Religion briefs for Aug. 27, 2011.

Fun fest and pig roast planned at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Blue Springs will hold its second annual Family Fun Fest and Pig Roast from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the church, 3108 W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs.

The menu includes roast pork, coleslaw, baked beans, hot dogs and buns, chips, soda pop, water and cupcakes. Activities include a moon bounce, cake walk, face painting and lawn games. Cole Trumble will be available to twist colorful balloons into fun animal shapes, and at 3:30 p.m., Mr. Stinky Feet will make an appearance.

This is a free event. For more information, call the church at 816-229-3367 or visit

Gospel sing at Berean Free Will Baptist

Berean Free Will Baptist Church will hold a gospel sing at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2104 James Downey Road, Independence.

For more Information, call 816-516-7786.

Craft show, business expo at St. Mark’s

St. Mark’s Catholic Church will host its seventh Annual Craft Show and Business Expo from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 11 at the church, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence. For more information about the vendors who will be there, visit or call 816-373-3600.

Community breakfasts set at First Christian

The First Christian Church of Independence will hold community breakfasts from 7 to 10 a.m. Sept. 2, 3 and 4 in the Fellowship Hall at the church, 125 S. Pleasant St.

The menu includes cowboy biscuits and gravy for $4.50, and pioneer pancakes and sausage or fresh baked cinnamon roll for $4; with coffee and juice included with all meals.

For more information, call the church at 816-252-6100.

Ministerial Alliance to discuss job creation

At the Sept. 8 meeting of the Independence Ministerial Alliance, clergy and lay congregation leaders will learn about local efforts to stimulate new businesses and sustainable jobs through the Ennovation Center, which is in what was the Independence Regional Health Center building at 201 N. Forest Ave., Independence.

The meeting also will include the installation of officers for 2011-12.

Everyone is welcome. The meeting begins at 11 a.m. A fellowship lunch follows at noon. The cost for the lunch is $6. Tours of the Ennovation Center will be offered after the lunch. For lunch reservations, call 816-795-8290 or For more information, visit

‘I Will Be With You’ is theme for Young

Leonard Young will speak on the theme “I Will Be With You” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Young is a retired apostle in the Community of Christ. His ministry has taken him to a variety of countries. Presently, Youngs’ priesthood calling is that of an evangelist.Special music will be provided by Pamela Landrum, Paulette Votava Resch, Kathy Stayton and Lucinda Kincaid. Terry Snapp will preside. Others participating in the service are Alecia Cripps, William Landrum, Dennis Sharier, Marcia Pugh and LaDora Cripps.

Richard Betts will speak on the theme “Blessings of Community” this Sunday evening for the Summer Series. Barbara Borkowski will preside.

For more information, call 816-254-2211 or visit

Focus on ministry of the evangelist

Services during September at The Groves Congregation of Community of Christ will be by ministers holding priesthood office of Evangelist. Evangelists Everett Graffeo, Phil Caswell, Sue Ridings and Ron Yager will give the 9:15 and 10:15 services this Sunday.

Directing prayer services the first three Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. in White Oak Living Center are Evangelists Tom Mountenay, Peggy Young and Alice Sims with Evangelists Bill Brown, Len Young and Johnny Sims in Birchwood Building at 7:00 p.m.

The culminating meeting in the series is a prayer service in the community room at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28, conducted by Presiding Evangelist for Community of Christ Church, David Brock. A reception follows.

The Groves is at 1515 W. White Oak, Independence. All are welcome to attend.

Two churches offering Financial Peace course

Two Independence churches will hold Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, a 13-week program about principles on how to handle their money.

East Side Baptist Church will begin classes at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 19900 Missouri 78. For more information and to register, call Jay Bell at 816-796-0955.

St. Mark’s Catholic Church will begin classes a 6 p.m. Tuesday at the church, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Road. For more information and to register, call Marge Worley at 816-373-2600.

Teen Club meets at Timothy Lutheran

The Teen Club, for teens and adults with disabilities, now meets from 5 to 9 p.m. the fourth Friday of the month at Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 N.W.. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs.

Enjoy an evening of video games with the Games2U video game van. Bring $5 for pizza and pop.

For more information, contact Diane 816-229-2034 or

St. Matthew’s Episcopal offering English classes

If you’re interested in learning English, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church will begin holding classes Sept. 12 at the church, 9349 E. 65th St., Raytown.

The church will hold an open house at 6:30 p.m. Monday, prior to their English as a Second Language classes.

The cost of registration is $10. Free child care will be provided, no identification is needed and there will be no religious content in the class. For more information, call Brenda at 816-217-7823.

Blessing of the animals set at St. Peter’s UCC

St. Peter’s United Church of Christ will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals at 2 p.m. Sunday, at the church, 700 E. 110th St., Kansas City. The program will include a performance by children from the “Sing It Out” summer choir camp.

The event is free and the public is invited to bring caged or restrained dogs, cats and other critters for the Rev. Jody Furnas-Wright to bless. Owners will receive a certificate personalized with their pet’s name.

An agility course will be available for dogs, plus an information table will be provided by LL Dog Rescue, which rescues, rehabilitates and finds home for small dogs. Free refreshments for both people and pets will also be provided.

For more information, contact the church at 816-942-1155 or visit