20th anniversary: Congregational Church of the Valley will celebrate its 20th anniversary at the 10 a.m. worship services March 16 at 240 S. Cooper Road. Pastors and leaders who helped develop and foster the church will speak. A lunch will follow. (480) 899-4704 or www.ccotv.org.
Concert at Corona: Higher Ground, a contemporary Christian ensemble of eight singers and six instrumentalists, will give a concert 6:30 p.m. March 16 at Corona Baptist Church, 4450 W. Ray Road. The group is made up of students from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., and performs southern gospel, praise music, hymns and contemporary Christian music. (480) 838-4040.
Jewish training: Rabbi Bonnie Koppell will lead a class of “Shabbat 101” at 10 a.m. March 22 at Temple Beth Sholom, a Conservative tradition Jewish congregation, 3400 N. Dobson Road. In leading the regular Saturday morning service, she will explain Judaism step by step to give more meaning to prayer and help people be more comfortable in shul, or being in a synagogue. (480) 897-3636.
Lenten services: Weekly Lenten services will be 7 p.m. Wednesdays through April 9 at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 800 W. Ray Road. Teachings by the Rev. John Schubert will focus on avoiding the “Deadly Distractions,” including fear, anxiety, busyness, apathy and prejudice. (480) 963-6105.
Mighty Minyan: A Jewish Shabbat for children called “Mighty Minyan” is offered March 15 and April 12 at Temple Beth Sholom, 3400 N. Dobson Road. Children learn the Torah service, sing and celebrate the Shabbat. (480) 897-3636.
Death and dying: Ray Perlman of Sinai Mortuary will speak at 9:30 a.m. March 16 to the Sisterhood and Men’s Club of Temple Beth Sholom, 3400 N. Dobson Road. His topic is “Death and Dying Within the Jewish Tradition.” The Men’s Club will serve brunch. Reservations: (480) 897-3636.
Talk on Pesach: Rabbi Bonnie Koppell, rabbi of Temple Beth Sholom, will lead a discussion about the “Pesach Seder” to make Passover more meaningful 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 30 at the temple, 3400 N. Dobson Road. Donations are requested. (480) 897-3636.
Concert at the temple: Jeff and Janis, a musical duo from Skokie, Ill., will present a concert of Jewish and Israeli music and American pop and show tunes at 8 p.m. April 5 at Temple Beth Sholom, 3400 N. Dobson Road. Tickets are $10 per person or $18 for two. The duo’s CDs will be for sale, and a reception is planned. (480) 897-2626.
Public Seder: Chabad of the East Valley will offer the Jewish public a traditional Passover community Seder at 7:15 p.m. April 16 at the Windmill Inn, 3535 W. Chandler Blvd. Participants will be encouraged to take part in a family-oriented event with the full Passover experience. Rabbi Mendy Deitsch will lead it. Tickets are $36 for adults, $15 for children. Sponsorships are sought to ensure no one is turned away for lack of funds. Reservations: (480) 855-4333.
Mission day: The Rev. Charles Hemphill, pastor of Imani Cathedral United Methodist Church in Las Vegas, will speak on “Healing Hurt Souls: Christ’s View of Justice,” and Marianne Hutchinson, a one-time teacher and administrator in Monterrey, Mexico, will speak on “Loving Our Neighbor — Sharing His Love With the People of Mexico” at Mission Day 8:30 a.m. March 15 at Velda Rose United Methodist Church, 5540 E. Main St. Cost is $5. (480) 832-2111.
Divorce support: Red Mountain Community Church, 6101 E. Virginia St., is offering a divorce recovery seminar and support group 7 to 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays through April 30. (480) 807-5868.
Hand bell workshop: John Behnke, professor of music at Concordia University in Mequon, Wis., will a hand bell workshop 9 to 11:30 a.m. March 15, and a hymn festival, “The Story of Salvation,” 3 p.m. March 16 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 807 N. Stapley Drive. (480) 969-4414 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barbecue fund-raiser: Western music, an auction, games, a petting zoo and clowns are planned for the barbecue dinner noon to 1:30 p.m. March 16 at Red Mountain United Methodist Church, 2936 N. Power Road. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for youths, $1 for children age 4 to 10. (480) 981-3833.
Rummage and bake sale: A sale to support youth activities and various charities will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 20-21 and 8 to 11 a.m. March 22 at Broadway Christian Church, 7335 E. Broadway Road. Lunch and refreshments will be available. (480) 981-0802
Martial art: Second-degree martial arts master Richard Jackson will draw from 27 years in alternative health, nutrition and self-preservation for his presentation “Martial Art — Science of Life” 12:30 p.m. March 23 at Unity of the Southwest, 1837 W. Guadalupe Road. Cost is $5. (480) 946-9481.
Grief support: The Christy Center for Loss and Renewal at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, 1730 W. Guadalupe Road, will offer bereavement support groups for children, teens and adults. Children 5 to 12 will take part in “Hearts: Life After Loss.” Groups meet 7 to 8:30 p.m. for nine consecutive weeks through April 21. Registration: Diane Smaw, (480) 775-5202.
Bach birthday concert: Organist Curt Sather will perform Bach works at the annual J.S. Bach Birthday Recital noon March 21 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 6715 N. Mockingbird Lane. Max Fuller will accompany on viola. Lunch will follow. At 11 a.m. April 6, the church’s adult choir will perform Bach’s motel “Jesu, Priceless Treasure.” It is free. (480) 948-5560.
Understanding grief: A series, “Understanding Grief,” will begin March 23 in Room F8 of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, 4455 E. Lincoln Drive. Focus is on regaining one’s balance and finding new purpose after a loss. Child care is available by reservation at (602) 840-8360, Ext. 134. Series reservations to the main number.
Health dangers: “Mad Cowboy, Plain Truth From the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat” is title of a talk by Howard Lyman, a former cattle rancher, author and current president of Voice for a Viable Future, at 7:30 p.m. March 15 at Camelback Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5902 E. Camelback Road. Lyman appeared in 1996 on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," challenging the beef industry about health dangers. He and Winfrey later were defendants in a lawsuit against them by the cattle industry. (480) 917-8887.
Dakota Road: Larry Olson and Hans Peterson will give a Christian music concert called “Dakota Road” at 7 p.m. March 22 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3641 N. 56th St. (480) 945-9537.
Ancient Wisdom: Miguel Ruiz, author of “Prayers: A Communion With Our Creator — A Toltec Wisdom Book” and “The Four Agreements,” will speak 7 p.m. April 7 at Unity of Phoenix, 1500 E. Greenway Parkway. He will talk about ancient Toltec payers that can create a state of love and happiness. Tickets are $40 and can be obtained at the church bookstore. (602) 978-3200 or www.unityphx.org.
Yoga instruction: Yoga will be taught for two levels, an introduction for beginners and an intermediate-advanced course, at 7 p.m. April 7 at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road. It is part of the temple’s Aleph Bet Yoga, which uses faculty from At One Yoga. Cost is $5 per session. Refreshments will follow. (602) 971-1234.
Topic is treasure: Aglow, an international Christian women’s organization, will hold its Central Arizona Aglow Retreat April 11-13. at Camp Pinerock in Prescott. The theme is “Precious Treasure.” The speaker is Joan Stawicki, an ordained pastor and director of Women’s Ministers of Pure Heart Christian Fellowship in Phoenix. The musical group Treasure will perform during the weekend. Cost is $100 and includes six meals and two nights of lodging. (480) 367-8320 or (602) 996-5641.
Church’s sixth anniversary: The congregation of Gospel Light Baptist Church, 26247 S. Power Road, will celebrate its sixth anniversary during the 10:30 a.m. services March 30. Speaker will be Doug McMains of Long Beach, Calif. Jason and Kim Robinson are guest singers. The Rev. Kenneth Carswell will be recognized on his fifth anniversary with the church. A celebration with food and games will follow. (480) 988-5412.
Jewish theater: Curtain Call, the children’s and educational division of the American Jewish Theater, is holding auditions for the musical, “The Universe and Other Stuff — A Brief and Inaccurate History of Everything” by Stephen Murray. They are 2 p.m. March 16 at Temple Beth Israel, 10460 N. 56th St. Children and teens ages 8 to 18 may audition. Rehearsals begin March 25, and performances will be May 15-18 at Playhouse on the Park in Phoenix. (602) 264-0402 or www.azjewishtheatre.org.
Journaling class: “Journaling the Artist’s Way” is focus of a six-week series taught by Shirley Cunningham, a certified counselor who has taught journaling for more than 20 years. Sessions are two hours: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, beginning March 17 and daytime hours beginning March 19. Cost is $100 for sessions and includes Cunningham’s book “Chasing God.” (480) 998-3081.
Lighthouse for women: The monthly meeting of Scottsdale Day Lighthouse will be 10 a.m. March 18 at Grace Chapel, 8524 E. Thomas Road. Debby Brawner will speak on “God's Beauty Plan for Women.” It is open to all women. (480) 947-4858.
Taste of Hadassah: Anyone interested in joining Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is invited to the “Taste of Hadassah” meeting by a Scottsdale chapter where the organization will be showcased. It is 10:30 a.m. March 19. For location and to make reservations, call (480) 998-1880.
Yoga: Introductory yoga classes are being offered in the new social hall of Temple Kol Ami, 15030 N. 64th St. A professional instructor leads the one-hour classes at 9:30 a.m. Sundays and 1 p.m. Thursdays. Cafe Kol Ami has opened on Sunday mornings in the social hall for coffee, doughnuts, reading and discussion. (480) 951-9660.
Kids and drugs: “Could Your Child Be Doing Drugs” is the topic of a talk by Dr. Jamie Picus, a psychiatrist, at an event sponsored by the Kehila Board of Temple Kol Ami. It will be 10 a.m. to noon March 23 in the new social hall of the temple, 15030 N. 64th St. Parents are invited. (480) 493-5220.
Mission on love: “God’s Love for Us” is focus of a three-day parish mission, led by the Rev. Pat Martin of the Catholic Diocese of the Diocese of Norwich, Conn., March 24-26 at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 16245 N. 60th St. Martin also will hold private counseling, devotions and confessions with attendees. (480) 905-0221.
Family history: The Paradise Valley chapter of the Family History Society of America meets every third Tuesday at Chaparral Christian Church, 6451 E. Shea Blvd. A basic class on genealogy is 6:15 p.m. (602) 978-3656.
Business at home: “Constructive Fellowship” is focus of a home-based business workshop 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29 at Fellowship North Church, 8584 E. Dynamite Blvd. Janett Drez, owner of A Perfect Solution and author of “Putting the Pieces Together: A Christian Woman’s Guide to a Successful Home-Based Business,” will talk about how to start a home business. Free. Reservations: (480) 419-0375.
School now enrolling: Enrollment has begun for fall classes in second through sixth grades at Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran School, 9590 E. Shea Blvd. Seventh and eighth grades will be added in 2004 and 2005, respectively. Completion of an eight-classroom addition will provide facilities for the school’s enrollment growth. (480) 860-1188, Ext. 6.
Aglow meets: Tempe Aglow Lighthouse, a Christian women’s organization, will hold its March meeting 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 18 at Quo Vadis Bookstore, 1037 E. Lemon St. (480) 736-0504.
Death and dignity: A retired United Methodist pastor, the Rev. Marshall Lindsay, will speak on "Death with Dignity" to the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix at 9 a.m. March 23 at Shalimar Country Club, 2032 E. Golf Ave. Buffet breakfast is $10. (602) 426-1313 or www.hsgp.org.
Jewish youth: Young Judea, a program for Jewish youngsters in third through seventh grades and sponsored by the Jewish women’s group Hadassah, will have its East Valley kickoff 2 to 4 p.m. March 30 at the Tri-City Jewish Community Center, 1521 S. Indian Bend Road. A “Discover Israel” carnival is part of the event. (480) 607-9411.
Weight loss: “Thin Within,” a nondiet, “grace-oriented” Christian approach to weight loss, is offered 7 p.m. Mondays at Desert Cross Lutheran Church, 8600 S. McClintock Drive. (480) 966-5135.
Jewish preschool: Yad B’Yad, the preschool program at Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, will expand to include to morning classes for children ages 3 through prekindergarten and optional afternoon programs for children ages 3 and 4. Prospective parents are invited to the preschool Shabbat celebration and dinner 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 28 and an end-to-Passover party 5 to 7 p.m. April 24. Both free events are at the temple. (480) 838-1414.
Women of the Bible: Michal Schur, a teacher at the Temple Emanuel Hebrew School, will speak on “Women and Their Status in the Bible” 8 p.m. March 20 at the temple, 5801 S. Rural Road. It draws from materials from her college dissertation on “The Legal Status of Secondary Women in Polygamic Marriage in the Bible in Comparison with the Ancient Near East.” Free. (480) 838-1414.
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