Community invited to breakfast Saturday

First Christian Church will hold 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, call 816-252-6100 or visit


Community of Concern Citizens holds Black History Program

The Second Baptist Church will hosts its annual Black History Program at 4 p.m. Sunday, at the church, 116 E. White Oak, Independence. The theme will be “It is Well With My Soul” – 2 King 4:26. This event is sponsored by The Community of Concerned Citizens.

The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Albert L. Johnson Jr., pastor of Grace Unlimited Missionary Baptist Church. He will be joined by pastors, Rev. Samuel Nero, Second Baptist Church, Rev. Deborah Jamerson, Glenwood Park United Methodist Church, and Rev. Rachel Williams Glenn, St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The choirs of Second Baptist and Grace Unlimited will provide the music and set the tone. A special Black History Poem by Mrs. Nina Falls will be read, and the Black Achievement Award will be presented to Johnny Price.

There is no admission fee, but a free will offering will be collected.


Janné Grover speaks at Stone Church

The theme this week is “Lose Your Life or Save It?” at Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. The service begins at 10:20 a.m. Sunday.

The speaker will be Janné Grover. She is a member of the Council of Twelve Apostles, the lead missionary quorum of Community of Christ. She is assigned to the Central USA Mission Field. Functional Assignments include: Disciple and Priesthood Formation Ministries.

Ken McClain will be presider. Also providing ministry during the service will be Arthur Butler,

Paulette V. Resch, Kara Johnson and Dave Oshel. Pianist, Clare Vlahos will lead the congregation in worship, with additional music ministry by Bill Miller, Indian Flute.

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


First Presbyterian to hear Rockhurst professor

Dr. Wilbur Stancil, professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Rockhurst University, is presenting a series on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. titled “Inquiring Minds Want to Know,” at the First Presbyterian Church of Independence, Westminster Hall, 417 W. Lexington Ave., Following are the dates and topics:

Sunday – Does the Bible accurately depict the historical Jesus?

March 4 – Is it okay to call God mother?

March 11 – Do I have free will or are my actions determined?

This is Dr. Stancil's 20th year as a visiting theologian at First Presbyterian Church.

For more information, call 816-252-6662 or visit


Kiwanis Chili Day at Stone Church Tuesday

The Kiwanis Club of Independence is holding their annual Chili Day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, at Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Enjoy chili, pie and a drink for $8. Proceeds will go to Independence youth activities.

For questions, call Michael Rowe at 816-373-5808 or Corey at 816-257-0393.


St. Luke's hosts Tuesday Lenten studies

St. Luke's United Church of Christ will host a Lenten Study on Tuesday evenings through March 27, at the church, 727 N. Main St., Independence.

The Rev. Paul Emily will be leading the study. This year's study will focus on The Psalms, using “The Message” by Eugene Peterson.

The evening will begin with a Meager Meal at 6 p.m., followed by a brief introduction of the topic and then group discussion.


St. Mark's holds annual fish fry

St. Mark's annual fish fry, sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 6794, will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, 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.


St. Robert Bellarmine Lenten fish dinners

St. Robert Bellarmine Church will be serving Lenten fish dinners from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, 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. Ann's fish dinners during Lent

St. Ann’s Church will have their Famous Fish Dinners from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Fridays 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.


Knights serving Lenten dinners

The Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring Lenten fish dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays through March 23, at the Church of the Santa Fe, 231 S. Sibley St., Buckner.

The menu includes baked or fried Alaskan pollock, potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, dessert and drink.

The cost is $9; $8 for seniors; $4 for ages 5 to 12. For more information, call 816-650-9341.


Presentation parish fish fries during Lent

Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church will be hosting Lenten fish fries from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 23, in the church's Auditorium, 150 N.W. Murray Road.

The menu includes fried shrimp and tilapia, baked cod, salad bar, baked potato, vegetables plus homemade desserts.

The cost is $12 for adults; $5 for children ages 4-11. Proceeds will support the Presentation Youth Service Mission Trip held each summer at various locations in the United States with the goal of serving others.


Glenwood Park Methodist holds health clinic

Glenwood Park Methodist Church will hold a free health clinic from 9 a.m. to noon March 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.

– The Examiner staff