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  • ‘Get and Stay
    Connected to God’
    A sermon series, “Connected: How to Get and Stay Connected to God,” will begin this spring at the First United Methodist Church, 301 S.W. Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs. For more information, call the church at 816-229-8108.
    Donations needed
    for rummage sale
    Nativity of Mary Parish is holding its annual rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the church, 10017 E. 36th St. Terrace, Independence. For more information, call the church at 816-353-2184.
    First Presbyterian
    youth raising funds
    The First Presbyterian Church invites visitors and guests to a spaghetti supper and youth melodrama, “Curses, Foiled Again!” at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Westminster Hall, 417 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    It’s a youth fundraiser. Tickets are $6 for adults, and $3 for children 12 and under. Call 816-252-6662 with any questions.
    Sign up for spring
    basketball league
    Christ United Methodist Church of Independence will hold a men’s basketball spring league on Sundays beginning this Sunday through May 12. The top four teams will play tournament on May 19.
    The cost per team is $185 and you must be 18 years or older to participate. Team payment must be paid by the first game. For more information, contact Laura Stagg at 816-695-7054 or 816-461-3393 or basketballteams@yahoo.com.
    ‘We Are Witnesses’
    is Sunday’s theme
    Evangelist Everett Graffeo speaks on the theme “We Are Witnesses” for communion services at 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday services at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation.
    Before retirement, Graffeo served as a full-time minister for Community of Christ and was a member of the Council of Twelve Apostles. Graffeo’s wife Judy assists in the services, along with Brenda Williams, Christina Nagel, Carol Vincent, Ada McDole and Bonnie Harrington. Music is provided by Sarah Speigle, soprano soloist and pianist Clare Vlahos.
    All are invited to attend.
    • Scott Blair will bring the communion message on the theme “We are Witnesses” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service this Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Blair, the Pastor for youth and young families at the Stone Church, holds the priesthood office of elder. He also works as a Member Support Associate at International Headquarters for Community of Christ.
    Alecia Cripps will preside. Others participating in the service are Delavena Yager, Floyd Fears, Sherry McClaran and Keith Martin. Special music is provided by Tamera Stark, 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.
    Sermon series on
    Page 2 of 3 - John wrapping up
    The final sermon in the series “ ‘... that you might have life...’ Jesus in the Gospel of John” will be Sunday at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, including Resurrection Blue Springs. This Sundays sermon will be “Faith, Apostasy and Restoration.”
    Worship services at the Blue Springs campus, 601 N.E. Jefferson, are at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is available for infants through 3-year-olds, and Sunday school is offered for age 4 through fifth grade.
    Resurrection has several campuses, including the main one in Leawood.
    Items collected
    to aid Hope House
    Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church of Blue Springs will be collecting goods for Hope House during April.
    Items needed are pillows, toilet paper, paper towels, disinfecting spray, allergy medications, women’s socks and underwear (all sizes), adult and children’s cold/flu medications, and African-American hair products (oil, perms, etc.)
    You may also purchase the Chapel Hill T-shirt will be available the first three Sundays in April. The order can be taken in the Narthex or the form in the April View issue can be used and turned in to the office or the table on the three Sundays.
    A Blue Springs community blood drive will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. April 23. You may make an appointment online by registering at www.esavealifenow.org and use sponsor code:BSCOMM or call the church office at, 816-229-3367 for more information.
    The church is at 3108 S.W. U.S. 40.
    Southern Gospel
    quartet at Calvary
    The quartet Forgiven, performing Southern Gospel music, will sing at 6 p.m. April 14 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.
    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. April 14 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.
    St. Matthew UMC
    sets basement sale
    St. Matthew United Methodist Women will hold a basement sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17 through 19, 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.
    Page 3 of 3 - 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 April 17 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.
    Plants of all kinds
    at St. Robert sale
    St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church will sell flowers during its Flower Extravaganza from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 19, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 20, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21, 4313 S. Missouri 7, Blue Springs. 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 their Sister Community of Cinquera, El Salvador.
    Church On the Rock
    welcomes singer
    James Payne, a Nashville singer-songwriter, will be at Church On the Rock Outreach Center for three services, 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, and 7 p.m. Monday, 1700 S.W. Market St., Lee’s Summit. A freewill offering will be taken. For more information, contact the church at 816-246-7625 or visit www.cotroc.org.
    – Jillayne Ritchie

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