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  • Ash Wednesday
    services offered
    Three Independence churches near the Square will take part in an Ash
    Wednesday observance at the First United Methodist Church, 400 W.
    Maple Ave.
    The other churches involved are the First Presbyterian and First
    Christian. Members from all three churches may participate in the
    observance of the Stations of the Cross at any time of their choosing
    between 3 and 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday at First Methodist.
    One of the stations will include the imposition of ashes by one of the
    three pastors, Rev. Dave Calson of First Presbyterian, Rev. Don
    Brezevar of First Christian and Rev. Mitchell Jarvis of First UMC.
    Participants may enter the elevator door off the parking lot and go to
    the upper level for the self-guided observance.
    Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent, the period of spiritual
    preparation for Easter in remembrance of the passion, death and
    resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter is March 31.
    St. Ann’s fish
    dinners in Lent
    St. Ann’s Church will have fish dinners every Friday during Lent from
    4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 through March 22 at the church, Cedar and
    Lexington avenues, Independence.
    The menu includes boiled and fried shrimp, catfish, catfish fillets,
    french fries, boiled potatoes, coleslaw, corn, hush puppies and
    cornbread. There also is baked tortilla crust chipotle tilapia, baked
    panko-breaded tilapia, macaroni/cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches.
    Drinks are included with dinner.
    Dinner prices range from $8.50 to $9.75. A fish sandwich or grilled
    cheese sandwich with fries is $4. A la carte items may be purchased
    separately. Desserts are available and sold by the Altar Society. For
    information, call the church at 816-252-1160.
    Ash Wednesday
    at Chapel Hill
    Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church will have Ash Wednesday services from
    7 to 7:40 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 3108 W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs.
    Ecumental Lenten services will start on Feb. 20 at the Church of the
    Resurrection, with Rev. Andrew Florio as minister. The Feb. 27 service
    will be at Good Shepherd Christian Church, with Rev. Ron Keel
    minister. Services start with a light supper at 6 p.m., followed by
    the worship service at 6:40 p.m.
    Chapel Hill will be the site of a Blue Springs community blood drive
    from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday. It will be held in the kitchen and you may
    sign up by contacting Ros Colwell at colwell.ros@gmail.com.
    Page 2 of 4 - For more information, contact the church at 816-229-3367 or visit
    First Presbyterian
    chocolate festival
    The First Presbyterian Church will hold a chocolate festival from 1 to
    4 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Hall, Lexington Avenue and Pleasant
    Street, Independence.
    A free-will donation allows guests to sample three decedent chocolate
    delicacies. From cake to fruit and other yummies dipped in the
    chocolate fountain are among many choices. Guests may buy goodies for
    their sweethearts or bid on a gift baskets. Children under the third
    grade will enjoy the chocolate Kid’s Korner full of fun activities.
    For more information, call the church at 816-252-6662.
    Mardi Grad at
    Trinity Episcopal
    Trinity Episcopal Church will host a Mardi Gras/white elephant bingo
    party beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the church, 409 N. Liberty
    St., Independence.
    Everyone is invited to participate in the potluck dinner. Please bring
    two dishes (main dish, side dish, salad or dessert). White elephant
    bingo will follow dinner; bring a white elephant gift wrapped. For
    information, call Barbara Leabo at 816-254-0123.
    Boy Scout Troop 282, sponsored by Trinity, will be having its annual
    Pancake Day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity.
    Trinity will also have services at 7 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. on Ash
    Wednesday. Beginning Feb. 19, and on Tuesdays during Lent, there will
    be individual prayer and meditation from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church.
    Fat Saturday
    at St. Cyril’s
    St. Cyril’s Church will hold its Fat Saturday fundraiser dinner and
    dance beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Mike Onka Hall in Sugar
    The evening includes music by the Sugar Creek Tamburitzans, raffle,
    auction and more. A Mass will be held at 5 p.m. at St. Cyril’s Church
    prior to the party.
    Tickets include dinner, beer, wine and set-ups. Admission is $25 per
    person, $30 at the door. Children 6 to 12 are $12. For tickets, call
    Debbie Ray at 816-461-4877.
    Mission Woods
    has Bible bingo
    Mission Woods Community of Christ will be holding a free Bible bingo
    and cake walk from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the church, 2800 N.W. Duncan
    Road, Blue Springs. There will be prizes for everyone, and fun for the
    whole family. For details, call the church at 816-224-0095.
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    Financial Peace
    University set
    Cornerstone Community of Christ will hold Dave Ramsey’s Financial
    Peace University classes beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the church,
    1316 S. Osage 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, call Timothy Wand at 816-521-4074.
    ‘Listen to Jesus’
    is Sunday theme
    Norman Swails will speak on the theme “Listen to Jesus” at the 10:20
    a.m. worship service this Sunday at the Stone Church Community of
    Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Swails is a retired appointee who served as a member of the Presiding
    Bishopric. Carol Constance will preside. Others participating in the
    service are Phillip Contreras, Doug White, Linda Keller, Dennis
    Sharier and Joe Anway. Special music is provided by Anna Rider, Twila
    Rider and Clare Vlahos.
    Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more
    information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or visit
    • High priest Shirley MacDonald speaks on the theme “Listen to Jesus”
    for 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. services on Sunday at The Groves Community of
    Christ Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak Independence.
    This Sunday is designated as “Youth Ministries Day.” Leah Spiers,
    granddaughter of Groves resident Virginia Spires, represents the youth
    by providing Music Ministry. Leah, both a vocal soloist and violinist,
    will be accompanied by Christina Nagel. Al Baughman, Ray Huggett, Lois
    Jones and Brenda Williams assist in the services.
    Everyone is welcome to attend.
    ‘Evil’s Ultimate
    Defeat’ is sermon
    The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection has been holding a
    sermon series, “The Line Between Good and Evil,” and this Sundays
    sermon, “Evil’s Ultimate Defeat,” is the last in the series. 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
    Cowboy church
    at Arise Ministries
    Arise Ministries Church will hold cowboy church this Sunday, 4845 S.
    Norfleet Road, Independence. The traditional worship service is at
    10:30 a.m., with special guest Darlene Jones, a multi-award winning
    gospel singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and author. Lunch is from
    12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and cowboy church is at 2 p.m.
    Page 4 of 4 - All are invited to put on their boots and hats and come to praise the
    Lord. Bring your favorite Mexican dish and a dessert. There will be
    praise and worship, tag team preaching, music jam, fellowship, country
    gospel music and more.
    For more information, call the church at 816-743-9221.
    Lincoln’s legacy
    to be celebrated
    Eastgate Christian Church will hold a special worship service at 10:25
    a.m. Sunday in honor of the 204th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s
    The service will feature a Lincoln sermon and period hymns and music,
    and Scripture readings from the King James Version of the Bible, which
    Lincoln read and often quoted.
    Rev. Joshua Patty, the senior minister of the church, will preach a
    sermon, “A Few Appropriate Remarks: Abraham Lincoln and the Search for
    Meaning.” Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the
    sermon will explore Lincoln’s goal in his most famous speech, the
    Gettysburg Address, to define the meaning of an American nation
    fighting itself. It will also explore Paul’s great speech at Antioch,
    recorded in Acts 13, giving the meaning of a Jewish messiah, Jesus
    Christ, for all the nations.
    Rev. Patty has been studying the life and legacy of Lincoln for more
    than 25 years and is the author of the Lincoln-related blog,
    Lincolniana, where he shares insights into exhibits, books and
    artifacts related to Lincoln.
    Eastgate will also hold a special worship service for Ash Wednesday at
    6:30 p.m. Feb. 13. The service of penitence, which marks the beginning
    of Lent, will include a reflection by Rev. Patty, the imposition of
    ashes and Holy Communion.
    The church is at 4010 S. River Blvd., Independence. For more details
    on either of these services, call the church at 816-252-6828.
    – Jillayne Ritchie