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Church News: Week of April 16

"Praying with Power" Prayer Seminar is from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 16, at American Evangelical Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. Merina Netto is a modern-day prophet from Mumbai, India, who travels throughout the world speaking and teaching on the power of prayer and the truths in God's word. The evening will feature dinner, praise and worship and personal ministries. Suggested $4 donation for dinner; and a freewill offering will be received for Netto's expenses. For more information, call 445-4348.

Cost Savers, a new support group at Prescott United Methodist Church, provides tips on how to live within a tight budget. They meet the third Friday of each month at 11 a.m. in the Deborah room of the church at 505 W. Gurley. The discussion on April 16 will be how to save on food expenses by planning a weekly menu, scheduling adequate shopping time and organizing coupons. They will also explore how to purchase and prepare less expensive cuts of meat. Group members are invited to share their cost-saving methods.

The Prescott Community Church, 3151 Willow Creek Road, invites the public to the Mahany Piano Arts student recital at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17. The program will feature 20 students of varying ages and levels performing classical, jazz, pop and original piano music. In addition, Michael Mahany will debut his latest piano composition, "Beyond Words." A reception with light refreshments will follow. The performance is free of charge but donations are welcome.

Sacred Heart Catholic School invites the community to attend the 2010 spring fundraising gala, "Here's Looking at You, Kids," at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Wyndham Garden Hotel on Highway 69 in Prescott. Festivities include appetizers, gourmet dinner, wine and Brat Pack Martini Bar, silent and live auctions, music and dancing. Tickets are $60 each. Vintage Hollywood attire is appropriate. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Sacred Heart Catholic School at 445-2621.

The Prescott Aglow Lighthouse will meet April 17 at the Hassayampa Inn Hotel, 122 E. Gurley. A breakfast buffet will be served for $11 at 9 a.m. Call in your reservations to 713-0984. The meeting itself starts at 9:45 at no charge. All are welcome. Merina Netto from India will be speaking. She is a modern-day prophet and serves on the board of directors for Aglow International. There will be ministry afterward.

United Methodist Church, 8944 E. Sommer in Prescott Valley, is having a spaghetti dinner to benefit the Military Service Monument at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 17. The cost is $7 per person. For information, call 772-9563 or monument@cableone.net.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7763 E. Long Look Drive, Prescott Valley, plans a mini-retreat for women of all ages on Saturday, April 17. Coffee is at 8:30 a.m. and the retreat runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch and all retreat supplies are included in the $20 registration fee. For information, call 772-4135.

Join Beit Torah Jewish Congregation for "Independence and Heroism" in our monthly Women's Issues study group at 10 a.m. Monday, April 19, at the Prescott Public Library, Elsea Room. 215 E. Goodwin St. For more information call 237-0390, e-mail ansheitorah@cableone.net, or visit www.onetorah.org. Beit Torah is not messianic.

Those who suffer from migraine headaches are invited to join a support group that meets the third Wednesday of each month in the Upper Room of Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley. Beth Peters leads the group that will meet at 11 a.m. on April 21. Group members will share resources and discuss potential treatments. Childcare is available with advance arrangements. For more information, call the church office at 778-1950.

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1202 Green Lane, Prescott, is sponsoring an American Red Cross Community Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 22. We all expect blood to be there for us, but barely a fraction of those who can give do. Yet sooner or later, virtually all of us will face a time of great vulnerability in which we will need blood. And that time is all too often unexpected.

Schedule your appointment for the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church Blood Drive by calling 1-800-448-3543 or visit www.givelife.org and follow the steps listed.

For directions to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, call 778-9122.

In recognition of Earth Day on April 22, "green" architect Michael Frerking will speak at Prescott Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Sunday, April 18, at the 10 a.m. service.

Frerking began Living Systems Sustainable Architecture (LSSA) 33 years ago after seeing the devastation caused by clear-cutting forests in the Pacific northwest. LSSA's ultimate goal is to design and build "zero-load" buildings, which create and satisfy their own energy needs and often send energy back to the utility grid.

"The Vision of His Glory," a Women's Spring Bible Study by Anne Graham Lotz, will be April 22 - June 3 at Willow Hills Church in Prescott.

Topics covered will be "Hope When You Are Depressed," "Hope When You Are Discouraged," "Hope When You Are Defeated" and "Hope that Ignites Your Heart."

Call Connie Hanson at 925-7768 to register or for more information.

Bible Baptist Church will host a youth rally for area teenagers beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, at the church, locate at 2945 N. Highway 89 in Chino Valley. For information, call 636-8465.

Beit Torah Religious School classes meet at 10:30 a.m. for children and 11:30 a.m. for adults on Sunday, April 25, at Eve's in Prescott. The focus is on Lag B'Omer. For information, visit www.onetorah.org or call 237-0390.

The Prescott Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2980 Willow Creek Road, is conducting a food drive during April. The drive is in partnership with the Alan Feinstein Foundation's "Help End Hunger in America." Donations of food items or money will help people in Prescott. The church's Community Services Food Pantry is open from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays to accept donations and to give food to needy people who walk in during those hours. For information, call Shirley Latulippe, director, at 273-3252.

Tough Times, a support group for those who are out of work or underemployed, meets Mondays at 11 a.m. in the Upper Room at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley. During April, the group will focus on self-understanding and how important that is when searching for a new job. Michael Gerdes and Pastor Carol Mumford co-facilitate the resource-sharing sessions of this group.

Donations to the free wheelchair ministry through Prescott United Methodist Church are making a worldwide impact. Persons in need throughout the world receive practical, efficient and long-lasting chairs at no cost to them through this program. Warren Root leads this ministry for PUMC and said that anyone who would like to make a contribution may contact the church office at 778-1950. Pastor Carol Mumford commented that the free wheelchair ministry is literally life-changing for the difference it makes in an individual's life.

The Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) will have its annual two-day rummage sale from 7 a.m. to noon Friday, May 14, and Saturday, May 15. The sale will be in the Church's Fellowship Hall at 1202 Green Lane, west off Willow Creek Road in Prescott, 1.4 miles north of Yavapai Regional Medical Center.

Proceeds from the Rummage Sale will benefit local charities in the greater Prescott area and global missions. Matching funds will be contributed by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Women of Wisdom, an interdenominational Christian fellowship of Bible teaching and studies for women of all ages and backgrounds, is taking registration for its spring 2010 session. The new sessions are from 8:15 to 11:15 a.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through May 26 at American Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive, Prescott. Scholarships for class material are available, and free childcare is available.

The program for WOW each Wednesday morning includes coffee time, praise and worship music, prayer, a first-hour Bible teaching and participants' choice of a small-group Bible study or a fun "potpourri" class.

Detailed brochures with registration forms may be obtained from the American Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive or call 445-4348 and a brochure will be mailed.

Bethel Baptist Church begins a new Bible study entitled "Faith Lessons." Filmed on location in Israel, "Faith Lessons" is a video series that brings God's word to life, telling Bible stories in the actual settings where they took place. Video screenings followed by discussions are at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Bethel is located at 6901 E. Horizon Lane, Prescott Valley. 

The Lutheran Hour provides information on important daily issues through more than 800 radio stations, XM satellite radio, online and podcasts. In Prescott, The Lutheran Hour can be heard on Sunday mornings at 7:05 a.m. at KYCA, 1490 AM. To hear podcasts and daily devotions online, go to www.lhm.org.

The Prescott Healing Rooms are open every Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Blessing Retreat, 2640 Glenshandra Drive, Prescott, just off Williamson Valley Road. Clients can also be seen by appointment. This Christian ministry includes volunteers from several local churches.

The Prescott Healing Rooms is planning a book sale later this year and would appreciate used book or DVD donations for the sale.

For more information, see www.PrescottHealingRooms.org, e-mail blessingretreat@gmail.com or call 771-1735.

Cribbage lovers have formed a new group for fun and fellowship at Prescott United Methodist Church. They meet weekly at 6 p.m. on Thursdays in the church library at 505 W. Gurley St. All supplies are provided. Call 830-4802 with questions.

Orchard Ranch RV Park is having church services at 4 p.m. every Sunday with Dr. Norman P. Anderson, retired Baptist minister, conducting the services. Everyone is welcome. Orchard Ranch is located between Dewey and Prescott Valley on Highway 69.

Ladies Bible study is at 1 p.m. Thursdays at Mountain View Baptist in Dewey. Wanda Cody will lead the study. The subject will be "Women of the Bible."

First Southern Baptist Church of Prescott Valley, 2820 Pleasant View Drive, is offering AWANA Bible Club to children 2 years old through sixth grade. The program meets from 6 to 7:45 p.m. every Wednesday. The trained leaders offer excitement, affirmation and adventure. All children are welcome. For more information, call 772-7218.

First Baptist Church of Prescott's AWANA program is 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays. The three age groups for boys and girls are Cubbies for 3 years through Pre-K (a parent must remain on the church campus for Cubbies group); Sparks for kindergarten through second grade; and T&T for children third through sixth grades. For a registration form or more information, visit www.firstbaptistprescott.com or call 778-9790. First Baptist Church is located at 148 S. Marina, Prescott.

Join fellow sisters in Christ for a time of intimate worship from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Academy of Performing Arts, 392 Butterfield Road in Chino Valley. This class is free to all women ages 10 to adult. For more information, call 636-2007.

Producing warm hats and scarves for the homeless is a year-round project for the knitting and crocheting group at Prescott United Methodist Church. The group meets at 10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays each month in the Upper Room of the church at 505 W. Gurley St. Everyone is welcome, and group members are willing to coach beginners. Donations of yarn are always welcome.

Victory Worship Bible Church, 8200 E. Jacque Drive, Prescott Valley, will be teaching on healing and ministering to the sick at 7 p.m. Wednesday nights. For information, call 775-3314 or visit www.victoryworshipcenteraz.org.

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

A men's Bible study at First Southern Baptist Church, 2820 Pleasant View Drive, Prescott Valley, will meet at 1 p.m. Mondays. For additional information, call Keith at 772-5427 or the church office at 772-7218.

Eastern Orthodox Church of Prescott invites all who seek to deepen their faith in Jesus Christ to Prayer for Vespers at 5 p.m. Saturdays and the celebration of the Holy Liturgy in the ancient tradition of the early church at 10 a.m. Sundays. The church is located at 609 W. Gurley St., Prescott. For more information, call Fr. John Peck, pastor, at 777-8750 or visit www.prescottorthodox.org.

Younger adults at Prescott United Methodist Church have formed a weekly focus group that will discuss how the Scriptures relate to issues today. They meet at 6 p.m. Mondays in the Bartholomew Room of the church, 505 W. Gurley St. The group's acronym, IDEAS, stands for "individuals discovering everything and sharing."

The Chino Valley and Paulden Area Ministerial Association works in conjunction with St. Vincent De Paul Society and the Salvation Army to help people in need. Volunteers staff the organization, and they welcome any help from new volunteers. The association helps people with various critical housing and living conditions. Referrals are strictly confidential. For more information or to make a donation or volunteer, call 636-0276. The office is located behind the Chino Valley Community Church, 1969 N. Highway 89.

CrossPoint Free Will Baptist Church hosts the "Friendship First" program on Wednesday nights for grades one through 12. Families and their friends are welcome. For more information, call Pastor Chris Fannin at 499-1754.

First Baptist Church of Prescott continues the ministries that help people in the community. The Soup Kitchen is open at 5 p.m. every Monday for those needing a meal. The Master's Clothes Closet, 114 Union St., 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 help, call 771-7592 between 1 and 3:30 p.m. Mondays or stop by 114 Union St. Monday afternoons.

Worship Kidstyle, a ministry of Robert Road Baptist Church for preschoolers and children, meets from 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, 5100 N. Robert Road, 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 aftereffects 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.

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 at 6:30 p.m. each Saturday at Mountain Valley Church of God, 8123 E. Manley Drive, Prescott Valley. Childcare will be available 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 from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. 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.