Community of Christ official to preach

Steve Graffeo will speak on the theme “In the Beginning, I God Created” at the 10:20 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 2) communion service at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Graffeo is a counselor to the presiding bishop and holds the priesthood office of bishop. Alecia Cripps will preside. Others participating in the service are Becky Savage, Eric Scott and Greg Savage. Special music is provided by Madora Graffeo, Mary June Garn, Vida Santone and Barbara Fears.

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

Scouts serve chili, raise funds

Several local Boy Scout troops are holding chili fundraisers:

• Troop 347 will hold a chili dinner from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 1) at Good Shepherd Community of Christ, 4341 Blue Ridge Boulevard. The cost is $5. A quart to go is $7.

• The Mother’s Club of Boy Scout Troop 161 is holding its 10th Annual Chili and Soup Supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 1) at East Alton Community of Christ Church, 16999 E. 23rd St., Independence.

Chili, vegetable beef soup, loaded baked potatoes, chili dogs and hot dogs are served, and all include dessert and a drink.

The cost is $5 for adults; children under 10, $3; and a family of 4, $15. A quart of chili or soup to go is $5. Carry out available. Proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 161, which is sponsored by East Alton Community of Christ.

• The Parent Club of Boy Scout Troop 228 will hold a chili supper from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 9 at Christ United Methodist Church, 39th Street and Phelps Road, Independence.

Each meal includes a beverage and dessert. The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for ages 10 and under. All proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 228.

Many activities at Chapel Hill Presbyterian

Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church will celebrate “Souper Bowl Of Caring” at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 2) worship service, 3108 W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs. The youth will collect soup cans and or money, with all donations going to Harvesters, which supplies local food pantries.

Kingdom Kids will have their Overnight Lock-in from 7 p.m. Friday through 2:30 p.m. Feb. 8. They will go to the Ronald McDonald House Saturday morning as part of their Mission.

A community blood drive will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 14 in the church kitchen.

For more information, call 816-229-3367.

Annual Super Bowl recital

Organist Jan Kraybill presents “Super Bowl Sunday Recital XV” at 3 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 2) at the Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut St., Independence.

This program includes the opening ceremony music of the Winter Olympics, plus works from Copland, Bach, Brahms, Reger and others.

This is a free event. For more information on this and upcoming events on the Dome and Spire Series, visit

Glenwood Park UMC hosts free health clinic

Glenwood Park Methodist Church’s next free health clinic is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday (Feb. 1). 4 at the church.

The screenings, sponsored by the Black Nurse Association and Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, 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.

Who was and is Jesus? Sermon series concludes

This Sunday (Feb. 2) is the final sermon in the series “Jesus: Myth, Madman or Messiah” at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. The topic for Sundays sermon, by Senior Pastor Adam Hamilton, is “Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?”

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. Sunday. 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.

Remembering the faith of Abraham Lincoln

Eastgate Christian Church will hold a special worship service in honor of the 205th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth on Feb. 9 at 10:25 a.m., 4010 S. River Blvd., Independence.

The service will feature a Lincoln sermon and period hymns and music, and scripture readings from the King James Version of the Bible, which Lincoln read and often quoted.

Rev. Joshua Patty, senior minister, will preach a sermon entitled “Then It Will Be My Duty: Abraham Lincoln and the 1864 Election.” Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the sermon will explore the issue of crisis leadership. The sermon will compare this experience with 1 Kings 21, where the prophet Elijah must again confront the evil King Ahab.

For more information, call 816-252-6828.

– Examiner staff