Religion Notes for Oct. 17: News, events from the Valley’s faith community

Armenian churches host talk about war in Syria

The Armenian Missionary Association of America and the “Hearts for Syria” committee will present a talk titled, “The Ongoing War in Syria and its Ramifications on the Syrian-Armenian Community” from Rev. Haroutune Selimian, president of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in Syria, on Thursday, Oct. 22, at Pilgrim Armenian Congregational Church, 3673 N. First St., Fresno.

The evening begins with a reception and refreshments at 6:30 p.m. The program starts at 7:30 p.m. The event is hosted by Pilgrim Armenian and First Armenian Presbyterian Church.

More information is available by calling 559-907-8110.

Porterville College talks and concert

Language arts professor Ann Marie Wagstaff will present a free talk titled, “Opening the Bible in the 21st Century: Why It Matters for All of Us,” 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, and 7-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, at Porterville College, 100 E. College Ave., Porterville.

She will explore these questions: How did the 20th century study of the Bible as literature open new pathways to appreciating and interpreting the Bible? Where might those paths lead us in the 21st century?

Event is free and open to the public.

‘Walking With Jesus in This High-Tech World’

The Fresno chapter of Christians in Commerce is sponsoring a free half-day ecumenical retreat focusing on “how we can enter into a personal relationship with Jesus through prayer in this era of distractions and how we can remove the obstacles that get in the way of hearing God,” 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, at St. Agnes Mission Church, 111 W. Birch St., Pinedale. Registration is from 8:30-9 a.m. with a complimentary continental breakfast.

Reserve your seat by contacting Lucy Vasquez at 559-431-8305 or as soon as possible.

Men’s IGNITE Conference

Men’s Equipping Network’s Mighty Men Movement will host an IGNITE Conference featuring guest speaker Kenny Luck, founder of Every Man Ministries. The mission of Every Man Ministries is to “create a movement of God’s men who are empowered to lead others on a meaningful journey into personal character and leadership, ultimately having a positive impact on generations of women, children and families.” The conference is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at New Covenant Community Church, 1744 E. Nees Ave., Fresno.

Doors open at 7:15 a.m. for breakfast. The event also includes lunch and an afternoon snack. Cost is $35 or $55 for a father and teenage son.

More information available by emailing or calling 559-905-9090. Register for the event at Checks can be mailed to Communities Inc. for M.E.N, 1840 Shaw #105-99 Clovis, CA 93611.


Saturday, Oct. 17

Holiday boutique

Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5955 S. Elm Ave., Fresno. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Immanuel Lutheran Church’s Car and Motorcycle Show

Washington Union High School, 6041 S. Elm Ave., Fresno, 559-324-7768. 10 a.m.

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.

Sunday, Oct. 18

Blessing of the Animals

Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave., Fresno, 8:30 a.m.

‘Experiments In Silence’ and World Meditation Day

Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization, 7319 N. Fourth St., Fresno, 559-435-2212. 3-5:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 19


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

Tuesday, Oct. 20


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

Visalia Rescue Mission’s Annual Banquet

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

Wednesday, Oct. 21

Griefshare – Care Connections

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

Thursday, Oct. 22

Buddha’s Disciples, four-week class

Fresno Buddhist Family Dharma Center, 2720 E. Alluvial Ave., Fresno, 559-442-4054, $5. 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 24

Cosmic Carnival

New Thought Community, 2060 N. Winery Ave., Fresno, 559-454-1005. 4-9 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 25

Ginza Food Bazaar

Fresno Buddhist Temple Home, 2690 E. Alluvial Ave., Clovis, 559-442-4054,, Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Central Valley Alliance of Atheists and Skeptics Heretic’s Barbecue

Letterman Park, 908 Villa Ave., Clovis, 559-892-0102, $18, $8 for ages 12 and younger. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

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