Free potatoes offered
at Glenwood Park UMC
Glenwood Park United Methodist Church will hold a “Potato Drop” beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, 10000  E. 23rd St., Independence. The church will give away 42,000 pounds of potatoes.
For more information, call Kathy Mallinson at 816-252-9814 or the church at 816-254-5116.

Ham/turkey dinner
at St. Matthew UMC
St. Matthew United Methodist Church will hold its annual turkey/ham dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the church, 2415 R.D. Mize Road, Independence.
The dinner includes turkey or ham, and all the side dishes. The cost is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children under 10.
Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Shirley Weaver at 816-461-9224 or Marie Vance at 816-257-2180.

Lutheran leader plans
visit at local church
New Hope Lutheran Church will have the Rev. Bill Sullivan, president of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, from Canton, Mich., sharing what’s happening within the LCMC at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at the church, 14500 E. 39th St., Independence. A collection will be taken. For more information, call 816-532-8742.

Ham and bean dinner
planned at St. Ann’s
St. Ann’s ham and bean dinner will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the church, 10109 E. Lexington Ave., Independence. There will also be Bingo beginning at 6 p.m.
The menu includes ham and beans, corn bread, coffee or tea. Free will offering.
For more information, call 816-252-1160.
First Christian dinner
helps youth programs
The First Christian Church of Blue Springs will hold its annual fundraiser dinner from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the church, 701 N.W. 15th St.
A drink and dessert are included in the home-cooked meal. The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 5 to 11 years, and ages 4 and under eat free.
Proceeds will help support the children’s middle school and youth programs. For more information, call the church at 816-229-8400.

‘Fundraiser for Missions’
at Presbyterian church
Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church is having a “Fundraiser for Missions” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 at the church, 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a freewill offering.
There will be homemade baked goods, crafts, a silent auction, moon walk and balloons.
For more information, call the church at 816-353-2296.

Holiday auction set
at St. John LaLande
St. John LaLande Catholic School & Parish will host its annual “Christmas Holiday Auction 2009” on Nov. 7. The auction will be held in the school gym at  801 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs.
The auction features a live and silent auction, raffles and special drawings all evening long. Silent auction preview bidding will begin at 4:30 p.m. Dinner, hosted by Carrabba’s Italian Grill, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Center.
The live auction will begin promptly at 8:45 p.m. Auction items include KU/MU Basketball tickets at Columbia, a Notre Dame football weekend, a trip to Chicago’s American Girl store, an aerobatic airplane flight for one and much more.
All proceeds from the auction benefit educational ministries of the St. John LaLande School. Admission to the auction is  free. Dinner tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and are available for purchase in the Parish Office on weekdays and after all weekend Masses preceding the event. Cash bar available. For more information, call 816-228-5895.
‘Love God, Love
Neighbor, Love Self’
Community of Christ Associate Central Mission President, Jared Sloan is speaking on the theme “Love God, Love Neighbor, Love Self” for the communion service Sunday at the Groves Congregation. Services are 9:30 a.m. in the Secret Garden and 10:15 a.m. in the community room. Sue Sloan will preside, with Pastor Christina Nagel and Associate Pastor Tom Peterson giving special prayers. Financial Officer, Bruce Ellis will give the Disciples’ Generous Response. Ministering in music is Dan and Dana Speigle and Sheila Pycior.
The Groves is at 1515 W. White Oak, Independence. Everyone welcome to attend.
That’s also the theme Jeanne Chase will speak on at the 10:20 a.m. worship service Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence
Chase is a high priest in the Community of Christ. Gail Woodstock will be presiding, while Barbara Fears will be providing the ministry of music. Others participating in the worship will be Gladys Binger, Henry Volskay and Ken Chase.
Signing is available for the hearing impaired. For more information, call the church at 816-254-2211 or visit www.stone-church.org.
Chapel Hill Kids
getting ready to sing
Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church will enjoy the gift of children’s voices on Sunday. The Chapel Hill Kids will be singing “The Greatest Command” during the 10:30 a.m. worship service.
That evening, the Evangelism and Membership Ministry Unit is planning a social with the second annual Fall Fest. It will be at the church at 5 p.m. on the lower lawn, with a campfire and hot dog roast. There will be “dogs”, fruit, veggies and drinks served and lots of fun. Special entertainment is being planned. The evening will close with roasted marshmallows and s’mores.
The church is at 3108 W. U.S. 40. For more information, call the church at 816-229-3367 and speak to Michelle Jones.
Communion message
in two languages
The South Crysler congregation, Community of Christ, and Hispanic guests will celebrate communion with a simultaneous translator of the communion message provided in English by Jerry Pratt. Poema Mariteragi will interpret. Evangelist Johnny Sims will be in charge, with Pastor Mark Byrne sharing in a pastoral moment.
The congregation hosts Kids J.A.M., Jesus And Me, an elementary kids after school activity program from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. Wednesday. The congregation supports the Independence Public Schools through a variety of volunteer services at Three Trails Elementary School.
The church is at 3100 S. Crysler Ave., Independence.

Timothy Lutheran set
to dedicate second site
Timothy Lutheran Ministries of Blue Springs will celebrate the dedication of its newly constructed second site at 301 S.W. Wyatt Road on Sunday, with services at 9 and 11 a.m.
The facility houses Timothy Lutheran School (grades K- 8), an auditorium/gymnasium, and administrative offices.
The community is invited to attend. For more information, visit www.timothylutheran.com or call the church at 816-228-5300.

First Christian Buckner
to celebrate its 125th
The First Christian Church of Buckner will celebrate its 125th anniversary on Sunday with a luncheon and concert.
After worship service, a choice of soups, sandwiches, drinks and desserts can be purchase in the Fellowship Hall from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. for $5 for adults and $2.50 for children under 10. At 1 p.m., there will be a concert by the Redhead Express. This nine member, family group play bluegrass and old timey music, as well as gospel.
A free-will offering will be taken at the end of the concert. Items from the churches history will also be on display in the Fellowship Hall. For more information, contact the church at 816-650-3711.

Blue Springs Assembly
to salute veterans
Blue Springs Assembly will host “Veterans Celebration Sunday” at 10 a.m. Nov. 8 at the church, 2501 N.E. Duncan Road. This event features speaker and war veteran Zollie Smith and Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross.
From his tour of duty in Vietnam, Smith holds a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. As a civilian, he later served his country as a police officer and detective. Before his election as mayor of Blue Springs, Ross served in Vietnam. As a citizen, he served 14 years in the Missouri House of Representatives.
Veterans and their families may personally greet these featured speakers at the guest reception following the celebration in the Youth Center.
To see your vet featured in the commemorative video, simply complete a “Veteran History Card,” attach a military photo, and return to the church by Sunday. History cards, photos, and reception reservations may be accessed online at bluespringsassembly.org.
For more information, call the church at 816-847-0200.


St. Robert Bellarmine
annual turkey dinner
St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church will be having its 23rd annual turkey dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the parish center, 4313 S. Missouri 7, Blue Springs.
The menu includes turkey and all the trimmings, homemade desserts and drinks. Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children, and children 5 and under are free. The Women’s Ministry and Men’s Ministry sponsor the dinner to raise funds for various church projects.

DivorceCare offered
at Timothy Lutheran
“DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays” is a seminar for people facing the holidays after a separation or divorce.
It will be held 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Timothy Lutheran Ministries, 425 R D Mize Road – Room 501, Blue Springs. There’s no charge for this event.
The “Surviving the Holidays” seminar features suggestions, guidance and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, experts in divorce-related care and people who have experienced the holidays after separation or divorce.
Topics to be discussed include “Why the Holidays Are Tough,” “What Emotions to Expect,” “How to Plan and Prepare,” “How to Handle Uncomfortable Situations” and “Using the Holidays to Help You Heal.”
Those who attend may purchase a $5 book with more than 30 daily readings providing additional insights and ideas on holiday survival. Call  228-5300, or email nancyn@timothylutheran.com for more details.

Spaghetti dinner set
at St. Mark’s Catholic
A spaghetti dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Mark’s Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence.
Spaghetti and meatballs, bread, salad, dessert, iced tea and coffee will be served. Adult dinners are $7, and children’s dinners are $3. Carry out meals will be available for $7 per person. Proceeds will help fund the St. Joseph Table next March.

Auditorium inaugural
event to be re-created
Jan Kraybill, principal organist and director of music for Community of Christ, will be the featured organist at the second event of the 50th birthday celebration of the Auditorium Organ with a free concert at 8 p.m. Friday at the Community of Christ Auditorium, River Boulevard and Walnut Street, Independence.
 According to The Kansas City Star, more than 7,000 people were at the recently-completed Auditorium on Nov. 6, 1959, to hear Catharine Crozier play the inaugural recital on the new Aeolian-Skinner instrument. Exactly 50 years from that event, Kraybill will recreate the inaugural recital in its entirety.
For more information on this and upcoming events on the Dome and Spire Series, visit http://www.cofchrist.org/dome_spire/calendar.asp.

St. Joseph the Worker
holds annual craft fair
St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church is having its 11th annual Craft Fair from noon to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 at the church, 2200 N. Blue Mills Road, Independence.
There will be more than 20 crafters. There will also be free hourly raffles
For more information, call Karen McCarter at 816-796-6877.
‘Woman’s Day of Hope’
at Timothy Lutheran
Timothy Lutheran Ministries of Blue Springs will host “A Woman’s Day of Hope” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 at its new second site, 301 S.W. Wyatt Road, Blue Springs.
The day will include speakers, dramas and music.
The cost is $15 per person, which includes lunch and child care for the first 20 registered children ages 0-5.
Download registration forms at www.timothylutheran.com/pdf/womensdayofhope.pdf or picked up at its R.D. Mize site or by calling the church office at 816-228-5300.
The community is invited to attend.