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Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2007 3:49 pm | Updated: 7:07 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A benefit concert for renowned Chinese conductor Timothy Su will be 6 p.m. Sunday at Grace Church, 8701 E. Brown Road, Mesa. Also performing will be pianist Sam Rotman, who has performed all over the world and is pastor of the church. Su is a graduate of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, while Rotman earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School in New York.

Benefit planned for Chinese conductor

A benefit concert for renowned Chinese conductor Timothy Su will be 6 p.m. Sunday at Grace Church, 8701 E. Brown Road, Mesa. Also performing will be pianist Sam Rotman, who has performed all over the world and is pastor of the church. Su is a graduate of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, while Rotman earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School in New York. Through a translator, Su will talk about the Christian School of Music, which he founded and directs. An offering will be taken. (480) 357-8610 or see samrotman.com.

E.V. church to ordain women as priests

The Independent Catholic Church of the West announces the ordination of the Rev. Ms. Sue Ringler and Rev. Ms. Kate Lehman to the order of priests by the Most Rev. Terry M. Boyer on June 24 at Guardian Angels Parish, located at Community Christian Church, 1701 S. College Ave., Tempe.

Ringler was ordained as a transitional deacon in 2005 and has served at Guardian Angels parish for two years. Lehman was ordained as a transitional deacon in 2006 and has served at Holy Family Parish in Goodyear. Lehman has assisted her parish with outreach development to the poor in the Avondale and Goodyear area. The public is invited to attend the ordination. (480) 967-7729 or guardianangelsiccw.com.

Stores, churches help fight hunger

June is National Hunger Awareness Month, and the Phoenix Rescue Mission, retailers, companies and churches are coming together to build awareness. The mission delivers food and bottled water daily with its Hope Coach van to the homeless in the Valley.

Drop-off locations in the East Valley for nonperishable food are Berean Christian stores at 2670 E. Germann Road, Chandler, and 1721 S. Stapley Drive, Suite 5A, Mesa; Banana Republic, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler; CitiChurch, 9610 E. Cactus Road, Scottsdale; Desert Mountain Bible Fellowship, 26800 S. Mandarin Drive, Queen Creek; Judy Scotto Designs Assoc., 7650 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe; Scottsdale Family Church, 9400 E. Mountain View Road; Typecast Clothing, 1073 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert; and Word of Grace Church, 655 E. University Drive, Mesa. (602) 233-3000 or phoenixrescuemission.org.

Via de Cristo calls new pastor

The Rev. Ken Morrison has been called to be pastor of Via de Cristo United Methodist Church, 7950 E. Redfield Road, Suite 260, Scottsdale. Morrison is a native of Mississippi with degrees from Millsaps College, Asbury Theological Seminary and Emory University. He has taught courses in communications, the theology and practice of worship, preaching, youth music ministry and doctrinal studies. In 1996, he and his family moved to Scottsdale and became active in Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, where he served as associate pastor in 1997. He and his wife, Joyce, have two grown daughters. Morrison’s appointment will take effect on July 1. There will be a Meet the Pastor potluck on July 13. (480) 515-4490.

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