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Classes planned for converts to Judaism
Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, a Conservative Jewish congregation, 3400 N. Dobson Road, Chandler, is offering a five-month course for those considering conversion to the Jewish faith. It is also available for people simply wanting to learn more about Judaism. Classes led by Rabbi Bryan Bramly will be held at the temple. Shabbat services are 6 p.m. Fridays, except the second Friday, when they are at 8 p.m. Shabbat morning and Torah services begin at 9 a.m. For more information, call (480) 897-3636 or visit www.templebethsholomaz.org.
Concerts planned at Central Christian
Jamie Tworkowski, founder of To Write Love on Her Arms, will perform at Third Format at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2-3 at the two campuses of Central Christian Church of the East Valley. The Aug. 2 appearance will be on the campus at 933 N. Lindsay Road, Mesa, (480) 924-4946; and on Aug. 3 at the Gilbert campus, 965 E. Germann Road, (480) 305-7500. To Write on Her Arms is a nonprofit organization dedicated to "presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide." For more information, see www.twloha.com or www.thirdformat.com.
Kids will present music camp concert
The children of Love of Christ Lutheran Church, 1525 N. Power Road, Mesa, will cap off their weeklong music camp, "Pirates of the I Don't Care-ib-bean," by performing for the congregation at the 9 a.m. services on Sunday. Ice cream sundaes with toppings will be served afterwards, continuing a longtime church tradition. Anita Christensen coordinated the music camp that teaches skills and engenders music appreciation. Don Liles is serving as interim pastor. For more information, call the church, (480) 981-6199.
San Tan Chorale seeks singers
The San Tan Chorale is recruiting singers for its new season. Rehearsals begin 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 12 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 612 S. Ellsworth Road, Mesa. Sought are people at least 18. All voice ranges are needed for the four-part music. "A Year Away From Home" is the theme for the year, which will be divided into three sessions - fall, winter and spring. Cost to sing for each season is $35. New members can try out for two weeks before committing and joining the chorale. Fall concerts will be Nov. 1-2 and feature songs about travel. For more information, call (480) 966-6698 or visit www.santancommunityperformingarts.org/choralenew.htm.
Education Sunday to mark a new year
North Scottsdale United Methodist Church will host Education Sunday on Aug. 24 at 11735 N. Scottsdale Road. During the 9:30 a.m. service, teachers for the children, youth and adult classes will be dedicated for the new year, participants of the Disciple One class will be recognized and Bibles will be given to third-grade students. There will be four dozen stations set up in the fellowship hall during the annual education fair where children can be registered for Sunday school, meet their teachers, give parents a chance to examine curriculum and allow adults to sign up for many things and learn about adult classes starting this fall. "Come Grow With Us" is the theme.
This fall, the church will offer services at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., with Sunday school for ages 2 to 12 at 9:30 a.m. Children's Choir meets 10:30 a.m. Sunday, youth band at 9 a.m. Sunday and junior and senior high youth groups at 5 p.m. For more information, call (480) 948-0529 or visit www.nsumc.com.
Weight-loss program starts in Mesa
A faith-based weight-loss plan, the First Place 4 Health, which has been used by more than 12,000 churches since 1981, is being offered at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2745 N. 32nd St., Mesa. Potential participants may attend either of two orientations, 11 am. Aug. 17 and 7 p.m. Aug. 18. The weekly support groups use a 12-week curriculum that focuses on four areas of people's lives: emotional, spiritual, mental and physical. They are experienced through regular attendance and fellowship, prayer, Scripture reading, Bible study, memorizing Scripture, keeping a food consumption record, eating well and exercising. The program "helps members learn how to be victorious over past eating patterns and how to commit their minds and, ultimately, their bodies to God," said Carol Savoie, who noted more than a half million people have used the program. For more information, call (480) 832-0462.
Astronomer to talk on energy issues
"New Energy for a New Earth" is the topic of astronomer William Georgevich's talk when he speaks at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 in the Brother Anthony room at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. The speaker is director of Windowpane Observatory near Ajo (www.windowpaneobservatory.com) and is a peace ambassador for Co-Creating Peace on Earth and Space. He will discuss breakthroughs in renewable energy technologies that will "end the world conflict around fossil fuels." On display will be a working scale model of a hydrogen fuel cell electric car. The events are sponsored by Arizona Department of Peace Campaign. For more information, call (602) 885-9057.
Concert to help youth planned
A concert to benefit youth in foster care, transitional living, middle schools, high schools and colleges will be presented 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at McDowell Mountain Community Church, 10700 N. 124th St., Scottsdale. Turning Point Youth Facility and Purpose Academy of Creative and Performing Arts in Mesa will host the event. Performing will be the gospel music group Soulfruit, of Houston. Also singing will be Marion Kelly, a classical baritone from Scottsdale, and Angie Williams-McMichael, a finalist in "Gimme the Mic." It is free. Funds are being raised for the Turning Point Youth Facility, a transitional space for young men ages 14 to 18. For more information, call (602) 410-0107.