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  • Crossway offers
    Kids Camp event
    CrossWay Bible Church in Blue Springs is having XTREME 2013 CrossWay Kids Camp from July 22 through July 26.
    Register at www.crosswaybible.org/crossway-kids-camp or call 816-228-1411.
    First UMC hires
    new staff members
    Two new positions have been filled at the Independence First United Methodist Church.
    They are Poese Vatakani, who as pastor will direct a fellowship outreach for Pacific Islanders, and Susan Tate, who as a communications manager will fill many of the duties of recently retired secretary Karen Anderson.
    Vatakani, 35, and his wife, Doris, have moved from Hawaii after being appointed to the position here by Bishop Robert Schnase of the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is to launch the Mana Mei Lagi (Power From Heaven) Fellowship of the church at 400 W. Maple Ave. He holds degrees from the University of Hawaii and a seminary in the kingdom of Tonga, a cluster of islands in the Commonwealth of Nations in the southwest Pacific.
    Other staff members are the Rev. Mitchell Jarvis, lead pastor; Rev. Donice Heriford, minister of care; Rachel Andrisevic, director of youth and family ministries; and Cathy Grimes, choir and worship arts director.
    Berean Free Will
    picnic is Saturday
    Berean Free Will Baptist Church will be holding its second annual picnic on Saturday, 2104 James Downey Road.
    Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and dip, potato salad and pork and beans will be served at 4 p.m. At 5 p.m., everyone who wants to sing or play may join in the congregation sing, and “Deliverance” will be in concert at 6 p.m.
    Everyone is invited. For more details, call the church at 816-516-7786.
    Chapel Hill collects
    items for Hope House
    Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Blue Springs will be collecting for Hope House for the month of July. Items needed are: Baby wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, disinfecting spray, pillows, towels, allergy medication, adult and children's cold and flu medications, and African American hair products (oil, perms).
    The Senior High Youth will be leaving for Triennium 2013. Youth will gather Monday evening to host other youth from Heartland Presbytery for overnight. The entire group will leave at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and return July 20. On July 26, following the 10:30 a.m. worship service, the youth will present a Triennium Talk Show and Dessert Event. They will share stories, experiences and pictures while at Triennium.
    The church is at 3108 W. U.S. 40. For more information, call the church at 816-229-3367.
    Belcher to speak at
    Stone Church service
    Rebecca Belcher will speak on the theme, “Who Is Your Neighbor” at the 10:20 a.m. Sunday worship service at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Page 2 of 3 - Belcher works for Community of Christ as the Director of the Children's Peace Pavilion and holds the priesthood office of Elder. Dennis Sharier will preside. Others participating in the service are Ashley Baldwin and Elizabeth Swick. Special music provided by Terri Rathbun and Pamela Landrum.
    Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or visit www.stone-church.org.
    ‘Neighbor’ theme
    also at The Groves
    High Priest Jan Marshall speaks on the theme, “Who Is My Neighbor,” for the 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday worship services at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
    Marshall recently retired from Community of Christ, where she worked in developing resources and events for pastors, priesthood, and other leaders. She represents Walnut Gardens Congregation on the Stone Church Neighborhood Meal steering committee. Brenda Williams, Jane Kunz, Al Baughman, Carole Vincent, Roy Jones and Jean Pement will assist in the services. Music ministry is provided by Sue Murray and Irene Payson.
    Everyone is welcome to attend.
    Girls program helps
    build good character
    American Heritage Girls, a Christ-centered non-profit character development program, offers a wholesome program for girls ages 5 to 18. An enrollment and informational rally for Missouri 1273 Troop at Coventry Estates Baptist Church will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church, 17133 E. 39th St., Independence.
    Program elements:
    • Life skill enhancement through multi-level badge program
    • Girl leadership opportunities at all levels of programming
    • Developing teamwork and building confidence through varied outdoor experiences
    • Character development through community service and citizenship programs.
    • Social development through organized special events.
    • Spiritual development through religious awards program.
    For information on the upcoming meeting, call April Milam, troop coordinator, at 816-833-0021. For information about the American Heritage Girls program in general, visit www.ahgonline.com.
    Mission Woods plans
    Bible Bingo, cake walk
    Free Bible Bingo and a 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 prizes for everyone and fun for the entire family.
    Call the church at 816-224-0095 for more information.
    Rummage sale
    at First Christian
    The First Christian Church of Independence will be holding a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 25; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 26; and 8 a.m. to noon July 27, at the church, 125 S. Pleasant St.
    For details, call the church at 816-252-6100.
    ‘Messiah’ audition
    sign-up scheduled
    Page 3 of 3 - Auditions for the Independence Messiah Choir this year are July 27-29.
    The annual performances of Handel’s “Messiah” are Dec. 6, 7 and 8 at Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Kansas City.
    Auditions are being handled by the Kansas City Symphony Chorus.
    Singers who are interested in auditioning should go to http://www.kcsymphonychorus.org/content/audition-time and fill out the audition form, indicating that they are only auditioning for the Independence Messiah Choir.
    VBS theme is
    Trust Under Fire
    “Trust Under Fire” is the theme for vacation Bible school at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 2415 R.D. Mize Road, Independence. Ages 3 through 12 are invited to attend VBS from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 26 and 27, and 11 a.m. July 28.
    Enjoy Bible lessons, crafts, music, snacks, recreation and much more. For information, call Marcia or Amy Armstrong at 816-217-6364.
    Eastgate Christian
    schedules VBS
    Eastgate Christian Church, 4010 S. River Blvd. in Independence, will host vacation Bible school from July 29 through Aug. 2.
    Each morning from 9 a.m. until noon, children age 3 through the sixth grade will have Bible stories, music, crafts and games. The closing program at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 will feature music learned during the week, and prize winners will be announced.
    Children will be encouraged to bring peanut and jelly to be distributed to those in need.
    The deadline for participants to register for VBS, including older children who want to serve as helpers, is Sunday. Call the church at 816-252-6828.
    – Jillayne Ritchie

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