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Church News: Week of March 26

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Holy Week Services begin with an Agape Meal at 6:30 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, April 1. Communion Worship Service is a part of the event. The public is invited to attend this Christian celebration of love. Advanced reservations for the meal are required by March 26. Call 778-9122.

A Tenebrae Service will be at 6:30 p.m. on Good Friday, April 2, in remembrance of Jesus Christ's journey to the cross, His crucifixion and death.

An Easter Vigil service in the German language will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 3.

On April 4, the Easter Sunday Resurrection Celebration services will be at 8:15 and 11 a.m. with Communion. An Easter video will be shown between services and a waffle plus-breakfast will be served from 9 to 11 a.m.

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran is located at 1202 Green Lane, Prescott, one 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, The TRUTH Project, written by Dr. Del Tackett, president of Focus on the Family Institute, at 9:45 a.m. For additional information, call the church office at 778-9122 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church will conduct an ongoing series called "Catholics Returning Home" at 10 a.m. Saturdays beginning March 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.

Spend a "Night of Intimate Worship" through music at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at Light and Life Free Methodist Church, 2797 Willow Creek Road, Prescott. Freely worship within any venue, including music, art and individual prayer. All are welcome. For more information, contact Pastor Aaron Rosberg at 445-4780.

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.

Spend a "Night of Intimate Worship" through music Saturday, March 27, at 7 p.m. at Light and Life Free Methodist Church. Freely worship within any venue, including music, art, and individual prayer. All are welcome. For more information, contact Pastor Aaron Rosberg at 445-4780.

Willow Hills Southern Baptist Church presents "The Risen Christ," an Easter musical performed by the choir with orchestra, directed by Dan Chandler, worship leader. The two performances are 3 p.m. Saturday, March 27, and 6 p.m. Sunday, March 28, in the Worship Center, 1071 Mogollon Road, Prescott. The event is free of charge. Signing for the deaf is provided at all services. For information, call 445-5520.

The Rev. Mark Moline and the congregation of St. Luke's Church invite you to Palm Sunday Services March 28 at 10 a.m. The congregation will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the church at the present location on Highway 89 and Ruger Road. The Rev. Paul Crowell, retired, will return as guest preacher, with the Rev. Moline celebrating Holy Eucharist. For information, call 778-4499.

Faith United Community Church, 1061 Old Chisholm Trail, Dewey, celebrates Palm-Passion Sunday Worship 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.

Beit Torah Religious School classes meet at 10:30 for children and 11:30 for adults on Sunday, March 28, at Eve's in Prescott. The focus is on The Passover Seder: An Overview. For information, visit or call 237-0390 or 308-5385.

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.

Join Beit Torah Jewish Congregation for a Special Fast of the First Born Study Breakfast Monday, March 29, at 2004 Shoshone Drive, Chino Valley. Welcome the Passover Sabbath Home Hospitality at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 2, at Eve's in Prescott. For directions and/or information call 237-0390, 227-0582, e-mail or visit Beit Torah is not messianic.

All are welcome to join the kosher Beit Torah Community Passover Seders from 6 to 9 p.m. March 29 in the Fellowship Hall of the Unity Church, 145 S. Arizona Ave., Prescott, (not a Unity Church activity) and on Tuesday, March 30, for second Seder home hospitality in Prescott. Please RSVP ASAP to 237-0390 or 227-0582. Space is limited.

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. 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

FBC Prescott Good Friday service will be at 6 p.m. with communion. The artwork from this year's and last year's artists will be featured in the auditorium. Easter Sunday will have the regularly scheduled service times.

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.

A showing of Mel Gibson's film "The Passion of the Christ" will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at American Evangelical Church Fellowship Hall, 1085 Scott Drive, Prescott. Admission is free. For information, call 445-4348.

Easter Breakfast Egg-stravaganza! to benefit Youth Ministries is from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 4, at American Evangelical Lutheran Church Youth Center.

Crossfire, a new interdenominational men's ministry, meets Thursday mornings in the American Evangelical Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. Breakfast served at 5:45 a.m., fellowship and Bible study from 6 to 7:30 a.m. All men are welcome.

"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.

The Prescott Valley Aglow Community Lighthouse will meet Saturday, April 3, at the Sun Gate Villa Senior Community Living Apartments, located at 3850 Civic Drive, Prescott Valley. Aglow looks to encourage and establish a network of praying women.

Please join us at 9 a.m. for coffee or tea and rolls followed by "praise and worship."

The speaker this month will be evangelist, teacher and speaker Priscilla Harrison. She is a member of "Jews for Jesus" and has had a radio program in Las Vegas for some time.

Join The Heights Church for Easter sunrise service at 6:15 a.m. at the church, 2121 Larry Caldwell Drive, Prescott, and at 9 and 10 a.m. at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley. For more information, call the church at 445-1421 or visit the website at

At the Bethel Baptist Church 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday service, the adult choir will present the Easter musical "Footsteps of Jesus." This musical deals with some of the Biblical characters who followed in His steps. The church is located at 6901 E. Horizon Lane, Prescott. For more information, call 772-7602.

First Southern Baptist Church of Mayer will have an Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. April 4. The church is located at 12791 E. Main St., Mayer. Breakfast will be served in the fellowship hall immediately after the service. For more information, call Pastor John at 899-0143.

Prescott Valley Christian Church's Easter sunrise service will feature a mini-concert by vocalist/pianist Christine Chilton. The sunrise service will be from 7 to 7:30 a.m. on April 4. She will also play and sing a solo during the Easter worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Prescott Valley Christian Church is located at 7655 E. Long Look Drive, For information, call 772-7364.

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.

Prescott Valley United Methodist Church, 8944 E. Sommer Drive, is having a Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 9, and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 10. There will be treasures, collectables, clothing and more. For information, call 759-2881.

Bible Baptist Church is having an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 9, at the Senior Center, 1021 W. Butterfield Road, Chino Valley. The Youth Department will be sponsoring this event to raise money for future youth activities. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. For tickets and additional information, call 636-8465.

"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.

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

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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