Religion briefs, Oct. 26, 2013
Holidays after the death of loved one
GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays, designed for those facing the holidays after the death of a loved one, will take place from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Nov. 4, at First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road.
There is no charge for the seminar, which offers practical suggestions and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one’s death.
Those who preregister by Oct. 27 and attend, will receive a free book with more than 30 daily readings providing additional insights and ideas on holiday survival.
Catholic students can enter essays
All Catholic students in eighth through 12th grade, and attending public, private or parochial schools, are invited to participate in the 2013 Knights of Columbus Catholic Citizenship Essay Contests.
Students are encouraged to write a 500–700 word essay on the theme of “The Importance of Religious Freedom.”
Entry deadline is Nov. 11. Participants are required to furnish written parental consent. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places.
Learn about Islam in Cedaredge
An opportunity to learn more about Islam and how it differs from Christianity will be presented in several sessions in Cedaredge, by Mujahid El Masih, an author, pastor, speaker and a representative of Voice of the Martyrs.
Masih grew up as a Muslim in Pakistan, studied Islam, trained as a military officer, and was taught to hate Israel, Christians and all non-Muslims. He was dedicated to his country and religion until he became a Christian at age 25.
Following a three-year study at Bible college, he began planting Christian churches in different areas of Pakistan, where in 1997, he experienced brutal attacks on a village because of false charges that Christians had torn a Koran.
Masih later came to the United States and through the Voice of the Martyrs, speaks at schools, churches, universities, conferences and through the media.
Session will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1–2 and at 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nov. 3, at Grand Mesa Southern Baptist Church, 110 S.E. Jay Ave., at the corner of Jay and Colorado Highway 65, in Cedaredge.
Attendance is free and open to all
Family Halloween events around town
Several area churches are hosting free family events on Halloween evening:
■ Halloween Trunk or Treat, 4:30–6 p.m., Covenant Presbyterian Church, 237 32 Road, public invited, 434-5683.
■ The Great Tomb Raid Fall Festival, 4:30–7 p.m., Grace Church, 2938 North Ave., games, prizes and more, 208-6884.
■ Trunk or Treat, 4:30 p.m.–dusk, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1425 N. Fifth St., treats, creepy cars and fun for the whole family.
■ Trunk or Treat, 4:30–6:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road, Halloween treats and fun for elementary school-age kids, 242-1923.
■ Family Fun Festival, 5–8 p.m., The Potter’s Remnant Church, 3098 Interstate 70 Business Loop, fun, food, candy, drinks, games, bump ‘n’ jump, prizes, 261-0040, 623-4994, 779-1779.
Orphan Sunday at Canyon View
Woven Families will sponsor an Orphan Sunday at the 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. services Nov. 3, at Canyon View Vineyard Church, 736 24 1/2 Road.
The public is invited to celebrate what God is doing in the valley and around the world with orphans. Fifteen organizations will be represented to field questions and provide information about adoption, foster care and orphan care.