Fresno/Clovis Prayer Breakfast set for Tuesday
The 60th Fresno/Clovis Prayer Breakfast will be Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Fresno Convention Center Valdez Hall. Organizers say the sold-out event will have more than 1,500 in attendance. The keynote speaker is pastor Chuck Swindoll, a national radio personality since 1979.
Other highlights are a video tribute to Fresno Fire Capt. Pete Dern, injured last year in a fall through a burning roof. Also, organizers say one of the founders of the prayer breakfast will speak – at least via video, but possibly in person, health permitting. Cornerstone Church pastor Jim Franklin will be the event emcee.
The breakfast’s primary purpose is prayer for the area’s government leaders – more than 50 elected officials or their representatives are expected, plus appointed leaders such as police chiefs.
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Rock & Worship Roadshow coming Feb. 26
The eighth annual Rock & Worship Roadshow presented by Compassion International will return to the Save Mart Center for performances beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, from Newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Mandisa, Phil Wickham, Family Force 5, Audio Adrenaline and preshow artists Danny Gokey and Citizen Way.
Admission is $10, or $50 for VIP tickets that include a question-and-answer session with Camp, Mandisa and other artists, along with early seating, tour T-shirt, VIP laminate and 40-song digital download.
New Unitarian Universalist minister honored
Rev. Tim Kutzmark will be formally installed as the new minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave., Fresno, during a special service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27.
The congregation voted to call Kutzmark their new minister after a yearlong national search. Kutzmark previously served growing congregations in Virginia and Massachusetts, where he placed emphasis on ministry for families, children and those with no church affiliation.
Kutzmark says he “believes strongly that people of faith must be engaged in the larger community and work to transform injustice and inequality.” He has advocated for a living wage, marriage equality, environmental sustainability, death with dignity, gun control, and the Black Lives Matter campaign.
Before coming to Fresno, he served on the Board of UU Mass Action, a legislative advocacy group that lobbies for liberal religious values, and served as president of the Massachusetts Bay District Chapter of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association. He has done overseas ministry, including being part of a three-person delegation in Afghanistan that assessed human rights issues and learned how women are creating change in the country, and has traveled to Iraq, Iran, Uganda, Rwanda and Palestine’s occupied West Bank. In Palestine, he was tear-gassed while participating in nonviolent protests against the Israeli occupation.
Ben Peters to talk at Fresno Pacific
The Center for Anabaptist Studies at Fresno Pacific University will host speaker Ben Peters on Wednesday, March 2, at the university, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.
Organizers say Peters joined the military but “refused the military oath to keep allegiance to Jesus.” He will present two talks: “If the Bible Teaches Peacemaking, Why Aren’t All Christians Pacifists?” at 11:45 a.m. in the seminary chapel, and “Peacemaking & Justice in the Bible: Reading with Jesus and the Prophets” at 1:30 p.m. in North Hall 127.
— He will also attend a “College Hour” at 10 a.m. in the Special Events Center.
Sunday, Feb. 21
The Art of Living with Love
Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Orgranization, 7319 N. Fourth St., Fresno, 559-435-2212. 3-5 p.m.
Richard Galloway Memorial Organ Evensong
First Congregational Church of Fresno, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd., Fresno, 559-227-8489, Free-will offering. 4 p.m.
Seminar of Hope with Vernon Robertson: How to Pray for Your Sons, Daughters and Loved Ones
Monday, Feb. 22
Kerman Covenant Church, 15495 W. Whitesbridge Ave., Kerman, 559-846-5307, free. 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 23
Thursday, Feb. 25
Introduction to Jodo Shinshu Buddhism
Fresno Dharma Center, 2690 E. Alluvial Ave, Room 102, Clovis. Four-week course taught by Rev. Hamasaki. 7-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 27
Oasis Day Retreat
Bennett’s Ranch, 26801 Road 132, Visalia, 559-627-8202, Free-will offering. 7-9 p.m.
Tuesday, March 1
End of Life Healthcare with Dr. Sylvia Miller
New Covenant Community Church, 1744 E. Nees Ave., Fresno, Free. 6:30-8 p.m.
Thursday, March 3
Fresno Catholic Singles
St. Paul Catholic Newman Center, 1572 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno. 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 5
Mah Jongg Tournament
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