Religion briefs for Saturday, April 30, 2011.

Taco Sunday aids local Boy Scout troop

Trinity Episcopal Church presents “Taco Sunday” from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Sunday at the church, 409 N. Liberty St., Independence.

There is an all-you-can-eat taco bar. It’s $5.50 in advance, or $6 at the door. Carry-out available. All proceeds will go to fund Boy Scout camp scholarships for Troop 282. Advance tickets may be purchased from 9 a.m. to noon in the Parish Hall office or at the Mustard Seed Thrift Store from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the church at 816-254-3644.


Art show and more at Summit Grove

Summit Grove Community of Christ will host an art show, silent auction and tea from 1 to 4 p.m. May 14 at the church, 411 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence.

Original artwork – paintings, woodwork, drawings, pottery and photography – has been donated by artists in the community. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Summit Grove Congregation Ministries. Tea and cupcakes will be served. Photos of artwork are available for viewing at For more information, call the church at, 816-521-4030.

Church of the Nazarene holds annual car show

Fort Osage Church of the Nazarene will hold its 4th Annual Car Show and Silent Auction from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14 at the church, 19333 E. U.S. 24, Independence, with street rods, customs, vintage, Rat-Rods, bikes, antiques and old and new vehicles. There will also be music, more than 15 awards and giveaways throughout the day.

Register the day of the event. There is no cost, but donations are accepted and will benefit the youth ministry. For more information, call 816-796-5879.

Glenwood Park UMC fundraising dinner

Glenwood Park United Methodist Church will hold a dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. May 14 at the church, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence.

Menu: hot roast beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, salad and dessert for a $6 donation. Carry-out available. Money raised from this fundraiser be used to help send the youth to work camp in St. Joseph.

For more information, call the church at 816-254-5116.

St. Mark’s trivia night

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church trivia night is May 7 at Fire Prairie Middle School cafeteria, 24810 East U.S. 24 on the Fort Osage School District campus. Registration begins at 6 p.m., and the games begin at 6:30 p.m.

Teams have eight members who pay $10 each. In addition to the 100 trivia questions, there will be a silent auction, prizes for the best costumed team, other games and cash awards for the first- and second-place teams. Teams can bring snacks. Water, soda and cookies will be sold.

To register or get more information, call Carol Marcks, 796-6705, or Becky Dudley, 650-4035.

Spirituality and yoga focus of lecture, class

Monastic Disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda will present a free public lecture and meditation class, “Kriya Yoga: Spiritual Science for an Awakening Age,” at 7:30 p.m. May 13 at Unity Village Spiritual Life Center, 1901 N.W. Blue Parkway, Unity Village.

The talk is part of a weekend-long event by Self-Realization Fellowship that will include classes on Paramahansa Yogananda’s techniques of meditation (for those who sign up for the SRF Lessons).

For more information, contact the Kansas City Meditation Group of Self-Realization Fellowship at 816-799-5544 or visit


St. Robert Bellarmine offers annual plant sale

St. Robert Bellarmine Church will hold a “Flower Extravaganza” from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, inside the office doors at the west end of the building at 4313 S. Missouri 7, Blue Springs.

There will be bedding plants, annuals, hanging baskets, herbs, patio pots, tomato plants and much more. Proceeds will go to the church’s sister community of Cinquera, El Salvador.

‘I Do! I Do!’ performed at St. Luke’s UCC

Players Theatre will present a benefit performance of “I Do! Do!,” a musical about marriage, on Saturday at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, 727 N. Main St., Independence. Dinner is at 6 p.m., with the play at 7 p.m.

The starring roles will be performed by Amanda Frederick and John Frederick. Jody Furnas-Wright is the director, and Paul Griggsby is the music director.

The $25 tickets include dinner. Proceeds will benefit church programs. For tickets, call the church at 816-461-0302.

Learn more about herbs

Christian Women’s Fellowship is sponsoring a program on herbs, presented by Master Gardener Mary Wood, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 10 at Good Shepherd Christian Church Disciples of Christ, 111 S.W. Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs. For more information, call the church at 816-228-6908.

Community choir does ‘In Christ Alone’

“In Christ Alone,” a musical presentation arranged by Russell Mauldin, will be sung by the Mount Washington Community Choir at 4 p.m. Sunday at Mount Washington United Methodist Church, 584 S. Arlington Ave., Independence.

This group consists of people from several denominations who come together twice a year. There are no tryouts; everyone who wishes to participate is welcome. Food and fellowship follow the performance. For more information, call the church at 816-252-8064.

‘Peace Be With You’ is this week’s theme

High priest Brad Speaks brings the morning message, “Peace Be with You,” for the 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. Communion services this Sunday at The Groves Community of Christ Congregation, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.

Joyce Humphrey and family will minister in music, with Lois Moore and Christina Nagel as pianists.  Others participating in the services are Tom Peterson, Bruce and Collene Ellis, Frank and Shirley Kelley, Ada McDole and Brenda Williams.

n Phillip Caswell will speak on the theme “Peace Be With You” at the 10:20 a.m. communion worship service Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Caswell is a retired apostle from the Community of Christ World Church. His apostolic field included Korea and the Philippines. Currently, he provides ministry as an evangelist.

Signing is available for the hearing impaired. For more information, call the church at 816-254-2211 or visit

United Methodist Women’s Sunday

From greeters and ushers to the presence in the pulpit, women will be in charge of all phases of the 9 a.m. worship service this Sunday at Independence First United Methodist Church, 400 W. Maple Ave. The occasion is the annual United Methodist Women’s Sunday, with the theme “Finding Peace.”

The Rev. Donice Heriford, associate pastor, will preach. Other features will be a women’s chorus and a vocal solo by Vicky Reuter.

Before the service, the United Methodist Women will sell ribbon corsages, with proceeds going to the unit’s mission fund. Karen Kelley and Mary Hagen are co-presidents of the UMW unit.

The 11:15 a.m. worship service will feature Erica Parker, who will speak on her recent trip to Ethiopia.

Cinco de Mayo event planned at St. Ann’s

Jackson County Council 3430 is having a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta from 5 to 8 p.m. May 7 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 10113 E. Lexington Ave., Independence.

The dinner includes tacos, tostadas, tamales, rice, beans, Mexican desserts and drinks. There will be piñatas for the children at 6 and 6:30 p.m., with bingo beginning at 6 p.m. There will also be raffle baskets and other raffle items.

This event is open to the public.

Noland Road Baptist plans annual car show

The Men’s Ministry at Noland Road Baptist Church will hold its 13th Annual Car Show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7 at the church, 4505 S. Noland Road, Independence.

There is no entry fee, and all cars and motorcycles are welcome. There will be food and beverage (by donation), dash plaques awarded to the first 150 vehicles, and drawings for multiple $100 Craftsman tool gift certificates for all registered entrants. For more information, call Ken Lee 816-356-7019.

Lutheran group sets community service day

Metro Lutheran Ministry will hold its spring congregational servant event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7.

Everyone is invited to join this event to assist those who are unable to perform some simple home ownership tasks. It is sponsored by Thrivent, a not-for-profit, faith-based financial services organization that supports efforts within the community and other non-profit organizations. The service project involves people of all skill levels. Project coordinators are also needed from participating congregations.

For more information or to sign up, contact Suzanne Bartling, Metro Lutheran Ministry Director of Outreach Ministry at 816-285-3146 or You may also learn more and sign up at