St. Matthew's hosts free outdoor concert

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 3888 27½ Road, will host a free outdoor summer concert series from 6–8 p.m. Sundays through July at the church pavilion.

Sunday's concert will feature versatile music by Hot Tub Jazz with brass and drums.

Additional concerts include Jack + Jill (originals and smash-up covers) on July 14; Anam Celtic Music (mix of Celtic and Irish arrangements) on July 21; and Stray Grass (high-energy interpretation of acoustic music) on July 28.

Concerts are family-friendly. Take lawn chairs and a picnic. There will be an opportunity to donate to the church's ministry that serves children in the community.

Call 242-3293 or visit stmatthewsgj.org for information.

PAWS for a Blessing on Sunday

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

The church's PAWS Ministry celebrates the human-animal bond. Weather permitting, the service will take place outdoors, around the firepit, behind the church building. If temperatures are too warm, the service will move indoors.

All furry friends, hoofy friends, feathery friends, slithery friends, fishy friends, etc., are welcome, along with their well-behaved humans. If it is more practical, bring photos of your animal(s) instead.

Call 462-6892 for information.

Cost of Mormon missions increasing

SALT LAKE CITY — Serving a mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be more expensive for many members of the faith.

Church leadership sent a letter last week announcing that members will have to pay $500 a month starting in July 2020 for missions in 18 countries including the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan. That is a 25% increase from $400 a month that has been the rate since 2003.

The Utah-based religion says the increase is needed because of rising costs of rent, food, utilities and transportation.

The proselytizing missions are considered rites of passages for young members of the faith. Men serve two years while women serve 18 months.

There are about 67,500 missionaries around the world.

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