African Children’s Choir coming to Clovis, Reedley
The African Children’s Choir will perform at churches in Clovis and Reedley on Sunday, July 24. The concert will feature lively African songs and dances, along with popular children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites from children with the nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization that is dedicated to helping Africa’s most vulnerable children. Sunday’s performances will be held at 8:15 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. at Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church, 1362 L St., Reedley, and at 7 p.m. at Clovis Evangelical Free Church, 2377 Armstrong Ave., Clovis. The concerts are free, but donations are accepted. Music for Life, the choir’s parent organization, says it has provided education for more than 52,000 children and collectively helped more than 100,000 people in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. The African Children’s Choir has performed for a number of dignitaries, most recently Queen Elizabeth II, and has sung alongside artists including Paul McCartney, Keith Urban and Mariah Carey.
Operation Christmas Child update and workshops
Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, announced its 2015 total: 24,596 shoeboxes filled with supplies and Christmas gifts for children living in poverty overseas were collected last year in the central San Joaquin Valley and foothills. That’s a 22 percent increase from the year before, says Operation Christmas Child area coordinator Yolanda Callahan. More than 8.7 million shoeboxes were collected nationwide in 2015.
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Those interested in volunteering for the 2016 shoebox collection drive can attend a training workshops. Workshops will be from 10 a.m. to noon at these locations: Saturday, July 23 at New Covenant Community Church, 1744 E. Nees Ave., Fresno; Saturday, Aug. 6 at Oasis Community Church, 1005 I St., Los Banos; Saturday, Aug. 13 at The Bridge Church, 3438 E. Ashlan Ave., Fresno; and Saturday, Aug. 20 at Cornerstone Community Church, 208 Fig Tree Road, Chowchilla. RSVP by calling Callahan at 559-365-6742. A countdown/kickoff event will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 at Calvary Chapel Fresno. The shoebox national collection week is Nov. 14-21.
Saturday, July 16
“Dress a Girl Around the World” sewing day
Campus Bible Church, 4710 N. Maple Ave., Fresno, firstname.lastname@example.org, $3. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
NorthPointe Community Church sports camp
Monday, July 18
Cornelia Southern Baptist Church, 2405 N. Cornelia Ave., Fresno, 559-277-1533, free. 6 p.m.
Tuesday, July 19
Saturday, July 23
Christmas in July boutique
Grace Community Church, 56442 Road 200, North Fork, 559-877-2014.. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, July 24
The African Children’s Choir
Tuesday, July 26
Refresh: Worship Nights in the Backyard
Sunday, July 31
Amped! Youth Summer Party, for junior high and high school students
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