Church News: Bohrman brings 'Three Billy Goats Bridge' to Granite Peak UU

Meg Bohrman

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Meg Bohrman

Meg Bohrman and the Birdcage Puppet Theater, “The Three Billy Goats’ Bridge” Sunday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m., Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 882 Sunset Ave., Prescott. On this intergenerational Sunday, this talented and creative local theater troupe retells the old story of the Three Billy Goat's Gruff, focusing on non-violent communication practices, considering other stories and finding a "third point-of-view,” one that rises above the duality of yes and no, and right and wrong. Bohrman will host an exploration of the themes during coffee hour after the performance at the Sunday service. For more information about Bohrman, visit www.highnotehealing.com/about. There is a staffed nursery for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Sunday morning service attendees are invited to bring non-perishable food items such as canned food items, including soups, proteins, chili, pasta sauce, fruit and beans, as well as toiletries, especially toothpaste and brushes, deodorant, razors and shampoo for donation to the Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ) Open Door Food Bank. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/granitepeakuucongregation or www.prescottuu.org.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church invites pets and their people to a Blessing of the Animals in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi Day. This event is open to the public – all are welcome! The celebratory blessing will occur on Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. St. Luke's Episcopal Church is located at 2000 Shepherds Lane, Prescott (near the airport, at Highway 89 and Ruger Road). Questions, email info@slecp.org, or call 928-778-4499.

Faith United Community Church in the Prescott Country Club will host the choir from Rainbow Acres on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. A potluck lunch will follow, all are welcome. Sunday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m., local musician Meg Bohrman will perform as part of a celebration of Exodus. A social hour will follow.

All are welcome to Rabbi’s open Sukkah throughout Sukkot with Beit Torah Jewish Congregation (www.onetorah.org), including lulav and etrog during the intermediate days Oct. 7 through Oct. 11, beating the willow symbolizing the riddance of the lasts of our old sins Oct. 11, the 8th Day of Assembly with Yiskor Memorial service Oct. 12, and Rejoicing in Torah Oct. 13. Call for directions and details, 928-237-0390, 227-0582 or email ansheitorah@cableone.net.

JustFaith program sheds light on social justice – For the first time in the Prescott area, Christians of all denominations are invited to participate in JustFaith, a 24-week justice education process which helps participants learn to live the Gospel in ways that respond to the needs of our world today. This includes retreats, readings, films and weekly discussions. You may say, “The problems of our world are so great, what can one person do?” The powers of one person may be limited but we know that one person joined with many like-minded Christians can accomplish a great deal. Sessions will be held in the United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley St., Prescott. Come and embark on this exciting journey toward putting faith into action by selecting one of two available sessions (morning or evening):

• Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – begins on Wednesday evening Oct. 11.

• Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m. – begins on Thursday morning Oct. 12.

For more information, call 928-778-1950 or 602-509-9639.

Reformation Conference marks 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation – Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther changed church history forever when he posted his “Ninety-five Theses” on the door of the Wittenberg Church in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, on Oct. 31, 1517. During a two-day conference at Prescott High School’s Ruth Street Theater on Oct. 13 and 14, believers from the quad-city area will join together to commemorate the Protestant Reformation. This movement led to a widespread circulation of the Bible, and therefore, a recapturing of the Biblical gospel.

Canyon Bible Church of Prescott is hosting the conference and invites the public to attend. It will be from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13, and from 8 to noon, on Saturday, Oct. 14. Cost is $40 per person, and interested folks can register online. Registration includes admission, continental breakfast on Saturday, and snacks and drinks throughout the conference. The first 100 people to register also will receive a free book on the Reformation. For more information, please call the church office, 928-277-0017, or visit CanyonBibleConference.org.

Andrew Gutierrez, pastor-teacher at Canyon says, “Our prayer for this conference is that followers of Christ would be informed about our rich heritage and would be equipped to continue representing Christ faithfully in our day and age.” Pastor Gutierrez, and Pastor Austin Duncan, from Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California will be the speakers for the conference. Both men are graduates of The Master’s Seminary, located on the campus of Grace Community Church.

“I’ve known and worked with Austin for years,” says Gutierrez. “As the director of the doctoral program at The Master’s Seminary, Austin has decades of Biblical wisdom and practical experience to share with us. He understands church history and the Reformation’s impact on our modern American churches and theology.”

There will be a Craft Fair & Bake Sale at Prescott Community Church, 3151 Willow Creek Road, on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13 and 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Local artisans will offer a wide variety of handcrafted items and unique gift ideas. There will also be an assortment of mouthwatering sweets from local bakers. Admission is free. Jumpstart your holiday shopping with our crafters and their original, up-cycled, handcrafted creations. For more information, visit pccaz.org.

A "Proactive Approach to Diabetes" Expo is being sponsored by the Health in Christ Ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church in Prescott Valley. The Expo is on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Trinity Lutheran Church at 3950 N. Valorie Drive, Prescott Valley. Speakers include Nancy Dupree, R.N., Certified Diabetes Educator; Melissa Ellis, MS, Clinical Dietitian; and Dr. Evan Simonson, Podiatric Medicine. The event is free and a free breakfast will also be served. For more information or to RSVP, call 928-772-8845.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m. the Prescott Seventh-Day Adventist church will host a musical performance entitled the "Story of Redemption," the presentation will be given by the musical group Cyiza. The public is invited. Cyiza’s first official concert took place in California in a small church. Since then, the ministry has grown to include live concerts, online ministry, and interviews with influential Christian artists. Cyiza Music Ministry (also referred to as CMM) has reached thousands around the world through music and multimedia focused on pointing towards the Redeemer, Jesus Christ. CMM stands on the Word of God as their anchor and guidance. The use of music videos, concerts, interviews, and articles are meant to point to a risen Savior. The goal of CMM is that through hearing the songs or watching the videos, the hearer/viewer will be brought one step closer into the loving arms of Jesus Christ.

Annual Oktoberfest at Mt. of Faith Lutheran Church, 20135 E Stagecoach Trail, Cordes Lakes will be on Friday, Oct. 20, 4 to 6:30 p.m. We will have the "Side Kicks" band again, our German meal, $6.50 for adults, $3 for kids 12 and younger. There is fun for the whole family, with the White elephant sale, door prizes, and great raffle items.

Sacred Heart Heritage Festival includes salsa contest – Sacred Heart Catholic School’s Heritage Weekend is set for Oct. 20-21 and will include a Salsa Challenge for the first time ever. The festival’s theme is “Celebrate International Community.” Events kick off Friday, Oct. 20, with a cocktail social. There will be music by Max the Sax, plus appetizers, drinks and dancing. Cost is $25 per person or $45 per couple, and organizers say it makes a perfect date night. Child care is available at a cost of $5 per child.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, enjoy food, carnival games, live music and dancing. Game booths are 50 cents; food booth tickets are $1 each. The Salsa Contest goes on Saturday during the festival, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contestants will compete in three categories – sweet, medium and fire-extinguisher – for cash prizes ($25 for honorable mention, $50 for people’s choice, and $100 for best overall).

Competitors must be present to serve their salsa and win. Chips and tasting cups will be provided. Deadline to enter the salsa contest is Wednesday, Oct. 18. Entry fee is $5. For more info, email jbomicino@shcsprescott.com or call 928-445-2621.

Fall Creation Seminar on Oct. 21 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Mt. Valley Church of God in Prescott Valley.

3rd annual A Taste for Mission - St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will be hosting a vibrant, eclectic fundraising event featuring local artists, merchants’ products & services, breweries, wineries and Arizona’s only meadery! This gala event, the 3rd Annual A TASTE FOR MISSION, will happen on Oct. 29. Festivities are from 3 to 5 p.m. Our tasting and silent auction will include culinary delights prepared by local chefs and foodies! The cost for the event is $30.

Original local works of artists and crafts people, and other products and services, will be auctioned through a silent auction format. Proceeds of A TASTE FOR MISSION will benefit the general Mission of St. Luke’s. Some of the programs St. Luke’s is known for in the community include its dedicated youth group and outreach programs (examples: St. Luke’s Don’t Spend Christmas Alone, other community-wide outreach programs like local area food banks, Operation Deep Freeze, Granite Creek Hunger ministry, Quixote’s Garage and providing a music venue for the Prescott Chorale and the Prescott Chamber Orchestra).

You can purchase tickets by going to TasteForMission.Eventbrite.com, at the Church office, after Saturday and Sunday services, or at the door the day of the event. St. Luke’s is located at 2000 Shepherds Lane, Prescott, AZ (near the airport, off of 89 & Ruger Road). For more information, contact info@slecp.org or call 928-778-4499.