A west-central Fresno church is honoring the mothers in its congregation on Mother's Day, which is Sunday, May 11.
First Congregational Church of Fresno, also known as The Big Red Church, will present its Mother's Day Brunch at 11:30 a.m. in the church's Fellowship Hall, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd. The brunch comes after the 10 a.m. service.
The church is encouraging members to invite their families and friends for the brunch and special time of fellowship. Cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. Moms eat free. No reservations are needed.
The event is sponsored by the Ministry of Church Life at First Congregational Church.
Details: www.bigredchurch.org or (559) 227-8489.
Church offers blessing for unborn child
A special blessing for expectant mothers and the child in the womb will be offered at Masses on Sunday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Clovis, 929 Harvard Ave.
The Catholic Church teaches that the blessing sustains the parents by imparting grace and comfort in time of concern and need, unites the parish in prayer for the unborn child and fosters respect for human life within society.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help celebrates Masses on Sunday at 8 a.m. in Spanish and 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. in English.
Details: www.olphclovis.org or (559) 299-4270.
Armenian church enhances its courtyard
A courtyard enhancement project at Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church in downtown Fresno is expected to be completed by the end of this month.
Plans call for new benches, night lights, a sound system and landscaping in the courtyard. A focal point will be a double-sided sculpture of the Armenian alphabet and a Khachkar that was carved and brought from Armenia.
Once completed, the courtyard will serve as a multipurpose outdoor facility for church social activities and events for the Fresno Armenian community.
The courtyard project also is in preparation for a church celebration on Nov. 1, marking the 100th anniversary of the construction of its sanctuary. It is the first one built in the style of traditional Armenian church architecture in the United States.
The church is at 2226 Ventura Ave.
Details: www.holytrinityfresno.org or (559) 442-9892.
Evangel Home staff receives heartfelt gifts
Hand-painted flower pots recently were given in appreciation to staff members of the Evangel Home, a Christ-centered facility that serves homeless women and children.
The pots were artistically decorated by a board member, Nelda Baker, with the words: "We appreciate you" on the bottom of each pot.
Patty Jennings, program manager at the Evangel Home, also made personalized bookmarks for the staff members.
The special gifts were presented to staff members at the Evangel Home's annual retreat, which is a time of reflection and planning.
Details: www.evangelhome.org or (559) 264-4714.
Synagogue will host Mah Jongg event
A Mah Jongg tournament and luncheon will be June 8 at Temple Beth Israel, 6622 N. Maroa Ave. Proceeds will benefit Temple Beth Israel Sunday School.
Mah Jongg is a Chinese game usually played by four people, with 136 or 144 rectangular pieces called tiles. The object is to collect winning sets of these tiles, as in card games such as gin rummy.
This is the second year that Temple Beth Israel will host the tournament and luncheon.
Cost is $40, including a continental breakfast and lunch, before May 17. After that, the cost is $45. The registration deadline is May 30.
Details: email Kassel9638@gmail.com or (559) 432-9638.
Master's Men event returns to Fresno
A Master's Men Conference will be held Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17, at the Fresno Convention Center's Valdez Hall, 700 M St. This year's theme is "Quit Ye Like Men."
The annual event is a gathering of like-minded, independent, fundamental, Baptist brethren, coming together for "an old-fashioned men's revival meeting," according to www.mastersmenconference.com.
Right to Life hosts golf fundraiser
Right to Life of Central California will present the 18th edition of its Golf for Life event on Thursday, May 15, at Sunnyside Country Club, 5704 E. Butler Ave.
Details: www.righttolifeca.org or (559) 229-2229.
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