Here's a list of activities and events at churches and spiritual centers around the Valley.
Music and meditations: Musicians Bob Ravenscroft and Dwight Kilian joins Pastor Richard Parrish for “Music and Meditations by Inner Journeys” 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, 7415 E. Elbow Bend Road. (480) 488-5218 or www.spiritinthedesert.org.
Children’s musical: The Summer Music Activity for Kids will have a meeting for parents 3 p.m. July 16 and auditions for children ages 7-12. Children will work 9 a.m. to noon July 17-21 on a musical, “Acorns to Oaks,” to be presented 7 p.m. July 21 at Corona Baptist Church, 4450 W. Ray Road. (480) 838-4040 or http://coronabc.org.
Blood drive: Temple Beth Sholom will hold its third annual blood drive 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the temple, 3400 N. Dobson Road. To make an appointment, visit www.bloodhero.com (code name is Sholom) or call (480) 897-3636.
DivorceCare for Kids: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie St., is offering three classes, GriefShare, DivorceCare and DivorceCare for Kids. They run through July 31. (480) 963-4127.
Midweek Manna: A weekly Christian Living class, “Midweek Manna,” meets 11 a.m. Thursdays in the social hall of Chandler United Methodist Church, 251 W. Chandler Blvd., followed by lunch from Cupid’s Restaurant for $5. The Suddenly Singles group meetings are 10:30 a.m. the second and fourth Sundays. F-Troop small group Bible study and fellowship meets 5 p.m. Sundays.
Grief support: GriefShare, a free class for the grieving, is offered 7 p.m. Mondays in Room C201 of Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Road. Call Pastor Larry Daily, (480) 963-3997, Ext. 141, or visit www.chandlercc.org.
Sign language lessons: Classes in American Sign Language are offered 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays at Chandler First Assembly of God, 532 W. Ray Road. Participants should buy “The Joy of Signing.” (480) 963-6868.
Way of the Master training: A free Way of the Master Evangelism Training class will be offered 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. July 15 a Latitude Life Center, 5610 E. Main St. After the class and dinner, provided free, participants have the option to go onto the streets for direct hands-on experience in evangelism. Registration: Linda Essary, (480) 671-5767 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
After-death communicating: Sunni Welles, author of “Glimpses of Heaven from The Angels Whole Live There,” and Christine Duminiah, a grief recovery specialist and author of “God’s Gift of Love: After Death Communications,” will lead an “After Death Communication Seminar” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 22 at Dobson Ranch Inn, 1644 S. Dobson Road. A book-signing will will follow. Cost is $85 and food available at the site. To register online: www.christinedumiak.com/events.html or call (866) 697-6571.
Vendors needed: Eternal Life Lutheran Church, 7025 E. Main St., is seeking crafters and vendors to rent spaces and tables for Fall Festival and Craft Fair 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 14. There will be live music, food and crafts. Deadline to rent space is Sept. 14. Call Dona at (480) 357-7066 days or Nadine at (480) 755-8865 nights.
Education for Ministry: A program providing theological education for laity will begin in September at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 322 N. Horne. The four-year certificate program includes 18 continuing education units per year. Information: Canon David Pettengill, (480) 833-0788.
Course in Miracles: A Course in Miracles is offered 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Interfaith Unity Church, 1731 W. Baseline Road. Participants follow a spiritual path that shares themes with Christianity, Eastern mysticism and modern psychology, with a central teaching of forgiveness. The group includes study and personal sharing. Information: Bob Hoekstra, (480) 706-1312, or Kathleen Hayes, (602) 931-1203.
Franciscan Center offerings: Workshops have been announced for the coming weeks at Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, (480) 948-7460 or www.thecasa.org. Classes, times and costs are: “Retreat for Men and Women, With Pat Allen, on Loving Communications” July 14-16. $165 single accommodation; $125 double accommodation; and $95 commuter; and “Agua Yoga With Susan Wrubel,” Program I, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays July 12 to Aug. 16; Program II, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays July 13 to Aug. 17, $50.
Hour of prayer: Camelback Christian Church, 6235 E. Camelback Road, has established an Hour of Prayer and Contemplation 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Juanita Hall will provide instrumental music. (480) 945-7596.
Shalom center: “Caring for Loved Ones,” a Jewish support and resource group for families and caregivers, is led by Gary Goodman and Rabbi Marty Scharf 7 to 8:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Mondays in the youth lounge at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road. Free. “Living Through Loss,” a Jewish bereavement support group, led by Douglas Jardine, meets 7 to 8:30 a.m. the third Monday at Temple Chai. The next is July 17. Free. (602) 971-1234.
Tot Shabbat program: Gesuntots, a Shabbat program for children under 5, is offered 9:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at Temple Kol Ami, a Reform Jewish congregation, 15030 N. 64th St. The 45-minute sessions are led by Rabbis Jordan Goldson and Bonnie Sharfman and cantorial soloist Raina Sinclair. (480) 951-9660.
Satsang devotionals: Hindu devotional meetings (Satsang) with 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.
Classes at St. Mark: Classes are being offered Sundays at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 3030 E. Thunderbird Road. An adult and high school class both meet at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Women of the Word study meets 5 p.m. Sundays. The 20- to 29-year-old age group meets 5 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday. Men of the Word, a Bible study, meets 8 a.m. Saturdays. An adult Bible class led by the Rev. Mike Sheldon, “A Walk Through the Bible,” meets 7 p.m. Mondays. He leads an adult class, “A Walk Through Luke,” 7 p.m. Mondays. The Couples Bible Class meets 6:30 p.m. Mondays. Welcome Home classes at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Traditional services are 8 a.m., with blended services at 9:30 a.m. and contemporary services at 11 a.m. For information on St. Mark Christian Preschool, for ages 3-5, call (602) 992-1980.
Mourner’s path: A Christ-centered grief processing program, “Walking the Mourner’s Path,” is offered 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and Renewal Center, 2310 N. 56th St. Acceptance is contingent on a telephone 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, 11 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at 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,” offers a healing circle 7 p.m. Fridays at Creative Living Fellowship, 1241 E. Northern Ave. Earlix seeks to help people experience feelings of energy, static, heat, cold, vibration or “air moving through your body.” (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 and is followed by meetings. (480) 893-6189.
Master Clubs: Master Clubs for boys and girls ages 4 through third grade meet 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Gospel Light Baptist Church, 26319 S. Power Road. Topics include Bible knowledge, family, patriotism and character development, with awards and vests earned for achievement. (480) 988-5412.
Summer book study: The Max Lucado book “The Gift for All the People — Thoughts on God’s Great Grace” will be used for a summer book study on Tuesdays through Aug. 8 at North Scottsdale United Methodist Church, 11735 N. Scottsdale Road. Sessions begin with a 9:30 a.m. brunch and finish by 11:30 a.m. in the library. (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 and small meetings and coffee at 9 p.m. (480) 824-7239.
Inner peace: The Scottsdale Study Circle holds classes 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays in the Malachite Room at Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Weekly discussion and circles help participants find inner peace. (480) 922-7320 or (480) 620-9544.
Blood drive set: The public is invited to participate in a church-sponsored blood drive with United Blood Services 8:15 to 12:15 p.m. Aug. 6 at University Presbyterian Church, 139 E. Alameda Drive. It is an emergency drive to help replenish severely low blood reserves. Donors must be in good health and have not given blood in at least eight weeks. To sign up for a time, call (480) 894-1557.
New Shabbat: A new Family Shabbat service has begun 6:30 p.m. Friday at Temple Emanuel of Tempe, 5801 S. Rural Road. It will feature the Temple Emanuel Shabba-Tones Band. The service will be primarily musical and will feature rock and pop versions of familiar Shabbat melodies. A nosh will be 6 p.m. (480) 838-1414 or http://emanueloftempe.org.
Shabbat services: Temple Emanuel, a Reform Jewish congregation at 5801 S. Rural Road, holds its Shabbat services at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. Toddler Shabbat is 9:30 a.m. Friday. Torah study is 7 p.m. Thursdays. Emanuel Seniors meet 11:30 a.m. the first and third Thursdays. (480) 838-1414.
Bahais meet: The Tempe Bahai Community holds interfaith devotions at 9 a.m. Sundays at the Tempe Bahai Information Center, 903 E. Spence Ave. Potluck dinners begin at 6 p.m. Fridays followed by a discussion of spiritual and social issues from a Bahai perspective at 7:30 p.m. Children’s virtue classes for ages 4 to 8 are 4 p.m. Fridays. (480) 804-1919.
Divorce support: A new group of DivorceCare, a recovery seminar and support group, will meet 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Grace Community Church, 1200 E. Southern Ave. Cost is $20 and includes a workbook. Scholarships are available. Nursery and Awana group (through fifth grade) child care will be provided. Call Gala Reiman, (480) 894-2201, Ext. 124.
Multiparish singles: Catholic singles who enjoy fun, exercise and team-building are invited to coed sand volleyball Sunday afternoons at Kiwanis Recreation Center, 6111 S. All-America Way. (480) 827-0413 or www.multiparishsingles.com for times.
Practical spirituality: The Practical Spirituality Reading Group meets 7 p.m. 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