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  • Berean Free Will
    offers Gospel concert
    “4 His Love,” a Southern gospel quartet, will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at Berean Free Will Baptist, 2104 James Downey Road, Independence.
    Be prepared to laugh, cry, shout, or just forget about the daily problems that try to drag you down. Their sound is pure southern gospel, but their message and song selection bridge all generations.
    For more information, call 816-516-7786.
    Trinity Presbyterian
    planning Rally Day
    Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1400 Sheley Road in Independence, begins the new church school year with Rally Day on Sunday.
    Classes for kindergartners through adults begin at 9:30 a.m. Nursery care is provided.
    The 10:30 a.m. worship service is followed by a potluck picnic. Hot dogs, hamburgers, lemonade, tea and tableware will be provided.
    There will be fun for the kids with a bouncy house, tug of war, three-legged races, face painting, milk bottle toss, and goody bags. All are welcome.
    Spire Chamber
    Ensemble concert
    The Spire Chamber Ensemble will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday during the Dome and Spire Fine Arts Series at the Community of Christ Temple, River Boulevard and Walnut Street, Independence.
    In the first half of the concert, the ensemble will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Vespers,” considered the apex of Russian liturgical music, as well as one of the greatest a cappella works in the choral literature. The second half of the concert will include spirituals and hymns.
    Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door. For more information on the Dome and Spire Series, visit www.cofchrist.org/dome_spire/calendar.asp.
    Free cereal is part
    of Methodist effort
    Members of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will be at the Independence Farmers Market from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday giving away cereal.
    The campaign is called “Serious About Cereal,” part of the Missouri United Methodist Church annual one weekend of service called “Serve 2012.”
    It is also part of a campaign in honor of Noel Fulkerson, director of the Kansas City Men’s Metro Chorus and the Raytown Community Choir. He is also the choir director at St. Mary’s High School in Independence. Noel collapsed from a heart stoppage during a concert he was directing at John Knox Village on Aug. 12. He came up with the cereal idea, and the church and his choirs are donating 1,000 boxes.
    St. Paul’s, at 3601 S. Sterling Ave. in Independence, is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a special service at 10:45 a.m. Sept. 16. The service will be followed by a catered luncheon. The service will be led by the district superintendent of the Heartland Central District of the Missouri United Methodist Church, the Rev. Yolanda Villa.
    Page 2 of 6 - For more information, contact the church at 816-254-8680 or www.st-paulumc.org.
    Lake Lotawana UMC
    electronics recycling
    Lake Lotawana Community United Methodist Church is working with Surplus Exchange to host an electronics recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, at Gate 1, 28901 N.E. Colbern Road.
    In addition, the church is working with RevolveKC to offer free bicycle recycling from 2 to 5 the same day.
    Computer central-processing units, keyboards, mice, drives, computer parts, cell phones, pagers, home phones, PDAs, game consoles, handheld games, joysticks, and controllers will be collected for free.
    Fees of $5 to $30 will be collected to cover the costs for transportation, demanufacturing and recycling of printers, faxes, scanners, computer monitors, TVs and microwaves. Visit www.wannachurch.com for cost details. Items not listed will not be collected.
    In the afternoon, bring your unwanted bicycles of any size or condition, and RevolveKC will fix them up and find good homes for them.
    The church is hosting these events as part of SERVE 2012, a statewide United Methodist Church day of service to our communities. The church will also be working to improve the landscaping and gardens around Mason Elementary School on the same Saturday. As a fourth part of SERVE 2012, canned foods are being collected to help the homeless individuals served by Grand Avenue Temple United Methodist Church in Kansas City.
    Volunteers are needed to fill the trucks and/or work on the beautification projects at the school. Sign up to volunteer at www.wannachurch.com.
    Family Fun Fest
    at Chapel Hill
    Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 3108 W. U.S. 40 in Blue Springs, will host its third annual Family Fun Fest from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Mr. Stinky Feet will visit at 3:30 p.m. There will also be games, prizes, a moon walk, cake walk and face painting, and good food.
    Sunday morning Sunday school, 9:15 and 10:15 a.m., is for all ages. There are two adult classes offered, Jon Gill will decipher the meaning of some church hymns by going over their background stories; and the “Feasting on the Word” class is scriptural and theological based. This is the same curriculum used by the K-5th grades making it easy for families to learn and live out their faith together.
    After the 10:30 a.m. worship service, a pasta dinner will be served by the Chapel Fellowship members. Enjoy spaghetti and meatsauce, salad, breadsticks and dessert for $6, $3 for children under 12. Proceeds will benefit our church’s support for the Heifer International.
    Page 3 of 6 - For information, contact the church at 816-229-3367 or visit www.chpresby.org.
    Good Shepherd
    offers grief seminar
    Good Shepherd Christian Church will hold a grief seminar from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, 111 S.W. Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs.
    The seminar will focus on the different stages of grief and how to recognize and live through the stages.
    There is no cost, but reservations are requested by Wednesday. Call the church and leave a message at 816-228-6908.
    ‘Messiah’ meeting
    and rehearsals set
    The Messiah Choir of Zion will give its second annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” in December.
    An organization meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 16. A rehearsal schedule will be presented and discussed. Bring your copy of “Messiah,” and you will sing together as a first rehearsal. If you have sung in the Messiah Choir in the past, you are welcome to come and sing. There will be no audition for the chorus.
    Auditions for soloists will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 23. If you wish to audition and cannot make the audition, contact Carl W. VunCannon Jr., musical director, to schedule a time. You may bring your own accompanist, or one will be provided for you. Plans are to add four numbers that were not part of the performance last year.
    The performance is at 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Conference Center, 2820 S. Missouri 291 Outer Road, Independence.
    Pleasant View
    Christian anniversary
    Pleasant View Christian Church will hold its one-year anniversary beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 19114 E. Salisbury Road, Independence. There will be singing, and a band called The Depot will play. There will be prizes for children and pizza for all.
    There’s a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14. The cost is $5 per plate, and tickets are on sale during church hours and at the door. The youth group will sell calendars for $8.
    ‘All are Worthy’ is
    weekend theme
    John Wight will speak on the theme “All are Worthy” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service this Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Wight, a minister of Community of Christ, is field missionary coordinator for the North Central USA/Canada Mission Field. He has served as a president of seventy since 1998. He currently serves as president of the Quorum 10 and was set apart as senior president of seventy in 2010.
    Larry Crozier will preside, with special music by Kristopher Taylor and Clare Vlahos. Others participating in the service are Sally Winship, Melissa Smith and family and Martha Hamm.
    Page 4 of 6 - Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or visit www.stone-church.org.
    Independence First
    UMC outreach program
    “Connection Pointe” is the Wednesday evening outreach program that begins this Wednesday at the Independence First United Methodist Church, 400 W. Maple Ave.
    Separate programs are aimed at mothers of all ages, single seniors and all who have been involved in divorce, either currently or in the past. A free will offering meal is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
    The single seniors are scheduled from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. for six weekly sessions; Mommies Inc. will run from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. for six Wednesdays, and divorce care is scheduled from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. for 13 Wednesdays.
    The coordinator, Rachel Andrisevic, is director of youth and family ministries at the church. Walk-ins are welcome and child care is available from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. each Wednesday. For more information, call the church at 816-254-6900.
    Andrisevic is the leader of the single seniors; Sarah Jarvis, Kristin Scott and Sarah Thurman are the leaders of Mommies Inc.; and the trained leaders of the divorce group are Beth Greeley, Debbie Williamson and Lester Williamson.
    Pickleball tourney
    set at First UMC
    The First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs is hosting a Pickleball tournament Sept. 15.
    Competition begins at 8 a.m. and will continue non-stop throughout the day. Forty people will compete in men’s doubles, women’s doubles, mixed doubles and singles. Pickleball players from the metropolitan area, as well as Columbia, Topeka and Des Moines, have registered.
    The church is at 301 S.W. Woods Chapel Road. For more information, call Ray Harris, coordinator at 816-916-6480 or Janet Shomin at 816-803-7877.
    Rally at Glenwood
    Park United Methodist
    Glenwood Park United Methodist Church will hold a rally from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence.
    Enjoy a steak, baked potato, salad, green beans and dessert for a $10 donation.
    For more information, call the church at 816-254-5116.
    St. Mark’s annual
    craft show planned
    St. Mark’s Catholic Church will host its 8th Annual Craft Show and Business Expo from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the church, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence. For more information, call the church at 816-373-2600 or visit www.stmarksparish.com.
    Special service
    at First Christian
    Phil and Pam Morgan and family will conduct Gospel worship services at the 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sept. 16 services at Independence First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence.
    Page 5 of 6 - Phil, Pam, Kayla and Alisha – a family of songwriters, authors, singers, witnesses and evangelists – will present services of inspiration, music and Christian witnessing. Phil and wife, Pam, will share life experiences that has led them and others to God’s word and will.
    For information, visit PhilandPamMorgan.com, www.fccindepmo.org or contact the church at 816-252-6100.
    Gospel concert
    at Calvary Baptist
    Walter Plant will hold a gospel music concert at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 at Calvary Baptist Church, 900 N.W. 22nd St., Blue Springs. Refreshments will follow the concert, and a love offering will be taken. For more information, call the church at 816-228-5540.
    Financial Peace
    University offered
    St. Luke’s United Church of Christ will hold Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University classes beginning at 5 p.m. Sept. 16, at the church, 727 N. Main St., Independence.
    The nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success.
    For more information or to register, contact the church office at 816-461-0302 or stlukes@stlukesuccindep.org. You may also register at www.stlukesuccindep.org.
    Concert to benefit
    meals for homeless
    A jazz and blues concert to benefit the Neighborhood Dinners for the Homeless will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    This concert will feature Diane “Mama” Ray, Allen Monroe, Jay EuDaley and Don Glaza. There will also be performances by Kent Means, Monte Musa, Karen Baum and more.
    The Neighborhood Dinner Project program feeds 175 to 225 citizens who are homeless and/or hungry in western Independence. Dinners are held every Wednesday night at the Stone Church and are a community effort by organizations including the Lion’s Club, Kiwanis Club, Boy Scout Troop 223, St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Northern Boulevard Methodist Church and the Community of Christ congregations of Cornerstone, Walnut Gardens, Open Arms and Stone Church. These dinners are also supported by Harvesters.
    For more information, call Barb Graeff-Vinck at 816-878-1155 or Terry Snapp at 816-260-2857.
    Apple festival
    at Raytown church
    The Missouri Baptist Children’s Home will hold an apple festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Raytown.
    Gospel music lineup: 9 a.m. Doug Hodges and Steven Perry; 9:30 a.m. Michael Easton and friend; 10 a.m. Nick Miller; 10:30 a.m. Isaac Miller; 11 a.m. Jeff Lane and Made Worthy; 11:30 a.m. Stephanie Springate; noon 4-His Love; 12:30 p.m. Tim and Kim Burk family; 1 p.m. Roland Bray and Sallie Hartman; 1:30 p.m. Connie Farris.
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    Eastpoint Family
    Church looks ahead
    Eastpoint Family Church, formerly Eastside Family Worship Center, will celebrate its fifth anniversary at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 16, 3923 Pittman Road, Kansas City. Pastor Claude will share a new vision for Eastpoint, along with remembering the beginnings.
    The church was closed for more than nine months. Englewood Ministries took Eastside as a satellite church in September 2007. The Rev. Claude and Bonnie Cowan became the pastors and have taken the church on a new journey. Since the name change, the church has been its own governing church under the auspices of the Assemblies of God since August 2010.

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