Singing and ice cream at First Christian

The First Christian Church of Independence invites the community to an old-fashioned hymn sing and ice cream social at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, 125 S. Pleasant St.

Music will be provided by Kansas City's own Phil and Pam Morgan. The concert will be a combination of the Morgan's original music, story and comedy, plus a sing-along of favorite hymns from their latest CD.

Admission is free with a love offering requested. Books and CDs will also be available for purchase. The Morgan's story and music is featured on their website,


Stone Church to hear youth testimonies 

The theme this week is "Take My Hand" at the 10:20 a.m. Sunday worship service at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence, Mo.

Judy Williams will be presiding, with Esther Mills will presenting Focus moments, and testimonies from the Youth Group. Other participants are Chris and Ashlee Malanowski, Jordan, Cierra and Marqui Sullivan, Miles, Trevor and Heather Winship, Andrew McGehee, Emily Copeland, Rich Baldwin and Bob Williams. Marcia Pugh will be pianist for the day and songs will be led by the youth.

For more information, call 816-254-2211 or visit


Sugar Creek UMC to hold ice cream social

Sugar Creek United Methodist Church is holding its annual Ice Cream Social from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the church, 415 N. Sterling Ave.

Homemade vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream will be served with cake, and coffee or iced tea, for a $4.75 donation. Carry-outs are welcome.


Grief recovery sessions at New Life Church

Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care will hold a Grief Recovery Group for loss of a spouse from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, through Sept. 28, at New Life Church, 801 S.W. 1st St., Oak Grove.

One of the least addressed concerns in our society is grief, the normal and natural reaction to loss. Loss can include many life changes following the death of a mate: Companionship, finances, someone to eat meals with, and make life’s decision; big and small. During this 8-week program, this Grief Recovery Method Outreach Program will guide attendees toward taking a series of action steps to move toward their healing into a richer quality of life.

You may join the class this week, then it becomes a closed group. For information, or to reserve your spot, email Vickie Mears at or call 816-268-2664.


Order Chuck Wagon Cookies now

St. Matthew United Methodist Church, which has now merged with St. Marks United Methodist Church, is taking preorders for their Original Chuck Wagon Cookies.

This tasty treat, which consists of two chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream sandwiched in-between, are still only $2 each.

You may pre-order cookies now and you may pick up your cookies between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 2 at the church, 603 N. Jennings Road, Independence, MO 64056. You may also buy them at the door on Saturday during Labor Day weekend, while supplies last.

For questions and to preorder, call Pat at 816-225-9459.


– The Examiner staff