Revival Quarter set to perform Sunday

The Revival Quartet will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday at Berean Free Will Baptist Church, 2104 James Downey Road, Independence.

A free will offering will be taken. For more information, call 816-516-7786.

‘Life in the Desert’ is theme at Stone Church

Phillip Caswell will speak to the theme of “Life in the Desert” at the 10:20 a.m. worship Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Caswell is a retired Community of Christ minister who was a member of the Council of Twelve Apostles. Alecia Cripps will preside, while Barbara Tankard Thatcher, Kristi Atwood, Drew Testerman, Greg Testerman and Cara Casey will provide the ministry of music. Others participating in the worship will be Arthur Butler, Ed and Rozanne Dowell.

The young adults will be meeting for 6:45 p.m. worship in Floor A, Partridge Hall of the Stone Church. Richard Betts will speak to the theme of “Leave the Past Behind,” and the ministry of music will be provided by Volume. Betts, a Community of Christ minister, is originally from England. All ages are well to this contemporary worship.

For more information, call the church at 816-254.2211.

First Christian holds pancake breakfast

The First Christian Church of Independence will hold its monthly community pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the church fellowship hall, 125 S. Pleasant St., just off the Independence Square.

The monthly pancake breakfast is held the last Saturday of the month and is an opportunity for church members and the community to meet and enjoy breakfast. Donations for breakfast are accepted.

For more information, call 816-252-6100 or visit

Music highlights Lent at Chapel Hill

The adult and children’s choirs at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church are preparing Lenten music for the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services in March at the church, 3108 W. U.S. 40.

Each services will begin with candle-lighting music, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” featuring different musicians each Sunday singing the song. Wayne Letizia (tenor); the Dryer family (Gordon, Diana, Mike, Tracy, Ross and Elise); the Chapel Hill Adult Choir; Kaitlyn Dryer (oboe); and the congregation will sing. At the closing of each service the congregation will sing a closing prayer, “The Spirit Renews,” which is a prayer written by Pastor Barbara Todd and set to music by Darlene Helman, choir director.

 The adult choir anthem music for March will enhance Pastor Todd’s sermon series titled, “Encounters with Jesus”.  The anthems include, “I Will Arise and Go to Jesus,” “Living Water of Life,” “On Eagles Wings,” “We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight” and “Feed Us Now, O Son of God.” Flute and oboe accompaniments will join Judy Tucker on the piano.

For more information, call 816-229-3367.

Missionary to speak at Church of the Rock

Mike Keyes, missionary to the Philippines, will be featured at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. worship services Sunday at Church on the Rock Outreach Center, 1700 S. Market St., Lee’s Summit. A free will offering will be taken.

The church is also holding a “Love’s Outreach Community Food Distribution” from 12:30 to 2 p.m. March 14. Free food for families in need.

For more information, call 816-246-7625.

‘Miracle of Jesus’ is focus at Christ UMC

The New Covenant class of Christ United Methodist Church will study “The Miracles of Jesus” during Lent.

This six-part series will look at the impact those miracles had on those who witnessed them and what they reveal about God and their significance for us in this day and time. This series will start at 9:30 a.m. this Sunday in room 120.

The church is at 14506 E. 39th St., Independence. For more information, call 816-461-1101.

Lenten lunches at First UMC

A free light lunch will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Thursdays during Lent at the First United Methodist Church of Independence, 400 W. Maple Ave.

With Ash Wednesday next week, the first lunch will be served Thursday. The lunch includes soup, crackers, fruit, coffee and water.

The lunches will continue for six Thursdays during Lent until Holy Week, when the schedule will shift to Good Friday, with the showing of “The Passion of Christ” movie.

The Thursday schedule will have a 10 minute video that features a major character leading to the crucifixion.

The Rev. Alan D. Pruitt is senior pastor, with the Rev. Donice Heriford as associate pastor.

During Lent, fish is on the Friday menu

St. Ann’s Catholic Church will have its “Famous Fish Dinners” from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays through April 3 at the church, corner of Cedar and Lexington Avenues, Independence.

The menu includes boiled and fried shrimp, whole channel catfish, catfish filets, french fries, boiled potatoes, coleslaw, green beans, hush puppies and cornbread. Drinks are included with dinner. Deserts will be available and sold by the Alter Society.

Dinner prices range from  $7.50 to $9.75. A fish sandwich and fries will cost $4, and there are a la carte items.  

For more information, please call 816-252-1160.

Norfleet Baptist sets pancake breakfast

Norfleet Baptist Church is hosting a pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Sunday at the church, 5512 Norfleet Road.

Bring a friend and join in for some good food, fun and fellowship. For more information, call 816-356-0079.

Luther College choir to sing at Liberty UMC

The Luther College Nordic Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Liberty United Methodist Church, 1001 Sunset Ave., Liberty.

The concert will feature “Exsultate Deo” by A. Scarlatti, “Advent Motet” by Gustav Schreck, “Reincarnations” by Samuel Barber, “Vinea mea” by F. Poulenc, “An Apostrophe To The Heavenly Hosts” by Healey Willan, “The Old Church” by Stephen Paulus, “Glorification” by F. Melius Christiansen, and folk songs and spirituals.

The performance is open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken. For concert information, call 816-781-4554.

‘Encounters with Jesus’ is focus during Lent

Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church at 3108 W. U.S. 40, will be the host church for start of the 2009 Blue Springs Ecumenical Lenten services. The services will be about the “Encounters with Jesus.” Each service meets at 6 p.m., beginning with a simple meal followed by the worship service at 6:40 p.m. Each service will be held at a different church.

March 4 – Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, with the message given by Cliff Caton, Jesus with mother of James and John, Matthew 20: 20-23.

March 11 – Church of the Resurrection, 1433 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, with the message given by Barbara Todd, Jesus with Widow of Nain, Luke 7:11-17.

March 18 – Good Shepherd Church, 111 S.W. Woods Chapel Road, with the message given by Ron Keel, Jesus with the woman at the Well, John 4:7-26.

March 25 – All Saints Lutheran Church, 421 S.W. 19th St., with the message given by Ron Bowen, Jesus with Zaccheus, Luke 19:1-10.

April 1 – First Christian Church, 701 N.W. 15th St., with the message given by Brad Bray, Jesus with John the Baptist, Matthew 3:13-17.

For more information, call Chapel Hill at 816-229-3367, or any of the churches listed.

‘Golden Rules of Couple Communication’

The “Golden Rules of Couple Communication” workshop, Biblical communication skills for great marriages, will be held from 7 to 9:15 p.m. March 6 and 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. March 7 at New Summit Church, 1800 N.E. Independence Ave., Lee’s Summit.

Marshall and Nina Marley from Building Strong Marriages, will be leading the workshop. The seminar is for seriously dating, engage or married couples.

The cost is $50 per couple. The registration deadline is Sunday. Make checks out to Building Strong Marriages, 15628 Lake Road, Gardner, Kan. 66030. For more information, call 913-856-5714.

St. Joseph’s Table planned at Nativity

Nativity of Mary Catholic Church will be holding its St. Joseph’s Table and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 8 at the church, 10017 E. 36th St. Terrace, Independence.

 Bring your family and join the Giangrosso, McCracken and Anello families as they host the St. Joseph Table and dinner. Joe Giangrosso and Joe Brocato will provide both regular and traditional Milanese sauce. There will be hundreds of Italian cookies, as well as specialty baked goods and breads.

Free will donations will be accepted, with proceeds going to Nativity of Mary Church, School and St. Mary’s Outreach. If you would like to contribute in any way, call Janell Anello at 816-478-4685 or Marie McCracken at 816-461-8084.

Duo organ recitial set at Auditorium

David Raymond of Cathedral Church of St. Paul and Carl Gravender of Plymouth Congregation Church will perform a duo organ recital at 3 p.m. March 8 at the Community of Christ Auditorium, River Boulevard and Walnut Street, Independence.

The Auditorium’s organ is unique in that it is really two organs, with consoles and sets of pipes 200 feet from each other at opposite ends of the room. Both main and antiphonal consoles will be used in this recital, a rare occurrence.

This event is free and open to the public.

Free movie at Hidden Valley Church – ‘Fireproof’

Hidden Valley Church will be holding a free movie night at 7 p.m. March 11 at the church, corner of Hidden Valley Road and Missouri 291, Independence.

The movie this month will be “Fireproof.”

Everyone is welcome. For more information, call the church at 816-291-1689.