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Posted: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 1:25 pm | Updated: 8:53 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Find all the support group meetings, classes, prayer times and more around the East Valley.


Christian Women meet: Apache Junction Christian Women’s Club and Stonecroft Ministries holds a breakfast at 9:30 a.m. the second Thursday of each month at Lost Dutchman RV Resort, 400 N. Plaza Drive, beginning in November. Tickets are $8. Reservations required to (480) 987-8449.


At the synagogue: Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, a Conservative Jewish congregation, has a number of regular events: Friday Shabbat services are 6 p.m. Fridays, except the second Friday when it starts at 8 p.m. at the temple, 3400 N. Dobson Road. Saturday morning Shabbat services are 9 a.m. and include Torah reading. A service is 9 a.m. Sundays. “Exploring the Bible: Reading the Book of Exodus” is a class that Rabbi Bryan Bramly will lead 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays on Jan. 14 and 28, Feb. 11 and 25, March 11 and 25, April 1 and 29 and May 13 and 27 in the programming year. Bramly will focus on bondage to freedom and how Exodus “uniquely frames the Jewish experience.” (480) 897-3636 or

Support programs: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 E. Erie St., Chandler, is offering three Scripturally based support programs: Divorce Care and Divorce Care for Kids. Grief Share is offered 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. They will last 13 weeks. (480) 963-4127 or

Divorce support: Three support groups are being offered at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie St. GriefShare meets 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Those interested in forming new divorce-related groups, DivorceCare and DivorceCare for Kids, are asked to sign up, with the dates and times of meetings to be determined by participants. (480) 963-4127 or

Grief class: GriefShare, a free class for the grieving, is 7 p.m. Mondays in Room C201 of Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Road. (480) 963-3997, Ext. 141, or


Focus on the Trinity: Pastor John Giarrizzo has launched a weekly sermon series on the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, which has been regarded as doctrine critical to the Christian faith and definitive for the church. He will deliver them at services 10 a.m. Sundays at Grace Covenant Church, 1255 N. Greenfield Road, Gilbert. For more information, call (480) 813-0883.

Recovery support group: Crossroads, a biblically based support and recovery program designed to help people deal with problem behaviors and connect to God, is being offered 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Central Christian Church of the East Valley, Gilbert Campus, 965 E. Germann Road. People dealing with anger, codependency and addictions can take part in small groups to work toward wellness. (480) 305-7500.

Support group: Crossroads will meet 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Central Christian Church of the East Valley, Gilbert campus, 965 E. Germann Road. For information, (480) 305-7500.


Pie social: The Bilotti Lodge of The Sons of Italy in Mesa is inviting Italians to a pie social the fourth Tuesday of each month, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 612 S. Elllsworth Road. Coffee, tea and a variety of “harvest pies” will be served. Social memberships are open to non-Italians with an interest in the Italian language, culture and food. Sons of Italy in America is the oldest and largest organizations of Italian-Americans in the world. A $1 donation at the door pays for the room rent. (480) 986-9774.

Recovery groups: Recovery groups for those with dependencies are being offered 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays at the two City of Grace campuses: City of Grace Mesa, 655 E. University Drive, (480) 834-1822, and City of Grace Scottsdale, 9610 E. Cactus Road, (480) 661-9209. For more information, call Pastor Linda Rinzel, (480) 464-3916.

Awana begins: The East Mesa Baptist Church’s Awana Kids Club has begun meeting 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the church, 752 S. Ellsworth Road. It is for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Adult Bible study meets the same time. (480) 986-9827

Course in Miracles: A study group in the Course in Miracles meets 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Wellspring Books, 323 N. Gilbert Road, Suite 104. (480) 834-4187.


CASA plans classes: The Franciscan Renewal Center, known as the CASA, a Catholic retreat and conference center plans the following classes in the weeks ahead. Registration and reservations can be made to (480) 948-7460 or, with full class descriptions online.

Classes planned, including times and costs, are: “The Art of Breathing and Healing,” with Jae-Sheen Yu 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 10, $75, includes lunch; “Scripture From Scratch,” a look at the historical and cultural background of Sunday Scripture readings, with the Rev. Vernon Meyer, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 11, $5 donation; “T’ai Chi/Qigong for Health and Harmony - Beginners,” with Don Fiore, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays Jan. 12 to Feb. 9, $45 for five-week program, wear comfortable clothing and shoes, no registration required; no walk-ins; “Intermediate T’ai Chi and Qigong,” with Victoria Fiore, 10:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays Jan. 13 to Feb. 10, $45 for five weeks; “Easy T’ai Chi and Qigong,” with Victoria Fiore, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 13 to Feb.10, $45 for five weeks; “St. Paul and the Church of Church,” with the Rev. Vernon Meyer, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 15 (“Corinth and the Corinthian Letters”), Jan. 22 (“Paul’s First Letter to the Church of Corinth”); and Jan. 29 (“Paul’s Second Letter to the Church of Corinth”); $45 for three sessions’ “Christology: The Many Faces of Jesus,” with the Rev. Vernon Meyer, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 17, $75, includes lunch; ; “Election Aftermath: What’s Next?: Exploring Gospel Values and Franciscan Spirituality as Policy Priorities,” 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 17, $35, includes lunch; “Looking for Loss in All the Wrong Places,” with Bronwyn Marmo, discussing weight loss and mind/body health, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 17; “Straight Talk Theology,” with Bill Cieslak, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 18, $5, no registration; “Marriage in the Lord,” a program to fulfill Phoenix Diocese marriage preparation requirements, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 18 and 25, $75, includes workbook; “Healing Mass, Inner Healing,” with Bill Faiella, 7 p.m. Jan. 21, free-will offering; “Season of Nonviolence: Opening Interfaith Prayer Celebration” 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 30, free-will offering; “Spiritual Spa Day of Renewal,” with Amanda Petersen, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 31, $85, includes breakfast, lunch, private room; “Are We There Yet?” with “wise women” presenters Hilda Villaverde, Joyce Friel and Silver Rose, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 31; “Art of Moving Prayer Workshop,” with Anne Borik, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., $75, including lunch; “Gospel in Action: Imagining a New Nonviolent World, with Pax Christi - Phoenix Chapter, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 1, $5; “Celtic Spirituality,” with Elizabeth Ursic, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 4, 11 and 18, $75; “Flute Journey: Discover the Magic of the Native American Flute,” with John and Sherry Vames, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 7, $75, includes lunch, with $70 materials fee, which includes hand-carved American Indian flute, bag and study materials; and “Franciscan Peacemaking,” with Ken Preston of the Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service and Russ Testa of Franciscan Action Network, Feb. 7-8, $145 for single-room, $105 for double-room, or $80 commuter fee, all include meal and program.


Deaf ministry: Worship and classes are offered to the deaf and hearing impaired at Camelback Church of Christ, 5225 E. Camelback Road, under the leadership of Brian Baell, minister to the deaf. Worship is 10:30 a.m. Sunday, with deaf Bible classes at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Another class is 7 p.m. Wednesdays. For more information, call (602) 840-2661.

Shalom Center events: The Shalom Center on the campus of Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix, offers a variety of programs: Caring for Our Loved Ones, a Jewish support and resource group for families and caregivers, led by Gary Goodman and Rabbi Marty Scharf, meets 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays in the youth lounge, in cooperation with the Kivel Campus of Care. No cost, but donations welcome. JACS, a meeting to provide support to Jewish alcoholics, is 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the youth lounge. Scottsdale Job Network, a nonecumenical group open to the unemployed and underemployed, meets 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the first and third Tuesdays. Living Through Loss, a Jewish bereavement group, meets 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. the first and third Thursdays in the Deutsch Family Shalom Center, led by Rebecca Rubin. CHAI Circle — Healing and Inspiration for Jewish Women meets at noon the last Friday of each month. (602) 971-1234.


Disciple classes: Because of strong response, North Scottsdale United Methodist Church, 11735 N. Scottsdale Road, offers two disciple classes, one for men and one for women. Bruce Reiss, a semi-retired lay speaker, and the Rev. Nd Abarikwu teach the men’s class, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the library. Women’s Disciple I meets 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the library, with Debbie Christopher as the leader. The 34-week course requires extensive reading of the Bible. (480) 948-0529.

Celebrate recovery: Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd., is offering Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered program to help people break free of hurts and hang-ups. The Friday Night Celebrate Meeting includes a barbecue at 6 p.m., followed by group meetings and coffee at 9 p.m. (480) 824-7239.


Shabbat: Temple Havurat Emet holds Shabbat services at 7:30 p.m. the first Friday of each month in the Lecky Arts and Community Room of the Robson Branch Library, 9330 E. Riggs Road. Rabbi Bonnie Koppell will lead a question-and-answer session. A second service is the third Friday in private homes, with no rabbi or cantor present. Friday’s service will be at 10226 E. Stoney Vista Drive. (480) 802-4120 or (480) 895-3929.

Bible study: “Believing God,” a Beth Moore bible study, is offered by the Women’s Ministries of First Baptist Church of Sun Lakes, 9535 E. Riggs Road. Area women of all faiths are invited to the studies and Christian fellowship 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays. A fee of $20 will be charged for the workbook. Information: Dixie: (480) 895-1088, or Jeannine, (480) 895-9057.


Farmers Market: A farmers market will be 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. the third Saturday of each month through the growing season at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1035 E. Guadalupe Road. Besides produce, there will be crafts. The November sale features pies. (480) 839-0906.

Classes offered: Three groups are being offered at Grace Community Church, 1200 E. Southern Ave: New Freedom, emotional healing ministry; GriefShare and DivorceCare. (480) 894-2201 or

Catholic networking: The Catholic Commerce Networking Association holds a networking mixer 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at El Peñasco Mexican Kitchen, 19 E. Broadway Road. The association consists of parishioners of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix from trades and professions who network to increase one another’s visibility in the Catholic community. Cost is $10. (480) 986-5678, Ext. 2, or

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