News from around Eastern Jackson County churches.

Pancake breakfast
at First Christian

Independence First Christian Church will hold a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
The cost is $3.50 for coffee, juice, sausage and all-you-can-eat pancakes. All are welcome.
The event is in the church’s fellowship hall. The church is at 125 S. Pleasant. For more information, call the church at 816-252-6100.


Berean Free Will
open mic night

Berean Free Will Baptist will sing out the old and sing in the new with at open mic night at 6 p.m. Monday. Refreshments will follow. The church is at 2104 James Downey Road, Independence. Call 816-516-7786 for more information.

Service set at
Eastgate Christian

Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. Sunday at Eastgate Christian Church in Independence. There will be no Sunday school. The church is at 4010 S. River Blvd. For more information, call the church at 816-252-6828.

Theme is ‘Let
Christ Be in You’

“Let Christ Be in You” is the theme at Community of Christ services this weekend.
n Evangelist Ron Yager, retired full-time minister of Community of Christ, preaches at the 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. services – the first Sunday after Christmas – at The Groves congregation.
Delavena Yager will give special prayers in each service. Tom Peterson, Jane Kunz, Norman Cox and Merlyn Williams assist with music ministry provided by Marge Wade, violinist, Samra Magruder, flutist, and Christina Nagel, pianist.
All are invited.
n Bishop Greg Savage will speak on “Let Christ Be in You” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service at the Stone Church. Savage is a prior pastor of Stone Church and now works for the World Church in the area of estate and gift planning.
Holly Ross-Underwood will preside. Others participating in the service are Ralph Pratt, Kara Johnson, Denise Jensen, Alecia Cripps and Terry Snapp. Special music is provided by Pamela Landrum, Kristopher Taylor, and Taylor Comstock.
The church is at 1012 W. Lexington, Independence. Call 816-254-2211 or go to for more information.
Services have captioning for the hearing impaired, and the building is handicap accessible. All are welcome.

Simeon’s song
focus of sermon
The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection this weekend concludes a sermon series, “The First Carols of Christmas.” Sunday’s sermon is “Simeon’s Song.” Dec. 30.
The church, based in Leawood, has a campus at 601 N.E. Jefferson St. in Blue Springs. Services are at 10:30 a.m. and include the sermon via video.
On Jan. 6, the church begins a six-week sermon series, “The Line Between Good and Evil.” Those sermons are:
n “Understanding the Struggle Between Good and Evil,” Jan. 6.
n “Does the Devil Make Us Do It?” Jan. 13
n “Systemic Evil: When Societies Go Bad,” Jan. 20.
n “Fifty Shades of Gray: Dissecting Temptation,” Jan. 27.
n “Evil in the Name of God: When Religion Goes Bad,” Feb. 3.
n “Evil’s Ultimate Defeat,” Feb. 10.

– Staff reports