Religion briefs for Sept. 24, 2011.

St. Mark’s UMC plans an evening of trivia

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church Trivia Night is Saturday at Fire Prairie Middle School cafeteria, 24810 E. 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.

Bring a team with eight members who will 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 for more information, call Carol Marcks at 816-796-6705 or Becky Dudley at 650-4035.

Classic car show set

The Groves’ Apples & Classic Autos event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence. It’s free. For more information, call Barbara at 816-254-3500, ext. 320.

Church of the Nazarene planning fall craft fair

Fort Osage Church of the Nazarene will hold its second annual Fall Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the church, 19333 E. U.S. 24, Independence (across from the QuikTrip). If you would like to set up a table, there is a small fee. Registration forms are at or call the church at 816-796-5879.

First Christian offers pancake breakfast

The First Christian Church has planned a pancake breakfast for Saturday from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence. Enjoy coffee, juice, sausage and all-you-can-eat pancakes for $3.50. For more information, call 816-252-6100.

Western Day at River Boulevard Baptist

River Boulevard Baptist Church will be holding “Western Day” this Sunday, 3212 N. River Blvd., Independence.

There will be a gospel concert with Cameron Smith at 11 a.m., a barbecue dinner, horseback rides and games. All are asked to wear their western clothes.

For more information, call the church at 816-461-5650.

Oakland UMC plans its annual auction

Oakland United Methodist Church will hold its annual Lord’s Acre Sale on Oct. 8, 30701 E. Truman Road, Buckner.

Lunch will be available starting at 11 a.m. The auction begins at 12:30 p.m. with the hand-stitched quilt provided by the Oakland Ladies Aid Society, as well as homemade apple butter, jellies, jams, assorted baked goods, produce, woodcrafts and other numerous items. For more information, call the church at 816-249-9635.

Evangelistic ministry month wrapping up

Concluding services of “Evangelist Ministry Month” at The Groves Congregation, Evangelist Ronald J. Yager gives the morning message for 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday services on the theme, “Do God’s Will.”

Evangelists Charles Browne, Jerry Wiley, Bill Brown and Ray Huggett assist in these services with ministry by Wendy Baughman, Pat Henshaw and Samra Magruder. Presiding Evangelist for Community of Christ International Church, David R. Brock brings Wednesday evening prayer service at 6:30 p.m. in White Oak Community Room.

Brock was ordained as president of seventy in 1988 and as an apostle in 1992. His past assignments include the Pacific Mission Field, Southwest USA Mission Field, North Central USA Mission Field, administrator and stewardship commissioner of the Africa Region, assistant to the Council of Twelve, and Southwest Region staff member.

A reception honoring participating evangelists for this monthlong series follows the prayer service. The Groves is at 1515 W. White Oak, Independence.

Timothy Lutheran rummage sale set

The Parent Teacher League of Timothy Lutheran School is sponsoring a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 7, and 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 8, at 301 Wyatt Road, Blue Springs (west of Colonial Nursery).

The sale includes clothes, household items, knickknacks, raffle, concession stand and more.

‘Do God’s Will’ is weekend’s theme

Jan Kraybill and Lauren Hall will speak on the theme “Do God’s Will” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Kraybill is the principal musician and director of music for the Community of Christ. Hall is the hymnal project manager for the new hymn being put together for the Community of Christ. Special music provided by Jan Kraybill and Lauren Hall. Terry Snapp will preside. Others participating in the service are Holly Ross-Underwood, Alan Tyree, John Thumm, Gladys Tyree and Sheryl McClaran.

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

Chapel Hill Youth walk to aid hungry

Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church members are preparing to take part in the 2011 Crop Walk, which takes place Oct. 9. At the 10:30 a.m. worship service that day, the Chapel Hill Kids will be taking up a “noisy offering” for the walk. This offering will be part of the funds that will go to the “Team Chapel Hill,” so be sure to bring your loose change that day. Those walking will be served lunch before departing for the walk. All ages are welcome.

The Senior High Breakfast Club will meet at 6:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at HyVee Deli & Food Bar in Blue Springs.

There’s still time to help the church out with “Fall Work Day,” remember, “many hands makes light work.”

The church is at 3108 W. U.S. 40, Blue Springs. For more information, contact the church at 816-229-3367 or visit

Deva Premal & Miten set for Unity Temple

Stone Spirit Lodge presents an evening with Deva Premal & Miten with Manose at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Unity Temple on The Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City. Tickets are available at Stone Spirit Lodge, 302 Westport Road, Kansas City, or

Youth help through Metro Lutheran Ministry

Metro Lutheran Ministry will host a Fall 2011 Youth Servant event for area young people who want to help elderly and people with disabilities in need on Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This hands-on service project focuses on projects, such as yard cleanup and painting. All materials and instructions will be provided.

For more information, contact Suzanne Bartling at 816-285-3146 or email You may also learn more and sign up online at

Spiritual Renewal Week at the Groves

The Groves will be holding “Spiritual Renewal Week” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 3 through 7 at The Groves, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence. The overall theme for the week is, “Wholeness through Christ: Balance and Connection” and features Donna Fletcher, of the Community of Christ, as the guest minister for the week.

In addition to morning sessions with Fletcher, the week offers devotions and prayer with several faiths represented including Baptist, Catholic and Lutheran. Afternoon programs, range from choir performances, movies, and games to an old-fashioned indoor campfire complete with songs and s’mores.

There is no fee, but registration is required. Each day begins with a continental breakfast at 9 a.m., and a buffet lunch is provided daily for $7 or $30 for five days.

For more information and to register, call Peggy Young at 816-254-3500, ext. 474.

Trinity Presbyterian youth in Crop Walk

Trinity Presbyterian Church of Independence is participating in the annual “Crop Hunger Walk,” which will be held Oct. 9 at Jacob Loose Park. The walk will begin at 1 p.m. and is for anyone who wants to make a difference in the lives of the hungry, including businesses, churches and nonprofit organizations.

Approximately 25 percent of the money raised from this walk will remain in the Kansas City area to help stamp out hunger, while the remaining money will be dispersed to help other hungry nations in the world.

If you would like to join us in our efforts to fight hunger, call the church at 816-252-5893 between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

New Hope Community of Christ festival set

The New Hope Congregation of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is having Fall Festival from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15, 220 W. Moore, Independence. The festival includes craft tables, bake sale and a country store. Chili, soup and sandwiches will be served throughout the day.