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Religion Notes for March 19: News, events from Valley’s faith community

Rev. Powell Lemons
Rev. Powell Lemons

Easter parties for children

Many central San Joaquin Valley churches host Easter events for children. Here are some in the area:

▪ People’s Church, 7172 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno, Most Egg-cellent Hunt with 125,000 candy-filled eggs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 26.

▪ Church @ The Southgate, 7249 E. Kings Canyon Road, Fresno, Golden Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 26, that includes several hunts (children are grouped by their age) for candy-filled eggs, along with face painting, raffle prizes, game booths, popcorn and a photo booth.

▪ Celebration Church Eggsperience Easter party for children from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, March 27, at its Madera campus at Desmond Middle School, 26490 Martin St. The event will include bounce houses, candy, games, crafts, giveaways and prizes. The Easter Bunny will be present for photos.

▪ Clovis Hills Community Church, 10590 N. Willow Ave., Clovis, egg hunts Sunday, March 27, at 9 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. during regular programming for Children’s Ministry, Pier 456 and Junior High.

Homeless Summit VIII

“Homeless Summit VIII, Homelessness in Fresno: Faith-based Collaboration” is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at St. Therese Catholic Church hall, 855 E. Floradora Ave., Fresno. The free event includes breakfast.

Guest speaker is Scott Kline from St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact Jim Nelson at 559-355-6863 or jamnelso@att.net. Preregistration requested by emailing jamnelso@att.net.

Lemons celebrates 40 years as Bethel Christian pastor

Bethel Christian Center will host a dinner to celebrate Rev. Powell Lemons serving the church as its pastor for 40 years. Dinner is $30 or $15 for children under age 10 and will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at DoubleTree Inn by Hilton, 2233 Ventura St., Fresno. RSVP to Bethel at 559-225-0411.

Organizers ask that no children under the age of 6 attend. Child care will be provided at Bethel Christian Center, 4665 N. First St., Fresno.

EVENTS

Saturday, March 19

Day Keepers of the Sacred Mayan Sixth Sun Calendar

Chicano Youth Center, 1515 Divisadero St., Fresno, 559-704-3273. 1-5 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.

Festive Processional Liturgy of Palm Sunday service

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 10435 Hanford Armona Road, Hanford, 559-584-8576, www.ihmhanford.org, Free. 10:30 a.m., noon

Palm Sunday Service and Procession

Saint Columba Church, 5073 N. Palm Ave., Fresno, 559-229-8534, Free. 8 a.m., 10 a.m.

Service honoring local emergency responders

Sierra Vista Methodist Church, 4609 E. Illinois Ave., Fresno, 559-255-2167. 11 a.m.

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 2406 S. Lily Ave., Fresno, 559-255-2167. 9 a.m.

Southern Gospel music concert featuring Reliance

First Baptist Church of Dinuba, 600 E. Nebraska Ave., Dinuba, 559-643-0676, Free. 6 p.m.

Monday, March 21

Griefshare

Kerman Covenant Church, 15495 W. Whitesbridge Ave., Kerman, 559-846-5307, free. 7 p.m.

Griefshare

Northwest Church, 5415 N. West Ave., Fresno, 559-435-2200, free. 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 22

Griefshare

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

Wednesday, March 23

California Lutheran University Choir

Hope Lutheran Church, 364 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno, 805-493-3305, CalLutheran.edu, donations. 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 24

California Lutheran University Choir

Christ Lutheran Church, 3830 W. Tulare Ave., Visalia, 805-493-3305, CalLutheran.edu, donations. 7 p.m.

Healing concert with Anton Mizerak and Laura Berryhill

Center for Spiritual Living Fresno, 723 W. Clinton Ave., Fresno. 7 p.m.

Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) service

Saint Columba Church, 5073 N. Palm Ave., Fresno, 559-229-8534, Free. 7-8 p.m.

Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) service

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 10435 Hanford Armona Road, Hanford, 559-584-8576, www.ihmhanford.org, Free. 7 p.m.

Friday, March 25

Good Friday service

Saint Columba Church, 5073 N. Palm Ave., Fresno, 559-229-8534, Free. Noon-1 p.m.

Good Friday Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 10435 Hanford Armona Road, Hanford, 559-584-8576, www.ihmhanford.org, Free. 1 p.m.

Saturday, March 26

Holy Saturday

Saint Columba Church, 5073 N. Palm Ave., Fresno, 559-229-8534, Free. 8 p.m.

Holy Saturday Vigil

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 10435 Hanford Armona Road, Hanford, 559-584-8576, www.ihmhanford.org, Free. 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 27

Easter Sunday

Saint Columba Church, 5073 N. Palm Ave., Fresno, 559-229-8534, Free. 8 a.m., 10 a.m.

Easter Sunday

Celebration Church’s three locations: Desmond Middle School, 26490 Martin St., Madera 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

, 4842 W. Jacquelyn Ave., Fresno 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m.

, 100 W. Ashlan Ave., Clovis 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

, 831-229-1319, whatif.celebrationchurch.cc.

Easter Sunday Mass

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 10435 Hanford Armona Road, Hanford, 559-584-8576, www.ihmhanford.org, Free. 6 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. (Spanish), 10:30 a.m., noon (Spanish), 5:30 p.m.

Service honoring local emergency responders

Sierra Vista Methodist Church, 4609 E. Illinois Ave., Fresno, 559-255-2167. 11 a.m.

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 2406 S. Lily Ave., Fresno, 559-255-2167. 9 a.m.

Saturday, April 2

Service with speaker Tim Tebow

Northside Christian Church, 2709 E. Nees Ave., Clovis, 559-323-9675, Free. 6 p.m.

West Coast Mennonite Men’s Chorus Concert

Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church, 1362 L St., Reedley, 559-298-8682, wcmmc.org, Free. 6-7:45 p.m.

Sunday, April 3

Service with speaker Tim Tebow

Northside Christian Church, 2709 E. Nees Ave., Clovis, 559-323-9675, Free. 9:15 a.m., 11 a.m.

Sunday Ride

This Ain’t Your Mama’s Church, G Street and Yosemite Avenue, Merced, 209-726-6123, www.bikechurch.org, Free. 10 a.m.

West Coast Mennonite Men’s Chorus Concert

Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church, 1362 L St., Reedley, 559-298-8682, wcmmc.org, Free. 6-7:45 p.m.

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