Central San Joaquin Valley faith-based organizations and churches are making big plans for Eastertime.
• Fresno Rescue Mission, a Christian shelter for homeless and needy people, will distribute a surplus of more than 30,000 pounds of frozen poultry to area churches from 1 to 3 p.m. March 27 at the mission, 310 G St.
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Fresno Rescue Mission wants to partner with churches in their efforts to provide food for their communities during Holy week, which begins with Palm Sunday on March 29 and ends with Easter on April 5.
Reservations for the free giveaway are needed. Churches are asked to also designate the number of pounds of frozen poultry they need. The church name, address and contact person also are required.
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• Northside Christian Church in Clovis has announced its celebrity speaker for Easter weekend — Jim White, who inspired the Disney movie “McFarland, USA.”
The movie is a true story about how White, known as “Coach Blanco,” transformed the Valley community of McFarland by training McFarland High School cross country runners, mainly immigrant field workers, to run fast, work hard and dream of other things than picking almonds and apricots.
In the movie, Kevin Costner plays White.
“Come hear his incredible story,” the Rev. Dave Rutherford, lead pastor of Northside Christian Church, says at northsidechurch.com/home. “We are a community of ordinary people who are learning to know what it means to love God, love others, serve the world.”
Northside Christian Church services on Easter weekend are at 6 p.m. April 4 and 9 and 11 a.m. April 5. The church also is planning a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt for children after service April 4. There also will be regular egg hunts during both services April 5.
The church is at 2709 E. Nees Ave. Details: (559) 323-9675.