Religion Briefs, Aug. 23, 2014



Shrimp boil at First Congregational

First Congregational Church United Church of Christ will host its annual shrimp boil and silent auction tonight at the church, 1425 N. Fifth St.

The silent auction will run from 5:30–7 p.m.  and dinner will be served from 6–7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 and younger. Proceeds will go to St. Martin’s Place, Phase 2, a Grand Valley Catholic Outreach project that will provide an additional 24 one-bedroom apartments to the existing 15 apartments that were built in 2011. These apartments help the chronically homeless and specifically help homeless veterans.

Call 242-0298 for more information.

CROP Hunger Walk orientation on tap


An orientation meeting for church, youth/service groups and individuals interested in participating in this year’s CROP Hunger Walk will at 7 p.m. Monday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 536 Ouray Ave.

Discussion items include education about the worldwide hunger crisis and the various methods to raise funds prior to the walk-day event on Oct. 19 at Canyon View Park. Agape Food Bank, Child & Migrant Services, Community Food Bank and Grand Valley Catholic Outreach’s food pantry will be recipients of a portion of this year’s donated funds. The Koinonia and Unitarian Universalist congregations are organizing this 28th year of CROP Hunger Walk in the Grand Valley.

For more information call Koinonia at 242-3947 or download the flier from the “get involved” link at

Prayer gathering at Lincoln Park Barn


A Harvest Prayer Gathering, featuring host evangelist David Johnson, is planned for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29–30, at the Lincoln Park Barn.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the service is at 7 p.m. The anointed services will feature pastors of the Western Slope and will include gospel music and prayer both nights.

Call 813-283-2678 for information or visit

Question, answer session at Immaculate


Are you thinking about becoming a Catholic?

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church welcomes adults and children of all ages and is offering “Question and Answer” sessions at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 2, at the church, at the corner of 26 1/2 and H roads

Call the church at 242-6121 or visit for information.

Sangha meeting Tuesdays in September


Grand Valley Sangha will meet from 6:50–8:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday, beginning in September and continuing through May, at Koinonia — A Spiritual Community, 730 25 Road.

“The word sangha is Sanskrit for a community with a common vision or purpose,” a news release said.

It gathers to “support the practice of mediation and living with mindfulness, generosity, compassion and joy.”

The community is inspired by the teachings of Buddha, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodron, Tara Brach, Cheri Huber, Jack Kornfield, Susie Harrington and Sarah Heffron.

Call Deb at 270-5832 for information.


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