Religion Notes for Oct. 10: News, events from the Valley’s faith community

Bachtober concert at First Congregational

A free “Bachtober” concert by Scott Horton, featuring the organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at First Congregational Church of Fresno, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd.

‘Experiments In Silence’

An “Experiments In Silence” activity will be held in honor of World Meditation Day from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Fresno satellite meditation center for the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization at 7319 N. Fourth St., Fresno.

The free, guided event aims to help people find peace and harmony. “In silence you enter into that sacred place within you, and experience peace and love for yourself,” organizers say. “Your mind and heart open up to a new understanding of yourself and you become uplifted.”

There will be refreshments and time for self-reflection and sharing.

More information is available by calling 559-435-2212.

New apostles of Mormon Church

Three leaders — Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson and Elder Dale G. Renlund — on Oct. 3 were named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the church’s second-highest governing body.

The announcement was made during the church’s 185th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s been over a century since the Quorum of the Twelve had three vacancies. One hundred apostles have now served since the church was organized in 1830.

Gospel concert in downtown Fresno

Wilbur Daniels and The Chordsmen, along with special guests, will hold a Southern gospel concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Cornerstone Church, 1545 Fulton St., in downtown Fresno. Guest performers include The Cornell Trio, Dee Johnson, Keary Lyn and Arland Finney. The concerts are held the third Friday of every month.

Fresno Buddhist Temple’s food bazaar

The Fresno Buddhist Temple will host its annual Ginza Food Bazaar at the Fresno Betsuin Family Dharma Center, 2690 E. Alluvial Ave., Fresno, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. The event features a raffle and Japanese food, including sushi, teriyaki beef sticks, ribs, tempura and katsu dogs. Box lunches, which include a quarter chicken and other items, are $15 and must be ordered ahead of time by calling (559) 442-4054 and picked up by 2 p.m.

‘Buddha’s Disciples’ class

The Rev. Alan Sakamoto with the Fresno Buddhist Temple will be teaching a new “Buddha’s Disciples” class for four weeks beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in classroom 102 of the Fresno Buddhist Family Dharma Center at 2720 E. Alluvial Ave., Fresno. Cost is $5. For more information, call 559-442-4054.

Heretic’s Barbecue in Clovis

The Central Valley Alliance of Atheists and Skeptics will hold its eighth annual Heretic’s Barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, at Letterman Park, 908 Villa Ave., Clovis.

This year’s featured speaker is Eddie Tabash, a constitutional lawyer in the Los Angeles area. His talk, “True Meaning of Separation of Church and State,” will discuss the development of the First Amendment and how “church/state separation is an enlightened concept that benefits believers as well as non-believers.”

The event includes tri-tip, a chili cookoff, raffle and crafts. Tickets are $18 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger. Those who purchase a CVAAS membership before the event will receive a $5 discount. For more information, call 559-892-0102.

Holiday boutique

A holiday boutique will be held in the social hall of Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5955 S. Elm Ave., Fresno, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. The boutique will feature handmade quilts, homemade jams and jellies and holiday crafts.

Car and motorcycle show

Immanuel Lutheran Church will host its 14th annual youth car and motorcycle show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Washington Union High School, 6041 S. Elm Ave., Easton. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and a people’s choice award will be announced at 1:45 p.m. The event includes treats, a tri-tip and hot dog lunch, raffle prizes, a silent auction and music.


Saturday, Oct. 10

Cultural Bazaar

The event, including vendors and children’s activities, runs from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, 2111 E. Nees Ave. Admission is $5; free for children age 5 or younger. Learn more at 559-297-9535 or


The event starts at 6 p.m. and includes dinner and a polka band, which plays during the meal and for dancing afterward. Wine and beer available for adults. Admission is $25. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5140 N. Fruit Ave., Fresno, 559-449-0129, 559-225-2092.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno’s Diocesan Congress and Youth Day

Visalia Convention Center, 303 E. Acequia Ave., Visalia, 559-488-7474, $40. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 11

Reconciling Sunday with Karen Adell Scot

Wesley United Methodist Church, 1343 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno. 10:30 a.m.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno’s Diocesan Congress and Youth Day

Visalia Convention Center, 303 E. Acequia Ave., Visalia, 559-488-7474, $40. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 12


Kerman Covenant Church, 15498 W. Whitesbridge Ave., Kerman, 559-846-5307, free. 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 13


Clovis Evangelical Free Church, 2377 Armstrong Ave., Clovis, 559-292-3344,, free. 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 14

Griefshare – Care Connections

The Bridge Church, 3438 E. Ashlan Ave., Fresno, 559-226-4100. 10 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 17

Oasis: A Day Retreat for Men and Women

Bennett’s Ranch, 26801 Road 132, Visalia, 559-627-8202,, Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tracy Grammer

Center for Spiritual Living Visalia, 117 S. Locust St., Visalia, 559-625-2441,, $15. 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 20

Visalia Rescue Mission’s Annual Banquet

Gateway Church of Visalia, 1100 S. Sowell St., Visalia, 559-740-4178,, $30. 6:30 p.m.

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