A prayer initiative is seeking Valley residents' prayers over 52 days to "rebuild the spiritual walls" around Fresno and Clovis.
The Nehemiah Project — presented by Operation Heal Our Land, Mighty Men of Prayer and City Watch ministries — begins Tuesday.
Nehemiah is the central figure in the Book of Nehemiah, which describes his work rebuilding Jerusalem.
This weekend, many Valley pastors are encouraging congregants to participate in the project. Prayers also will seek to rebuild the spiritual walls around local churches and people's hearts.
KC Dickie, a local organizer, says it is important for people to pray: "The walls of our cities have been breached, and it's time to rebuild."
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Harvest America simulcasts to be shown
Several Valley churches will provide live simulcasts of Harvest America 2013 with Greg Laurie, a Christian event that is scheduled today (Saturday, Sept. 28) and Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
The Valley churches include:
The Revival Center, 2221 Villa Ave., Clovis. Details: (559) 897-9575.
Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church, 1362 L St. Details: (559) 638-8123.
Calvary Hanford, 1900 N. Douty St. Details: (559) 582-5532.
Calvary Chapel Visalia, 11720 Avenue 264. Details: (559) 687-0220.
The Harvest America event also features Christian musical artists Mercy Me, Kirk Franklin, Jeremy Camp, Needtobreathe, LeCrae and The Katinas.
Mass to celebrate diocese's patron saint
A special Mass observing the feast day of St. Therese of Lisieux will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at The Shrine of St. Therese, 1410 N. Wishon Ave.
St. Therese of Lisieux is the patron saint of The Shrine of St. Therese as well as the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno.
Bishop Armando X. Ochoa of the Diocese of Fresno will celebrate the Mass.
After the Mass, hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Details: shrineofsttherese.org or (559) 268-6388.
Immanuel Lutheran names new pastor
A new pastor has been named at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Easton — the Rev. Kristopher Madsen.
He replaces the Rev. Al Schoonover, who served as interim pastor for 1 1/2 years. Schoonover had replaced the Rev. Paul Demant, who left in January 2011 after 27 years at the church.
Madsen previously was pastor of Antioch Lutheran Church in Hoagland, Ind., since February 2009. He is from Santa Ynez Valley.
Madsen's first day in the pulpit is 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. Immanuel Lutheran is at 5955 S. Elm Ave.
Details: immanueleaston.com or (559) 237-7909.
Fundraiser benefits church mission trip
The Food and Fun Festival fundraiser will be from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 5 at First Chinese Baptist Church, 6080 N. Angus St.
Proceeds will help support the church's medical mission trip to Thailand and Myanmar in February. The church plans medical missions every other year in addition to non-medical missions. The church seeks to serve God and be good stewards of the money that he has blessed upon the congregation.
The festival features games for children and adults, handmade boutique items and authentic Asian food, prepared by the congregation.
Entertainment will be provided. There also will be a silent auction.
The event is open to the public.
Details: fcbcfresno.org or (559) 438-0303.
Northpark celebrates 25th anniversary
Northpark Community Church will celebrate its 25th anniversary during special services at 8:45 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the church, 2297 E. Shepherd Ave.
In 1988, 130 people formed Northpark Community Church.
The services will feature a special greeting from founding pastor Dave Gable and a message from current pastor Bob Willis.
Photographs from the past 25 years will be on display.
Northpark now is a congregation of 700 people.
Refreshments and fellowship will follow each service.
Details: northparkchurch.org or (559) 322-7200.
Fundraiser features pottery bowls and soup
Pick-a-Bowl/Pick-a-Soup, a fundraiser for New Community Fellowship Church will be from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the residence of Harold and Margie Reisz, 2151 N. Ring Ave.
Participants can buy a bowl created by Martin Shapiro, a Madera County potter, for $25. Then, they can fill it with their choice of several soups.
Included is bread and butter and a homemade dessert. The bowl is the buyer's to take home.
Details: (559) 674-0679.
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