Orozco: Longtime worship pastor at Peoples to retire

The Fresno BeeMay 16, 2014 

The longtime worship arts pastor at Peoples Church in northeast Fresno is saying goodbye after more than 45 years at the church.

Doug Holck is retiring from the church to pursue other goals, such as writing music and books. Since September 1968, he has served on the church staff as the worship arts pastor and executive pastor. His long run ends Sunday, May 18.

Holck's influence has been far-reaching.

He was responsible for overseeing about 300 cast and crew members for annual Easter and Christmas productions, the church's holiday outreaches to the community.

He also led worship at Sunday services, involving more than 150 people in the choir, orchestra and media ministries each week.

For more than 37 years, Holck and his wife, Carol, also have led high school and college students around the world through a music ministry, LightStream.

He has mentored many worship leaders who have gone on to serve in churches throughout the community and the United States.

Peoples Church, at 7172 N. Cedar Ave., offers Sunday services in the main auditorium at 8 and 9:45 a.m.

Details: (559) 298-8001.

New pastor assigned to Catholic church

Monsignor Patrick McCormick has been assigned to be the new pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in northeast Fresno, the church announced. He will join Holy Spirit on July 1.

McCormick replaces the Rev. Eric Swearingen, who was appointed in March as new pastor of the Catholic Church of Visalia. Swearingen served at Holy Spirit for 12 years.

McCormick is currently pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Merced.

Details: www.holyspiritfresno.org or (559) 434-7701.

Synagogue will host film showing

A film about the American Jewish community, Israel and peace will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Congregation Beth Jacob, 406 W. Shields Ave.

"The J Street Challenge" features the views of Alan Dershowitz, Ruth Wisse, Caroline Glick, Andrea Levin, Daniel Gordis, Josh Block, Lenny Ben-David, Noah Pollak and Richard Landes. There will be a panel discussion after the film.

The event is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Central California. Admission is free.

Details: (559) 432-2162.

Clovis church has speaker for service

The co-founder of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., will speak at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, May 18, at Sonrise Church of Clovis, 3105 Locan Ave.

Elmer L. Towns will speak on his newly published "The Prayer Bible" that is scheduled to be released in stores in September.

Towns was serving as dean of the B.R. Lakin School of Religion, dean of Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary and distinguished professor of Systematic Theology at Liberty University, when he went on sabbatical to focus on speaking and writing.

"The Prayer Bible" is a new, modern language Bible that paraphrases each verse into a prayer. Towns is author of more than 170 books.

Details: www.mysonrise.com or (559) 291-5437.

Spiritual group offers program on silence

A program on "The Inner World of Silence" will be presented at the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization gathering at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at 7319 N. Fourth St.

Organizers say silence is real when there is a deep experience of peace in the heart and mind that is lasting, when it helps you to remain stable in peace regardless of situations encountered, and when it gives a sense of enduring comfort to the soul.

The free event also includes guided meditation, silent reflection, contemplative music and time for sharing. Light refreshments will be served.

Details: email, bkwsofresno@gmail.com or (559) 435-2212.

Quartet to perform at Valley churches

The Keepers of the Faith quartet of Puyallup, Wash., has scheduled performances at several central San Joaquin Valley churches:

-- At 7 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Northwest Church, 5415 N. West Ave.

Details: (559) 435-2200.

-- At 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 18, at Calvary Worship Center, 4581 E. Dakota Ave.

Details: (559) 228-8146.

-- At 6 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at First Baptist Church of Dinuba, 600 E. Nebraska Ave.

Details: (559) 591-0234.

The group features lead singer Lima Taito, baritone Ace Taito, tenor Levi D. Taito Jr. and bass Gary Van Ry.


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

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