Orozco: Webcast of Chuck Smith service set

The Fresno BeeOctober 25, 2013 

A live webcast of the public memorial service for pastor Chuck Smith — founder of Calvary Chapel and the "Jesus Movement" of the late 1960s and early '70s — will be shown Sunday, Oct. 27, in Visalia.

Smith died Oct. 3 at his home in Newport Beach after a two-year battle with lung cancer. He was 86. A memorial service is scheduled Sunday at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

The "Tribute to Pastor Chuck" memorial service will be shown 5 to 8 p.m. at Calvary Chapel Visalia, 11720 Avenue 264. The Visalia church is among more than 200 churches worldwide planning to show the tribute.

Smith's last visit to Calvary Chapel Visalia was in July 2010, when he was traveling to encourage pastors and churches that sprang out of the Jesus Movement. During Smith's visit, Christian rock band Love Song performed.

The Rev. Bob Grenier, pastor of Calvary Chapel Visalia, says Smith touched many lives with his gifts, including as pastor/teacher.

"He has demonstrated a great sense of love, compassion and grace toward people," Grenier says. "His example has helped establish our future. The fruit remains. Pastor Chuck has been a tremendous example not only for me, but also for hundreds and hundreds of others."

Details: calvarychapelvisalia.com or (559) 687-0220.

Unitarian Universalist library wins contest

The Norelma Walker Youth Library at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno is the winner of the My Favorite Library contest, sponsored by the Friends of Freddy.

FOF is an international membership organization dedicated to the preservation and the perpetuation of the writings of Walter R. Brooks and his alter-ego, Freddy the Pig.

Nancy Hatcher, a library committee member at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, wrote the winning entry, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Yosemite."

Prizes include three Freddy books for the library and copies of "The Art of Freddy" and "Talking Animals and Other Friends."

FOF also will donate a set of Freddy books to the needy library of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno's choice. Details: (559) 322-6146.

Temple Beth Israel hosts Hanukkah bazaar

The 22nd edition of the Hanukkah bazaar at Temple Beth Israel is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the synagogue's social hall, 6622 N. Maroa Ave.

The event features latkes and matzo ball soup, offered by the Sisterhood organization, and deli items, presented by the Brotherhood organization.

The bazaar also features hand-crafted jewelry, clothing, home decor and children's gifts.

The event is free and open to the public. Details: (559) 432-3600.

Lutheran church holds blessing of pets

A Blessing of the Pets service is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 1521 Tollhouse Road, Suite D, Clovis.

The service will take place in front of the worship center.

Everyone and their pets — birds, cats, rabbits, dogs, chicks, fish, lizards and others — are welcome. Details: lordoflifechurch.org or (559) 298-2548.

Serra Club presents Steinbock golf event

The annual Bishop John Steinbock Memorial golf tournament is Monday, Oct. 28, at Fort Washington Golf and Country Club.

The event has a noon shotgun start. The foursome scramble costs $150 per person.

The event is presented by the Serra Club of Fresno. Proceeds support the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno's vocations, seminarians and the religious. Details: (559) 240-9644.

Reedley church hosts an encore concert

One of Argentina's leading classical guitarists will perform at a concert fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Reedley, 1018 N. Frankwood Ave.

Fabio Zini gave a performance at the Reedley church for its 100th anniversary in 2007. Church officials are dubbing the event as Zini's encore concert in Reedley.

In 2007, Zini also was named Flamingo Artist of the Year in Miami and nominated for a Latin Grammy award in the tango genre. He has recorded four CDs, including "The Ten Commandments of the Guitar," which also is a Zini book.

The Reedley concert costs $50. Details: stanthonyschurch-reedley.org or (559) 638-2012.

Bethesda Apostolic hosts revival/telethon

A 24-hour revival/telethon fundraiser is scheduled from 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, to 8 p.m. Nov. 2 at Bethesda Apostolic Church, 2723 E. Dakota Ave.

The event will feature power prayer, praise and the preached word for 24 hours, including a "midnight madness" worship and a youth shut-in at the church.

The event also will be live-streamed at bethesdaexperience.com. People can receive prayer and make donations for 24 hours.

The event is geared toward at-risk youths and children. All proceeds will support youth and children's ministries. Details: (559) 225-1673.

Northpark presents holiday boutique

A holiday boutique will be held 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, and 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Northpark Community Church, 2297 E. Shepherd Ave.

The event is presented by the church's women's ministry. Proceeds benefit local organizations, such as the Evangel Home, Pregnancy Care Center and Angels of Grace.

Details: 322-7200.

Church hosts annual Harvest Festival

The 12th annual Harvest Festival at First Armenian Presbyterian Church is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the church, 430 S. First St. at Huntington Boulevard in Fresno.

The festival is designed for children, preschool through sixth grade, and their families. Visitors are asked to wear friendly costumes to the event. Details: fapc.net or (559) 237-6638.


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