Christian women meet: “Keep Looking Up” is the topic of a talk by Diane Popple to the Apache Junction Women’s Club at 9:30 a.m. April 14 a the American Legion Hall, 1018 S. Meridian Road. It will include a continental breakfast. A representative of The View Finder Low Vision Resource Center will speak, and there will be music by Dora Kelley. Tickets are $6, and reservations are due by April 7. (480) 671-6420.
East Valley Interfaith: The East Valley Interfaith Association, a nonprofit service group, meets 8 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Village Inn, 575 W. Apache Trail. It is open to people of all faiths interested in helping others. (480) 214-5229.
Leap of faith: The Rev. Bob Mitchell will begin a five-week series of sermons, titled “A Leap of Faith ... Chandler UMC Believes,” on April 3 at Chandler United Methodist Church, 251 W. Chandler Blvd. His first sermon is titled “How God Guides.” (480) 963-3360.
School fund-raiser: “Valley Heritage Auction 2005,” the annual major fund-raiser for Valley Christian High School, will be May 6 at the Wyndham Phoenix hotel, 50 E. Adams St. Auctions and raffles are planned. Tickets, which cost $100 each, may be bought at the school office. Top raffle prize will be a Nissan 350ZR. (480) 705-8888 or www.vchstrojans.org.
Rabbi and Me: Rabbi Bonnie Koppell leads “Rabbi and Me” sessions at 9 a.m. Fridays at Temple Beth Sholom, 3400 N. Dobson Road. Sessions include parents and youngsters doing storytelling, crafts, dancing, singing and a mini-Shabbat with challah and grape juice. (480) 897-3636 or www.templebethsholomaz.org.
Antique quilting: May Baker will speak on antique quilting and Arlene Kinnell will give a talk, “Super Your or Real You’ at the East Mesa Women’s Connection Brunch at 9:30 a.m. April 12 at Love of Christ Lutheran Church, 1525 N. Power Road. Cindy Hoff will sing. Tickets are $12. Reservations to (480) 354-4349 by noon April 8.
Chats for singles: The singles ministry of The Living Word Bible Church, 3520 E. Brown Road, holds a live singles chat 7 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday in March. Chats focus on issues relevant to Christian singles. Singles Sunday school will be 9:15 a.m. Sundays in Room B7. (480) 964-4463.
Course in Miracles: The Course in Miracles has begun at Interfaith Unity Church, 1731 W. Baseline Road. Participants go through three volumes to follow a spiritual path that shares basic themes with Christianity, Eastern mysticism and modern psychology, with a central teaching of forgiveness. The Rev. Julianne Lewis leads study groups at 7 p.m. Tuesday and 4 p.m. Wednesday. Bob Hoekstra leads a study group at 7 p.m. Daily workbook sessions at 10:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. (480) 946-9481 or www.interfaithunity.com.
Mothers of Destiny: A monthly prayer group for mothers of all ages, “Mothers of Destiny,” meets the last Sunday of each month at Living Word Bible Church, 3520 E. Brown Road. The Daughters of Destiny Young Women’s Bible Study will meet at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Monday, with praise, worship and teaching by Kelli Anderson. (480) 964-4463.
40 days of purpose: The “40 Days of Purpose” campaign, based on the best-selling Rick Warren book, “The Purpose-Driven Life,” will be the basis of sessions 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sundays April 9 to May 22 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2745 N. 32nd St. Participants learn principles for daily personal discipline and have a weekly discussion group on the primary question: What on earth am I here for? Call Laurel Green, (480) 832-0462.
Exodus program: “The Exodus Experience,” a multimedia, interactive program that seeks to tell the story of Exodus in contemporary terms, will be presented noon and 2, 4 and 6 p.m. April 10-13 at the Chabad of Phoenix, 2110 E. Lincoln Drive. There will be audio-visual displays, professional acting and special activities. It is a joint project with the Chabad and Tucson Yeshiva High School. (602) 944-2753.
Grief support: A grief support series will be offered 7 to 9 p.m. for six straight consecutive Mondays beginning April 4 at Christ Church Lutheran, 3901 E. Indian School Road. Cost is $25 to cover books and handouts. Topics include “What is a grief support group?”; “Stages of grief”; “Staying in control”; “Coping with stress”; “Dealing with the holidays”; and “Learning to live again.” Enroll by April 11. (480) 833-2265.
Fruits of the Spirit: Jim Harper will discuss “Extreme Makeover” on April 11 at the Christian Business Women’s Association's luncheon meeting at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave. Tickets are $15, or $5 for the program only. Reservations to (480) 948-2292. Monica Riley will talk about “Stop Financial Bondage” on April 20. Deadlines to register are April 6 and 20 respectively. More information: www.cbwa-az.org.
Satsang devotionals: Hindu devotional meetings (Satsang) with a prayer, chanting meditation and a video lecture by Jagadguru Shree Maharaj or H.D. Swami Prakashanand Saraswati is offered 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays at the International Society of Divine Love, 315 E. Eugie Ave. (602) 548-1364 or www.BarsanaDham.org.
Welcome home: “Welcome Home” classes for seekers have started at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 3030 E. Thunderbird Road. The seven-week class is 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Pastor Mike Sheldon leads a Bible study at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Confirmation classes for six through eighth grades are 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays. Children in grades one through five will have a “Campout at Church” April 8 and 9, with children sleeping in tents outside and being fully chaperoned. Men of the Word meets 8 a.m. April 2 in Fellowship Hall to discuss Revelations. (602) 992-1980.
Mourner’s path: A Christ-centered grief processing program, “Walking the Mourner’s Path,” has started at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and Renewal Center, 2310 N. 56th St. It runs 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Acceptance is contingent on a phone interview. Cost of materials is $75. (602) 692-4336 or www.mournerspath.com.
Torah for Tots: Families are invited to take part in “Torah for Tots,” a service for Jewish children ages 2 to 6, at 11 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at a Childhood Center of Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road. Songs, stories, dance, eating challah and celebration of Shabbat are included. Free. (602) 923-3619.
Healing circle: Mark Earlix, author of “Creator,” has begun a Friday night healing circle at Creative Living Fellowship, 1241 E. Northern Ave. Sessions are 7 p.m. Earlix seeks to help people experience feelings of energy, static, heat, cold, vibration or “air moving through your body” and “even your bones moving.” (602) 906-4080 or www.spiritualmatters.us.
Recovery support: The Celebrate Recovery support group meets 6 p.m. Fridays at Ahwatukee Assembly of God, 11832 S. Warner-Elliot Loop. It begins with dinner, followed by a large-group meeting at 7 p.m., a small-group meeting at 8 p.m. and cafe at 9 p.m. (480) 893-6189.
Shalom programs: Caring for Our Loved Ones, a Jewish support and resource group for families and caregivers, meets 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the youth lounge at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road. Rabbi Marty Scharf and Gary Goodman lead it in conjunction with Kivel Campus of Care. Living Through Loss, a Jewish bereavement support group, led by Douglas Jardine, meets 7 to 8:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays at Temple Chai. A “Supporting Gathering for Survivors of the Shoah,” a drop-in group to give support and solace to survivors of the Holocaust, meets 10 to 11:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month in the Beth El Congregation library, 1118 W. Glendale Ave. All programs are free, but the Shalom Center receives accepts donations. (480) 971-1234.
Christian music and book fair: North Scottsdale United Methodist Church, 11735 N. Scottsdale Road, will have its semi-annual Christian Music and Book Fair between services on April 24. Services are at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. A wide variety of Christian music by leading artists will be sold, and Cokesbury, the retail division of the United Methodist Publishing House, will offer hundreds of fiction and nonfiction books, Bibles and concordances. (480) 860-9573.
Inner peace: The Scottsdale Study Circle holds classes 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays in the Malachite Room at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Weekly discussion and circles help participants find inner peace. (480) 922-7320 or (480) 620-9544.
Jewish singles: An informal gathering for Jewish singles is 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, 16211 N. Scottsdale Road. (480) 998-4323.
Celebrate recovery: Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd., is offering “Celebrate Recovery,” a Christ-centered recovery program to help people break free of hurts, habits and hang-ups. The Friday Night Celebrate Meeting includes a barbecue at 6 p.m., big meeting at 7 p.m., small meetings at 8 p.m. and coffee at 9 p.m. Many sessions are during the week. (480) 824-7239.
Taize prayer service: The monthly Taize worship service, developed by and held for many years at University Presbyterian Church, will be 7 p.m. April 3 at First United Methodist Church of Tempe, Simple, prayerful music, patterned after services of the Taize community in France, will be offered with ensemble, prayers, anointing, Bible readings and candlelight. Child care provided upon request. (480) 967-3376.
Alzheimer’s research: Joseph Rogers, a leading American medical researcher, will discuss research of Alzheimer’s disease at a breakfast meeting of the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix at 9 a.m. April 3 at the Tempe Holiday Inn, 915 E. Apache Blvd. He is founder and president of the Sun Health Research Institute in Sun City, which seeks cures for age-related disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Breakfast, which is $12, is optional. (602) 426-1313.
Day school registration: East Valley Jewish Community Center is registering children grades one through five for the 2005-06 school year. The day school will be in its new location near Alma School and Ray roads in Chandler, beginning in August. It offers a “strong secular and Judaic curriculum,” including Spanish, Hebrew, art, chorus and physical education in small classes with individualized instruction. Early care beginning at 6:30 a.m. and afternoon care to 6 p.m. are offered. (480) 897-0588.
Bethany sign-ups: The Bethany Learning Center, a ministry of Bethany Community Church, 6240 S. Price Road, is accepting registrations for its summer and fall programs. “Eco Kids” is theme for the summer program for children age 2 through entering second grade. Summer Day Camp will be for grades 3-6 and include an environmental curriculum to raise awareness. It will be June through August. The fall semester begins Aug. 29 for children ages 12 months through kindergarten. (480) 838-2440.
Jewish day school: Registration has begun for the 2005-06 year at the East Valley Jewish Community Center Day School, 1521 S. Indian Bend Road. Scholarship assistance is available. For more information, call executive director Ilene Blau, (480) 897-0588.
Multiparish Singles: Catholic singles who enjoy fun, exercise and team-building are invited to coed sand volleyball at 6 p.m. Sundays at Kiwanis Park Recreation Center, 6111 S. All-America Way. (480) 827-0413 or www.multiparishsingles.com.
Practical spirituality: The Practical Spirituality Reading Group meets 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive. (480) 917-0640.
CONTACT: Lawn Griffiths
P.O. Box 1547, Mesa, AZ 85211
Fax: (480) 898-6362