Religion briefs for May 28, 2011.

Aid for Joplin concert at Susquehanna Baptist

A “Love Joplin” benefit concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Susquehanna Baptist Church, 17800 Susquehanna Ridge, Independence.

A love offering will be taken. For more information, call 816-257-2080 or visit

Nonprofit founders at Beacon Heights

“Share the Hope” is the theme for the 10:30 a.m. worship service this Sunday at Beacon Heights congregation of the Community of Christ, 19402 E. Holke Road, Independence (next to BVAC).

Ken and Jean Brookens will be the speakers. They have created a nonprofit organization called Sustainable Hope International. Its purpose is to provide educational scholarships and teach leadership and life skills for success to orphans and at-risk youth. They will share their experiences from their recent trip to northern Thailand. Stories, videos and pictures of lives that are being affected will be shared, as well as an opportunity to sign up for a site visit to Thailand and also to donate to the scholarship fund.

For more information, call the church at 816-796-7033.

Blue Springs First UMC reaches into community

Blue Springs First United Methodist Church, led by Pastor Sally Haynes and Associate Pastor Choong Ho Kwan, sent its members into the community to “Change the World” May 15.

Some 300 people responded to the call, taking part in such activities as serving meals to families living in motels, doing gardening and landscaping work at nursing homes, cleaning at the Community Services League office, and supplying coins for individuals and families using the self-serve laundry at U.S. 40 and Missouri 7. Other groups picked up roadside trash, did work at Mill Creek Park, and delivered cookies and thanks to police and firefighters. Still others worked at the church, preparing lunch for returning workers, writing notes and knitting prayer shawls.

South Crysler plans benefit sale, bake sale

The South Crysler Community of Christ annual “You Price It” sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 1 through 3, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 4 at the church, 31st Street and Crysler Avenue, Independence.

This fundraiser will have lots of treasures and delicious baked goods for sale. Wednesday through Friday there will be soup and sandwiches available for purchase at lunch and professional hair cuts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Proceeds will be used for a new boiler/heating system.

Independence First UMC sets garage sale

Members of the Independence First United Methodist Church are digging through closets, garages and attics in search of items for the garage sale by the youth group from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 4 at the church, 400 W. Maple Ave., Independence.

Proceeds from the sale will go for activities of the youth group, directed by Bryson Lillie.

The Rev. Mitchell Jarvis is the lead pastor, and the Rev. Donice Heriford is the associate pastor.

Open Arms planning blessing, 100-mile ride

Open Arms Community of Christ and Peace Riders will hold their 5th Annual Biker Blessing and 100-mile ride on June 5 at 1101 W. Walnut St. in Independence. The activities will start at 9 a.m. with coffee and pastries, followed by an outdoor worship service at 10:15 a.m., featuring live Christian rock music by Fourth Light.

After the service, motorcycles (and bicycles) will be individually blessed. The congregation requests a $20 per bike donation for those who wish to take part in a 100-mile ride, with proceeds going toward Open Arms’ youth and community outreach programs.

You may register at the event. Lunch will be provided for all and there will be crafts and games for children of all ages, and kids can take part in a parking lot ride on their bicycles. At 1 p.m., attendees are invited to walk two blocks to Community of Christ Temple for the Daily Prayer for Peace.

For more information, email or call Don Kasmerchek, event coordinator, at 816-252-2274.

Calarymen to perform at Calvary Baptist

The Calvarymen will present a gospel concert at 10:30 a.m. June 5 at Calvary Baptist Church, 900 N.W. 22nd St., Blue Springs. A potluck dinner will follow the services. For more information, call the church at 816-228-5540

Food preservation is topic at St. Paul’s

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will host a home food preservation series presented by the University of Missouri Extension. All sessions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at the church, 3601 S. Sterling Ave., Independence.

Sessions, with hands-on experience, are:

June 16 – Home canning the safe way; pressure canning green beans. June 30 – Salsa from your garden, water bath salsa and fruit. July 14 – How to pickle, water bath pickles. July 28 – Making jams and jellies, water bath jam and freezer jellies. Aug. 11 – Freezing and dehydrating produce.

The cost is $15 per session; $60 for all five. The registration deadline is June 9. To register, call Karen Elliott at 816-482-5850 or email

“Evidence,” the student worship team of Calvary Bible College, will lead worship at 11 a.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Grandview. Evidence is composed of five women and four men who are students at Calvary Bible College. They will lead worship through a variety of different types of music and drama. A free will offering will be received. The church is located at 1416 Main St. For more information, call the church office at 816-763-2200.