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  • Hymn Festival
    set at auditorium
    Members of the community are invited to join with the members of Community of Christ from around the world in an International Hymn Festival Wednesday in the Conference Chamber at the Community of Christ Auditorium, River Boulevard and Walnut Street, Independence.
    The service begins with a powerful video and prelude at 6:45. Then “lights out” as Bob Lewis will take the stage in a single spot of light to sing his solo blues version of “Let My People Go!” The evening builds in crescendo as the congregation joins in the theme to “bring relief to the captives.”
    Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information on this and upcoming events on the Dome and Spire Series, www.cofchrist.org/dome_spire/calendar.asp.
    Berean Free Will
    concert planned
    Jeff Lane and Made Worthy, with Steve Perry and Allen Burke, will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at Berean Free Will Baptist Church, 2104 James Downey Road, Independence.
    For more information, call the church at 816-516-7786.
    Sermons focused
    on joy and purpose
    Resurrection Blue Springs, part of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, starts a five-week sermon series this Sunday. It’s called “Finding Joy in Real Life: 5 Habits for Living Well.”
    The church is at 601 N.E. Jefferson. New worship times are 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is available for children birth to age 3 during worship, and Sunday school is for children age 4 through the fifth grade. There’s coffee in the back corner of the sanctuary by the sound booth before worship.
    The five sermons:
    • Thus Sunday, “The Gold Standard.”
    • April 21, “Clarity of Purpose and a Meaningful Existence.”
    • May 5, “Six Words You Can’t Live Without.”
    • May 12, “The Bible’s Key to Unlocking True Wealth.”
    • May 19, “Living with Peace in an Unsettling World.”
    Southern Gospel
    quartet at Calvary
    The quartet Forgiven, performing Southern Gospel music, will sing at 6 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church, 900 N.W. 22nd St., Blue Springs. A love offering will be taken and food and fellowship will follow the evening in our fellowship hall. For more details, call 816-228-5540.
    Find some bargains
    and help a church
    • Students are raising funds for summer camp at a garage sale from 7 a.m. to noon April 20 at CrossWay Bible Church, 701 N.W. Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs. Items include clothes, furniture, books and exercise equipment. All proceeds help students offset the costs of attending summer camp at Ascend 2013 in Illinois.
    • Open Arms Community of Christ is holding a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at the church, 1101 W. Walnut St., Independence. Proceeds will go toward church expenses.
    Page 2 of 3 - • St. Matthew United Methodist Women will hold a basement sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon April 20 at the church, 2415 R.D. Mize Road, Independence. Items will include furniture, books, some men’s things, and many items from people who have recently moved. Proceeds will go toward church support.
    Theme is ‘Be
    God’s Instrument’
    Financial Officer Carol Norris Vincent will speak at the 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. services this Sunday at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
    Vincent, who holds the priesthood office of elder, speaks on the theme “Be God’s Instrument.” Those assisting in the services are Tom Peterson, Brenda Williams, Ada McDole and Ted Medle. Lois Moore, pianist and Don Brayton, clarinetist provide music ministry.
    All are invited to attend.
    Plants of all kinds
    at St. Robert sale
    St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, at 4313 S. Missouri 7 in Blue Springs, will sell flowers during its Flower Extravaganza.
    Hours are:
    • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 19.
    • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 20.
    • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21.
    The flowers will be inside the office doors at the west end of the building. There will be bedding plants, annuals, hanging baskets, herbs, patio pots, tomato plants and much more. Proceeds will go to the church’s sister community of Cinquera, El Salvador.
    Families get help
    with aging issues
    Blue Ridge Boulevard Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is hosting a seminar for families dealing with difficult issues of aging on April 20. The church is at 3625 Blue Ridge Blvd. in Independence. A continental breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 9 a.m.
    Speakers will discuss advanced directives, hospice care, dementia and Alzheimer’s. For more information, call 816-353-1632 or email sherrybrbcc@att.net.
    Lasagna dinner
    at Glenwood Park
    Glenwood Park Methodist Church will serve a lasagna dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. April 20 at the church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. The menu includes lasagna, salad, bread, dessert and drink for $8. Proceeds will benefit the youth mission trip to the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma in July.
    Middle school
    retreat scheduled
    The Heartland Presbytery Middle High Retreat for sixth through eighth grade is April 26 and 27, and the theme is, “Catching Fire!” The registration deadline is Monday, see Michelle Jones at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Blue Springs.
    Also, the Spring Gathering of Presbyterian Women in Heartland Presbytery is planned for 8 a.m. April 20. The $8 cost includes lunch. Call Susan Letizia at 816-229-3367 for more information, to register and/or carpool.
    The church is at 3801 S.W. U.S. 40. For more information, call the church or visit www.office@chpresby.org.
    Page 3 of 3 - Jacomo Chorale
    benefit concert
    The Jacomo Chorale and guests will have a concert – a benefit dedicated to Jacomo’s accompanist, Velma Tyson – at 5 p.m. April 28 at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church, 4725 N.E. Lakewood Way, Lee’s Summit.
    Tyson has been a piano instructor for nearly 50 years and is an active accompanist in the Kansas City area, including for the Kansas City Ballet School and the “Messiah” Chorus. Recently, she was diagnosed with a rare form of uterine cancer and underwent surgery. She began chemotherapy in March and will follow up with radiation therapy and additional chemotherapy.
    A love offering will be taken at the concert to help defray Velma’s medical expenses. A raffle will be part of the evening and refreshments will be served following the concert. Cancer survivors will be honored as special guests at the concert.
    Contact Shirley Cornwell at dclesson@yahoo.com or Cathy Porter at chatty52cathy@yahoo.com for more information or to volunteer to sing with the Chorale for this performance.
    Metro Men’s Chorus
    at Blue Ridge UMC
    As a benefit for the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown, the Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at Blue Ridge United Methodist Church, 51st Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard.
    A free-will offering will benefit older adults in the community through Shepherd’s Center programs and services, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping older persons live in their homes and community by providing supportive programs and services. For more information, call 816-356-9000.
    – Jillayne Ritchie

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