Spiritual news from around the Valley
Mesa church to host Welsh pastor
The Rev. Hywel R. Jones, a Welsh pastor for 44 years, an author and former editorial director of the Banner of Truth Trust, will preach at the 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. services Sunday at Cornerstone Church, 4248 E. Broadway Road, Mesa. After pastoring churches in Wales and England, Jones became the first principal of the London Theological Seminary in 1977. He has since taught at seminaries in Mississippi and Michigan and currently at Westminster Seminary in Escondido, Calif. His most recent book is “Let’s Study Hebrews.” For more information, call (480) 832-1150.
4-on-4 football coming to Queen Creek church
San Tan Christian Center in Queen Creek, will sponsor its second Turkey Bowl Flag Football Tournament, starting 3 p.m. Sunday at Founders Park at 22407 S. Ellsworth Road in downtown Queen Creek. The Thanksgiving weekend event will feature 16 teams (four-on-four players) in a single-elimination tournament. The games will end with a championship game at 7 p.m. Winners get “Championship Turkey Bowl 2007” T-shirts. Team registration is $40, and any group of four may sign up at www.4on4football.com or call the church, (480) 987-3391. Organized games for children will be 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Inflated bouncers and refreshments are included.
Students sought for Shabbat weekend
Jewish teens currently in eighth grade are invited to take part in a Shabbat weekend Dec. 14-16 at a camp near Prescott. Sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education, it brings students together for Shabbat prayer, discussions, sports competition, singing Hebrew songs and bonding. Transportation is provided and pickup points are in Chandler and Scottsdale. For information, including fees, call (480) 634-8050 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aid needed for Guatemalan children
Casa La Cuna, Inc., — House of Cradles, a Mesa-based organization that works to find homes for abused, abandoned and needy children in northwest Guatemala, will have a fundraising event noon to 4 p.m. today in Pioneer Park, Main Street and Hobson in Mesa. Admission is $30 for two children and two adults. A silent auction will be held. Food and children’s items will be for sale.
Casa La Cuna works with the Changing the World Foundation of Guatemala and other groups to provide the care and resources needed “to secure a safe haven and a bright future” for Guatemalan children, who are sometimes abandoned along roads and are vulnerable to being killed or sold. For more information see adaguatemala.org, www.casalacuna.com or call (480) 274-3126.
Church plans prison networking meeting
East Valley churches are invited to send representatives to a prison networking meeting 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Starting Point Room in the New Life Center at Central Christian Church, 933 N. Lindsay Road, Mesa. Speakers will share experiences from their ministries in the state’s jails and prisons. Steve Schneider, who played keyboard for singer Petra, will talk about his mentoring work in the Lumley Unit at Perryville prison, where he says more than “500 women have come to Christ.” Mike Eisen will give testimony on his mentoring. Church representatives are encouraged to share their ideas and experiences in prison ministry. For more information, call (480) 924-4946.
Crafts for sale at world relief trade fair
A Lutheran World Relief Trade Fair will be noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 25 at University Lutheran Church and Lutheran Campus Ministry, 340 E. 15th St., Tempe. Items are also available during the church’s regular office hours, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. Handcrafted items by artisans from 35 countries will be displayed and sold. All proceeds go directly to Lutheran World Relief to help improve working conditions and provide health care and education for artists and their families. For more information, call (480) 967-3543.
Dance, sing, learn at diversity event
“Diversity Through the Eyes of Unity” will be presented 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 at Southwest Institute for Healing Arts, 1100 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, by the Phoenix Area Dances of Universal Peace and Arizona Dance Leaders Gathering 2007. It will be a night of “community dance, song and music inspired by the paths from around the world.” Simple, celebratory and meditative dances will be taught step-by-step. Cost is $10. Other events are planned throughout the day, starting at 9 a.m. For more information, call (480) 250-1888 or phoenixdances.org.
DOAR to present community award
Beatitudes Center Developing Older Adult Resources (DOAR) will hold its 17th annual Poinsettia Tea at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas, 6333 N. Scottsdale Road. The Medtronic Foundation will receive DOAR’s Community Vision Award. Tickets are $55. DOAR is an interfaith organization to enhance quality of life for older adults and their families. It focuses its works in four areas, including assisting grandparents raise children, a parish nurse and health ministry network and VICAP Faith in Action. For more information, call (602) 274-5022.
Veteran coach accepts Catholic diocese post
Pat Lavin has been named director of development for the Catholic Tuition Organization of the Diocese of Phoenix. It is a fundraising organization that uses a private education tax credit to enable tax-paying individuals and corporations to redirect Arizona tax dollars to support students’ scholarship. The group is in the middle of a record-setting year of awarding 5,517 scholarships. Receiving support this year was 49.6 percent of the total student population in the Diocese of Phoenix elementary and secondary schools. Contributions of $12.5 million during 2006 made that possible. Lavin has been a football coach for nearly 40 years, including at St. Mary’s Catholic High School from 1968 to 1977, Northern Arizona University, the University of Minnesota, three Phoenix public high schools and Bourgade Catholic High School. For more information, see www.catholictuition.org.
Male choir headlines Christmas concert
The Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix will perform a Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at Desert Foothills Lutheran Church, 29305 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The concert is free, but an offering will be taken to benefit the music ministry of the church. A reception will follow. For more information, call (480) 585-8007.
Author will speak to Mesa congregation
Daniel Juster, the first president and then general secretary of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, will speak at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Yeshua HaMashiach Messianic Congregation, 2601 E. Brown Road, Mesa. Juster, who has taught apologetics since 1971 in the U.S., Korea, Brazil, Ukraine and Hungary, is author of a number of books, including “Growing to Maturity,” “Jewish Roots,” “The Biblical World View: An Apologetic” and “One People, Many Tribes.” A leading advocate of messianic Judaism, he holds a doctorate in theology and is an adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. He is director of Tikkun International, a network of congregations and ministries in the United States. For more information, call (480) 588-8133.
Synagogues to host variety of speakers
Seven speakers are part of Jewish Passages XXXI — 2008, a project of the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Phoenix, with presentations at five Valley synagogues from January to March.
Tickets are $60 for all seven programs or $12 per program. They may be ordered from the Bureau of Jewish Education, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, No. 206, Scottsdale AZ 85254, or call (480) 634-8050. Call for information about specific dates and times.