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  • St. Pat’s dinner
    at Trinity church
    Trinity Episcopal Church is sponsoring a St. Patrick’s Day dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the church, 409 N. Liberty St., Independence. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
    Enjoy corned beef/cabbage, potatoes, bread, lemonade, water and coffee for $7, $6 in advance. Desserts and other beverages are available for purchase. For carry-out orders, add 50 cents.
    Irish Fest planned
    at Oakland UMC
    Oakland United Methodist Church will hold its second annual Irish Fest and Hymn Sing at 7 p.m. Saturday at the church, 30701 E. Truman Road, Buckner.
    This outreach event will feature musicians from the Oakland UMC congregation and will also provide all in attendance the opportunity to sing their favorite old-time hymns. Everyone is invited to “put on their green” and come make a joyful noise. A time of fellowship will follow the hymn sing, so bring along your favorite “green” snack or dessert item to share.
    For more information, visit www.oaklandumc.net.
    One Voice concert
    at Berean Free Will
    One Voice will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at Berean Free Will Baptist, 2104 James Downey Road, Independence.
    For more information, call the church at 816-516-7786.
    Nativity of Mary
    cinnamon bread
    Nativity of Mary Catholic Church is offering cinnamon bread, as it does each year, The bread will be available from approximately 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the church, 10017 E. 36th Terrace, Independence. It’s served hot out of the oven. For more information, contact the church at 816-353-2184.
    St. Patrick’s
    luncheon set
    The St. Mark’s United Methodist Women are sponsoring a St. Patrick’s luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 603 N. Jennings Road, Independence. This is a fundraiser for a variety of mission projects the UMW supports.
    The menu includes a baked potato bar with various toppings, green salads, Irish soda bread, desserts and drinks. There will also be macaroni and cheese for the children. The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children 10 and under. Carry-outs are welcome.
    Glenwood Park
    UMC roast beef
    The Methodist Men at Glenwood Park United Methodist Church will serve a roast beef dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. The menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, salad, dessert and drink for $8. For more information, call 816-254-5116.
    St. Joseph Table
    is scheduled
    St. Joseph the Worker Church at 2200 N. Blue Mills Road in Independence will sponsor a St. Joseph Table and spaghetti dinner Saturday, from noon (blessing of table) to 4 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m., then the spaghetti dinner will continue until 7 p.m. Free-will donation.
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    helps Raytown group
    A pancake breakfast and bake sale will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under, with all proceeds being donated to the Raytown Emergency Assistance Program. For more information, call 816-353-2296.
    ‘The God of Faith’
    series continues
    The Lenten series concludes this Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church of Independence. The class meets from 10:40 to 11:30 a.m. in Westminster Hall, Pleasant Street and Lexington Avenue, diagonally across from the church building. The presentation are open to all. Wilburn Stancil, a professor of theology and religious studies at Rockhurst University, is a visiting theologian at First Presbyterian Church of Independence. “The God of Faith” has been Stancil’s topic for the Lenten lesson series.
    ‘Accept the Gift’
    theme at Stone Church
    David Brock will speak on the theme “Accept the Gift” at the 10:20 a.m. Sunday worship service at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
    Brock, the Presiding Evangelist for Community of Christ, received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon and a Master of Arts in Religion from Park University, Parkville. His past assignments found him in various foreign missions, as well as being an assistant to the Council of Twelve. John Thumm will preside. Others participating in the service are Ronald Yager Sr., Phillip Caswell, Carol Constance and Joe Anway. Special music is provided by Patricia Henshaw, Samra Magruder and Barbara Tankard Thatcher.
    Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or visit www.stone-church.org.
    Groves message
    from Jim Hannah
    Evangelist Jim Hannah brings the message on the theme “Accept the Gift” for fifth Sunday in Lent services at 9:15 and 10 a.m. this Sunday at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
    Before retirement, Hannah was editor of “The Herald,” a monthly magazine published by Community of Christ church. Geoff Henshaw presides. Bud and Diane Perrin assist, with music ministry provided by Sandra Byrne and Barbara Fears.
    Everyone invited to attend.
    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 Standing Upon Holy Ground Ministries. Lunch is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and cowboy church is at 2 p.m.
    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.
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    Sermon series on
    the Gospel of John
    A sermon series “ ‘... that you might have life...’ Jesus in the Gospel of John” continues at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, including Resurrection Blue Springs.
    Sunday 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.
    The sermons are delivered by Senior Pastor Adam Hamilton. Remaining sermons in the series:
    • This Sunday, “Jesus’ Last Supper Discourse.”
    • Palm Sunday, March 24, “The Crucifixion.”
    • Easter, March 31, “The Resurrection.”
    • April 7, “Faith, Apostasy and Restoration.”
    First UMC offers
    new reading group
    There’s a new women’s reading group at the First United Methodist Church, 301 S.W. Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs.
    The first meeting, to discuss selection of the first book, will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Room 103. It’s proposed that the first book be “Becoming a Woman of Influence,” by Carol Kent.
    Any woman of any age – single or married, a member of the church or not – is welcome. For more information, call the church at 816-229-8108 or Elizabeth Braden at 816-229-2794.
    ‘The Bible 30-Day
    Church Experience’
    Stories of the Bible come to life with “The Bible 30-Day Church Experience” at Woods Chapel United Methodist, 4725 N.E. Lakewood Way, Lee’s Summit. This series is based on the TV miniseries “The Bible.”
    Watch parties are taking place Sunday evenings in March from 7 to 9 p.m. at the church for those interested in viewing the miniseries on a giant screen. For more information, visit www.woodschapelchurch.org or call 816-795-8848.
    Friday last day for
    St. Ann’s fish dinners
    Friday is the final day for St. Ann’s Church fish dinners, which are served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. 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.
    Beacon Heights Easter
    Page 4 of 4 - Eggstravaganza March 23
    Beacon Heights Community of Christ will hold an Easter Eggstravagaza from 9 to 11 a.m. March 23 at the church, 19402 E. Holke Road (in front of BVAC) Independence.
    Activities include an egg hunt, door prizes, face painting, make your own photo frame and crafts, and pictures with the Easter bunny. All activities are inside and everything is free.
    For directions to the church, find them on Facebook or at Beaconheights.org.
    Pancakes and egg
    hunt at Colonial Hills
    A free community Easter Eggstravaganza will be held from 9 a.m. to noon March 23 at Colonial Hills Community of Christ, 3539 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs.
    Come for a free pancake breakfast and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny ($1 or bring your own camera). Enjoy games, crafts, face painting, a family egg hunt (all morning, rain or shine), and more.
    For more information, contact the church at 816-229-9344 or visit www.colonial-hills.org.
    Experience a Taize
    service March 24
    The First Presbyterian Church is hosting a Taize service of reflective music and silent prayer and meditation at 6 p.m. March 24 in their candle-lit chapel, 100 N. Pleasant St., Independence. The 30-minute service is in the style of daily ecumenical worship brought to us from the Taize Community in Burgundy, France.
    The Taize Community is composed of about 100 brothers who come from Protestant, Eastern Orthodox and Catholic traditions. The monastic order has a strong devotion to peace and justice through prayer and meditation. It was founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schutz, a Protestant.
    – Jillayne Ritchie

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