Church and religion news for June 26, 2010

Vacation Bible school

Several area churches will hold vacation Bible school:

First Christian, First United Methodist, First Presbyterian and Trinity Presbyterian churches in Independence from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, Westminster Hall, Independence. Open to ages 3 through eighth grades. The “High Seas Expedition” will be a $1 per child/night donation to help defray food costs. A missions project for Tabitha’s Closet will also be held to help families in the Independence area. For registration information, call 816-252-6100.

First Baptist Church in Buckner from 8:45 a.m. to noon July 12 through 16. Saddle up and hit the trail on Saddle Ridge Ranch. Family Day will be held July 18 and includes lunch, games, bounce house and horse drawn wagon rides. For registration information, call the church at 816-650-5632.

Timothy Lutheran Church in Blue Springs from 9 a.m. to noon July 26 through 30. A free kick-off event will be held July 25 for the children and families. For registration information, call the church at 816-228-5300 or visit

Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Blue Springs, where registration is being taken now. VBS  will be held from 9 a.m. to noon July 12 through 16. The theme is Baobab Blast. A baobab a gigantic African tree that creates its own ecosystem. It can grow to 98 feet tall and 36 feet wide and is one of the world’s oldest life forms. It serves as a meeting place and is a symbol of community. For more information or to register, call Michelle Jones or Wendy Schoen at 816-229-3367.

New Summit Church in Lee’s Summit from 5:55 to 8:15 p.m. July 11 through 15. Families are invited to step back in time to Egypt and explore the life of Joseph. You’ll also participate in the hands-on mission project call Operation Kid-to-Kid, in which you’ll create soft blankets to be sent to orphans and vulnerable children in Africa. For registration information, call the church at 816-246-7474 or visit


Sunday’s theme is ‘Proclaim the Kingdom’

Bishop Larry Cleveland of Community of Christ Estate and Financial Planning Office, speaks on the theme “Proclaim the Kingdom of God” Sunday at The Groves Congregation.

Cleveland, an Independence native, previously was development director at The Groves following his early retirement from TWA as director of benefits, after making the transition to the Benefits Department at American Airlines, which acquired TWA.

Co-Pastor Christina Nagel presides for the 10:15 a.m. service in the community room, with John Constanz and Collene Ellis assisting. Associate Pastor Brenda Williams will preside at 9:15 a.m. Secret Garden service. Pianist Brenda Allen and vocal soloist Mary Buxbaum will provide music ministry at both services.

“Proclaim the Kingdom of God” is also Phillip Caswell’s theme at the 10:20 a.m. worship service Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. Paulette Votava Resch will be presiding, with Ben Spalding providing the ministry of music. Others participating in the service are Karen Cross, Charles Kincaid and Sherry McClaran.

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


Busy days: First marks its 175th anniversary

The First Christian Church of Independence has planned several activities in the next two weeks:

 A pancake breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The $3.50 cost includes juice, coffee, sausage and all-you-can-eat pancakes. The community is welcome to attend.


 Continuing the 175th celebration of the founding of the church, Frank Everett is scheduled to preach at the 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday. The theme is “Just Wearing a Big Hat,” based on Luke 9: 57-62. A reception will be held in the parlor following the second service. Rev. Everett is the third special guest speaker for the “Sermon Sunday Series” and was the minister of First Christian Church of Independence from 2002 to 2004. During 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, local history expert and church member Brent Schondelmeyer will discuss the congregation’s history and heritage.


 At 5 p.m. July 3, a “Let the Celebration Begin” dinner will be held followed by the “How Great is Thy Faithfulness” program commemorating 175 years of memories and reflections. Reservations for the dinner were required by June 23, however no reservations are required for the program starting at 7 p.m.


 Continuing the special “Sermon Sundays,” Rev. Dr. Joseph Jeter, an expert on former First Christian preacher Alexander Proctor, known as the “Sage of Independence,” will preach at 10 a.m. July 4, followed by a reception.

Dr. Jeter has an undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University, a master’s of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York, and as doctorate from the Claremont School of Theology in California. Rev. Jeter, who has served congregations in Texas, New York and California, founded many programs, including the Red River and Granville Walker Preaching Workshops. He has spent the last 26 years at Brite Divinity School of Divinity in Texas, where he has served in many capacities, most recently as a professor.

The church is at 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. For more information and to make reservations for the dinner, call the church at 816-252-6100.


Women to lead Chapel Hill service

On Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. worship service Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 3108 W. U.S. 40 in Blue Springs, will be led by the women of the church. The special music, “I’m Going to Sing When the Spirit Says Sing,” will be sung by Carole Coe, Darlene Helman, Leanne Kryzck, Susan Letizia, Jonna Merritt, Karen Moore, Patricia Parks, Judy Tucker and Dottie Valet.

Congregations get in a patriotic spirit

All are invited to St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in Independence to hear the All American Polka Band perform at the 10:45 a.m. worship service July 4. The music will be mainly patriotic. The program will end with simulated fireworks, cannon fire and pealing bells. The church is at 727 N. Main St. For more information, call 816-461-0302.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Independence will hold a contemporary worship service, “Rock the House,” at 5 p.m. July 3. The praise team is hosting a “Celebrate America” picnic following the service from 6 to 9 p.m. on the church grounds. There will be games, entertainment and crafts, plus hot dogs, chips, desserts, and pop/water will be available. A free will offering is suggested as the congregation is raising funds for equipment for its contemporary service and can receive matching funds from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. The church is at 17200 E. 39th St.

Fort Osage Church of the Nazarene will sell fireworks starting Monday, at the church, 19333 E. U.S. 24, Independence. Hours are:

 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through July 1.


 9 a.m. to midnight July 2 and 3.


 2 p.m. to midnight July 4.


 9 a.m. to noon July 5.

The church will also be selling raffle tickets for $100 worth of fireworks, to be awarded at 3 p.m. July 4. For more information, call the church at 816-796-5879.

St. Paul’s Church in Napoleon is having its annual Fourth of July celebration on July 4. Performers include the Back Wood Boys from 5 to 5:45 p.m., Gospel Loving Four from 6 to 6:45 p.m., True Blue Gospel from 7 to 7:45 p.m., and Freedom Gospel Group from 8 to 9 p.m. Fireworks are at 9 p.m. For more information, call Randall Winkler at 816-560-1813.