Glenwood Park UMC sets lasagna fundraiser
Glenwood Park Methodist Church will hold a lasagna fundraiser dinner beginning at 5 p.m. today at the church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence.
The funds will go to the youth of the church, who are going to Sikeston, Mo., which has been it by ice storms, tornados and floods. The youth will be there June 14 through 19 working on a nursing home that will be rehabbed as a shelter for the homeless. They will also work on a church doing repairs.
Dinner is an $8 donation. Come and enjoy good food and fellowship.

‘Biker’s Blessing’ set for this weekend
Open Arms Community of Christ, 1101 W. Walnut St. in Independence, will hold its third annual “Biker’s Blessing & 100 Mile Ride” on Sunday. Fellowship will be at 9 a.m., with a 10:15 a.m. worship service, followed by lunch and an individual bike bless, then you ride.
If you do not ride, you may attend the afternoon organ recital, with live music provided by “The Open Arms Biker Bank” – Andrea Beemer, Brad Speaks, Tyler Banks, Steve Banks, Dave Ralston and Shaun Hachinsky. This event is planned by the Open Arms Drama and Worship Team and Pastor Brad Speaks. Andrea Beemer has a recording contract with Cross-eyed Records and won the local King Cat Christian Music association award for Female Vocalist of the Year for 2009.
The cost is a $20 per bike donation, which will go toward sending a “Kid to Camp” this summer. For more information and to register, call 816-373-6155, 816-252-2274 or 816-223-3740.

St. Matthew UMC to celebrate birthday
A birthday celebration for the church will be held at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 2415 R.D. Mize Road in Independence this Sunday, Pentecost Sunday.
You are invited to wear red for the zeal of the Holy Spirit, and there will be balloon bouquets, to be released following the service. Also, there will be a birthday cake and reception to which all are invited following the service.

‘Come, Holy Spirit, Come’ at Stone Church
John Thumm will be speaking on the theme of “Come, Holy Spirit, Come” during the 10:20 a.m. worship this Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
Thumm is a retired minister for the Community of Christ whose assignments took him to the Orient, as well as Salt Lake City among other areas in the United States. Joe Anway will be the presider, while Clare Vlahos, Amy Jeffers, Doug White, Jim White and Phil Caswell will provide the ministry of music. Others participating in the worship will be Carol Anway, Denise Jensen, Terry Snapp and Greg Savage.
The Stone Church will also honor its 2009 high school graduates: Josh Jensen and Ronald Yager III from Chrisman High School, and Ashlee Mills and Sky Smith from Truman High School.
We want to also announce that the elevator to the sanctuary has now been repaired and state certified for use.
For more information, call the church at 816-254-2211.

Dave Ramsey course at Duncan Road Baptist
Financial Peace University, the 13-week program taught by Dave Ramsey, will be held at Duncan Road Church in Blue Springs. The classes will take place at 6:45 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 9.
This program teaches families and individuals how to better handle their money.
The cost is $100. For more information, visit duncanroadchurch.org.

Presbyterian Church to honor graduates
Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 3108 W. U.S. 40, in Blue Springs, will be recognizing high school graduates of 2009 with a potluck luncheon immediately following the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday.
Those being recognized will be: Jake Freeman, Morgan Hafner and Taylor Keal. The Christian Nurture Ministry Unit will be providing the main course and dessert, and ask that everyone bring a side dish to share. This will be a special time for the church family and friends to wish the graduates well and learn of their future plans.
Also, during the worship service, the youth going on the Mission Trip to Iowa will be commissioned.
For more information, call the church at 816-229-3367.

Apostle to address ‘Create Sanctuary’
Apostle Stassi Cramm will speak on the theme, “Create Sanctuary,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Disciples Community of Christ.
Disciples meet at the Walnut Gardens congregation, 19201 R.D. Mize Road. Please join us. Visit our website for other weekly activities, www.disciplescommunityofchrist.org.

Oakland Methodist holding yard sale
Oakland United Methodist Church will hold its annual yard sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the church, located three miles east of Missouri 7, and 1.5 miles west of Buckner/Tarsney Road.
The sale will include fishing rods, reels and equipment, exercise equipment, crystal, antique dishes and more. All proceeds will be used for church operating expenses.

St. Mark’s planning June 3-5 garage sale
St. Mark’s Parish will hold a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 through 5, and from 8 a.m. to noon June 6, at the church, 3736 Lee’s Summit Road, Independence.
All proceeds will be used for youth from St. Mark’s, Nativity and St. Ann’s parishes, who will be attending mission trips, retreats and national seminars.

Woods Chapel UMC to recognize survivors
Woods Chapel United Methodist Church will hold its fourth annual Cancer Survivor Recognition Sunday on June 7, in conjunction with National Cancer Survivors Day. The focus continues to be “Pray for a Cure,” as the church celebrates survivors and honors the memories of those who have lost their courageous battles with cancer.
Woods Chapel Church Cancer Survivors will participate in the morning worship services at 8, 9:05, 10:10 and 11:15 a.m. In addition, there will be a continuous prayer vigil in the chapel from 8 a.m. to noon.
A “Walk for a Miracle” will be held from 4 to 4:50 p.m. on the church property, starting at the south entrance (main door) of the building. Bring flowers to lie at the foot of the cross in the Giving Garden.
A evening service will begin at 5 p.m. with music, prayers, testimonies by members affected by cancer, and the release of 400 monarch butterflies. Please enter the sanctuary in an attitude of silent prayer until the service begins. The Sanctuary will be lighted with luminaries for cancer survivors and honoring the memories of those who have passed. Luminaries may be reserved between 8 a.m. and noon June 7 in the Plaza Area of the church. Contributions will benefit the WCC Cancer Connection Ministry.
Child care will be available from 3:45 to 6:15 p.m. Please register for child care on the church Web site at www.woodschapelchurch.org under “forms.” Everyone is invited to participate with events planned throughout the day. The church is located at 4725 N.E. Lakewood Way in Lee’s Summit. For more information, contact the church at 816-795-8848.

Messiah Lutheran installs a new pastor
The Rev. Scott Patschke will be installed as a pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church, 613 S. Main St., Independence, June 7, at 3:30 p.m.
The Rev. Terry Weinhold, first vice president of the Missouri District of the LC-MS, will preach and conduct the rite of installation. The Rev. Jon Nicolaus, pastor at Messiah, will be the liturgist.
Pastor Patschke attended Blinn Junior College and graduated from Texas A&M University (1987) with a degree in economics and marketing. He was married to Deanna Michalk in 1989. Deanna is an electrical engineer specializing in utility engineering. In 1999, pastor felt the urging from God to explore the ministry, and he and Deanna and their three children moved to St. Louis to attend the seminary, where he graduated in 2004. He was ordained on June 27, 2004. His first call was to St. John’s Lutheran in Arnold, Mo.
The Patchkes have been blessed with five children, ages 9 to 17. 

Ministerial Allianceto address trafficking
The Independence Ministerial Alliance meeting will be held June 11 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 611 N. Liberty St., Independence (use north entrance to church basement.) The program meeting, “Hope House and Human Trafficking,” will be at 11 a.m., followed by a fellowship lunch at noon.
Come hear summer project updates on our meeting with Mayor Reimal, CROP Walk Packet Distribution, Civic Club Can Collection, Heritage Festival and the Umbrellas Project.
For reservations, call 816-679-6221 or e-mail tpowell_64015@yahoo.com. For more information about the Alliance, visit www.independenceministerialalliance.org.


Lee’s Summit UMC calls on all to serve
Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church is urging the congregation to not attend worship as usual on Saturday evening and Sunday morning but instead to participate in every1serve weekend.
The congregation is sponsoring every1serve weekend ’09 so that it may give something back to the surrounding communities. Instead of holding church services on Sunday it it asking the community to go out and serve one another under the heading of "One Reason. Two Days. Three Hours. 4 Him."
Visit every1serve.com for more information.
Projects include serving meals, fix-it projects, clean-up projects, donating food and clothing and simple acts of kindness.
More than 1,500 shifts have been filled at the Community Blood Bank, Hillcrest Transitional Housing, John Knox Village, Kansas City Rescue Mission, Neighbor to Neighbor, Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity, Lee’s Summit Social Services, Hospice House, Project Hope, Harvesters and reStart.