Reverse Advent calendar continues

As Advent continues, Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church in Independence reminds families to try a new Christmas tradition: a reverse Advent calendar.

Rather than taking a candy or toy from a calendar every day during Advent, celebrate the season by making a donation to a food pantry each day. Advent began Dec. 1.

Northern Boulevard UMC sponsors a food pantry at 1800 S. Northern Blvd. It’s open from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday.

For further information on the reverse Advent calendar idea or the church pantry, call 816-252-7977.


CancerCare support at Timothy Lutheran in Blue Springs

Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 N.W. R.D.Mize Road, Blue Springs, offers CancerCare on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This group will offer support for cancer patients, their families, friends and caregivers. There will be 12 sessions, running through Feb. 10. Topics addressed will include living with strong feelings, faith, coping with pain, and finding hope.

These sessions are offered at no charge. No registration is required and participants may attend as they are able.


Christmas Eve service at St. Luke’s UCC

St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, 727 N. Main, Independence, will hold its annual candlelight Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. Dec. 24.

The service will include the music of a pipe organ, a violin, handbells and the church’s chancel choir. The Rev. Paul Emily will provide the message, and the congregation will participate in sharing the light of Christ. All are invited to attend to celebrate the birth of Christ.