Sharon Friendly, Ms. Senior Arizona 2007 and the cantorial soloist at Desert Foothills Jewish Community Foundation congregation, will give a concert at 12:45 p.m. Monday at the Jewish Family and Children’s Services Center for Senior Enrichment at Beth El Congregation.
Ms. Senior Arizona to sing in Phoenix
Sharon Friendly, Ms. Senior Arizona 2007 and the cantorial soloist at Desert Foothills Jewish Community Foundation congregation, will give a concert at 12:45 p.m. Monday at the Jewish Family and Children’s Services Center for Senior Enrichment at Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. To be Ms. Senior Arizona, women must be at least 60. Friendly is the first winner in the pageant’s history who was still working at the time of her crowning. For more information, call (602) 943-2198.
Students present musical at church
The musical “Truth Works” will be presented by the students of the Summer Music and Performing Arts Camp 7 p.m. Friday on the south campus of Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd. It is based on the Josh McDowell curriculum “Making Right Choices,” which is designed to help children explore such issues as honesty, justice, love, purity, self-control, mercy and respect. The play is free and is produced to appeal to all ages. For more information, call the church, (480) 824-7200.
Christian rockers to play in Mesa
A Tennessee Christian rock band, Nevertheless, will perform 6 p.m. June 16 at First Presbyterian Church, 161 N. Mesa Drive, Mesa. The concert’s warm-up bands are The Tryout (formerly FollowThru) and Just Like Us. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the church or at Berean Christian Stores, 1721 S. Stapley Drive, Suite 5A, Mesa. For more information, call (480) 964-8606, Ext. 24.
Ground broken on new convent
Ground was broken June 1 on a new convent for the sisters of Xavier College Preparatory, 4710 N. Fifth St., Phoenix. Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary have lived in their current convent since 1956. The new convent, which will be ready in July 2008, will include seven bedrooms, two guestrooms, a combined kitchen and dining and family room, and a chapel.
The order, whose headquarters, or mother house, is in Dubuque, Iowa, has been ministering in the Valley for 70 years and currently has eight nuns. They serve at eight Catholic schools, including Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Tempe. It is estimated that the sisters have helped educate 15,000 elementary and high school students through the years. Current nuns have a combined total of 237 years as teachers and principals at the Valley schools.
Donations sought for water drive
St. Joseph the Worker, a Phoenix-based mission to the homeless and the poor, will sponsor a car show and bottled water drive 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 16 at 6767 N. 35th Ave., Phoenix. The car show is free, but those attending are asked to donate cases of water that St. Joseph the Worker will distribute this summer to the homeless to prevent heat-related illness and deaths. Standard Pacific Homes will match each case donated. Donations of water or cash are needed all summer and may be delivered to the downtown campus, 1125 W. Jackson St., Phoenix, or mailed to St. Joseph the Worker, P.O. Box 13503, Phoenix, AZ 85002. For more information, call (602) 417-9854.
'Astrology of the Soul’ workshop set
Spiritual teacher and writer William Meader will present a workshop, “The Astrology of the Soul,” 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 17 at the Spiritual Enrichment Center, 9745 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria. He teaches “esoteric astrology,” methods of assisting the soul to achieve “its creative destiny” and how to transform the lower self (personality) “so the soul is successfully expressed.” Cost is $20. (480) 391-3809 or williammeader.com.
Support group offered in Mesa
Crossroads, a biblically based support and recovery program designed to help people deal with problem behaviors and connect to God, is being offered 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at the Cafe of Central Christian Church of the East Valley, 933 N. Lindsay Road, Mesa. People dealing with anger, codependency, addictions, etc., can take part in small groups, by gender and common issues, to work toward wellness, growth and better relationships. About 60 regularly attend the program, which was established six years ago. For more information, call Penny, (480) 924-4946.
Author to address women’s conference
Lisa Bevere, author of four books, including “Fight Like a Girl” and “Kissed the Girls and Made Them Cry,” is featured speaker for a women’s conference 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 22 and 8 a.m. to noon June 23 at Word of Grace Church, 655 E. University Drive, Mesa. Theme for the conference is “Fight Like a Girl: The Power of Being a Woman.” Bevere, whose other books are “Out of Control and Loving It!” and “Be Angry but Don’t Blow It!,” will tell women to “embrace fearless living, find freedom and realize they are an answer and not a problem.” She seeks to help people experience wholeness and realize their destiny and legacy. Co-host of a weekly television program, “The Messenger,” broadcast to 214 nations, Bevere has been a regular on radio shows of Focus on the Family. Registration is $29 for women age 23 and older and $25 for students with IDs if registered by June 18. After that, tickets are $39 and $35 respectively. To register, call (480) 464-3927 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nigerian advocate of gay rights to speak
Davis Mac-Iyalla, a Nigerian living in exile because of his support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in his country, will speak at 7 p.m. June 28 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. Mac-Iyalla founded Changing Attitude Nigeria in 2005 to try to counter hatred and widespread prejudice in his country toward sexual minority groups. Denounced by the Anglican archbishop of Nigeria, Mac-Iyalla lost his job as a school principal and was arrested and beaten. He received death threats before he left his country. He travels widely to advocate for civil rights on behalf of “faithful gay Africans.” Changing Attitude chapters have been established in England, Scotland and New Zealand. Religious groups in Nigeria that oppose accommodation of gays have been working with the government to adopt legislation that would make gay activities a crime punishable by imprisonment. For more information, call (602) 254-7126.
Jehovah’s Witnesses meet in Valley
More than 30,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses and visitors from Arizona and other Western states will attend the combined three annual conventions in June and July at Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale. They will be June 22-24 and July 27-29, both in English, and July 20-22 in Spanish. Programs begin at 9:20 a.m. each day and last until late afternoon, with extended lunch breaks. All are open to the public, with no collection taken.
Each convention will include a mass baptism in which several dozen people of all ages will undergo full immersion. “Follow the Christ” is theme of this year’s conventions, which will focus on education through lectures, interviews, demonstrations, full-costume Bible drama and a focus on “Jesus’ role in human affairs.” Successive themes for the three days are “Look Intently at the Chief Agent and Perfecter of Our Faith, Jesus,” “My Sheep Listen to My Voice ... and They Follow Me” and “Continue Following Me.”
The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based faith plans 287 conventions in 75 cities in U.S. this summer, with about 1.6 million expected. Worldwide, there are about 6.7 million followers in 100,000 congregations in 236 nations or territories. Their journal, The Watchtower, has a circulation of 28.5 million and is printed in 159 languages.
Author to describe spiritual encounters
Rosemary Altea, a medium and author of “The Eagle and the Rose,” will give a lecture 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. Friday at New Vision Spiritual Growth Center, a Science of Mind Church, 9659 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. Altea, who has appeared on such TV shows at “Larry King Live,” “Prime Time Live,” “20/20” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” will also lead a workshop, “Listening to the Heart Beat of Your Soul,” 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 16. The lecture is $40, and the workshop is $125.
Altea, who describes herself as “The Voice of the Spirit World,” will draw from her latest book, “A Matter of Life and Death,” for her presentations. It recounts her encounters with the spirit world, including a soldier who died in Iraq, a firefighter who lost his life in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, and a woman who died at the hands of her husband. For tickets, call (480) 391-1126, Ext. 13, or visit www.newvisionaz.org/registration/eventpay.html.