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  • Remember those who have gone on
    A service of remembrance to honor the memory of loved ones will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday 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 Saturday, 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.
    Boy Scouts to serve pancake breakfast
    Boy Scout Troop 813 will hold its third annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday at Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs.
    For a freewill donation, enjoy pancakes, bacon, eggs, juice, milk or coffee.
    Call 816-550-8575 for more information.
    Sermon series focused on song
    The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection this weekend continues a sermon series, “The First Carols of Christmas.” 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:
    • “Elizabeth’s Song,” this Sunday.
    • “Mary’s Song,” Dec. 9.
    • “Zachariah’s Song,” Dec. 16.
    • “The Angel’s Song (candlelight Christmas Eve),” Dec. 23.
    • “Simeon’s Song,” Dec. 30.
    ‘God’s Promise Will Be Fulfilled’
    Brad Martell will speak on the theme “God’s Promise Will Be Fulfilled” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service this Sunday at Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Martell is on the World Church Peace and Justice Team, a MEADS instructor teaching “Pursue Peace on Earth”, and working on his doctoral degree in environmental studies at Antioch University New England. Others participating in the service are Joe Anway, Floyd Fears, Liz Swick, David Todd and Kathy Reynolds. Special music is provided by Amy Jeffers and Barbara Fears.
    Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or visit www.stone-church.org.
    Page 2 of 3 - Advent Bible Study scheduled
    Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church will hold an Advent Bible study, “Advent of the Savior,” this Thursday and Dec. 13.
    The study, led by Rev. Andrew, and will begin at 7 p.m. in Stone Hall, 3108 W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs. The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his first Advent and the anticipation of the return of Christ in his second Advent.
    An Advent party will follow the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday. Session has called a congregational meeting, also following the 10:30 a.m. worship service, for the purpose of electing our elders and deacons to the class of 2013.
    The Serrv Bazaar will be available on Dec. 9, and will begin at 8 a.m. to accommodate the 8:15 a.m. worshipers, and will continue following the 10:30 a.m. worshipers.
    The church is looking for unwrapped gifts for the Community Services League Christmas store. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 12.
    For more information, contact the church at 816-229-3367 or visit www.chpresby.org.
    Craft, collectable bazaar planned
    Trinity Episcopal Church’s fourth annual Craft and Collectable Bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the church, 409 N. Liberty St., Independence.
    There will be crafts, collectibles, baked goods, one-of-a-kind items, a silent auction, door prizes, and “Tea leaf readings by Madam Margarita.” A light luncheon will also be available.
    For more information, call Nancy at 816-241-3227 or the church at 816-254-3644.
    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 anticipation and joy of the coming of Christ will be celebrated in song and word. Music will be provided by the Spire Chamber Ensemble and the Emporia State University Brass and Percussion, with the congregation joining in hymns and songs.
    A freewill offering will be taken. For more information, visit www.cochrist.org/dome_spire.
    Morgan family featured in concert
    Blue Ridge Boulevard Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Independence will kick off the Christmas season on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. with a homestyle family Christmas.
    Page 3 of 3 - The concert features the Phil and Pam Morgan family on its annual tour. CDs and books will be available to purchase, and a love offering will be received for the Morgans 2013 ministry efforts. The church is at 3625 Blue Ridge Blvd. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and seating is not reserved. For more information, call the church at 816-353-1632 or visit www.PhilandPamMorgan.com.
    ‘Christmas Joy’ at Nativity of Mary
    The Christmas program “Sharing Christmas Joy!” will be begin at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church, 10017 E. 36th Terrace, Independence.
    The program features both the Nativity of Mary youth and adult choirs, the Jacomo Chorale and soloist Father Bob Stone, pastor at the parish. This will be a special performance as Nativity of Mary Parish celebrates its 75th anniversary and the Jacomo Chorale celebrates its 30th anniversary.
    Freewill offerings are accepted. For more information, contact the church at 816-353-2184 or www.nativityofmary.org.
    Musical at Blue Springs Assembly
    Blue Springs Assembly presents the Christmas musical, “Glorious Noel,” at 6 p.m. Dec. 16, at the church, 2501 N.E. Duncan Road.
    This event is free and open to the public. Free child care will be provided for ages 5 and under. For more information, contact Shelly Wilke at 816-847-0200 or shelly@bluespringsassembly.org.
    Food distribution in Lee’s Summit
    A Love’s Outreach Community food distribution will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Church on the Rock Outreach Center, 1700 S.W. Market St., Lee’s Summit.
    Free food for families in need will be distributed. Photo ID and proof of residency are required to participate.
    This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 816-246-7625 or visit www.cotroc.org.

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