First Christian serving breakfast 

The First Christian Church is holding a community breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, in the Fellowship Hall, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence.

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

For information contact the church at 816-252-6100 or


Ken McClain to speak at Stone Church

The theme this week is “Jesus, the Teacher” at Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. The service begins at 10:20 a.m. Sunday, and the message will be brought by Ken McClain, pastor.

Charles Belcher will be the presider, with Rozanne Dowell and Karen Cross also participating. Paulette V. Resch and Barbara Fears, pianists, and a Women’s Trio; Barbara Fears, Linda Keller, and Wilma Handlen will bring the music for the service.

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


Mother's Club chili dinner Feb. 3

The Mother's Club of Troop 161 will be holding its 14th annual Chili, Soup and Potato Bar from noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 3, at East Alton Community of Christ, 23rd Street and R.D. Mize Road, Independence.

Enjoy chili, vegetable beef soup, loaded baked potato or chili dogs/hot dogs, dessert and drink for $6. You may also purchase a quart of chili or soup to go for $6. Proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 161, sponsored by East Alton Community of Christ.


Glenwood Park Methodist holds health clinic

Glenwood Park Methodist Church will hold a free health clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 3, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. The church holds the clinics on the first Saturday of the month.

The screenings, sponsored by the Black Nurse Association and the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, include glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index testing.

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


Organ concert an alternative to football 

Organist Jan Kraybill’s distinctive playing and a diverse list of composers highlight this year’s Super Bowl Sunday concert at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4, at the Community of Christ Temple, 201 S. River Blvd., Independence.

This is Kraybill's 19th Super Bowl Sunday concert and she will play the Casavant organ. Her hands and feet, both used to play the organ, will be displayed in video images in the sanctuary.

Among the songs on the schedule, all of which originally were banned or ignored:

• “Finlandia,” Op. 26, No. 7 by Jean Sibelius. “Finlandia” was silenced by the Nazis because it prompted nationalistic fervor in Finland.

• “Yorùbá Lament” by Fela Sowande, a Nigerian musician who studied classical organ. His work was largely silenced because of his race.

• Prelude in F by Fanny Mendelssohn Bartholdy Hensel, whose family name was prominent in the music world. Her voice as a performer and composer was silenced because of her gender.

Kraybill plans for the audience to sing along with the hymn “This Is My Song.”

For more information and a complete program, visit . Those attending are encouraged to park behind the Temple, and use the main entrance on the horseshoe driveway. There is no charge to enter, but a freewill offering will be requested.

– The Examiner staff