Gospel concert planned
Calvary Chapel Visalia will hold a cowboy gospel concert featuring award-winning artists R.W. Hampton and Belinda Gail at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25. The event is free and all ages are welcome.
The church is at 11720 Ave. 264 in Visalia. Details: (559) 687-0020.
2015 Spring Gala
Gateway Church of Visalia will hold the 2015 Gateway Women’s Spring Gala at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25 with speaker Bianca Olthoff. She works as chief storyteller for The A21 Campaign, a global anti-human trafficking organization. There will also be a vendor fair with 30 vendors.
Elysium Calling in Concert
Elysium Calling will perform 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at First Congregational Church of Fresno. The group consists of Garth D. Brooks on acoustic guitar and Kenneth Hooper on Native American flute, and will be joined by percussionist Rick Dunlap. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the organ fund at the church.
Tickets cost $10. Details: (559) 577-2256, Franks@attitude.com.
April is child abuse prevention month and Sunday, April 26, marks Blue Sunday Day of Prayer, when churches will take time during services to pray for the victims of child abuse and those who rescue them.
Taking on poverty
Ivan Gonzalez, from Christian Community Development Association, will speak on social enterprise as a way to take communities out of poverty during “Business as an Agent of Change.” The event is sponsored by Fresno Pacific University Center for Community Transformation and School of Business and will be held at Northwest Church, 5415 N. West Ave.
Tickets cost $35, $25 each for more than two, $10 for students and includes lunch. Details: (559) 453-2367, Jeanette.firstname.lastname@example.org, the-work-of-our-hands-summit-series-2015.eventbrite.com.
Central Valley Embrace training planned
Central Valley Embrace will hold a week of training at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church Hall for anyone interested in the ministry.
The group was formed to help families who have experienced loss from miscarriage, still birth or early infant loss and has been recognized by the Family Life Ministry Council of the Diocese of Fresno. They are also the first charter of Allembrace out of Atlanta and operate under their nonprofit status. The group holds memorial events throughout the year and intends to include additional services.
The week of training is at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church Hall. Medical staff training will be 8-10 a.m. Friday, May 1, breakfast is included. Clergy training is 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, and will be a working lunch. A general information session will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, and includes lunch. A follow up for anyone interested in leading an embrace team for their parish will be 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3.
Big Man’s breakfast
Iron Men’s Ministry will hold the Big Man’s Breakfast 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Road Church Auditorium. San Diego Charger football players Nick Novak, Vince Brown, Seyi Ajirotutu and Darrell Stuckey will be speaking. The non-denominational meeting includes door prizes and a raffle.
The church is at 1021 S. Burke in Visalia. Tickets cost $20-$40. Details: (559) 740-4230, www.facebook.com/ironmensministry.