Religion briefs for Nov. 26, 2011.

Forgiveness is Advent sermon series theme

Forgiveness is the theme of sermons throughout Advent by the Rev. Mitchell Jarvis at Independence First United Methodist Church, 400 W. Maple Ave. Worship times are 9 and 11:15 a.m.

The season of Advent is the four Sundays before Christmas and is a time of preparation for the coming of Jesus. This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent.

Blue Springs Assembly hosts Christmas store

Blue Springs Assembly will again host the Community Christmas Store for needy Blue Springs families from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at the church, 2501 N.E. Duncan Road.

The store is income-based and families must call the Community Services League office at 816-229-0033 to fill out an application. Families must provide proof of 30-day income, picture ID, Social Security card and proof of Blue Springs residency.

The Community Services League office in Blue Springs is open Tuesday through Thursday.

Annual Lighting set for Nov. 26

All are invited to attend the annual lighting ceremony, “Joy to the World,” at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Mormon Visitors’ Center, 937 W. Walnut St., Independence.

A Christmas message will be given by Donald J. Keyes, president of the Independence Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Music will be provided by the Mormon Chorale. Refreshments will be served following the lighting.

Christmas traditions at special service

The First Presbyterian Church of Independence is preparing for Christmas with a special worship service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, 100 N. Pleasant St., Independence.

Christmas traditions will be explained and related to Biblical references in the “Hanging of the Greens” service.

To learn about many other opportunities to participate in the celebration of the birth of the Christ child through music, Bible study, and worship, visit, or or call 816-252-6662.

Community of Christ combined choir to sing

The Cantata, “Night of the Father’s Love,” will be performed at 10:10 a.m. Dec. 4 by the combined Community of Christ choirs – Cornerstone, Beacon Heights and The Groves congregations – at Cornerstone congregation, 1316 S. Osage St., Independence. Skip Frizzell will conduct the combined choirs, with Veronica Hatfield soprano soloist, Tim Wand tenor soloist. John Horner and Hemdah Salinomer-Horner will be the narrators.

Service to remember loved ones is Sunday

A “Service of Remembrance” will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Eastgate Christian Church, 4010 S. River Blvd., Independence.

There will be the lighting of a candle, the reading of the name of the deceased, music and a short memorial message. There will also be a tree of remembrance to hang an ornament if desired. It can be an ornament that holds special meaning and it came be picked up after Christmas Eve. Time of fellowship will follow the service.

Call the church at 816-252-6828 between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday to provide the name and the relationship of your loved one.

‘The Word Made Flesh’ is Advent study theme

The sanctuary at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church has been prepared for Advent, with a candle wreath and other decorations.

On Thursday, and the following Thursdays at 7 p.m., the Rev. Andrew Florio will be leading a study, “The Word Made Flesh: Wrestling With the Work of the Triune God.” The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent.

The SERRV Bizarre will begin at 8 a.m. and continue following the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday and Dec. 11. Many new items will be available to buy.

The Chapel Hill Kids will have their Advent Party following the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Dec. 4. They will celebrate the holiday with a Bible story, Advent themed games, make-and-take crafts, and lunch.

Chapel Hill will again be helping with the Community Services League’s Blue Springs Christmas Store. Volunteers are needed Dec. 12, 13 and 14 to help organize the donations. People are needed to help from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., come help for an hour or two or what ever time you can give. Jim and Dixie Bozarth will be heading this project.  

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

Free Christmas pancake breakfast

Colonial Hills Community of Christ will hold a free pancake breakfast with Santa and Christmas shop at noon Dec. 3 at the church, 3539 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs. Photos with Santa are $1 (or bring your camera) and shop for the whole family, with each items only $1.50 each. There will also be free gift wrapping and prize drawings. For more information, call 816-229-9344.

‘Christmas Capers’ at First Christian

The First Christian Church of Independence invites the community to participate in Christmas Capers Dec. 3 in the Fellowship Hall at the church, 125 S. Pleasant St. Activities begin at 9 a.m. with breakfast, followed by crafts, songs and stories. All children are invited, as well as their parents and grandparents; however, reservations are suggested. Contact the church at 816-252-6100 or e-mailing Kari at

Crafts, collectibles at Trinity Episcopal

Trinity Episcopal Church will holding its third annual Craft and Collectible Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the church, 409 N. Liberty St., Independence.

There will be crafts, collectibles, baked goods, one-of-a-kind items, a silent auction, door prizes, and “tea leaf readings by Madam Margarita.” A light lunch is also available.

For more information, call Nancy at 816-241-3227 or the church at 254-3644.

Norfleet Baptist plans Christmas activities

Norfleet Baptist Church have several Christmas activities planned for December.

Dec. 3, Ladies prayer program and salad luncheon at 11 a.m.; Deacon’s Wive’s and Widow’s Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Joy Club Christmas banquet at noon Dec. 9, Youth Christmas party at the Barber’s from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 18, Christmas Cantata at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 24, Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m.

The church is located at 5512 Norfleet Road, Kansas City. For more information, contact the church at 816-356-0079 or