Orozco: Synagogue to honor social action

The Fresno BeeFebruary 7, 2014 

Temple Beth Israel will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Social Action Award in a way that breaks tradition.

In lieu of a new award recipient, the synagogue will welcome back and honor all previous honorees — many still doing the work they were acknowledged for at the time they received the Social Action Award.

The award is presented to people who exemplify righteous action to help others in performing "repair of the world," or tikkun olam, a tenet of Judaism.

The initial 1989 award was presented to Mike McGarvin, founder of the Poverello House.

The 25th anniversary event is Feb. 21 at Temple Beth Israel, 6622 N. Maroa Ave. A celebratory Shabbat dinner will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a service at 8 p.m.

"We want to look back at the significance of the award to the Jewish community and revisit those who have won," says Sue Seiden of the TBI Social Action Award committee.

The dinner costs $30 in advance or $36 at the door.

Details: (559) 432-3600.

Everyone is welcome to the service, which is dedicated to social action in the community.

Raiders great to speak at Catholic event

A Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end with the Oakland Raiders will be the speaker at the Catholic Professional and Business Club of Fresno's breakfast meeting at 7:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Pardini's, 2257 W. Shaw Ave.

Dave Casper now speaks throughout the nation on faith, sports and business. In the workplace, he assists business owners with financial planning and consultation work.

Casper finished his pro football career with 378 receptions, 5,216 yards and 52 touchdowns. He was selected to four straight Pro Bowls, from 1976 to 1979. In 2002, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Fresno event costs $15 for members and their guests or $20 for nonmembers.

Details: www.cpbcfresno.org or (559) 434-2722.

Bishop will attend Episcopal service

A special service with ramifications for the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin is scheduled for 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Modesto, 1528 Oakdale Road.

The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin was based in Fresno before a split in 2007 led to its move to Stockton, then Modesto.

Bishop David Rice is a candidate for provisional bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin. Because he was ordained as a bishop in the Anglican Church in New Zealand, he must make a Declaration of Conformity at the special service as a bishop in the Episcopal Church.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori of the U.S. Episcopal Church will attend the service.

A special convention to elect Rice is proposed in March. If elected, he would succeed Bishop Chester L. Talton, who served as provisional bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin for nearly three years.

Details: www.diosanjoaquin.org.

Church hosts reception for pastor's 10 years

A dessert reception — celebrating the Rev. Natalie Chamberlain's 10 years of ministry at United Christian Church in Fresno — is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the church, 1038 W. Shields Ave.

There will be a sharing time when people can talk about what Chamberlain's involvement in their lives has meant to them.

The day is Chamberlain's last Sunday as full-time pastor at the church. "Not sure what comes next," says Chamberlain, adding she likely will remain in church ministry.

Details: (559) 227-2050.

Catholics to celebrate Anniversary Mass

An Anniversary Mass — celebrating the milestone anniversaries of married couples — will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Peter Prince of Apostles Catholic Church in Lemoore, 870 N. Lemoore Ave.

The annual event is for couples celebrating 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 or more years of marriage.

Each couple will receive a blessing and a certificate from Bishop Armando X. Ochoa of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno.

Details: www.dioceseoffresno.org or (559) 488-7400.

Crist Family to perform farewell concert

A Crist Family farewell concert is scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Northwest Church, 5415 N. West Ave.

After traveling full time for the last 10 years, the Crist Family has decided to come off the road.

The Southern gospel concert features the six-member ensemble singing duets, trios, quartets and as a full ensemble in four-, five- and six-part harmonies.

Admission is free. An offering will be taken.

Details: www.cristfamilymusic.com.

Oakhurst church hosts CD release concerts

Release concerts for Tim Johnson's new CD — "Songs of My Father" — are scheduled at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at Oakhurst Lutheran Church, 39255 Black Road, Oakhurst.

In between the concerts, a pasta dinner will be offered at the church to benefit the Cowboy Gospel Service, which is led by Johnson and presented at 4 p.m. Sundays at Oakhurst Lutheran Church.

Featured on the new album are Johnson, lead vocal, fiddle/violin and mandolin; Arnie Johnson, rhythm and lead guitars; Bobby Black, steel guitar; Keith Johnson, bass guitar; Kevin Hill, bass guitar; Gary and Deanna Kenedy, vocal harmonies; Evo Bluestein, claw hammer banjo; and Tom Stoeckel and Jimmy McCarty, drums.

Details: (559) 683-4673.


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

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