May 23, 2014

Orozco: Valley churches learning to help jobless

A conference on faith-rooted job creation, training or employment support strategies is designed for central San Joaquin Valley churches and nonprofit organizations to help people seeking employment.

A conference on faith-rooted job creation, training or employment support strategies is designed for central San Joaquin Valley churches and nonprofit organizations to help people seeking employment.

The "Work of Our Hands: Transformation Through Social Business" summit will be 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at Fresno Pacific University's BC Lounge, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave.

The conference is designed for leaders of congregations and nonprofits to better understand how faith-rooted solutions can address poverty in the Valley as well as help people overcome unemployment.

Brad Smith, president of Bakke Graduate University in Seattle, Wash., is the main speaker. He is a former pastor and has experience in business, nonprofit organizations and politics.

The conference also will offer the following workshops:

--Ways a Church Can Serve the Unemployed

--Referring Well: Getting the Unemployed in Your Church or Agency to the Right Resources

--A Local Example of a Faith-Based Agency Social Enterprise: Skate INK (Custom Skateboard Design)

--Your Church or Agency as Onramp to Youth Entrepreneurship: Biz Camps.

The summit is sponsored by the Center for Community Transformation, which is part of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary.

Cost is $30 per person or $20 per person for groups of two people or more.

Details: or (559) 453-2367.

Cemeteries offer Memorial Day services

Armenian requiem services will be conducted at Fresno Armenian cemeteries on Memorial Day, which is Monday, May 26.

At 10 a.m. at Ararat Cemetery, 1925 W. Belmont Ave., by the flagpole.

At 10:30 a.m. at Masis Ararat Cemetery, 250 N. Hughes Ave. The service will be held at the Soghomon Tehlirian Monument.

The cemeteries are near each other.

Valley Armenian clergy members will conduct each service, the Hokehankist. Members of the Armenian community are welcome to attend and participate in the services.

Details: (559) 292-2415.

Catholic bishop seeks trafficking awareness

In light of the recent kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in northern Nigeria, Bishop Armando X. Ochoa of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno is speaking out against human trafficking.

In a statement, he says: "As people of faith, we must raise our voice and lend our efforts to join all people of good will to bring an end to this human tragedy and wipe it from the landscape of our world view."

Ochoa is asking diocesan pastors to encourage their parishioners to learn more about the problem and how they can recognize "signs that point to a possible trafficking situation in their own midst."

The diocese also is providing links on the issue at its website,

Details: (559) 488-7400.

Christian commerce ministry sets event

The Fresno chapter of Christians in Commerce will present an event — The Day of Renewal — from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 7 at The Shrine of St. Therese hall, 855 E. Floradora Ave.

The Rev. Jim Franklin, pastor of Cornerstone Church in downtown Fresno, will talk on "Living Your Life Inspired by Christ."

Christians in Commerce is a group of men with ecumenical Christian backgrounds, dedicated to serving Jesus Christ in the marketplace and everyday life.

Meetings are at 6:30 a.m. Wednesdays at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church's St. Francis meeting room. The president is Gary Carrasco.

The event is open to everyone. Cost is $25, including lunch.

Details: (559) 974-2994.

Church will host mission festival

A mission festival will be held May 30 and 31 at Westside Church of God, 1424 W. California Ave.

The event's theme — "You Are a Witness" — is based on John 9:3-4: "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," Jesus said, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work."

The festival begins at 6:45 a.m. Friday with breakfast, followed by a morning session at 8:30. An evening session starts at 6:30 p.m., including the presentation of graduation certificates. The festival is presented by the Fresno School of Mission.

On May 31, a continental breakfast starts at 8 a.m., followed by a morning session that includes a pastors' wives ministry event.

The festival also will feature special prayers for the United States, Congo, Russia, Haiti, Chili, Baja, Iceland, Turkey, Japan, Philippines, China, Korea, Israel, Kenya, Jamaica, England, France, Germany and other countries.

Cost is $15 per person or $30 for a family of four.

Details: (559) 213-5925 or 270-1486.

Church holds concert, CD release event

Jeremy Pearce and the Memphis Sons will present a concert — A Night of Elvis Gospel Music — at 7 p.m. May 31 at Northwest Church, 5415 N. West Ave.

The concert also will serve as a CD release of "Jeremy Pearce — A Tribute to the King." Pearce has been performing Elvis tribute shows in the Valley for more than 30 years.

Opening the concert will be local favorites Wilbur Daniels and The Chordsmen.

Cost is $25 for reserved seating or $15 for general admission.

Details: (559) 779-9139.


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