Saturday, Oct. 24
Willow Creek Association’s Group Life Conference 2009 live via satellite conference on Church Communication Network: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. The conference is an effort to equip small group leaders across the country to take the next step in fostering spiritual growth through small groups. Features Andy Stanley, Henry Cloud, Bill Donahue and more. (480) 759-6200.
Annual Night of Hope: 6 p.m., Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 340 N. Third St. Presented by the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Schools. Designed to support the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Schools Endowment Fund, the evening will feature dinner hosted by Catholic school students. Dr. Elinor Ford, the first lay superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of New York, will be guest speaker, and Gwen Foster, radio personality of KMLE Radio, FM-108, will be master of ceremonies. The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trustees will receive the Guardian of Hope Award from the Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix. $100. Sponsorships available. Margaret, (602) 354-2344 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Oct. 28
Coffee Break Women’s Ministry: 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 3550 E Knox Road. Scripture study, prayer and fellowship. The new study, “Praying the Scriptures,” explores the always relevant ways God has transformed history and invites participation through praise, thanksgiving and the many other ways Scripture teaches prayer. Loraine, (480) 893-1160 or CoffeebreakMin@aol.com.
Thursday, Oct. 29
Project Homeless Connect needs volunteers: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Road. The program offers instant access to the resources people in the community need to start the journey back to health, financial stability and housing. This includes access to goods – like food and clothing – and services such as counseling and job placement. Volunteers are needed to teardown and cleanup, serve as guest hosts, prepare and serve breakfast or lunch, drive vans, cut hair and for prayer and spiritual care. A men’s clothing and winter needs drive will also take place. Debra, (480) 963-3997, ext. 112 or email@example.com.
CONNECT Women’s Bible Study Fellowship: 9 a.m. or 7 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 10, Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. Currently offering the Beth Moore “Esther” video, a series called “Sonowuts” and a study on the Holy Spirit. All women are invited. Childcare is available mornings only. Details: CONNECTwomen@cox.net.
Friday, Oct. 30
Chili Cook Off: 5 p.m. social, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. chili tasting, St Steven’s Catholic Church, 24827 S. Dobson Road, Sun Lakes. Music by the Country Lads. Tickets: $8 in advance at the office, $10 at the door - free for Chefs. To enter, call Diane at (480) 895-9266.
Sunday, Nov. 1
Pop sensations Jonnie and Brookie give a benefit concert: 4 p.m., Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing” pop sensations Jonnie and Brookie (www.jonnieandbrookie.com) will hold a benefit concert at to help raise funds for the Music Ministry. The annual Chili Cook-Off will also be held. Tickets, $5, include dinner and are available at the church office, before and after weekend services and at the door the day of the concert. Reservations: Jennifer, (480) 893-2579 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Nov. 7
Rent-A-Space Parking Lot Sale: 7 a.m. to noon, Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. The sale is sponsored by Outreach Ministries, who will also hold a coffee and bake sale. Booths, 9’ x 16’, available for $25 each. Reservations: (480) 893-2579.
Safeguarding God’s Children: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, 4455 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. Nancy Bond, Associate in Risk Management, will present the workshop focused on training for sexual misconduct prevention. $10 per person, includes all materials and midmorning snack. (602) 468-3818 or email@example.com.
Wednesday, Nov. 11
Hope’s Treasures Holiday Boutique: today to Saturday, Hope Covenant Church, 1770 S. Dobson Road, Chandler. The boutique features quality handcrafted items. Hours: 4 to 8:30 p.m. tonight (preview night), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. www.hopeispossible.org.
Saturday, Nov. 14
Arise! Cry Out! Prayers for Children: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Foothills Baptist Church, 15450 S. 21st St. In celebration of 25 years of prayer for children and schools, Moms In Touch International is hosting a historic prayer event, inviting Christian women from around the world to gather together to “Arise! Cry Out!” for the generations. Stand shoulder to shoulder, exalting and glorifying God, singing songs of praise and uniting as one voice, with one heart and in one Spirit. Registration: www.MomsInTouch.org.
Sunday, Nov. 15
Arts Fair: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Temple Emanuel of Tempe Social Hall, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Vendors are needed. Melissa, (480) 785-0744.
Prayer Wheel class: 9:15 or 10:45 a.m., Mountain Park Community Church, Seminar Room, 2408 E. Pecos Road. The class introduces a unique way to approach prayer and will be taught by Rhonda Morrison. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Nov. 19
Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons, and their Families (JACS) meeting: 6 p.m., Temple Emanuel of Tempe Multipurpose Room, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Meetings provide hope, strength and support in a safe and comfortable setting. Use entrance directly into room by north parking lot. For assistance (in confidence), contact Rabbi Andrew Straus or Nanci Wilharber at (480) 838-1414. Inquiries and JACS group meetings are anonymous.
Friday, Dec. 4
Reservation deadline for Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation’s annual Chanukah Brunch: to be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 13 at Oakwood Country Club, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes. The Tree of Gelt will be raffled. Families are asked to bring their own menorahs for table lighting. There will be a special grab bag for kids, spinning dreidels, sing-a-long led by Rabbi Irwin Wiener, and a magic show by Gary Kanowsky. All children will receive real Chanukah gelt coins from Rabbi Wiener. The brunch is open to the community. Adult guests are asked to bring a wrapped gift for a child, to be collected and distributed through a Jewish charity to needy children. Brunch cost is $22 for adults, $11 for kids six to 12, free for kids five and under. Shirley, (480) 802-0007.
Teen Night: 6:30 to 9 p.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. Open to middle and high school students in the community. Each week, teens meet for an action-packed program that includes dinner, music, games, dessert, videos, skits, guest speakers and more. It’s real, relevant and relaxed. Friends welcome. Free. (480) 759-6200 or email@example.com.
T.N.T. (Teens N Torah) for Jewish teenagers: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 3855 W. Ray Road, Suite 6, Chandler. Offered by Chabad of the East Valley for teens ages 13 to 17. The program combines education and social interaction with videos followed by discussion, fun, trips, games, community service projects and thought-provoking discussions. Shternie, (480) 753-5366 or www.chabadcenter.com.
Man Church: doors open 6 a.m., message at 6:30 a.m. Thursdays, Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, 1595 S. Alma School Road, Chandler. Man Church offers coffee, donuts and straight talk for men in a language they understand in just 15 minutes. No women, no singing, no organ and no long sermons. Bob, (480) 726-8000 or www.cschandler.com/manchurch.
Christ-centered Yoga: 6 to 7 p.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. Have a spiritual experience disguised as exercise! Elena or Rosie will teach a level 1 class, and all you need is a yoga mat or beach towel. Free and open to the community. Greg Battle, (480) 759-6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Yoga: 6 p.m., Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. Led by Holy Yoga Founder Brooke Boon. (480) 460-1480.
DC4K – DivorceCare for Kids: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Chandler Christian Church, room C202, 1825 S. Alma School Road, Chandler. Support group for children ages 6 to 12 coping with a separation or divorce in the family. One-time $10 fee includes snacks and workbook. Pastor Larry Daily, (480) 963-3997, ext. 141, email@example.com or www.chandlercc.org.
Weight Watchers: 9 a.m., Desert Foothills United Methodist Church, 2156 E. Liberty Lane. www.desertfoothills.org or (480) 460-1025.
Holy Yoga: 9:15 a.m., Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. Led by Holy Yoga Founder Brooke Boon. (480) 460-1480.
Toddler Shabbat: 9:30 a.m., Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Celebrate Shabbat with a service, music, and a craft project designed for children 0 to 5 years old and their parents or other adult. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Torah Tots: 10:15 to 11 a.m., members’ homes. Hosted by Chabad of the East Valley for children ages 2 to 5. Features hands-on activities about the Shabbat, songs, stories and crafts, and all children will make and braid their very own challah. (480) 785-5831.
Celebrate Recovery Support Group: 6 p.m., Ahwatukee Assembly of God, 11832 S. Warner-Elliot Loop. Addressing all types of habits, hurts and hang-ups. Starts with dinner, large group meeting at 7 p.m., small group meetings at 7:45, café at 9 p.m. (480) 893-6189.
Shabbat services: first Fridays, Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. “Nosh” at 6 p.m. and then enjoy the Shir Shabbat service led by the Shabba-Tones, the Shabbat musical group, at 6:30 p.m. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Shabbat Services: 6 p.m. Fridays, except on the Second Friday of each month at 8 p.m., Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, 3400 N. Dobson Road, Chandler. Shabbat Morning and Torah Service, weekly at 9 a.m. (480) 897-3636 or www.templebethsholomaz.org.
“Nosh” and worship: third Fridays, Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. “Nosh” at 6 p.m., worship at a Kabbalat service at 6:30 p.m. The service is followed by an congregational dinner (by reservation only.) Optional Israeli dancing rounds out the night after dinner. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Tots N’Torah: 6:30 p.m. second Fridays, Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Designed for children 0-5 and their parents or other adult. Following the service is an Oneg Shabbat, a time for a snack and to meet other families with young children. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Congregation Eitz Chaim of Ahwatukee shabbat services: 7:30 p.m., services held at 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Congregation Eitz Chaim is traditional and egalitarian. Newcomers are always welcome. Rabbi/Cantor Victor I. Beck, (602) 595-3618, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.eitzchaimphoenix.org.
Shabbat: 7:30 p.m. second, fourth, and fifth Fridays, Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Traditional service followed by an Oneg Shabbat. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Men’s program: 8 a.m., Arts and Crafts Room, Sun Lakes Country Club (Phase One). Men learn how to achieve greater joy in their lives ... joy that they can share with others. A byproduct of this program is fellowship - men of God with men of God.
The men who wish to come early for breakfast do so around 7:30 a.m. All men are welcome.
Optional study session, Shabbat service: Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Optional study session at 8:20 a.m., Shabbat morning service at 9:30 a.m., followed by a kiddush. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Congregation Eitz Chaim of Ahwatukee Sabbath morning services: 9 a.m. first Saturdays, Ahwatukee Foothills Prep School, 10201 S. 50th Place. Congregation Eitz Chaim is traditional and egalitarian. Newcomers are always welcome. Rabbi/Cantor Victor I. Beck, (602) 595-3618, email@example.com or www.eitzchaimphoenix.org.
Christ-centered Yoga: 9 to 10 a.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. After a long week, or to start your weekend off with a spiritual start, try the beginning/gentle yoga class taught by Rosie. This class is free and open to the community and is a great intro into Christ Centered yoga. Greg Battle, (480) 759-6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Yoga: 9 a.m., Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. Led by Holy Yoga Founder Brooke Boon. (480) 460-1480.
Sunday school classes: Barness Family East Valley Jewish Community Center, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Offered by Or Adam Congregation. Grades Pre-K through 10, teen youth group, adult education programs, holiday celebrations and monthly Shabbat services. (480) 663-7788 or www.oradam.org.
Horizon Presbyterian Church Youth groups: 4:30 to 6 p.m. (middle school), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (high school), Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. “Collision” is the middle school youth group and “Remedy” is the high school youth group. Relax, eat snacks, play games, have fellowship and hear topical messages relating to issues in their lives. All area youth are invited. Information: (480) 460-1480 or check out the youth section of the Web site at www.horizonchurch.com.
Desert Foothills United Methodist Church Youth group for sixth to 12th grades: 5 to 7 p.m. For information, visit www.desertfoothills.org (go to the youth page), call (480) 460-1025 or e-mail Jamie at email@example.com.
Gamblers Anonymous: 7:30 p.m., Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. (480) 893-2729 or (480) 598-1226.
Holy Yoga “Slow Flow” classes: 8:45 to 10 a.m., Esperanza Lutheran Church, 2601 E. Thunderhill Place. Led by certified and registered Holy Yoga instructor Kathy Marcucci. Donation based. firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 617-2407.
Mah Jongg: 9:30 a.m., Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Christ-centered Yoga: 6 to 7 p.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. This is a Flow 1-2 class (intermediate and taught by Elena) and is free and open to the community. Greg Battle, (480) 759-6200 or email@example.com.
DivorceCare and DivorceCare for Kids: 6:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie St., Chandler. Classes for those grieving over death or divorce. (480) 963-4127.
GriefShare: 7 p.m., Chandler Christian Church, room C201, 1825 S. Alma School Road, Chandler. Support group for those struggling with how to deal with a loss in life, meets at Free. Pastor Larry Daily, (480) 963-3997, ext. 141, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.chandlercc.org.
Holy Yoga: 9 a.m., Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. Led by Holy Yoga Founder Brooke Boon. (480) 460-1480.
Seniors Terrific Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Barness Family East Valley Jewish Community Center, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. The program is free and includes bagels and coffee and a different speaker or theme each week. See old friends and make new ones. Registration not needed. www.evjcc.org or (480) 897-0588.
GriefShare: 2 and 6:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie St., Chandler. (480) 963-4127.
Bible reading sessions for pleasure: 7 to 8 p.m., Chandler Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1188 W. Galveston St. Bring a Bible, or Bibles are available at the sessions. Free. Lori, (480) 917-3593.