Church News: Week of Dec. 30, 2017

New Year’s Eve Service

Trinity Lutheran Church, 3950 N. Valorie Drive, Prescott Valley will have a church service with Holy Communion at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31. Following the service there will be a party at Trinity Hall celebrating the New Year and also our Comfort Dog Titus’s birthday! For information please call 928-772-8845.

Women of Wisdom

Women of Wisdom, an interdenominational Christian fellowship of Bible teaching and Bible studies for women of all ages and backgrounds, is now taking registrations for the winter 2018 session. The new session begins on Wednesday Jan. 10, and meets for eight weeks, until Feb. 28, 2018. WOW meets on Wednesday mornings from 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive, Prescott. Full and partial scholarships for class materials are available, and free childcare is always provided.

The program for WOW each Wednesday morning includes coffee time, praise & worship music, prayer, a first-hour Bible teaching and your choice of a second-hour Bible study or a “Fun, Faith & Fellowship” class.

Detailed brochures with registration forms may be obtained from the American Lutheran Church office, 1085 Scott Drive, or by calling 445-4348, to request that a brochure be mailed to you.

Make plans now to join us for a wonderful Christ-centered fellowship, make new friends, and grow in grace and wisdom of God. Remember that this program is for all women, and free childcare is provided along with full and partial scholarships for class materials.

Exodus tells the story of Moses

Erev Shabbat services will begin on Friday, Jan. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley, located at 100 Meadow Lark Drive off Route 179 in Sedona. Services led by Rabbi Alicia Magal, who will offer a drash (commentary) on the portion of the week, as well as Shabbat prayers, blessings for those who are ill, and Kaddish, the Mourner’s prayer. The new Board of Directors for 2018 will be installed officially and will receive a blessing. Members who have joined in the past year will also be honored and receive a blessing.   

Shabbat morning Torah study begins on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 11 a.m., with discussion of Shemot, the first portion of the Book of Exodus (chapter 1:1 - 6:1), telling of the experiences of the Israelites around 1200 BCE, four hundred years after they had come down to Egypt from Canaan.  

Beit Sefer Shalom Religious School of the JCSVV will not meet on Sunday, Jan. 7. 

Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. all are invited to the egalitarian morning minyan with a beautiful view of the red rocks from the sanctuary. This interactive minyan includes time for questions and comments on the prayers and on the Torah portion of the current week. Visitors are most welcome, and actually needed to enable us to have a full minyan for mourners to say Kaddish.

The JCSVV is offering a bi-weekly JCSVV class on Jewish Influences on Jesus’ Teachings, on Thursday afternoons 2- 4 p.m. from Jan. 11 to June 28, 2018.  Jesus, his family, and his disciples were Jewish. His actions and teachings were the product of a fascinating dialogue with—and reaction to—the traditions, cultures, and historical developments of ancient Jewish beliefs. By understanding Judaism before and during Jesus’ life, Jews and Christians will appreciate each other more.  The springboard for class discussions, facilitated by Paul Friedman, will be videotaped lectures by Jodi Magness, Ph.D., award-winning Professor of Early Judaism at the University of North Carolina. The subjects of Judaism and Jesus will be approached from a historical, rather than scriptural, perspective—one rooted in the study of ancient texts and archaeological discoveries.  Attendance at every class session is open to everyone, just come when you can. No fee for members of the JCSVV; $5 donation requested from non-members for each session. The topics for the first class on Jan. 11 will be a) Jesus and Judaism & b) Sacred mountains and law-giving in Judaism. Please contact the JCSVV office at 928 204-1286 to sign up for the class.

Beit Torah welcomes in new year

All are welcome to join with Beit Torah Jewish Congregation,, in developing the best resolutions for a better year!   Please call for details and directions: 928-237-0390, 227-0582 or email