Church women host

spring fling sale

Church Women United of Independence are hosting a “Spring Fling” fundraising sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Good Shepherd Community of Christ Church, 4341 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City.

A variety of booth space vendors will be selling crafts, baked goods, jewelry, health and wellness items and much more. Come and shop, eat, look and buy! Proceeds go to CWU's operating budget. For more information, call 816-373-8414.


Band performance

at Plaza Heights

The Spirit of Independence Concert Band is presenting a free spring concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Plaza Heights Baptist Church, 1500 S.W. Clark Road, Blue Springs. The 55-member group, under the direction of area musician and educator Jane Hicklin, will perform an hour-long program featuring a variety of musical styles. Selections include marches, the “Light Cavalry Overture,” an arrangement of “All the Things You Are” by band member Don Matthews, and a medley of tunes by The Beatles. The trombone section will be featured in “Lassus Trombone.” Admission to the concert is free.


Night of singing

at Berean Free Will

Berean Free Will Baptist Church will be holding their 4th Sunday night of singing beginning at 6 p.m., 2104 James Downey Road, Independence.

For questions, call 816-516-7786.


Stone Church 

marks Earth Day

Stone Church Community of Christ will celebrate Earth Day, “The Earth is the Lord’s,” at the 10:20 a.m. Sunday worship service, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. The service will begin in the sanctuary then move to their natural sanctuary in the Community Garden.

Participants for this service are Sharon Hannah, Jim Hannah, Jerry Nieft and Kent Parker. Clare Vlahos will provide the music for the service.

For more information, call the church at 816-254-2211 or visit


First Christian series

on book of James 

Independence First Christian is starting a new sermon series from the book of James entitled, “Maturing in Christ” and begins Sunday for both the 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. services. Topics are as follows:

Sunday – A faith that does not discriminate – 2:1-13.

• May 1 – Resurrecting a living faith – 2:14-26.

• May 8 – The power of the tongue – 3:1-12.

• May 15 – Learning to be a friend of God – 4:1-10.

• May 22 – Three Commandments of Maturity – 4:11-5:6.

• May 29 – Three Steps to Spiritual Success/Maturity – 5:7-20.

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


Community meal

at Glenwood Park

Glenwood Park United Methodist Church is offering Defeat Hunger, a free community meal, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence.

Everyone is welcome.


Religious freedom 

focus of series

In recent years, religious liberty has been the topic of much debate and discussion. In fact, the Barna Group released a report showing that concerns over religious freedom in America have grown significantly. From overt concerns over the right to worship, to people upset about coffee cups they felt didn’t represent the Christmas holiday, the conversation has often been heated.

Independence Seventh-day Adventist Church will explore this subject as revealed through the Bible, in addition to a source that illustrates the topic perfectly: The life of the Emperor Constantine.

The series Shadow Empire, hosted by Voice of Prophecy Speaker/Director Shawn Boonstra, will take a documentary-style, Bible-based approach to this topic, and live elements featuring local moderator Alan Harvey. It’s the story of an unlikely emperor born out of wedlock and into poverty, who rose to power against staggering odds, and whose legacy has endured for centuries. The story of the costs and sacrifices made in the name of religious freedom will approach his life story from a new angle.

The series begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Adventist Church, 13305 Kemper Ave., Independence’s Mill Creek Park. It will continue April 29 at 7 p.m., and April 30 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

You may register to attend on-site at this free event, or in advance by calling 816-616-3575 or at


St. Mark's golf 

tourney April 29

St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Independence is holding their 12th Annual Golf Tournament fundraiser on April 29 at the Adams Pointe Golf Club in Blue Springs. The shotgun start is at 8 a.m.

Proceeds will benefit St. Mark the Evangelist Youth Group in Independence. The $125 registration fee includes range balls, lunch, contests and much more. Go to to register or contact Deacon Ken Fuenfhausen or Charlotte Davis at 816-285-8360.

– The Examiner staff