Briefs: Local Religion May 02, 2009

Women’s conference May 9

• Women Woven Together, a conference open to all women in the Grand Valley, will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 9, at Canyon View Church, 736 24 1/2 Road.
Cost is $30 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.
Call Carol at 245-1107 or Patty at 858-3577 for information.

Eat pizza, get pampered

• Women ages 17–25 are invited to an evening of pizza and pampering from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, at The Roper Music Hall, 136 N. Fifth St.
The event is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries and will feature pedicures and manicures given by students of MJM Beauty School, massages, music by Lindsay Hoover and an inspirational talk by Nashville recording artist Nichole Hope Crandell.
Cost is $5. Complimentary child care will be offered.
Reservations can be made by calling Susie at 243-7266, Karissa at 778-2924, or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Parenting series offered

• The Master’s Parenting Plan, a monthly series for parents of children in grades 6 through 12, will begin May 3.
The parent ministry of Bookcliff Baptist Church offers topics each month through December, one Sunday per month, from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
A potluck will be included and child care is available. Reservations for child care must be made in advance.
Call Bobby Crick at 243-9285 or David Brown at 242-8815 for information.

Unitarian speaker set

• Psychologist and author Beth Firestein will be the guest at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley, 1022 Grand Ave.
The topic is “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Realities: Intersections of Sex and Culture.”
Firestein is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Loveland and specializes in providing therapy and consultation services to the bisexual, lesbian, gay and transgender communities.

Jubilee to host guest

• Speaker, singer and songwriter John Ragsdale will be the guest at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, at Jubilee Family Church, 483 30 Road.
Along with Randy Phillips, Ragsdale was co-founder and co-worship leader of the internationally televised program “The Awakening.”
Call 241-3210 for information.

Alliance plans prayer

• The Grand Junction Ministerial Alliance will sponsor a local prayer observance in honor of National Day of Prayer, from
12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Thursday, on the steps of the Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave.
The public is welcome to attend and participate.
Call Pastor Jim Hale at 640-9672 for information.

Neb. inmate can’t name himself ‘Sinner Bilskirnir’

• LINCOLN, Neb. — A judge has rejected a request from a prison inmate who, for religious reasons, sought to change his name to “Sinner Lawrence Bilskirnir.”
Jonathan L. Thomas cited his Norse religion in seeking the new name, saying he “is a heathen and Thor is his ‘High God.’ ”
But Lancaster County District Judge Steve Burns said Thomas’ reasons do not satisfy the legal requirements. Government agencies need to closely track Thomas because of his criminal record and because there are three child-support cases against him, Burns said.
In his ruling, Burns wrote, “Simply because a person is a Christian, a Jew or a Muslim, they do not change their name to Moses.”


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