Orozco: Faith events to honor MLK Jr.

The Fresno BeeJanuary 10, 2014 

Special faith events are scheduled in the central San Joaquin Valley to commemorate the life and dreams of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

-- An ecumenical prayer breakfast will be at 6:30 a.m. Thursday at Westside Church of God, 1424 W. California Ave. The theme is "A Day of Reconciliation."

Bishop Jerry Macklin of Glad Tidings Church of God in Hayward will speak at the breakfast. Cost is $20.

Later in the day, Macklin also will talk at a pastors-only luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, which is at 1540 M St., and an evening service at 7 p.m. at Westside Seventh-day Adventist Church, which is at 2750 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The service is open to the public.

All events are presented by the West Fresno Ministerial Alliance.

Details: (559) 213-5925.

-- An all-faiths service, community forum and candlelight vigil will be from 4-6 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Fresno City College Old Administration Building, 1101 E. University Ave.

The service features spiritual leaders and musical groups. On the community panel are: Deborah Blue, chancellor of the State Center Community College District; Lynne Ashbeck, Clovis mayor; Rep. Jim Costa, a Fresno Democrat; and Les Kimber, a former Fresno City Council member and retired founder of the California Advocate newspaper.

The City of Fresno Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Committee is presenting the event, along with other events and activities, from Friday to Feb. 11. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Jan. 20.

Details: (559) 435-2212 or 227-9819.

Catholic event promotes dignity of life

A Rosary Walk & Respect Life Mass, presented by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno, is scheduled Jan. 18 in Fresno.

The walk begins at 3 p.m., from the Family Planning Associates office, 165 N. Clark St., and ends at St. John's Cathedral, 2814 Mariposa St., where a bilingual Respect Life Mass starts at 4:15 p.m.

The event also is in conjunction with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' nationwide call to "Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage," from Jan. 18-26.

The bishops want others to pray with them to end abortion. Catholicism proclaims the sacredness of life and the dignity of all persons, especially the unborn. The 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade is Jan. 22.

The Fresno events also are in preparation for the Walk for Life West Coast event Jan. 25 in San Francisco.

Details: (559) 488-7400 or 229-2229.

Mosque presents night with comedian

A comedy night fundraiser event is planned at 5 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, 2111 E. Nees Ave.

The event features Baba Ali, an Iranian-born American comedian. He also is co-founder of Ummah Films, a Muslim film company that attempts to provide Halal entertainment to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

The event also celebrates the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam. Tickets cost $25 for adults or $10 for students and children.

Details: icfresno.org or (559) 297-9535.

Dixie Melody Boys coming to Fresno

One of gospel music's most popular quartets will perform in a Central California Southern Gospel Music Association event at 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at Northwest Church, 5415 N. West Ave.

The Dixie Melody Boys, based in Kinston, N.C., have achieved more than 20 Top 40 hits since the group was founded in 1961 and earned a Grammy nomination.

The quartet is led by Ed O'Neal, bass singer and recent inductee into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Details: godsmusicnow.com or (559) 434-6736.

Porterville couple writes book on David

Two members of Porterville Church of God are co-authors of a new book, "The Making of A King" (WestBow Press).

Joe and Ava Becerra's book is a fun adventure book about David as he was growing up in the Judean mountain range and the faith he needed to fight Goliath. Ava Becerra is the church clerk.

Joe Becerra says the book is targeted for early adolescent and young teens. He says he hopes the book entices readers to delve into the Bible, primarily the Old Testament, and "search out the deeper things of God."

A book signing for the Becerras will be 6-8 p.m. Jan. 18 at Pizza Factory, 897 W. Henderson Ave., Porterville.

Details: westbowpress.com.

Spiritual center hosts one-person show

A touring one-person show will be performed at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at Center for Spiritual Living Fresno, 723 W. Clinton Ave.

John O'Brien's "Gratitude Stories" is a portrait of his family, his angry relationship with his father, a game warden, and the slow process of reconciliation and peace after his father was diagnosed with cancer. O'Brien's family lived in Fresno when he was in kindergarten.

Among O'Brien's first performances was at the Rocky Mountain men's conference in Boulder, Colo., in 1991.

Details: cslfresno.org or (559) 485-2676.

Armenian church hosts Epiphany dinner

The founder of a global children's ministry will be the speaker at the 2014 Epiphany dinner event at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at First Armenian Presbyterian Church, 430 S. First St.

Kristina Garabedian is founder of ShoeBox Sharing, a nonprofit organization that helps children in the Republic of Armenia, India, Romania, Rwanda, Bolivia and California by providing needed school supplies, blankets, medical supplies and dental services. She lives in Fresno.

The event is presented by the men's fellowship ministry.

The public is welcome. Reservations are needed.

Details: email, administration@fapc or call, (559) 237-6638.


The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6304 or rorozco@fresnobee.com.

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