A Hindu festival will celebrate two important occasions for the Hindu faithful in the central San Joaquin Valley.
The Jayanti and Ram Navmi event begins at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, a Hindu temple at 1425 W. Pine Ave.
Jayanti celebrates the birthday of Lord Swaminarayan, the founder of the Swaminarayan tradition in Hinduism. Swaminarayan was born April 2, 1781, in Chhapaiya.
This coincides with the occasion of Ram Navmi, the birth of Lord Rama, a Hindu deity who is the seventh incarnation of the Dashavatara of Vishnu.
The festival is designed for the Hindu faithful to learn how the perfect harmony of spiritual elements shaped the lives of Lord Swaminarayan and Lord Rama.
A dinner (mahaprasad) will be served
Details: (559) 464-5437.
Northwest Church closes its library
The library at Northwest Church in northwest Fresno has closed due to a declining readership on traditional books.
The library had one of the largest collections of Christian books and other resources of any central San Joaquin Valley church. Marilyn Peters started the library. Laura Wilson was the head librarian for many years.
At a church service Sunday, about 20 people received special certificates for their work in the library.
The library room now will be used to expand Shining Star Preschool, which is based at Northwest Church.
Details: (559) 435-2200.
Clovis Hills has new senior pastor
Clovis Hills Community Church has a new senior pastor — Shawn Beaty.
He replaces the Rev. Steve Davidson, who founded Clovis Hills in November 1991. Davidson now becomes a teaching pastor at Clovis Hills. He also is working on his doctorate in ministry.
Clovis Hills has been planning for the leadership change for the past 1 1/2 years when Beaty and Davidson were co-lead pastors.
Beaty has a bachelor's degree in organizational psychology from Bethel University and a master's of divinity from Bethel Seminary. At one time, he also played bass and guitar in the well-known Christian punk rock band Dogwood.
The church is at 10590 N. Willow Ave., Clovis.
Details: (559) 297-2600.
Former NFL coach to speak at FCA event
A former NFL head coach and offensive coordinator — and ex-Fresno State player and assistant — is the keynote speaker at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Night of Champions fundraiser event at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the Clovis North Performing Arts Center.
Mike Martz is an NFL analyst for FOX Sports with Ron Pitts. Martz is best known as a former head coach of the St. Louis Rams and as the offensive coordinator behind the high-powered 1999 team that won the Super Bowl.
The program also features former Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Larry Powell as well as former Fresno State athletes Tyler Clutts, Mallory Gilbert, Zack Follett and Shelly Stokes. They will be interviewed on how they live out their faith as athletes.
The event will honor Athletes of the Year at 12 FCA huddle groups at Valley high schools.
Cost is $10 at the door. Proceeds will help send varsity boys football and varsity girls soccer athletes to FCA sports camps at Hume Lake Christian Camps.
Details: (559) 250-6718.
Meditation group to look at relationships
The power of healing and healthy relationships will be discussed at a Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at 7319 N. Fourth St.
The program will feature a spiritual talk, time for reflection and guided meditation. There also will be an Earth Day observance.
Details: email, firstname.lastname@example.org or call, (559) 435-2212.
Church to host 'Christ in Passover' Seder
An interactive presentation of the traditional Passover Seder from a Judeo-Christian perspective is scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at First Christian Church, 1023 N. Chinowth Ave., Visalia.
The "Christ in the Passover"event will feature worship, sharing, instruction, fellowship and a meal catered by Larry DeHoog. Mike Kaplan, a Messianic Jew, will lead the presentation.
The reservation deadline has passed.
Details: (559) 732-6623.
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