The Rev. Ann Baines, who has led a prophetic ministry for 20 years, will hold a conference, “Come Expecting Your Miracle,” at Power Life Center, 6215 E. Main St., Suite 2, Mesa. Sessions will be 7 p.m. Friday and Aug. 25 and 10:30 a.m. Aug. 26.
Power Life Center to hold conference
The Rev. Ann Baines, who has led a prophetic ministry for 20 years, will hold a conference, “Come Expecting Your Miracle,” at Power Life Center, 6215 E. Main St., Suite 2, Mesa. Sessions will be 7 p.m. Friday and Aug. 25 and 10:30 a.m. Aug. 26. Baines has spoken all over the world in crusades, and her ministry has helped build churches and orphanages. She has also raised emergency relief for countries in need. For more information, call (480) 659-0124.
Church changes 'Soul Song’ showtime
First Christian Church of Mesa has changed the time of one of two performances of “Soul Song 2007,” a music revue of Broadway plays with religious themes. It has moved one show from 5 p.m. Sunday to 9 a.m. Sunday. The other show will remain at 7 p.m. today. Music will be drawn from such shows as “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Godspell,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Proceeds will benefit the church’s music fund. (480) 833-7312.
Program aims to aid Nigerian village
A Phoenix-based program called Mission Africa is seeking “ambassadors for Sapele,” a village in Nigeria that it has adopted. A planning and information meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday at Mountain View Lutheran Church’s education building, 11002 S. 48th St., Phoenix. The program is seeking people with interests in education (library, computers and new buildings), health care (clean drinking water, clinic or orphanage) or spiritual (new churches or evangelism). Such ambassadors form teams of interest and can look for other organizations through which they can help the village. Call Barb Harris, (480) 491-5712, or visit www.missionafrica.org.
Tempe church plans prayer retreat
“Praying With the Psalms” is focus of a women’s prayer retreat 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at University Presbyterian Church, 139 E. Alameda Drive, Tempe. The Rev. Beverly Phillips and Molly Winkler, who will lead the retreat, call the Psalms “the prayer book of Jesus.” The retreat will close with communion. Participants should bring a lunch; beverages will be provided. Cost is $12. Reservations: Barbara Harden, (480) 753-4752.
Biblical discussions held weekly
“Christalk,” a weekly discussion exploring biblical issues, is one of three offerings on Saturdays at Phoenix Camelback Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5902 E. Camelback Road. Each week’s topic will be decided by the group of the week before. Topics have practical applications. The first will be 1:30 p.m. Sept. 1 on the Holy Spirit.
“It Is Written” is now offered at 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays in Room 10. It focuses on “communicating the gospel to the world” and providing “timeless truths” that apply to everyday life. “StepFast” begins Aug. 11 with weekly classes at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays. It is a lifestyle series featuring prevention and wellness experts. (480) 947-3781.
Christian author to sign book
A Christian travel author, Vicki Kuyper, will have a book release party 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at Amazing Grace Christian Store, 8830 S. Kyrene Road, Suite 15, Tempe. The Valley resident and wife of Mark Kuyper, president of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, guides readers to exotic places and to what she calls “the most vulnerable places in your heart.” She has visited 40 countries on five continents. (480) 598-9191.
'30 Days to Live’ sermons continue
The LifeChurch.tv Mesa campus, 4140 E. Baseline Road, Suite 112, is one of 12 locations across the U.S. hosting a “30 Days to Live” sermon series via satellite by its senior pastor, Craig Groeschel. The four-week series “takes a direct approach to make people think through how they should be living their lives if they only had a limited amount of time to live.” It began last weekend and ends Sept. 1 and 2. Remaining topics are “Living for Eternity,” “Leaving a Legacy” and “Fighting for Peace.” Mesa services are 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturdays and 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays. (480) 497-5433 or www.lifechurch.tv.
Christian concert features jazz
“Amazing Grace,” a Christian concert of jazz, classical and drum music, will be presented by Central Phoenix Unity Church at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Church of the Beatitudes, 555 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Lynne Haeseler, music director of the Unity church, along with Dan Hooper and Charles Lewis, will perform on piano. Singing will be Orgena Rose and Renee Morgan Brooks, the Orpheus Male Chorus and the McConnell Singers Women’s Community Chorus. Tickets are $20, and patron seats are $100. (602) 277-0353 or www.centralphoenixunity.org.
Chabad school is enrolling children
The Chabad Hebrew School, part of Chabad of the East Valley, is enrolling students for the 2007-08 year regardless of background or affiliation. Classes meet 9:30 a.m. to noon Sundays, starting Sept. 9. Students age 5 to 13 will learn about Jewish heritage, culture and holidays. Activities include making cards, Yom Kippur slippers and menorahs, a Hanukkah carnival, a Purim party and creating a Shabbat meal. The school meets one day a week at the Chabad, 3875 W. Ray Road, Suite 6, Chandler. No membership in the temple is required for children to participate. (480) 855-4333.
Judaism study for adults set
The Kollel Institute, a part of Phoenix Community Kollel, begins its second season on Sept. 10. The adult study of foundational Judaism provides a understandable approach to in-depth Jewish literacy. Three semesters will be Sept. 10 to Oct. 22, Nov. 5 to Dec. 17, and Jan. 7 to Feb. 18. Classes are 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays at Ahavas Torah/The Scottsdale Torah Center, 7002 E. Ludlow Drive, Phoenix. Tuition is $150 per year. Two people may register for $200. The first semester will focus on “The Book of Shemos (Exodus)” with Rabbi Raphael Landesman and “Holidays” with Rabbi Ariel Shoshan. (602) 433-0300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programs address grief, marriage
Red Mountain Community Church, 6101 E. Virginia St., Mesa, will introduce three programs in September to address issues of divorce, successful marriages and grief. GriefShare, designed for people grieving the loss of people close to them, will meet 9:50 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Sundays, Sept. 9 to Dec. 9 in the administrative conference room. Cost is $12 for materials.
“Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage” uses a video series by Mark Gungor, who mixes “humor and truth” to explain “why men and women do what they do.” There is no cost or homework. “DivorceCare,” a weekly seminar and support group for people “to understand what they are feeling” and a place to gain information “to heal from the hurt of divorce” will meet 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 to Dec. 19. Cost is $12. Child care is available. (480) 807-5868 or www.rmcchurch.org/register.html.
Tour designed to help needy
The New Toyz Association, based in Stockton, Calif., will include Phoenix on “The Passion Tour,” which will encompass 16 California and Arizona cities to provide food and entertainment to needy families. Phoenix coordinator Andre O’Neal Jr. said Arizona will be visited Nov. 1-4, and financial sponsors are sought. “Our goal is to hand out food and clothing to the less fortunate,” he said. Christian singers will give a free concert. (602) 793-1450 or www.newtoyz.org.