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  • Annual ‘Messiah’
    performance set
    The Independence Messiah Choir and the Kansas City Symphony and Chorus will perform Handel’s Messiah at 8 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, and 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City.
    The 96-year history of “Messiah” performances associated with the Community of Christ has included appearances at venues including the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence and Carnegie Hall in New York. This is the second year that the choir will perform at the Kauffman Center.
    Tickets are available from the Kansas City Symphony at 816-471-0400 or www.kcsymphony.org.
    Pancakes served
    at First Christian
    The First Christian Church will hold a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, in the Fellowship Hall of the church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. It’s coffee, juice, sausage and all-you-can-eat pancakes for $3.50. For more information, call the church at 816-252-6100.
    ‘Celebration of
    Light’ scheduled
    A “Joyous Celebration of Light” will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Independence Mormon Visitors’ Center, 937 W. Walnut St., Independence.
    This annual lighting ceremony will mark the beginning of the Christmas season. It features a Christmas message from Stake President Manuel Medina; music celebrating the birth of Christ by the Mormon Chorale; Christmas decor highlighted by the Christus statue; and
    Gospel sing set
    at Calvary Baptist
    Calvary Baptist Church will hold a gospel sing at 6 p.m. Sunday with “John Belshe & The Backup,” 900 N.W. 22nd St., Blue Springs. A love offering will be taken, and refreshments will follow the concert. For more information, call the church at 816-228-5540.
    ‘Testify to the
    Truth’ is theme
    Alecia Cripps will speak on the theme “Testify to the Truth” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Cripps is the Stone Church’s Pastor for Generosity. Others participating in the service are Carol Constance, Ron Yager Jr., Karen Cross, Amy and Dennis Sharier and Liz Swick. Special music is provided by Jena Wight 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.
    Hanging of the
    Greens at Groves
    The Groves Congregation of Community of Christ will have “Hanging of the Greens Service: Light and Hope” at the 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. services this Sunday, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
    The speaker is Susan Naylor, who holds the office of high priest and is executive assistant of international headquarters operations for the Community of Christ. She is active in the Independence Chamber of Commerce and holds a bachelor’s degree in business education and administrative services from Graceland University.
    Page 2 of 3 - Assisting in the services are Don and Marilyn Ivans, Tom Peterson and Brenda Williams. Pianists Lois Moore and Karen Troeh provide music.
    Everyone is welcome.
    Remember those
    who have gone on
    A service of remembrance to honor the memory of loved ones will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 1 at Eastgate Christian Church, 4010 S. River Blvd., Independence.
    There will be a candle lighting, speaking the names of the deceased, music and a short memorial message. All are invited to bring an ornament to place on a tree of remembrance, if desired, to make the service more personal. A time of fellowship will follow the service.
    Participants are asked to call the church at 816-252-6828 between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday to provide the names and the relationship of the loved one.
    Santa, pancakes
    at Colonial Hills
    Colonial Hills Community of Christ will hold a free pancake breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 1, 3539 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs.
    There will also be a Christmas Shoppe with items available for $1.50 each (free gift wrapping), and prize drawings. Also, have your picture taken with Santa for $1, or bring your own camera.
    For more information, call the church at 816-229-9344.
    Have breakfast
    and meet Santa
    Beacon Heights Community of Christ will hold its annual Breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 8, 19402 E. Holke Road (in front of BVAC) in Independence.
    Meet and have your picture taken with Santa, receive a stocking, build a picture frame and ornament, have your face painted and eat a breakfast of pancakes and sausage. Everything is free.
    For more information, leave a message at 816-796-7033.
    Lessons and carols
    offered at Temple
    An Advent service of lessons and carols will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Community of Christ Temple, 201 S. River Blvd., Independence
    The worship will feature nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books, and the Gospels interspersed with carols by the congregation and anthems by the Spire Chamber Ensemble, accompanied by the Festival Brass Quintet.
    Everyone is invited to this free event that tells the story of our salvation in Christ.
    Sermon series
    focused on song
    The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection this weekend begins a six-week sermon series, “The First Carols of Christman.” The church, based in Leawood, has a campus at 601 N.E. Jefferson St. in Blue Springs. Services are at 10:30 a.m. and include the sermon via video.
    The sermons include:
    • “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” this Sunday.
    • “Elizabeth’s Song,” Dec. 2.
    • “Mary’s Song,” Dec. 9.
    • “Zachariah’s Song,” Dec. 16.
    • “The Angel’s Song (candlelight Christmas Eve),” Dec. 23.
    • “Simeon’s Song,” Dec. 30.
    Page 3 of 3 - Catholic Charities
    offers housing aid
    Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph has a Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, which assists veterans and veteran families who seek assistance with permanent housing. Services include housing counseling, employment search, linkage to relevant benefits and resource acquisition.
    The program is currently enrolling veterans throughout the Kansas City area. Eligible clients are those willing to participate in one-on-one support, including setting goals for increasing income, housing, health, mental health, education, employment or social progress.
    Interested parties should contact Mark Churchill at 816-581-3780 or mchurchill@ccharities.com. SSFV is provided through funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs and in partnership with Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas.
    – Jillayne Ritchie

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