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RELIGION SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2004 - 3 email@example.com Kanani to speak at Ford Street Project meeting tonight "A virtuous woman of God," Melani Kai Kanani, will be the speaker at 7 p.m. tonight at the Ford Street Project, 139 Ford St. in Ukiah, says meeting information. "She is empowered by the Holy Spirit for the preaching and teaching of God's word," it continues. "Her experience of ministry expands over a decade working side by side in youth ministries with her husband, Christian Lee Kanani. Her recent accomplishments include graduating from Berean Bible School and becoming a licensed minister with the Assembly of God." Kanani, her husband, and their two children, Justin and Kailee, reside in Ukiah and are on staff at the Ukiah Assembly of God Church under the leadership of Pastor Lehman Myatt. Ukiah Bible Church sermon to be on Christ's baptism Early in the Gospel of Matthew there is an interesting event. In Chapter 3, John the Baptist was preaching repentance and baptizing men and women who confessed their sins. During that time, the Lord Jesus Christ appeared at the Jordan River and insisted that John also baptize him. The question is, "Why?" If Jesus was without sin, why did he want to be baptized for the forgiveness of sins? This Sunday Pastor Richard Oliver will answer the question, "Why was Jesus baptized?" The service begins at 10:15 a.m. See the listing below for the service times and location. New Life Community Church to hear from interim pastor The speaker this Sunday will be Interim Pastor Chuck Crabtree. His sermon topic is: "A Glance in the Rear View Mirror, But My Eyes on the Road." The Financial Seminar meets today at 4 p.m. It is a 13-week course designed to help people take control of their finances using principles found in the Bible. Club KFC meets during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship. Sunday School and Adult Community Groups meet at 11 a.m. There is fellowship, Bible study and encouragement for all ages. The youth ministry offers classes for all ages on Sunday morning at 11 as well as high school classes (BOOST) on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 and junior high (JOLT) meetings on Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The AWANA ministry is active this year. All children two years before kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to participate in the fun and exciting program. AWANA meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:10. For information, contact the church office or Director of Children's Ministries Debra Ward at 468-9251. Several activities for adults including small groups and Men's and Women's Bible Studies meet throughout the week. For more information, call 468-9251. Calpella Community Church to study the prophet Nahum "Has God forsaken us? Why are the Assyrians (enemies) prospering? Are God's promises empty?" These are questions society asks today as the Jewish nation did in the days of Nahum. Assistant Pastor Jerry Olguin's sermon entitled "Nahum the Prophet: Ninevah Destroyed," answers the questions of God's people. Nahum is a tiny book in the Old Testament of just 47 verses. The prophet Nahum predicts the coming destruction of Ninevah, a wicked city. In his sermon Pastor Jerry will expound on the fact that certain aspects present a defense of God. God is "slow to anger," merciful, and righteous, but in the press of circumstance and misfortune, God's people are prone to forget that God is in control. The Sunday service at Calpella Community Church begins at 10 a.m. There will be special music by Walter Sellmer and Sharon Whiteaker. Call 463-0674 for more information. River Foursquare Church to begin surviving divorce series The world is full of wounded hearts struggling from day to day to survive the emotional, spiritual and economic consequences of "marriage on the rocks," says information from the River Foursquare Church. Pastor Lonnie Curtis will begin a six-week series at 10 a.m. on Sunday revealing the restoration process needed when facing the impacts of divorce. "Seventeen years ago, my family experienced a divorce," says Curtis. "I say 'family' because it wasn't just my wife and I. It was the whole family. After all these years, we still deal with the negative 'fall out' from that disastrous event." "The God who designed marriage can also bring healing in the wake of people's failures in marriage," he continues. "He is still in the forgiveness, healing and restoration business." The series is divided into three parts and this Sunday's topic is "Understanding Divorce." It discusses the six stages of divorce abd the myriad consequences of it - as well as the "fall out" that can affect generation after generation, says church information. "If you have been through a divorce, are fighting to save a dying marriage, or are perhaps contemplating divorce as a way out of a bad marriage, this series is for you," it continues. Child care is provided during the Sunday morning services. For more information, call the church office at 462-7766. Episcopal Church continues Lenten suppers, discussions . Soup Suppers and video/discussion continues at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Ukiah during the Lenten season. The next Soup Supper is Wednesday at 6 p.m. with the video being shown at 6:45 p.m. followed by a discussion. The topic this time is "Jesus is Lord" with Dr. Marcus Borg, professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University, talking on the video and rousing thoughts to prompt interaction by viewers. Anyone is welcome to have soup and join in the discussion. Sunday services at the church are at 8 and 10a.m. St. Mary's to host Corned Beef and Cabbage Feast St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church will host its annual St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Feast on Saturday evening, March 20. Refreshments are at 6:15 p.m., din- ner is at 6:45 p.m. with a raffle sponsored by the Knights of Columbus starting at 7:30 p.m. Donations are $12 per person and children under 12 are $6. All proceeds benefit St. Mary's Building Fund. Tickets are on sale after all the weekend masses or at the Parish Office, 900 S. Oak St.. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Unity of Ukiah's Sunday speaker is to be the Rev. Gail Unity of Ukiah welcomes the Rev. Robin Gail to it church this week. Gail has spoken there many times and "always has an interesting message," says church information. There will be a 20-minute mediation beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday followed by the worship service at 10:30. The community is invited to attend. Ukiah churches to sponsor multimedia labyrinth event As part of their Lenten seasonal devotion, Grace Lutheran Church in Ukiah and the Ukiah United Methodist Church are co-hosting "The Prayer Path: A Christ-Centered Labyrinth Experience," on Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3 - to be held at Grace Lutheran, 200 Wabash Ave. The Prayer Path is a multimedia labyrinth a unique and devotional experience that helps people draw closer to God. Participants "journey" through the labyrinth guided by a CD that soars with provocative, devotional narration, set against a worshipful music backdrop. It takes at least one hour to walk through the labyrinth and reflect on each of the 11 "stations" along the way. Participants are invited to reflect and meditate on different areas of their lives including hurts, distractions and "noise" - all the things that can interfere with people's relationships, especially their relationships with God. After spending a personal time encountering God, participants are challenged to take that experience and make a difference in their life for God and the world. The Prayer Path will be open on Friday, April 2 from 3 to 10 p.m. and on Saturday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Prayer Path is open to all people, regardless of faith affiliation. Child care will be available. There is no charge to participate. For more information, call 462-7795. Debating whether 4 under God' should remain in the Pledge of Allegiance By RICHARD N. OSTLING AP Religion Writer Does it matter whether the Pledge of Allegiance proclaims that the indivisible American republic is "under God"? In a political sense, the answer is certainly yes. The attorneys general of all 50 states, the Bush administration and many members of Congress joined briefs backing the current wording, an issue to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 24. But the religious answer to the "under God" question is more complicated, as indicated by the unusual lineup of groups taking stands and what they're saying. Pledge proponents think general acknowledgment of religion is good for society, and dropping God would rewrite history or threaten religion's legitimate status. Opponents, some of them religious believers, argue the phrase violates church-state separation as well as the religious rights of some Americans - or that it's just a meaningless phrase and possibly demeaning to persons of faith. Formal support for deletion of "under God" comes largely from atheists, secularists, Unitarians and Buddhists. Grass-roots sentiment has silenced most Protestant and Jewish organizations that normally champion church-state separation. In the biggest surprise, the American Jewish Congress, one of the most militant separationist groups, joined conservative religious organizations in asking the court to retain the God reference. Marc Stern calls this the "most uncomfortable" decision the Jewish congress has faced during his 27 years as a lawyer there, but political realities left no choice. Victory for "under God" is inevitable, Stern figured, so his group should offer a path to approval on narrow grounds. Further, he feared that if "under God" is banned, public fury might cause a "train wreck" - a Constitutional amendment undermining the Supreme Court's separation rulings since 1947. Seven Orthodox Jewish organizations, meanwhile, made an openly religious appeal for the pledge. "Jewish tradition teaches that human recognition of God is the hallmark of civilization," they said. The pledge expresses peoples' universal acknowledgment that "man's destiny is shaped by a Supreme Being" but doesn't endorse any one religion. Many pledge proponents offer secular justifications to fit Supreme Court rulings. They claim "under God" isn't any sort of religious exercise or prayer but simply a factual acknowledgment of the nation's past heritage of faith, for patriotic rather than religious reasons. If God is eliminated, they say, what about the Declaration of Independence ("endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights") or Gettysburg Address ("this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom") or the full text of the National Anthem ("and this be our motto: 'In God is our trust'"). Proponents also wonder if the constitutions of the 50 states would become unconstitutional, since all refer to the deity. To Alan Wolfe, a Boston College political scientist and an atheist who accepts the pledge, such references to God are "relatively harmless" because most people think they point to "a kind of friend and counselor, rather than a commanding judgmental presence." But pledge opponents don't want See PLEDGE, Page 5 Fdith Directory APOSTLES EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELS): Pastor Jeffrey Smith; Vicar Timothy Schmeling; Sunday morning worship service is at 10:15 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m.; Adult Bible Study Wednesdays 7 p.m.; Confirmation' class Wednesdays 5:30 p.m.. Church is located at 710-E S. State St. (Washington Mutual Bank Plaza); 462-8201. ASSEMBLY OF GOD: Pastor Lehman Myatt; Sunday 'School, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday Family Night, 7 p.m. Church is located at 395 N.Barnes St.; 468-1468. ASSEMBLY of GOD: IGLESIA HISPANO AMERICANA: Pastor Edward Echevarria. Actividades del Domingo: Clases para toda la familia 9:30 a.m., Servicio de Adoracion, 10:45 a.m. Actividades de la semana: Martes y Jueves, 7 p.m. 395 N. Barnes St.; 467-2797. •CALPELLA COMMUNITY: Pastor Albert "Lefty" ', Olguin and Assistant Pastor, Jerry Olguin; Worship Service 1 Sunday, 10 a.m.; Bible studies, Wed. 10 a.m., Thurs. 6 p.m. .Church is located at 6251 Third St. (Third St. is behind • .West- of the Calpella Post Office), P.O. Box 37,463-0674. I I CALVARY BAPTIST: Pastor David Donnell, Sunday | morning services: 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Sunday school 19:45 a.m.; evening service 6 p.m.; AWANA clubs 'Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., Sept.-May; mid-week prayer I Wednesday, 7 p.m.; jr. high youth Tuesdays. 7 p.m.; sr. high •.youth, Wednesdays, 7 p.m.; Church is located at 465 Luce J Ave., call 462-5638. I CALVARY CHAPEL OF UKIAH: Pastor Les Boek; 'Sunday morning service 10AM. 180 Stipp Lane, Ukiah; • Bible study, 7PM Wednesday in Calpella. For more infor- tmation. Call 485-1002. Listen to C.S.N at 88.1 FM. , GRACE LUTHERAN (ELCA): Pastor, Christopher • Warner-Carey; Contemporary Service, 9 a.m.; Communion I second, fourth arid fifth Sundays; Sunday School for all • ages 10:10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.; Traditional Service, 11 a.m.; ' Communion first, third and fifth Sundays. Church is located • at 200 Wabash Ave.; 462-7795. CHURCH OF CHRIST: Welcome to the Church of Christ 25 Norgard Ln. "Need a Ride" to services call 4625678. Bible study Sunday 10 a.m.; worship 11 a.m.; Sunday Eve 5 p.m.; Wed. Eve 7 p.m.; "Home" Bible study available. Ralph Baker Minister. "Come let us reason together" says the Lord Isaiah 1:18. A.M. Bible Study "Ecclesiates" Warren Beaman Wed. Eve "Miracles of Jesus" Paul Tyner. CROSSROADS CHRISTIAN CHURCH: Those seeking answers to today's questions are invited to come and experience God's presence and realize His purpose for life through relevant Bible preaching by Pastor Joe Fry. We meet in the Ukiah Valley Conference Center at 200 South School Street, Servicio en espanol - 10:00. Worship service - 10:30, with nursery and children's classes. An awesome youth group meets after the worship service. Reach us at 272-9722. FIRST BAPTIST: Sr. Pastor, Garry Zeek; Associate Pastor Rev. Mike Dobbs; Youth Pastor O.J. Johnson; Early Morning Worship, 8:15 a.m.; Sunday school for all ages, 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10:50 a.m.; Wednesday, AWANA club, 6:30 p.m., adult Bible study/prayer, 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, women's Bible study, 11 a.m., jr. and sr. high youth group, 7 p.m.; church is located at 300 W. Smith St., call 462-2779 FIRST CHRISTIAN (Disciples of Christ & United Church of Christ): Sunday worship is 11:00. Adult Bible Study before worship beginning at 9:45. We celebrate Communion at the Lord's Table each Sunday. Our Table is an open table and all are welcome to share with us. Children begin worship in the sanctuary and after Children's Time they are excused to their Sunday School classes. Classes are available for both younger and older children. 140 N. Spring Street. Pastor Cherie Marckx. Phone: 462-5830. FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST (CHRISTIAN SCIENCE): The Bible and the Christian Science text book are our only preachers. You will hear reading from the King James version of the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, The discoverer and founder of Christian Science. Sunday Church and Sunday School at 10 am. Research and Study are available in the reading room on Tues, Thurs, Sat 11:30 to 2:00. Wednesday at 7:30 pm, come to hear testimonies of healing through prayer. 204 S Oak St. 462-6155 FIRST PRESBYTERIAN: Interim Pastor Dean Rowley. Pastor Rick Klug - Youth and Families. Al Damon, Pastor Emeritus - Visitation. Early church, 8:30 a.m. Adult Bible Class, 9:30 a.m., morning worship and church school, 10:45 a.m.; nursery provided. Spanish worship service, pastor Alphonso Ucan, Sunday, 9 a.m., adult Sunday school (Spanish), Sunday, 10:30 a.m., radio worship service: K-WNE 94.5 FM - Sundays at 11 a.m. Church is located on the corner of Perkins and Dora Streets. 468-9235 HOLY TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Regional Missioner Father Harry Allagree; two services each Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Nursery care is available for the 10 a.m. service. Holy Eucharist each Wednesday at 10 a.m. The Church is located at 640 S. Orchard Ave: 462-8042. HOPLAND BAPTIST CHURCH: Pastor Donald E. Smith; Sunday morning Bible study, 9:30 a.m.; Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Church is located near southeast corner of Junction Highway 101 and Highway 175; 7441449. Come worship, love and serve Jesus Christ with us. Our message is 'The Good News". Jesus Christ died for you and offers you a personal relationship with an abundant and eternal life of victory at Hopland Baptist Church. There is a ministry for you. Come to Him. REDWOOD VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH Sr. Pastor Kevin McDougall; Youth Pastor Chris Fann; Worship Services at 8:30 & ll;00a.m.; Sunday School for all ages, 9:45a.m. Sr. High youth group Wednesday, 6:30-8:30p.m.; Jr. High Youth group Thursday, 6:30- 8:30p.m.; College/Career, Sunday 6:30p.m.; Women's Bible Study, Wednesday, 9:45 a.m. and Thursday, 6:30 p.m.; Men's Ministry small groups meet at varying times a week; Adult Home Bible Study's meet Wednesday and Thursday. Church is located at 951 School Way, Redwood Valley; 485-8541 RELIGIOUS SCIENCE CENTER FOR POSITIVE LIVING: Minister Dr. Candice Becker, 9 a.m. Meditation Service 9:00 a.m.; Sunday Celebration Service and Youth Church 10:30 a.m.; Sunday Teen Youth Group 6:00-8:00 p.m.; Wednesday Prayer Circle 6:30 p.m. A new way to think, a better way to live. All welcome. Located at 741 S. Oak St., Ukiah; 462-3564. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST: Pastors, Paul Hawks and Saulo Fernandes; SonRise Fellowship, 8:20 to 9:15 a.m.; Sabbath School, 9:25 to 10:50 a.m.; Worship Service, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; Hispanic Services, 9:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Church is located at 1390 Laurel Ave.; 462-5455. TRINITY BAPTIST: Pastor Mike Fenton; Sunday Bible Study, 9:45 a.m. (all ages); Worship, 11 a.m.; Nursery for birth through preschool. Wednesday Prayer and Adult Bible Study, 6 p.m.; Wednesday Youth Group (ages 6-12) 6:30 p.m. Church is located at 900 S. Dora; 462-8569. UKIAH BIBLE CHURCH: Pastor, Rev. Richard Oliver and Assoc. Pastor, Rev. Stephen Todd; Sunday School for all ages 9 a.m.; Sunday Worship service 10:15 a.m.; Fellowship/Refreshments UKIAH BIBLE CHURCH fo) | ow j ng servjce; !j undav p rayer meeting 6 p.m.; Hosting Precept Bible study Sermon on the Mount, Thursdays 9 a.m. & 7 p.m.; Children and Youth ministries; Nursery care available; Church is located at 2140 Arroyo Rd., 462-0151. UNITED METHODIST: Pastor Lisa Warner-Carey; Sunday Morning Bible Study, 9 to 9:45 a.m.; Worship and Sunday school, 10 a.m. Childcare for infants and toddlers. Offered weekly, religious studies, youth activities, and small group ministries. On going special community events; Church is located at 270 N. Pine St.; 4623360. UNITY OF URIAH: Gina Scott, Spiritual Leader; Morning meditation, 10 a.m., Worship service, 10:30 a.m., followed by refreshments; Located at 321 N. Bush St.; 462-4061. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO INCLUDE YOUR CHURCH OR MINISTRY IN OUR FAITH DIRECTORY CALL OUR CLASSIFIED DEPARTMENT AT 468 0123 FOR RATES AND INFORMATION.