First Christian sets pancake breakfast

The First Christian Church of Independence will hold a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. today in the church fellowship hall, 125 S. Pleasant St., off the Independence Square.

The breakfast, held the last Saturday of the month, is an opportunity for church members and the community to meet and enjoy breakfast. Donations for breakfast are accepted.

Rev. Amy Lignitz Harken is the senior minister. For more information, call 816-252-6100 or visit

James Everett plans to lead adult class

In April, James A. Everett, whose column appears weekly in The Examiner, will present to the adult class of the East 39th Street Community of Christ his reasons to believe “2009 could be the year for a two-state solution to the decades-old Israel/Palestine problem,” as he stated in his Jan. 5 column.

Everett holds a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Chicago. He did graduate studies at several major European universities and speaks six languages. He won the 2002 Kansas City mayor’s U.N. “Citizen of the World” Award, and leads an effort to improve health care services in Ethiopia.

There are study sheets to help prepare for his classes, beginning at 9 a.m. each Sunday in the sanctuary at the church, 15006 E. 39th St., Independence.

Prom Boutique helps girls look their best

Woods Chapel United Methodist Church will host the fifth annual Prom Boutique to benefit teens who do not have the financial resources to purchase prom attire. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the church, 4725 N.E. Lakewood Way, Lee’s Summit.

For the last four years, the Prom Boutique has provided high school girls supported by the Missouri Department of Social Services with opportunities to find prom attire. This year the church is expanding the boutique to include any area girls who do not have the necessary financial resources.

For more information, call 816-795-8848.

Enjoy spaghetti at St. Mark’s UMC

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church will be holding a spaghetti dinner from noon to 6 p.m. today at the church, 603 Jennings Road, Independence.

The meal includes spaghetti, dessert, drink and bread. The cost is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children 5 and under.

Stephen Ministry set at Timothy Lutheran

Timothy Lutheran Ministries will host a “Stephen Series Caring Ministry Workshop” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the church, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs.

Amity Haugk, a trained Stephen minister and Stephen leader, is the presenter. The workshop which will feature three sessions designed to enhance participants’ care-giving skills and to help congregations explore ways to expand their caring ministry. Topics are “Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief,” “Introduction to the Stephen Minister Series” and “How to Care in a Distinctively Christian Way.”

The cost is $15 per person, $50 for a group of four or more from the same congregation. To register, call 314-428-2600 or visit

Bridging the Gap to do trash survey

Disciples Community of Christ will participate in a Bridging the Gap survey project today to survey the amount of litter and the impact it has on Kansas City. This is a team event, with teams traveling in cars to do driving litter surveys.

For more information, visit or contact Kathy Bice at or 816-349-4913 to confirm your participation by Thursday.

Saints Alive serving chili, soup March 29

The Saints Alive group at the Grain Valley Christian Church is sponsoring its annual chili and soup dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday in the Fellowship Hall, 900 Jefferson St.

The community is invited to attend the event, which promotes community fellowship. Donations support the dinner of chili or vegetable soup, served with homemade bread, dessert and a drink. Proceeds will be used to support the Driveway Fund.

To reach the church, take Interstate 70, Exit 24, and drive west on the North Outer Road. For more information, call 816-229-5885 or 816-690-4247.

‘The Hour Has Come’ Sunday at Stone Church

Terry Snapp will be speaking to the theme of “The Hour Has Come” at the 10:20 a.m. worship on Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Snapp is a retired fundraiser from Truman Medical Center, however he has a long involvement with Neighborhood Council and private non-profit organizations. He also serves as the Stone Church associate pastor. John Thumm will be the presider, while Barbara Fears and Greg Testerman bring the ministry of music. Others participating will be Rodney Hill, Martha Hamm and Floyd Fears. There is a potluck after the service.

For more information, call the church at 816-254-2211.

Cornerstone marking its 25th anniversary

Cornerstone Church of Blue Springs is having a special 25th anniversary service Sunday at Adams Pointe Conference Center, 1400 N.E. Coronado Drive, Blue Springs. The 9 and 11 a.m. services will be combined into one serve, which will take place at 10 a.m.

For more information, call 816-228-1979 or visit

Make peace with your pocketbook Sunday

Financial Peace University, the 13-week program taught by Dave Ramsey, will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday at Noland Road Baptist Church, 4505 S. Noland Road, Independence.

Topics include saving for emergencies, budgeting, relationship and money issues, buying big bargains, getting out of debt, understanding investments, understanding insurance, retirement and college planning, buyer beware, real estate mortgages and careers and extra jobs. Ramsey is a radio personality and best-selling author of “The Total Money Makeover.”

For more information or to register, call Patricia Redinger at 816-373-0106 or

Former president at Baptist gathering

Former President Jimmy Carter will join other Baptist leaders in addressing a historic meeting of Baptists April 2 through 4. The Baptist Border Crossing will be held at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty, and will bring together Baptists from multiple denominations and states.

Other speakers at the free gathering will include author Tony Campolo, evangelist Carolyn Ann Knight, Baptist World Alliance President David Coffey, and North American Baptist Fellowship President David Goatley.

In addition to the main speakers, there will be breakout sessions led by facilitators from the various Baptist groups, dealing with issues such as poverty, peacemaking, religious liberty, and diversity.

The Baptist Border Crossing is a regional meeting designed after the celebration of a New Baptist Covenant held last year in Atlanta. More information can be found at This event is free and open to the public.

Meet the ‘People Who Met Jesus’

Joseph of Arimathea, who Scripture says claimed the body of Jesus after the crucifixion and provided Christ’s tomb, is featured in the 10-minute video at the Lenten lunch on Thursday at the First United Methodist Church, 400 W. Maple Ave., Independence. The video is part of the “People Who Met Jesus” series.

The lunch, which begins at 11:30 a.m. and consists of soup, crackers, fruit, coffee and water, is open to the public at no charge.

The Rev. Alan D. Pruitt is senior pastor, and the Rev. Donice Heriford is associate pastor.

St. Robert Bellarmine sets Lenten fish dinner

St. Robert Bellarmine Church will have a Lenten fish dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in the parish center, 4313 S. Missouri 7, Blue Springs.

The menu will include a choice of fried or baked fish, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, homemade desserts and a drink. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children, and under age 5 eat free. Carry-out available.

This event is sponsored by the Women’s and Men’s Ministries to raise funds for various church projects.

Judith Orloff set to speak at Unity

Author Dr. Judith Orloff will speak at 7 p.m. Friday in the Unity Village Activities Center, Missouri 350 and Colbern Road, near Lee’s Summit

Her talk, “Emotional Freedom,” coincides with her upcoming book, “Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life.” Afterward, she will answer questions and sign books.

Orloff is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA, and has also written “Positive Energy, Guide to Intuitive Healing and Awakening Second Site.” For more information, visit

Tickets are $28 (plus a processing fee), and may be purchased by calling 800-595-4849 or visit For more information, call 816-251-3540 or visit

Easter Bunny, eggs, pancakes on the docket

A free community Easter Eggstravaganza will be held from 9 a.m. to noon April 4 at Colonial Hills Community of Christ, 3539 S. Missouri 7 (between Moreland School Road and Liggett) in Blue Springs.

Come for a free pancake breakfast and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny ($1 or bring your own camera). Enjoy games, crafts, face painting, a family egg hunt (all morning), and more! Shop the Scholastic Book Fair for Easter gifts!

For more information, call 816-229-9344 or visit

Pig roast raises funds for St. Paul UMC

St. Paul United Methodist Church will hold its 22nd annual pig roast from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 4 at the church, 3601 S. Sterling Ave., Independence.

Enjoy slow roasted pork, baked beans, side dishes, dessert and drink. The cost is $8.50 for adults, and $3.50 for children 10 and under. Carry-out available. Help support St. Paul and its ministries to the neighborhood. This fundraiser is for the expenses of the church van.

Blue Springs Assemby busy hiding Easter eggs

A free Easter egg hunt will be held at 1 p.m. April 4 on the church lawn of the new Blue Springs Assembly, 2501 N.E. Duncan Road.

Families with children ages 12 and under are invited to enjoy free inflatable playlands, more than 15,000 eggs loaded with candy and special prizes, and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Bring your own basket! Children under 3 are welcome with an adult. The event will take place rain or shine.

For more information or directions, call the church at 847-0200 or visit

Church on the Rock has egg hunt, pageant

Lee’s Summit’s largest Easter Egg Hunt and Pageant, with more than 50,000 eggs, candies and hidden surprises, will be held at 11 a.m. April 5 at Church on the Rock Outreach Center, 1700 S.W. Market St. The pageant, “The Whip, Hammer & Cross,” will be held at 9 a.m.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the church at 816-246-7625 or visit