• Events and messages at local churches

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  • Glenwood Park UMC men’s group
    Glenwood Park Methodist Men’s group will hold its monthly breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence.
    The menu includes eggs, hash browns, biscuits/gravy, sausage, bacon, pancakes, waffles, fruit, coffee and orange juice, and the cost is $6.
    Proceeds will be used for maintenance projects at the church, mowing and/or cleaning the parking lot, and sending youths to church camp.
    Chili and soup event for Scouts
    Boy Scout Troop 161 mother’s club will hold a chili and soup supper fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at East Alton Community of Christ, 16999 E. 23rd St., Independence.
    Chili or vegetable beef soup or loaded baked potato or chili dog or hot dog, dessert and drink will be served. The cost is $5 for adults, $15 for a family of 4, and children under age 10 are $3. A quart of chili or soup to go is $5.
    Super Bowl day concert set
    “Duels and Duets: Super Bowl Sunday Recital XIV” will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Community of Christ Temple, River Boulevard and Walnut Street, Independence.
    Jan Kraybill is principal organist at Community of Christ international headquarters and conservator of the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City. This year’s recital will feature works shaped by famous controversies and collaborations across centuries of music making.
    A freewill offering will be taken. For more information, visit www.CofChrist.org/dome_spire.
    Test your memory in trivia contest
    St. Robert Bellarmine Knights of Columbus Council is hosting a trivia night Feb. 9 to benefit St. Robert Bellarmine Parish and its council. Doors open at 6 p.m., and trivia begins at 7 p.m.
    The cost is $120 for a table of eight. Bring food, drinks and décor for your table. Beer, soda and set-ups are provided at no charge. There will be a prize for the best decorated table representing the theme of travel, so get creative! No one under age 21 may attend.
    Reservations must be received no later than Saturday. Contact Mike Meyers at 816-229-3914 or meyers1980@sbcglobal.net to reserve your table.
    Learn ‘The Story’at First Methodist
    “The Story,” worship and Sunday school lesson material that covers nearly all of the Bible in less than a year, begins Sunday at the Independence First United Methodist Church, 400 W. Maple Ave.
    With 11 Sundays set aside for special worship services, the 31-week material touches on most books in the Bible and will last until mid-November. It begins with creation and ends with Revelation. The material for each Sunday will be the focus, not only in the 9 and 11:15 a.m. worship services, but it also will be taught in age-appropriate curriculum for adults, teenagers and children classes. One adult class will not use the materials.
    Page 2 of 4 - “The Story” material is written by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee. Arrangements at Independence First United Methodist were made by the Rev. Mitchell Jarvis, lead pastor, and Rachel Andrisevic, director of youth and family ministries. Both have pointed out that because parents and teenagers will be taught the same lesson each Sunday, it could create family discussion.
    Soup-er Bowl this weekend
    “Souper Bowl of Caring” is this Sunday, and the youth of Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church will collect money and/or cans of soup before and after the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Donations will go to the Community Services League in Blue Springs.
    Kingdom Kids will hold a mission lock-in from at 7 p.m. Feb 8 through 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9. That Saturday morning, the group will go to the Ronald McDonald House and serve lunch to families staying at the Longfellow House.
    Chapel Fellowship will hold its annual Valentine Banquet at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at 7 the Adams Pointe Conference Center, 1400 N.E. Coronado Drive, Blue Springs. Dinner is at 7:45 with the program at 7:30 p.m.
    The church is at 3108 W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs. For more information, contact the church at 816-229-3367 or visit www.chpresby.org.
    ‘When Religion Goes Bad’
    The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection has been offering a sermon series, “The Line Between Good and Evil,” and this Sunday the topic is “Evil in the Name of God: When Religion Goes Bad.”
    The series concludes Feb. 10 with “Evil’s Ultimate Defeat.”
    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.
    ‘Pillars of Peace’ is Sunday’s theme
    David Brown will speak on the theme “Pillars of Peace” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service this Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Brown is counselor to the presiding bishop. A native of New London, Iowa, he received his master’s of business administration in accounting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and has worked in various capacities as a certified public accountant with the Community of Christ.
    Alecia Cripps will preside. Others participating in the service are Linda Keller, Keith Martin and LaDora Cripps. Special music is provided by Taylor Comstock 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.
    ‘Challenged by the Truth’
    J. D. Ingram speaks on the theme “Challenged by the Truth” for 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday communion services at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
    Page 3 of 4 - Ingram holds the office of elder and has served as pastor for the East Alton Community of Christ congregation.
    Tom Peterson, Irvin and Lois Jones, John Horner, Christina Nagel and Carol Vincent assist, with Dan and Dana Speigle and Hemdah Salonimer Horner providing music ministry.
    All are welcome to attend.
    Kids night out (and date night for Mom and Dad)
    Kid’s Night Out and Date Night for Parents is planned for Feb. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Colonial Hills Community of Christ, 3539 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs.
    The evening includes dinner, crafts, music and games for kids. This is a fundraiser for the teen Mission Trip to Belize.
    The cost is $10 per child for ages 3 to 10; under age 2 is $5. The registration deadline is Feb. 6. For reservations, call Wendy at 816-229-5855.
    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. Feb. 9 at Mike Onka Hall in Sugar Creek.
    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.
    Lincoln’s legacy to be celebrated
    Eastgate Christian Church will hold a special worship service at 10:25 a.m. Feb. 10 in honor of the 204th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.
    The church is at 4010 S. River Blvd., Independence.
    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.
    Page 4 of 4 - For more details on either of these services, call the church at 816-252-6828.
    St. Ann’s fish dinners offered
    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.
    -- Jillayne Ritchie

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