The area's interfaith community is coming together in Clovis at a fundraiser walk that calls attention to hunger.
The annual Fresno-Clovis CROP Hunger Walk will be Oct. 13 at United Japanese Christian Church, 136 N. Villa Ave., Clovis. CROP began in 1947 as an acronym for Christian Rural Overseas Program.
Registration, as well as music and children's activities, begin at 1:30 p.m. The walk starts at 2:30 p.m. The theme is "Ending Hunger One Step at a Time."
Participants seek pledges and donations to raise funds and increase awareness about hunger in the central San Joaquin Valley and the world. Proceeds benefit Community Food Bank in Fresno and Church World Service, an interfaith organization.
The local event also brings together congregants from more than a dozen churches, temples, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship.
Details: crophungerwalk.org or (559) 301-8597.
Church hosts labyrinth groundbreaking
A groundbreaking for a new outdoor labyrinth at Holy Family Episcopal Church will be at noon Sunday, Oct. 6, at the church, 1135 E. Alluvial Ave.
The $45,000 labyrinth first phase is modeled after the one at Chartres Cathedral, a medieval Roman Rite Catholic Cathedral in Chartres, France. The labyrinth will be built on grounds in front of the church sanctuary and open at all hours to the public.
Holy Family congregants will gather at the groundbreaking, bless the labyrinth site with their prayers and mark the occasion. Congregants also are asked to bring a shovel, garden trowel or even a plastic beach trowel to hold for a group photo.
Congregants also are asked to bring their lunches for a picnic on the patio after the groundbreaking.
Details: (559) 439-5011.
Bishop candidate picked for Episcopal diocese
The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, which is based in Modesto, has taken steps toward the election of a new provisional bishop.
He is Bishop David Rice of the Diocese of Waiapu in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
If elected, Rice would succeed Bishop Chester L. Talton, who has served as provisional bishop for nearly three years and has announced his plans to retire. Talton turned 72 on Sept. 22.
Since Rice isn't currently serving in the Episcopal Church, the House of Bishops approved a resolution at its fall meeting Sept. 19-24 at Nashville, Tenn., to appoint Rice as an assistant bishop of the Diocese of San Joaquin. The diocese must approve the creation of the position at its diocesan convention Oct. 25-26 in Modesto.
A special convention to elect Rice is proposed for March 29.
Holy Family Episcopal Church in Fresno has an affiliation with the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin.
Details: (209) 576-0114.
Catholic men's conference in Madera
A Catholic men's conference — Thank You Jesus — will be 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at St. Joaquim Catholic Church, 401 W. Fifth St., Madera.
The event will feature speakers Matthew Arnold, host of "Shield of Faith" on Radio Maria; Rick Sarikisian, a host and speaker on EWTN; and Steve Ruda, founding board member and current vice president of the Catholic Men's Fellowship of California.
Bishop Armando X. Ochoa of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno will celebrate Mass.
The conference is designed to be a day of reflection and fellowship. It is hosted by the Men of Faith at St. Joaquim.
Cost is $20 before Sunday or $25 at the door. Cost for teens, ages 13 to 18, is $10.
Details: (209) 617-6683 or (559) 474-9326.
Jewish Film Series to begin new season
The Fresno Jewish Film Series will begin its 11th season on Oct. 12. The series presents a film a month, October through May 2014.
The new season's lineup: "Broadway Musicals, A Jewish Legacy," Oct. 12; "The Other Son," Nov. 9; "Paris Manhattan," Dec. 14; "Orchestra of Exiles," Jan. 11; "David," Feb. 8; "Saviors in the Night," March 8; "Dorfman in Love," April 12; and "Six Days," May 3.
All films begin at 7 p.m. and are at Temple Beth Israel, 6622 N. Maroa Ave. The temple has a new sound system.
Season tickets cost $45 per person. Individual tickets cost $8. Details: fresnojewishfilm.org or (559) 439-9638.
Also, Temple Beth Israel's Brotherhood organization will sell food and drinks at some film events, starting at 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Brotherhood organization.
Men's BBQ supports Pregnancy Care Center
A men's barbecue supporting the Pregnancy Care Center will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Campus Bible Church, 4710 N. Maple Ave.
The Pregnancy Care Center men's ministry wants men to step up in its battle against abortion and to support men and women trying to decide what to do with an unexpected or unwanted pregnancy.
Pastors Jim Cecy of Campus Bible Church and Jymme Foote of Breaking Free Revival Center will give talks at the event.
Tickets cost $5.
Details: (559) 237-0789.
Women of Spirit meeting has speaker
A teacher at the Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center in Los Angeles is the speaker at the Women of Spirit meeting at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, Oct. 5) at 7319 N. Fourth St.
Sister Padmapriya will talk on "Facing Fear in Yourself and in Relationships."
She is a telecommunication professional who has served as a manager in a multinational corporation in India for eight years. She also teaches Raja Yoga meditation and conducts workshops on topics related to spiritual enrichment.
The event is free and open to everyone.
Details: email, firstname.lastname@example.org or call, (559) 435-2212.
Concert features church's pipe organist
A Bachtober concert featuring the organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach is at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Congregational Church of Fresno, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd.
Bach is considered the most famous composer for the pipe organ and for church music.
The event features Scott Horton, director of music/organist of First Congregational Church. It is free. An offering will be taken to benefit the church's Casavant pipe organ renovation fund.
Details: (559) 227-8489.
Men's fellowship hosts Harvest dinner
A Harvest barbecue dinner is scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 8, at First Armenian Presbyterian Church, 430 S. First St.
Luke Raughley, ministry director of World Impact Fresno, will be the speaker.
The event is presented by the men's fellowship of First Armenian Presbyterian Church.
The program begins with ethnic appetizers at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is at 7.
Cost is $12. Reservations are needed.
Details: email, email@example.com or call, (559) 237-6638.
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