First Christian
serves breakfast

First Christian Church is holding a community breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning in the Fellowship Hall, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence.
The cost is $3.50 for either a half order of biscuits and gravy or all-you-can-eat pancakes with sausage, and $5 for a full order of biscuits and gravy. All meals include coffee, and orange juice. For information, call the church at 252-6100.

First Christian
holds food drive

The community is invited to help Independence First Christian Church “School’s Out” Food Drive to make sure the shelves are full for kids that will be home all day now that school is out for the summer.
The church is asking for peanut butter, cereal, macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, canned ravioli, Spaghetti O’s, or any non-perishable food. Its goal is to have 1,000 food items by Father’s Day, June 16, and to have a steady supply of food throughout the summer.
The church is lat 125 S. Pleasant St. For information, call the church at 252-6100.

Church serves at
City Union Mission

The Church and Society Ministry Unit of Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Blue Springs will serve breakfast to the women and children at City Union Mission from 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday.
The next FIT Faith (FIrst Thursdays) will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 6, and youth are being sought to take part.
The church is at 3801 S.W. U.S. 40. For more information, call the church at 229-3367.

Hymn fest set
at The Groves

The choir of The Groves Congregation of Community of Christ in Independence, under the direction of Amy Pierce, presents the annual hymn fest for the 10:15 a.m. worship service this Sunday. The theme is “God Cares.”
Pianist Eileen Terril will accompany the choir. Guest musicians are flutist Pat Henshaw and The Hood Family Ensemble, consisting of Phil, Kathy, Dan and Sarah Hood. Assisting in the service are Tom Peterson, Alice Swanson, Kent and Debbie Spiers, Geoff and Pat Henshaw.
The congregation is located at 1515 W. White Oak. All are invited to attend.

‘God Cares’ is
weekend theme

David Todd will speak on the theme “God Cares” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service Sunday at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.
Todd holds the priesthood office of elder. Carol Constance will preside. Others participating in the service are Arthur Butler and Holly Ross-Underwood. Special music is provided by Taylor Comstock and Pamela Landrum.
Services have captioning for the hearing impaired. For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or visit

Connected to God?
New sermon series

The sermon series, “Our Bluetooth Connection with God,” continues Sunday at Independence First Christian Church, 125 S. Pleasant St. Services are at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The sermon series is conducted by Senior Minister Don Brezavar. Topics include what is Pentecost, who and what is the Holy Spirit and Trinity, what is Bluetooth and how do we connect with God today, who is Jehovah Shamma, how do we know God is in it with us, what is GPS, and how these topics are important to Christians today.
For more information, contact the church at 252-6100 or

Effort to assist
single moms set

All women who are interested in helping single mothers are invited to attend a training event from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1 at the Independence First United Methodist Church, 400 W. Maple Ave. The organization is The Caring People, whose focus is creating a ministry for single moms.
For more information, contact Rachel Andrisevic at or Karen Sinn at 573-825-2869 or

Festival at Trinity
Presbyterian set

Trinity Presbyterian Church will be holding its annual Strawberry Festival from 3 to 5 p.m. June 2 at the church, 1400 W. Sheley Road, Independence. There will be fresh strawberries and strawberry desserts of all kinds.
Donations accepted. For more information, call the church at 252-5893.

Noted organist
plays at the Temple

Gail Archer, an organist, choral conductor and lecturer, will play the organ during the Dome and Spire Series at 3 p.m. June 2 at the Community of Christ Temple, River Boulevard and Walnut Street, Independence.
She is organist at Vassar College and director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia Chorus. She is also director of the artist and young organist recitals at historic Central Synagogue in New York City.
A freewill offering will be taken.

Financial Peace at
Messiah Lutheran

Messiah Lutheran Church in Independence will hold Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University classes beginning June 5. The class will meet for nine weeks, one night a week. It incorporates small-group discussions that help encourage accountability and discipleship.
There is a cost for books and materials. For more information or to register, call 254-9405 or email

Prayer walk
dedication set

First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs will dedicate a new prayer walk at 3:00 p.m. June 1. The public is invited to attend the dedication or to walk the trail – four-tenths of a mile long – at any time.
The trail is intended to invite moments of prayer and reflection. It goes past the community gardens, and at various stops, walkers are invited to pause to consider how God brings healing and growth. The path heads through a field to an outdoor chapel beside a pond. Laminated Scripture cards will be available to read while sitting on one of the wooden benches. Bookmark guides to the path will be available in the worship courtyard outside of the sanctuary.
Access to the prayer trail begins on the back side of the sanctuary just past the office. Prayer guides are available in a clear box in the St. Francis Garden. The church is at 301 S.W. Woods Chapel Road. More information about the church and its activities can be found at

Pastor Bill Wilson
in Lee’s Summit

“An Evening with Bill Wilson,” founder of Metro World Child, based in Brooklyn, N.Y., is at 6 p.m. June 1 at Church on the Rock Outreach Center, 1700 S.W. Market St., Lee’s Summit. Light refreshments will be served and a freewill offering taken. For details, call the church at 246-7625 or visit