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First Christian set
to celebrate 175 years
The First Christian Church of Independence will have its first of several “175th Year Celebration” guest speakers. The Rev. Jill Standley Sullins will preach at the 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. services this Sunday, as well as teach the combined adult Sunday school class on Disciples of Christ theology.
Rev. Sullins grew up in the church, having been active in children and youth activities, and is a graduate of Texas Christian University and the Brite Divinity School in Forth Worth. She has served as youth minister in several churches in the Forth Worth area, and for the past eight years has served as the senior minister of Eastgate Christian Church in Independence. Jill is a graduate of Truman High School, is an accomplished vocalist and pianist and continues to broaden her ministry skills in a variety of activities.
The church is at 125 S. Pleasant St. For more information, call the church at 816-252-6100.

Graceland professor
preaches at Groves
Dr. C. Robert Mesle, professor of philosophy and religion at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, is speaking on the theme, “What Matters Most” for Sunday services at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation in Independence.
Mesle, son of Carl Mesle, Independence community activist, is a prolific writer, international lecturer, seminar leader and holds the priesthood office of elder. Mesle has written five books and numerous articles on religion.
Associate pastor Brenda Williams will preside for both services with Helen Billings, Bertha Lingle and Lois Sloan assisting in the 9:30 a.m. Secret Garden service. The Groves Choir with Christina Nagel, director, Pat Henshaw, flutist and Virginia Gorker, pianist will furnish Music Ministry for the 10:15 a.m. service in the Community Room with Carl Mesle, John Gorker and Ted Medler assisting.
Turnaround program
is seeking mentors
The Turnaround program of Catholic Charities Kansas City-St. Joseph is a re-entry ministry that assists people who are just released from prison or are on parole. This is achieved through a mentor program along with other resources to help re-entry into the community. The program is looking for men and women to volunteer as mentors. For more information, contact Richard Bolt 816-462-2561 or

Black history program
at Second Baptist
The Community of Concerned Citizens will hold its annual Black History Month program at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Second Baptist Church, 116 E. White Oak, Independence.
The theme  is “I don’t believe He brought me this far to leave me.” The Rev. Tony Johnson of the First Baptist Church of Liberty will be the guest speaker.
All are encouraged to attend.

Woods Chapel UMC
grief support group
Those who have lost a spouse, child, family member or friend are welcome to join GriefShare, a new grief recovery support group at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church. The group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Sundays for 13 weeks, beginning this Sunday in Room 312 at the church, 4725 N.E. Lakewood Way, Lee’s Summit. GriefShare groups help you face your grieving challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.
Participant guides cost $12. To register, go to, click on “forms,” then click on “GriefShare: Grief Recovery Support Group.” For more information, contact Clay Withers at

Berean Free Will
Baptist gospel sing
Berean Free Will Baptist Church will hold a gospel sing beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2104 James Downey Road, Independence.
If you sing or play instrument come join us, or just come to listen. Pastor Dennis Bowman welcomes you to join us for fellowship and refreshments following the sing.
For more information, call Herbert at 816-516-7786.

Gwendolyn Hawks-Blue
speaks at Stone Church
Gwendolyn Hawks-Blue will speak on the theme of “What Matters Most” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service this Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
Hawks-Blue is a member of the Standing High Council in the Community of Christ. Arthur Butler will be presiding. The music will be provided by Barbara Fears at the organ, and Joey Williams will provide the ministry of music. Phyllis Moore will present a drama entitled Remembering Rosa Parks. Others participating in the service are Konrad Kanae, Maria Pugh, Linda Keller, Boyd Shumate and Terry Snapp.
Signing is available for the hearing impaired. For more information, call the church at 816-254-2211 or visit

St. Ann’s fish fry
returns during Lent
St. Ann’s Church is having its “Famous Fish Dinners” every Friday during Lent (except Good Friday), from 4:30 to 8 p.m. through March 26, at the church, Cedar and Lexington avenues, Independence.
The menu includes boiled shrimp, fried shrimp, whole channel catfish, catfish fillets, french fries, boiled potatoes, coleslaw, green beans, hush puppies and cornbread. Drinks are included with dinner. Dinner prices range from $7.50 to $9.75. A fish sandwich with fries is $4. A la carte items may be purchased separately, and desserts are available and sold by the Altar Society.
For more information, call 816-252-1160.

Nativity of Mary holds
annual ‘Fish Fries’
Nativity of Mary Church is hosting its annual “Fish Fries” beginning at 4 p.m. until all are served March 5, 12 and 19, in the school cafeteria, 10010 E. U.S. 40, Independence.
The menu consists of whole catfish, breaded fish fillets, breaded shrimp, boiled shrimp, salmon croquettes and crab cakes. Dinners include two side dishes and coleslaw, cornbread, coffee and/or tea. For an additional charge soup, desserts (including homemade pies and cakes), pop and other beverages are available.
The dinners range in price from $7 to $9 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 12, and those under 6 are free. For more information, call 816-373-0168 or 816-353-2184. 

Pancake breakfast
aids Scout Troop 173
Boy Scout Troop 173, sponsored by the Gudgell Park Community of Christ, will be holding its annual pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 6 in the church basement, 500 E. Gudgell, Independence.
The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for ages 12 and under, and $18 for a family.

Noland Road Baptist
has ‘Kidz Connections’
The new class, “Kidz Connections,” will begin March 7 at Noland Road Baptist Church, 4505 S. Noland Road, Independence. The class will be held at 11 a.m. each Sunday.
This class is open to all preschool and elementary school age children with special needs. Class members share an experience of Bible stories and worship music together, as well as special activities, helping with mission projects, and attending weekend retreats and summer camp. A contemporary worship service is available for parents while children attend class.
For more information, contact the church at 816-373-0106 or visit

Nativity of Mary
cinnamon buns
Nativity of Mary Catholic Church will be selling their fresh baked, homemade cinnamon buns and cinnamon bread in the following weeks.
Cinnamon buns will be available for purchase from 9 a.m. to noon March 7 and May 2, and cinnamon bread after 5 p.m. March 26 and all day March 27 until 6 p.m.
The church is located at 10010 E. U.S. 40, Independence. For more information, Call Esther Cunningham at 816-373-0168 or the Ministry Center at 816-353-2184.

Financial Peace
University offered
Hill Cumorah Restoration Church of Jesus, classes begin at 6 p.m. March 7, 4516 S. Phelps Road, Independence.
Financial Peace University, a 13-week program taught by Dave Ramsey, teaches families and individuals how to handle their money through common-sense principles and small group accountability.
 Contact Lisa Howard at 816-478-6461 for more information or to register.

Metro Mens Chorus
aids Haitian relief
The Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus will perform at 3 p.m. March 7 at the 39th Street Community of Christ Church, 15006 E. 39th St., Independence.
The group is made up of more than 100 men from all over the Kansas City area and is under the direction of Noel Fulkerson. The men of the chorus have donated their time and money in supporting this mission, which has allowed the group to give 100 percent of offerings to those in need. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Outreach International for Haiti Relief Fund.
For more information, visit

Lakeland has Kids
Closet consignment
This years Kids Closet Consignment Sale will be held at Lakeland Community Church, 913 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 5, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 6
During kids closet sales, sellers are responsible for bringing in gently used baby items, priced how they want, and each seller earns 70 percent of that. There are more than 300 moms selling this year.
Kids Closest sales are locally owned and operated, have more than nine different locations in the metro area, and donate a significant amount of items at the end of the sale. This year the items will be donated to IHOP (International House Of Prayer). They are then partnering with Mothers & More Independence Chapter and are urging consignors, shoppers, and volunteers to bring in used purses to donate to a local battered women’s shelter.
Admission to the sale is free. For more information, visit or call Jill Moxley at 913-526-8200.

Kansas City Chorale
The Kansas City Chorale, conducted by Charles Bruffy, will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 6 at Visitation Church, 5141 Main St., and at 2 p.m. March 7 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 75th and Nall.
The concert will feature Brahms’ second book of love song waltzes, better known as the “Neue Liebeslieder Walzer,” celebrating the joy and rapture of love. Piano accompaniment by Charles Bruffy and Lin Sanford. Also on the program, a bouquet of love songs hand-picked by Maestro Bruffy.
Tickets are $30, $20 for seniors and $10 for students, and are available at Central Ticket Office, 816-235-6222 or at For more information, call Don Loncasty at 913-219-9080.