Spring spectacular at Colonial Hills

Colonial Hills Community of Christ is holding a spring spectacular from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, 3539 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs (between Moreland School Road and Liggett.)

Come for a free hot dog lunch and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny ($1 or bring your own camera). Enjoy a family egg hunt, carnival games, face painting, crafts and more.

For more information, contact the church at 816-229-9344 or www.colonial-hills.org. 


Easter coloring book contest

Grace and Truth Church in Independence is holding an Easter coloring book contest for preschool to high school children, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 1, and 8.

Put your coloring skills into play, and be entered for a chance to win. Winners will be announced during our Easter service on April 16, and you must be in attendance to collect your prize. After the service, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt. There will be first and second prize for ages preschool to second grade, third to seventh grade, and eighth to 12th grade.

The church is at 15904 E. 23rd St. South. For more information, call 816-721-5967.


Check your health at Glenwood Park UMC 

Glenwood Park Methodist Church will hold a free health clinic from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 1, 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence. The church holds the clinics on the first Saturday of the month.

The screenings, sponsored by the Black Nurse Association and the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, include glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index testing.

For more information, call the church at 816-254-5116. 


Graduation gifts for homeless students

The Independence Ministerial Alliance is supporting an effort to provide gift cards for graduating Independence School District homeless teens. This will help in their challenge of starting out in life, going to college or into the work force.

Tax deductible donations can be made through the IMA or checks given to ISD Foundation and marked for IMA Homeless Seniors Graduation Project. If you wish to donate, send by May 11 to: Rev. Sherry McGlaughlin, Pastor, 3625 Blue Ridge Blvd, Independence, MO. 64052. The funds will be presented to the Independence School District Foundation which oversees funds directed to homeless students. 


Visiting theologian's final presentation

“Take Up Your Cross,” is the topic in the last of Dr. Wilburn “Bill” Stancil’s Visiting Theologian Series, The Hard Commands of Jesus. Dr. Stancil will speak 9:30 a.m. Sunday in Westminster Hall, Pleasant Street and Lexington Avenue, Independence. The class ends at 10:15 a.m.

The First Presbyterian Church has hosted a “Visiting Theologian” for more than 25 years. The program is designed to expose adults to current theological thought.

Come a few minutes early for a cup of coffee and fellowship.


Stone Church explores new life in Christ

The theme for this fifth Sunday of Lent is “New Life in Christ” at the 10:20 a.m. Sunday worship service at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

The speakers will be Charles Belcher and Terry Snapp. Phillip Caswell will preside, with Barbara Fears, Don Mills, Gail Woodstock and Jim Hannah also participating in the service.

For more information, contact the church at 816-254-2211 or www.stone-church.org . 


St. Luke's UCC Lenten study Tuesdays

St. Luke's United Church of Christ is hosting a Lenten study on Tuesday evenings through April 11. The Rev. Paul Emily will be leading the study.

The study will be about opening your heart to the Holy Spirit through a better understanding of the Trinity. A portion of the study will be supplemented by viewing and discussing “The Shack.” The evening will begin with a Meager Meal at 6:30 p.m., followed by a brief introduction of the topic and then group discussion.

The church is at 727 N. Main St. in Independence.


Joint Lenten services in Blue Springs

Several Blue Springs churches have been hosting Lenten services on Wednesdays evenings with the topic, “What does it mean to be a Blue Springs faith community? The final service will be at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church, 701 N.W. 15th St.

The service will be preceded by a light meal at 6 p.m. 


Knights Lenten dinner on Fridays

The Knights of Columbus, Council 6794, in Independence, are holding Lenten fish dinners from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, at St. Mark's Parish Center, 3736 Lee's Summit Road, Independence.

The menu includes: Your choice of entree, glazed baked salmon or battered white fish, and choice of rice pilaf, baked potato or macaroni and cheese. All dinners include coleslaw, green beans, roll and a drink. Desserts sold separately.

The cost is $11 for adults, $5 for ages 4 to 10, and ages 3 and under eat free. 


Fish dinners at Church of Santa Fe

Lenten fish dinners will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, at the Catholic Church of the Santa Fe, 231 S. Sibley, Buckner.

The menu includes all-you-can-eat fried or baked fish, with potatoes, vegetable, dessert and drink for $9; $8 for seniors and $5 for children.

For more information, call the church at 816-650-9341. 


Famous Fish Dinners at St. Ann's

St. Ann’s Church will have their Famous Fish Dinners from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, at the church, Cedar and Lexington avenues, Independence.

The menu includes shrimp, catfish, tilapia, french fries, boiled potatoes, coleslaw, hush puppies and corn bread. Drinks are included with dinner.

Dinner prices range from $9.50 to $11. A fish sandwich with fries is $4. Ala carte items may be purchased separately. Desserts are available and sold separately by the Altar Society.

For information, call the church at 816-252-1160. 


St. Margaret's serving fish dinners

St. Margaret’s Catholic Church is serving Lenten fish dinners from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, 777 N.E. Blackwell Road, Lee's Summit.

They will be serving grilled and fried fish, fish tacos and shrimp. All meals come with two sides, a roll and drink. Dessert bar, $2; bottled water and soda, $1; beer, wine and St. Margaritas, $3; premium beer, hard cider and Irish cream, $4.

Dinners prices range from $9 to $12, and kids 4 and under eat free (macaroni/cheese and grilled cheese sandwich). Small dinner (1/2 size serving): $6 to $9. Take out orders are also available. For more information, call the church at 816-246-6800. 


Beacon Heights holds Easter eggstravaganza

You're invited to a Easter eggstravaganza from 9 to 11:30 a.m. April 8 at Beacon Heights Community of Christ, 19402 E. Holke Road, Independence. This free event includes an indoor egg hunt, a visit from a bunny for pictures, crafts and face painting.

For more information, contact Larry Martin at 816-550-4429 or Lddsmartin@att.net. 


Revival at Calvary Baptist

Calvary Baptist Church is holding a one day revival with Evangelist Ron Mills from 10:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 9, 900 N.W. 22nd St., Blue Springs.

For more information, call the church at 816-228-5540. 


Holy Week services at Eastgate

Eastgate Christian Church in Independence will hold several special Holy Week services from Palm Sunday, April 9, through Easter Sunday, April 16. The services are:

• April 9: 10:25 a.m., the cantata “Come and See His Glory,” the procession of palms and Holy Communion.

• April 13: 7 p.m., Experience the Table, plus a dramatic recreation of events, special music and Holy Communion.

• April 14: 7 p.m., Experience the Cross, which reflects Jesus' journey from trial through crucifixion using visual images, narration and music.

• April 15: 8 p.m., Experience the Emptiness, featuring stories of God’s acts of power and salvation, the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion.

• April 16: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., special music and Holy Communion. Rev. Joshua Patty draws lessons from Christ’s resurrection and the conclusion of the book of Job in the sermon, “Restoration and Resurrection.”

The church located at 4010 S. River Blvd. For more, call 816-252-6828. 

– The Examiner staff