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Church News: Week of March 5

Join Beit Torah Jewish congregation in a vegetarian potluck welcoming of the sabbath, 6 p.m. March 5 at Jackie's in Prescott. For information, call 493-0751. On March 15 at 10 a.m., the congregation will continue its Women's Issues study group at the Prescott Public Library Elsea Room (Passover customs and recipes). For information, call 237-0390, 227-0582, e-mail or visit Beit Torah is not messianic.

Men who want a deeper Christian relationship are welcome to attend the "Every Man Conference" from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Adult Center of Prescott. Only a few spots are left for this event.

The center is at 1280 E. Rosser St. off Highway 89 in Prescott. Cost of the conference is $55 and includes lunch, a conference workbook, a copy of the book "Every Man, God's Man" and a men's group study curriculum from the "Every Man Bible" study series.

The speaker will be Kenny Luck, the men's pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and founder of the international Every Man Ministries. A brochure about the conference describes it as an event that will help men "discover the power to change into the man you want to be - and the man God intended you to be." At the conference, men will learn to "stop self-destructive cycles, unleash powerful spiritual motivation, correct character flaws, connect with the woman in your life more deeply, model integrity for those you love," and more.

The Crossfire Men's Ministry in Prescott is sponsoring the conference. People can pre-register or get more information by calling Dan Olsen at 713-2428 or by visiting

The Prescott Valley Aglow Community Lighthouse will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Sun Gate Villa Senior Community Apartments, 3850 Civic Drive, Prescott Valley. Aglow looks to encourage and to establish a network of praying women.

The speaker will be Rae Couch, a preacher, teacher, evangelist and prison chaplain for more than 10 years, as well as chaplain for Yavapai youths. The title of her teaching for March 6 is "Stir the Gifts Within."

For more information, call Jean Tidwell at 775-2040.

Pastor Joe Berna continues his sermon series entitled "Faces Around the Cross" Sunday, March 7, at Bethel Baptist Church, 6901 E. Horizon Lane, Prescott Valley. This week's message will be "Before the Rooster Crows: Peter." On Sunday, March 21, the Rev. Patrick Neff with the Friends of Israel ministry will speak in both the adult Bible study at 9 a.m. and the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

A new support group for parents of soon-to-be teenagers will meet weekly at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley St. Pam Ozsoy will lead the group that will meet Sundays starting March 7 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the upper room of the church. The group will share resources, discipline approaches, peer group situations and faith issues. Participants will also discuss any topics the parents consider helpful in dealing with the "tweens" in their families. Coffee and snacks will be available, as well as childcare for younger children.

The Prescott United Methodist Church's Chancel Choir will be in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 7, in the sanctuary at 505 W. Gurley St. Prescott. Selections will run the gamut from the haunting "Holy, Holy, Holy" to the rousing spiritual, "Ain't Got Time to Die," featuring Paul Roseberry as soloist.

Carole Nickerson will direct the hour-long event, accompanied on the piano and organ by Patty Newton. Admission is free, and a nursery will be provided.

All Saints Anglican Church will conduct its monthly healing service at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 7. The healing service is based on ancient prayers handed down from the Shrine of St. Thomas of Canterbury and features the anointing and the "laying on of hands" by Bp. J. Dennis Massey.

Bethel Assembly of God, 501 Campbell St., Prescott, is having a church garage sale at 8 a.m. Sunday, March 7. Items available will include bikes, tools and much more. For information, call 778-3501.

Faith United Community Church, 1061 Old Chisholm Trail, Dewey, is having Lenten Bible study on "Healing," led by the Rev. Ed Mendenhall, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesdays, March 9, 16 and 23. Outlines are available at the church or call 772-8257.

Palm-Passion Sunday Worship is at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 28, led by the Covenant Players, a Christian drama group.

Easter Worship will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 4. This is a communion and rededication-baptism renewal service.

For more information on other special Holy Week services, call Faith United Community Church office at 772-8257.

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church continues its mid-week Lenten services March 10 and each Wednesday through March 24. Lent, which begins 40 days before Easter, is a time when many Christians observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. Lenten services at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church are twice each Wednesday evening at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center.

Various organizations of the church serve a light dinner of soups and breads of many varieties at 5 p.m. The public is welcome to come in and share the fellowship and services at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran, 1202 Green Lane, Prescott, a mile from the hospital off Willow Creek Road. Sunday services are at 8:15 and 11 a.m., with Sunday school classes for all ages and Pastor's Forum at 9:45 a.m. For additional information, call the church office at 778-9122 between 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church will conduct an ongoing series called "Catholics Returning Home" at 10 a.m. Saturdays beginning March 13, 20 and 27 at 2062 N. Highway 89, Chino Valley, in the St. Francis Room. These sessions are for non-practicing Catholics who are seeking answers to questions about returning to church. There will be informal sharing and an update of the Catholic faith. For more details, call Tammy Holmes at 636-4071.

Those who suffer from migraine headaches have a new support group to turn to at Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley St. Beth Peters leads the group, and the next session will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, in the upper room of the church. Group members share resources and discuss treatments that they have found to be helpful. Childcare is available with advance arrangements. Contact Pastor Carol Mumford at 778-1950 for more information.

Beit Torah Religious School classes meet twice monthly at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at Eve's in Prescott, with continental breakfast available for parents. The March classes are Sunday, March 21 and 28, at 10:30 a.m. for children and 11:30 a.m. for adults. Focus on preparing for Passover and songs for a model Seder on the 28th and for the Pesach Seders on March 29 and 30. Check the website calendar for dates and locations,, or call 237-0390.

Registration is open for the American Evangelical Lutheran Church Women's Annual Breakaway, "Choosing Joy," taking place March 26 and 27 at the Chapel Rock Retreat Center, 1131 Country Club Drive, Prescott. The guest speaker will be Ruth E. Blocker, who has been involved in the women's ministry at AELC for five years. Women of the quad-city area are welcome to join the AELC women for a weekend of fellowship, praise and worship, small group sessions, crafts, hiking, individual prayer time, and caring and sharing experiences. For registration information, call 445-4348.

All are welcome to join the Beit Torah Community Passover Seder on March 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Unity Church in Prescott. Please RSVP by March 15. For information or to RSVP, call 237-0390 or 759-0110. (This is not a Unity Church activity).

Temple B'rith Shalom Passover Gift Shop carries a complete line of hostess gifts and accessories for Passover (March 29-April 5), including Seder plates, matza covers, Elijah cups, Miriam cups, children's activities and books, plague puppets and more. Call 708-0018 for information on gift shop hours and location.

A Lenten Bible study entitled "Celebrate the Risen Christ" will begin at 11 a.m. each Wednesday through March 31 at Mingus View Presbyterian Church, 8340 W. Leigh Drive, Prescott Valley, in the lower-level meeting room. Pastor Lloyd of Mingus View Presbyterian Church will lead the series based on the Revised Common Lectionary. For additional information, call the church office at 775-4606.

All are invited to participate in a Passover Seder vegetarian meal embracing themes of social justice, peace and liberation at the Crossroads Café from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on April 1. Tickets go on sale in the café on Monday, March 8. Advance ticket sales only. No tickets available at the door. The café is located in the Crossroads Center behind the college's main buildings at 220 Grove Ave. Ticket prices are $30 for the general public and $15 for students. Work exchange is available to Prescott College students. For information and to buy tickets, contact Molly Beverly, chef, at café

Ahava B'Shem Yeshua (Love in the Name of Jesus) Messianic Congregation, along with the Alliance Bible Church, will celebrate a Passover Seder dinner with a messianic teaching at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 2, at the United Christian Youth Camp, 1400 Paradise Valley Road, Prescott. Because of limited seating, reservations must be made and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For information or to make reservations, call 772-0299 or 776-8501.

Ahava is associated with the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America, and has been meeting for the past five years with Messianic Shabbat services, which are at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays at the Alliance Bible Church, 2601 Iron Springs Road, Prescott. For more information, visit

The Women's Fellowship at First Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Prescott will have a silent auction and bake sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 3. Proceeds will benefit the Prescott Area Women's Shelter (PAWS). For more information, call 445-4555.

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, April 7-May 26 at American Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive, Prescott. Scholarships for class material are available, and free childcare is provided.

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 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, e-mail 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 the church at 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 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 Dr., 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

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

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.

The Children's Clothes Closet and Food Pantry is 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 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 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.

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