News and events from the Valley’s faith community:
New stained glass at Redeemer church
Redeemer Lutheran Church commissioned Haeger Stained Glass Studio in San Jose to create two windows for the church.
One window is in memorial of Marvin Bier, an organist for 60 years for Emmanuel Lutheran Church and Redeemer Lutheran Church. The other is dedicated to the memory of Reverend Stan Quebe, who served both Emmanuel Lutheran and Redeemer Lutheran Church.
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Both windows are based on Psalms and views of Yosemite and the Giant Sequoias.
Mennonite Central Committee names executive director
Nate Yoder was named the West Coast Mennonite Central Committee executive director, beginning June 1. He is based in Reedley.
Yoder, who received his master of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and completed a doctorate of ministry with a focus on para-church executive leadership at Denver Seminary, has 14 years pastoral experience. He has served for four years as bishop of the Atlantic Conference of the Brethren in Christ Church.
As executive director, Yoder will oversee 11 people relating to Anabaptist congregations in nine states and will carry out regional work in restorative justice and immigration direct services and education and in peacebuilding along the Mexico-U.S. border.
• Also, the West Coast Mennonite Relief Sale and Auction fundraiser continues today, April 11, at Fresno Pacific University, 1717 Chestnut Ave.
Kings County offers training to faith community
Kings County Behavioral Health is launching a Spirituality Initiative to partner traditional mental health services with local faith-based communities.
It will hold two days of training for faith-based community leaders. The first is “Spirituality 101 Training: Addressing the Spiritual and Cultural needs in a Behavioral Health Setting” on Friday, April 17, in Hanford. The second is “Mental Health 101: Training for Faith Leaders and Faith Based Community Members” on Saturday, April 18, also in Hanford.
There is no cost to attend, but space is limited. Details: (559) 852-2437, email@example.com.
Sikhs celebrate New Year
The community is invited to join as Sikhs celebrate Vaisakhi, the beginning of the Sikh New Year, with two local events.
• Sikhs will celebrate in Caruthers with a focus on children from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at 2025 W. Clemenceau Ave.
• The 21st annual Selma Sikh Day Parade, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 19. It starts at theSikh Temple
at 2211 S. Highland Ave. and returns to the temple after going through the city of Selma.
The Selma Nagar Kirtan parade has grown in size and the number of participants. Organizers expect attendance to reach close to 8,000. Vegetarian foods will also be available at no cost.
Details: (559) 906-7403.
Interfaith Lavender Convention meets
The interfaith Lavender Convention will meet at Wesley United Methodist Chuch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 11. The daylong event is in support of the LGBT community and highlights religious and spiritual resources and expressions from the community. There will also be Taize worship.
The church is at 1343 E. Barstow Ave. Tickets cost $20 and include lunch. Details: www.thelavenderconvention.com.
Palm Methodist holds flower show
Palm Methodist Church will hold the 10th annual Ikebana flower show and boutique 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11. Tickets cost $5 and proceeds will benefit Reedley Community Youth Ministries and Dinuba Open Gate Ministries.
The church is at 438 W. Tulare St. in Dinuba. Details: (559) 591-0534 or 679-8074.
Christ Church holds SpringFest
Christ Church Women will hold the annual “SpringFest” from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at the Evergreen Conference Center in Oakhurst.
Those who attend are asked to bring cards, board games, poker chips or any game they’d like to play. There will be door prizes, drawings, and a mini boutique. Tickets are $16 and includes lunch, table snacks, wine and beverages.
E.C.C.O. is at 43803 Highway 41 in Oakhurst. Details: (559) 877-6401 or 683-7374.
Concert planned at New Covenant
The Chordsmen and Reliance will hold a concert at 7 p.m. Friday, April 17, at New Covenant Church. Admission is free although there will be a free-will offering.
The church is at 1744 E. Nees Ave. Details: (559) 225-2351.
Academy at the Well, 6:15-8:15 Mondays through April. 27, The Well Community Church, 2044 E. Nees Ave., 326-5100, www.thewellcommunity.org/equipping/academy, $50.
GriefShare, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, Clovis Evangelical Free Church, 2377 Armstrong Ave., Clovis, 292-3344.
DivorceCare Support Group, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, Clovis Hills Community Church, 10590 N. Willow Ave., Clovis, 297-2600.
GriefShare — Care Connections, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, The Bridge Evangelical Church, 3438 E. Ashlan Ave., 226-4100.
Marriage Skills Class, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Healthy Marriage Coalition Training Center, 575 E. Alluvial Ave., Suite 102, 313-4226, $60 six-week class.