Notes from Eastern Jackson County churches.

Women’s Day at
St. Paul AME

St. Paul AME will celebrate Women’s Day at 11 a.m. Sunday, 200 E. Lexington Ave., Independence.
The theme, “Let Us Honor Him,” will focus on women’s health concerns. Handouts from the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society will be given to all women in attendance.
The Rev. Mrs. Tracy Woods will be the guest speaker, and Aleasha Harris, choir director of St. Paul, is unveiling a women’s choir for the day to provide the music.
The Rev. Patricia Winfrey is the pastor of the church.

sermons at UMC

Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church will begin a new Disney theme sermon series this Sunday, 1800 Northern Blvd., Independence.
This Sunday is Beauty and the Beast-Acts 9:1-22 – The beast's monstrous exterior was a reflection of the cruelty in his heart, but he was made human again by experiencing Belle's love.
July 28: The Little Mermaid-Psalm 8:3-4 – After falling in love with Prince Eric, Ariel wants to become a human, and gets the chance to be human for three days. What's so special about being human?
Aug. 4: Tangled-Judges 16:16-20 – From Rapunzel to Sampson, people believe there’s a magical power with their hair. But is the power really in the hair? We have all been created in the image of God and we all have powers.
Aug. 25: UP-Ruth 1:16-17 – Carl wants nothing more than to be left alone; but then the doorbell rings, and there stands an 8-year-old Wilderness Scout by the name of Russell. When it is all said and done, God rings the doorbell, finds us, and helps us find each other.
For more information, call the church at 816-252-7977.

Ferguson to speak
at Stone Church

Steve Ferguson will speak on the theme “What Matters Most” at the 10:20 a.m. Sunday worship service at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
Ferguson was a member of Stone Church when he was ordained to the office of Seventy in 1995. He currently works with a Native American group called First Peoples Community of Christ. Paulette V. Resch will preside. Others participating in the service are David Oshel and Eric Scott. Special music is provided by Kristopher Taylor, Paulette V. Resch and Pamela Landrum.
Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or

‘What Matters Most’
is week’s theme

Evangelist Sue Ridings speaks on the theme “What Matters Most?” at the 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday services at The Groves Community of Christ, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.
Norm and Kay Cox, Ada McDole, Christina Nagel, Alice Swanson and Carol Vincent assist, with pianist Mary Buxbaum providing music ministry.
All are welcome to attend.

CrossWay Kids Camp
in Blue Springs

Join CrossWay Bible Church in Blue Springs this Monday through Friday for XTREME 2013 CrossWay Kids Camp! Their mission, to Impact the World for Jesus, is a great opportunity to impact lives and to share the gospel with children.
To register visit, or call 816-228-1411.

Rummage Sale
at First Christian

The First Christian Church of Independence will be holding a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and 8 a.m. to noon July 27, at the church, 125 S. Pleasant St.
They will also be holding a community breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday. Enjoy coffee, juice, sausage and all-you-can-eat pancakes for $3.50.
For details, call the church at 816-252-6100.

Praise in the
parking lot July 27

Glenwood Park United Methodist Church will be holding a Youth Parking Lot Praise Party beginning at 6 p.m. July 27, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence.
The Praise Party will feature “Saved”, “Young Fatha”, Brandon Jay, “Proverb”, Kesha Somnier, Daniel Watson, Jason Simms and many more young gospel artists.
For more information, call Pastor Deborah Jamerson at 816-606-4103.

‘Messiah’ audition
sign-up scheduled

Auditions for the Independence Messiah Choir this year are July 27-29.
The annual performances of Handel’s “Messiah” are Dec. 6, 7 and 8 at Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Kansas City.
Auditions are being handled by the Kansas City Symphony Chorus.
Singers who are interested in auditioning should go to and fill out the audition form, indicating that they are only auditioning for the Independence Messiah Choir.

VBS theme is
Trust Under Fire

“Trust Under Fire” is the theme for vacation Bible school at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 2415 R.D. Mize Road, Independence. Ages 3 through 12 are invited to attend VBS from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 26 and 27, and 11 a.m. July 28.
Enjoy Bible lessons, crafts, music, snacks, recreation and much more. For information, call Marcia or Amy Armstrong at 816-217-6364.

Chapel Hill youth
to attend Triennium

The Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church youth attending the Triennium 2013, along with Michelle Jones, Youth Director, will return from their trip and the congregation will enjoy hearing about their experience on July 28. After the 10:30 a.m. worship service they will present with pictures, stories, and experiences with their "Talk" Show and Dessert Event.
Some of the youth will join others for the Heartland Presbytery Day at Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun. This event begins at 9:30 a.m. July 31 and includes an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
The church is located at 3108 W. U.S. 40 in Blue Springs. For more information, contact the church at 816-229-3367 or visit

Eastgate Christian
schedules VBS

Eastgate Christian Church, 4010 S. River Blvd. in Independence, will host vacation Bible school from July 29 through Aug. 2.
Each morning from 9 a.m. until noon, children age 3 through the sixth grade will have Bible stories, music, crafts and games. The closing program at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 will feature music learned during the week, and prize winners will be announced.
Children will be encouraged to bring peanut and jelly to be distributed to those in need.
The deadline for participants to register for VBS, including older children who want to serve as helpers, is Sunday. Call the church at 816-252-6828.

– Jillayne Ritchie