Religion Briefs, Sept. 30, 2017

Life Chain prayer event at Messiah

Grand Valley Life Chain, hosted by Mesa County Right to Life and Messiah Lutheran Church, will take place beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, at Messiah Lutheran, 840 N. 11th St.

The Life Chain is a national prayer event in which participants remember the many millions of unborn children and families who have been affected by abortion. The event will begin with devotional time before proceeding to the intersection of North Avenue and 12th St., where the group will stand in silent prayer from 2–3 p.m. 

Call 640-7761 for information.

PAWS for a Blessing on Broadway


Church of the Nativity, 2175 Broadway, will have its monthly PAWS for a Blessing service at 5 p.m. Sunday.

The outdoor service also celebrates the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, commemorating the life of St. Francis, who was born in the 12th century and is considered the patron saint of animals.

Animals and their humans are welcome to attend. If it is more practical, bring a photo of the animal instead.

Call 245-9606 for information.

Cornell Trio to play on Orchard Mesa


The Cornell Trio from Bakersfield, California, will perform a concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, at Orchard Mesa Baptist Church, 2748 B 1/2 Road.

The public is invited to attend.

Meet ‘Advent Women’ author at church


St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 3888 27 1/2 Road, will host a drop in/meet the author event from 5–6 p.m. Monday, celebrating the book “Advent Women,” by local author Lyn Fraser.

The book tells the Biblical stories of 11 women, without whom there would be no Advent or Christmas. Light refreshments will be provided.

Fall food drive at Interfaith Network


The Grand Valley Interfaith Network will have a fall food drive Oct. 21, to benefit six food banks that feed people from Palisade to Fruita.

Grocery bags are provided that have specific food lists attached in the effort to provide the foods most needed by Child and Migrant Services, The Agape Food Basket, The Community Food Bank, Kids Aid, Clifton Christian Church Food Program and Grand Valley Catholic Outreach.  These agencies will be present at the drop-off location to load donations into their respective vehicles and provide information about their good works. 

If your spiritual community — or any individual — would like to participate, email Sherry Cole in advance at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 261-7695 to request grocery bags with attached food lists and drop-off information.

Hodkins to speak at Unity Grand Valley


Unity Grand Valley will host guest speaker Evan Hodkins during its 10:30 a.m. Sunday service, at the garden level of the Redlands Community Center, 2463 Broadway.

Hodkins is a Celtic Anam Cara — or soul-friend — and director of the School of Alchemy in Paonia. He will share a message titled “All the Honey in the Tree: The Alchemy of Blursing & Blessing.” Hodkins is a graduate of the Pacific School of Religion at Berkeley, California, and a biblical scholar specializing in Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic and Coptic. He is ordained both as a Christian minister and a Sufi Charag.

Call 242-6587 for information.

Woman praised for national campaign


Victoria Hearst, founder and executive director of Praise Him Ministries in Ridgway, was recognized recently by Responsibility Foundation for her efforts in keeping pornography out of the hands of children in communities across the nation.

Hearst is the granddaughter of media mogul William Randolph Hearst.

“The Hearst Corporation publishes Cosmopolitan Magazine, which contains pornography,” a news release said.

“Victoria’s national campaign, Cosmo Hu   rts Kids (, seeks to inform parents and all concerned adults about Cosmopolitan’s pornographic content, and to work with states’ politicians and law enforcement to have existing material harmful to minors laws enforced blocking the sale of Cosmopolitan to anyone under 18 years of age.”


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