The senior pastor of a downtown Fresno church — known for his work to "bring our city back to God" — will be honored Sunday, Nov. 3, for 20 years of ministry at the church.
The Rev. Jim Franklin will be recognized at the 9 and 11 a.m. services in the Wilson Theater, 1455 Fulton St.
A special dinner also will honor Franklin, as well as his wife Cyndi, at 6 p.m. at Cornerstone Conference Center, 1545 Fulton St. Cost is $30.
Franklin started at Cornerstone Church in 1993. The church has grown into one of downtown Fresno's largest congregations. It has a large food distribution ministry as well as a toy giveaway program during the holidays.
Details: cornerstonefresno.com or (559) 442-0122.
Sikhs celebrating Diwali in Caruthers
A Sikh Diwali celebration will be 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Caruthers Sikh Temple, 2025 W. Clemenceau Ave.
For Sikhs, Diwali or Festival of Lights celebrates Guru Hargobind's release from prison in 1619. Hargobind is the sixth guru. The celebrations emphasize victory of good over evil as well as light over darkness.
To mark the occasion, prayers will be recited for three days at Caruthers Sikh Temple, ending today. The event features a fireworks display at 8:30 p.m.
A vegetarian Sikh dinner will be provided.
There is no entry charge, and parking is free.
Hindus preparing for Diwali festival
A Diwali and Annakut celebration is 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, a Hindu temple at 1425 W. Pine Ave. in central Fresno.
For the Hindu faithful, Diwali celebrates the Indian New Year. Annakut commemorates the offering of hundreds of delicacies to Hindu gods and goddesses at the altar.
Light from wicks will be offered to deities (arti) at 4 p.m. The food offerings (mahaprasad) begin at 5, followed by children's fireworks at 6:30.
Details: baps.org/diwali2013 or (559) 264-1001.
Episcopal church helps in special way
Holy Family Episcopal Church participated in the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin convention last weekend in Modesto — and in a special way.
The Fresno congregation sponsored the travel and provided the housing for Sister Marie Therese of the Society of Saint Margaret in Haiti, making it possible for her to attend the convention as a special guest.
As part of its work with the Diocese of Haiti, Holy Family Episcopal Church has helped make improvements to Foyer Notre Dame in Haiti, a home for the elderly that is operated by Sister Marie.
The theme for the 2013 convention was God's reconciling love.
Details: (559) 439-5011.
Congregants to show 'My Hope' videos
Some central San Joaquin Valley congregants are participating in the "My Hope America with Billy Graham" evangelistic video outreach in November.
The video programs are based on Jesus' call to Matthew — and Matthew's desire to introduce his friends to Jesus.
The videos will be shown in people's homes, at youth groups, small-group meetings, coffee houses or churches.
Officials at Peoples Church, one of the Valley's largest evangelical congregations, say church members are planning to show the videos in their homes and invite friends to watch with them.
Former Fresnan is author of new book
A West Coast launch of former Fresnan Bonnie Floyd's first book, "Bound to a Promise," is scheduled Nov. 9 at Peoples Church, 7172 N. Cedar Ave.
Floyd writes about a family loss while she was a member of Peoples Church. She says she learned of God's peace in the midst of tragedy and how "Choose this day whom you will serve" has become more than just a Scripture to her.
Floyd now is founder of Bonnie Floyd Ministries in Celina, Texas.
The Fresno event begins at 9 a.m. with coffee and refreshments. She speaks at 10 a.m. Reservations are required. Details: Peoples Church women's ministry, email to email@example.com or call (559) 298-8001.
First Presbyterian hosts exhibit
The touring World Vision exhibit "Kisongo Trek" will be open to the public Wednesday, Nov. 6 through Nov. 10 in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot at M and Stanislaus streets in downtown Fresno.
The free exhibit is housed in a high-tech, expandable semi-truck, re-creating what it is like for World Vision sponsors to travel to Kisongo in Tanzania to see how their contributions are creating lasting change for children and families in need.
The exhibit takes about 15 minutes to go through. It is open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 9 and Nov. 10.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Details: (559) 485-6460.
Catholic breakfast group has speaker
A former officer in the Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency is the speaker at the Catholic Professional and Business Club of Fresno's breakfast meeting at 7:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Pardini's, 2257 W. Shaw Ave.
Tom Carroll is talking on "Turkey and the Prospects for Religious Freedom in the Middle East." He also spoke at a Catholic Professional and Business Club meeting in October 2011.
Carroll spent years undercover in the Middle East and is a specialist in Islam and Middle East affairs. While living in Istanbul, Turkey, he converted to Catholicism.
Details: cpbcfresno.org or (559) 434-2722.
Course beginning on raja yoga meditation
A four-week beginner's course on raja yoga meditation begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7319 N. Fourth St. in Fresno.
The course offers study in a spiritual knowledge that nurtures respect for all faiths and explains the nature of the soul, God, time and karma.
Other course meetings are Nov. 12, 19 and 26.
The course is free. Reservations are needed by today. Details: email, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (559) 448-7860.
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