Religion briefs for March 31, 2012.

Scouts’ chili supper at Mission Woods

Boy Scout Troop 138 will hold its third annual chili/soup supper from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Mission Woods Community of Christ, 2800 N.W. Duncan Road, Blue Springs. There is all-you-can-eat chili or soup for $5. Hot dogs are $1 each, and desserts are assorted prices.

First UMC volunteers on mission in Joplin

Sixteen Volunteers in Mission from the Independence First United Methodist Church return Saturday from Joplin, where they spent most of this week.

Led by the Rev. Mitchell Jarvis, the group was made up of Carol Schwartz, Wayne Howe, Steve Woolf, Debbie Carter, Kerry Cornett, Vicki Chamberlin, Susan Wopata, Dennis Johnson, Tim Luckey, Sue Snow, Jeff Day, Mona Anderson, Sharon Hammond and Sarah Jarvis.

The Independence group was accompanied by 10 more volunteers from Ashland UMC of St. Joseph, where the Rev. Jarvis formerly served.

Volunteers in Mission is a worldwide outreach of the United Methodist Church.

Magic show offered at Church of Nazarene

Catch the “Magic of Easter” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Blue Springs Church of the Nazarene, 2801 S.W. Walnut St.

Activities include an “Amazing Magic Show,” presented by Magician Keith Leff, plus an Easter egg hunt with candy and prizes.

Large Easter egg hunt at Chrisman

An Easter egg hunt with 100,000 eggs will take place from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m. Saturday at William Chrisman High School, U.S. 24 and Noland Road, Independence. It’s free, sponsored by LifeConnection Church, and includes carnival games, door prizes, live music, and four extreme egg hunts for age groups 0-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-11. The Easter Bunny will also be there. Everyone is welcome and the event will go on, rain or shine. For more information, visit

Easter egg hunt at Lakewood Way

Lakewood Way Community Church will host an Easter egg hunt Saturday at the church, 1150 N.E. Woods Chapel Road, Lee’s Summit. Sign-in begins at 9:30 a.m., with the hunt soon to follow. Doughnuts will be served and craft/activity/play areas will be open during sign in.

This free event is for kids ages 12 and under. Bring a basket and join the hunt for candy- and toy-filled eggs. There will also be prizes.

If you would like to donate to the churches service project, it would be much appreciated. They’re helping buy chicks for poor families in other countries, so they can have a way to earn money.

This event will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 816-373-8559.

Forgiven Quartet concert scheduled

A Southern gospel music concert will be presented by the Forgiven Quartet at 6 p.m. Sunday at Beverly Hills Baptist Church, 31st Street and Crysler Avenue, Independence.

They have been spreading the good news of Jesus Christ through songs since 1981. They have appeared in concert with the Mark Trammell Quartet, Legacy Five, The Cathedrals, JD Summer and the Stamps, The Florida Boys, The Nelons, The Lesters and Albert E. Brumley Jr.v

Jeremy Pope sings

Jeremy Pope will bring the services in song this Sunday at 10:45 a.m. at Berean Free Will Baptist Church, 2104 James Downey Road, Independence. He has opened for Gold City, Lafevre’s and the Booth Brothers. He also sing in the Gospelaires. For more information, call 816-516-7786.

Easter fair at St. Matthew UMC

St. Matthew United Methodist Church will hold an Easter Eggstravaganza Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, 2415 R.D. Mize Road, Independence.

Children ages 3 to 12 will be able to make crafts and hunt for Easter eggs. For more information, call Shirley at 816-716-1184.

Norfleet Baptist plans an Easter musical

An Easter musical, “Thine is the Kingdom,” will be presented by the Norfleet Baptist Church Choir at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at the church, 5512 Norfleet Road, Kansas City. Phil Crosby will be directing. For more information, contact the church at 816-356-0079 or

First Church of God Easter egg hunt set

The First Church of God will hold an Easter egg hunt for ages preschool through 5th grade following the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, 220 E. Elm, Independence.

Taize service set at First Presbyterian

A Taizé service of music, meditation, and prayer will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of First Presbyterian Church, 303 E. Partridge St., Independence. The service will last about 30 minutes. Taizé, begun many years ago in France, is a style of worship with a focus on repetition and, frequently, silence. Scripture passages are read and responses sung; intercessory prayers are spoken or said silently. The service ends with a hymn and benediction.

Mary Jacks Dynes at Stone Church

Mary Jacks Dynes will speak on the theme “Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service this Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence. Since retiring from the Quorum of Twelve, Dynes has continued a ministry of evangelism.

William Landrum will preside, with special music by Pamela Landrum and Paulette Votava Resch. Others participating in the service are Denise Jensen, Karen Cross and Ronald Yager Jr.    

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

Read the Bible in one year starting April 3

“Through the Bible in One Year” Study is being held at Blue Springs Baptist Temple weekly beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Contact for additional information.

Blue Springs Assembly plans Easter egg hunts

Blue Springs Assembly will hold two Easter egg hunts. The first one will be 7 p.m. April 6 for special needs children, and one at 1 p.m. April 7 for families.

The special needs hunt, for children 12 and under and 13 to 21, offers a more controlled atmosphere for caregivers and their special-needs children. Activities include specialized egg hunts, a cake walk, safe inflatable playlands, a photo session with the Easter Bunny and a grand prize family drawing.

During the April 7 event, for kids 12 and under, kids will hunt for more than 15,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes, plus a new capsule hunt for those 10 to 12 years old. Activities include giant inflatable playlands, a professional photo session with the Easter Bunny, and prize drawings for kids, teens and adults.

Both events are free. The Bunny Bites Cafe will be stocked with hot dogs, popcorn, soda and coffee. The church is at 2501 N.E. Duncan Road. For more information, contact the church at 816-847-0200 or

Easter Eggstravaganza at Colonial Hills

A free community Easter Eggstravaganza will be held from 9 a.m. to noon April 7 at Colonial Hills Community of Christ, 3539 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs. There is a free pancake breakfast, and participants can have photos taken with the Easter Bunny ($1 or bring your own camera). There will also be games, face painting and a family egg hunt (all morning, rain or shine).

For more information, contact the church at 816-229-9344 or

‘Easter in the Park’ at New Walnut Park

“Easter in the Park” will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 7 at New Walnut Park Community of Christ, 23rd and Pearl streets, Independence.

There will be a free breakfast, games, crafts, face painting, prizes and visits with the Easter Bunny. The egg hunt will be at 11 a.m.

St. Paul Methodist holds Easter egg hunt

St. Paul United Methodist Church will hold an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. April 7 at the church, 3601 S. Sterling Ave., Independence. There also will be free pictures with the Easter Bunny at 11 a.m. For more information, call the church at 816-254-8680.

Cantata sung twice for Easter weekend

The Shepherd’s Voice cantata will be performed at two local churches during Easter weekend.

A special worship service will be held at 5 p.m. April 7 at Ridgewood/Pleasant Heights Community of Christ, 4341 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, and at 11 a.m. April 8 at South Crysler Restoration Branch, 16101 E. Salisbury Road, Independence.

This cantata will be sung by the adult choir and youth choir of South Crysler Restoration Branch. The parable of the good shepherd in John 10 will frame the congregation’s reflections on Jesus’ birth, ministry, passion, and resurrection. The service combines Scripture readings and nine original musical compositions by Nathan Smith of Independence.

Easter eggs at River Boulevard Baptist

River Boulevard Baptist Church will host an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. April 7, 3212 N. River Blvd. Independence.

The hunt will be held indoors if rainy. For more information, call the church at 816-461-5650.