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Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 2:13 pm | Updated: 9:44 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Find all the support group meetings, classes, prayer times and more around the East Valley.


Divorce support: Three support groups are being offered at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie St. GriefShare meets 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Those interested in forming new divorce-related groups called DivorceCare and DivorceCare for Kids are asked to sign up, with the dates and times of meetings to be determined by participants. (480) 963-4127 or

Grief class: GriefShare, a free class for the grieving, is 7 p.m. Mondays in Room C201 of Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Road. (480) 963-3997, Ext. 141, or


Support group: Crossroads will meet 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Central Christian Church of the East Valley, Gilbert campus, 965 E. Germann Road. For information, (480) 305-7500.


New time: Lighthouse CitiChurch, led by Pastor Randy Wolf, has started worship at a new time and location. It is 11 a.m. at the Student Union Annex at Arizona State University Polytechnic, 7001 E. Williams Field Road. (480) 228-2175 or


Shalom Center events: The Shalom Center on the campus of Tempe Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix, offers a variety of programs: “Caring for Our Loved Ones,” a Jewish support and resource group for families and caregivers, led by Gary Goodman and Rabbi Marty Scharf, meets 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday in the youth lounge, in cooperation with the Kivel Campus of Care. No cost, but donations welcome. Next meeting is May 12. JACS, a meeting to provide support to Jewish alcoholics, is 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the youth lounge.

Scottsdale Job Network, a nonecumenical group open to the unemployed and underemployed, meets 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the first and third Tuesdays. Next meetings are Tuesday and May 20. CHAI Circle (Cancer, Healing, and Inspiration for Jewish Women) meets at noon the last Friday of the month. No meetings in April. Tai chi, featuring movements, music and breathing to achieve relaxation, meets 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays in Social Hall Aleph. Cost is $36 for six sessions. (602) 971-1234.

Aramaic Prayer: A gathering on the Lord’s Aramaic Prayer, using song and movement to experience the words of Jesus, is held each Sunday at the Retreat at the Farm, 6106 S. 32nd St. Participants say they create a “joyful experience that frees more life energy for creative expression in daily living.” For times, call (480) 250-1888.


Franciscan Center classes: The Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, has announced classes for the coming months. To enroll, call (480) 948-7460 or visit

Classes, leaders, times and dates, and costs: “Intermediate T’ai Chi and Qigong,” with Victor Fiore, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through May 27, $45; “Easy T’ai Chi and Qigong,” with Victoria Fiore, 9:30 a.m to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays through May 27, $45 for five weeks; “Continuing Contemplative Prayer,” with Carole Whittaker and Sharon Taszarek, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today, $45, includes lunch; and “Free Your Breath, Free Your Life,” with Dennis Lewis, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, $65, includes lunch; “Spiritual Spa Day of Renewal,” 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, $75, with optional costs for massage and gentle rebalancing; “T’ai Chi/Qigong for Health and Harmony,” for beginners, with Don Fiore, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m..

Mondays through May 27, $45; “Free Your Breath, Free Your Life,” with Dennis Lewis, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, $65, includes lunch; “Reach for the Stars,” a breathing and relaxation session, with Susan Wrubel, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays May 15 to June 19, $50; “Art of Breathing and Healing,” with Jae-Sheen Yu, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17, $65, includes lunch; and “Healing Mass: Healing Through Recognizing God’s Inner Presence,” with Gino Piccolo, 7 p.m. May 21. No registration.

Free-will offering; “Where Are You Going? A Silent Contemplative Retreat,” with Sister Ishpriya, May 27-31, $320 single lodging, $260 double unit, with meals; commuter $120, includes meals and program; “The Last Mask of the Authentic Healer,” with Dr. Carl Hammerschlag, Mona Polaca and Claudia Weinpach, June 6-8, includes reading “Healign Ceremonies” and “Theft of the Spirit.” $650 single, $550 double with lodging and materials; “Scripture from Scratch,” with the Rev. Vernon Meyer, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. June 8, $5 donation; and “Divorced and Separated Retreat: Doin’ It Differently” with Judith McHale and Tom Mitchell, June 20-22, $175 single and $135 double, includes lodging, meals and program, and $100 for commuters, includes meals and programs.


Disciple classes: Because of strong response, North Scottsdale United Methodist Church, 11735 N. Scottsdale Road, offers two disciple classes, one for men and one for women. Bruce Reiss, a semiretired lay speaker, and the Rev. Nd Abarikwu teach the men’s class, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the library. Women’s Disciple I meets 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the library, with Debbie Christopher as the leader. The 34-week course requires extensive reading of the Bible. (480) 948-0529.

Celebrate recovery: Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd., is offering Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered program to help people break free of hurts and hang-ups. The Friday Night Celebrate Meeting includes a barbecue at 6 p.m., followed by group meetings and coffee at 9 p.m. (480) 824-7239.


Men’s training: A Christian men’s program, “Winning at Work and at Home,” sponsored by the men’s group at First Baptist Church of Sun Lakes, meets 8 a.m. Saturdays in the Arts and Crafts room of Sun Lakes Phase 1 Clubhouse, 25601 S. Sun Lakes Blvd. Breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m. (480) 895-1088.


Catholic networking: The Catholic Commerce Networking Association holds a networking mixer 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at El Peñasco Mexican Kitchen, 19 E. Broadway Road. CCNA is an organization of Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix parishioners from trades and professions who network to increase one another’s visibility in the Catholic community. Cost is $10. or (480) 986-5678, Ext. 2

Classes offered: Three groups are being offered at Grace Community Church, 1200 E. Southern Ave: New Freedom, emotional healing ministry; GriefShare and DivorceCare. (480) 894-2201 or

Revelation Bible study: An interactive Revelation Bible study is offered in Tempe by Patricia Burns. It meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and is “driven by the questions that are brought forth from the group itself,” she said. For location, call (480) 967-3066.

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