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Feb. 16 - March 1, 2013

Spiritual Reflections Spirituality

Stand for your marriage BY LISA C. MYERS

Is your marriage in trouble? Has your husband left? Separated? Heading for divorce? Adultery? Addictions? Has your love died? Your heart broken? Betrayed? Is your pain unbearable? You are not alone! This is exactly where I was almost five years ago. I believe God allowed the destruction of my marriage to get my attention. When the pain became so unbearable I finally surrendered and reached out to my God and He showed me the way. God spoke the truth to me on the sanctity of marriage. He called me to stand in the gap for my husband and my marriage. To stand for your marriage means that you take up a specific position. You decide that you’re not going to conform to the world’s ways and solutions, but do what the Lord wants you to do when your marriage dies. To stand for one’s marriage may sound simple, but it goes against everything the world teaches and what your flesh desires. To stand for your spouse is love in action. As I drew near to God, He drew near to me. I saturated myself in God's word so I could learn the biblical truth on marriage. It is written in the Bible for all to see, but yet for some reason so many of us are missing it. Generation after generation the sanctity of marriage

is being belittled by the ways of the world. Our vows are being watered down and cast out as if they are nothing. Our families are being thrown away as if they are disposable. We are letting the world dictate how we live as Christian women and marriages and families are falling apart in epidemic proportions. Standing requires courage and conviction to hold your head high when your family, friends, acquaintances and especially your spouse tell you to give up and move on with your life. You must let God lead your every step. Choose to believe His Word rather than the world. No matter the circumstances you are facing, no matter how horrible things may seem right now, no matter where your husband is or what he may be doing, seek God for the answers. Stand for your marriage and let's put a stop to divorce in this generation. I want every hurting wife to know that God heals hurting marriages. He brings dead marriages back to life. Divorce does not have to be the answer. Jesus is! Lisa C. Myers meets on Monday and Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. for fellowship and dinner and 7 to 8:30 p.m. for her Forever Marriage Ministries in the private patio room at Serrano's Mexican Restaurant, 959 N. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert. For information, call 602-377-8847 or visit

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Service Times: Sat. 5 p.m., Sun. 8:15 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m. Servicio en español: Domingo 11 a.m. NE corner of Alma School Rd. & Germann Rd. 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler AZ 85286 480-963-3997


Feb. 16 – March 1, 2013


Services begins at One Church

Moms, message from God at CCC Form lifelong friendships and learn from other moms at MOPS, a faith-based program for mothers to share experiences at Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S Alma School Rd., Chandler. Groups meet on Monday evenings, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. During most meetings children are cared for in a program called MOPPETS, where they experience love in a preschool-like setting. The cost is $55 per semester. Visit mops-spring-registrations-2013.

Visit the Holy Land If one of your dreams is to walk where Jesus walked, attend an information meeting 6:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 16 in the chapel. Pastor Roger and Nancy lead a tour of the Holy Land, including the ancient city of Petra, Jordan, in September 2013. For more information, visit

Connect Learn more about your faith and connect with others at CCC at Connecting Point, 3:30 to 7 p.m. Sun., Feb. 17. Register at

Is the Bible God’s message? The Bible is really a message from God, according to scientific evidence revealed at “TRUTH-Bible,” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thu., Feb. 28. For more information, visit

Celebrating 100 Years in Chandler

The grand opening and beginning of weekly worship services at One Church, a new nondenominational church in Chandler, is 10 a.m. Sun., March 10 at Hancock Elementary School, 2425 S. Pleasant Dr. “One Church is different from the kind of church many people have experienced,” says Pastor Ryan Gear. “We really are open to people's questions and doubts about faith.” Gear cites a recent Pew Research Center survey listing people who claim no religious affiliation as the fastest

growing religious group in the country. “A growing number of Americans have no use for Christianity,” he says. “They are turned off by Christians in the media who seem too unlike Christ, and they have too many unanswered questions. At One Church, we respect where people are in their spiritual journey, and we allow them to be honest about it.” For more information, call 480-686-0395, email or visit

Local church earns national accreditation Women’s luncheon adds style, volunteers needed Risen Savior Lutheran Church and School at 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Sun Lakes is now accredited from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). “We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” says Linda Pauley, the director of Early Childhood Education. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.” To receive accreditation, Risen Savior went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria.

The church received accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure the program met the program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years. “The NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for childcare centers and other early childhood programs,” adds Jerlean E. Daniel, Ph.D., executive director of NAEYC. “Having earned NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that Risen Savior is a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education.” Risen Savior offers full- and half-day preschool classes for children as young as 6 weeks old and is currently enrolling for the 2013-14 school year. For details about the accreditation, visit For more

information about Risen Savior, visit

Women’s luncheon The Risen Savior Women’s Group Luncheon is hosted with style by the Lutheran Women Missionary League at noon Sat., March 16 in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Members will model clothing from What Women Want, with musical entertainment. The luncheon theme is “Spring in Hawaii.” Volunteers are needed to host and decorate tables for eight. If interested, call Karen Mahoney at 480-833-4400 by March 3. All tickets are $15 and can be purchased from Carol Devereau at 480-510-2456. For more information about Risen Savior, visit

SUNDAY WORSHIP Traditional Worship ..........................9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

SUNDAY SCHOOL For Children, Youth & Teens............9:10 a.m.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL .........9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

All Are Welcome. Making and Deploying Disciples Who Put God First, Since 1913

Join us for our Purim Celebrations! —February 23rd and 24th—


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Spiritual Connections Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting you would like listed in Spiritual Connections, email complete details to The Big D 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays This program is designed to encourage and empower teens to deal with their feelings and the challenges raised during the divorce or separation of their parents. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, Celebrate Recovery 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Join in fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the 12 steps and Eight Recovery Principles. The group addresses all types of habits, hurts and hang-ups. Dinner at 6 p.m. followed by meetings at 6:30 p.m. Free childcare for children ages 12 and younger. CrossRoads Nazarene Church, Ministry Center Rooms 101-103 2950 W. Ray Rd., Chandler Info: 480-722-0700, Celebrate Recovery 6 p.m. Fridays For those with chemical dependencies or other issues. Dinner followed by meetings at 7 p.m. Dinner: $3 adult, $1 child. Free childcare for children ages 12 and younger. Chandler Christian Church, Room B200 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: 480-963-3997, Christian Business Networking, Tri-City Chapter – Chandler, Tempe, Mesa 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Crackers & Co. Café 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa Info: Maia, 480-425-0624,

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Christian Business Networking, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of the month Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Room B202 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, Christian Business Networking, East Valley Chapter 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Mission Church Seminar Room 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert Info: Maia, 480-425-0624,

DivorceCare for Adults 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, DivorceCare for Kids 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, East Valley JCC Parent & Child Playgroup 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fridays Playgroup for parents with children ages 12 months to 2-1/2 years old. East Valley JCC 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Emily Malin, 480-897-0588, East Valley Jewish Couples Club Offers once-a-month social activities such as dining, movies, plays, etc. for Jewish couples in the 45- to 65year-old age range. Info: Melissa, 480-785-0744, Forever Marriage Ministries, Wives Standing for Marriage Restoration Support Group 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays Support group of wives committed

to marriage no matter the circumstances, offering hope, encouragement, biblical truths, fellowship and prayers, to stand together for the restoration of marriage. Serrano's Mexican Restaurant, Private Patio Room 959 N. Val Vista Rd., Gilbert Info: Lisa 602-377-8847,, Forever Marriage Ministries, God Honoring Wives Support Group 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Support group of women who believe in the sanctity of marriage, offering teachings, sharing, fellowship and prayers. Serrano's Mexican Restaurant, Private Patio Room 959 N. Val Vista Rd., Gilbert Info: Lisa 602-377-8847,,

GriefShare 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays A seminar / support group geared toward adults who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127,

Jewish Women International, Avodah Chapter 1581 Monthly luncheon Iguana Mack’s 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler RSVP: 480-802-9304, 480-655-8812 JumpStart 11:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays JumpStart is a sidewalk Sunday school community outreach program serving “some of the poorest neighborhoods” in Chandler, offering snacks, games and teachings about Jesus to area children. Participants meet at Faith Family Church 11530 E. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler Info: Joanne Sweeney, 480-539-8933 Kid’s Sunday School 10-11 a.m. Sundays Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: 480-792-1800, Lift Your Spirit 10 a.m. Sundays Hear inspirational messages and music. Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: 480-792-1800,

Hearing God's Voice 8:45-9:45 a.m. Sundays through March 10 For ages from junior high to adult. Childcare available. No charge. Trinity Christian Fellowship 50 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Info: 480-963-7698,

Moms in Prayer International A group of mothers who meet one hour each week to intercede for their children and schools through prayer. Info: Liane Wright, 480-699-7887,

H.O.P.E. – Help Overcoming Painful Experiences 7 p.m. Tuesdays Free weekly small-group sessions helping people overcome emotional pain caused by divorce, grief, addictions and more; free childcare for children ages 10 and younger. Desert Springs Church, Room 106 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Info:,

Monthly Women’s Fellowship 6:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month The monthly fellowship Bible study of the East Valley Chapter of Christian Women’s Devotional Alliance “ministers to women’s spiritual, emotional and physical needs.” Best Western-Mezona 250 W. Main St., Mesa Info: 480-232-3773

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) – Chandler Chapter 10 a.m.-noon first and third Wednesday of each month Faith-based “Caring Connection” for those who have loved ones with a mental illness, i.e., schizophrenia, depression, bipolar or anxiety disorder. Find support and share experiences with others. Risen Savior Lutheran Church 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Joan, 480-883-8871 Revive, Rebuild and Re-Engage 9:45 a.m. Sundays Class helps struggling couples to cope with marital issues and build their relationships with Christ. Chandler Christian Church 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info and registration: Rosary Prayer 3 p.m. second Friday of each month St. Steven’s Catholic Church 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes Info: 480-895-9266 Spiritual Chat 7-8 p.m. second Thursday of each month Spiritual topics such as awareness, lucid dreaming, near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, past lives, living gracefully, reincarnation, karma and divine guidance are discussed during Arizona Satsang Society’s Spiritual Chat sessions. Unity Church of Divine Love 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info:, 877-300-4949


Lenten mission at St. Steven’s

Feb. 16 – March 1, 2013


Caring hearts honored at Perfect Place Volunteers were celebrated recently at the annual Perfect Place Adult Day Services appreciation luncheon. Musicians, including those who play the piano, organ and guitar, as well as a barbershop quartet and entertainers such as clowns, also attended and were honored for their contributions. The volunteers offer personalized care and give a few hours respite while loved ones are entertained in a safe and secure environment at the Perfect Place, located on the campus of the Risen Savior Lutheran Church and School, 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Sun Lakes. Every afternoon begins with a short devotion. After that, everyone shares something about themselves: where they grew up, what they did for a living, family life or favorite activities. The afternoon continues with playing cards, bingo, a bean-bag toss, entertainment, snacks and a short session of chair exercises. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. To learn more, call Judy Waltersdorf at 480-895-2892, ext. 3, or email

Celebrate CCCC expansion WELSH MUSIC: John Good plays the bagpipes at St. Steven’s on Fri., March 1. Submitted photo

The busy, anxious, stressed and bored are invited to a time of prayer and graces as Rev. John Amsberry spreads the saving message of the Gospel, “All Things New” from 8 to 10 a.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 18 through 20 at St. Steven's Church, 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes. There will be a free-will offering. After graduating at the top of his business class at Franciscan University in Ohio, Amsberry went on to law school and earned his MBA. Then, he enrolled at Mt. Angel Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 1997. He is currently pastor at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Portland, OR. For more information, visit, call Deacon Dick at 480-895-9266, ext. 106, or email

Welsh music John Good, a multi-instrumentalist Welsh piper, singer, songwriter, composer and poet is performing 7 to 9 p.m. Fri., March 1 in St. Steven’s Hall. Mandolin virtuoso Billy Parker and a Welsh dancer will also perform. For information, call 480-895-9266, ext. 107, email or visit

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The expansion and renovation is complete at the Chandler Christian Community Center (CCCC), and CEO Trinity Donovan invites the public to an open house and ribbon cutting to celebrate from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wed., Feb. 20 at 345 S. California St., two blocks west of Arizona Avenue, south of Frye Road, Chandler. In addition, CCCC holds its annual fundraiser “A Walk in the Park” from 8 to 10 a.m. Sat., April 27 at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler. Participants are invited to walk, create a team with family and friends or support another walker with a pledge. Cost to walk is $20 per person or $30 per family. To register or make a donation, email or call CCCC at 480-963-1423.

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