Roman Catholics in the central San Joaquin Valley have an opportunity to help with the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines.
One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded slammed into the Philippines on Nov. 8, killing several thousand people and displacing thousands of others. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno is asking each parish to take a special offering for the victims of the typhoon.
Some parishes are taking special offerings as part of their Liturgy of Thanksgiving Day, when parishioners will pray in thanksgiving for what God has provided and for the typhoon victims.
In Hanford, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church will take its offering at a Mass at 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, which is Thursday.
Immaculate Heart of Mary is at 10355 Hanford-Armona Road. Details: (559) 584-8576.
Bible conference signs new five-year deal
West Coast Conference has signed a new five-year deal with the Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center, keeping the annual Bible conference at the Fresno Convention Center from 2015-19.
West Coast Conference recently reached its 31st year at the Fresno Convention Center. About 3,000 Pentecostal believers from throughout the nation attend the conference each day.
The event is presented by Truth Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church in central Fresno.
Details: fresnoconventioncenter.com or truthtabfresno.org.
Roadshow tickets now available in advance
Tickets for The Roadshow 2014, a Christian musical festival, can be purchased in advance for the first time.
The concert, featuring Christian performers Skillet, Third Day, Andy Mineo, Jamie Grace and others, is scheduled Feb. 14 at the Save Mart Center.
Tickets went on sale Oct. 26. All seats are reserved.
There are three ways to buy tickets: at the door for $10, in advance at the Save Mart Center box office for $10 or online or by phone for $20.
Details: ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000.
Fresno Pacific offers Lessons and Carols
A Festival of Lessons and Carols concert will be presented by Fresno Pacific University at 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Fresno, 1540 M St.
The event's theme — "Let Heaven and Nature Sing" — features the university's Concert Choir, Women's Chorale, Men's Chorus, Crosswind contemporary Christian ensemble, Pacific Brass Choir and Pacific handbell choir. Fresno Pacific students also will provide artwork and read Scripture.
This is the concert's 11th year.
Cost is $10 for general admission and $5 for students. Reservations are recommended.
Details: email, email@example.com or call, (559) 453-2267.
Messiah Sing-Along scheduled Dec. 1
The 37th edition of the Messiah Sing-Along will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at First Presbyterian Church, 1540 M St.
Fresno-area churches are invited to bring their choirs to the event. Individuals, both amateur and accomplished musicians, also are welcome to participate.
Those attending the event are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the needy at Christmas time. The items will be distributed through the Fresno Rescue Mission, Evangel Home and the First Presbyterian Church food pantry.
After the concert ends, a soup-and-bread supper will be served.
The event and meal are free. Donations will be accepted.
Details: (559) 485-6460.
Lutheran church hosts Thanksgiving revue
A Thanksgiving Revue of Music and Skits will continue at 7:30 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 23) and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church's Jacobson Hall, 5140 N. Fruit Ave.
The event began Friday.
The event is under the direction of Ken Green and features performances by members of the Wrinkles cast.
Admission is a can of food, which will be added to the church's Thanksgiving baskets ministry.
Details: (559) 225-2092.
Unitarians showing film on hunger
A film on hunger — "A Place at The Table" — will be shown at 7 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 23) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave.
The film explores the reason hunger exists and the possible solutions to end it.
After the film ends, a discussion will be led by Brandie Banks-Bey of the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Project, Tom Matott of Fresno Metro Ministry and Andy Sousa of Community Food Bank in Fresno.
The event is free and open to the public.
Details: (559) 322-6146.
St. Columba boutique is scheduled Dec. 7
A Festival of Trees boutique will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 7 at St. Columba Church, 5073 N. Palm Ave.
Lunch also will be available for purchase.
Details: (559) 229-8534.
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