Church News

Singer-songwriter Jess Klein will be bringing her bluesy folk stylings to Folk Sessions at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Church in Prescott at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. Tickets are $15.

Klein has toured the U.S., U.K. and Japan with the likes of 10,000 Maniacs, Jill Sobule and Luka Bloom. Her last studio album, City Garden, received five stars from Mojo Magazine.

The Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Women's Missionary League will have its annual two-day Christmas bazaar, quilt raffle, silent auction and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22, in the church's Fellowship Hall, 1202 Green Lane, west off Willow Creek Road in Prescott. Proceeds from the bazaar will benefit local charities in the Greater Prescott area and global missions.

The Altar Society of Sacred Heart Catholic Church is hosting a holiday craft and bake sale from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, and from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, Nov. 23, at Sacred Heart Church, 150 Fleury Ave. in the St. Thomas Aquinas room.

Baked goods, unique gifts, books, estate treasures, and handcrafted items will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, during St. Paul's Anglican Church's annual holiday Bake Sale and Bazaar.

The church is located at 600 W. Hillside Ave., in Prescott. For more information, call the church at 778-6018.

Trinity Presbyterian Church, at Park Ave. and Copper Basin Road, will feature the ever popular Mission Market and Festival from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, and 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 23. As always, you will be able to purchase unique gifts for your loved ones and at the same time provide a child in the Middle East with an education or supply groceries for families in the United States facing chronic hunger. There will be many opportunities to help families right here in Prescott. You have an excellent opportunity to provide gifts of medicine, food, water, live stock and education.

The Trinity Presbyterian Choir and the ever-popular "Keep the Bus Running" musical entertainment group will perform, and the highly complimented food court will be featured again this year.

St. Vincent de Paul Society will be collecting turkeys, food donations and cash for the needy of Prescott between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Basha's Food Store in the Frontier Village. Turkeys will be distributed in food boxes to the needy throughout the holiday season.

Granville Community homeowners Kathleen Cuvelier and Efren Puig and guest artists will perform three concerts in November featuring inspirational music, opera, musical theatre and zarzuela selections. There will be an opportunity to meet the artist briefly following each concert.

The first concert will be 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Granville Community Clubhouse in Prescott Valley. Guest artists include Christina Robertson, a solo pianist from Prescott, and Alyssa Vargha, guest soprano, and Tyler Vargha, guest pianist, both from Prescott.

The second concert will be 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Prescott Community Church, 3151 Willow Creek Drive. Guest artists include Patricia McCarver, soloist from Prescott Community Church and Jaya Hoy, pianist.

The third concert will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at Mingus View Presbyterian Church, 8340 E. Leigh Drive, Prescott Valley. Guest artists will be Alicia Bauer, guest soprano and Christina Robertson, pianist.

In late November 1620, the Pilgrims from Plymouth, England, seeking civil and religious liberty, disembarked at Plymouth Rock, Mass. After a prayer service, the Pilgrims hastily built shelters and prepared for the winter. Nearly half of the original 102 passengers died by spring. After the spring and summer growing season in 1621, they reaped a bountiful harvest with the help of the Wampanoag Indians. The grateful Pilgrims declared a three-day feast to thank God and to celebrate with their Indian friends. This became America's first Thanksgiving Festival.

It is not only appropriate that our country and people remember its traditional heritage, but also for each person to give thanks to God for blessings. In a formal Thanksgiving Eve Communion Worship Service at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, the public is invited to "thank we all our God with hearts and hands and voices (Martin Rinckart, 1586-1649") and participate in this Thanksgiving service. A gathering of non-perishable foods will be taken to benefit the local needy.

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church is located at 1202 Green Lane, Prescott. Call 778-9122.

On the evening before Thanksgiving Day, Mingus View Presbyterian Church, 8340 E. Leigh Drive, Prescott Valley, will host a Thanksgiving Eve Service in the sanctuary at 6:30 p.m.

The worship service will be with members of the Prescott Valley United Methodist Church and Faith Community Church (UCC). A combined choir will provide special music.

Rev. Frank Peters of the United Methodist Church will be giving the evening message. Immediately following the service we will have a time of fellowship. This is a good opportunity to share as we give thanks for the many blessings that we have received. We are asking those in attendance to bring a non-perishable item of food or a monetary gift to be given to the Yavapai Food Bank.

Faith Baptist Church in Prescott Valley will have a pie social and midweek service Tuesday, Nov. 25. There will no Wednesday night service Nov. 26. For more information, call the church at 772-4772.

Mountain Valley Church of God, 8123 E. Manley Dr. in Prescott Valley, offers a free community Thanksgiving dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, for those who otherwise would be alone or have no family in the area.

Members of Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley, will once again celebrate Thanksgiving together with an all-church dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 5 p.m. in Agape Hall. Guests and extended family members are welcome to attend. Because it is a planned potluck, the church requests that families sign up for what they will bring and indicate the number that will attend. For more information, call the church office at 778-1950.

A bluegrass gospel concert with Brush Arbor Revival featuring the vocal stylings of Anita Wells and John Craig starts at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at Mt. View Baptist Church, 395 Pony Place in Dewey. An ice cream social and gospel jam will follow. Bring your instruments, your friends and your voice. Love offerings will be gratefully accepted.

To honor the memory of those who have died from AIDS, as well as to lend support to those who live with HIV/AIDS, Northland Cares will sponsor its annual World AIDS Day Vigil on Sunday, Nov. 30, at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley. Community members are invited to attend this vigil, which is an opportunity for people of all faiths to come together in prayer, song and remembrance. The service begins at 6 p.m. and candles will be provided. A dessert reception will follow. Contact Terry Rosato at QsquaredYouth at 713-7722 for more information.

The White Mountain Education Association is offering "Skills and Values for Higher Living" with facilitator Carol Woodard. This is a hands-on class that involves practical exercises, visualization meditations, class discussion and study. Each class will deal with a vital aspect of how to create a joyful and responsible life.

The class meets from 7 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday through Dec. 2 at the WMEA Center, 543 Eastwood Dr., Prescott. To register and to reserve a copy of the workbook, call 778-0638. This class may also be taken long-distance through the Class-by-CD program.

Chapel Rock, the Arizona Church Conference Center, presents an Advent Quiet Day 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3. Participants will prepare for the celebration of Jesus' birth by spending some time in quiet contemplation of His gift of love and life. Fr. Jack Wolter will offer meditations to help us center our thoughts and a closing Eucharist to send us out into the world. During our quiet time, the labyrinth will be available, as well as both the Rock Chapel and our historic Old Chapel. Or seek nature's peace on a stroll on the grounds midst the pines and boulders, or on a walk up the Aspen Creek Trail. This day-long event is a wonderful way to begin the new church year.

The cost for the Advent Quiet Day is $25, which includes all programming and lunch. For more information or to register, contact Chapel Rock at 445-3499. Chapel Rock, located at 1131 Country Club Dr. in Prescott, is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona.

Advent Reflections, a program of inspiring Advent and Christmas music, will be from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. beginning Dec. 3.

The first Advent Reflections will be hosted by American Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive, Prescott on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

The second Advent Reflections will be hosted by Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave, Prescott on Wednesday, Dec. 10.

The third Reflections will be Wednesday, Dec. 17, at First Congregational Church, 216 E. Gurley St.

There will also be performances by Jane Cheek and Dana Wingate.

Rev. Lloyd Evans will lead a three-week study with the theme "Advent Through the Eyes of Those Who Waited" beginning 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Mingus View Presbyterian Church, 8340 E. Leigh Drive, Prescott Valley. First, the prophets in the book of Isaiah present us with the idea of waiting and preparing for the Messiah. Next we meet John the Baptist who announces the coming of the Messiah. Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the main subject and we will examine her role in God's master plan. The study will be in the downstairs fellowship hall.

For information, call the church office between 9 and 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday at 775-4606.

Chapel Rock, the Arizona Church Conference Center, presents the workshop "So You Hate St. Paul! Which One?" with the Reverend Robert M. Wills 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4.

St. Paul is frequently portrayed as an intolerant, misogynist, rigid hater of marriage. Others find him impossible to understand and mired in a world far different than our own. But few people know that the New Testament actually contains three Pauls - the radical Paul, the conservative Paul, and the reactionary Paul. Which is the real St. Paul and how did the others come to be?

The cost for the workshop is $25, which includes all programming and lunch. For more information, or to register, contact Chapel Rock at 445-3499. Chapel Rock is located at 1131 Country Club Dr. in Prescott.

Please join us for our Buddhist meditation class with Western Buddhist Nun Kelsang Chandra from the Clear Light Buddhist Center. Class will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Granite Peak U.U. Congregation, 882 Sunset Ave., Prescott. The class is $10 and includes guided meditations and teachings. Everyone is welcome. For further information, call Deborah or Will at 776-4615.

Prescott Valley United Methodist Church, 8944 E. Sommer Dr. in Prescott Valley, will have free pictures with Santa at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Be sure to bring your "wish list."

Children and adults will present the nativity drama during the worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 21.

Unity Church of Prescott is having its annual Holiday Craft Fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, from at 145 S. Arizona Ave. There will be arts and crafts, jewelry, wearables, baked goods, etc. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 445-1850.

Just in time for Advent, a new DVD discussion series, "Seeds of the Harvest," will run through Dec. 17 at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley. The classes will meet on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in the Douglas room and Marty Cary, along with the Rev. Dick Unkenholz, will lead the discussions. Community members are invited to attend these classes that reveal how God shows his faithfulness to his people, especially in our culture today. In addition to these classes, the Wonder-Full Wednesday dinners at the church will continue the Advent theme with the "Harvest of the Spirit" series. These presentations led by Bill Price will focus on the life, miracles and teachings of Jesus. This six-week series began on Nov. 19.

Tri-Cities Respect Life & Rachel's Vineyard Ministries offer a Day of Reflection with music by Catholic recording artist Michael John Poirier and testimony by Mary Poirier on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., including continental breakfast and lunch, at St. Germaine Catholic Church, 7997 E. Dana Drive, Prescott Valley. Goodwill offerings are appreciated.

The music of Poirier continues at the 8 and 10 a.m. masses on Sunday, Dec. 14. The retreat concludes Sunday evening at 7 p.m. with An Evening of Song, Prayers and Real Life Stories by Poirier. Benediction follows.

For information and RSVP, call Gaye Shaffer at 928-759-0501 or shaffer51@mindspring.com.

Youngsters ages 3 to 12 may sign up for the Children's Christmas Workshop at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley. This annual event will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Participants must register with the church before the end of November. While the children make craft projects to give as gifts, parents can complete some last-minute shopping. All of the craft materials will be provided as well as a snack. For more information, contact Leisa Geiler at tlgeiler@cableone.net.

The LDS Church Stake Center, 1001 Sandretto Dr. in Prescott, presents a Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 14. The community is invited to participate in the choir and in the performance. The concert will include Handel's "Messiah." The guest conductor will be David Lunt, who taught music and choir at Prescott High School in the 1970s and '80s. Choir rehearsals will be each Sunday at 7 p.m. starting Nov. 16. For more information, call 443-3066.

Stroll through "A Night In Bethlehem," a reenactment of how Bethlehem was the night Jesus was born, 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at the Chino Valley United Methodist Church. There will be hands-on activities for all ages (woodworking, weaving, pottery and name translations). Also, experience a live Nativity, an angel choir singing beautiful music, and live animals. Refreshments will be served as well. This is a free community event. For information, call the church office at 636-2969.

At the morning service Sunday, Dec. 23, Mountain View Baptist Church in Dewey will have a re-dedication of the church facility. All are welcome to see how God has blessed the church this past year.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church will have its 28th annual "Don't Spend Christmas Alone" dinner on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. As in the past, we are looking for volunteers to assist in bringing this event to the citizens of the tri-city area. Those interested may call the church office at 778-4499 to put their name on the list. All volunteers will be greatly appreciated.

Free tickets are available now for the annual Nazarene Church Christmas production.

This year it is "A Time For Christmas," a Broadway-style musical drama. The church is located at 2110 Willow Creek Road in Prescott. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Call 445-1136.

Pastor George Cushman leads a study on "The First Christmas" from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Douglas room. For more information, call 778-1950.

White Mountain Education Association's new class explores New Dimensions in Healing 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through December. To register or for additional information, call the WMEA office at 778-0638. Classes take place at the WMEA Center, 543 Eastwood Drive in Prescott.

The new Prescott Area Women's Shelter (PAWS) is set to open in November. We are all proud and excited to finally have a shelter for women and children who need a place to sleep in warmth and safety, and who are going to have a hot meal in their stomachs before they go to sleep. The following items are things that you can donate to the shelter or donate funds for their purchase: office, laundry and kitchen supplies, children's art supplies and hygiene products. All donations are tax-deductible. The address of the new shelter is 336 Rush St. in Prescott. For more information or if you would like to help, call Jennifer at 708-0100.

"New Outlook Recovery," hosted by Pastor Dave Stegner, is a Ministry of Bikers for Christ and is meeting at Mountain Valley Church on Sundays from 5 to 7 p.m. It provides relevant biblical teaching for everyday strength and encouragement. 

Children's Clothes Closet and Food Pantry is now open from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2980 Willow Creek Road, Prescott. Items are free to all those in need. For more information, call 273-3252.

First Baptist Church of Prescott continues the ministries that have defined their passion to serve the lives of the community members over the years. The Soup Kitchen is open at 5 p.m. every Monday for those needing a meal. The Master's Clothes Closet, 114 Union St. in Prescott, is open from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays for those needing clothing. The Women's and Men's Recovery Meetings are 7 p.m. Mondays. For information, call 541-9088 for the men's group and 713-1294 for the women's group. For those needing financial or utility assistance, call 771-7592 between 1 and 3:30 p.m. Mondays or stop by 114 Union St. Monday afternoons.

AWANA is returning to Open Door Baptist Church of Prescott Valley. The club meetings will be from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays, through the school year. Groups offered are Cubbies (preschoolers age 3 and up), Sparks (grades K-2) and Truth and Training (grades 3-6).

AWANA is an international Bible club for children. AWANA emphasizes Bible memory and includes handbook time, recreation time and a Bible lesson.

Open Door Baptist Church is located at 8451 East Stevens Drive in Prescott Valley, the first building south of Mountain Valley Splash. For further information or to arrange transportation, call 772-9206 or 759-3751.

Church services are being offered at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday at Orchard Ranch R.V. Park, located at 11250 Highway 69, between Dewey and Prescott Valley. Pastor Ken Swenson and his wife Sharon conduct the services.

Justfaith class meets through the middle of May 2009 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 150 Fleury Ave. in Prescott. There will be a morning and an evening class on Mondays. There will be retreats, films, speakers and personal one-on-one contact with those who suffer from racism, poverty and injustice. You will also learn more about purchasing your food from local farmers and ranchers and feeding your family without worrying about pesticides and hormones that are used in the large corporate farms. For more information, call Sister Anne at 445-3141.

Everyone is invited to one or more sessions of teaching on the healing scriptures, growing in faith, how to pray for the sick, the role of fasting, testimonies of healing and more. Sessions are from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Thursday at Blessing Retreat in Williamson Valley. To learn more, contact Linda Riley at 771-1735 or blessingretreat@gmail.com.

Worship Kidstyle, a new ministry of Robert Road Baptist Church for preschoolers and children, meets 9:30 a.m. to noon each Sunday.

Worship Kidstyle is worship through music, videos, dramatic play, games, arts and crafts and Bible exploration and discovery.

Robert Road Baptist Church is located at 5100 N. Robert Road in Prescott Valley. For additional information, call 772-0703.

The Heights Church of Prescott is offering a Bible-based support group to women struggling with the after effects of abortion. All information is confidential. If you are interested, or know someone who needs God's healing, contact Debby at debomom95@yahoo.com or call 443-5889. You can also call the Heights Church at 445-1421.

Beit Torah, Independent Jewish Synagogue, 6287 E. Copperhill Dr., Prescott Valley, is dedicated to bring the wellspring of Torah to the nations. They study and teach from the Tanakh, the only inspired Scriptures. The congregation is an independent Jewish community. The worship is mostly English with a little Hebrew. Beit Torah is not affiliated with any other Judaic movement, although they have the utmost respect for other forms of Judaism. The belief is that the Tanakh holds all the guidelines for a righteous life and the truth of Torah is available to all. There is an open forum question and answer at all services. The Synagogue is open to all people, Jew or not, all are welcome. For more information, call 775-3441.

Mountain Valley Church of God Christ-Centered 12-Step drug and alcohol recovery program and cancer support group entitled Redeeming Grace meets Saturday evenings with a short church service and sermon, including music. Pastors Tom and Nova Forrest will lead the service. Immediately following the service, attendees will break into separate male and female groups for the 12-step program and the cancer support program.

The Redeeming Grace service will be 6:30 p.m. each Saturday at Mountain Valley Church of God, 8123 East Manley Dr. in Prescott Valley. Childcare will be provided as needed. For more information, call 772-5713.

The Firehouse, an after-school program and a ministry of "En Fuego," the Youth Group at Prescott Free Methodist Church, is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. The Firehouse gives students a place to go after school to work on homework or class projects and to have fun with friends. There are monitored computers for homework and research, games and quiet rooms for studying. There will always be a minimum of two or three adults on the premises.

Prescott Free Methodist Church is located at 2797 Willow Creek Road. For additional information, call Pastor Aaron Rosberg at 445-4780 or e-mail pastoraaron@prescottfmc.com.

Brother Bill Davis, a trained and certified Biblical counselor, is available for counseling with personal and domestic issues. He is a member of the Open Door Baptist of Prescott Valley and a member of the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors. Brother Davis is the director of Biblical Family Guidance, a ministry, which applies Biblical answers to today's problems. For information, call Brother Davis at 925-7384.

Korean Community Church invites all those interested to come by at 1:30 p.m. Sunday and hear Rev. So Jung Il. The church is located at 901 E. Horizon Lane in Prescott Valley. For more information, e-mail the church at jungso@hotmail.com, or call 499-9139.

Hand-knit caps and scarves will keep homeless people warmer this winter thanks to the efforts of the knitting and crocheting group at Prescott United Methodist Church. They meet the second and fourth Thursdays of every month at 10:30 a.m. in the Upper Room. Any community member is invited to join them. All anyone needs to bring is knitting needles or a crochet hook since all the yarn is provided. Knitting skill is not even a requirement because group leaders are happy to teach the basics to newcomers. The church is located at 505 W. Gurley. For more information, call 778-1950.