m., and highlights include praise and worship, tag-team preaching and country gospel music.
Call the church at 816-743-9221.
First Christian Church Community Breakfast Saturday May 25
First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St in Independence, is holding a breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25 in Fellowship Hall.
The cost is $3.50 for either a half order of biscuits and gravy or all you can eat pancakes with sausage, and $5 for a full order of biscuits and gravy. All meals include coffee, and orange juice. For information, call the church at 252-6100.