Religion briefs for April 23, 2011.

Easter celebration at Life Connection

LifeConnection Church in Independence is hosting its annual Easter Independence from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m. Saturday at Bingham Middle School, 1716 S. Speck Road, Independence.

This event boasts 100,000 eggs, and free popcorn, cotton candy, games, door prizes and more. The Independence Fire Department will give demonstrations and an Independence Health Department employee will answer questions about the Community Gardens.

For more information, visit

Chapel Hill holds Eggstravaganza

Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church will hosts its first Eggstravaganza on Saturday. The event begins with an Easter egg hunt on the church grounds at 2 p.m., followed by two hours of family fun and activities. There will be refreshments and the Easter Bunny will be on hand for pictures. The event is free and open to the community.  

Chapel Hill is at 3108 W. U.S. 40 in Blue Springs. Call 816-229-3367 or visit

Good Shepherd has dramatic choral reading

Good Shepherd Christian Church of Blue Springs will present a dramatic choral reading, “The Night the Singing Stopped,” during the 10 a.m. Easter worship service.

The readings will be accompanied by musical presentations from the adult vocal choir and the bell choir, as well as additions of congregational hymns.

The morning will begin with a sunrise service at 7 a.m. in the Garden of Angels, followed by breakfast, then an Easter egg hunt for the children at 9 a.m.

The church is at 111 S.W. Woods Chapel Road. For more information, call the church at 816-228-6908.

Easter sunrise service set at Oakland UMC

Oakland United Methodist Church will hold an Easter sunrise service at 7 p.m., followed with breakfast at 8 a.m. The traditional service will begin at 10 a.m. instead of 11 a.m., and no Sunday school will be held.

The church is at 30701 E. Truman Road, Buckner. For more information, call the church at 816-419-0945.

Bell choir debuts at First Christian

The Independence First Christian Church’s bell choir will make its debut at the 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. worship services Easter Sunday, with the youth performing an Easter play at the early service.

The church will also be holding a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. April 30. Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice for $3.50.

The church is at 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. For more information, call the church at 816-252-6100.

First UMC offers breakfast, services

Easter Sunday services will be held at First United Methodist Church, 400 W. Maple Ave., Independence.

Breakfast will be served by the youth group from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m., with a 9 a.m. traditional worship, 10 a.m. Sunday school for all ages, and an 11:15 a.m. casual worship at The Door.

On April 30, the church has planned a variety of spring cleaning projects for householders in the congregation. Both the Easter breakfast and cleaning projects are on a donation basis.

‘Go and Tell’ is Sunday theme at Stone Church

President Becky Savage will speak on the theme, “Go and Tell,” at the 10:20 a.m. Easter worship service at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Savage is a member of the First Presidency of the Community of Christ. Special music will be provided by John Davies, Children’s Choir, Sanctuary Choir and Paulette Votava Resch. Terry Snapp will preside. Others participating in the service are Greg Savage, Charles Kincaid and Carol Constance.

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

Easter services set at Blue Springs Assembly

Blue Springs Assembly will offer two Easter celebration services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday with uplifting, resurrection-inspired music from Frontline Choir/Orchestra and message by lead pastor Rev. John Martz.

The BSA Cafe will serve breakfast platters from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. Early Childhood care and Kids Church LIVE! is available for children through the sixth grade during both services.

The church is at 2501 N.E. Duncan Road in Blue Springs. Call at 816-847-0200 or visit

St. Robert Bellarmine plans trivia fundraiser

The deadline for the St. Robert Bellarmine Parish and its Knights of Columbus Council’s “Evening of Trivia” is Monday. This event is planned for May 7, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and trivia beginning at 7 p.m. at the Parish Center in Blue Springs.

Enjoy an evening of fun and fundraising, featuring challenging questions, bonus games, team theme and more.

Proceeds will benefit the Parish and the Knights of Columbus. The cost is $120 for a table of 8. You’ll need to bring food, drinks and team table decorations (there’ll be a prize for best decorated table). Beer, wine soda and set-ups will be provided. No one under 21 may attend.

To reserve a table, contact Mike Meyers at 816-229-3914 or e-mail him at

Nativity of Mary garage sale April 26

The Nativity of Mary Altar Society will hold a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26 through 30 in the Parish Hall, 10017 E. 36th Terrace, Independence.

If you have something you wish to donate, you may drop it off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. If you have a donation and need help with pick up, call Lucy Lamb at 816-461-0160, Lea Kanies at 816-254-6974 or the Ministry Center at 816-353-2184.

St. Robert Bellarmine sets annual plant sale

St. Robert Bellarmine Church will be holding a “Flower Extravaganza” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 29, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 30, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 1, 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. There will be lots of great ideas for Mother’s Day! Proceeds will go to our 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 April 30 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, winner of a regional opera award, 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.

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. May 1 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.

Taco Sunday planned at Trinity Episcopal

Trinity Episcopal Church presents “Taco Sunday” from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. May 1 at the church, 409 N. Liberty St., Independence.

Enjoy an all-you-can-eat taco bar, plus all the trimmings, for $5.50 in advance, or $6 at the door. For more information, call the church at 816-254-3644.