The community will pay its final respects to the Rev. G.L. Johnson, the longtime senior pastor of Peoples Church, this weekend.
The Rev. Johnson died June 29 after battling bile duct cancer. He was 83.
Visitation will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today at the church, 7172 N. Cedar Ave. A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Sunday also at the church. George O. Wood, general superintendent of Assemblies of God, based in Springfield, Mo., will speak at the memorial service. Doors open at 5 p.m. There will be a private interment.
Close friends are expressing gratitude for the Rev. Johnson's influence in their lives.
Peoples Church executive pastor Doug Holck, who worked under the Rev. Johnson for more than 40 years, says he taught him the importance of decision making.
"He said to be careful of even the small decisions because they could have great consequences in the future," Holck says. "You could have a bad day, but you need to be careful. I have recalled how G.L. responded to decisions, and I have asked myself, 'What would G.L. do?' "
Former Fresno Mayor Alan Autry is remembering the Rev. G.L. Johnson as his "valued mentor" and friend.
"He's one of the finest men I've ever known," Autry says. "He not only preached the gospel, he lived it."
For more information about services, go to peopleschurch.org or (559) 298-8001.
Nearly 300 high school students from throughout the United States, representing the World Changers missions organization, will gather at a rally at 7 a.m. Tuesday at Clovis North High School.
Then, the youths will break into teams and help renovate 21 Clovis homes in low-income neighborhoods and a food pantry. The work projects end Friday.
World Changers, a ministry of the North American Missions Board in Alpharetta, Ga., has sent youths in seven previous summers.
Valley churches will provide food for the work crews each day. The churches include Soma Christian Church in Clovis, First Southern Baptist Church in Sanger, Clovis Hills Community Church, Lifeway Baptist Church, Sierra Heights Baptist Church, Mount Olive Baptist Church and El Encino Baptist Church.
Details: (559) 297-2600.
Archbishop Robert Duncan, head of the Anglican Church in North America, recently delivered his 2011 state of the church address at a meeting in Long Beach.
Duncan was bishop of the breakaway Diocese of Pittsburgh when he visited the Fresno-based Diocese of San Joaquin, which also broke from the U.S. Episcopal Church over the issue of gay clergy. As the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin, it became one of 23 founding dioceses in the new Anglican Church in North America in 2009.
Duncan in his address reported the Anglican Church in North America grew from 706 to 952 congregations in its first 18 months. Of the nearly 250 new churches, at least 130 were organized by other churches.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno will present a "Come and See" vocations retreat Friday through July 24 at St. Anthony Retreat Center in Three Rivers.
The event is designed for men trying to discern a call to the priesthood.
Details: (559) 488-7478.
Church offers parking
St. Paul Newman Center is selling season parking permits to its reserved north lot for the six home games of Fresno State's 2011 football season.
The church's north lot is across East Barstow Avenue from Bulldog Stadium. The church is at 1572 E. Barstow Ave.
Cost is $120 for the season parking permit. Details: (559) 436-3434.