St. Luke's rally on Sunday

St. Luke's United Church of Christ will have its annual Rally Sunday this Sunday, at the church, 727 N. Main St., Independence.

Sunday school for all ages will start a new year beginning at 9:30 a.m., with worship at 10:45 a.m. At noon, the Youth Group will provide a thank you lunch followed by a program showing what they did on their July 2017 Mission Trip to Dear Lodge, Tenn.


Stone Church looks at mission works

Stone Church Community of Christ is holding a Fall Missionary Series each Sunday through Oct. 1. All services begin at 10:20 a.m., except Oct. 1. The theme this week is “Where Two or Three Are Gathered.” The line-up of speakers and themes are:

• Sunday – Steps: Where Two or Three Are Gathered with Apostle Richard C.N. James.

• Sept. 17 – Tell: Forgive Each Other with Caswells.

• Sept. 24 – Vision: God’s Generosity with Terry Snapp

• Oct. 1 – Light: Be Receptive to God’s Will with Kent Parker. This service will be held at 10 a.m. at the Temple

Eric Scott will be presiding. Other participants are Bob Wilson, LaDora Cripps, Carol Constance, Regg and JoAnne Stoner. Musicians for the day are John Davies, organist, and Bill Miller, Indian flute.

The church is located at 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. For more information, call the church at 816-254-2211 or visit


AME Midwest Annual Conference

Ward Chapel AME Church in Kansas City, is hosting the 10th Midwest Annual Conference that runs through Sunday at Hilton Garden Inn, Independence.

Clergy and laity from the northwest region of Missouri, the Omaha and Lincoln areas of Nebraska, and from all parts of Kansas will converge for this Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Ward Chapel AME Church is serving as the host for this event and Rev. V. Gordon Glenn, III is the chairperson of the host committee. Rev. Roger D. Jackson Presiding Elder of the Midwest South District, is the host Presiding Elder. Rev. Fran T. Cary, Presiding Elder of the Midwest North District, and Rev. Benjamin R. Finnell, Presiding Elder of the Midwest Omaha District, will serve as co-hosts.

All activities will be held at the hotel. For the conference schedule of activities, visit and click on Events.


DivorceCare helps newly separated

DivorceCare will begin a new 13-week program on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in Room 102 at Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs. DivorceCare features 13 weekly dynamic DVD seminars featuring 32 renowned experts on divorce and recovery. Participants become part of a small support group of people who are also experiencing separation and divorce.

This nondenominational group features Biblical teaching on recovery topics. Participants may join the group at any session.

For questions and to register, call Timothy’s Care Ministry office at 816-228-5300.


Free organ concert

The concert will feature David C. Pickering on a three-manual, 58 stop custom designed digital pipe organ. This event will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, at Lee's Summit Christian Church, 800 N.E. Tudor Road, Lee’s Summit.

Pickering, Assistant Professor of Music and Chair of the Keyboard Division at Kansas State University, is an active recitalist, having performed throughout the United States, Austria, and Canada. He will be performing on the newly custom designed Heritage L-333DK Allen Organ, and his work will showcase the full range of the organ.

A reception will follow the concert.


Course help families handle finances

Financial Peace University, a nine-week course that provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success, will be offered at two local churches:

• EPIC Church, located at 19260 E. 50th Terrace, Independence. The classes will begin at 10:15 a.m. Sunday. To register, call 816-896-3742.

• First Baptist Church of Blue Springs, located at 4500 Little Blue Pkwy., Independence. The classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, and at 6 p.m. Tuesday. To register, call 816-229-9335.

The course meets once a week where a different lesson is taught by Dave Ramsey on DVD, followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.


Ministerial Alliance to meet

The Independence Ministerial Alliance is holding a meeting from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, at Stone Church, Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

The program will be “This is what’s on my mind,” conversations about the present national political situation. Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, Representatives Sam Graves and Emanuel Cleaver II, or their staff, will be present for discussion with ministers in Independence about their concerns, issues and possible bipartisan initiatives that will be good for everyone.

The Rev. Sarah Schofield Wimberley will be the chair, minister, United Methodist Church, Northern Blvd., and past president of the Independence Ministerial Alliance.

A simple lunch will be served at noon for a $5 donation. Send RSVP's to Carla Simpson at .

Park in the large parking lot on the north side of church and enter through that door. For questions, contact Andrew Bolton at or 816-739-4986


Calvary Baptist welcomes Walter Plant

Walter Plant will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sept. 17, at Calvary Baptist Church, 900 N.W. 22nd, St., Blue Springs.

You'll enjoy his unique blending of four keyboards. He does not use any sound tracks or tape recorded music. His accompaniment is all performed live.

For questions, call the church at 816-228-5540.


– The Examiner staff