The community is rallying behind Mount Olive Baptist Church in west-central Fresno after vandals tagged the church's main building and an educational wing with graffiti.
The vandalism took place July 12. The next day, congregants were dismayed to see the graffiti in bright orange as they arrived for services. By Monday morning, someone painted over the graffiti.
"They didn't leave a card," says the Rev. Ed Lee, the church pastor. "They cleaned it up."
But some of the graffiti still shows beneath the paint.
After media reports of the vandalism, Lee says the church has received calls from people who are upset that vandals tagged a place of worship. People also have offered to donate paint and equipment, such as ladders and pressure washers, to fully repair the damage.
Lee says the church is accepting donations and planning a paint party, which is tentatively scheduled at 7 a.m. July 26 at the church, 101 W. Clinton Ave.
"I'm hoping a large group of the faith community comes and shows solidarity," says Lee, who is also a board member with the West Fresno Ministerial Alliance.
Mount Olive Baptist Church ministries also are planning to distribute clothing and food to the community as part of the paint party. The church also will provide a barbecue meal.
Lee's daughter, Dayatra Lee, is coordinating the effort. She says, "It seems so basic. Tagging happens all the time. But this has pulled people together."
Details: (559) 228-1880.
MercyMe will perform at Mid-State Fair
Christian rock group Mercy-Me will perform in concerts at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, 2198 Riverside Ave.
The concerts are free with paid admission to the fair.
Details: www.midstatefair.com or (805) 239-0655.
Special programs at Islamic center continue
The Lailat al Qadr programs at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno continue at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at the center, 2111 E. Nees Ave.
Programs also were held Wednesday and Friday.
Lailat al Qadr, or the Night of Power, celebrates the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. It is observed during the last 10 days of the Islamic month of Ramadan.
The Fresno program includes the recitation of the Quran at 6:30 p.m., a presentation by Imam Seyed Ali Ghazvini of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno in English at 7:30 p.m., and Muslim prayer (salat) followed by a meal (iftar) at 8:30 p.m.
Details: www.icfresno.org or (559) 297-9535.
Dinuba church hosts Southern gospel event
Revised Standard Version will perform in a Southern gospel concert at 6 p.m. July 27 at First Baptist Church Dinuba, 600 E. Nebraska Ave.
The Bakersfield quartet is one of the fan favorites at the annual Great Western Southern Gospel Fan Festival in Visalia.
Admission is free. An offering will be taken for the ministry of Revised Standard Version.
The concert is in place of the regular Sunday evening service at First Baptist Church Dinuba.
Details: www.firstbaptistchurchdinuba.org or (559) 591-0234.
Fresno church hosts block party at Lawless
NorthPointe Community Church will host a neighborhood block party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 26 at Lawless K-8 School, 5255 N. Reese Ave.
The annual event features food, games and activities, food distribution and information booths.
NorthPointe Community Church provides a Saturday sports camp at Lawless throughout the year.
Details: www.northpointe.org or (559) 276-2300.