L.A. pastor coming to Madera with message of ‘rebuilding the family by rebuilding the man’
Pastor and inspirational speaker Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson from Los Angeles will speak at 6 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Valley West Christian Center, 101 W. Adell St., Madera, hosted by the Madera Ministerial Association. The event is free but donations will be accepted. A light dinner will be served after his speech.
Peterson is founder and president of the nonprofit Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny and the BOND Leadership Academy, an all-boys private school in Los Angeles. BOND was founded 26 years ago and is dedicated to “rebuilding the family by rebuilding the man.”
Peterson also will be speaking with young men in custody at Madera County Juvenile Hall, Madera County Jail, and Valley State Prison in Chowchilla about “victimhood mentality” and taking personal responsibility for their actions.
“One of the biggest problems facing incarcerated young men, and women, is their inability to deal with the anger and rage that they feel toward authority,” Peterson says. “Over the past 26 years, we’ve developed programs that instruct young people on how to recognize and overcome the anger and issues that drive them to join gangs and commit crimes.”
Peterson was invited by Madera County Supervisor Rick Farinelli as a project of the Gang Intervention Task Force. His visit is sponsored by the Madera County Community Corrections Partnership.
“I’ve seen the impacts Jesse Lee has had on kids in the East L.A. projects,” Farinelli says. “It’s a message that should impact anyone who has open ears. It’s never too late to change and I hope he changes some lives. … Fighting gangs starts at home and in the heart. By strengthening the sense of purpose and personal responsibility in young men, we give them the armor to resist gangs.”
Peterson also is the author of several books, including “The Antidote: Healing America from the Poison of Hate, Blame and Victimhood,” provides mentoring and counseling, hosts forums, and has been a guest speaker on TV networks such as Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC.
Mayan program to promote ‘spiritual harmony’
Summer Skullstice, Star Circle and Capulli of the Sixth Sun is sponsoring a free program about Mayan teachings titled, “Day Keepers of the Sacred Mayan Sixth Sun Calendar” from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Chicano Youth Center inside the Alfonso Hernandez Building, 1515 Divisadero St., Fresno.
Organizers believe the “paradigm of self in spiritual harmony with Mother Earth can be achieved through a massive vibration of love, peace and unity around the world.”
Participants are asked to bring a food dish that can feed five people for a potluck meal. RSVP by calling 559-704-3273.
Fresno services for emergency responders
Special church services focused on honoring local emergency responders will be held Sunday, March 20, and Sunday, March 27. Services are 11 a.m. at Sierra Vista Methodist Church, 4609 E. Illinois Ave., Fresno, and 9 a.m. at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 2406 S. Lily Ave., Fresno. Prayers will be made for those working in law enforcement, fire and ambulance service.
More information is available by calling 559-255-2167.
Concert at Center for Spiritual Living Fresno
Musicians Anton Mizerak and Laura Berryhill with Shastasong will perform a concert of “transformative, healing music” as a fundraiser for the Center for Spiritual Living Fresno, 723 W. Clinton Ave., at the center at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24. Donations will be accepted.
Mizerak and Berryhill describe their music as nurturing, playful and relaxing with “exquisite vocals and transcendent instrumentals,” which include Celtic singing, Sanskrit chanting, Tibetan bowls, tabla and keyboard.
Easter service at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla
Prison Fellowship, a nonprofit that offers faith-based programs for prisoners and their families, will host an Easter service for as many as 3,300 incarcerated men at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla on Saturday, March 26.
The voluntary service will include appearances by Serving California founder B. Wayne Hughes, Pastor Tim Rolen from New Hope Community Church in Clovis, comedian Gilbert Esquivel, musician Tim Kepler, Santa Cruz Celebrate Recovery Band and Spanish-language musical acts.
Tim Tebow set to speak at Fresno church in April
Tebow was very open about his Christian faith during his football career, which included two national championships and the 2007 Heisman Trophy as quarterback at the University of Florida and an NFL career. Today he is a broadcast personality and motivational speaker.
Northside says he will speak during all three services: 6 p.m. Saturday, April 2; and 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, April 3.
Saturday, March 12
Danish Smorgasbord and Country Store Boutique
Monday, March 14
Kerman Covenant Church, 15495 W. Whitesbridge Ave., Kerman, 559-846-5307, free. 7 p.m.
Northwest Church, 5415 N. West Ave., Fresno, 559-435-2200, free. 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 15
Friday, March 18
Wilbur Daniels and the Chordsmen
New Covenant Community Church, 1744 E. Nees Ave., Fresno, 559-225-2351, Free-will offering. 7-9 p.m.
Sunday, March 20
Maha Shivaratri, an Indian festival
Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization, 7319 N. Fourth St., Fresno, Free. 3-5 p.m.
Southern Gospel music concert featuring Reliance
First Baptist Church of Dinuba, 600 E. Nebraska Ave., Dinuba, 559-643-0676, Free. 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 26
Golden Egg Hunt
Church at the Southgate, 7249 E. Kings Canyon Road, Fresno, 559-977-8404, Free. 10 a.m.-noon
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