Mother's Club chili dinner

The Mother's Club of Troop 161 will be holding its 14th annual Chili, Soup and Potato Bar from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, 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 Saturday, 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.


Churches mark Scout Sunday 

The Twelfth point of the Boy Scout Law is that a Scout is Reverent. Each year this Reverence can be demonstrated by attendance at a religious service of his choice, near the birthday of the BSA on Feb. 8.

This year it will be recognized nationally on the 4th for Christians, the 10th for the Jewish faith, and the 9th for members of the Muslim faith. However, any faith or congregation may have it on a date most acceptable to them.

Scouts will celebrate by wearing their uniform, having religious awards presented, participating in the service, or collect food for a local food pantry or other service project.

This celebration is part of the Scouting program’s commitment to spiritual development, which also includes a comprehensive religious award program for youth of every faith.


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. Sunday, 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, are “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius, “Yorùbá Lament” by Fela Sowande, and “Prelude in F” by Fanny Mendelssohn Bartholdy Hensel. In addition, 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.


Crozier to speak Sunday at Stone Church

The theme this week is “Compassionate Ministry” 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 Larry Crozier, high priest and CFO.

Presider is Ray McClaran will be the presider, with Sherry McClaran, Howard Harrington and Phil Caswell also participating. Soprano Paulette V. Resch and organist Barbara Fears will bring the music for the service.

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


Timothy Lutheran beginning DivorceCare sessions

DivorceCare will begin a new 13-week program on Tuesday, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 R.D. Mize Road, Room 102, Independence.

This dynamic DVD seminar features 32 renowned experts on divorce and recovery. Participants become part of a small support group of people who are also experiencing separation and divorce. Topics include how to deal with anger, financial changes, loneliness and moving on, healing and growing closer to God.

For questions and to register, call the Care Ministry office at 816-228-5300. Child care for children ages 2-5 is provided if requested prior to the first session.


Fat Saturday Feb. 10 in Sugar Creek

St. Cyril's Church is holding Fat Saturday fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10, at Mike Onka Hall, 11520 E. Putnam, Sugar Creek.

Come celebrate Mardi Gras Sugar Creek Style. The evening includes music by the Sugar Creek Tamburitzans, raffles, silent auction and food.

Advance tickets are $25 for adults; $12 for ages 6-12; $30 for adults at the door. Tickets include dinner, beer, wine and set-ups. For questions, call Debbie Ray at 816-461-4877.


Lincoln's birthday service planned at Eastgate

Eastgate Christian Church will hold a special worship service in honor of the 209th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth at 10:25 a.m. Feb. 11, 4010 S. River Blvd., Independence. The service will feature a Lincoln sermon, period hymns and music, and scripture readings from the King James Version of the Bible, which Lincoln read and often quoted.

Rev. Joshua Patty, the senior minister of Eastgate Christian Church, will preach a sermon entitled, “The Scientific Career of Abraham Lincoln.” In it, he will explore an often overlooked part of Lincoln’s personality and experience, his mechanical curiosity. He will also consider the less well-known career of Moses, the great lawgiver and leader of the Hebrew exodus from Egypt. For 40 years, he was a herdsman in the wilderness.

For more information, call 816-252-6828.


St. Ann's Lenten fish dinners begin Feb. 16

St. Ann’s Church will have their Famous Fish Dinners from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 16 through March 23, at the church, 10109 E. Lexington Ave., Independence.

The menu includes boiled shrimp, fried shrimp, whole catfish, catfish fillets, baked tortilla crust chipotle tilapia, baked Panko breaded tilapia, French fries, boiled potatoes, coleslaw, hush puppies and cornbread. Drinks are included with dinner. Desserts are available and sold separately by the Altar Society.

Dinner prices range from $9.50 to $11, and a fish sandwich with fries is $4. Ala carte items may be purchased separately. For questions, call the church at 816-252-1160.


Fish on menu at St. Robert

St. Robert Bellarmine Church will be serving Lenten fish dinners from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 16, at the church, 4313 S. Missouri 7, Blue Springs.

The menu includes fried or baked fish and/or shrimp/popcorn shrimp, along with coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, baked potato, corn on the cob, green beans, dessert and drink.

Tickets are $9 for adults; $5 for children; $25 for family (2 adults and 2+ children under 12); children 5 and under are free. “Supersize” is available for an extra $1. Proceeds will go for various church projects.


St. Mark's fish fry is Feb. 16

St. Mark's annual fish fry, sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 6794, will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, at St. Mark's Parish Center, 3736 Lee's Summit Road, Independence.

The menu includes glazed baked salmon or battered white fish or cheese pizza, plus choice of rice pilaf, baked potato or macaroni and cheese. All dinners include coleslaw, green beans, roll and drink. Desserts sold separately.

The cost is $11 for adults; $5 for ages 4 to 10; and children under age 3 eat free.

– The Examiner staff