Annual ‘Messiah’ performances set

Handel’s “Messiah” will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7, and 2 p.m. Dec. 8, in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City.

The independence Messiah Choir joins with the Symphony and Symphony Chorus to continue the 97-year tradition of performing Handel’s Messiah.

To purchase tickets, call 816-471-0400 or visit

Tree lighting set at LDS Visitors Center

The annual tree lighting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 30) at the LDS Visitors Center, 937 W. Walnut St., Independence. Music will be provided by The Mormon Chorale.

All are welcome. For questions, call 816-836-3466.

Parents can shop while children can play

Colonial Hills Community of Christ will offer holiday child care from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday (Nov. 30) at the church, 3539 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs.

Parents can shop while their children – all ages – enjoy a holiday party with snacks, crafts, games and other activities.

The cost is $10 per child, which benefits the 2014 youth mission trip. To make reservations, call Wendy at 229-5855 by Tuesday.

Community breakfast offered at First Christian, Independence

The First Christian Church is holding a community breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 30) at the church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence.

The cost is $3.50 for either a half order of biscuits/gravy or all-you-can-eat pancakes with sausage, and $5 for a full order of biscuits/gravy. All meals include coffee and orange juice.

For information, call the church at 816-252-6100.

Glenwood Park United Methodist offers free health clinic

Glenwood Park Methodist Church’s next free health clinic is from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 at the church.

The screenings, sponsored by the Black Nurse Association and Samuel Rodgers, include glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index testing. The church, at 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence, holds the clinics on the first Saturday of the month.

For more information, call the church at 816-254-5116.

Eastgate Christian sets service of remembrance

Eastgate Christian Church will hold a service of remembrance at 5 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 30). The church is at 4010 S. River Blvd., Independence. The service honors the memories of loved ones at the beginning of the Advent and Christmas seasons.

There will be candle lighting, music, prayer, and a short memorial message. A candle will be lit for each person remembered by name in the service. You may call the church office at 816-252-6828, to provide the name and relationship of a loved one to be remembered.

Buckner church holding potluck

The Altar Society of the Church of the Santa Fe is holding a potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 1) at the church, 231 S. Sibley St., Buckner.

Msgr. Kaiser will present a slide show of photography taken in northern Italy, including Milan and other ancient cities, along with the Alpine lake country.

Everyone is welcome. Call 816-650-9341 for more information.

Northern Boulevard UMC hosts Santa

Santa Claus will be visiting Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church during the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday (Dec. 1) to tell the real story of Christmas.

The children can sit on Santa’s lap after the service. The church is at 1800 Northern Blvd., Independence. Parking is behind the church on 18th and Hedges. For more information, call 816-252-7977 or visit

‘Pray for Peace’ is Sunday’s sermon theme

Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith will speak on the theme “Pray for Peace” at the 10:20 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 1) worship service at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Tony and Charmaine serve the Community of Christ in the Discipleship Formation Ministries, in Scripture and theology. They write, edit and consult on theological issues.

Denise Jensen will preside. Others participating in the service are Duane Qualls, Sarah and Jerry Nieft, Sherry McClaran and Ed Dowell. Special music is provided by Tamera Stark and Pamela Landrum.

Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, call 816-254-2211 or visit

Messiah Choir ensemble to sing at The Groves

Advent begins Sunday (Dec. 1) with Paulette Votava Resch directing an ensemble from the Messiah Choir at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Room of The Groves, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.

A communion service will follow at 10:30 with the theme “Pray for Peace.” Former pastor Tom Peterson gives the message, with Pat Henshaw and Judy Luffman providing music ministry. Brenda Williams, Carol Norris Vincent, Irvin Jones, and Jan Marshall will also share in ministry.

Central Mission Center middle school and high school youth will provide a Christmas worship at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4.

All are welcome to attend, call 816-254-3500, ext. 472 for more information.

Christmas, through the eyes of faith and Hollywood

“The Real Christmas Story” is the sermon series that begins this weekend at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.

The church, based in Leawood, has a campus at 601 E. Jefferson, Blue Springs. Worship is at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sundays. Nursery care for children from birth through age 3 is available, and Sunday school is for children age 4 through the fifth grade during services. All are invited for coffee before worship near the east entrance.

The sermon series plays off popular holiday movies:

• Sunday, “Miracle on 34th Street.”

• Dec. 8, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

• Dec. 15, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

• Dec. 22, “Elf.”

• Christmas Eve, “A Christmas Carol.”

• Dec. 29, “Christmas Vacation.”

Chapel Hill Presbyterian ready for Advent

Sunday (Dec. 1) is the first Sunday of Advent, and the youth at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church have their area ready, and Dianna Dryer and Lona Maxey, with help from others, have the church ready for Advent. After the 10:30 a.m. worship service there will be the annual Family Advent Party for youth – fifth grade and younger – and their families. Activities include lunch, an Advent story, cookie decorating, games and a craft to take home.

Thursday is the date for FiT Faith. The middle and senior high youth will meet on the first Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the youth area for fellowship and faith lessons.

From Dec. 2 through Dec. 11, donations will be taken for the Communty Services League. There is a box in the Narthex for gifts to be placed, and the wish list can be found on a table in the Narthex and on the pantry shelves.

The church is at 3108 W. U.S. 40 in Blue Springs. For more information, call 816-229-3367.

Church Women United to gather

Church Women United will meet at 10 a.m. Monday (Dec. 2) in the Friendship Room of the First Christian Church, 125 South Pleasant St., Independence. Each church in the community is invited to send at least representative to the meeting.

The annual meeting will include the installation of the newly elected officers and bylaw changes will be voted on, as well as annual reports given. Everyone is asked to bring at least two dozen homemade Christmas cookies. After a cookie exchange, remaining cookies will be delivered to Hope House shelter in Independence.

Church Women United is a national movement of Christian women witnessing to unity and faith in Christ. More than half a million women in 1200 local units in 50 states represent a wide diversity of religious traditions, races, ages, economic status and backgrounds and acts to make a more just, caring and peaceful world.

Cornerstone Church hosts shopping and decorating event

Cornerstone Church of Blue Springs will host a Christmas shopping and holiday decorating event for ladies from 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Link Youth Center.

Local vendors will have gift items for sale, and holiday treats and decorating presentations will be complimentary.

Admission is free. The church is at 301 S.E. Route AA. For details, call 816-228-1979.

Lee’s Summit Assembly concert

“4 His Love” presents “Three Bridges” in concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 30), at Lee’s Summit Assembly of God, 425 Oldham Pkwy.

The concert is free; however, a love offering will be received.

- Examiner staff