Church news for May 22, 2010

Eastgate Christian names youth minister

Eastgate Christian Church has welcomed Chuck Pickrel as its youth minister. His mother is an ordained minister, and he grew up in the Disciples of Christ faith. He as been doing youth ministry for almost 10 years, primarily in the Northwest Arkansas region.

Chuck is married to Lara Blackwood Pickrel, the associate minister to youth, young adults and families at Hillside Christian Church in North Kansas City.

All youth, grades 6 through 12, are invited to join Pickrel at Eastgate, 4010 S. River Blvd., Independence, at 6 p.m. Sunday evenings.

Three garage sales set at area churches

Several area churches plan garage/rummage sales today:

 Summit Grove Community of Christ, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 411 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence.


 Colonial Hills Community of Christ, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3539 S. Missouri 7, Blue Springs.


 Pleasant View Christian Church, 8 a.m. to noon, 19114 E. Salisbury Road, Independence.

‘Going into the Wilderness’ offered

Waldo Avenue Restoration Branch is holding the series, “Going into the Wilderness to be with God,” from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday evenings through June 6 at the church, 809 W. Waldo Ave., Independence. The series will be given by Evangelist Patriarch Verle E. Cornish.

St. Paul AME marks 144th anniversary

The historic St. Paul AME church will celebrate the 144th anniversary of the church on Sunday.

The church will present the theme “Our Church, A Rock of Salvation” at 11 a.m. The speaker will be Sister Lucille Miller, an evangelist from Bethel AME church in Kansas City.

Co-chairpersons for the day, Mrs. Maomi Pearley and Mrs. Rene Houston, invite everyone to attend. The Rev. James Pedersen is the pastor. Refreshments will be served following the services. The church is at 200 E. Lexington Ave. in Independence.

Pentecost Celebration for two congregations

The Palestine Missionary Baptist and First Christian Church congregations will meet for the third annual Pentecost Celebration this Sunday at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence.

Pastor Raymond Taylor of Palestine Missionary Baptist will present the message, with a reception to follow in Fellowship Hall.

For more information, contact First Christian Church at 816-252-6100. 

Groves, Stone Church: ‘The Spirit is in Us’

Seventy Joe Bayless, a retired minister in Community of Christ, speaks on the theme “The Spirit is in Us,” when The Groves congregation celebrates Pentecost Day in their annual Hymn-Fest at 10 a.m. Sunday in the Community Room.

Musicians for this special service are Phil Caswell, Doug White and Jim White trumpeters; Dan and Dana Speigle, Rich and Linda Speigle, vocal quartet; Marge Wade, violinist; Myrtha Robinson, pianist and Christina Nagel, choir director. Service participants are Karen Astner, Tom Peterson, Wally Rice, Alice Swanson and Brenda Williams.

The Groves is at 1515  W. Truman Road. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Cathy Cackler-Veazey will speak on the same theme at the 10:20 a.m. worship service Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Cackler-Veazey, a high priest, works with field ministers training, leadership development, diversity training and mentoring. Signing is available for the hearing impaired. For more information, call 816-254-2211 or visit

United Methodist Women honor Latta

Flo Latta was honored May 16 on United Methodist Women’s Sunday at the First United Methodist Church of Independence.

Latta was presented the UMW Special Recognition Pin by Mary Hagen, co-president of the church’s UMW unit, at the 9 a.m. worship service. She was cited for her work in missions and as the leader of the Good Samaritan Circle. The pin is presented once annually.

Another highlight of UMW Sunday was the sermon at both worship services by the Rev. Donice Heriford, who appeared as Martha for her message, “Mary and Martha.” Women participated in all parts of the worship services.

Hagen and Karen Kelley are co-presidents of the UMW unit. The Rev. Mitchell Jarvis is the lead pastor, and the Rev. Heriford is associate pastor at the church, which is located at 400 W. Maple Ave.

Pentecost services planned at Chapel Hill

On Sunday, at the 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. worship services, Pentecost will be observed at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 3108 W. U.S. 40.

Red is the color traditionally used to symbolize the Holy Spirit. What better way to show that we are happy to receive the Holy Spirit than to wear red to the services. Everyone is invited to show their “colors” and create a congregation of red to honor the Holy Spirit and in remembrance of the tongues of fire over the apostles at the First Pentecost.

A special offering will be taken and divided into three parts. Forty percent of the offering is kept by our congregation to help children at risk in our own community, the rest going to support leadership for the church through the Young Adult Volunteer program. Also, a portion helps to support an online devotion written for youth at

The adult choir will be offering their voices in song at the 10:30 a.m. worship service before they take a summer break. Darlene Helman is the director of the choir and Judy Tucker accompanist.

For more information, call 816-229-3367 or visit

Pancake breakfast at First Christian

The First Christian Church of Independence will hold a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. May 29 at the church, 125 S. Pleasant St.

The cost is $3.50 for juice, coffee, sausage and all-you-can-eat pancakes.

Everyone is welcome. For more information, call the church at 816-252-6100.

Gospel concert May 30 at Calvary Baptist

Bud & Barbara Lee Ministries will present a gospel concert at 4 p.m. May 30 at Calvary Baptist Church, 900 N.W. 22nd St., Blue Springs.

This couple, full-time music evangelists, perform at Biblical health seminars, conferences, conventions, crusades, concerts and revivals. They are baritone soloists, worship leaders, concert pianists and speakers.

Refreshments will follow the service.

First Christian Church continues celebration

Continuing the 175th celebration of the founding of First Christian Church of Independence, a “How Great is Thy Faithfulness” music extravaganza will be performed at the 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. worship services May 30. Music will include 1830’s to present day Christian tunes.

A free will offering breakfast will take place during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday school hour.

The church is at 125 S. Pleasant St. For more information, call the church at 816-252-6100 located at 125 S. Pleasant.

Get some information, tackle cholesterol

“Cholesterol and You, Take action, make a personal plan for your life,” is the theme of the community service seminar that will take place at 7 p.m. June 3 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 13305 Kemper Ave., Independence.

Often, just knowing your cholesterol numbers and taking medicine aren’t enough. This seminar will assist you in making lifestyle choices that can reduce your bad HDL, promote cardiovascular wellness and increase your energy levels.

Admission is free, and handouts and resource tools will be distributed. To register, call 816-836-3582.

Angel Food Ministries setting up deliveries

Central Assembly of God, 1009 W. 23rd St. in Independence, offers Angel Food Ministries.

You may place your order for a food box from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday and on Sunday after church. The pick up date is June 26. Prices are:

 Signature box, 17 items for $30.  Convenience meals, 12 items for $28.  Allergen-free box, 5 pounds for $23.  Premium seafood variety box, 6.4 pounds for $35.  Just 4 Me after school box, $24.  Just 4 Me after school fruit and veggie box, $16.  May special No. 1, 6.4 pounds of assorted meat grill box, $23. May special No. 2, 4 pounds of steak box, $22.  May special No. 3, 12-count, gourmet-flavored chicken breast box, $19.  May special No. 4, four meals for a family of four, $35.  May special No. 5, premium fresh fruit and veggie box, $22.  May special No. 6, Bit O’ Blessing box (supplies limited), $21.

The program accepts cash, money orders and food stamps (EBT cards). No checks will be accepted. For more information, call Pat at 816-252-9447.

Car wash, other events at Church on the Rock

Church on the Rock Outreach Center in Lee’s Summit has several activities for the next two weeks.

A Youth Car Wash fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Travel Clean Car Wash, 890 N.E. Mulberry St., Lee’s Summit. All proceeds go to help fund activities for our students.

Also on Saturday, a Love’s Outreach Community Food Distribution will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Cass County Fairgrounds, 308 W Commercial, Pleasant Hill. This event provides free food for families in need.

A Missions and Youth Craft Sale fundraiser will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 29 at Hy-Vee West, 310 S.W. Ward Road, Lee’s Summit. All proceeds go to help fund our missions projects and Youth activities.

The church is at 1700 S.W. Market St. For more information, call 816-246-7625 or visit