Fresno's Bridge Church to hold patriotic hymn service

The Fresno BeeJune 21, 2013 

An inspirational hymn service in Fresno will celebrate the patriotic season.

Summer Songfest is scheduled at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at The Bridge Church, 3438 E. Ashlan Ave. The event comes between Flag Day, which was June 14, and Independence Day, which is July 4.

Those in attendance are invited to join in the singing of hymns that worship God, salute America and celebrate the nation's freedom.

Worshippers are encouraged to wear red, white and blue attire.

Music will be provided by Tom Hall on the Rodgers pipe organ and Bob Barsoian on the Yamaha grand piano. Roger Bergman, choral director at Buchanan High School, is guest worship leader.

Special guests will be members of El Puente, the Spanish-speaking segment of The Bridge, and the Fresno Deaf Church. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided.

Details: (559) 226-4100.

Farewell dinner will honor Jessups

A farewell dinner for Bryan and Edie Jessup — "Jessupalooza" — will be at 5 p.m. June 30 at Wedgewood Banquet Center, 4584 W. Jacquelyn Ave.

Bryan Jessup is leaving as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno after nearly 15 years. He is moving to the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Arcata to work in part-time ministry.

Edie Jessup recently retired as program associate of the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program. She also worked as the hunger and nutrition coordinator for Fresno Metro Ministry for nine years.

The farewell event includes a no-host bar, dinner and wine, entertainment, music and dancing. Cost is $45. Details: or (559) 322-6146.

Also, the Unitarian Universalist Church has announced the Rev. Sofia Betancourt will serve as the church's interim minister for a two-year period, beginning Aug. 1.

Organ recital benefits scholarship fund

An organ recital to benefit the American Guild of Organists student scholarship fund will be presented at 3 p.m. June 29 at First Presbyterian Church, 1540 M St.

The event will feature Margaret Aurora Licon, organist at First Presbyterian Church.

The program is a specially commissioned work for organ and timpani that is composed by Walter Saul, professor of music at Fresno Pacific University.

Timpanist is Matt Cochrum of Clovis. Trumpet will be played by Max Hembd, brass conductor at First Presbyterian Church.

AGO plays a role in the contemporary church by providing a venue for budding organists to continue the tradition in worship service. Details: (559) 485-6460.

Catholic TV station holds book signing

Local Catholic television station KNXT (Channel 49.1) will hold a book signing for Mother Dolores' new book — "The Ear of the Heart" — at 6 p.m. Sunday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church community hall, 355 E. Champlain Drive.

Mother Dolores is the former Dolores Hart, an actress in the 1950s who played opposite Elvis Presley in some movies. She writes about her journey from Hollywood to holy vows.

Reservations are required. Details: email or call (559) 488-7440.

Ministry offers astronomy event

The Fresno chapter of Reasons to Believe, an apologetic ministry supporting the integration of science and faith, will host an astronomy event at 7 p.m. Friday at Glacier Point, the overlook on the south rim of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park.

Large telescopes will be provided to take in one of the most beautiful and best astronomy viewing areas in the world.

Park entrance fee is $20 per car. Details: (559) 658-0600.

Tulare church hosts The Hoppers in concert

The Hoppers, a Gospel Hall of Fame group, will perform on its Something Good Tour at 7 p.m. Friday at Tulare Community Church, 1820 N. Gem St.

Special guest is Taranda Greene.

Cost is $16 through Thursday or $20 the day of the concert. Details:


Ron Orozco covers religion for The Bee. He can be reached at (559) 441-6304 or

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