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Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2007 5:24 am | Updated: 7:40 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Mesa church opens ramp park: Velda Rose United Methodist Church, 5540 E. Main St., Mesa, has established a free ramp park for bikers, skateboarders, skaters and scooters.

It first opened Aug. 10 for three weeks and will be reopen 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 14 and 28. The “Ramp 180” ramp park includes half and quarter pipes, rails, fun boxes and launch ramps. Nothing motorized will be permitted. It is open to all ages, and food will be for sale. There will also be an Xbox area for alternate activities. (480) 832-2111.

'Life in the Spirit’ seminar offered

Catholic Renewal Ministries will sponsor a free one-day seminar, “Life in the Spirit,” 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at Piper Hall of St. Maria Goretti’s Catholic Church, 6261 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale. Co-hosted by prayer groups that church and St. Daniel the Prophet Catholic Church, the seminar will include discussions and sharing life-changing experiences. Registration: (480) 778-0243 or (480) 563-5294.

Conference for businesswomen set

The second Christian Women’s Business Conference, on the theme “Your Awe-ha Moment,” will be 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 at Arizona Community Church, 9325 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Clynnis Witwer of Glendale, owner of P31 Woman magazine and author of “Work@Home” and “Leading Women to the Heart of God,” will give a talk, “Business Success Tips From the Proverbs 31 Woman.” The conference is geared to women in business with 10 or fewer employees or women considering business vocations.

Women will have a choice of three breakout sessions on a Christian perspective from among these and others: “Networking for Success,” “Praying for Your Business,” “Maintaining Work/Life Balance,” “Improving Your Business Profitability,” “Leadership” and “A Leap of Faith.” The conference is to benefit Save the Family; those attending are asked to bring shampoo and deodorant for those working to break free from homelessness. Cost is $25. Exhibit space and ticket are $40. Registration: Janet Drez, (480) 491-2210 or jdrez@azcc.org.

League still seeking Christian bowlers

The Christian Bowlers League, which launched its 36-week schedule this week, is seeking at least two more four-person teams from churches in the East Valley. Teams can be four men or four women or mixed men and women. It is a “handicap league.” Monday is the deadline to enroll. Bryan Schultz, (480) 650-9849, or AMF Tempe Village, (480) 831-5322.

Diocese welcomes 3 sisters at Mass

Three religious sisters from the Daughters of Mary, Mother of the Church, a Philippines-based religious order, were welcomed into the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix at a Mass Aug. 17 at St. Daniel the Prophet parish in Scottsdale. Bishop Thomas Olmsted officiated. The nuns, Sister Marilyn Ariago Acosta, Sister Elsa Sales Cavite and Sister Cielo Montenegro Pesigan, are establishing a convent at St. Daniel’s. They will teach in the parish’s school and assist in outreach programs.

St. Daniel’s pastor, the Rev. Thaddeus McGuire, said he had had a vision for a religious order at the parish and had heard about the possibility of an order from the Philippines interested in expanding to other countries. Olmsted made the invitation. For more information, call McGuire, (480) 945-8437.

Ministry geared to stay-at-home moms

Registration has begun in Scottsdale for Homemakers by Choice, a nondenominational ministry to encourage mothers through weekly biblical teaching, worship, small groups and activities. It will be 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 6 at Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd., where meetings will be held. Child care can be arranged. Weekly meetings will be the same time on Thursdays beginning Sept. 13. (480) 368-0873.

Author Donna Otto will speak at the group’s annual Home for Christmas gathering 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, 7700 E. McCormick Parkway. Tickets are $32. For more information, call (480) 998-0395.

Speaker to discuss rape, recovery

Hilary Griffith, Miss Arizona 2006, will speak on “Strength Over Silence: Rape Awareness and Recovery” at the 9 a.m. worship service Sept. 2 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3641 N. 56th St., Phoenix. She will also be on hand for a 10 a.m. brunch. Griffith is pursuing her master’s degree in broadcast journalism at Arizona State University. She will discuss being raped by a man who broke into her apartment. She says it is her “personal mission” to speak out against rape and its impact on victims. Her Web site is www.hilarygriffith.com. (480) 945-9537.

Church to launch studies in September

Three new studies are being launched in September at Velda Rose United Methodist Church, 5540 E. Main St., Mesa. “Christian Believer” will be 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. starting Sept. 13. It will be based on a study by Christian author J. Ellsworth Kalas, who looks at the Christian experience alongside church history and doctrine and the beliefs of Christian community and the answers that grow out of human life.

“Disciple Bible Studies,” studies for anyone just beginning or advanced in Bible study, will begin the week of Sept. 10. Disciple 1 class is required before moving on to advanced levels. Four levels are offered: Disciple 1, “Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study,” 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays; Disciple 2, “Into the Word Into the World,” 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays; Disciple 3: “Remember Who You Are,” 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays; and Disciple 4, “Under the Tree of Life,” 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

“Jesus, The One and Only,” a class based on a book by Beth Moore, will be 6:30 p.m. Mondays, beginning Sept. 17, with Linda Lewis instructing. Registration: (480) 832-2111 or www.veldarose.org.

'Passion’ actor to discuss his faith

Actor Jim Caviezel, who played the role of Jesus in the 2004 blockbuster film “The Passion of the Christ,” will speak during the worship services Sept. 8-9 at Christ’s Church of the Valley, 7007 W. Happy Valley Road, Peoria. He will share his story about his Christian faith, which, he says, has often run counter to Hollywood culture. He will speak at the 4:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. services Sept. 8 and 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services Sept. 9. Caviezel’s other films include “High Crimes,” “Pay It Forward,” “Frequency” and “The Count of Monte Cristo.” (623) 376-2444.

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